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May

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Pictured: Either a student in the middle of a final they haven’t studied for, or a volcano.

Bwogline: The Kilauea eruption on Hawaii is spewing high levels of toxic sulfur dioxide. A local state of emergency is in effect, with some residents evacuating to avoid lava and fires. (NYT)

Study Tip: If you’re having trouble focusing on a task (or focusing at all), start with something small and easily accomplishable– something that can be done in five-minute bursts. Beginning with an easier task is a good stepping stone to doing other work.

Procrastination Tip: Remember that list of shows you’ve always been meaning to start? Are you the one friend who still hasn’t seen Breaking Bad, or Making a Murderer, or Parks and Recreation? Just go for it.

Music:

Overheard: “Wait for me!” [Followed by audible sounds of someone falling down]

Kilauea by the USGS via Wikimedia Commons.

Apr

29

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Alternate opening line: “Tell me about a complicated Bwog.”

Move over, Emily Wilson and/or Richard Lattimore: Bwog is finally ready to uncover our own translation of the Odyssey. It’s a revolutionary version of the ancient poem that is sure to get the literary world talking; not only in its exacting attention to detail, but also the subtle ways in which we update the text for these modern times. Everyone on Bwog pitched in to write this most accurate of translations. The opening lines of this monumental effort, forthcoming from Columbia University Press in July 2018, are below.

 

Tell me, Muse, of the Bwog of many grapes, who was driven
far journeys, after he had sacked Lerner 510‘s sacred citadel.
Many were they whose pitches he heard, whose minds he learned of,
many the meetings he attended in his spirit on the MoHi campus,
struggling for his own finals and the procrastinating of his companions.
Even so they could not concentrate on Sunday at 9:00 pm, hard though
they strove to; they were destroyed by their own wild recklessness,
fools, who did not come to Bwog’s last Open Meeting of the semester,
and lost the grapes of their homecoming. From some point
here, goddess, daughter of Bwog, speak, and begin our story.

Opening lines via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Apr

29

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This is a painting by Étienne Terrus… OR IS IT????

Happening in the world: A French museum dedicated to painter Étienne Terrus, a close friend of Henri Matisse, has discovered that over half its collection consists of fakes. Apparently, some paintings featured buildings built after Terrus’ death. Yikes! (BBC)

Happening in the US: Here’s a recap of the exciting news that, earlier this week, Joseph DeAngelo was arrested in Sacramento, CA, as the suspected East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker (EAR/ONS), also known as the Golden State Killer. Warning for lots of mentions of sexual assault and general violence. (NY)

Happening in the city: A cat that spent a week roaming JFK Airport after escaping from its owner has been captured. We can finally breathe easy knowing Pepper’s back in loving hands. (NBC)

Happening on campus: From 1:30 to 2:30 pm today, go to either John Jay Lounge or McBain Lounge for a dog study break! More information at the Facebook event page.

Sunday song suggestion:

Maybe a painting by Terrus via Wikimedia Commons

Apr

22

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Despite the best efforts of this grand university to crush everything and anything joyful about this place, the CU Marching Band… marches on, so to speak, releasing its first wave of flyers for Orgo Night.  The time, as always, is at the witching hour of Reading Week; the place is somewhat up in the air. Wherever Orgo Night ends up, Bwog’ll be there; what about you?

All images via CUMB Ministry of Propaganda

Apr

22

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Pictured: Howl.

Bwog was recently contacted by the estate of Allen Ginsberg (CC ’48), owing to the discovery of an early draft of his famous poem, “Howl.” We were told it might be of some interest to us, and oh, it definitely was. Read an excerpt of this historic find below.

I saw the best minds of my generation rushing Bwog, starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves up the Lerner Ramps at 9:00 pm looking for an angry pitch,

angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,

who student loans and Canada Goose and hollow-eyed and high sat up eating green grapes in the supernatural darkness of Lerner 510 floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,

who bared their brains to the Editorial Board above the 1 Train and saw Alma Mater staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,

who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating MoHi and Woolf-light tragedy among the scholars of the Core,

who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene posts on the Wordpress of Bwog…

 To see what sort of publication could have possibly inspired such a masterwork, join us tonight. What else are you going to do on a Sunday evening?

Howl by USFWS via Wikimedia Commons.

Apr

22

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This is such a mood

Happening in the world: Australian public opinion is divided over how to deal with a growing feral peacock population, with some calling them “disruptive” and others “part of the community.” (BBC)

Happening in the US: Allison Mack (from Smallville) was indicted on Friday on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Working alongside Keith Raniere, Mack helped to lure women into an alleged sex cult disguised as a self-help and empowerment organization. (Washington Post)

Happening in the city: A Brooklyn postal carrier was found to have hoarded 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail from the past decade, saying he was “overcome by how much he had to deliver.” (NY Times)

Happening on campus: “Make It Tappen!”, UnTapped’s 2018 Spring Showcase, is happening at 6:30 pm in the Lerner Black Box! Featuring student choreography and a collaboration with CU Bellydance. More info can be found on the Facebook event page.

Song Suggestion Sunday:

Peacock by Myloismylife via Wikimedia Commons

Apr

15

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Image source: every freshman’s dorm room wall

Bwog was in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (it was a group field trip) when we discovered a heretofore un-analyzed collection of early English haikus. We’ve done our best to render them in modern English, and boy, was their subject matter surprising.

 

 

It’s that time again
Sunday means a Bwog meeting
So here are the deets:

Anyone can come
Just bring your pitches with you
Bwog wants your content

By “content” we mean
Anything about CU
That belongs on Bwog

So, Lerner 510
Is where you will find our staff
At 9 pm sharp

We provide the snacks
(Have you heard of our green grapes?
The stuff of legend)

If these haikus don’t
Convince you to come rush Bwog
You might lack a soul ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Great Wave via Wikimedia Commons.

Apr

15

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Picture this, but filled with bees.

Happening in the world: In case you missed it, the US, the UK, and France coordinated air strikes in Syria on Friday night, bombing three government sites in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack last week. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Kentucky lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto on a state budget that increased public education spending, in a win for teachers whose protests had forced over 30 school districts to close. It’s another in a wave of recent teacher protests, but unlike those in Oklahoma, Arizona, and West Virginia, Kentucky educators are focusing on spending and pension reform. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Today in “heartwarming but also terrifying,” read about a group of people gathering in Bryant Park to buy their share of 3 million bees delivered by truck. A haunting image: taking bees home by subway. Beekeeping was only made legal in NYC in 2010. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Join Columbia Q&A (Queer & Asian) tonight at 6:30 pm in the Stephen Donaldson Lounge (first floor of Schapiro) for dinner and a short film screening! More info can be found on the Facebook event page.

Song Suggestion Sunday:

Bryant Park by Moxxlox via Wikimedia Commons

Apr

8

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Politics waits for no woman

Following the announcement of CCSC and ESC candidates a few weeks ago, SGA has released its list of candidates for the Spring 2018 elections (that’s Barnard’s Student Government Association for the uninitiated). There’s no telling what these people will do to get your vote— aside from the usual poster barrage, that is. The election will be overseen by the SGA Elections Commission.

The Full List can be found below!

Apr

8

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Yawn, Lion, Yawn

Woof.

Listen, we here at Bwog.com are as wiped out as you. We get it. Bacchanal was yesterday (give us your stories!), and it’s still coursing through our veins (…metaphorically). But the #GrindDontStop, so we’re inviting you to join us for our Open Meeting tonight. I can’t promise that we’ll be energetic, or even very interesting, but I can promise good food, pretty good company, and mediocre lighting (courtesy of Lerner Hall).

The Who: Bwog… and YOU
The What: Open Meeting
The When: 9:00 pm tonight
The Where: Lerner 510
The Why: Pitch to us! Give us your unique (or not) perspective!

See you there! Until then, please take a nap.

Sleeping Lion via Public Domain Pictures.

Apr

8

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It’s a Where’s Waldo of messy Columbia students

Bacchanal may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t gather like war veterans ’round a fireplace and share our best and strangest tales from that storied Saturday (read: less than 24 hours ago). As chroniclers of campus life, human interest stories, and general tomfoolery, we here at Bwog want to hear about all the shenanigans you got up to yesterday, especially if you think you might have the best story on campus.

How can you get in touch? It’s easy: you can leave a comment below, submit a tip (anonymous or not) to us, tweet us, DM us on Insta, message us on Facebook, send a messenger pigeon, send a message in a bottle, give your message to Iris, the messenger of the gods… the possibilities are endless. We just want to hear from you.

The winner of the best Bacchanal story gets… nothing. If it’s super impressive maybe I’ll buy you a coffee. Maybe.

 

Photo by Bwog staff.

Apr

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If you were in the crowd yesterday, maybe take today to rest

Happening in the world: A suspected chemical attack in a rebel-held Syrian suburb has suffocated dozens. The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the attack, while President Trump in a tweet condemned “President Putin, Russia, and Iran” for “backing Animal Assad.” WARNING: this article contains disturbing images of the victims. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: States on the US-Mexico border are deploying National Guard members to patrol the border following urging from President Trump. Trump also threatened the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if Mexico doesn’t stop the movement of migrants over the border. (BBC)

Happening in the city: Yesterday, a fire broke out in Trump Tower that killed one, the man whose apartment was the origin of the blaze. Four firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Bacchanal has come and gone, folks, so spend this Sunday letting your bodies and your brains return to whatever equilibrium they were at before. I believe in you.

Song of the day:

Crowd of people via Public Domain Pictures.

Apr

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Do you think God ever looks down and regrets what he’s created?

 

The bad news is that Bwog…

 

 

 

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only has a few more Open Meetings left this semester during which you can join us! That’s right, folks, for a limited time only (until next semester) Bwog is opening its doors to you (yes, you), the doors being those of Lerner 510 (Bwog does not legally own any property in Lerner Hall), the time being 9:00 pm (21:00 for our friends in the military and abroad). Come with a pitch (do not throw baseballs at us) and an empty stomach (grapes guaranteed, other goodies liable to appear). Sunday is the Lord’s Day (for some), so why not forsake your Lord and come hang out with us?

Image via Levi Cohen’s shitty Photoshop skills

 

Apr

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Rare sighting of me in April Fool regalia

Happening in the world: The Vatican issued a statement denying that Pope Francis made a comment in an interview that “there is no hell.” The Pope has gotten Vatican PR into similar situations before, apparently. Happy Easter! (BBC; Vox.com)

Happening in the US: Laura Ingraham, a Fox News host who has come under fire for saying that March For Our Lives student advocate David Hogg was “whining” about getting rejected by UCLA, has taken a supposedly pre-planned Easter vacation. Ingraham’s show has lost over a dozen advertisers as a result of her comments. (Twitter; Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: De Blasio and Cuomo are fighting, again. Cuomo revealed the new state budget on Friday, which seemed to feature a lot of state oversight into city affairs. I think political science professor at SUNY-New Paltz Gerald Benjamin says it best in the article: “I don’t know if they like each other. They appear not to.” (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Just act a Fool. It’s spring- 59 degrees outside. Eat a salad.

Song of the day:

The April Fool by Rick Dikeman via Wikimedia Commons.

Mar

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Go to Richard III for Shakespearean insults like “defused infection of a man”.

Bwogger and Shakespeare fanatic Levi Cohen made his way to the Lenfest Center for the Arts to watch the opening of the last of the theses of the Directing MFA Class of 2018: Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Nana Dakin and produced by Paloma Estévez. The play runs through March 31st, with two shows on its last day. Tickets can be found on the School of the Arts’ website, and using the discount code STUDENT gets you one for free! Otherwise, it’s $15.

Directing MFA student Nana Dakin’s thesis production of Richard III opens not with the famous monologue by its titular character– which begins with those resounding lines, “Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun of York”– but with a Star Wars-esque opening crawl that gives us a brief summary of the Wars of the Roses thus far. In front of the expository graphic, nameless soldiers engage in a fierce battle, until many are left dead on the ground. It’s a chilling image of what’s to come, a first look at the spectre of death that haunts every scene of Shakespeare’s history of the last King of York.

This Richard III is an unmitigated success, a monumental piece of theatre that accomplishes, as Dakin states in her director’s note, an examination of “how our attachments to historic structures of gender and power might be preventing us from change.” All fifteen actors in the cast identify either as women or are gender-nonconforming; it’s a thrill to see this play, so focused on the political machinations and cruel schemes of men, delivered into the hands of actors whose roles in Shakespeare (especially in history plays) tend to be limited. Every scene drove home for me how vital it was that this production offered the full breadth of Shakespearean roles to actors of all genders and all ethnicities.

Get the scoop on the Wars of the Roses below

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