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25

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Don’t forget to recycle!

During last night’s SGA meeting, everyone had one thing on their minds: sustainability. Senior Staff Writer Ramisa Murshed caught all the action, including some guest speakers and special presentations on keeping Barnard and Columbia sustainable.

After all of the SGA reps gave their respective announcements, including that the 616 computer lounge and Hewitt reusable takeout boxes are back, two representatives from the Roosevelt Institute arrived to give a presentation on their campaign to get Columbia to commit to carbon neutrality. Carbon neutrality, which can be defined as releasing net zero carbon emissions into the atmosphere, can be achieved through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and offsets. As of 2017, Columbia has achieved a 33.1% absolute greenhouse gas reduction since 2006 and a 28% carbon intensity reduction. Columbia has not, however, made a commitment to carbon neutrality.

The Roosevelt Institute representatives then compared this to institutions similar to Columbia such as NYU and UPenn, who have already made commitments to achieve carbon neutrality. The main reason for this presentation is that the Roosevelt Institute hopes to get Barnard’s SGA, in addition to CCSC, ESC, and GSSC, to pass a resolution in support of Columbia’s formal commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality in its 2020 Sustainability Plan. Although it’s a big economic investment upfront, they argued, there are many potential returns and savings, and the university will lose a lot of money if they continue to use nonrenewable resources.

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Sep

15

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The Barnard lawn is back, baby!

By now, you’ve probably already heard much about the Milstein Center, like how cold the air conditioning is in it or what its new nickname should be. But what do all 40,000 square feet of the beautiful new building have to offer? We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to the Milstein Center, from the cafe to the collaborative workspaces.

Walking into the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching & Learning, you’re welcomed by a modernist interior, a great influx of natural light, a bustling coffee bar, and an abundance of soft green chairs, which might end up being the most wonderful chairs you will ever sit in. The building that you are standing in officially opened its doors to the Barnard and Columbia community on September 4, 2018, after years of construction that made parts of Barnard’s campus look, to put it simply, ugly. The construction is over, the lawns have reopened for students to lounge out on beautiful days, and the Milstein Center has now officially replaced LeFrak and Lehman as Barnard’s library.

The Milstein Center, like many of Barnard’s other facilities, is all about women. It was constructed and engineered by a women-lead, women-majority team. Many of the collaborative workspaces in the Milstein focus on empowering women leaders in academia, very much emphasizing STEM fields. The Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Athena Center for Leadership Studies have also relocated to the Milstein Center from their previous location in Milbank.

So what exactly is in the Milstein Center?

Sep

11

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The new paper straws double as bendy straws!

Happening in the world: Claiming to hope to increase the country’s population, Tanzanian president John Magufuli has begun to urge women to stop using contraceptives. His comments have been met with much criticism, especially since Tanzania has some of the highest birth rates in the world. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The Trump administration plans to withdraw from a federal court agreement on the detention of migrant children. It has also created new regulations that, if in effect, will allow the government to detain minors in unlicensed facilities. (Reuters)

Happening in NYC: Although Gov. Andrew Cuomo still holds a strong lead against Cynthia Nixon for the New York gubernatorial election, the race for attorney general is much closer, with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney leading the way and Letitia James and Zephyr Teachout trailing closely behind. (NYT)

Happening on campus: The Glicker-Milstein Theater Workshop will take place today from 6 to 10 pm in the GMT. Anyone who is interested in performing at the GMT is encouraged to come and meet with the Head Coordinators of the GMT, learn more about the space, and ask questions about upcoming productions. Check out the Back@Barnard Facebook event for more.

Overseen: A limpy environmentally conscious Cafe East paper straw. See above.

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Aug

30

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The Met, one of the museums you can get into for free with you CUID

Welcome to Columbia! Being here means being in a city home to some of the richest culture in the country. There’s no better way to explore the past, present, and future of that culture than visiting the many museums NYC has to offer. As a college student, many of these great museums’ admission fees can be pretty hefty. Columbia understands this and through the Arts Initiative, meant to foster the appreciation of the arts both on and off campus, has created a program called Passport to Museums. Passport to Museums allows students to visit over 30 museums across New York City for free with their CUID and semester validation sticker. Here, we’ll highlight some of the museums you probably didn’t know about, but you can find the whole list here.

The American Numismatic Society

  • Location: 75 Varick St, 11th Floor, Manhattan
  • What It’s About: The ANS contains the country’s largest collection of medals and currency from all over the world, past and present. With your CUID, not only can you view exhibitions for free, but you can also visit the collection, library, and archives without paying a cent.
  • Current Exhibitions: A History of American Currency; New York City, 1988; France: From the Franc to the Euro; Medieval Byzantine and Islamic Empires

Keep reading for more free museums!

Aug

29

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You at gLow Up. Carman parties could never.

It’s day 4 of NSOP, which means you’re probably getting used to the hustle and bustle of the orientation program that seems to never end. Although there are still plenty of required events in store for today, these will essentially force you to be more social, hopefully letting you make some new friends. Let the memories begin!

Today’s Highlights:

  • Yankees ticket distribution begins today! Tickets for the Yankees game on Thursday night will be available from 9 am to 5 pm today and tomorrow! CC and SEAS students can get their tickets on the 2nd floor ramp in Lerner, and Barnard students can get theirs outside the Barnard Gates. The tickets will have specific seats, so make sure you grab them with the people you want to sit with, and don’t forget your CUID!
  • Sibling Hangout, 7-8 pm: Hang out with your classmates from Barnard, CC, and SEAS as OL groups from Barnard and Columbia gather together to allow you to meet some cool new people and facilitate new friendships! The location will be determined by your OL, so stay tuned to figure out where to head.
  • gLow Up & Starlight Gamenight, 8-10 pm: Students from all four undergraduate schools are encouraged to gather together for gLow Up, which is exactly what it sounds like: a glow stick party on Low Plaza. For those not so interested in dancing with glow sticks, there will also be Starlight Gamenight on the Diana steps. There will be board games and snacks. Be sure to bring your own picnic blanket!

One Thing To Do Before Graduating: Although Butler is beautiful and the new Milstein Center looks incredible, go out and try to find some study spaces off campus that you love! Whether it’s Central Park, the New York Public Library, or even the Hungarian Pastry Shop on 111th and Amsterdam, off-campus study spots make studying for midterms feel a lot less suffocating and are a good opportunity to really explore the city while not sacrificing any precious time. There are tons of places to choose from, suitable for all kinds of study environment preferences.

From The Archives: It’s no secret that Bwog Staff loves 1020, but not as much as Robert loves a girl he met there.

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May

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“Marsquakes” are the next big thing

Bwogline: NASA has launched its latest mission to Mars, called InSight. It’s due to land in November and will place seismometers on Mars’ surface to detect any tectonic activity, hoping to reveal how the underground rock is layered and provide insight (ha!) on the relative time of the planets’ formation. (BBC)

Study Tip: If you’re feeling burnt out, or if your brain just can’t take anymore, don’t push yourself to go further. Take a break because you’re not going to absorb any information if you continue.

Procrastination Tip: Use the time you have (or don’t have) to finally go to that cool restaurant downtown you’ve been meaning to go to since September.

Music:

Overheard: Girl to a bush near a sprinkler: “Stop peeing on me! What are you, a Columbia rower?”

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Apr

28

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We hope today’s Bwoglines will make you as happy as this slightly terrifying cookie!

Happening in the World: After a historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un has agreed to work toward denuclearization and an eventual peace treaty to end the Korean War. The two briefly stepped into North Korea, while holding hands, after returning to the South, followed by a tree-planting ceremony at the DMZ. (BBC)

Happening in the US: On the second day of the Arizona teachers’ walkout, Governor Doug Ducey has announced a plan to raise teachers’ salaries by 20 percent by 2020, also hoping to restore funding for schools that were previously cut. The legislature plans to release and approve a budget early next week. (Reuters)

Happening in NYC: Meek Mill has arrived in NYC for the first time since getting released from jail, where he reportedly had sushi with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: The Caribbean Students Association is closing out Caribbean Heritage Week with Final Fete tonight in Roone Arledge Auditorium from 10 pm to 2 am. Tickets are $2 and available at TIC for CUID holders, while non-CUID holders must register on the guest list to guarantee a ticket. Check out the Facebook event here.

Bop of the Day:

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Apr

21

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Avicii had previously stopped his tour due to health problems

Happening in the World: North Korea says it will halt nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site in favor of pursuing growth and peace, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States. Kim Jong-Un says North Korea no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests because they have reached their goal of developing the weapons. (Reuters)

Happening in the US: Swedish DJ Avicii, responsible for hits like “Wake Me Up” and “Levels,” has died in Oman. No cause of death has been publicized, and Avicii’s representative has said no further statements will be given. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Although charges have been recommended for the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014, Justice Department officials have doubts on whether the case is winnable. The police officer has been on desk duty since shortly after Garner’s death. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: The CU Wind Ensemble is hosting their Spring Concert Series today at 12:30 on South Lawn West. Come enjoy some great music while enjoying the weather! Check out the Facebook event here.

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Apr

14

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Come to the Quad for music, merch, zines, and more!

WBAR-B-Q, WBAR’s annual spring concert, is happening today from 12 to 4 pm in the Barnard Quad, and it’s completely free and open to the public! Come out and join WBAR, Barnard’s freeform radio station, in celebrating their 25th anniversary. This year’s WBAR-B-Q will feature Palehound as the headliner, along with Weaves, pinkcaravan! and Crosslegged. The weather for the rest of the day is supposed to be beautiful, so grab your friends, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy some great live music on the Quad! Check out the Facebook event here.

Apr

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Which Barnard alums do you think would make better governors?

Happening in the World: A lawmaker from India’s ruling party was arrested for raping a teenager, days after protests erupted against the government’s refusal to address the situation. These protests are said to be reminiscent of mass protests against sexual violence in 2012. (Reuters)

Happening in the US: Michael Cohen, Trump’s top lawyer, is under criminal investigation, with prosecutors saying they are focusing more on his business interests. Prosecutors also speculate that Cohen’s only client is Trump. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Two unions supporting Gov. Cuomo are leaving the Working Families Party, a small party comprised of labor unions and progressive activists. The Working Families Party is expected to be in support of Democratic candidate for Governor of New York (and Barnard alum) Cynthia Nixon. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: Barnard and Columbia dancers will be performing at Miller Theater tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. This showcase will feature Mark Morris’ The Office with premieres by Lacina Coulibaly, Brian Reeder, and Colleen Thomas. Check out the Facebook event here.

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Apr

7

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Ty Dolla $ign or frat darties? Pick your poison

Happening in the World: About 30 people were injured, and several dead, when a van ran into pedestrians in Germany. The suspect is speculated to be dead, and city officials have warned citizens to avoid the area. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods, tripling the number of Chinese goods facing levies. He justified this by stating supposed violations of US intellectual property laws. (WSJ)

Happening in NYC: Police have revealed details of the officers who shot Saheed Vassell, a black Brooklyn man. He was holding a slim metal pipe, which police officers apparently assumed was a gun. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: BACCHANAL!

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Mar

31

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Malala is our kween!

Happening in the World: Malala Yousafazi returned to Pakistan for the first time since getting shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. Her return was kept a secret, mainly for security purposes. She remains in Pakistan, and she will not return to the Swat Valley, the place where she was shot. (NBC)

Happening in the US: The U.S. state department may begin to require visa applicants to provide details of social media accounts used within the last five years. Additionally, they would be asked to provide the past five years’ worth of telephone numbers, email addresses, and travel history. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: School suspensions in New York schools rose 21 percent in the last months of 2017, the education department recently reported. In September, 1,317 students were suspended, which rose to 4,398 in the next month. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: The Asian Pacific American History Month (APAHM) Opening Ceremony is happening tonight from 7:00 to 10:30 pm in the Diana Event Oval. Christine Ha, also known as the Blind Cook, a Vietnamese-American chef, will be speaking, and free dinner and refreshments will be provided. Check out the Facebook event here.

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Mar

24

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Studies have shown that people who make it to the avocado toast bar at Ferris in time are happier people (Bwog et al., 2018)

Scrambled Eggs: You’re very straightforward about what you want. You take what life gives you, never complaining about any obstacles you might face and tackling them to reach your goals. Your approach to most things is very simple, yet extremely effective; you like to “go with the flow,” being extremely nonchalant yet putting in lots of effort behind the scenes. Although you like being around your friends, sometimes you need alone time. You never let your emotions get to you, and you’re very level-headed. Overall, you always find a way to end up being satisfied, even if it doesn’t go how you originally intended it to.

Waffle Station: You’re a very self-serving person. Just as your waffle’s fate lies in your hands, every lifestyle choice you make lies in your hands. You’re the most independent person you know, and you exude confidence. You don’t care about others’ opinions of you because you’re incredible and you know it. You independence, however, often lands you in sticky situations. You’re very stubborn; it’s difficult to change your mind about anything. You’re always a leader, but sometimes you can be too overbearing without realizing it. This doesn’t stop people from liking you, though. When others are around you, your charisma gives them more confidence in themselves.

Avocado Toast: You’ve got your life figured out. You wake up early every day to go on a morning run in Riverside Park, your time management skills are impeccable, you’re always acing your exams, and you have extremely healthy relationships with your friends, family, and other close ones. When people see you, they’re not sure if they want to befriend you or become you. Beware of others’ envy though, because someone could do something to disrupt your healthy lifestyle. You’re an extremely happy person, and you recover easily from minor setbacks. You’re extremely sociable and genuine, and everyone who meets you absolutely loves you.

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Mar

24

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Not this kind of oil

Happening in the World: A mother in France has been sentenced to eight years in jail after drowning five newborn babies and hiding their bodies in the freezer. These births were said to occur over the past 10 years, going unnoticed by the woman’s husband. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The United States is projected to become the world’s top oil producer, surpassing Russia. The US’s new title as top oil producer could happen as soon as this year, the International Energy Agency announced. (US News)

Happening in NYC: A firefighter was killed as he attempted to extinguish a fire in Harlem. The fire erupted at St. Nick’s Pub, a club that closed in 2011 which is now being used as a movie set. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: The Claudia Quintet, drawing inspiration from many sources, combining American minimalism, Argentine tango, and Senegalese percussion to create a rich sound, will be performing John Hollenbeck’s compositions at Miller Theatre tonight from 8 to 10 pm. Check out the Facebook event here.

Overseen: A guy swiping into Carman carrying a box of 300 diapers.

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Mar

3

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Who would have thought that this tiny ball of aluminum foil could start a trade war?

Happening in the World: Egyptian authorities have arrested an Egyptian mother who spoke to BBC about the torture and forced disappearance of her mother, detaining her for 15 days. She was arrested on suspicion of spreading false information, but she insists that her story is true. (BBC)

Happening in the US: In wake of Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, fears of an impending trade war have caused the value of the US Dollar to drop. Regardless, Trump has said that “trade wars are good.” (Reuters)

Happening in NYC: Trump is pushing congressional Republicans to oppose funding for the construction of the Hudson Rail Tunnel, a tunnel between New York and New Jersey. The construction of this tunnel would expand rail service under the Hudson River, an area in which major infrastructure improvements are needed. (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: The CU Artist Society is hosting “Paint Day” today from 10 am to 12 pm in 401 Dodge Hall! Free acrylic paints, brushes, canvases, and more will be provided, and you’ll have the opportunity to paint a live model. Check out the Facebook event here.

Bacterium of the Day: Photorhabdus luminescens is a bacterial species that causes whatever it infects to glow! It can even infect human wounds, giving it the nickname the “Angel’s Glow” after the First World War, because it served as a signifier of the wound’s healing. Read more about it here.

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