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Despite the erratic progression of this year’s student council elections process, Bwog believes we have finally reached a time of peace. In this calm before tomorrow’s 10AM election storm, we would like to take the time to endorse both Jay Rappaport, CC ’18, and Josh Schenk, CC ’19, for the two open Columbia College University Senator positions. After many discussions with our staff and the candidates, we feel fully confident in our decision to support these two candidates in their political endeavors at Columbia, and look forward to the many improvements they can bring to the university in the upcoming year.

From our meetings with Jay Rappaport, we saw someone with the level of passion and spirit needed to be able to effect positive change through Columbia’s (often-times) uncompromising administrative body. Jay’s platform focuses on the themes of opportunity and access, two critical topics of discussion on this campus in the past year. From making our campus more accessible for students with disabilities, to improving the availability of mental health resources, Jay has both practical and necessary goals in mind that we hope to see him accomplish on the University Senate. Jay’s experience as a Senate Staffer and on the CCSC Communications Committee only further convince us of his ability to make good use of his knowledge of Columbia’s student government system.

In his brief eight months at Columbia, Josh Schenk has accomplished more than most of us have since we gave up in high school. Serving as the President of Columbia College’s Class of 2019, Josh oversaw multiple social and policy changes for the College. From planning and implementing both a formal and a winter informal dance, various study breaks, and a 2019 Instagram page, to securing air-conditioning in residence hall lounges and creating Columbia Peer Connect (a mentorship program between first-year students and sophomores), Josh has already illustrated his laudable ability to work with administrators and achieve goals for his fellow classmates. Bwog expects Josh will maintain the high level of momentum  gained in his first year at Columbia over the course of his University Senator term.

Regardless of which candidates you decide to vote for, we the Managing Board of Bwog hope you embrace your civic duty and vote in this year’s student council elections!

Sincerely,

Mason Amelotte, Editor-in-Chief

Maddie Stearn, Managing Editor

Photos via Jay Rappaport for USenate and Josh Schenk for USenate

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Get ready for Sremm lifeeee

Earlier this evening, an anonymous source on Bacchanal confirmed that Rae Sremmurd, Marian Hill, and Bibi Bourelly are headlining this year’s annual spring concert. This marks the first time in recent Bacchanal history that the headliners have included female performers.

Today, the Bacchanal Committee met with Public Safety for another formal event review concerning the layout of the viewing area in front of the stage. The stage will remain on Low Steps facing South Lawn and Butler library. Instead of the originally-proposed six-pen layout, this year’s crowd will be segregated into four viewing pens. The front two sections will each contain 624 people, or around 1,200, according to our source. The larger two back sections will contain the remaining 2,400 undergraduate students.

Our source confirms that the Bacchanal committee is “very pleased with the outcome from the meeting.” Public Safety originally wanted to strictly ticket the front two sections, but after discussion with members of the Bacchanal Committee, CCSC, and administrators, they have agreed on a more free-flowing design that allows students with tickets to come and go from the front two sections as they please. The South Lawns will operate as they would on any other day, so that anyone who chooses to sit and watch the performance from a distance can.

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Rae Sremmurd, Marian Hill, and Bibi Bourelly

Rae Sremmurd, Marian Hill, and Bibi Bourelly

We have received information from a Bacchanal committee member confirming multiple tips that Rae Sremmurd, Marian Hill, and Bibi Bourelly are this year’s headliners for the annual Spring Bacchanal concert. According to our source, Public Safety and administrators in charge of planning Bacchanal are stonewalling the Committee from sharing any information about this year’s headliners with the student body until after all the tickets have been reserved.

As was previously announced, the student band EVELINE will open the concert following their Battle of the Bands win. EVELINE features Zibo Gao, CC ’19, Sias Merkling, CC ’19, Bruce Young, CC ’19, Nick Greene, SEAS ’19, and Marco Starger SEAS ’19. DJ Kassius Klay (aka Klay Roberts, CC ’16) came in second, and will be the house DJ for Bacchanal. This year’s concert theme is “They Don’t Want You to Bacch.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 on Low Steps from 12:30 to 6:00PM and is expected to be a much longer show than last year’s performance. Unlike last year’s concert, which required students to pay a $7 ticket fee, this year’s show will return to being free of charge to all undergraduate students in CC, SEAS, BC, and GS. Each undergraduate is allowed to reserve only one ticket in their name for the show, and as a general reminder, tickets are being released in four waves of 1,000 at the following times on Eventbrite:

Thursday March 24th: 11:30AM
Friday March 25th: 6:00PM
Saturday March 26th: 11:00AM
Monday March 28th: 8:00PM

We have received no update yet on the stage layout situation.

The Bacchanal Committee has declined to comment on any information from our source regarding the mechanics of this year’s show, including headliners, ticket distribution, and stage set-up.

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but how could DJ Khaled headline??

but how could DJ Khaled headline??

Today the Bacchanal committee released information regarding this year’s ticketing policy. In case you weren’t here for last year’s (lupe) fiasco, Public Safety limited access to the concert to only 4,000 undergraduate students at a cost of $7/ticket, the first time the committee charged to attend the concert.

This year’s concert will still be limited to only 4,000 undergraduate students in CC, SEAS, GS, and BC, but tickets are free. Students are limited to reserving one ticket on a first-come, first-serve basis, and any students who reserve more than one will be at the risk of losing all tickets. The name used to order the ticket must match the name on the CUID or BCID used during pick-up.

Tickets will be released in four waves of 1,000 March 24-28, not including the 27th, via Eventbrite. Tickets will be released at 11:30am, 6:00pm, 11:00am, and 8:00pm on the respective dates.

For more information, check out the official press release from the Bacchanal Committee below!

The Bacchanal Committee is excited to announce that Bacchanal is 12 days away so we will be distributing tickets this week!

Tickets are free and only one ticket is permitted per undergraduate student from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering (undergrad), General Studies, and Barnard College on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any student who attempts to order more than one ticket will not be refunded and will be at risk of losing all tickets. The name used to order your ticket must match the name on your CUID or BCID. Please do not attempt to order two tickets. Tickets are non-transferable.

Please mark your calendars for the ticket release dates which will take place Thursday-Monday(not including Sunday) of this week and the beginning of next week. Each day, we will release approximately 1000 tickets. Once 1,000 tickets sell out on the respective release date, the ticket sale will close and re-open on the following date and time. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday March 24th: 11:30am
Friday March 25th: 6:00pm
Saturday March 26th: 11:00am
Monday March 28th: 8:00pm

Please use the link found here to order your ticket:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bacchanal-2016-tickets-22507236751

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Fuck fuck fuck. In case you haven’t already heard, your (presumably shitty) lottery number is available just in time to fuck up your first Monday back on campus. Approach the Housing Portal with caution, and take sudden breakouts of hysteria all around campus as normal activity. Maybe you just woke up; maybe you’re just leaving class. Either way, your shitty situation is mutual and know that you are about to behold crucial information that will determine where you’ll be living your happiness level for the 2015-2016 academic year.

As usual, Bwog’s prepared for all the coverage you deserve during the worst season of them all, so report back for updates and what your number really means in the grand scheme of Res Life. Simple things to remind yourself as your shaky fingers enter the Housing Portal:

  • Numbers go from 1-3000
  • Lower is better; higher is worse
  • Not every number is used (!)
  • 10 means rising sophomore; 20 means rising junior; 30 means rising senior
  • Groups’ shared point values are averaged based on the above

Godspeed, and may you remain friends with everyone you were going to live with.

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This could be you (sans smirk, strange hair, and altogether douchiness)

This could be you (sans smirk, strange hair, and altogether douchiness)

Come get (coffee) buzzed with Maddie and me outside of Butler today! Our generous publishers James and Nik accidentally left me the Bwog credit card this weekend, and so I thought, “what better way to celebrate than by giving away coffee and racking up some serious Starbucks stars along the way?”  In honor of midterms, Bwog will be giving away free coffee outside of Butler today, March 6th, from 2 to 4pm. Need some extra caffeine before camping in the But? Be sure to head on over. Catch us by the doors, somewhere between the self-reflective smokers and the Sunday tourists.

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For those of you in SEAS not active on Facebook, you probably haven’t seen a new meme circulating News Feeds. The “This is _____” meme became popular over the weekend, gaining traction most likely due to Winter Storm Jonas-related boredom. The meme consists of a stick figure depiction and a short truism about the Facebook user. Meme Maniac Mason Amelotte took it upon himself to generate some stories for a few campus characters. Check ’em out!

Photos via Mason Amelotte

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To our readers: it’s been a minute since the academic year began, but you have finally made it to the (halfway) finish. Congratulations! I thank you for standing by us this semester. Though these past four months have been seemingly mild, I appreciate your loyal readership nonetheless.

I would also like to take this opportunity to address a notable change moving forward. Bwog has decided that it is in our best interest to sever all ties with the Columbia University (No Budget) Sketch Show. We commend all the hard work Anna and Michael have put into CUSS (and the former Bwog Video), but believe it is in both our best interests to go on as separate entities. We look forward to all CUSS has to offer in the new year.

Take this time to recuperate after a taxing semester — you deserve it. Whether that be milling around Medford, diving through Dover (with your woes), or oxidizing in Omaha, enjoy this special time with your family, do something you love, and be well. And of course, feel free to tip any of your thoughts over the next four weeks to tips@bwog.com.

See you in 2016.

Mason Amelotte, Editor-in-Chief

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Those overzealous kids in your CC class

Those overzealous kids in your discussion section

After dabbling in déboulés (amongst other things) last year, Deputy Dance Dynamo Mason Amelotte couldn’t help but lunge at the opportunity to review Columbia Ballet Collaborative’s annual fall showcase. He thusly offers his thoughts and opinions on last night’s opening performances.

Avid balletomanes took to Lincoln Center last evening to see the first of two annual fall performances put on by Columbia Ballet Collaborative (CBC for short), a student group within both Columbia & Barnard that is “committed to enriching the arts in the Columbia community and providing a platform for the collaboration between professionals in the New York dance community and Columbia University students.”

Upon my early arrival, I discovered a surprisingly long line of people waiting to enter the performance space. I quickly reminded myself that of course there would be people here who actually know what they’re talking about when it comes to ballet, after all, this is New York. Some guests that hadn’t purchased tickets in advance requested they be put on a waitlist, hoping that a seat would free up before the start of the show. Seeing this led me to presume this year’s showcase would eclipse that of last year’s, at the very least in terms of attendance. By 8 o’clock last evening, my suspicion was confirmed: each and every seat in the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center performance space was full, and for very good reason.

The show consists of six pieces, five of which are choreographed by a separate choreographer and one of which is taught by a répétiteur. The show includes works by choreographers Avi Scher, Donna Salgado, Robert LaFosse, Connor Yockus, CC ’18, Morgan McEwen, and George Balanchine, whose piece was taught by répétiteur Deborah Wingert.

Each piece displays its very own unique flavor. The simplest way to describe Scher’s In Her Skin, set to Bach’s English Suite No. 2, is through the image of eight dancers each pushing their steps to be more allégro than the next. Salgado’s Imparted Audacity has dancers outfitted in Janelle Monae meets Beyoncé-like black and white fitted blazers. Allusions to the world of high-fashion runway modeling are strategically utilized in this performance, which is set to music by Sun Glitters (think of the music from the Wii Shop Channel). LaFosse’s La Valse de L’Amour fits more in line with classical ballet, as six dancers in formation surround your archetypal male/female duo. Though the piece has a slow beginning, it eventually picks up in the end. McEwen’s The Shape of Voice is perhaps the most confusing piece of the evening, and is fittingly placed at the end of the showcase. Animalistic movements overwhelms each dancers limbs, as rhythmic moans blast on the speaker system. Despite a uncomfortable theme of discordance in the piece, the work as a whole shows true artistry on behalf of the choreographer.

Just get to the standouts already!

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A philanthropic effort to end domestic violence

A philanthropic effort to end domestic violence

This year, we decided to follow up on Alpha Chi Omega’s annual fall philanthropy event ‘Runway Warriors.’ Deputy Editor Mason Amelotte reports once more on the fashion show. 

This Friday, Alpha Chi Omega held their annual fall philanthropy event—a fashion show and raffle to end domestic violence—called Runway Warriors. The Theta Psi chapter of the sorority partnered with Day One, an organization leading the movement to combat intimate partner violence among youth, as well as with My Sisters’ Place, which provides resources in the field of domestic violence advocacy in White Plains, NY.

In a sit-down interview with the Vice President of Philanthropy, Hannah Smolar, BC ’16, describes the decision behind using the term warrior for this event: “Runway Warriors takes the concept of what it means to be a warrior, someone who’s strong, resilient, perseverant, and blends that with how we like to think of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.” Because of both the taboo and omnipresent nature of domestic violence, particularly on college campuses, President of the sorority Kristin Austin, CC ’16, believes the show itself “not only raises money for [their] beneficiaries, but also really brings light to the issue on our campus.”

This year’s event took place in Roone Arledge Auditorium, an upgrade from last year’s overcrowded, awkwardly-arranged Lerner Party Space. With over four hundred chairs laid out in two forward-facing central columns, two inward-facing columns on the perimeter, and a large forward-facing group in the back, the figure-8 layout reflected the importance of form following function, a noteworthy design move by director, Austen Tosone, BC ’16. Though Tosone also served as artistic director last year, this year’s fashion show was on the same caliber as that of a professional event, highlighting the importance of the physical space in collaboration with Tosone’s artistic proficiency.

The larger amount of space provided by the venue seemed to parallel key differences in the sponsorship of this year’s show. For instance, the first 100 guests in attendance received Runway Warriors canvas totes, three Moroccanoil full-sized products, Insomnia cookies, boxes of Pocky, and discount advertisements for online clothing sites, an estimated $100 value. Similarly, the prizes in the raffle (which was valued to be worth between $15,000 and $20,000 total) included two lower-level concert tickets to the Weeknd, a Dior makeup gift set estimated at $400, and a private tour of the Natural History Museum for two.

Read more about the show and check out pictures of the event after the jump!

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Meet this year's student council!

Meet this year’s student council!

Elections for CC and SEAS first-year class councils, CCSC Inclusion and Equity Representative, and CCSC Class of 2018 Representative took place earlier this week, and the winners have been announced. See the official fall 2015 election results in handy PDF form below. Congratulations to the winners!

2019 CCSC President & Vice President
Josh Schenk and Sophie Broadbent of Pantone 292

2019 CCSC Representatives
Katie Cooke of The Surprise Party
Sam Safari of Pantone 292
Adam Resheff of The Surprise Party

CCSC Inclusion and Equity Representative
Ewoma Ogbaudu

2018 CCSC Representative
Nathan Rosin

2019 ESC President
Arjun Mangla of The Fu Fighters

2019 ESC Vice President
Onur Calikusu of As Easy as A-B-SEAS

2019 ESC Representatives
Aida Lu of The Fu Fighters
Anthony Gutierrez of Draw

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We were recently tipped a photo of the community contract made by a floor of first-years in the Barnard quad, so we decided to investigate some of the dumb guidelines, deliberately ambiguous rules, and just plain weird shit freshmen write in their floor lounges during their first week at Columbia and Barnard.

Columbia students and parents–this is what your “young scholars” think is important (or, at least, what they said in their first floor meetings to show off that they drink):

Check out more hilarious community guidelines after the jump!

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Like a preteen’s young, supple body, our campus is always changing. For the better or worse, this semester alone has seen plenty of changes brought to MoHi, which is why we’re here to help you determine which new on-campus feature best aligns with your ever so charming personality.

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Alastair Macaulay serving face for Bwog

In keeping with the theme of making our baby Bwoggers cover events they have no contextual knowledge of, we sent our Sunday daily editor to Monday night’s roundtable discussion of dance criticism at Barnard titled “Team Dance: The Dance Critics of the New York Time.” Mason Amelotte shares his thoughts below.

I entered the unfamiliar Julius S. Held auditorium approximately thirty minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the discussion (a critic of critics is always early), and was greeted by at least sixty panel-goers over the age of 60, not including the three or four other undergrads in attendance with me. I’m still unsure of these undergrads, though. I often found myself pondering the questions, “Are they grandmas?? Or just art students going through a vintage phase??” After the initial confusion of thinking I had accidentally stumbled into an assisted living facility had worn off, I made my way through the geriatric section towards the back of the room where I took my seat.

The panel consisted of Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic of The New York Times, as well as three freelance dance critics for the newspaper: Gia Kourlas, Brian Seibert, and Siobhan Burke, both an alumnus of and current dance lecturer at Barnard College. Lynn Garafola, who serves as the co-chair of Barnard’s dance department, led the panel. Outside of Barnard, Garafola is a well-known dance critic and historian. The discussion itself lasted a little under 75 minutes and was followed by a brief Q&A session.

The discussion opened with each member of the panel describing their background and how they got into dance criticism as an occupation. With the exception of Macaulay, each critic had grown up practicing some form of dance, from modern style to tap and ballet to Irish step. Macaulay described his obsession with “letter writing” as a child, an obsession that led him to write about dance for fashion/gossip magazines before eventually being introduced to Mary Clarke, then editor of Dancing Times.

Read about the New York Times’ unusual stylistic rules after the jump!

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11062101_1819946648231311_8951879269539803685_nThis year, we ignored our haphazardly implemented tradition of making the outgoing EIC review the semi-annual Latenite comedy show, and instead we sent an under-qualified daily editor to check it out. Mason Amelotte thusly brings you his review of Latenite Theatre: Spring 2015 Anthology.

This year’s three night spring anthology showcased nine short plays that were written and directed by students, for students, as was realized after noticing the bemused expressions of the few parents scattered throughout the audience when a play featuring two “bros” revolved around understanding the term “Yaaasss.” This year’s anthology was a fairly cohesive show that, for the most part, depicted contemporary issues in a subversive, satirical manner. Latenite offered a unique collection of plays that varied in form, ranging from a musical-parody of Les Miserables titled “Les Miserweedless,” to a 90-second dinner party at “Madame Sequester’s” that completely obliterated the fourth wall, much to the audience’s pleasure.

The nine shows maintained a good (read: minimum) level of Columbia-centric content (after all, isn’t that what the Varsity Show is for?). The first and only play to take place in Butler, titled “Butler’s Eleven,” kicked off the show with an exaggerated depiction of what happens when someone in the reference room asks the age-old question “hey can you watch my stuff?” What proceeded to ensue was nothing short of an exciting Kubrick homage that can only be described as a whimsical, more kinky manifestation of the Inferno. Three Butler laptop vigilantes, two Sia dancers, one PrezBo face mask, and some hula hoops later, the audience was being showered in free condoms and lube, while our loyal Butler patron writhed on the floor, protecting her neighbor’s laptop. The short ended with an all too real one-liner: “This isn’t even a fucking Macbook.”

Performed later, “Sweet Dreams” added some much needed millennial humor to the anthology. Written by Eric Donahue, the skit took place at a viral content firm responsible for coming up with the clickbait articles that tend to litter Facebook. After all was said and done, two recent hires discover the source of all things viral on the internet: a comatose individual called “Ideastream” kept in the basement of the viral content firm under a white linen bed sheet. As someone who is enamored by the metaphysical concept of clickbait, this play had me on my knees.

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