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Apr

27

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Soon you’ll have to pay for this beautiful view!

Happening in the World: Turkey has deported four foreigners who were working with and giving aid to Syrian refugees. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Mayor Bill DeBlasio approved a plan to potentially allow the Met to charge an entrance fee for non-New Yorkers. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Check out the lecture: “Kompromat: What It Is, and What It Means for U.S.-Russia Relations” in SIPA, Marshall Shulman Seminar Room with Professor Keith Darden, Miriam Elder, and Dr. Katy Pearce.

Overheard: “That’s why I’m a capitalist … I’m not greedy, but when you have money and want to make money…”

Bad Joke: Why did the stadium get hot after the game? All of the fans left.

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Apr

20

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Happy 4/20!

Happening in the World: Fox News officially let commentator Bill O’Reilly go on Wednesday after O’Reilly was accused by multiple individuals of sexual assault. (Washington Post)

Happening in New York: Major Bill DeBlasio has supported a plan to cut tobacco usage by raising the price of a cigarette pack to $13 a pack.

Happening on Campus: Check out “Extreme Engineering: Space Medicine: Terrestrial Applications for Human Health, Performance, and Longevity” from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Teachers College, Cowin Auditorium, a lecture given by Smith Johnson, M.D.

Overheard: “She’s definitely gay, she’s a vegan.”

Happy 4/20:

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Apr

13

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The weather is just right to play this sport!

Last week, Bwog decided what fake sports Columbia students would be good at. Sports Editor Ross Chapman took it to the next level and created an entirely new sport for you to play now that the weather is nice. Maybe Columbia can come first in the Ivies in this one?

So, this one is pretty simple. It’s half footrace, half frisbee golf, played in two teams of 5. The goal is to be the first team with every player on the Scholar’s Lion in front of Havermeyer. Every round begins at the top of the Hamilton stairs (West side, of course).

The first member of the team, playing the Parachute position, goes down the stairs. Sounds simple, right? The trick is, the Parachute must declare when they begin their descent a student walking down the stairs. They may not descend faster than said student – if they pass them, they will receive an offsides penalty, and be docked one flight of stairs in the race. Parachutes don’t have to pick the first student who walks by, so reading the student is a key element of the Parachute’s skill. Parachutes may re-declare once per game, but only when behind the other team’s Parachute. The Parachute role emphasizes a Columbia Student’s ability to swiftly and smartly navigate their class schedule.

Still curious how to play?

Apr

13

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Detroit is a beautiful city.

Happening in the World: Protests in South Africa continue for the second week against President Jacob Zuma, who has experienced a string of scandals recently.

Happening in NYC: Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American Muslim woman to serve as a judge on the New York State’s highest court, was found dead in the Hudson River on Monday.

Happening on Campus: The Jewish Activist Collective is hosting a screening of Detroit Minds Dying, a movie about the recent water crisis in Detroit.

Overheard: “I think all my homosexual tendencies just stem from the fact that I’m a narcissist.”

Bad Joke: “What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?” “A matzochist.”

Apr

9

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A bigger, less cramped double

Housing selection is over, but the guaranteed housing list sure isn’t! Are you a rising Barnard sophomore worrying about where you’ll end up next year? Did you just pick into Elliot and have no clue what to expect. Bwog’s here to calm your nerves with another housing review.

Location: 49 Claremont Avenue (Claremont & 119th)

Nearby Dorms: 47 Claremont (Columbia dorm), pretty close to the Quad, less close to the 600s

Stores and Restaurants: Nothing’s all that close, but easy enough to walk to the 600s.

Cost: $11,038 Singles, $9,520 Doubles

Bathrooms: Two bathrooms per floor, one on each side. The bathrooms aren’t great, but multiple showers, toilets, and sinks in each one, and facilities cleans them.

Amenities:

  • AC/Heating: Both heating and air conditioning in every room.
  • Kitchens/Lounges: Two per floor, but only one microwave. Each floor also has a lounge, with TV and couches.
  • Laundry: All in the basement, 4 washers and 4 dryers.
  • Computers/Printers: One of each in the lobby.
  • Gym: It’s not far from the quad gym, or you could trek to Dodge…but why?
  • Intra-Transporation: One elevator, two stairwells – pretty standard.
  • WiFi: Yes! Barnard Secure
  • Hardwood or Carpet: Mostly lineoleum, with a little bit of carpet.

But are the singles spacious? Find out after the jump.

Apr

6

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Do you know your Roman numerals?

Happening in the World: On Wednesday, white house chief strategist Stephen Bannon was removed from the National Security Council by President Donald Trump. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: New York City will pay Thabo Sefolosha, of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, 4 million dollars after Sefolosha accused five police officers of excessive force and arrest on false charges in 2015. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Orchesis, Columbia’s largest dance group, is putting on their Spring Semester showcase: Work Work Work Work Worchesis! Come out tonight at 10pm and tomorrow at 9pm!

Overheard: “Are you really trading salmon burgers for adderall?”

Bad Joke: A Roman soldier walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says “five beers, please.”

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Mar

30

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Outside of Plimpton, where you could end up!

Two out of three Barnard Housing Selection Days have passed, and only the class of 2020’s fates are still left undecided. Once again, Bwog is here with a thorough roundup of what went down on Tuesday, and to help the last struggling groups breathe a little more deeply.

620, 616, Cathedral Gardens, Sulz Tower: All completely gone, except for a few doubles in suites that you can pick into (two in 620 and eight in 616). Those last options will likely be gone soon as well – but hey, you still have two more years to try for these higher-end dorms.

110:

  • Currently remaining: A decent amount of suites are still left, although no studio doubles. Mostly four person suites left, but some for every group size but singles.
  • Bwog’s recommendation: If you don’t mind being far-ish from your friends in Plimpton and want to feel a little less attached to campus, go for it!
  • How long will this dorm last? Maybe an hour or two into the day, but it’ll go pretty fast once Plimpton fills up.

600:

  • Currently remaining: A lot of doubles in suites and one full, 6 person suite.
  • Bwog’s recommendation: If you’ve got the best lottery number, go for it, but otherwise, don’t even bother putting it on your list.
  • How long will this dorm last? 30 seconds.

More dorms and more predictions after the jump

Mar

30

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Today is Ivy Day; get ready for buy sell memes to be flooded by tons of prospies!

Happening in the World: President Trump’s hotel company is looking into buying a second hotel in Washington, D.C. This hotel would be more affordable than the luxurious Trump International Hotel already there. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: On Wednesday, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, two allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, were sentenced to a year and a half and two years, respectively, in prison after they played a role in the Christie’s Bridgegate Scandal. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Hillel Interfaith Council and the Hindu Students Organization are putting on an interfaith event with free vegetarian/kosher Indian food and a capella! You don’t need to be Jewish or Hindu to enjoy the event, which will be from 7:30-9 in the basement of the Kraft Center.

Overheard: (re: Shakespearean times) “Did they have steriods back then?”

Bad Joke: What do you call the Association of Blood Donors? The IV League.

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Mar

28

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Roses are red, violets are blue…

Spencer Szwalbenest, though only a freshman at the Joint Program between GS and the Jewish Theological Seminary, is already a published poet. His Facebook page puts out new content regularly, and he’s working on his second collection, The Decadent Season. Bwogger Elana Rebitzer sat down with Spencer, who self-identifies as “edgy, but in the ironic sense,” and Spencer’s roommate/manager David Treatman, to discuss his past work, the future of his poetry, and how he got into this eclectic passion.

Bwog: First, tell us who you are.
Spencer Szwalbenest: “I’m Spencer Szwalbenest, I’m a first year in GS/JTS, studying Philosophy and probably Jewish Thought.”
David Treatman: “I’m David Treatman, also a first year in GS/JTS, studying History and Jewish Literature.”

BW: How did you start writing poetry?
SS: “In the beginning, I had a seventh grade English teacher who was a really encouraging person, we were doing the poetry unit and I would show him my poetry, and he was like “we’re going to put that right on the fridge,” figuratively. After I stopped taking that class with him, I stopped for a bit, but then I was an edgy teenager writing song lyrics my freshman year. I guess, poetry really started becoming interesting to me again my sophomore year of high school. I read Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and I wanted to be Walt Whitman, so I was really inspired by him. My first collection, White Letters, which I put out at the beginning of last school year, is very inspired by Whitman. Now, I’ve been inspired by more modern poets like Leonard Cohen, E.E. Cummings.

More on Spencer Szwalbenest

Mar

23

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Maybe the bad joke will have you laughing like this baby.

Happening in the World: An attacker in London on Wednesday killed four individuals and injured at least 40 others in what appears to be an attack on London’s parliament.

Happening in NYC: A new report has found that the city of New York is capable of reducing homelessness far more than it currently is. The report found that the city, if it were to change the eligibility requirements, could do a far better job of reducing homelessness.

Happening on Campus: Check out the lecture “How to Laugh: The Role of Comedy in Social Justice and Sustainable Peace” from 4:00 – 5:15 pm in SIPA.

Overheard: Girl waiting in ferris grilled cheese line: “Stop mansplaining my haircuts to me”

Bad Joke: It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.

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Mar

9

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This bunny is happy because it’s almost Spring Break!

Happening in the World: Wikileaks released a set of documents detailing CIA operations and the extent of surveillance that the CIA can employ. The source of these leaks is still unclear. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: A gun-trafficking ring from Virginia was responsible for bringing 200 guns into the state of New York illegally. The group was caught when they sold the guns to an undercover detective. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Check out “Laughter by the Month: 20th-century American cartoon and humor magazines” from 6-9pm in Butler! It’s a panel discussion on the history of humor magazines celebrating the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s acquisition of the collection of Steve Boss with cartoonist speakers.

Overheard: “I realized that whenever I hear someone talking about positivity it’s always about Barnard and never Columbia.”

Bad Joke: “What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?” “A carrot?”

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Mar

2

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Uber’s CEO realizing his mistake

Happening in the World: Uber’s CEO released a message to his employees saying that he must “fundamentally change” after a series of scandals in the last few months tarnished the companies image. (The Atlantic)

Happening in NYC: Home renovator Jerry Birbach, known for blocking a low-income housing project in the 1970s, died on Wednesday at 87. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Columbia InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will be hosting a conflict-resolution professor at 7 p.m. tomorrow, the third in a series of lectures about love.

Overseen: Ben and Jerry’s on sale at Morton Williams: 2 for 7 dollars!

Bad Joke: There is no “i” in denial.

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Feb

23

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Get ready to enjoy Low Beach tomorrow!

Happening in the World: President Donald Trump’s administration stated on Wednesday that they were reversing the Obama administration’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use whichever bathroom they felt was most appropriate for them. (New York Times)

Happening in New York: Prosecutors are continuing to investigate former City College president Lisa Coico over whether or not she improperly received money during her tenure as president.

Happening on Campus: Check out the showing of “He Named Me Malala” tomorrow from 8-10pm cohosted by Columbia HeForShe and Columbia Organization of Pakistani Students in Hamilton 717.

Overheard: (about free pizza someone left in the Plimpton study lounge) A: “Is it good?” B: “It’s free!”

Animal Video: School stressing you out? Midterm season got you down? Check out this video of happy baby animals to Pharrell’s “Happy.”

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Feb

16

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Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Luckily, Cuomo is making sure that you’ll still have plenty.

Happening in the World: On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that he would not push for a separate Palestinian state in addition to Israel, a drastic change from the policies of prior U.S. Presidents who advocated for a two-state solution. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Tuesday, stopping a proposed law that would have imposed a 5 cent tax on plastic bags in New York City. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: At 12:45 pm, there will be a rally to support Barnard Contingent Faculty as they approach their deadline for a strike if contract negotiations cannot be reached.

Overheard: “You do fucking chi-squared and get back to me.”

Music Recommendation: The weather’s getting warmer, but it’s still very much the middle of winter. If you’re feeling winter-y, throw it back to 2009 with “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.

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Feb

9

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What you should be doing instead of going to class.

What we get to do instead of going to class.

Happening in the World: On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General. The vote was close, and though all but one Democrat voted against him, all Republicans voted for his successful confirmation. (Washington Post)

Happening in New York City: All public schools in New York City have been closed due to the impending blizzard due to hit after an unusually warm day on Wednesday. And after majorly playing us, Columbia is closed as well! (New York Daily News)

Happening on Campus: Celebrate your class cancellations by heading to Low and throwing icy water at your friends at Bwog’s snowball fight! We’ll all act like five-year-olds and pretend our homework doesn’t exist – it’ll be completely unlike a normal day at Columbia.

Overheard: “I thought vowels were just in verbs!”

Song Recommendation: Broadway’s hottest new hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen” just released their cast album! Enjoy “Waving Through a Window” from the comfort of your room tomorrow as you bemoan your lack of a snow day.

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