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Nov

16

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The winter of our (bwog) content

Appropriately, the first snow of the season took place on the opening night of KCST’s production of  The Winter’s Tale. Bwogger Sarah Harty attended last night’s performance and is here to tell you why you should trek through the slush and go to the Glicker-Milstein Theatre. 

The director’s note in the program for The Winter’s Tale acknowledges that it’s one of Shakespeare’s lesser known works, and one that doesn’t easily fall into a comedy/tragedy/history category so well as, say, last spring’s Hamlet. It’s what’s affectionately known as a “problem play”, with the first two acts focusing on a Lear-like downfall of a king and the last three on irreverent jokes more reminiscent of Twelfth Night. In this production, director Aydan Shahd (BC ’20) attempts to solve the problem by making some serious alterations to the ending, resulting in some equally serious emotional payoff.

The most famous thing about Winter is the stage direction “Exit, pursued by a bear.” It’s even on the commemorative shirts sported by the cast and crew. The bear chase takes place right in the middle of the play, in Act III, Scene 3, but KCST doesn’t make you wait, instead shifting it to the opening scene. We hear Antigonus’ (Jared Rush, CC ’21) monologue, and then the animal appears, played by the chorus (Arielle Firestone, GS/JTS ’19, Yaël Cohen, CC ’19, and Isabel Daly, BC ’19) with the help of what looks like a very well done papier-mâché bear head (credit to Props Designer Kay Kemp, CC ’22). A baby, in the form of a glowing orb, is abandoned. You know already that it’s about to go down.

The twist ending and more after the jump…

Nov

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New York’s hottest accessory is…

Columbia’s fall break is specifically scheduled over Election Day so students can go home and vote, so Bwog hopes you all did (or at least voted on campus). Whether you did or not, though, the results of these midterm elections are going to affect the country, the state, the city, and you. Yes, you! To help you make sense of the results, we’ve compiled a guide, and you can stay informed! Thanks to our friends at NYU Local for the inspiration. 

Nationwide:

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) defeated Republican Chele Farley for a second term. This was pretty much a given and will have little effect on whether she decides to run for president in 2020.
  • Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who has been representing New York’s 10th congressional district for almost three decades, easily defeated his Republican opponent with a margin of 62%. The Democrats’ recapture of the House of Representatives means that Nadler will chair the House Judiciary Committee beginning in January – and he’s no Trump fan.

Statewide:

  • Morningside Heights sits in State Assembly District 69 (nice). Democrat Daniel O’Donnell, Assembly member since 2003, won re-election with 92% of the vote (!). Fun fact: O’Donnell was the first openly gay politician elected to the NYS Assembly. He’s also Rosie O’Donnell’s older brother.
  • We are also located in State Senatorial District, 30, represented by Brian Benjamin. Benjamin was also easily re-elected to a second term in the State Senate. Like most people with a brain, he strongly opposes calling South Harlem “SoHa.”
  • Public Advocate Letitia James made history by becoming the first black woman elected New York Attorney General.
  • And Andrew Cuomo won a third term as governor after defeating Cynthia Nixon (BC ’87) in the primary and Republican Mark Molinaro in the general election.

Locally:

  • New Yorkers voted on three proposals, and all of them passed.
    • Question 1 asked if voters would like to amend the city charter to lower the amount a candidate running for city office can accept from one contributor from $5,100 to $2,000.
    • Question 2 asked if voters were in favor of amending the city charter for the creation of a 15-member civic engagement committee which would “dedicated to enhancing civic participation and strengthening democracy in New York City.”
    • Question 3 asked if voters were in favor of amending the city charter to limit the terms of a community board member to four consecutive two-year terms.

It was a good night for New York Democrats. Max Rose defeated incumbent Daniel Donovan to represent New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn. This means that all 34 congressional districts considered entirely urban are represented by Democrats, increasing the urban-rural political divide in our country. Democrats also now control all three branches of the state government, so expect to hear a lot more from Cuomo as he governs virtually unchecked.

And that’s it! The midterms are over, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief as we wait for 2020. Except someone’s already running.

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Oct

12

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A Barnard alum couldn’t do it, but maybe these students can

Although many are still bristling from Cynthia Nixon’s (BC ’87) loss in the primaries – meaning a likely four more years in office for Governor Andrew Cuomo and his notoriously broken MTA – her legacy, and promise to repair the subway, have not been forgotten at her alma mater. Last night, Barnard and Columbia’s all-female improv group took Cuomo to task at the Glicker-Milstein Theatre with their first performance of the year. To a packed house, the students explored such familiar topics as Tinder dates, prom memories, and skeletons.

Improv is really hard. Control Top made it look easy. The students did a very good job of making something out of nearly nothing – all they had to work with were two stools and one word to inform their scenes  – and the somethings were hilarious. The cohesion among Control Top’s members resulted in smooth scene transitions and fantastic rapport, showcasing the hard work each student puts into their performance.

The scenes moved across the time, with scenes referencing both Banksy’s self-destructive tendencies and King Arthur. The characters played ranged from typical suburban families to advertising execs to Columbia Econ majors. Many scenes had great moments of physical comedy and visual gags as well as more conventional jokes that drew a lot of laughs from the audience. The reviewer would like to give a shoutout to Cooking With Bwog mastermind Cara Hudson-Erdman (BC ’21), but every member shined on that dimly-lit stage.

Control Top has two more performances planned this semester, on 11/10 and 12/13. 

Sep

13

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Chances are you’re already overwhelmed with readings though!

Welcome back to Barnard! Convocation takes place today at 4:30.

The email from Dean Natalie Friedman reads as follows:

Hello Students! Just a reminder that Convocation is tomorrow, 9/13, in Riverside Church. The proceedings begin at 4:30, and students should plan on arriving around 3:45. Your Class Deans will meet you outside of Riverside starting around 3:45. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

–Be sure to wear your class year t-shirt, picked up at this year’s Block Party, to Convocation. (If you did not pick-up a t-shirt at the Block Party, not to worry, we’ll have t-shirts available at Riverside Church when you arrive!)
–Please meet outside Riverside Church, located at 490 Riverside Drive, as early as 3:45pm (or 4:00pm if you’re coming from a class) where you’ll see your class dean outside the entrance. At 4:05pm, we’ll have classes enter the church. Please note that an accessible entrance to Riverside Church is located at 91 Claremont Avenue. Staff will guide you to Barnard Convocation in the Nave.
–The ceremony will last approximately one hour, and a reception will follow on the Barnard campus (Milbank Courtyard, rain location: Event Oval).

Please note that Barnard classes are cancelled from 4-6pm so that you may attend. Columbia classes are not cancelled. Some Barnard classes may also be meeting; you should make attending class a priority, whether at Barnard or Columbia. When in doubt, contact your instructor.

See you tomorrow!

Dean Friedman and Executive Director Lawrence

Sep

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1100 bucks and it won’t even come with douchey AirPods.

What’s Happening In The World: Apple announced it’s releasing three new phones and fucking up its naming system more than ever before with the XR, XS, and XS Max. They range from normal to near-iPad sizes, and also from the “affordable” $749 to the whopping $1099. That’s like, a hundred bucks less than a MacBook. What are you even doing, Apple? (The Verge)

What’s Happening In The US: Three Trump-related disasters for the price of one: First, the New York Times reported that the number of migrant children being detained in shelters is the highest it’s ever been at 12,800. Second, Trump bragged about his response to Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico, even though 3,000 people died. And third, while promoting his father’s response to Hurricane Florence – which hasn’t landed yet – Eric Trump said something that Paul Ryan might call “textbook anti-Semitism” and then not do anything about. (NYTimes, CNN, Mashable)

What’s Happening In NYC: Don’t forget to vote in the New York State primary today if you’re registered! This is your chance to decide between a person who eats whack bagels and a corrupt lizard man for our Governor. Go get it and find your polling place here.

What’s Happening At Columbia: Head over to Teachers’ College at 6pm tonight for a book talk on “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. “As part of the Perspectives on Peace series…the event will include a discussion with Dr. Michele Gelfand in conversation with Dr. Peter Coleman, on her most recent book. Book signing and wine and cheese reception to follow.”

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Sep

5

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look at that marigold though

Ever wondered why some ways of getting around the city seem to follow all the rules but screw you over anyway, and why others follow no logic at all but are somehow useful? Senior Staff Writer Sarah Harty explains. 

  • Lawful Good: Yellow cabs are an icon of New York that don’t deserve to be overshadowed by their for-hire competitors. There’s something to be said about the convenience of hailing a cab. Also, your actions in taxis have fewer consequences because no ratings.
  • Neutral Good: Find me someone who’s taken the NYC Ferry for something other than a festival. I’ll wait. Regardless of its inaccessibility, the ferry is pretty fast and, hypothetically, a really nice way to commute.
  • Chaotic Good: It’s free, it’s easy to get to, it has beautiful views, and then what do you do? The Staten Island Ferry certainly has its highs and lows. The epitome of chaotic good, the SI ferry brings you not only the Statue of Liberty, but the 30 minute wait in the St. George Terminal to go back to Manhattan.
  • Lawful Neutral: Need to get out of town? The Metro North/Northeast Regional (or if you’re bougie, the Acela) will take you there. They get points for comfy seats, legroom, and tables, but lose them for cost and shitty wifi.
  • True Neutral: The Roosevelt Island Tramway. Costs the same as the subway, and there’s no traffic or delays because it’s literally in the sky. True to its mission, lowkey cool.
  • Chaotic Neutral: The tried and true subway system doesn’t always run on time, or have AC, or offer an even remotely pleasant experience, but it will get you where you are going, eventually. (Exception: The L train, which is pure evil.)
  • Lawful Evil: FHVs (Ubers, Lyfts, and the like) were just capped by the city for a reason. Their exponential growth has brought NYC traffic to LA-levels, and given that they account for like 80% of cars on the road but are only full 40% of the time, must be stopped. Or at least “studied”.
  • Neutral Evil: The slowest city buses go around four miles an hour. The fastest? Not even ten. The $6.50 fare for express translates to a lot more money for not much improvement. Only good for getting across Central Park.
  • Chaotic Evil: NJ Transit takes you to New Jersey. Enough said? Maybe so, but on this train, the journey might be worse than the destination. Its unreliability, penchant for breaking down, and contributions to each “Summer of Hell” are undeniable. Plus, it leaves from Penn Station and not Grand Central, which means you have to go to Penn Station.

Honorable Mentions: Central Park horse carriages (chaotic good), NYPD cars (lawful evil), Access-A-Ride vehicles (lawful good), Citibike (lawful neutral), Barnard/Columbia Shuttles (neutral evil), Blade (neutral evil), NYC Sightseeing buses (true neutral), LIRR (chaotic evil)

Sep

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Would rather do a neighborhood tour in Prezbo’s Audi

Columbia knows you probably got way too drunk on Voda last night, regardless of whether you actually found a party to go to. That’s why today’s activities are mostly optional, so welcome to the neighborhood tours! Before you say, “I’ve got four whole years to go to all these places!”: No, you don’t. If you don’t go to Brooklyn now, you will never go to Brooklyn. So pick a tour, any tour, and enjoy the penultimate day of NSOP. 

Today’s Highlights:

  • Neighborhood tours, all day: Go out there, beyond the confines of Morningside Heights. From Coney Island to the Cloisters, now’s your chance to see all the city actually has to offer. Or, you know, not, since these are 100% optional.
  • International Students and Allies Mixer/Black Students and Allies Mixer, 2-3 pm/3-4 pm: Get to know more of your fellow students and work on making those #friendsforlife! Find another “interesting fact about you” for another group of people you might never talk to again!
  • The Columbia Amazing Race, 10 pm – 12 am: Join the Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO) to play the Columbia Amazing Race throughout campus! Learn about Columbia hidden gems and complete exciting tasks to finish the race!

One thing to do before graduation: Find a genuinely reliable place to store your “everyday valuables” (phone, CUID, wallet) that’s easily accessible and also not around your neck! By never losing your ID, you’re saving yourself at least twenty dollars. This will be the only thing for which future you will thank NSOP you.

From the archives: The Weeknd was spotted on campus! Hopefully he’ll return – If homeboy comes through with Bella Hadid, he could like, get it.

May

11

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Hidden in the halls of Reid – a legit palace.

I feel like I shouldn’t even be writing this article. “But the people deserve to know!”, you say, and I begrudgingly agree.

Here at Bwog, we’re really passionate about the best bathrooms at this school. From our series “Poopin’ in Pupin” to our love letters, we’re determined to bring you the optimal places on campus to cry, procrastinate, or, like, do what you normally do in bathrooms. But I’ve noticed one that has been egregiously kept out of the conversation: The Reid first floor bathroom.

I’ve probably already lost a lot of you. Barnard dorms aren’t super well known as it is, and Reid is one of the least talked about, often being eclipsed by its air-conditioned hallway partner Sulz/Reid. But Reid proper does exist, and in its “lobby” one can find Well Woman and be a well woman (or anyone else) by locating the single stall toilet that is truly the best and most underrated bathroom at both Barnard and Columbia.

So why is it so amazing?

May

8

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Maybe Elon is just looking for the top lip to his bottom lip.

Bwogline: Who the hell is on Melania Trump’s staff that they keep plagiarizing her stuff? She put out a brochure on cyberbullying (the irony is still insane) called “Be Best”, and many noticed that its contents are “nearly identical” to an Obama-era booklet on the same topic. Citations are not that hard, guys. (BBC)

Study Tip: E-mail your TA with any last questions, and one of them may as well be “Do you want to get lunch sometime?”

Music: Restore your self confidence with this 2013 bop by Justin Bieber while imagining all the crazy shit he would have done with the Met Gala theme. Probably host a church service or something tbh.

Procrastination Tip: Pack up your stuff and clean your room! No late or cleaning fines > good final grades.

Overheard: “I know all of Twitter is shitting on Grimes, but come on y’all, who wouldn’t hop at Elon as a sugar daddy?”

May

3

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After many delays and denials from Ann Thornton and other administrators, and much persistence from the band, CUMB has made the decision to storm Butler 209 tonight, May 3, at midnight. And it won’t be a secret this time – so no more wondering how they managed to sneak a bass drum in.

Head Manager Vivian Klotz sent an email to administrators outlining the band’s plan: enter Butler just before midnight and then take 209 at 11:59pm, as is traditional.

 

May

1

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Our most faithful friend.

Bwogline: John Kelly definitely didn’t call Trump an “idiot”. Hm, I’m having déja vu…

Study Tip: According to the wise words of one Bwogger, if you’re writing a paper, just take it 100 words at a time.

Music: Or follow the rules of this classic bop.

Procrastination Tip: Mourn your chances of getting with your hot TA even when they might be literally the same age as you. If you are a hot TA, mourn your chances of ever finding love.

Overheard: “That mix of hair and dust is just so *clenches fist* … college.”

 

Apr

24

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The MTA improving something? I’m shook.

What’s Happening In The World: A van in Toronto rammed into a crowd on Monday, killing ten and injuring 15. The driver has been identified by police as Alek Minassian, a 25 year old Toronto resident. He is currently in police custody. (BBC)

What’s Happening In The US: Mike Pompeo is about to get confirmed as the new Secretary of State. Overview: He’s like Trump – bigoted and gross – but he’s probably not crazy? More than we can say about the woman who might replace him at the CIA… (NBC)

What’s Happening In NYC: What do we want? Better subways! What are we getting? Double decker buses…on Staten Island. Only slightly less inconvenient than going to London to ride the OG. (Patch)

What’s Happening At Columbia: Former Attorney General Eric Holder (CC ’73) will deliver the 21st Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum Keynote Address. Miller Theatre, 6 – 7pm, but probably best to get there early!

Overheard: “Stacks? ;)”

Apr

20

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An updated take on a classic Greek myth.

Imagine taking a story that’s already really sad, and then making it a hundred times sadder. That’s what playwright Sarah Ruhl does with the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in “Eurydice”, and CU Players’ take on the update gives it all the devastatingly emotional twists and turns it deserves with its stunningly talented cast and beautiful production. 

I haven’t been this enchanted by umbrellas since The Nanny Diaries, or this angry about stones since…ever. “Eurydice” does a lot with inanimate objects, making you have feelings about everything from “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” to a bunch of strings. Countering these are very animated performances from our leads, Eurydice (Elli Furukawa, BC ’19), Orpheus (Jordan Mahr, CC ’20), and Father (Mario Garcia, CC ’21). Furukawa showcases hilariously contorted facial expressions as well as ballet and singing skills. Mahr is also a triple threat, staying true to Orpheus’ love of music with his acoustic guitar and strong voice.

This play deals with serious subject matter. It includes trigger warnings for sexual assault, suicide, and the death of a loved one. It might follow that it’s not particularly lighthearted. In fact, I was tearing up ten minutes in.  This is mostly due to Garcia’s performance as Eurydice’s late father, who can watch his daughter from the underworld but never contact her. (Get ready for the saddest wedding scene ever). One of the few souls who has retained the ability to read, write, and speak, he sends Eurydice letters from beyond the grave. Eurydice soon meets her untimely end, after some confusion and interference from the Little Stone (Mira Soni, CC ’21), the Big Stone (Stacy Grinberg, CC’ 18), and the Loud Stone (Cybale Mayes-Osterman, BC ’20), she and her father are reunited. Maybe the underworld isn’t so bad after all.

More review after the jump!

Apr

17

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Does this mean we’ve had 264 valedictorians?

Graduation? It’s real. To prove it, Columbia College has just announced the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2018, and congratulations are in order for Sam Goldberg and Hannah Bender, respectively! Goldberg, a sustainable development major, said that the honor is “really unexpected and humbling,” while Bender, a biology major, likewise said she feels “incredibly humbled and honored.” The two will speak at Columbia College’s Class Day on May 15, a day before University commencement.

Apr

10

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Putting the “no” in Nom Wah.

What’s Happening In The World: An air base in Damascus was hit after the devastating (and illegal) chemical attack on Sunday. The air base attack was apparently attributed to the U.S., but was then revised to Israel – though, given that we spend billions on Israel’s military, they weren’t totally off with their first guess. (NPR)

What’s Happening In The US: Special Counsel Robert Mueller ordered a raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office. We don’t know why yet – Stormy Daniels? Russia? Both?  – but we do know Cohen and Trump are really mad about it, citing “privileged communications.” Someone tell either of them who Richard Nixon was, please. (BBC)

What’s Happening In NYC: Assholes shouldn’t be rewarded with dumplings, but that’s exactly what Nom Wah founder Wilson Tang is doing by accepting Bitcoin at his newest location, a bar called “Boys Don’t Cry.” Um, they do when their Bitcoin value goes down. (Futurist)

What’s Happening At Columbia: Academic Freedom Week continues with an event called “Fuck White Supremacy.” You’re already interested. It’s in IAB 1201 from 12-1 pm today.

Overheard: “I get hit on by more straight guys at Suite than anywhere else.”

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