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Apr

18

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I personally don’t get the hype

A few weeks ago, CCSC held a pre-Bacchanal giveaway that featured limited-edition, free Columbia bucket hats and fanny packs. Little did they know, they would spur a storm of demand for these bucket hats that continued even after Bacchanal ended (who knew the bucket hat demographic was such a large one on campus?). Soon after, Columbia Class Facebook pages began to be populated by posts like these:

Being the opportunistic Econ major that I am, I had somehow finessed both a bucket hat AND a fanny pack from the giveaway, and I decided to take advantage of my luck to ask the Class of 2021 and my fellow Bwog staffers – what would you give for a Columbia bucket hat and a fanny pack? Here are some of the responses I received.

  • A summer finance internship
  • “I would wrench my soul back from this goddamn northeastern desert resort and commodify it to sell to you”
  • An unopposed CCSC position
  • Meal swipes
  • Weed
  • My first-born child
  • An armful of stolen oranges from Ferris
  • A spot in Prezbo’s class
  • My blossoming Adderall addiction
  • “I would pay a bowl of Diana oatmeal”
  • $3
  • $5
  • $10
  • $12
  • “I’d give a hefty dollar for the hat”
  • One Bwogger responded, “I would pay $5 to never need to hear about Columbia bucket hats ever again.”

In short, I am selling my limited edition set for a total of $50, plus all the items listed above. Please contact jenny@bwog.com if interested. Serious inquiries only.

Apr

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A beautiful lil kitchen…without the kitchen aspect of it.

EC townhouse and high-rise suites will not have traditional stoves or ovens next year. Here’s why, and how it will affect you.

In an email sent last Friday, Columbia Housing announced that due to ongoing renovations, EC suites will not have functioning stoves or ovens for the 2018-19 school year. In its place, Housing will supplement suites with hot plates and convection microwave ovens.

The announcement has left many prospective EC residents with mixed reactions. As demonstrated by our housing selection coverage today, student sentiments have ranged from upset to optimistic (see bottom of post). One resident called it “pretty shitty,” while another said their view was still “positive,” but added that, “The kitchen thing isn’t ideal. Kind of wish they would discount dining plans or something.” Many seniors didn’t even realize the renovations were occurring until after they had picked into EC. One senior was overheard shouting, “I didn’t even know!”

Why is Housing doing this to rising seniors?!

Mar

30

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Early this afternoon, CC announced that “Moonlight” producer Dede Gardner CC ’90 will be the CC class day speaker. Celebrity chef Judy Joo SEAS ’97 will speak at the ESC class day.

Dede Gardner

Gardner, alongside her role as co-president of major production company Plan B Entertainment, has produced films such as “Moonlight,” “The Big Short,” “Selma,” and “12 Years A Slave.” She is the first female producer to win two Academy Awards for Best Picture.

During her time at Columbia, Gardner graduated cum laude in comparative literature and English, and recently received the 2012 John Jay Award, which recognizes distinguished professional achievement among CC graduates.

“I’m absolutely thrilled she’ll be coming to speak at our Class Day,” senior class president John Avendano CC ’18 said. “It’ll be truly humbling to absorb the wisdom of someone who’s helped create films that have delivered such profound messages.”

Judy Joo

Joo, one of four U.K. chefs to hold the Iron Chef title, also hosts Food Network show “Korean Food Made Simple,” owns three popular restaurants, and founded inner-city food education project Harvest Time in Harlem.

After earning her degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Joo worked at Goldman Sachs and attended the French Culinary Institute in New York, graduating as class valedictorian.

Joo said, “I definitely attribute my relatively quick success in the culinary field to my strong education. Particular with running restaurants, you have to have a strong business sense, know operations, efficiency design, understand marketing, PR and also have the creativity to cook new, innovative dishes.”

As Avendano points out, this is the second year in a row that a woman will speak at the CC class day speaker, and the first year both CC and SEAS class day speakers are female.

Mar

28

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Even the doors are nice.

Watt’s up with Watt? Other than being an all-around beautiful and conveniently-located building, Watt also offers students nice, apartment-style living with an off-campus feel. Read on for more deets.

Location: 549 W. 113th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam

  • Nearby dorms: Right across from McBain & the brownstones (Symposium, Greek row, etc.)
  • Stores and restaurants: Symposium, literally anything on 113th/Broadway (Junzi, Nuss, Community, Dig Inn)

Cost: Standardized at $9,538/year.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Bougie and apartment-style. Each dorm has its own private bathroom.
  • AC/Heating: None.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Again, Watt’s apartment-style dorms each have a private, fully-functional kitchen (sink, fridge, stove, the whole shabang). No common lounge between suites.
  • Laundry: One washer/dryer on each floor.
  • Fire Escapes: There are fire escapes between rooms that give it that nice, New-Yorky feel.
  • Gym: None. McBain across the street has one, though.
  • Bike Storage: None.
  • Intra-transportation: One very slow elevator, which you must use to reach the basement when taking out trash. Stairs are also an option for six-story Watt.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood. What, you expected carpet, in Watt?

Let’s talk numbers after the jump.

Mar

27

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My TA did indeed lose my problem set today. Ready to off myself right about now.

Happening in the World: After a Sunday fire in a Russian mall that killed at least 64 individuals, thousands of Russian citizens gathered today in front of the main municipal building to demand a full investigation into the incident. (Washington Post)

Happening in the US: California has sued the Trump administration over a question about citizenship added into the 2020 census, which the state argues is unconstitutional. (LA Times)

Happening in NYC: Brooklyn Public Library, the fifth-largest library system in the U.S., is getting million-dollar upgrades that will fund children’s STEM learning spaces and downloadable content. (NYT)

Happening on campus: Hosted by Black Theatre Ensemble, a Black Arts Showcase tonight at 8 PM will feature “black creativity in its many forms.” It will take place in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, and more details can be found at the Facebook event here.

Overseen: “The discrimination against fake-tan white girls is real. Colorism is alive in the white community.”

Mar

21

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By the end of this post, you’ll be rollin in it!

According to CCE, there is currently “no centralized resource for finding [casual] on-campus employment.” Helpful. Whether you’re looking for a work-study job or are just looking for some extra pocket money, we’ve amassed a list of jobs on and around campus that are available for all to apply to, as well as some helpful details. Enjoy!

  • Tutoring
    • Columbia Center for Student Advising hires CC/SEAS peer tutors. They’re mostly looking for tutors for large STEM lecture classes. Freshmen are not eligible. They pay $18/hr.
    • GS Academic Resource Center hires GS peer tutors. They hire for math, science, and foreign language subjects. They pay $18/hour.
    • Barnard hires Barnard tutors, who work anywhere between 2 and 10 hours per week. All but first-semester freshmen are eligible. They pay $15/hour.
  • Columbia Student Calling Center hires student callers, who work part-time for 9 hours/week, with flexible shifts. They pay $15/hr.
  • Columbia Libraries hires part-time library assistants. To apply, fill out an application in Butler 519 from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. They pay $13.50/hr.
  • Community Impact provides tutoring for high school equivalency tests in NY, TASC, and English. Shifts run from 9 am to 8:30 pm. They pay $14.25/hr.
  • Tompkins Hall is searching for spring teachers’ assistants. Because there’s no opening posted online, we suggest inquiring by sending an email to tompkinshall@columbia.edu or calling them at 212-854-9601. They pay $13.50/hr.
  • Public Safety hires part-time residence hall aides, student escorts, and desk assistants. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to ps-studentemployment@columbia.edu. They pay $15/hr.
  • Various on-campus departments hire office assistants. One Bwogger is an events planner for the Human Rights department and is paid $15/hr. Googling “Office assistant Columbia” is a great starting point.
  • Dodge Fitness Center has a range of open student positions, including lifeguards, referees, fitness staff, and camp counselors. The pay for these positions ranges from $12-$15/hr.
  • Columbia Catering in University Events Management hires student caterers at the beginning of the year. We’re not sure if they hire in the middle of the year. Pay unknown.
  • Pret A Manger hires baristas and team members. Bwog loves Pret. They pay $11/hr.
  • Junzi Kitchen is currently hiring staffers (we indeed saw a “Now Hiring” sign on their window a couple days ago). Pay unknown.
  • Many on-campus jobs are also available in Lionshare. If you look in the “Jobs” tab, there is a very convenient “on-campus” filter that can help you find positions. These jobs can range from flyering or more long-term openings.

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Mar

9

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Probably none of our destinations, but enjoy!

Just when you thought I couldn’t put out yet another grossly-generalized MBTI post, here I am, proving you wrong. This time, in honor of the ending midterm season, I decided to cast spring break vacations as Myers-Briggs personality types. This is the last post until the Monday after break, so enjoy, you crazy kids!

Cancun = ESFP. Flashy, cheap, but fun. No one wants to admit they like you.

Cancun, but, like, hipster (a.k.a. Cabo, Playa del Carmen, etc etc.) = ENFP. Same level as fun of ESFP, without the sell-out shame. Charming.

Staying on campus and doing nothing = INTP. Spends their entire break on the internet. Probably owns 10 different Gmail accounts. Plays too much Pocket Camp.

Staying on campus and exploring NYC = ENFJ. Really, really likes being around their friends. Will visit all the restaurants they wanted to visit during the school year, but never did. Idealist, a dreamer, yet focused on the now. The golden retriever option.

Going home = ESFJ. Popular, reliable, aligns with established traditions. The standard answer. Everyone likes you. The vanilla ice cream of spring break vacations.

Going to Europe = INFP. Reflective and emotional. Just wants to curl up in a London library with a good book. Didn’t really understand why everyone seemed so stressed during midterms season.

Exploring NYC for half, then going home for half = ENTJ. You maximize your options. You’re also kind of (really) annoying. Good for you!

Bwog’s dream destination via Public Domain Pictures

 

Mar

8

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Butler Ref (300-level)

You know these people. I know these people. Everyone knows these people.

After spending an inordinate time in Butler this week to study for her midterms, this Bwogger has noticed that each person she shares a study desk usually falls under one of these following archetypes. Here are her observations:

  • The Eater. The Eater likes to open loud bags of chips, or paper-wrapped sandwiches, or maybe is shoveling a full-on, five-course meal.
  • The Old Person. They’re often sitting there reading a newspaper or sometimes a book. Oftentimes, they fall asleep and snore loudly. How did they get in here again?
  • The Couture Model, aka the International Student. They are often found sporting Yeezy’s, a Louis Vuitton purse, and some other expenny shit. Hanging off the back of their chair is probably their Canada Goose (or Moncler).
  • The Person Crying. Self-explanatory. If you’re this person, feel better, and consider following Bwog’s guide to places to cry next time.
  • The Non-Academic. This person is very obviously not studying. They’re probably suppressing a giggle while looking at their screen, or have been scrolling through their phone for the past hour.
  • The Academic. The person actually grinds hard, and kind of makes you feel bad about yourself.
  • The Frat Guy. The Frat Guy’s bros like to stop by the table. He is always talking. In fact, you don’t remember a time when he wasn’t talking.
  • The Accidentalist. This person accidentally opens a Snapchat with the sound on and it’s really loud. Some people around them snicker, and they get really embarrassed.
  • The Hoarder. Having brought perhaps their entire dorm with them, the Hoarder takes up way too much space at the desk. Their papers are….everywhere.
  • The Sus. This person is either really sus or is just watching porn. They could be watching horse porn. We can’t tell.
  • The marching band member in disguise. Remember Orgo Night?

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Feb

22

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In an email sent out this morning, President Beilock and Dean Hinkson announced that Olympic soccer gold medalist and activist Abby Wambach will be the speaker at Barnard’s 2018 Commencement, which will take place on May 16 in Radio City Music Hall. Wambach, alongside delivering the keynote address, has also received the Barnard Medal of Distinction.

Barnard has also awarded three other individuals with the medal, including: Katherine Johnson, pioneering mathematician and computer scientist featured in Hidden Figures; Rhea Suh ’92, environmental policy expert; Anna Quindlen ’74, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Barnard Board Chair.

The full announcement email has been included below.

Dear Barnard Seniors and Barnard Community,

It is our pleasure to announce the distinguished speaker and medalists for Commencement 2018. We are honored that Abby Wambach, soccer star, Olympic gold medalist, and activist, will deliver the keynote address and receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction. In addition to being the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals, Abby has led the fight for pay equity for women and has been a strong advocate for gender rights and, more specifically, the rights of the LGBTQ community. Like many Barnard students, faculty and alumnae, Abby has used her career success to advance issues of importance for women and for society as a whole.

Joining our speaker and medalist, Abby Wambach, will be three other medalists who, through their lives and work, embody Barnard’s commitment to academic excellence and to making a difference in the world. The medalists are: Katherine Johnson, acclaimed mathematician, computer scientist, and one of the three history-making women in the book and feature film Hidden Figures; Rhea Suh ’92, environmental policy expert and president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Barnard Board Chair Emerita Anna Quindlen ’74, distinguished author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Thanks are due to the Medalist Committee for their help in selecting our honorees, as well as to those who participated in the Commencement speaker conversations.

Read full bios of the medalists at: https://barnard.edu/news/olympic-medalist-and-world-cup-champion-abby-wambach-named-barnard-college-commencement-speaker

Barnard’s 126th Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., at Radio City Music Hall. Before the ceremony, the Class of 2018 will gather on campus for a celebratory reception with friends, family, and faculty. Bus transportation to Radio City Music Hall will be provided for all graduates, departing from Barnard at 2:30 p.m.

The University Commencement will also take place on the morning of Wednesday, May 16. More information and updates about both Commencement ceremonies will be posted over the next several weeks at www.barnard.edu/commencement.

We very much look forward to celebrating the spectacular achievements of the Barnard Class of 2018 on Wednesday, May 16.

Sincerely,

Sian Leah Beilock
President

Avis Hinkson
Dean of the College

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Feb

13

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All of us here at Bwog, when ESC faced yet another impeachment motion this week.

Every Tuesday, Bwog brings you a recap of the previous night’s Engineering Student Council (ESC) meeting. Deputy Editor Jenny Zhu stepped in to report on this week’s ESC meeting, which oversaw some classic ESC hits like Eweek plans, emergency contraception updates, and (e)mpeachment of the president.

President Aida Lu

After her meeting with Scott Wright, Facilities’ VP for Campus Services, President Lu introduced the plan to allow individual students to reserve rooms in campus spaces like Lerner and academic buildings, via University Event Management (UEM). Ideally, these rooms would be bookable for individuals or small groups of 5 to 10 people in the same way Butler study rooms are. She also let ESC know that since Lerner rooms were updated with new technology, the council has been charged for using the Satow Room’s projector, but members will probably be able to eventually just operate the projector “by themselves.” President Lu’s updates on her meeting with COI were kept off-the-record.

VP Policy Zoha Qamar

VP Qamar provided updates on the joint initiative she’s spearheading, alongside CCSC 2021 Rep Aja Isabel and CCSC 2020 Rep Danielle Resheff, to supply free pads and tampons in campus bathrooms and increase accessibility for those in need. As established at yesterday’s CCSC meeting, the initiative’s pilot program last year found that 30 products were being used a day, but Facilities argued for a less-accessible vending machine of menstrual products instead. VP Qamar urged ESC to sign and share a petition backing the original plan.VP Qamar also suggested rolling out the long-discussed emergency contraception vending machines in John Jay lobby, which wouldn’t require swipe access.
Political intrigue and impeachment motions after the jump.

Feb

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Early Monday afternoon, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW) released an open letter to President Bollinger, in which it declared to hold a strike authorization vote if the university did not honor the union’s existence.

As part of graduate students’ 3-year-long struggle to unionize on Columbia’s campus, this letter comes as a response to Columbia’s January announcement that it would not recognize GWC-UAW, and instead would take the case to a federal court. In its call for Columbia’s recognition, GWC-UAW cited its broad-based support from students, faculty, RAs, student councils, TAs, and alumni alike.

If Columbia continued refusing to recognize graduate student unions, GWC-UAW stated that it would “hold a strike authorization vote.” While this act does not necessarily directly constitute a strike, it is a significant step in, and an indicator of GWC-UAW’s willingness for, organizing a strike that would greatly impact campus operations.

 

Feb

4

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The wings that go with the sauce are probably INTJ. Just think about it.

JJ’s sauces – they make or break a JJ’s meal, don’t get the credit they deserve, and also have a lot more personality than the majority of guys I’ve met on campus. Being the avid psycho-analyzer that I am, I decided to cast the JJ’s sauces as their perfect Myers-Briggs personality representations. Here’s what I came up with.

Carolina Tangy = ESFJ. Popular, reliable, depends on established laws and traditions. Usually studies in Ref. Indoor voice is very loud, but doesn’t realize it. Everyone likes them.

Garlic Parmesan = ENTP. Sounds promising, but actually kinda annoying. Will switch it up/taste weird depending on what you put it with. Lowkey a narc.

Chipotle Mayo = ISFJ. Grossly underrated. Secretly the best, but doesn’t receive the same recognition as Carolina Tangy/ESFJ. At first seemingly quiet, but substantively good, especially when chicken is involved. Gets stuff done. Full of love.

Mango Habanero = INFP. You either love or hate them. Spread too thin most of the time. Not that great, but is often misunderstood. Personality is very niche. Possibly does drugs.

Barbecue = ESTJ. The foundation of all sauces. Brings everything together; goes well with everyone and everything.Works very hard and never procrastinates; completes all the Lit Hum reading. Represents tradition and order within the JJ’s sauce family. Kinda boring, though.

Thai Chili = ENFP. Wild, but like, in a fun way. Really great at parties. The hype man friend. Sometimes can be a little much. Actually very emotional, but internalizes these emotions.

Jan

31

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You know it, you’ve seen it, you have strong opinions about it.

Winter season is in full swing, and that means the Canada Geese are alive, well, and thriving around campus. Closer examination finds that each of these coats comes down to approximately $900 per econ student. Damn! We here at Bwog, with your best interests in mind, implore you to forsake this god-forsaken coat and instead spend that $900 on these following things:

Jan

30

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Early this afternoon, Columbia University shared news of its decision refusing to engage in bargaining with Columbia graduate student unions. In a response to UAW’s request to bargain, Columbia announced that it would instead take the issue of the status of graduate students to a federal appellate court, maintaining that the graduate student-faculty relationship differed from that of employer-employee.

Graduate students finally received the right to unionize in August 2016 after two years of struggle, which oversaw a denied petition and an election. In December of the same year, Graduate Workers of Columbia University-UAW voted to unionize by a nearly 1000-point margin, a move publicly supported by SGA and, later, CCSC.

Columbia’s response to UAW was reported to the Columbia community in a statement from Provost John Coatsworth, included below for your convenience.

Update 11:50 pm: The Graduate Workers of Columbia University-UAW released a statement condemning the University’s choice to decline to bargain with them, a choice they claim is illegal. The statement also accuses the University of failing to respect their “democratic mandate” and taking away their rights to collective bargaining. There will be a demonstration Thursday, February 1 at noon on Low Steps to protest Columbia’s “delay tactics.” The full text of the statement is included after the jump.

Full statement below the jump

Jan

24

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An accurate representation of this meeting’s snacks.

Diverting from her usual Bwog fare of oddly-relatable shitposts, Deputy Editor Jenny Zhu stepped in this week to cover GSSC’s (General Studies Student Council) first meeting of the new semester. 

This week’s GSSC meeting opened with a feast of fresh fruit offerings, courtesy of the newly-appointed GS Dean, Lisa Rosen-Metsch. Dean Rosen-Metsch, who introduced herself to GSSC in December, came to speak more about her upcoming goals, talked with students in the audience prior to the meeting’s beginning, and brought snacks. Yep, we stan Dean Rosen-Metsch.

Rosen-Metsch Rocks

Rosen-Metsch took the mic to discuss her background as a GS alumna, a chair in the School of Public Health, a member of the Committee on Instruction, and now, the 9th dean of the General Studies as of January 1. Referencing her first official email sent to the Columbia community, she spent a moment recounting the sad passing of GS/JTS alumna Hannah Weiss, as well as the deaths of two other Columbia students.

After the floor opened up to questions, she first spoke on her accessibility to students, which she named as her top goal as a new dean (yay!) – she planned on meeting this goal by attending more events, allowing students to sign up for lunch meetings, and even eventually accommodating individual meetings requested via email. Beyond accessibility, her other priorities included financial aid, food insecurity, and social justice.

She also responded to questions about cyberbullying and GS integration in Columbia. To the former, she stated that she would hope to be briefed extensively about the extent of the problem first, and to the latter, she referenced her own past as a GS alumna as a basis for working on creating more GS inclusivity in the larger Columbia community.

Everything’s New

With the new year also came the introduction of a slew of new GSSC members and projects. GSSC first re-introduced the newly-appointed members from last semester (Students with Disabilities Representative Matt Linsky, Health and Wellness Representative Olivia Hartzell, and Equity and Inclusion Chair Jeffrey Panosian). The council also was introduced to new captioner Ricky and new JTS Representative Zach.

Beyond new council members, however, GSSC also recently got a new website! Built from scratch over the winter break, the new website is ready to be unveiled, once CUIT gives GSSC the approval to go live with the domain.

Other Updates

Upcoming events included a mystery Valentine’s Day event, which would include activities for GS to mingle, “especially the single ones.” GSSC also discussed the upcoming Glass House Rocks on February 1, which needed GSSC volunteers to both help set up and to solicit updated club information from performing arts groups at the event.

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