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May

22

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See you next fall, President Beilock!

After a seven-month search, Barnard has a new president. Sian Leah Beilock, a former professor of Psychology and Executive Vice Provost at University of Chicago who focused on women’s success in STEM fields and performance under pressure in sports, will serve as Barnard’s eighth President beginning this fall. Beilock has won numerous accolades, including the 2017 Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, has published two books and over 100 publications, and has worked in education and public policy on a national level.

“Having spent my career investigating how people can perform at their best, I am thrilled at the prospect of leading a college focused on ensuring women have the tools to succeed in any path they choose,” Beilock said.

Barnard’s former president Debora Spar announced her resignation last November, and it came as a shock to many students. However, the announcement also inspired hope among students for a president more representative of the student body. Incoming President Beilock definitely falls outside of the corporate feminist classification that many students criticized Spar for, hailing from a very academic background. Still, many were hoping to see a woman of color as Barnard’s president. Maybe she’s at least intersectional? She’s also participated in a Reddit AMA, so she’s in with the millennials! See you next fall, President Beilock!

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Apr

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RIP BoSchwo

Your Senior Night plans are cancelled. Bernheim and Schwartz will close its doors indefinitely tomorrow, April 30, 2017, after just three years in Morningside Heights. Despite serving only a short tenure on campus, Bernheim had established itself as many seniors’ weekly Wednesday night plans, a decent place for a giant pretzel, and a hard-ass on fakes. We wonder what freshmen will do now that they won’t be receiving a free Bernheim bottle opener in their NSOP goodie bags.

After hearing a rumor from a friend of Bwog, we gave Bernheim a call to confirm. Though Bernheim & Schwartz won’t be open for a beer anymore, their catering business will continue to operate. When Bernheim moved in during 2014, they replaced Havana Central. Naturally, we’ve got to wonder just who will be replacing Bernheim (and if anyone will be replacing Bernheim; how much space does a catering business take up?) We’re sort of sad to see them go, but also hopeful that the replacement will provide us with a new Wednesday night tradition. RIP BoSchwo.

Apr

20

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Irin Carmon Reporting Live As An Athena Distinguished Fellow?

At the last Athena Power Talk of the semester, the Barnard’s Athena Center welcome Irin Carmon to discuss her career thus far. As one of the co-authors of The Notorious RBG and a ex-correspondent at MSNBC, specializing in gender in politics. Bwog Deputy Editor Mia Lindheimer covers the event.

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg is wearing her “dissent jabot,” Irin Carmon is taking notes. Carmon has been reporting on gender-based issues for most of her career, from riding in a van with pro-lifers to write a story about the historic vote against banning abortions after 20 weeks. Carmon was approached to partner with Shana Knizhnik to author The Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a detailed account of just how RBG became so notorious.

Just how did it happen?

Apr

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Thank you, facilities, for helping us banish mice like this one.

As a student body, we spend a lot of time hating on our school. The administration, social structures, and other problematic things on our campus often put us in a negative rut. Today, Bwog wants to switch perspective and focus on the pure greatness around us. Specifically, can we just talk about how amazing our facilities and other building staff members staff are?

Let me tell you a story about seven girls and nine mice living together in a 600 suite. These girls returned to their suite after winter break, settled back into their rooms, and called George, the building superintendent. There was not one, but a family, of mice making the gap between their pantry and the floor a nice little mouse nest for the winter. But not for long, since George immediately came to the rescue.

George responded to their call like lightning, laying dozens mouse traps around the apartment as if it were his regular business hours. It was probably like 11pm or something like that. Nonetheless, he came to their rescue. Not only did George set the traps, but offered to return to the suite every time a mouse was caught to help dispose of it. Seriously– what a hero.

Sqeak squeak after the jump

Mar

23

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your new front door?

616 is the Goldilocks of the 600’s; not all doubles, not all singles, not too close to Broadway, but not too far either. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser, 616 might be your best bet.

Location: 616 W 116th St, basically at the intersection of 116th and Claremont.

Nearby Dorms: 600, 620, Claremont, Elliot, Barnard Quad, Schapiro, Woodbridge

Nearby Restaurants & Stores:  Halal, Morton Williams, Vine, and Coming Soon: Shake Shack

Cost: Singles are $9,510 and doubles are $11,038, but both prices are tentative.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One per suite, with a toilet, sink, shower/bath.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, but heating works just fine. Fans are a must for hotter months, and can come in handy during winter if the suite gets overheated.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has a kitchen with a gas stove, oven, sink, and fridge/freezer. The lounge on the first floor is top-notch, offering both nice study tables, a computer and printer lounge, as well as couches and a TV, on the off chance you’ll be watching cable.
  • Laundry: In the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: Computers and printers in the lounge on the first floor. There’s a good amount of computers and two printers, so you won’t have to worry about competing for machines.
  • Gym: None in the building. The closest is Barnard Gym, or Riverside Park if you’re the outdoorsy type.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a set of stairs. The elevators are pretty quick and reliable so if you’re not a fan of the stairs or can’t take them, 616 is a good idea.
  • Wifi: Reasonable wifi in all suites.
  • Hardwood/Carpeting: Linoleum, sorry!

More info after the jump!

Mar

22

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600 is a good place to store your shoes

Our next housing review is for one of Barnard’s most conveniently located dorms (for students, but also for mice). Hardwood floors and detailed walls lend it more charm than its linoleum-floored counterparts. 600 is the community suiteheart (haha), bringing people closer together (good luck getting a single) with large suites and a pretty face. 

Location: 600 W 116th Street, on the southwest corner of 116th and Broadway.

Nearby Dorms: 616, 620, Barnard Quad, Schapiro, Furnald

Nearby Restaurants: Shake Shack (arrival date TBD, but it will literally be in your basement), Vine, Ollie’s (RIP), Halal

Cost: $9,510 for doubles and $11,038 for singles (both tentatively)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One per suite, with a shower, sink, toilet, and occasionally a bathtub. Rumors are swirling that the bathtubs will be removed soon.
  • AC/Heating: No AC. Heating works well (sometimes too well) so making that investment in a good fan will be worth it.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite is equipped with a functioning kitchen, some with electric stovetops (thanks to the Ollie’s Fire 2k15), and others with gas. Ovens, full-sized refrigerators and freezers, a pantry, and other drawers and cabinets. Second floor lounge is available for TV, comfy couches, and the smell of fresh laundry (occasionally, it’s not so fresh).
  • Laundry: Machines in the second floor lounge. Difficult to get machines on weekends.
  • Computers/Printers: 616 has the nearest computer lounge/printing station. It’s a short walk in theory, but a long walk when it’s 20 degrees and you already changed into PJs.
  • Gym: None, technically, but the elevators are slow and often broken, so the stairs will probably give you that workout anyway.
  • Wifi: Yes. Routers in suites, pretty consistently decent connection.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood

Room Variety: 

  • Mostly doubles, but they’re some of the biggest doubles you’ll be able to find, often with good natural light. Some singles, but mainly for RA’s.

Numbers:

  • 600 will go to mostly juniors; it’s out of reach for the majority of sophomores, and most seniors stay away because they’re opting for singles. If you’re a junior and are okay with a double, this is a great option.

Bwog Recommendation: 

  • Opt for A suites or B suites; they have the best layouts.
  • The most convenient location, hands down. You won’t have to worry about getting to class on time if you’re on lower floors. Higher floors may get you a better view, but take the slow elevators into consideration, especially if you need disability-accessible housing. Close to the subway as well.
  • Think about the pros and cons of the new Shake Shack before deciding this is the best option for you. There will be construction, grease in the air, and the inevitability of impulse-buying a milkshake on your way home from 1020. But also, good food.
  • MoWill is on this block for your grocery needs!
  • Fair warning: Barnard Library construction has pushed mice into dorms, especially 600. One miserable Bwogger had to catch and kill a family on nine with her own hands. If you’re super squeamish and/or love to leave crumbs everywhere…think twice.

Resident Opinions:

  • “The stairs are exhausting to club and the elevator is the slowest you will ever ride, but the guards are nice and the proximity to campus makes 600 a great place to live. It’s fun to have extra mouse roommates in the winter to share your food with, and the traumatizing experience of trapping and killing them really makes a great story to tell at parties.”
  • “The rooms are spacious and nice, but have fun sharing a bathroom with 5 or 6 other girls.”
  • “George, the super, is amazing. Honestly, biggest shoutout to George.”
  • “If you’re in a double they’re arguably the best. Great natural light, size, and common suite spaces.”
  • “It’s old, and you have to be prepared for that. It’s what’s going to cause all your problems.”
  • “A great common space to have friends over.”

 

Feb

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Another sign read “Anti-Worker = Anti-Woman”

After about a year of negotiations, BCF-UAW reached a tentative contractual agreement with Barnard College late Wednesday night. This contract means that BCF will no longer strike on the strike deadline of next Tuesday, February 21. While limited information about the details of the contract were originally available, President Debora Spar released some details a few days after the agreement was made. This evening, Barnard Contingent Faculty has released their statement and account of the contract’s details.

While most of the information in BCF’s statement was also stated in President Spar’s account, a few highlights from both include a focus on better job security for contingent faculty via multi-year contracts, a higher “per course” salary, and the establishment of healthcare plans that were previously completely unavailable for contingent faculty.

Bargaining Committee member, adjunct dance professor, and noted Bwog alumna provided the following statement regarding the contract:

“This agreement is a huge step forward for contingent faculty at Barnard and beyond,” said Siobhan Burke, a Barnard alumna and adjunct lecturer in the Dance Department​. “Adjunct and term faculty are the majority of faculty at Barnard, and we deserve wages, benefits, and job security that honor our commitment to teaching. This contract grants us that hard-earned recognition. It is only right that a women’s college, which champions women’s leadership and social justice, should join the national movement in higher education to create more equitable, sustainable working conditions for contingent faculty. We are proud to be part of that movement.”

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Dec

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the guests of honor

the guests of honor

Thursday night, Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs hosted Arianna Huffington and DJ Khaled in a discussion of his new book, The KeysThe book provides readers with DJ Khaled’s modern philosophy on success. Deputy Editor Mia Lindheimer covers the event.

Let me be clear: I didn’t follow DJ Khaled on Snapchat until I was standing in line for this event, freezing my ass off in the wind tunnel that was the area between Havemeyer and Math. I managed to suffer the few seconds it took to pull my hands out of my pockets and follow him, so that I could get some early eyes into the event. Those few seconds weren’t for nothing– I was immediately presented with a once-over of Arianna Huffington’s dress and signature inspirational messages from DJ Khaled himself. The excitement of knowing they were inside helped with the wait, but having to spend half an hour out in the cold when doors were originally supposed to be at 9:00pm? I didn’t need that.

Once we finally got inside, CORE members were running around everywhere trying to get everyone seated as quickly as possible. We wondered what the hold up was on the entry in the first place. We also noticed that they kindly gave each speaker two water bottles– one mini and one regular sized, which was strange. As we waited in our seats, a bunch of anonymous members of Khaled’s crew came through the door, and everyone in the audience raised their phones to get the perfect snap of Khaled’s entrance. They were continuously disappointed until in walked not Khaled, but his partner, Nicole, and their baby Asahd. The crowd went crazy– Khaled’s son is a recurring character on his endlessly popular Snapchat stories, though definitely a new character (he was born October 23rd).

Once the guests of honor, DJ Khaled and Arianna Huffington, walked in, CORE President Sara Sakowitz introduced the event. She waxed on about entrepreneurship and the inspiration we can take from both Khaled and Huffington, after which she handed the mic over to Sahir Jaggi and and Gary Lin to introduce the speakers. They went over what you’d expect– Huffington’s accomplishments, from launching The Huffington Post to publishing too many books to count, as while as Khaled’s accomplishments, from his successes in music production to his Snapchat fame. Finally, they gave the floor over to Huffington to lead the discussion with Khaled.

So what are the keys

Oct

12

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spitting image of a Barnard student learning this news

me, trying to register for the career fair

We love to hate on career fairs but have to admit they’re pretty useful for finding that summer internship you thought was hopeless, or at least snagging a free water bottle (or five). Deputy Editor Mia Lindheimer noticed something a little fishy about CCE’s Engineering Career Fair, and she’s here to call them out. 

If you’re in tech, just really want a job no matter how irrelevant, or just wanted some free Google swag, you probably went to Barnard’s “Women in Technology Conference and Career Fair” two weeks ago. After all, it was advertised all around campus, complete with email invites sent to the entire Columbia student body, and some of the biggest names in tech were there. And if you went, you probably wondered: Am I in the right place? Why are there so many dudes here? Yes, you were in the right place, and you were probably lucky if you could get a chance to talk to the recruiters at Square and Google by pushing through all the boys swarmed around their tables. Did the guys even notice that the mailing lists they were signing up for were all titled “Women in Tech”? Probably not. After all, we’re all just trying to get a job– props to them for making the effort.

So what’s this have to do with the Engineering Career Fair?

Oct

2

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whoops

whoops

Almost exactly six months ago, we attempted to teach Bwogger Nadra Rahman how to ride a bike on Zagster bikes, a new bikeshare on campus. About a week ago, a few other Bwoggers decided to give Zagster bikes a try. Deputy Editor Mia Lindheimer reports on her experience.

Unlike another certain Bwogger and bike-reviewer, I am fully proficient in the art of riding a bike. I have often ridden through a park with the wind in my hair, and I was looking forward to doing just that with the Zagster bikes last week. If you missed our article last semester, here’s what you need to know: Zagster like an off-brand CitiBike for college students, and they offer three locations on campus which you can check bikes out of. They charge $5 for the 24-hour “membership” and $3 for every hour you use the bike (though, they do give you one hour “free”). There are check out stations outside Lerner, John Jay, and Wein, where you can use the accompanying Zagster app to check bikes out.

So, my friends and I decided to do just this to have one last bout of summer fun biking through Riverside. We woke up bright and early (noon), downloaded the Zagster app, and headed down to Lerner to check the bikes out. It didn’t go so well. To begin with, the app was particularly slow, forcing us to restart it a few times to actually get the bike code and unlock the bike. While some of us were playing with the app to try and get it to work, others were moving on to the unlocking stage, where one bike unlocked perfectly and according to the instructions, and another just kept repeating “Error” after we typed in the code. That wasn’t such a big deal, we just switched to a different bike and it unlocked just fine. Meanwhile, friend three has finally figured the app out, and unlocks her bike. Off to Riverside we go!

Did they make it?

Sep

23

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#RushBwog!!

#RushBwog!!

If you haven’t sent in your application for Daily Editor yet, now is your last chance to #RushBwog (in this capacity, at least)! Apply by 11:59pm tonight to be considered for the position. Daily Editors have a fantastic opportunity to start a career at Bwog with a real leadership position–you’ll essentially be in charge of scheduling and helping to create content for our site, one day per week. This role is a critical role on Bwog, because we truly couldn’t function without our “dailies” (as we call them).

We are looking ideally for first-years and new students. If you’re interested, send your application (questions below) to editors@bwog.com by 11:59pm tonight, September 23 2016 and you’ll be in the running to be one of this semester’s dailies! We look forward to hearing from you all.

The Application:

About Bwog:

  • Tell us about one Bwog post you liked, one post you didn’t like, and why for both.
  • What is your favorite tag?
  • Come up with three sample post ideas that you would like to see on Bwog.
  • Draw Bwog.

About you:

  • Why do you want to join Bwog?
  • What do you think Bwog is?
  • You’re taking Bwog out on a date! What would you do? Where would you go?
  • What about Columbia might you be interested in writing about?
  • Send us a screenshot of the open tabs on your browser.
  • What three days work best for you to Daily?

Apr

22

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Hardcore normcore is too...core?

Hardcore normcore is too…core?

How do you introduce yourself to the people with whom you might spend the next four years of your life? Act as normal as possible. Be cool. Don’t stand out too much, but make sure you stand out just enough. Who are these prospies, who want friends so badly but won’t risk embarrassing themselves in the baby stages? Bwogger Mia Lindheimer considers this phenomenon. 

It’s December 20. A little over a week since Early Decision students received acceptance emails, and the Class of 2020 Facebook page is already blowing up with lists of 10 facts and posts compiling everyone’s social media accounts. Is this the right time to post? you think, is this what fashionably late looks like?

Questions like these plague your mind: How does one introduce themself to a group of hundreds of future friends without setting off red flags? What is the perfect first impression? Why didn’t they teach me this in high school? You decide you need to post, while it’s still the time. You scan other people’s introductory posts to see what’s popular, and find a general theme of bragging about intellectual books people “read for fun” and a list of TV shows people like. Seems simple enough. You rattle them off: “Hi guys, just thought I’d introduce myself! I’m so excited to join you all at Columbia next fall! I just finished War and Peace. I loved it, it was so gripping, I read it all in a day! Have any of you read it, too? I’m currently binge-watching Jessica Jones. Love the strong female characters!”

Oh no, was that too many exclamation points? Am I too excited? You decide to leave it up, because editing your introductory post would be weird. You politely reply to every comment on your post, hoping these other Tolstoy fanatics may one day be your best friends. Before you know it, you’re booking your flight for Days on Campus.

Arriving at Columbia, you see other kids acting embarrassed when their parents want to take pictures of them on College Walk.  Your parents didn’t come, so you just kind of walk around until an event starts, skipping some panels to “go explore the neighborhood” with some people you met at the first thing you went to. You’re acting the most normal you could ever be; you’ve perfected normal in high school, and agreeable conversations here are easy.

You get back to campus on the first day of NSOP, and smile at someone you recognize from Days on Campus. They don’t smile back, and it hits you: you were trying to leave the best possible first impression, but instead you left none. You are the hardcore normcore. Your revelation leaves you looking ahead, with bigger dreams: NSOP is where you’ll give the perfect normal first impression.

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Apr

5

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are we separated by more than a crosswalk?

Are we separated by more than a crosswalk?

On Monday evening, the SGA town hall attracted staff writer Mia Lindheimer – mostly due to the free Thai Market. Little did she know, her eyes would be opened to one of the most heated debates on campus: the Barnard-Columbia relationship. Do we all attend the same “university”? Yes. Are we separate colleges? Yes. So where does that put us?

When I applied to Barnard early decision, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was signing up for. I knew Barnard is its own women’s college, but I could take classes at Columbia as if it were the same college—and that was pretty much it. I loved Barnard enough on its own to make the call that it was my one and only top choice. I wasn’t applying just for the Columbia access, though it was a necessary perk—especially as a prospective Computer Science major who would have to abandon the possibility of attendance if the schools weren’t intertwined. But at the same time, I wanted clarity on the relationship, if only to stop this exact debate. I showed up at the SGA Town Hall in hopes of finding an answer.

Everyone always says it’s hard to put a name to the relationship Barnard and Columbia have, and that’s completely true. Maybe we could name it if it wasn’t always changing; a main complaint from a Barnard first year at my table was that: “Barnard seemed to be building the relationship up in my head from the second I got my acceptance letter till the second I had unloaded all my things into my dorm. NSOP was just a weird combination of building it up and breaking it down, and then as soon as classes started I realized it was all downhill from here.”

Students felt that Barnard was using its relationship to Columbia as a marketing strategy to get students to enroll after receiving their acceptances, as though ideal candidates wouldn’t appreciate Barnard on its own. On top of that, many students remember trouble acclimating to Columbia’s campus, getting emails telling us our LionMail accounts were being shut down, never being able to get into Carman parties to meet new people during NSOP (will swipe access ever be a thing?), and lack of access to food when JJ’s was open during the Jonas blizzard but Hewitt wasn’t.

Find out some more about our lovely differences

Mar

8

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Putin totally agrees with executive bodies having total revision power over the rules which govern them.

Putin totally agrees with executive bodies having total revision power over the rules which govern them.

This year, SGA revises its constitution. This week, they revise the procedure for revising, among a few other policies. What does that even mean? Mia Lindheimer tries to find out. 

This week’s SGA meeting opened with a presentation from Abby Porter (CC ’17) of Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV), a Columbia club with zero members from Barnard. They’re trying to get background checks on undergraduate TA applicants to ensure those who have been found guilty of gender-based misconduct are not placed in TA positions. The movement was sparked by a Spectator feature  highlighting the impact of allowing such students into leadership positions, including TA and RA positions. So far, RA applications must agree to a background check via FERPA waiving for this purpose, but TA positions are more open. CASV is attempting to change the TA background check policy to specifically ban students who have been found guilty of gender-based misconduct from positions, regardless of how long it has been since the misconduct took place.

More SGA

Mar

4

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The 2016 Latenite Spring Anthology promised a lot, from Star Wars to viking epics. We couldn’t resist checking it out, even if the 11pm time slot interrupted a much needed Netflix session. Senior Staff Writer Mia Lindheimer was there to follow the action from the seven seas to outer space and everywhere in between. Editor-in-chief Mason Amelotte leaves a brief note at the end of this review. Latenite will perform its Spring Anthology three more times this weekend: 11pm Friday and Saturday, as well as an additional 8pm showing on Saturday.  

I have to admit, I really didn’t want to get out of bed at 11pm on Thursday night. Fresh out of one midterm and psyching myself up to plunge into studying for the next one was my plan for the evening, so a little palate cleanser was just what I needed in the middle of this semesterly midterm storm. Latenite would have to do.

Ok, so it wasn’t the classy image you get when you think of a palate cleanser, but it was the perfect mix of satire, dancing, and straight up stupid jokes to refresh my mind. Before the show began, there was a projector prompting audience members to “Text the Latenite ghost”. A range of texts popped up on the projector: a nasty breakup scene, a cheerful newbie texting about her first time at Latenite, and of course shoutouts to audience members from their friends. And by the time that got old, the show was beginning.

the opening performance?

the opening performance?

The spotlight brightened as a viking (Mark Lerner, CC ’18) stomped onstage. Check that off the list of promises for tonight’s show. He opened the performance with a joke, spoken in a deep, booming, compelling (we imagine) viking voice: “How…do vikings…COMmuniCATE? *long, dramatic pause* NOoooRSE CODE.” Ok, I realize this looks really stupid as you read it in an article, but the acting was neanderthalian enough to get laughs out of the entire audience. And then the dancers came in, one at a time, clad in black tights, black tops, and viking helmets. There was an interpretive dance of sorts set to Enya’s “Only Time”, during which there was some viking-romance, viking human sacrifice, a viking-fairy, and viking-resurrection. With a “and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4,” the vikings pranced off-stage and the next skit began.

Can anything beat vikings in tights though?

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