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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Feb

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This is what you would’ve seen from the Pupin observatory last night if the weather didn’t suck

How will new telescope technology allow us to find out more about the galaxy we live in? Bwogger Ramisa Murshed attended the Columbia Astronomy Outreach’s latest event in their Stargazing & Lecture Series, “The LSST Revolution: These Data Belong to You and Me,” to find out.

As I entered the lecture hall in which I would soon be learning more about telescopes on the fourth floor of Pupin, I saw a multitude of faces, varying from young children to undergraduates my age to older people who looked like they had PhDs. This was the first time I had attended one of the Columbia Astronomy Outreach’s public lectures. Volunteers were giving out surveys that asked audience members for their age, profession, affiliation with Columbia, and questions that would probably be used to gain an understanding of what kinds of people were attending the events. The most striking component of these surveys, however, was the question that asked, “Did you learn something new tonight? If you answered YES, what is one thing you learned?” It was clear that the sole purpose of this Stargazing & Lecture Series was to educate, regardless of the audience members’ level of prior knowledge.

The lecture was led by Dr. Federica Bianco, a professor at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, the LSST Science Collaborations Coordinator, and the LSST Transients and Variable Stars Collaboration Chair. What exactly is LSST? Dr. Bianco began the lecture by explaining that LSST is an acronym for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. It’s the newest survey telescope technology being developed, and it is said to be more powerful than any other survey telescopes that exist now. The survey is projected to run for ten years, from 2022 to 2032. The main idea of LSST is to take no compromises: it must be deep, wide, and fast. Dr. Bianco explains that there have been surveys in the past that have covered one or two of these aspects, but never any that have covered all three.

What does deep, wide, and fast actually mean?

Feb

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Gothamist: “I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me. Surprise, bitch.”

Happening in the World: The International Committee of the Red Cross revealed that 21 of its staff members engaged in sexual misconduct within the last three years. This follows the report that Plan International, a children’s aid agency, confirmed six cases of sexual abuse or child exploitation by its staff members and associates. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Rick Gates, a former senior adviser to Trump’s election campaign, pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statement charges in the special council’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. This marks a shift from Gates’ refusal to cooperate with the investigation. (US News)

Happening in NYC: WNYC has bought Gothamist, a New York City news site that was shut down three months ago. The relaunch was funded by a group of anonymous donors with the intention to integrate Gothamist, along with its satellite sites in Los Angeles and Washington, with public radio. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: MAKECU, Columbia’s undergraduate hardware hackathon, starts today and will go on through tomorrow afternoon. Check-in starts at 12 pm and hacking commences at 4 pm. Check out the website for registration and the schedule.

Song of the Day:

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Feb

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It’s the year of the dog!!!!!!

Happening in the World: Following the Prime Minister’s resignation, Ethiopia declared a state of emergency. The Prime Minister’s resignation is said to be a result of growing tensions between the four parties in the country’s ruling coalition, which has been in power since 1991 and currently holds all 547 seats in parliament. (Reuters)

Happening in the US: After a new development in the FBI’s investigation of the 2016 Presidential election, 13 Russians have been charged with tampering with the election. Three of the thirteen Russians have been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, while five have been accused of aggravated identity theft. Read more about the indictment here. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: A former teacher and his twin brother were arrested for allegedly creating bombs in their Bronx home. Several materials used for making bombs along with a diary detailing a plan entitled “Operation Code Name Flash” were found. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: The Chinese Students Club is hosting the 40th Annual Lunar Gala in celebration of the Lunar New Year this Sunday from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. There will be performances and food! Get more information about the event and tickets through the Facebook event.

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Feb

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Yay sports!!

Happening in the World: The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This year’s Olympics are said to be the largest in history, with 92 countries competing. The opening ceremony also consisted of a historic handshake between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un. (NYT)

Happening in the US: Rob Porter, an aide to President Trump who was accused of domestic abuse, received farewell wishes from Trump after recently resigning. In response to the allegations, Trump stated, “We found out about it recently and I was surprised by it, but we certainly wish him well and it’s a tough time for him.” (BBC)

Happening in New York: When asked if he saw fare evasion as an indicator of poverty, Mayor de Blasio stated that he saw no evidence for such. “We see people who evade fares and have money, and we see people [who] evade fares and don’t have money.” (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: ADI is hosting DevFest, Columbia’s week-long hackathon and learnathon this week. Even if you don’t have any experience programming, there are lots of opportunities for you to learn and create things! Check out the Facebook event here and check out DevFest’s website for the schedule.

Overheard: At President Sian Beilock’s inauguration, “Sorry I made Spec and Bwog sit together; I know there’s a rivalry.”

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Feb

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Venture out of the MoHi bubble and take a trip to the Brooklyn Museum!

Happening in the world: With new remote sensing technology, researchers were able to discover over 60,000 hidden Mayan ruins in Guatemala. The technology, called Lidar, allows archaeologists to find things that are invisible to the naked eye. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Russia recently developed a new nuclear-armed torpedo that could easily strike US coastal cities, prompting Trump to call for the US’s production of new nuclear arms, following his promises to strengthen the country’s nuclear arsenal. (USA Today)

Happening in NYC: A man was recently found dead in Riverside Park near W 158th Street and Riverside Drive. He was found lying on a stairwell, face-down. The cause of death is currently unknown. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: The Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association is heading to Brooklyn to attend the Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturdays: Black History Month! Check out the Facebook event here.

Overheard: “I just met you, and like, you seem so mean.” “OK, nobody tells this guy my name.”

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