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Apr

18

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As prospies narrow down their preferences for where to live next year, Bwog is continuing our housing review series with all first-year dorms. First up is Carman, unarguably the littest of the group; cramped Carman suite parties are the epitome of the freshman NSOP experience. If you’re the life of the party, you can’t go wrong with this dorm.

Location: 114th and Broadway

  • Nearby Dorms: McBain, Frat Row, Nuss, Watt, John Jay, Furnald, Hartley, Wallach
  • Stores and Restaurants: Ferris, Milano’s, Nussbaum and Wu, Cafe East, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Morton Williams, Junzi, Starbucks, Pret, Haagen Daz, International Wines & Spirits

Cost: the cost of housing for freshmen is the standard $8,412

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Semi-private, 4 to a bathroom; cleaned once a week, have two sinks, a toilet, and a shower.
  • AC/Heating: AC and heating in every room; manually controlled. On the renovated floors you can even set the exact degree you want the room to be at.
  • Lounges: Large basement lounge as well as lounges on each of the floors. The renovated lounges are huge and equipped with nice TV’s; unrenovated floors have small lounges at the end of the hall with smaller/less nice TV’s and chairs.
  • Kitchen: Small kitchen in the basement.
  • Laundry: Free laundry room in the basement with 15 washers and 15 dryers (prime hookup spot on late nights, if you’re feeling risky).
  • Fire Escapes: Ha, no
  • Bike Storage: Nope
  • Computers/Printers: Computer room with two printers and four desktops on the first floor
  • Gym: Small gym in the basement equipped with 4 treadmills and 2 ellipticals. Perfect for those of you eager to work out but (ironically) too lazy to go to Dodge.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty high speed main elevators as well as a relatively slow elevator at the end of the halls.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Carpeted hallways, linoleum tile floors in unrenovated rooms, hardwood floors in renovated rooms
  • Wifi: the usual Columbia wifi

fun carman facts after the jump

Mar

30

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Photo of Russian Advertisement by Misha Friedman

For those of you who missed it, the Columbia School of Journalism hosted a book talk and signing event for the newly released Never Remember: Searching for Stalin’s Gulags in Putin’s Russia by Masha Gessen and Misha Friedman. Resident Russian Olga Ivleva attended the panel, saying “dasvidania” to Stalinist Russia. 

Gessen and Friedman’s dark and mystifying book criticizes the nostalgia that exists for the days of the Soviet Union in modern day Russia. Gessen artfully depicts the horrors of the Stalin-era in her writing, pointing out the terrifying ways in which Putin’s Russia is ignorant to the terrors of the past. Her writing is accompanied by a beautiful collection of photos taken by Friedman as the two of them traveled through Russia. The photos include the gulag memorials alongside common Russian street propaganda, making the history seem even more desolate through the oblivion of the present.

During the event, Gessen and Friedman discussed their inspiration for the work, as well as what brought the two of them together as artists. The book is obviously intended as a political statement, and quite a radical one at that to most common Russians. When it came time for the Q & A, Gessen was bombarded by a mixture of praise and critique, with numerous older Russians angrily taking the microphone and attacking her work, claiming she was misrepresenting the Stalin era. Gessen firmly held her ground, hardly dignifying their flustered words with a response.

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Feb

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With the dreaded Vday right around the corner, those of us without an S.O. might be feelin’ kinda down (or not, since contrary to popular belief, not everyone here is a sad boi/sad girl). But if you’re curled up in bed watching the Bachelorette and wishing that were you, fear not, because Galentine’s Day is the real holiday we should be looking forward to. A night out with the girls is always the best time, and there’s plenty to do in Morningside Heights this February 13th (Or any other day, really. Who needs a special occasion to love yourself?). So, Bwog has come to the rescue and compiled a list of the best things to do around Morningside Heights this holiday season.

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1) Have a spa day with the ladies in your dorm room. Nothing like face masks and manicures, and maybe some Netflix on this cold winter day.

2) Go catch a movie at the Magic Johnson theater with your best friends. Guaranteed to be a fun time; the theater is usually pretty empty and the tickets are significantly cheaper than at the 84th street theater.

3) Go ice skating at Lasker Rink in Central Park (108th street)! Just look away from the giant Trump signs while you’re there.

4) Go for a nice dinner out at Le Monde or Marlow Bistro: just some fan favorites in the local area.

5) Hit up Yoga to the People on 103rd street for a pay what you wish yoga session. Totally worth the 12 block walk.

6) If you’re into jazz, SMOKE has some amazing shows. Though it can be a bit pricey, Galentine’s day is the perfect time to splurge on the things you love.

7) Last, but not least, my personal favorite. Treat yourself to some junk food (and maybe some edibles) and enjoy a nice night in with your gals watching a rom com… or a superhero movie. Whatever floats your boat.

Feb

5

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Perfect for any meal

If you’re #FerrisForever like yours truly, you might already know of some of these amazing food hacks. If you don’t, we’re here to enlighten you. There’s a reason why this is the best dining hall, and it’s that you can always, and I mean always find amazing food options at Ferris. Sure, we have plastic utensils and plates, and the omelet line might be miles long after your 8:40, but it’s totally worth it. And if you’re in a rush and want to skip some lines, here are some great food options and other Ferris food hacks to better your day.

1.) Greek Yogurt with granola bits and nutella. Add peanut butter or craisins if you’re about that life. There’s never a line, and it’s always available.

2.) Boldly walk past the 200 person pasta line and order some meatballs. Add some cheddar cheese to top it off.

3.) Not in the mood for hot coffee? No problem. Cold brew coffee + half and half + hazelnut or caramel syrup. It’s better than Starbucks.

4.) Vegetarian burritos at the action station again? Gross. Grab a bowl and ask for some chicken at the salad bar. Then head over and ask them to add it to your burrito. You’re welcome.

5.) In a rush to your 10:10 and don’t want to wait the omelet line? Grab some scrambled eggs and head over to the avocado toast station. Add bacon bits, peppers, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, etc. Not the worst alternative, though maybe a bit colder.

6.) In the mood for a root-beer float? If it’s ice cream day at Ferris, grab a couple scoops and pour yourself a cup of your choice of soda, then combine.

7.) If you’re preparing for that Friday night pregame, bring a couple of water bottles and fill them up with your choice of mixer and steal some dining hall cups for the drinks. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, snag a salt shaker for the rim of your drinks.

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