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You in Butler during finals; also one of your finals probably.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have at least a few days of downtime between your midterms. If you do, you’ll probably look up to realize that your entire life has turned into a giant mess while you were stressing about that paper. We here at Bwog get it and we have some tips on how you can recover and be ready to take care of yourself for those finals right about the corner. Remember, self-care is important, no matter what time of year it is!

  • Wash your sheets
  • Do all your laundry and probably buy new socks because you’ve definitely lost half of yours
  • Stock up on snacks and caffeine
  • Get dinner with your friends because you’re about to not see them for several weeks
  • Master the art of 15-minute power naps
  • Buy a Snuggie so you can keep cozy in butler
  • Plan out a couple of friend dates well in advance so you can actually have a break and plan your studying around friends
  • Get trashed, just so everything is out of your system before you have to be responsible
  • Get organized! Make a list of all your finals and when they are and set reminders for yourself, just in case
  • If you’re going somewhere for winter break (like home) make your travel plans in advance so you don’t have to do it last minute during finals week
  • Drink water and eat healthy while you have at least a tiny bit of time
  • Create a study plan so you can attempt to not cram all your studying into reading week
  • Make a bunch of playlists so you have lots of different things to listen to while you study
  • Vacuum
  • Learn meditation or some relaxing yoga poses
  • Spend 24 hours not thinking about school at all
  • Sleep

that expression is a big mood via Bwog Archive




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Help; I didn’t even know they made this many different makeup brushes.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


  • Science and Capitalism: Entangled Histories.” Monday, November 12, 6:15 – 8 PM. Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room. A roundtable discussion featuring historians Marwa Elshakry, Michael Gordin, Malgosia Mazurek, and Carl Wennerlind, and co-editors of the work they will be discussing Will Deringer, Eugenia Lean and Lukas Rieppel to talk about the long-recognized connection between capitalism and scientific discovery. 
  • The New York Times Magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones in Conversation with NBC’s Lester Holt.” Thursday, November 15, 12:30 – 1:45 PM. Pulitzer Hall, Joseph J. Jamail Lecture Hall (3rd Floor). RSVP hereHolt talkes to Hannah-Jones about about her career reporting on civil rights and racial injustice especially around education. 
  • GendeRev: Trans Makeup As Resistance.” Saturday, November 17, 5 – 7 PM. Schapiro Hall, Stephan Donaldson Lounge (Ground Floor). Workshop hosted by Multicultural Affairs with a focus on the importance makeup in the lives of trans people,  putting into the conversation the experiences of multiple trans femme people of color. Makeup tips and dinner provided.

Student Event Spotlight

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  • The Columbia Hindu Students Organization is celebrating Diwali this Saturday in Roone Artledge Auditorium, featuring free food and and opportunity to learn the different ways the holiday is celebrated.
  • As part of Class Awareness Month, the Columbia First-Generation Low Income Partnership (FLIP) is encouraging people to share why they’re proud of being first-generation and/or low income at Columbia. Find a safe space to share your successes in Lerner 505 on Tuesday from 7 to 8.
  • The Korean Students Association is screening box office smash “Master” this Friday from 8 – 11:30 PM. Stop by the Broadway Sky Lounge for snacks and an action-packed thriller (English subtitles provided).

Squeezing in events before the semester ends after the jump.



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From Latinx Heritage Month 2017.

Columbia often advertises itself as one of the most ethnically and economically diverse schools in the Ivy League. But what happens when students with these diverse backgrounds after they come to Columbia? What communities exist for them? With Latinx Heritage Month a few weeks behind us, Events Editor Isabel Sepúlveda takes a closer look at the Latinx community within the undergraduate community and what three student organizations are doing to support it.

As is often the case at Columbia, most of the issues of identity and connection within the campus Latinx community come down to space. Not physical space–though that does pose an issue for many groups–but spaces of identity and the question of who can occupy them loom more urgently over the conversation. “I don’t want to take up a space there that I maybe don’t belong in,” said Madeleine Lemos (CC ‘21) about the distance she feels from the Latinx community on campus. Though she’s attended several Chicanx Caucus meetings, her family’s experiences as 3rd and 4th generation Mexican-Americans differed from the issues faced by 1st and 2nd generation residents discussed at the meetings. Her bi-racial identity also made navigation of these campus spaces more difficult, as many of Columbia’s Latinx clubs, while open to everyone, focus on being “from a country” and celebration of that culture.

Her thoughts were echoed by Emma Gometz (CC ‘21), who described herself “half-white, half-Colombian, full Columbian.” Like Lemos, she acknowledged that as a person of mixed-race “what I go through is way different” from others who occupy these spaces. While she “[doesn’t] want to invalidate [her] own experience” as a mixed person, her consciousness of her privilege as an American and her nervousness having to prove that she’s “Latinx enough” have left her hesitant to engage in the formal campus community. “Whenever there’s a group based on identity,” she noted, “you’re always faced with that question: I am I this enough?”

Both highlighted that at a macro-level, Latinx groups rarely work together, leaving them, as Lemos put it, “disjointed and scattered.” Combined with at times poor outreach, they felt this left clubs largely unable to project a united front to the campus at large. Despite their individual hesitance, both made clear that, despite their flaws, these groups can provide a vital place for Latinx students to be themselves authentically in a university that struggles with making a home for people of color. The issues they raised were not out of bitterness or spite, but rather a genuine desire to see a strengthened community. They aren’t alone either; the three campus groups I spoke with recognized this insularity as a key hurdle in their effort to build community.

What are Latinx organizations doing to overcome these hurdles?



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Our most beloved, most wretched god.

Here it is. We’ve saved the most basic for last. Bwog worked behind the scenes for months tinkering with these formulas and we can finally present you with the final work in this series (probably). CC students are the largest part of Columbia’s largest undergraduate population, and as such, make for the best sample size for determining what really makes a student a CC student. Share your results in the comments, and let us know which school gave you the highest score!

You know the drill. If you suspect yourself or someone you love of having BCE (Big CC Energy) start with a base of 10 points and proceed accordingly.

  • Also doesn’t know who Hegel is but at this point is really too afraid to ask (+2)
  • Has an opinion on Deantini (+3)
    • Is friends with Deantini on Facebook (+5)
    • Connected with Deantini on LinkedIn (+7)
    • Calls him “Dean James Valentini” (-3)
  • Doesn’t tip (+3)
  • Complains about Butler while simultaneously studying in Butler (+1)
  • Has a preferred Butler study space (+2)
  • Actually enjoyed FroSci (-20)
  • Googled “What is Barnard College” during NSOP (+10)
    • Came to Barnard for the first time ever because of Milstein (+4)
    • Thinks people go to Barnard because they can’t get into CC (+8)
  • Is too scared to go to the dining hall in Diana because they don’t know how much food to take (+5)
    • Found out there was a dining hall in Diana from this post (+10)
  • Knows where CG is (-5)
    • Found out CG exists from this post (+5)
  • Lives, has lived, or wished they lived in Carman (+1)
    • Has pulled the fire alarm in Carman (-5)
    • Hosted a Carman party that got busted by their RA (+4)
  • Is looking for CC study guides (+2)
    • Created a CC study guide (+7)
    • Borrowed a CC study guide from an older friend and didn’t share it (-5)
  • Gets a little thrill of superiority when people ask them for sign-ins as they’re swiping into EC (+4)
  • Is an Econ or CS major (+1)
    • Has debated switching to Econ or CS so they can get that sweet Goldman/Google internship (+3)
    • Got a Goldman/Google/prestigious internship because of Daddy’s connections (+10)
    • “I just really love finance/computers” (+7)
    • Openly admit they’re selling out (-5)

    Find out if you’re peak CC after the jump!



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Seize your weapons (forks acceptable) and fight!

It starts quietly, as most wars do.

Two first-years, walking back from their FroSci lecture meet up with one of their Barnard friends by the 116th gates. “Where do you guys want to grab lunch?” she asks. This is some time before midterms of first-year fall, when friends still exist and groups of people still have time to eat a meal together without 3 cancellations and a When2Meet.

“We could go to Ferris.” One of them suggests, fishing for his ID from beneath hundreds of pages of readings he will never complete.

“Oh my God, no!” The other CC student exclaims, looking at him as if he’s been spending too much time in Riverside Park today. “Everyone goes there after FroSci lecture. We won’t be able to breathe, let alone find somewhere to sit.”

Their Barnard friend shrugs. “We could always go to Hewitt. They have better pasta anyway.” Her friends cry out in horror. “What? She has an A again now; y’all need to chill.”

The debate continues. John Jay: the food is disgusting and the chairs are awful. Diana: the Columbia students don’t understand how it works and at this point, they’re too afraid to ask. JJs: going there when you’re not drunk at 2 am on a Thursday robs its overcooked burgers of their power.

As the conversation continues, more people gather around, drawn like moths to a flame to the conversations they’ve had with their own friends since stepping foot on campus. The cadence is familiar, and a few upperclassmen wonder if perhaps they should stop them before it goes too far. They’ve seen this happen before, but that’s why they ultimately decide to remain silent. It was bound to happen at some point in the semester, so why not now?

What will happen? Nothing good, that’s for sure.



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if you read the book, you’ll find out Frankenstein’s monster was supposed to be hot.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


More events, including our new Student Spotlight, after the jump!



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this guy definitely has a sleeve

We’ve done Barnard. We’ve done SEAS. The end is in sight but we can’t forget GS. Despite a wide variety of degree programs, we here at Bwog have managed to boil GS students down to an essence they all share. Take this quiz to determine how much you’ve got or if that kid who won’t shut up in your class is an obnoxious GS student living up to the stereotype, or just plain obnoxious. Share your results in the comments!

If you suspect you or someone you love of having BGE, start with a base of 10 points and go from there:

  • Is a MilVet (+5)
    • “but not one of those MilVets” (+4)
  • Is a former ballerina (+5)
  • Goes to Mel’s (+2)
    • know the bartenders at Mel’s (+5)
    • does shots with the bartender at Mel’s (+10)
    • has a mug at Mel’s (+15)
  • Only friends with non-GS people (-12)
    • Is under 21 (-8)
    • Buys alcohol for underage friends (+5)
  • Has a 4.0, qualifies for the maximum FAFSA contribution, and still doesn’t get any financial aid (+10)
  • Is over 50 (+2)
  • Has kids (+15)
    • Has to miss campus events because they can’t get a babysitter (+5)
  • Has a sleeve tattoo (+1)
  • Wears a suit on the first day of class (+2)
  • Eats in the dining halls (-8)
  • Has social media other than Facebook (-6)
  • Only sits with other GS students in lectures (+3)
  • Goes to Barnard science classes (+5)
  • Doesn’t get the “Core experience” because they pay by the credit and it’s cheaper to fulfill the requirements other ways (+4)
  • Drinks to forget that most the incoming CC freshman class were born in 2000 or later (+2)
  • Went to the Barnard/GS picnic last spring (+2)
  • “The three undergraduate schools of Columbia: CC, SEAS, and GS” (+3)
  • Participates very heavily in discussion sections (+5)
    • Is condescending to the TA when they do it (+3)
    • Is older than the TA (+2)

Finish your calculations and find out the results after the jump!



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Who will take the Iron Throne…we mean the chambers of Congress?

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


Petition for Columbia to cancel midterms so we can go to all the events after the jump.



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The hammer symbolizes how hard midterms crush every STEMs student’s spirit from week 4 through finals

Bwog brought you a fool-proof method of determining how much Barnard energy you or anyone else in your life has, but since we’ve never been known to let a good idea die, we’re featuring another Columbia undergraduate school this week: SEAS! For all you engineers out there who might be worried that our system is “arbitrary” and “unscientific,” we’d like to let you know that we ran our algorithm past our smartest, SEASiest Bwoggers, and they threw up their hands and walked away, so we’re confident in the accuracy of our system. Calculate how much SEAS energy you exude and share your results in the comments!

If you suspect yourself or someone you’ve seen of having BSE, start with a base of 10 points and go from there:

  • Thinks about transferring to CC after the first midterm (+2)
  • In a racecar club (+3)
  • Thinks they’re woke because their engineering club has 3 female members (+15)
  • Had to take gen chem even though what they want to study has nothing to do with chemistry (+10)
    • Had to take generic classes that have nothing to do with their major for ~2 years (+3)
  • Has read a book (-5)
    • Can read (-15)
  • Has a Dropbox shirt (+2)
    • has two Dropbox shirts (+6)
  • Has a MongoDB shirt (+1)
  • Understands what blockchain is (+10)
    • Can explain what blockchain is to others (+2)
  • Thinks they’re better than people who are humanities majors (+15)
  • Skipped every Art of Engineering lecture, because they’re on Friday (+2)
    • Went to every AoE lecture, even though they’re on Friday (+5)
  • Been told “you don’t seem like you’d be in SEAS” (+5)
  • Humanities classes end up being the most work (+3)
  • “have you started the p-set” (+3)
    • “no” (+10)

More SEAS points after the jump



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I wish my family was as well-off as Columbia thinks it is.

Events Editor Isabel Sepúlveda has been filling out her own financial aid forms for a while now. In honor of the FAFSA and CSS Profile opening for business at the beginning of October, she’s shared some of her thoughts about this ridiculous process.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2019-2020 school year opened on October 1, a fact that most of us are going to promptly forget until three days before Columbia’s May 5, 2019 deadline. But since my sisters are high school seniors who are better than me in almost every way possible, they’ve already been texting me with questions (or, more often, answers to questions I’ll be asking on May 3rd) about the process for filing their various financial aid forms. Somehow, I managed to forget how ridiculous this process is in the 4 months since I turned in those sweet, sweet W-2s.

The FAFSA itself isn’t…awful. Don’t get me wrong; I hate it with basically my whole soul and I still mourn the death of the IRS Retrieval Tool, which allowed you to pull information from tax returns you or your guardians already filed. But, if you have your returns and the tax filing statuses of you and your guardians aren’t even a little bit strange (which are two big and important ifs), you get walked through the process relatively painlessly. Of course, you get maybe $3 from the federal government in return for your labor, less than that if you or your parents paid more than $5 for anything they’ve ever purchased. Okay, the more I think about this, the more awful it sounds. And this is the easy part; feel free to join me in my weeping now.

The CSS Profile? We wish we didn’t know her.



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Columbia students should be grateful that they don’t have to clean their own bathrooms.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


Fake news, real crimes and more after the jump.



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yasss celia, show them how it’s done

Events Editor Isabel Sepúlveda trekked over to the Diana Events Oval to Latin Jazz in the City: A Musical Tribute to the Greatest Latin American Women Singers of All Time. Hosted by the Forum on Migration, Claudia Acuña, Jorge Glem, Ricky Rodriguez, Luisito Quintero, and Baden Goyo adapted the works of world-renown Latina artists like Celia Cruz, Violeta Parra, and Mercedes Sosa for a powerful reminder of the connective power of language.

My exposure to Latin music as a child was largely me complaining to my sisters about my dad’s obnoxious habit of blasting salsa music every weekend, so as I arrived at the Diana Event Oval on Thursday to pick up my ticket for Latin Jazz in the City, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. As more and more people filtered into the space, the sound of Spanish conversation colored the room, as people who grew up with Celia Cruz and Violeta Parra anxiously awaited the start of the show.

We would have to be waiting a while, as it turns out. As José Moya, director of the Forum on Migration, noted in his introduction, “If there’s one thing jazz musicians are not, it’s punctual.”  In that time, Moya argued that migration forms a powerful source of creativity, noting that of the last 7 Nobel Prizes for Literature that were awarded to Americans, 5 were awarded to those born outside the country and that though only 14% of the country is foreign-born, over 40% of artists in the Whitney are. Latin jazz itself is the result of Cuban immigrants and Black Americans in New York City, and the artists themselves came from Puerto Rico, Chile, and Venezuela.

The performance itself, after the jump.



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She has the biggest Barnard Energy of all.

Have you ever looked at someone walking down Broadway and instantly known that person goes to Barnard? Or maybe you are Barnard student and one day, you look in a mirror, realizing you’ve ascended to a higher plane of Barnard understanding. Or maybe you just get misken for a Barnard student a lot. Either way, there are some people on this campus who exude so much Big Barnard Energy that it’s incalculable. We at Bwog applied some complicated algorithms and came up with this fool-proof system to determine if you or someone you love has BBE.

If you suspect yourself or someone you’ve seen of having BBE, start with a base of 10 points and go from there:

  • chopped off all their hair after Thanksgiving break (+10)
  • made it their goal to only study on Barnard’s campus (+5)
    • studies in Butler (-3)
    • studies in Milstein (misleading) (+0)
  • started reading feminist theory two months after arriving on campus (+7)
  • takes only Barnard classes (+15)
  • has a nose piercing (+2)
  • has at least 3 ear piercings (+2, +1 for each additional piercing after that)
  • sleeps only in Barnard College merch (+ 3)
  • complains about both Columbia’s sign in, and Barnard’s sign out policies (+4)
  • wait up to ten minutes for their preferred Diana pizza (+3)
  • wondered if they’re allowed to buy Columbia apparel (+1)
  • wears plaid shirts at least 5 times a week (+3)
  • denim on denim (+2)
    • with black boots (+5)
  • complains about how much they hate men and then immediately says “no offense” to the CC boy who’s standing right there (+5)
    • “Men are trash,” no apology (+8)
  • complaining about how terrible Hewitt is but is too lazy to cross the street to Ferris (+2)
  • “it’s the best of both worlds!!!1!” (+3)
  • still owns and uses the Barnard sleeping mask they were sent when they got their acceptance letter (+3)
  • always puts the Columbia University geotag on their Snapchats to show they can keep up with CC (-7)
  • talks about how people care more about self-care at Barnard than Columbia (+2)
  • owns Doc Martens (+1)
  • mentions going to meet someone on campus for a buy/sell/trade exchange (+3)
  • has a favorite order at Liz’s Place (+2)
  • can count guy friends on one hand (+9)
  • owns a Fjallraven Kranken (+1)
  • has a crush on a male professor (+1)
    • has a crush on, specifically, James Casey of intro bio lab fame (+3)
  • has a crush on Margaret Vandenburg or Rachel Eisendrath (+3)
    • has a crush on both Margaret Vandenburg and Rachel Eisendrath (+5)
  • goes to Well Woman for the free condoms (+3)
  • got deeply into astrology after their first 3 months (+3)
  • keeps a running total of how many CC students to whom they’ve explained dinner at the Diana (+4, +1 for every person on the list)
  • in a sorority (+4)
  • floral tattoo (+6)
  • overheard talking about an EC party (+3)
  • understands points (+1)
  • prefers Mel’s to 1020 (just a first year)


  • 0-10 points: They’ve never stepped foot on Barnard’s campus. Actually, they’re not quite sure what that school on the other side of Broadway is, but now it’s too late to ask.
  • 10-20 points: They have some nebulous Barnard energy, but generally, people assume they’re a Columbia student, and whether they are or not, they’re okay with it.
  • 21-35 points: They’re still pretty hard to trace, could go either way, but you’d feel good putting money on them having attended Barnard at some point, or at least, taking every class they can over there.
  • 35-50 points: On the brink of going full Barnard; they never want to step on “the other side of the street” and avoid it at all costs, even if that means eating in Hewitt. If they are a Columbia student, 9 times out of 10 there will be a half-filled out Barnard transfer application somewhere in their hard drive.
  • 51+ points: This person is pure Barnard energy. They’ve ascended past the realm of us mere mortals and have become something unknowable, greater than we could ever dream of comprehending. I salute them.

the superior half of broadway via Bwog Archives




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look how peaceful… but is it really?

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


Masculinity, Nazis and more after the jump.



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we all know that one guy

Events Editor and lapsed black belt Isabel Sepúlveda still has not picked back up her favorite martial art. As such, she has to channel all her rage into something and she’s decided that’s going to be internet call-out posts.

Bwog’s bread and butter is archetypes: throughout our storied history, we’ve taken you on a whirlwind tour through the kind of people you meet in your Core classes, on Tinder, in EC, and in office hours to name a few. Because, while every Columbia student is unique, individual, and beautiful, we’re also all occasionally variations on the same theme. It just so happens that one of those themes makes me want to scratch my eyes out with a coat hanger: That Guy in your discussion section. (Though this is a concept that occasionally defies gender roles, in my experience, it’s a guy a solid 80% of the time, if I’m being conservative.)

There’s been countless thinkpieces on how men and women act in when in discussion with one another and I bet this person has read them all but taken exactly none of them to heart. He might have a “The Future Is Female” next to the Bernie 2016 sticker on his laptop, but the moment you give him the opportunity to discuss Hegel or Shakespeare or the Founding Fathers or some other (usually white and male) thinker, the rest of his classmates (especially the female ones) don’t matter. The only thing that does is his obviously brilliant insight that no one else has ever thought of before ever, even if it’s the most basic or misguided point you could make based off the text.

Hear more about how terrible this kid really is.

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