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Sir Richard Branson on his final Virgin Airlines flight

Happening in the world: Alaska Airlines has recently announced that the Virgin America airlines will be retired by around 2019. (Gizmodo)

Happening in the B’Appz: Yesterday afternoon, a judge ruled in favor of challenging a proposal to create Diller Island, a performance arts center on a new “undulating” Pier 55 along the Hudson River, due to the potential threats to fish and wildlife resources. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: At Low Plaza, the Columbia Japan Society will hold Matsuri 2017, their annual Japanese Spring Festival, from 4 to 8 pm. Admission is free, but bring money for food and gifts.

Overheard: “El Ferris. No, la Ferris. Ferris is a woman. John Jay is male. JJ’s is a gay bar.”

Shitty horoscope of the day: It’s Aries szn. I have nothing left to stay about this.

The Birth of the Virgin, from The Life of the Virgin by Albrecht Dürer via the Met

Mar

10

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You define your own truth.

Happening in the world: It has recently been discovered by the All-Knowing that Neanderthals may have used plants to treat pain long before the advent of pills. (CNN)

Happening in the Granny Smith: Declines in federal funding to NYC for programs that assist the city’s poorest are beginning to show. Two city agencies that provide subsidized housing predict a total of $58 million in losses by the end of the year. (The New York Times)

Happening on campus: Well, it’s probably going to snow. Storm Reggie, who seems like a delightful person, is coming to town. Stay warm and donate blankets or money to shelters if you can. (Weather.com)

Overheard: See inset picture. a Bwogger’s LitHum class put up a fake sign reserving space in Hartley.

Health goth tip: Neither macronutrient is more harmful or beneficial than the others; you need a balance of all three — carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. There are several macronutrient calculators around the calculate your needs based on height, weight, and amount of physical activity.

Thanks fellow Bwogger and Daily Timmy Wu for image

Mar

3

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Is this brutalism or am I just being an idiot again

Once upon a time, the Glicker-Milstein Theatre was just a nice old theatre living the rest of its retired life in peace and service. However, that has all come to change — the Glicker-Milstein’s position in the landed gentry is now challenged. Barnard has announced that their new learning center will be named The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Teaching and Learning Center, in honor of alumni/a Trustee/a Trustee emeritus. It is becoming ever clearer that only one Milstein can live. Who will it be?

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The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Teaching and Learning Center: Named after Board of Trustees vice chair and alumna Cheryl Glicker Milstein BC ’82 and trustee emeritus and alumna Philip Milstein ’71, this so-called Center has a lot to live up to. Not to mention it’s not just a Center, it’s the Center.
Glicker-Milstein Theatre: I was just about to say that I have no idea where the name Glicker-Milstein came from (and I can’t find it on Google), but now that I think of it, it came from Cheryl. Or both Philip and Cheryl. In other words, the theatre is probably named after the same people the Center is named after. Not sure where I was going with this.

Winner: Glicker-Milstein Theatre because it is more fun to type.

The TLC tries to make a comeback with a jab, cross, jab, uppercut combination after the jump

Mar

3

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When it is neither quite reality nor digital

Happening in the world: After an agreement to share power with the U.K. did not go through in January, Northern Irelanders voted yesterday to elect a new 90-seat assembly. However, this move may not be enough to fend off U.K. direct rule. (Bloomberg)
Happening in the Big Appz: The 23rd Armory Show features a work that uses Microsoft’s HoloLens to “merge the virtual and physical worlds in order to create something real, yet digital” (I mean, no shit!). You can view the work from March 2-5 at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan. (Fortune)
Happening on campus: Tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm at Barnard, the Black History Month Committee of CU will be hosting a panel of professional Black women called BlackGirlMagic and will also provide a networking hour and free giveaways.
Overheard: “Now, this is something Joan Miró gave me when I interviewed him.”
Shitty horoscope of the day Today, ingenious Uranus faces off with growth-oriented Jupiter. While new ideas might seem contrary to your well-being, get some goddamn sleep. This also applies whether or not Uranus is facing off Jupiter.

Tenor Trombone in B-Flat via The Met

Feb

24

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Me looking at these new extraterrestrials.

Happening in the world: Scientists (I mean it would be weird if clowns did this. Actually, would it?) have recently discovered a solar system they’ve named TRAPPIST-1. It’s eerily similar to ours, with seven planets close to Earth in size and at least three of those planets in the habitable zone, or the zone where liquid water could form. (Space.com)

Happening in the Big Appz: The cost for the NYPD to protect Trump and his family in New York since Inauguration Day has turned out to be significantly less than what the NYPD previously anticipated — $24 million as compared to the estimated $35 million. Thank goodness, right? (New York Times)

Happening on campus: Tonight at 7 pm CU Generation will be performing its first ever Showcase in the Black Box Theatre.

Overheard: “Now, the reason they gave for giving him second place was that he wasn’t French. But the winner wasn’t French either. He was Swiss.”

Health goth tip of the week: High glycemic foods such as pretzels, saltine crackers, and instant oatmeal can lead to intense spikes in blood sugar and the release of insulin, which facilitates the storage of blood sugar in fat cells. If you want to lose fat, try looking into low glycemic foods instead. However, do note that just because something has a low glycemic index doesn’t mean it’s healthy; the value of a food depends on a variety of other factors, such as how processed the food is or how many nutrients it contains.

Bust of a Man Facing Right by Anonymous via The Met

Feb

17

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Not the same price as Prezbo’s mansion, thank God

As Barack Obama once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” After receiving concerns about current housing costs for upperclassmen, Columbia Housing has decided all upper-class housing will cost $9,292; furthermore, financial aid recipients will receive aid based on that standard housing cost and a meal plan of $4,352. For students with the most financial need, Columbia Housing and Dining are working on a dining option that will provide more meals for these students without additional cost.

E-mails from important higher-ups under the cut

Feb

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Where art thou?

Scanning my surroundings and the infinite expanse of the plain beyond me, I wonder — where is the date for Bacchanal? Where have you gone? What have you been up to? Where will you be? I peer through the fogs of ignorance and doubt and see it! — the Battle of the Bands event page, where a date is mentioned: April 8, 2017. While we await the release of the title of the show and perhaps a crewneck, Bacchanal will host Battle of the Bands tomorrow in the Lerner Party Space from 8 to 11 pm; the student bands competing to open this year’s Bacchanal will be Coldman, Sunspeaker, Gold Medal, Mezclas, THOU SHALT NOT/Party of 2, Party Tricks, and Deluxe.

The executive board you can interrogate under the cut

Feb

17

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When he coughs on you

Happening in the world: Yesterday, a suicide bomber killed at least 70 people at a Sufi shrine and wounded more than 250. (The New York Times)
Happening in NYC: On Etsy, someone is selling a good ol’ (literally ol’) subway sign that says “Times Square” for $150,000. (Gothamist)
Happening on campus: Starting at 7:30 pm in Wien Hall, CU Swing Dance will provide a free beginners’ swing lesson; afterward, the CU Swing Performance Troupe, the CU Big Band, and DJ Courtney Dennis will perform.
Overheard: *coughs* “Oh, I still have my cold.”
Shitty horoscope of the day: As the emotional moon enters sexual Scorpio and the 8th house of regeneration today, eat a grapefruit or something.

 

The Gypsy Agustina: a Drawing Dedicated to “Señora de Kerrigan” by Ignacio Zuloaga via the Met

Feb

10

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Walkway, well-salted.

Walkway, well-salted.

When I woke up on the morn of February 9, I was unsure of what corner of the nether regions I had entered. Snow traveled not only downward but upward, leftward, rightward. But hark! Even then, the paths were cleared and salted well. Against the cold winds, some brave soul heaved their whole self into a machine that churned away at the thick snow; another mowed down College Walk atop their salt dispensing vehicle. These are the campus snow removal crews that began their arduous work “as soon as the snowfall [began].” While we threw snowballs, created igloos to lower housing costs, and created sculptures greater than/equal to/less than Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure, you were always there, “mobilized and prepared,” even as the skies promised another downpour of hellish snow. Thank you.

Feb

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Me: sodden, wet, and tried.

Happening in the world: Unanimously, the three-judge federal appeals panel for the Ninth Circuit rejected Trump’s proposal to ban travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. (The New York Times)

Happening in NYC: Despite the world, fashion carries on — yesterday the eight-day fabulous and monstrous event of New York Fashion Week began. (ABC 7)

Happening on campus: On this 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, various speakers of the political kind will reflect on the good ol’ Treaty of Rome and think about the future of the European Union. The event takes place at the Columbia Maison Française from 1 to 3:30 pm; RSVP is required.

Some cool images under the cut…

Feb

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Support your local bodegas by buying chopped cheese here and not Whole Foods.

Buy chopped cheese here, not Whole Foods.

Happening in the world: Senate Republicans, by quorum, suspended committee rules to push forward the Trump Administration nominee for leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. This comes despite protests from the Democrats. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Yesterday at around noon, a little over a thousand Yemeni-American businesses (including bodegas and grocers) went on an unprecedented strike in protest of Trump’s recent executive order banning immigration from seven nations, including Yemen. (Grub Street)

Happening on campus: At 8pm, there will be a stand-up show called SSO-LOL at EC 1008. The show promises a reprieve from “the western mode of thinking,” but, more seriously, it will raise funds for ACLU.

Overheard: “What do you think about the relation between Cubism and Einstein’s theory of relativity?” “Now, that is just pretentious.”

Relevant out-of-context Spongebob image macro

for the boys

For the boys

Four Bodegas via GrubStreet

Jan

20

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Bye, hello.

Bye, hello.

While you may not be completing your resolutions, Bwog sure is with our new and refurbished Bwoglines. We’ll bring news from the world and from your area to you, our faithful reader, or should I say “Mr./Mrs. 212, Manhattan Borough, to Mr./Mrs. Worldwide.”

Happening in the world: Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, is being extradited to the United States, where he will face charges for heading the Sinaloa cartel. This comes after two prison escapes (bless his heart); maybe this will be the end. Or will it? (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: With Trump and his promises to cut funding to the arts and humanities looming over Inauguration Day, museums in NYC are trying to prove their continued relevance and importance by providing free admission today. These museums are Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Rubin Museum, and the Queens Museum. (TimeOut)

Happening on campus: Today, embrace a new you by attending Barnard’s College Job and Internship Fair from 11 am to to 3 pm at the Diana Center. (Barnard College Career Development)

Overheard: “Did you have to do under-the-envelope calculations too?”

Relevant out-of-context SpongeBob image macro (Twitter):

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A House via PublicDomainPictures.net

Oct

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dance on my skeletön

dance on my skeletön

This fabulous year, our favorite spooky holiday falls on a Monday. Bwog Staffer Angelica Lagasca has some ideas to help you take advantage of this timely coincidence (this only happens every seven years!) and spread the love of the spook to your classmates.

  • In the middle of lecture, just let out a big ol’ scream. To be fair, you will not be scaring your classmates as much as you will be reminding them of the singular scream we all share within.
  • If in a seminar, start with “Going off [name]’s point” but then discuss an unrelated point at length. When they bring up the concept of kleos again, bring up the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth, the implications of memes reducing individual ownership while bolstering corporate ownership, or the vague sense of dread you feel every time you wake up in the morning.
  • Start talking about something. Then, mid-thought, stop talking. Take the moment of silence where your classmates begin wondering what you were trying to say in the first place by meditating on your life.
  • Become the echo. Make sure you affirm your ability to listen to others’ opinions or your professor by repeating them out loud; take advantage of every pause or “um.” Bonus points if you can paraphrase their words while maintaining Columbia’s honor code.
  • Become the devil’s advocate. Counter every point someone else makes. Pick a fight with someone. Bring out the fists; remember your jab, cross-jab, long knee, and ax stomp. When questioned (or not questioned), let them know you’re just being the devil’s advocate.

skeleton busting a move via Best Animations

Oct

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Preparing for a quaint row on the Hudson this Friday morning

Preparing for a quaint row on the Hudson this Friday morning

Friday morning: a time of self-reflection, meditation, and recovery. Before her 8:40 class on Friday, Bwog Staffer Angelica Lagasca explores the blank expanse of the campus and its inhabitants.

An alarm, unyielding: It keeps calling, as if beckoning for its long-lost love. Wake up darling, the alarm screams. No one answers.

A floormate: I open the single-use bathroom door. I find him inside. I leave.

The well-dressed person: Prim, clean, clear-minded. The adornments of suit, tie, scarf, and beige coat are but optional to their essence, which glows of good health and sobriety. I don’t know who they are or what they are doing, but they look like they are doing something right.

A parent and their smol child: They walk down College Walk, the parent in their yellow coat and the playful child by their shins. I am reminded of easier, happier times, when my coats were yellow and not bitter blue, bereaved black, or grief-stricken gray.

A person with bowl from John Jay: They walk out of John Jay, hastily eating out of their red bowl of oatmeal. Consume, my friend, and prosper.

Quietude: It settles gently and steadily, like a blanket. It’s calm, it’s peaceful, it’s eerie—I can hear my own thoughts. I do not want to hear my own thoughts.

A lawnmower, chop-chop-chopping away: The drone of it, thoughtful.

Scabby: OR—endearingly—Ratticus the III, Rattata the Graceful, Rodentius the Powerful. Always there for me when others aren’t. Mi amor, forevermore.

spongebob as leif erikson via Twitter 

Oct

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Another reason to take Spanish for your language req.

Another reason to take Spanish for your language req: to finally understand the drama.

Last night at the Heyman Center, Columbia Global Centers hosted Writing the Brazilian Telenovela: A Discussion and Q&A with João Emanuel Carneiro. Bwogger and Elementary Portuguese I student Angelica Lagasca covers the lecture: one filled with gray areas, dying German soldiers, broken toys, and some uncomfortable moments.

On Monday night at the Heyman Center, a group of around thirty people gathered to hear João Emanuel Carneiro speak on his work and his experience in the Brazilian entertainment industry, particularly in the context of issues such as race and class. Carneiro has won both national and international attention for his screenplays, from films like Central Station (1998) to telenovelas like Da Cor do Pecado (2004), A Favorita (2008), and Avenida Brasil (2012). With Carneiro were Professor Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies in the School of the Arts, and Professor Ana Paulina Lee, Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies. While the lecture began with the professors prompting Carneiro with questions, the floor later opened up to questions from the audience.

The audience was largely comprised of older people—among the mix was an anthropologist, a handful of Brazilians, a director, and my Portuguese professor, who engaged in small talk with me in Portuguese (and subsequently made me nervous because I’m only in Elementary Portuguese I). Some were longtime fans of Carneiro’s telenovelas and of Brazilian telenovelas in general. Others were more concerned with the writing process. Some wrote on notebooks; others were more interested in the (very gourmet) offerings. All were attentive.

Much of the discussion centered on Carneiro’s approach to writing. His characters live in a “gray zone.” They’re loved, they’re hated—they cannot be judged easily. Caminha of Avenida Brasil is a liar and a cruel person, yet the audience can still love her. In A Favorita, Flora and Donatela seem to represent opposites; Flora has a privileged life, while Donatela does not. Both lie and deceive, and the audience must wonder who to root for. In the end of A Favorita, Donatela is revealed to be the true murderer, a rupturing of the stereotype that the less privileged are always good. This type of story, one that breaks conventions, attracts Carneiro: he views stories as “toys to break.” “Brazilian telenovelas are different from Mexican telenovelas,” Carneiro said. “They don’t follow conventions.”

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