Written by Sarah Kinney
October 22, 20184:00 pm 1 Comments
The door in question… Eerily menacing, right?
There is a creepy door in the basement of Barnard Hall. Internal Editor Sarah Kinney is here to offer her thoughts. That is all.
Every Tuesday and Thursday I find myself in the basement of Barnard Hall, pacing around before going to ballet. Outside the dance studios and fitness center is an oddly positioned set of stairs in the corner which lead up to a large, fortified, metal door with a huge sign reading “POOL.” Underneath that sign, however, is another sign that reads “Please note the closure of the pool is permanent.” Every single week this door perplexes me. What lies behind it? Is the door even locked? What would happen if I turned the knob and ventured into the abyss?
In my mind, I open this door to find a huge room made entirely of concrete and tile with a giant empty pool in the middle. The lighting is low, flickering, and eerie. There are abandoned mops and floaties in the corner. Moaning Myrtle wails in the distance. Or maybe the pool is full, and in the water dwells a giant sea monster who protects Barnard from other giant sea monsters in the area. Maybe there’s a mermaid à la Aquamarine. Is there a hot lifeguard?
Or maybe there isn’t a pool at all. Maybe behind the door lies a secret train station that will transport you to any of the other Seven Sisters. Or maybe it’s a chocolate shop and candy factory operated entirely by mice, sort of like Ratatouille but not. Maybe DSpar has transformed the space into her own personal apocalypse shelter.
Obviously, I have no idea what lies behind this door. One Barnard Bwogger mentioned to me that they just use the space for storage, but storage for what?! All the shot glasses and wine bottles and ashtrays they’ve confiscated from Barnard dorms over the years? Stacks of cash belonging to the endowment? Who knows. All I know is I will give $5 to the person who successfully opens that door and reveals to me all of the secrets of the abandoned Barnard pool.
Image via me obv
Tags: aquamarine is like the best movie ever ugh, barnard pool, dspar apocalypse shelter, this door is so creepy!, what a nice giant sea monster, what lies behind this door
October 09, 201810:20 am 0 Comments
Hurricane from space… holy shit
Happening in the world: Over the weekend, a giant sinkhole opened up in the town of Dazhou, Sichuan, China, killing four people. This is literally my worst fear.
Happening in the US: Hurricane Michael is currently building off the coast of Florida. Emergency evacuation declarations have been made in more than 100 counties. Florida friends and family, stay safe!
Happening in NYC: The Columbus Day Parade was yesterday, but apparently it was a bleak affair. Barely anyone showed up. One onlooker even said, “If I had to list it, it’d be the worst parade I’ve ever attended.” Sucks for you, Christopher Columbus!
Happening on campus: Today is the last day to drop a class! It’s the last day you can give up without any consequences. I wish every day were like this.
Sanity Suggestion: Feeling overwhelmed by work right now? Take a break by baking something delicious. It will take your mind off things and you’ll be rewarded with fresh baked deliciousness. Check out Cooking With Bwog for some ideas to get started!
Crazy space weather pic courtesy of NASA
Tags: columbus day parade, cooking with bwog, hurricane michael, IMAGINE GETTING SWALLOWED UP BY A FUCKING SINKHOLE, last day to drop a class, skinneypop, stay safe everyone
September 07, 20183:18 pm 2 Comments
Do you think Housing would allow me to keep this in my room?
We hope everybody is out enjoying the activities fair today (especially now that it’s not 100º outside)! If you’re anything like me, the more you walked around the endless rows of tables, the more you got to thinking about other clubs you wish we had here at Columbia. Of course anyone can always just start whatever club they want, but that sounds like a lot of work. So instead we’ll just leave our list here. Feel free to steal our ideas, or tweet us at @bwog to share yours.
Finger painting club
Grilled cheese club
Wine tasting club
Dean Kromm fan club
Deantini fan club
Glass heels club
Sleeping through my 8:40 club
My Hello Kitty toaster club
Coffee brewing club
Beer brewing club
Ferris pasta bar club
Check out more…
Tags: activities fair, Anti-Mel's club, deantini fan club, make your own club, our writers are so freaking weird how did y'all come up with this shit, prezbo cult
September 05, 20186:38 pm 0 Comments
How rooms without AC feel
We get it: it’s hot out. Like, really fucking hot. Like global warming is an evil, sweaty monster who points and laughs whenever our parents/the administration looks at us and says, “We survived the city without AC in our day!” Okay, yes, but back then it wasn’t 90º all through September. Sigh. Rant over. Anyway, we here at Bwog have compiled a helpful list complete with ways to beat the heat this week.
Photo via Pixabay
Tags: all the weather content this week, also make friends with people who have ac, it's fucking hot out, WHY CAN'T EVERY DORM HAVE AC. check out the memes about barnard's email
August 28, 201810:04 am 0 Comments
Your OLs love you and want you to get lit!
Good morning, first years (and everyone else on campus)! Did you have fun last night? Did you attend your first Carman party, or perhaps get lit downtown on your RA night out? Regardless, we’re all in the same boat now, waking up for the first day of #required programming. So sit back, bask in your hangover, and get ready to pay attention to some important shit.
One thing to do before graduating: Grab some friends (or go alone) and explore the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (located on 112th and Amsterdam). This beautiful cathedral is totally open to the public, and their vast gardens are fantastic. They even have real live peacocks walking around! Head on over and see if you can find them. It’s a super nice way to unwind and enjoy some quiet solace during such a hectic week.
From the archives: Looking for some inspo for your next Carman rager? Well look no further than the infamous Carman paint party of 2014. If you’re on a mission to rack up some university fines and probably also lose housing, then you’re in luck.
Image via me.
Tags: bwog luvs nsop, carman paint party, Carman parties, find your groove, last night i ran into one of my first years at koronets while inebriated, nsloppy, NSOP 2018
August 08, 201811:00 am 2 Comments
Add to the list: take a coordinated jumping photo on Low Steps
Hey, new first years! Yeah, you! In just a few weeks, you’re going to embark on one of the greatest, sweatiest, and cringiest experiences of your whole college career: NSOP. In order to make this experience the Best Ever, a few of us old timers here at Bwog have compiled an NSOP bucketlist (based on our own experiences) to make sure you get the most out of this wild week.
Note: Bwog does not condone the use of illegal substances.
Image via Columbia University
Tags: 1020, fake ID, first-years, guess which Bwogger did what lol, nsop, smoke weed in riverside park lmao, y'all NSOP was so cringey for me
April 25, 201810:36 pm 2 Comments
This society is literally as old as our nation.
This evening, both Barnard College and Columbia College released the names of the remaining inductees for their 2018 classes of Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa is made up of 10 percent of the respective college senior class, chosen “based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs” (not necessarily the top 10 percent GPA-wise, but ya know, there’s a lot of overlap). The first two percent of each class were elected last fall, receiving the special honors of Junior Phi Beta Kappa. You can find CC’s fall list here and Barnard’s one here.
Behold! The 2018 class of Columbia College Phi Beta Kappa
Find out whomst made the list!
Tags: barnard, cc, columbia college, congrats everyone!!!!, Junior Phi Beta Kappa, phi beta kappa, this is insane, y'all these people are so fuckin smart
April 17, 20186:36 pm 1 Comments
Handwriting: 4/10. Purpose: 11/10.
This spring, GS senior Pawel Maslag was awarded the Campbell Award, which “recognizes exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit.” But that’s arguably Pawel’s least exciting accomplishment. From running across the country to being a trained WWE wrestler to serving on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault, Pawel has accomplished more in his 20-some years than I probably will in my entire lifetime. Internal Editor Sarah Kinney (who knows him from Peer Health Exchange) sat down with Pawel last week to pick his brain and learn more about his inspiring life.
Name, School, Hometown, Major:
Pawel Maslag; GS; Garfield, New Jersey; Sociology.
Do you have a personal motto? If so, what is it? If not, make one up.
After graduating from high school, I decided to embark on an Americorps service year with City Year ― a year where I was a tutor and mentor to a second grade class in Long Island City, Queens. During the last day of my service year, I asked all my students to write a message of inspiration on my backpack. One of my students wrote a message that would change the course of my life forever: “Always do your best and help others.” Every decision I make in my life, whether it is my career after Columbia or how I spend my summers, I reflect whether or not the opportunity will allow me to do my best and help others.
You’re running across the world for cancer?! What?! Tell me more!
Last summer I cycled across the country, from Baltimore to San Francisco, for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. I was reflecting on my post-Columbia plans and I realized I had an open-ended summer, and I thought, “Why not go across country again, but run this time?” Here I am, about to run 4,500 miles (we take a bit of an upwards and then downwards route) from San Francisco to Boston!
So far I’ve been able to raise a little over $4,500 for the Ulman Cancer Fund, which provides critical services for young adults with cancer and their loved ones. The money I’ve raised is going towards supportive services, such as patient navigation and college scholarships, and it helps foster a supportive network for young adults with cancer ―a population that can feel isolated in a hospital where the majority of patients are much older than them.
I hope my summer will also inspire other young people to take action and commit to a large goal (or small goal!) that will impact lives and create positive change in our world.
There is still so much more to find out!!
Tags: campbell award, he works at the Dogpound which is where victorias secret models go to train, pawel, pawel is the kindest human in the world!!!!!, peoplehop
April 13, 20187:58 pm 0 Comments
On Thursday evening, Bwog Internal Editor and former ballet-er headed down to Columbus Circle to catch the dress rehearsal of Columbia University Ballet Ensemble’s spring show, Coppélia. The show is playing on Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center.
Not to brag, but when I was 8 years old, I starred in my hometown studio’s production of Coppélia. Okay, well, maybe not starred. I certainly was not the lead. But I was in it. I promise. Anyways, because of this fun fact, I was looking forward to heading down memory lane to go watch CUBE perform this eclectic ballet for their spring performance.
Coppélia, which dates all the way back to 1870, is a peculiar story about an evil doctor (?) who crafts dolls in his creepy haunted mansion (?). There’s a boy (Franz) who finds himself enamoured by the most beautiful doll (Coppélia herself), and a suspicious girlfriend (Swanhilda) who wonders what all the fuss is about. Upon sneaking into Dr. Coppelius’ workroom, the young girl and her friends discover a whole slew of dolls who end up (surprise) coming to life and all dancing together. There’s a little bit of an extra twist at the end, involving deceitful manipulations of reality as well as some magic potion (which is most likely just booze), but don’t worry, I won’t spoil all the juicy deets.
Get the scoop on Coppélia after the jump
Tags: coppelia, go see this show, i did this ballet when i was little!!!!!, manhattan music and arts, support the arts!!!, y'all CUBE is so fucking good
March 29, 20186:01 pm 0 Comments
Lowkey Bacchus’ arms look hella sexy.
Dictionary.com defines “bacchanal” as “an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy.” While that about sums it up, I have a feeling that that description of the day may not fly with your mom. In order to explain Bacchanal to all your various loved ones, you may have to tweak the definition in order to suit their agenda. Here’s some advice on how to explain Bacchanal to all sorts of people in your life.
Bacchanal is a time-honored Columbia University tradition. Every spring, we hard-working students take a break by spending time outside listening to live music with our friends. Sure, a few beers are had here and there, but overall the day is really about Columbia camaraderie.
Bacchanal, named after the Roman god Bacchus, is a testament to Columbia’s traditional focus on the Classics. It is a day we spend remembering the legacy of Bacchus, god of… grapes. We all sit on the lawns, arranged in groups according to our freshman year Lit Hum sections, and discuss the prevalence of Bacchus’ legacy in the 21st century. We even have live music, because everyone knows that Bacchus enjoyed quality entertainment. Throughout the day there is even a wine tasting, which gives us the opportunity to learn all about the origins of Franzia.
Your friends back home
It’s the biggest event in New York City. Seriously. Hundreds of New Yorkers flood Columbia’s campus for the dopest party you’ve ever seen. Kanye is headlining this year. There’s free booze everywhere. Remember that after prom party senior year at Dylan’s parents’ house? Yeah, it’s like that, but a million times cooler. I can’t even explain it. New York City is so lit.
Your friends at other NYC schools
Believe it or not, Columbia students aren’t always snobby library dwellers. We may study hard, but we party harder. We even have frats! Have you ever been to a real frat party? In the words of NYU Local, who spent Bacchanal with Bwog last year, “The houses were just a little gross, filled with drunken young adults, and people were playing beer pong: is this what real college is like? They even had cute little backyards!” Come uptown and join us for a full day of day-drinking, day-dancing, and day-getting-fucked-up.
The ER doc at St. Luke’s
“So, you’re telling me that you started drinking around 9am, spent the whole afternoon smoking weed, ate three whole Shake Shack burgers, and then passed out on the lawns around dinner time?”
“Why did you do all that? What the hell is wrong with you?”
“Well, it’s Bacchanal.”
Note: Bwog does not condone the use of illegal drugs.
Sexy Bacchus via Caravaggio.org
Tags: an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy, are columbia students like okay, day getting fucked up, deadass who the fuck is ty dolla sign, didn't kanye headline in like 2004 or something, last year I spent all of bacchanal in Finn's room at the beta house, miss you Finn, nyu local, sexy bacchus
March 27, 20182:45 pm 0 Comments
Look, no more boarded-up fire windows!
Looking for a hot and sexy dorm? Look no further than Ruggles. This dorm is hot in two ways: no AC, and huge fucking fires. Stay safe, kids.
Location: 508 W114th St. In other words, on 114th right by Amsterdam.
Nearby Stores/Restaurants: HamDel, Strokos, John Jay, JJ’s, Arts and Crafts, Artopolis, and even Hungarian. Really anything on Amsterdam, but also just around the corner from Broadway.
Cost: Stabilized at $9538 per year.
It only gets hotter from here…
January 23, 20187:47 pm 0 Comments
Why is this the photo for 1020? The fuck?
If you’ve stopped by 1020 this semester, you’ve probably noticed that they hung up a huge new projector screen over the front windows. While the bar has always been (in)famous for playing oddball movies on the TV screen in the back of the bar, we here at Bwog have been brainstorming what new movies/TV shows they should start playing on the front screen. Here are some of our ideas.
Google screenshot via my browser, duh
Tags: 1020, bwog loves 1020, i dont really like the new screen tbh, law and order, silence of the lambs, throwback to 12 hours in 1020, vine compilations
January 20, 20187:30 pm 0 Comments
No, not this kind of kicking.
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: can't wait for the student theater this semester, field trip to Chelsea anyone?, politics and art, where art thou?, yay funding for the arts
December 18, 20178:07 pm 0 Comments
Follow @bwog on insta for inspiring content like Junzi cocktails!
Whether you spent all weekend holed up in Butler, drinking away your stresses, or a little bit of both, this weekend’s field notes have got you covered. Fun game: try to guess which Bwoggers submitted which field notes…
All’s fair in love and war:
Finals I guess?
Procrastination is REAL:
Tags: field notes, finals i guess???, fuck finals i just wanna go home, guess which ones were mine bitches!!!!!, i love reading everyones field notes lmao yall are wild
December 18, 20172:12 pm 0 Comments
This peppy girl could you be you, doing homework and jamming to our playlist!
Lookin’ for some new jams to get you through finals week? Bwog is here with a playlist just for you. This playlist, albeit short, is a tribute to (one of) the most obnoxious thing(s) about Bwog: our fiery rivalry with you-know-whomst’ve. Check out these jams, and pay special attention to the first letter of each song…
Creepy stock photo via Dreamstime
Tags: fuck spec, i make bwog posts to procrastinate on my homework, playlist, sorry amara but we love playlists, these jams are actually super good im diggin it
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