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Editor’s note: a mug shot was not available at the time of publishing this post, so Joel Davis’ Facebook profile picture has been included instead.

Content warning: This article contains mention of pedophilia, child pornography, and sexual assault/violence.

Joel Davis, GS ’19, was arrested Tuesday on charges of “enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, and possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography,” according to a press release from US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York.

Davis reportedly described the sexual activity he intended to engage in with the nine-year-old daughter of an undercover officer and the two-year-old daughter of the officer’s girlfriend, requested sexually explicit photographs of the children, and sent explicit pictures of infants and toddlers to undercover officers.

Davis has long vocally opposed sexual assault. He co-founded Youth to End Sexual Violence in 2014, an organization dedicated to “eliminating the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict,” and currently serves as their Executive Director and US Representative. He is also the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. He was a UN Youth Ambassador on Sexual Violence in Conflict for 2 years, chaired the International Campaign to Stop Rape, and co-chaired the International Campaign to Stop Rape Steering Committee, part of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. He wrote about the issue as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator in 2017 and in a 2014 HuffPost op-ed.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said Davis displayed “the highest degree of hypocrisy in his alleged attempts to exploit multiple minors.”

Davis’s charges hold mandatory minimum federal sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years, while the maximum sentences range from 20 years to a life sentence.

Youth to End Sexual Violence and the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict have been reached out to for comment.

Update, June 28, 9:45 pm: Leaders of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict posted a statement on the coalition’s Facebook page earlier today, announcing that Davis is no longer the campaign’s coordinator and that his organization, Youth to End Sexual Violence, has been removed from the coalition of groups in the campaign. In the statement, the campaign’s leaders expressed shock and horror at Davis’ alleged actions, and said that they “stand firmly by the children and families allegedly hurt by these acts.” The statement concludes: “We remain committed–today more than ever–to the urgent work and mission of the campaign: to end sexual violence wherever it occurs.” The full statement is included below.
Read the full press release from the US Attorney’s office after the jump




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You’re probably going to regret your oral sex vs cheese answer in 5 years and ask us to take it down anyway.

Daily editor and lapsed black belt Isabel Sepúlveda has loved Columbia during her first year, but nothing is perfect. And since she’s stopping practicing Tae Kwon Do for the time being, she’s using her new favorite outlet for venting her frustration at minor inconveniences: Bwog!

As every semester comes to a close, we here at Bwog take the time to turn to our graduating seniors and ask them to offer their wisdom to current and future generations of Columbia students. It’s a time-honored tradition and stands alongside housing coverage or anytime readers want to question our journalistic integrity as one of our most popular.  Everyone is clamoring to see themselves and their friends answer the oral sex or cheese question and ask us to pour one out for Cannon’s one last time.

But, for better or for worse, we don’t have enough time to give every senior who has blessed Morningside Heights with their presence and tuition dollars, leading us to open a nomination process in the weeks leading up to the end of the semester. Especially in the spring, this helps us filter through all of our amazing seniors to find the 40 or so we feature at the end of every year.

It’s a process and by the time we post all these cheese puns, all the decisions are made. So that’s why I’m asking you to please step away from that email you’re currently writing to telling us that we absolutely have to feature the wisdom of your best friend or your sophomore year RA. We understand that they’re important to you, in some way, and most of the time we love it when you email us. But also, my sanity is important to me so I’m asking you kindly to delete the draft and go back to procrastinate packing/unpacking/napping some other way.

More of me literally begging you to stop below.



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Don’t be the next Maggie killer

Bwogline: Puerto Rican students taken in by NYU for the semester as the island recovered from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria have requested to have their stay extended through the fall, due to the poor recovery efforts taking place on the island, including frequent power outages and the economic crisis. NYU has denied their request. (Buzzfeed)

Study Tip: Use the Forest app to keep you from constantly checking your phone while your cram for you last couple finals. In it, you set a specific amount of time for your phone to “grow” a tree and if you close out the screen, it dies.   You don’t want to kill a tree, even a digital one, do you?

Music: You might think it looks dumb, but SpongeBob the Musical is actually a modern classic. Also, it’s super motivating while we finish finals/packing/any other last minute plans.

Procrastination Tip: Take a walk around campus, either alone or with some friends who are still around, and reminisce about what you’ve done in your time here at Columbia. These years go by fast so it never hurts to take a little time to reflect.

Overheard: “I need to hydrate before I die-drate”

a once majestic magnolia via Bwog Archives



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I guess you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the Diana Center or something.

In the frantic rush to study for all your finals, write three 10-page papers you’ve been putting off all semester, and try not to drown from all the stress, something’s got to give and your ID is the easiest thing to lose in the shuffle. But after the fourth or fifth time in a row giving a bored Public Safety officer your UNI, you might want to try figuring something out. In order to spare you $20 and the trip to Hartley, Bwog compiled a list of places you might want to check first.

  • Under your bed, next to the key you haven’t used since September
  • Butler, after you broke down and went there for the first time this semester
  • The entrance of JJ’s/John Jay/Ferris
  • EC, because you got so drunk trying to forget your finals, you forgot your stuff as well
  • Wein Lounge, somehow?
  • Hanging off the back of the Wind Ensemble’s bass drum
  • At a bar where you said you “lost” your state ID and tried to use your student ID to prove that you were 21
  • The pocket of whatever pants you were just wearing
  • On the lawns somewhere. It doesn’t matter though; you’re still outside anyway trying to sunbathe away the Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Next to the socks, that one library book and your really cute sweater that have gone missing since winter break
  • Still at Public Safety, because you bought a new one five minutes before they emailed you about it
  • In the hollow remains of Amigos/Rite-Aid/M2M/[insert your favorite here]
  • In your wallet, but you didn’t find it until you already got the lockout key
  • On the ground in Riverside Park, being chewed by a curious puppy or small child
  • In your hookup’s room after your attempts to de-stress(if you don’t know how to ask for it back, we have some advice there too)
  • In a friend’s wallet, so you won’t be able to lose it anymore

will idalena cardholder be our new bff? via Columbia SSC




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Simple but effective.

What are Columbia students doing to engage with the recent movement of increased activism against gun violence? Daily Editor Isabel Sepúlveda found out by speaking to members of new organization Columbia University Against Gun Violence and attending two of the group’s events.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting this past February, there has been an uptick in activism across the country as high school students realize their political power and work to make change in their communities. While it would be impossible to say that Columbia students have been unaware of their ability to make change, even our community has been empowered by this new wave of student activism as seen in the formation of the new student organization Columbia University Against Gun Violence (CUAGV). Though only in existence for a few months, CUAGV is already ensuring they will make their mark.

Just before the March for Our Lives on March 24 of this year, I attended a poster-making event in Lerner Hall in an attempt to find a few members of CUAGV who could talk to me about their organization. I ended up talking to a few of the grad student organizers of the NYC March for Our Lives, who both highlighted the role that CUAGV played in the organization of the event and its role in bringing the campus community together. This significant organizing power was astonishing given how recently the group had come together.

A March for Our Lives participant, making a poster at the party co-hosted by CUAGV.

I mentioned this in an interview with founder of the club, Nikki Shaner-Bradford, BC ‘19; she told me that reception in the CU community to the establishment was generally positive, as there had previously been no student-led groups or initiatives at Columbia or Barnard dealing with this issue. Membership “took off exponentially” as the march approached, and activists looking for a way to get involved with the newly re-energized fight against gun violence joined. As a result, she told me that turnout from the community and those interested in the club was “far beyond expectations,” leading the group to be able to march with New York Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. She described that moment as “inspiring,” and added that it was “really important that we use this momentum to push our next steps.”

And use this momentum they have. It’s been a little over a month since the March for Our Lives, and already the group has held a letter-writing event, done an event on Comedy Central, and co-hosted two panel discussions. Shaner-Bradford emphasized these new partnerships as “crucial” as CUAGV works to come into their own as an organization and figure out the best way to contribute to this conversation. About a week ago, I made my way to one of these events, a panel discussion on gun violence in America co-hosted by the Barnard Human Rights Department. Shaner-Bradford sat on the panel alongside CU Dems Lead Activist Joanna Cohen, CC ’20, Barnard history professor Matt Vaz, and Vanderbilt professor of psychiatry Jonathan Metzl.

How did the panel discussion go down?



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I will stand with them in their fight against tyranny

Bwogline: Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity that Trump repaid the Stormy Daniels hush money, despite previously claiming he knew nothing of the transaction, making us all long for the sweeter days where we didn’t know who any of these people were (BBC).

Study Tip: Just don’t. If you don’t know it by now, you probably won’t. (Or, you know, use Quizlet and make as many flashcards as humanly possible in the 24 hours before your first final).

Procrastination Tip: Classically condition your roommate to dance on a table every time you play the song below. It’s very cleansing.


Overseen: An army of wet floor signs in the basement of Teachers College, ready to stage a coup in Prezbo’s absence.

is this postmodernism? via Betsy Ladyzhets



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Throw out the whole website.

Happening in the World: The leader of the regional government in Madrid resigned after a video of her being detained for shoplifting was made public. 53-year-old Cristina Cifuentes had already been under pressure to leave her post after it came to light that she didn’t do all the coursework needed to receive her bachelor’s degree. A blow to the ruling part, this is also an important reminder to write your papers and study for your finals. (NYT)

Happening in the US: Because we live in the worst possible timeline, Donald Trump thanked Kanye West on Twitter for his public support, after the rapper returned to the platform two weeks ago. Among other comments, he said Trump shares “dragon energy” with him and posted a photo in a MAGA hat. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Police are searching for a dog that bit a woman on the 4 train in Manhattan. The conflict started when she asked the owner to move the dog after bumping into her. An altercation ensued and she was bitten on the foot (NBC).

Happening on Campus: The Human Rights Program at Barnard will be hosting a panel discussion and Q&A on gun violence in America today from 6 to 8 pm in 307 Milbank. The panel features: Barnard Professor of History Matt Vaz; Vanderbilt Professor of Psychiatry, Jonathan Metzl; founder of Columbia Students Against Gun Violence, Nikki Shaner-Bradford; and CU Dems Lead Activist, Joanna Cohen.

World of the Day: Luz, the Spanish word for light. Here’s your weekly reminder that more than 33,000 people in rural Puerto Rico still don’t have power or adequate shelter, and have been relying on generators since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit in September (CBS)

do you think god lives in heaven because he too lives in fear of what he created? via Bwog Archives



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The “Hart” of campus (not really, but it’s close enough to JJ’s)

One half of the LLC (aka the two identical buildings next to John Jay), Hartley Hall in one of the oldest dorms on campus, and sometimes, it feels like it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a great place to live during your first year at Columbia and beyond!

Location: 1124 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (between Hamilton and Wallach)

Nearby dorms: Wallach and John Jay are literally connected. Furnald, Carman, and Wein are a bit more of a hike but still only 3 minutes away.

Stores and restaurants: John Jay, JJ’s, Hamilton Deli, Arts and Crafts

Cost: $8,412, standard for freshpeople


  • Bathrooms: A two shared, co-ed bathrooms for each suite, cleaned twice weekly. The larger has two stalls/showers and the smaller, on the second floor of the suite, only has one of each.
  • AC/Heating: Heat but no AC. Buy a good fan for the first few months, or keep your windows open.
  • Kitchen: One in each suite, with two stoves, a sink, and a microwave, as well as lots of cabinet space. Cleaning them is resident responsibility so they can get disgusting pretty quickly but Hartley definitely has the smallest kitchen/resident ratio for freshpeople.
  • Lounge: One in on the main level of each suite, with a few chairs, a table and a  television (that has cable) with a smaller, essentially ineffectual lounge on the upper level as well that’s mostly just a few chairs and a small table. The lounges in the A and C suites tend to be a lot larger than those in the B suites. There’s also a sky lounge on the 10th floor and a first floor lounge with pool and ping pong tables!
  • Laundry: Free and in the basement, shared with Wallach. Though it tends to get full during certain peak hours (some evenings, the weekend, etc.) you can definitely find times when it’s completely free.
  • Fire Escapes/Bike Storage: No
  • Computers/printers: There’s a computer lab on the first floor and two PawPrint stations by the door, perfect if your computer malfunctions mid-essay or you forget to print until you’re walking out the door.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty slow elevators; one only goes to the 9th floor and the other that can take you to the sky lounge on the 10th.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Ugly 80s carpet in both the halls/lounge and the bedrooms; the kitchens and bathrooms have tile.
  • WiFi: Yes; and it’s pretty fast most of the time.

Pics and opinions below!



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You might actually want to eat at the dining hall for once

If you tried to grab a lunch on campus earlier, you might have noticed that John Jay and Ferris closed at 2 pm today. Why, you may ask? They were preparing for Surf and Turf, one of the few Columbia traditions basically everyone knows by name. Now relocated to Lerner Auditorium, you can head over from 5 to 8 pm for some lobster tails, NY strip steak, shrimp and an ice cream bar. It’s the one day of the year that Columbia feeds us like we’re prospies again, so don’t miss it!




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It’s a rule that every Puerto Rican must display at least three flags in their home at all times.

Happening in the World: Raúl Castro, successor to his brother Fidel who took the presidency after the Cuban Revolution, has announced that he is stepping down from his position. Known for his opening of the country to a private commerce and US diplomatic relations, he has chosen Communist Party loyalist Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez as his successor to the presidency. (NYT)

Happening in the US: Puerto Rico finds itself entirely in the dark once again, after a main power line went down. The power authority is trying to restore power in the next day to day and a half, prioritizing power to hospitals. The continued blackout in the Puerto Rico, where 40,000 people still lacked power before this island-wide outage, is now the longest in US history, 7 months after Hurricane Maria made landfall. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Not quite in New York City so to speak, but residents of a Parrish, Alabama are protesting a stranded car of human waste from NYC that’s been filling their town with an unbearable stench. Part of a larger trend in dumping waste in the Southern states, Alabama’s cheap land, flexible zoning, and a ban on ocean dumping in New York have lead to a shitty situation all around. (NBC).

Happening on Campus: Speaking of Puerto Rico, join the Center for Race and Ethnicity tomorrow for the opening of an art exhibit entitled “Puerto Rico Under Water.” It features the work of 5 Puerto Rican artists, reflecting on the effects of the debt crisis on the island while at the same time serving a site of “memory, humor, and hope as Puerto Ricans rebuild not only homes but a collective future.” It takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Hamilton 420.

Word of the Day: ziyou, the Chinese word for freedom. It’s 2 weeks until finals and I’m pretty sure the light of freedom is at the end of the tunnel, y’all.

i’ll find my island via Wikimedia Commons



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He has dead eyes.

Happening in the World: An Algerian military plane crashed near the capital, leaving 257 people dead in the country’s deadliest plane crash on record. Among these casualties are military personnel and their families, crew members, and passengers from Western Sahara. The cause of the crash is still be investigated. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Paul Ryan has announced he will not be running for reelection in the 2018 midterm election, saying that he has left a legacy behind in the new Republican tax law and he hopes to spend more time with his family. More than 40 Congressional Republicans have made similar announcements, 0pening the door for a potential wave of Democratic gains in the House. (Vox)

Happening in NYC: A judicial commission has recommended the removal of Queens judge Terrence O’Connor, citing a habitual mistreatment of lawyers, abuse of power, failure to follow the law, and failure to cooperate with the investigation into his conduct. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: Ecoreps annual Greenfest takes place tomorrow on Low Plaza! From 5 to 7 pm tomorrow, you can stop by for food, games, and giveaways: including t-shirts, mugs, free Dig Inn, and free smoothie bike smoothies, in celebration of green organizations and initiatives on campus.

Word of the Day: Loisible, a French adjective that means a freedom to choose. You’re free not to go to class, but with finals so close, you probably should.

soon to be former speaker via Wikimedia Commons



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I bet this costs approximately .00000000191 Manhattanvilles

Bwogger Isabel Sepulveda made a troubling discovery this weekend that could put Columbia’s rankings at risk. 

Last weekend, I took my younger sister on a whirlwind tour of some of the many, many colleges New York has to offer. One of said colleges was the Pratt Institute out in Brooklyn. At first, it seemed to be a relatively normal campus without too many qualities that made it stand out, aside from several giant statues of heads that dotted the campus (and the fact it was a campus in New York that actually, you know, has a campus). As we walked around, we noticed blue and white boxes next to what looked to be oversized bird-houses at random intervals. Upon closer inspection, we discovered they were feeding stations for campus cats. Campus! Cats!!!! A few minutes later, we actually saw some of them and they were the best thing I’ve seen in my entire life. They even have their own (outdated) Instagram. I was tempted to turn in a transfer application on the spot.

Upon further research, this “Pratt cat” phenomenon is a result of a large stray cat population. Despite their unintentional origin, they’ve been embraced by students and faculty alike, with some staff taking in cats threatened with removal and a petition to keep them when they’ve been threatened in the past. This left me thinking about Columbia’s animal presence. Sure, plenty of people bring their dogs to campus, but they don’t stick around, they’re weather-dependent and it can be awkward to approach a stranger . What about all the cat people on campus? Columbia may tout itself as “the greatest school in the greatest city in the world” but I don’t see how we can keep that title when Pratt has this clear and obvious edge.

Why we need a Columbia cat after the jump



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Come out and support!

Take Back the Night’s annual rally/speakout is tonight. For those who don’t know, Take Back the Night is a national and international movement that works to break the silence around sexual violence of all kinds, sexual assault and abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence and “empower survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.”

The Columbia rally, described as “powerful and meaningful” by their Facebook event, will begin at 8:30 pm on Low Steps. At 9:30, the group will head over to Altshul Atrium for the speakout, which begins at 10 pm.

This portion of the night will allow community members to share their stories if they wish, with the option of staying anonymous if they so choose. Food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Additionally, counselors from SVR will be there for any community member who wishes to talk to someone in private and Nightline (212-854-7777) is another resource available should attendees need support. The event is completely free and open to all. They highlight: “We do not tolerate any victim blaming, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, or any other type of intolerance; this is a non-violent space that prioritizes the voices of survivors.” It runs late, until about 2 am, but everyone who wishes to attended is encouraged to stay as long as they wish, even if it’s only briefly.

event banner via TBTN Facebook Event



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so much soy, so many tariffs

Happening in the World: Li Wenzu is making a 12-day, 62-mile trek from Beijing to Tianjin in search of information about her husband, a lawyer who was detained in the “709” crackdown that jailed 200 activists. In the 1000 days since his arrest, she has received no information about his arrest, aside from the fact he was detained; she believes he has been tortured (BBC).

Happening in the US: China responded to a list of new tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods released by the Trump administration with $50 billion of their own and a complaint with the World Trade Organization. The deputy commerce ministry said their actions are “restrained.” Although the impacts may be limited, an escalating trade war between the two largest economies in the world obviously isn’t a good idea (NPR).

Happening in NYC: Police shot and killed a man in Brooklyn with an object in his hand after 911 calls claiming a man with a gun was spotted in the area; no guns have yet been found in the area and witnesses say they heard no shots until the police fired. Later reports identified the man as 34-year-old Saheed Vassell. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: Asterisk: A New Play opens in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre tonight at 8 pm and runs through Saturday, with tickets available on a sliding scale from $0-$15. The play talks about recently out Nadia who decided to write a play about three historical trans figures, complicated when these figures then appear in their bedroom. Check out their Facebook event for more information on content and getting tickets.

Word of the Day: Petrichor, which describes the smell of rain on dry ground. Maybe some day soon we’ll be able to understand the concept of dry ground again.



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Home sweet home?

Don’t be turned off by it’s distance from campus; Claremont is a great choice for upperclassman in search of a suite and great amenities! 

Location: 47 Claremont (suprising, we know)

  • Nearby Dorms: It’s pretty far from the rest of Columbia’s dorms, but you’re close to your Barnard friends in Elliot, the 600s, and the Quad.
  • Store and Restaurants: Pretty far from most things: the closest are Morton Williams and Vine. You might find yourself frequenting some places north of campus though like Pisticci, Liquors on La Salle, and Broadway au Lait among others.

Cost: Standardized to the cost of all upperclassman dorms: $9,538


  • Bathrooms: One private bathroom that gets cleaned twice weekly. They’re really nice, but having only 1 can be rough, especially in the 7-person suites.
  • Heating/AC: There’s no AC, but the heating works (sometimes too well, and can lead to clanking pipes)
  • Lounge: There is no common space in the suites, aside from the kitchen. There is a TV lounge in the basement, which was renovated in 2016, and has air conditioning.
  • Kitchen: One in every suite that is a little narrow but otherwise a decent size, though it can get crowded as it’s the only common area in the suite. Comes with an oven, microwave, a large refrigerator and a decent amount of cabinet/counter space. Beware setting off the fire alarm while you’re cooking!
  • Laundry: Free in the basement, renovated in 2016.
  • Fire escapes: Every suite has them but you’re not supposed to use them; you’ll have to wait until nighttime to sneak out if you want to enjoy them.
  • Computers/printers: There’s a small computer lab in the basement with a printer, as well as a printer in the lobby if you’re in a rush.
  • Gym: Another feature of the basement renovation, this has two treadmills and an elliptical if you don’t want to take the long walk to Dodge or head over to Riverside Park.
  • Bike storage: In the basement.
  • Intra-transportation: One pretty slow elevator with a pull-door. It’s the only way to get to the basement, but otherwise, the building is only 6 floors high and most people can.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Hardwood everywhere (except the bathroom and kitchen)

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