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Apr

20

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Let it be noted that Bwog does not endorse the use of marijuana.

Happening in the World: Eight police officers in Argentina were dismissed after claiming the 540 kilograms of marijuana missing from a police warehouse were eaten by mice. Forensics experts disputed the claim, stating that the large consumption of weed would have resulted in a lot more dead mice. The warehouse may be housing mice, but the police department is definitely infested with rats. (BBC)

Happening in the US: An Indiana woman appeared at the door of the fire department after discovering her pet raccoon was too stoned to move. The fire department later took to Facebook apologizing for being unable to do more, but stating they appreciate the call. Apparently, weed comas are only cute and news-worthy when done by raccoons. (ABC)

Happening in NYC: An LA-based cannabis company MedMen will be opening “the Apple store of weed” today on 39th and Fifth Ave. Though marijuana is not yet legal in New York, it will be one of the three permitted dispensaries in the city. If there were ever a way to gentrify weed, of course New York found it. (Complex)

Happening on Campus: Marking the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Report, Race and Inequality in Trump’s America will be held at the Union Theological Seminary today from 5 to 7 pm. Topics include education, policing, mass incarceration (did anyone mention the War on Drugs?), and more. Registration has closed, but walk-ins will be accommodated to the best of their ability. More information on the event can be found here.

Overheard: “Kids at my boarding school grew weed in the cemetery.”

Bop of the Day:

there’s weed in heaven right? via Wikimedia Commons

Apr

15

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A Columbia man congratulating himself for doing nothing

Inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s best-selling children’s book Goodnight Moon, Friday Daily Editor and former associate of men Idris O’Neill has a message for all those Columbia boys in language they’ll understand. 

In the great Ivy school

There were some frats

And male feminists

And a guy overheard

With proud sexist prejudice

And there were three sports teams sitting in Hewitt

And two ex-hookups

Who’d both sadly blew it

And that guy in your WGST seminar

And that tenured rumored predator

And a guy who cut me in line at Diana

And his other friends with no manners

Start sleeping on men after the jump

Apr

13

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The First Amendment as recited from memory: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Happening in the World: Demonstrators have apparently been leaving dead bodies outside of the UN headquarters in the Central African Republic. The bodies allegedly belonged to victims of UN violence, but the UN denies any involvement, simply stating that the bodies are part of propaganda. (BBC)

Happening in the US: In case you’ve forgotten, Flint, Michigan still does not have clean water. In an effort to remind others of this fact, protesters took to the I-69, blocking all lanes and shouting, “this is about Flint. This is about our women and children and our elderly. Go use someone else’s road.” The protest apparently lasted for about fifteen minutes before dispersing. (NBC)

Happening in NYC: 19 NYU students were threatened with disciplinary action after occupying an administrative building overnight. Students were a part of the unofficially recognized student group NYU Divest, which has met with administrators multiple times in the call for divestment from fossil fuels. NYU allegedly threatened students with the loss of housing and financial aid. (Washington Post)

Happening on Campus: The Columbia School of Journalism will be hosting a viewing of The Post, featuring pizza, which will then be followed by a Q&A panel with screenwriters Josh Singer and Liz Hannah. The event will be held from 6:30 – 9:30. No RSVP is required. Additional information can be found on the Facebook event. Meanwhile in the Pupin Plaza, Black Theatre Ensemble will be hosting the first of their plays in their student-written one-acts to the theme “Black to the Future.” More information can be found here.

Bop of the Day:

Generic Newspaper from Public Domain Pictures

Apr

6

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What we aspire all our pregames to be

Happening in the World: Scientists have recently discovered black holes manifested in the center of our galaxy, surrounding other black holes. Columbia’s very own astrophysicist Chuck Hailey published these findings, calling the presence of multiple black holes a “party.” Clearly, astrophysicists don’t need million dollar telescopes to find out bad things manifest around other bad things – just look at any group of Columbia students and a single bottle of Grey Goose. (Reuters)

Happening in the US: In news surprising no one, a party chaperone in Kentucky was arrested for the possession of drugs and alcohol in a house full of teenagers. Police officers who arrived at the scene immediately noticed the smell of weed and the discarded liquor bottles around the house. The 55-year-old chaperone, identified as Thomas Gardner, later confessed to possessing 20 grams of marijuana on top of the present alcohol and weed. Which is louder: the single man in my Barnard seminar or the amount of weed at this guy’s house? (Wear TV)

Happening in NYC: A guard from the Metropolitan Correctional Center has been accused of accepting bribes totaling $45,000 to sneak in a cellphone and alcohol to a prisoner. The jail itself is notorious for housing high profile prisoners, including El Chapo. The guard, identified as Victo Casado of the Bronx, is being charged with fraud. We say: let the prisoners party. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: With Bacchanal in a little over 24 hours and subsequently very little time until students begin their 24 hour Bacchabenders, Bwog wants everyone to drink water (please) and pace themselves. Don’t puke at the pregame – Ty Dolla $ign would not want that for you.

Bop of the Day:

Party via Good Free Photos

Apr

1

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Not remotely what my roommate and I look like

Bwog forced Friday Daily Editor Idris O’Neill to read 1,000 of those fake script memes during housing season. Here’s what happened.

INT. FERRIS BOOTH – MIDDAY

A crowded scene, loud rambling. ED SHEERAN’s “Photograph” is playing from downstairs, but just out of earshot. The COLUMBIA HEAVYWEIGHT CREW TEAM is taking up too many tables. Next to them sit TWO WOMEN, one clearly exasperated, the other slightly amused by them. Walking up the stairs, catching sight of these women laughing, is YOU.

You are a a first-year, an avid fan of romantic comedies and 90’s R&B and thus appropriately melodramatic, a real Barnard woman.

The exasperated woman is a stranger to you. The WOMAN across from her is your roommate – 18 or so, eyes bright and friendly, clearly angelic and too good to be eating here. You do not approach their table, but your roommate, momentarily distracted from the conversation, turns and catches your gaze. Still, you do not approach, but the ramblings come to a silence and Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” grows louder. Slowly, the lighting dims, a limelight on your roommate. The dining hall setting dissolves into…

…your SULZBERGER DORM.

More fake scripting after the jump!

Mar

30

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We couldn’t find enough Good Friday content so we had to change the occasion.

Happening in the World: During Tuesday’s preliminary World Cup game between France and Russia in St. Petersburg, Black players were targeted by fans with jeering and ape noises. It is the third occurrence at the St. Peterburg Stadium. FIFA is currently investigating the incident alongside the Fare Network, an organization dedicated to investigating racism in the European sports world. (Associated Press)

Happening in the US: The Black students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas are speaking out against their exclusion from the #MarchForOurLives campaign. Students returned to school with an increased police presence, prompting the call for the campaign against gun violence to include police officers. (Miami Herald)

Happening in NYC: 11 people were arrested in the Wednesday night protest following Stephon Clark’s death. Clark was shot 20 times by police officers in his backyard on March 18th. Most protesters were arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct. (ABC News)

Happening on Campus: The Center for Jazz Studies is hosting a free concert featuring Yosvany Terry, a Cuban musician specializing in music of the African Diaspora. Reserve your seat by e-mailing columbiajazzstudies@columbia.edu. More information can be found here.

Bop of the Day:

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Mar

28

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This could be you!

Lucky Barnard juniors with good lottery numbers, read ahead for what your future may hold in Sulz Tower. 

Location: 3009 Broadway (the Barnard Quad)

Nearby dorms: All the dorms in the Barnard Quad (Sulz-Reid, Sulz proper, Brooks, and Hewitt), along with the 600s and Columbia dorms Furnald and Schapiro if you’re feeling adventurous.

Stores and restaurants: the 116th Halal cart (along with various other food trucks, which are there usually into sunset), Morton Williams, Shake Shack, Pret a Manger.

Cost: According to an e-mail from ResLife, all Barnard rooms will cost the same, except for 110 studio singles. Prices will be available in late April. Just be wary of the upperclass quad meal plan (not applicable to seniors)!

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Mar

23

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Barnard’s admissions staff getting ready to mail out decisions.

Barnard accepted 1,088 students into the class of 2022 out of 7,897 applications, a 35.5 percent increase in applicants within the last four years. As the applicant pool rises, Barnard’s admittance rate has also lowered to 13.7 percent, the lowest in College history.

The applicant pool remains diverse, with students from all 50 states, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C., as well as representing 44 countries, having 52% of the class identifying as people of color. Vice President for Enrollment Jennifer Fondiller described the admitted students as “intelligent, determined, and passionate for making a difference in the world.”

The class of 2022 will also be among the first to experience the newly built Milstein Center, as well as the Beyond Barnard program.

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Mar

23

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Bwog articles are the only place you can get a view like this in New York City

Blue Shift, Columbia’s undergraduate astronomy club with a shared proclaimed interest in astronomy and astrophysics, is hosting the Arts & Astros events from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the Broadway Room at Lerner Hall today and providing snacks. No knowledge of either topic is necessary for attendance. Bring along your friends who commonly confuse astronomy and astrology to this event – you can’t lose!

Some highlights for this event include Black Holes & A Response to Hammond: An Essay on the Nature of Black Queer Femme Sexuality with Amani Garvin and Real Astrology with Moiya McTier.

See the full schedule after the jump!

Mar

23

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We are intimidated by this picture of science. Please just let us write essays in peace.

Happening in the World: After finding the skeleton of what was previously conspired to be alien remains in Chile, dubbed Ata by collectors, scientists have confirmed with genetic analysis that the skeleton belonged to a newborn female with multiple gene mutations, resulting in dwarfism and scoliosis, among other genetic conditions. The bones are said to be no more than forty years old, speaking to the inaccessibility of health care in remote regions. (BBC)

Happening in the US: You’re not the only one perplexed by how uncomfortably long winter is this year. Researchers have linked the increasing frequency of late winter storms to climate change, as warm temperatures above the Atlantic Ocean which would otherwise regulate the weather force condensed pockets of cold. (Washington Post)

Happening in New York: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell roughly 724 points among recent news of President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. While this Bwogger isn’t quite sure what that means, it sure spells trouble for people who do. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Blue Shift’s Arts & Astro events will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. A post further detailing these events will be released today, so keep an eye out!

Bop of the Day:

Weird Science via Public Domain Pictures

Mar

9

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Get like the Scooby Gang and head to Spooky Island this spring break

Happening in the World: Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, took to Instagram Live after allegedly being racially profiled at a Munich airport. Farah reports being pushed and harassed and being subjected to a security check, because he wore a hoodie. German Federal Police has released a statement saying that they were merely following protocol. (The Independent)

Happening in the US: Richard Jantz, a University of Tennessee researcher, has revisited the forensic findings of the Nikumaroro remains, believing them to belong to pilot Amelia Earhart after her mysterious disappearance. Though the remains’ whereabouts are currently unknown, Jantz believes the inadequacy of forensics during the twentieth century could have misled the initial examiner. While it is still unclear if the remains are Earhart’s, forensic analysts are using image scaling to determine the possibility. (NPR)

Happening in NYC: The John F. Kennedy International Airport unveiled a new mural in Terminal 4 of New York’s iconic sites among the five boroughs. The mural, drawn by British artist Chris Dent, is comprised of thirty-two illustrations, from yellow cabs to the Empire State Building. Travelers in this terminal are advised to spread their New York love once more before they leave. (Metropolitan Airport News)

Happening on Campus: Spring break begins today! Finally get your well-needed rest and relaxation after your exams. In between your mojitos and sangrias, be it abroad, back home, or in the heart of New York City, get the sleep you’ve been meaning to catch up on.

Overheard: “You won’t get kidnapped in Mexico – we hired a bodyguard.”

Bop of the Day:

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Mar

3

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A hoe, in art

Having been previously been interviewed by The Eye for her aversion to art hoes, Bwogger Idris O’Neill just really, really wants to set the record straight: she is not one of you. 

Awareness

You’re beginning to see a pattern among the girls here. They all really like Mitski, prefer to use Instagram’s story feature, tote around those ugly Swedish bags in those ugly cork sandals (probably also Swedish), are trying to be the Leslie Knope of everything they do, and really want you to know they’re just “smol bbs,,,,,” It’s almost unsettling to know one of them is going to read this and say “that’s me !!” It’s like an epidemic here. You’d definitely heard of them before, made fun of them before, but it’s still an overwhelming volume at Barnard. I mean, how many people can actually afford this lifestyle of purely La Croix, Urban Outfitters, and pastel wardrobes? More than you thought, apparently.

Resistance

It couldn’t be you, you say. You’re content with the sort of “aesthetic” you have going on, as the art hoes would call it. You get complimented for the things that are pretty art hoe-adjacent, like your pink glasses and silver braids, so you get rid of both of those. You’ve never been a particularly reactionary person, but the moves you’re making right now qualify. You are going out of your way to avoid all the things they do. Ask who Michael Scott is when they talk about The Office, then ask if that’s where they plan on working this summer. Say you hate getting your picture taken when they pull out their Instax. Throw your Stan Smiths away.

You’d take the Vineyard Vines-wearing, Morgan Stanley-employed prep school kids over this shit.

More anti-art hoe propaganda after the jump…

Mar

2

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Where Bwog would rather be right now.

Happening in the World: The French Polynesian government has declared its plan with Blue Frontiers to build a floating island off the coast of Tahiti void. While officials maintain the document never had legal standing, local opposition to the project began when Blue Frontiers began to settle on Antimaono Lagoon. (Pacific News Minute)

Happening in the US: Hawai’i is taking steps to prevent hazardous beach gatherings. Lawmakers are proposing a bill which would prohibit alcohol consumption within a thousand yards of any beach. The bill is in response to last year’s Floatilla in which Ocean Safety crews brought ten people to the hospital. (Hawai’i News Now)

Happening in NYC: A storm, called the nor’easter, is expected to hit the East Coast today, complete with rain, winds, and approximately ten inches of snow. Power surges and flooding are expected to occur, officials warn. The storm may last all weekend, so stay safe everyone! (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: The “Turkey and Thailand: Unlikely Twins Revisited” event will be held in International Affairs 918 at 12 pm today, analyzing the complex histories of both nations but especially focusing on their respective coups. More information available here.

Overheard: “You don’t have to drink Vitamin Water – I have real water.” “This is water of color though.”

Bop of the Day:

Generic Island Photo via Public Domain Pictures

Feb

23

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Celebrating Black history on the 23rd day of its month

Happening in the World: Athi-Patra Ruga, a South African artist, won the grand prize at Rencontres de Bamako, a pan-African photography exhibit, with his series “The Future White Women of Azania.” His work centers Azania, a promised land that was adopted by Black nationalists in apartheid-era South Africa. See the full gallery here. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Black Panther has broken record after record, after its weekend debut – including the highest grossing film with a February debut, the fifth highest-earning film in Disney history, and the highest grossing film by a Black director. The film has inspired an active, participating fanbase with movie-goers dressing for the occasion. With a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, fans are eagerly awaiting any return of Wakanda. (NPR)

Happening in NYC: NYU came under fire recently for serving a “racially insensitive” lunch, for which the administration has recently apologized. NYU sophomore Nia Harris wrote a letter to the university for serving watermelon water and collared greens as a Black History Month-inspired meal. NYU has just a 4.8 percent Black student population, though insists on its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Aramark, also a food provider at Barnard College, has assumed responsibility for the mistake and has since suspended the director of dining. (Independent)

Happening on Campus: The Barnard Writing Fellows will be hosting their second Grammar Workshop today from 10:30-11:30 AM in Milbank 324. They ask that RSVPs and questions be sent to writing@barnard.edu, but welcome all walk-ins. Free coffee will be provided!

Bop of the Day:

Black Liberation flag via Wikimedia Commons

Feb

20

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As midterms season has started and now will never end, Bwogger Idris O’Neill has compiled a 2 hour playlist for your pre-emptive L. 

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