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Well, the title practically says it all. If you’ve ever been a student, you know how nervous you were when it was time to get these decisions. The ED applicants might be scared in particular, since this school was their first choice.

The logo that haunts our nightmares.

Applicants to the Class of 2022 will be able to view their decision after tonight at 7 pm ET. Barnard’s were released Tuesday with an increased number of applications; Columbia itself said that it “received 4085 Early Decision applications to Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science”, exactly one application fewer than last year. The Admissions Department is not releasing any information on acceptance rate or class composition at this time.

Good luck to all early applicants – hope to see you next year!

Common Application Logo via Columbia Undergraduate Admissions

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Orgo Night in Butler 209 from Fall 2015.

Ah, the great dichotomy of the night before finals. In between your suffering and complaining pre- and post-midnight, youhave two options: The wholesome and reliable Midnight Breakfast, or the controversial and possibly banned Orgo Night. Whichever kind of fun you prefer, they both take place tonight at 12 am. (Barnard first-years can go to Midnight Breakfast at 11:00, the rest of BC at 11:30, and all of CU at 12.)

Meet the new Barnard president or boo the old Columbia one. Subsist on Butler Café for hours or fill up on waffles in Diana. Whichever you choose, enjoy your study break before it gets too weird.

 

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Bwogline: Official plans have been announced for the L train closure, and just like with our finals, it will indeed involve taking an L. The plan is likely insufficient in battling the delays it will cause and will give New Yorkers another reason to be salty. (NY Times)

This isn’t a stop on the L, but it’s better than Williamsburg, right?

Study Tip: Order Insomnia. Be impressed that they knew where to find you in the International Affairs Building. Open Insomnia. Be dismayed by the incorrect order. Call Insomnia. Get put on hold for 10 minutes and then not even be able to speak to them because the Lehman Library is in the basement and AT&T sucks. Get a likely ban from Insomnia for calling so much. Eat your extra pint of ice cream anyway.

Music: 

Procrastination Tip: The best type of procrastination is when you can pretend you’re actually doing work. Fall into a Wikipedia hole. Your new wealth of knowledge will make up for your less than satisfactory final exam grade.

Overheard: “Broccoli are nature’s trees.”

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It’s that time of year again, folks, that time where we open paragraphs with “it’s that time of year again, folks.” In all mock-seriousness, Orgo Night is here! Well, almost. In anticipation of the event, Columbia University Marching Band has released their first round of flyers, some of which have been more controversial than others. 

The posters say the event will take place in Butler on the last night of reading week, but it’s unclear as to whether the band will actually be let in this year. Get there early to snag a good spot, or bitch about it later.

“tromboner”. never heard that one before.

A joke for the people.

Should the football team publish a self-help book?

Probably the most “eh” of this year’s jokes.

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The Diana Center: Harborer of many secrets and few smoothies.

Happening Around The World: Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and has begun plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv. Congratulations on fucking over Americans, Palestinians, and literally everyone whose name isn’t Benjamin Netanyahu. (BBC)

Happening In The US: Uncontrollable wildfires are raging across Southern California, reaching outskirts of Los Angeles. Tens of thousands have evacuated the area and the smoke can be seen from space. Normally it’s cool when things can be seen from space, but this is very, very uncool. (ABC News)

Happening In NYC: Opinion: film festivals are pretentious. Fact: Dogs are great. If you agree with both of these, you should check out the 3rd Annual Dog Film Festival, which is exactly what it sounds like – amazing. The show is playing this Sunday at 2:45 and 4:45 pm at the SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St), and tickets are available here.

Happening At Columbia: If for whatever reason you aren’t making it to Lincoln Center this season – it’s too far away, too expensive, or you just really resent DSpar – Columbia University Ballet Ensemble is presenting their own production of The Nutcracker with performances tonight at 10 pm and Saturday at 1:30 pm. Read Bwog’s review here!

Overheard: “Men are discovering Diana smoothies. We can’t allow that.”

Liz’s Place via Bold. Beautiful. Barnard.

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Despite it being quite late in the semester, it’s also roommate switching season. While most of us at least tolerate those who live with us, some aren’t so lucky. If this is you, you probably know it. However, if you’re on the fence about changing rooms, here are some criteria you may want to consider:

If you and your roommate are no longer this tight, it might be because of these reasons.

You should think about switching roommates if…

  • They constantly sexile you.
  • They constantly sexile you and then they don’t even have sex. They just, like, cuddle or something.
  • They never wash their sheets or towels. Like, ever.
  • They don’t wake you up when you’re sleeping through a class.
  • Their cleaning habits or lack thereof are basically an open invitation for vermin.
  • They unironically have the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster.
  • They don’t understand the concept of headphones.
  • You loan them something and later find it on Buy/Sell/Trade.
  • They screenshot all your snapchats.
  • They use the phrase “Saturdays are for the boys”.

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A very insta-worthy event.

It seems like there should be a bit of a lull in the workload between midterms and finals, but there really isn’t. Take a break from wasting away in the library and visit the tree lighting ceremony on College Walk tonight!

According to the Facebook event:

We will serve hot chocolate, cider, and donuts and have amazing Columbia long-sleeves starting at 5:30pm. At 6, there will be performances from a cappella groups, special words from your student councils and school deans, and of course, the countdown for the tree lighting itself!

Past lighting via Yourccsc, via C.Munoz

 

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Happening Around The World: Remember when North Korea was launching a bunch of missiles and they weren’t really going anywhere? Well, they did it again and now they’re going somewhere. The country’s government claims that their latest ballistic missile launch reached ten times the height of the International Space Station, and now the US is asking other nations to cut all ties with the DPRK. (BBC)

To reiterate: Really fucking high.

Happening In The US: Longtime “Today Show” anchor Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from coworkers. As SNL put it, it does indeed seem like every man we once trusted is a sex monster. (NBC News)

Happening In NYC: A review of the mayoral election found that New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge received ten write-in votes for the city’s highest office. Just when you think New York couldn’t out-New York itself any more… (NY Post)

Happening At Columbia: The Alexander Hamilton Society presents “Iran: Deal or No Deal” tonight in room 101 of the Law School from 8:00 – 9:30 pm. The event will be a debate between Danielle Pletka and David Phillips, and will center on whether the Iran Deal is a “landmark compromise or a dismal failure”.

Overheard: “Pret a Manger”, pronounced like “Away in a Manger”. Christmas is coming, folks!

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“Written In The Stars” opened Thursday night at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life. The cast is made up of Madison Andrus (CC ’21) , Jack Becker (CC ’21), Camryn Bolkin (GS/JTS ’21), Elli Furukawa (BC ’20), Alison Kahn (BC ’21), Habin Lee (SEAS ’18), Chrisanthi Livadiotis, Sarina Maurice (BC/JTS ’21), Louisa Melcher (CC ’20), Brent Morden (CC ’19), Gabriel Pont (CC/JTS ’20), Carys Snyder (CC ’19), and Rachael Whitley (BC ’21). The show is stage managed by Anna Fondiller (BC ’19) and features choreography by Juliana Forrest (BC ’19), music direction by Morden, and lighting design by Leora Lupkin (BC ’20). Tickets are free and seats can be reserved here.  

A Western-themed musical comedy set in outer space sounds like a lot to take on, and a lot to take in. But the cheers of audience members at David Treatman’s (GS/JTS ’20)  podcast-inspired, but still original story proved that he didn’t bite off more than he could chew. The witty dialogue, kitschy half-rhymes, and impressive body paint made for an enjoyable evening.

“Written in the Stars” tells the story of Sparks Nevada (Jack Becker), a Martian marshal who is in fact from Earth, and his friends and foes, both human and extraterrestrial. Sparks’ job is righting the outlaw wrongs on Mars, but he has personal issues to deal with as well. His girlfriend isn’t fitting in with the other residents of the planet, someone else wants his job and is willing to kill for it, and a group of mutant bandits are out to get him. What is he to do?

Find out what he is to do and see fun photos after the jump!

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Happening Around The World: The Zimbabwean military have staged a takeover of President Robert Mugabe’s government, ending nearly four decades of his rule over the country. The military denies the move is a coup, insisting on an immediate return to constitutional order. However, Mugabe’s successor is still up for debate, leaving the country without an official leader. (BBC)

Who said there’s no nature in NYC?

Happening In The US: The death toll from yesterday’s mass shooting in Northern California has risen to six, after the gunman’s wife’s body was found under the floor in their house. He joins countless other shooters who have a history of violence against women, including the perpetrator of last week’s massacre at a Texas church. (ABC News)

Happening In NYC: TFW you can’t find decent NY housing and some literal insects can? Thousands of honeybees have been shipped from California into the green roof at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Maybe they’ll find company with some of Hillary Clinton’s balloons. (ABC NY7)

Happening At Columbia: The Lenfest Center for the Arts is hosting a screening of the new film “Risk” and a discussion with its director, Laura Poitras. “Risk” follows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over six years and culminates with his relationship to the 2016 election. The event, held in the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, is at capacity, but a standby line will form at 5:45.

Overheard: “They’re playing Christmas music in Ferris? Ok, it’s dead to me.”

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It was my fifth class of the day, I’d had three hours of sleep, and needless to say, I was unprepared for my worldview to be shattered. It would turn out I had no choice in the matter. As I was sitting in my poli sci discussion section, dozing off and thinking about how cute my TA was, I noticed something about the girl across from me. It wasn’t her impeccable note-taking or the gum she had sticking out of her bag. It was her water bottle, adorned with many stickers.

A typical object…an atypical dilemma.

The stickers with which one decorates their possessions can say a lot about a person. For example, I have a Barnard sticker on my laptop, which reveals that I am a student there. I also have Glossier stickers, which means I’m basic. This girl’s stickers presented a contradiction the likes of which I had never encountered before and am unlikely to again. Circling the top of the otherwise uncomplicated Nalgene was a Columbia Spectator logo. Ugh, fine. But then, tucked away and surrounded by some generic flowers, was a piece of Bwog’s very own merchandise – the coveted “Fuck Spec” sticker.

To co-opt an overused phrase, I was shook. What was this? What did it mean? Who is she?  No, literally, I didn’t know who she was, despite being in a fairly small class with her for more than two months. But I was less concerned with trivial details like her name than I was with an analysis of her psyche.

It was like the classic chicken-egg problem: Was she on Spec and then realized the error of her ways? Or did she start out on Bwog only to fall for the promise of fancy journalism internships? Instead of principal-agent dilemmas, my mind was turning over the duality of man. If she thought Bwog wasn’t doing “real” journalism, then why turn to Spec? Did she miss the weekly grapes? Or perhaps she was affiliated with neither, and wanted to project some form of ~intellectualism~, but couldn’t decide which publication served the purpose better? Maybe we all have a Bwog and a Spec editor inside ourselves – or on our water bottles.

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Taking the midterms struggle to a new level.

Happening Around The World: What isn’t happening in Saudi Arabia right now? Dozens of princes and other powerful men with ties to the royal family are facing charges of corruption, “their planes grounded and their assets seized”. However, government corruption is pretty much a fact of life in Saudi Arabia, so many are viewing this as simply a power grab by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (BBC)

Happening In The US: Ever been excited about jury duty? Probably not, but some lucky Chicagoans were when former President Barack Obama reported at the Daley Center Wednesday morning. Congratulations on showing more patriotism than our current POTUS. (BBC)

Happening In NYC: Tuesday’s election revived some hopes for democracy after Democrats gained big wins in New Jersey and Virginia, but New Yorkers didn’t show the same fervor – only 21.7% of the city’s registered voters showed up to the polls. Come on, we can do better than that. (NY Daily News)

Happening At Columbia: Head to Diana LL103 at 7PM for “Treyf at CU: A Workshop on Anti-Semitism”, wherein Treyf podcast hosts Sam Bick and David Zinman will be discussing the framework of how we view Anti-Semitism in North America, and how it can be adjusted to include intersectional voices.

Overseen: About 15 five-hour energy bottles making their home in a Butler desk. To the owner: I mean, you do you, but also – are you ok???

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Happening Around The World: Former leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont has turned up in Brussels and is now refusing to appear before a Madrid court. Puigdemont’s actions attempting to separate Catalonia from the rest of Spain were in violation of the Spanish Constitution, and could lead to a European arrest warrant. (NYTimes)

NPR news writing about firing the NPR news guy. Meta.

Happening In The US: Senior news editor Michael Oreskes is out at NPR – he resigned on Wednesday after two former colleagues accused him of sexually assaulting them while he was Washington bureau chief at the New York Times. Good riddance to him, to Kevin Spacey, and to whoever comes next. (NPR)

Happening In NYC: Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the attack downtown, has been charged with terrorism as well as “providing material support and resources” to the Islamic State. Trump has also expressed support for sending him to Guantanamo Bay, though this is almost definitely illegal. (BBC, Al Jazeera)

Happening At Columbia: Playwright and Columbia professor David Henry Hwang is speaking with Broadway director Julie Taymor (known for “The Lion King” and “Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark”) about their revival of Hwang’s “M. Butterfly”. The event takes place at the Lantern at the Lenfest Center for the Arts at 6:30 tonight.

Overheard: “Bumble is, like, a Mecca for softboys.”

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Happening Around The World: Heightened racial tensions and hostile relations with communist nations? It really is the 1950s all over again. North Korea has warned of a possible hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean, a threat that apparently should be taken “very seriously”. Just as a reminder, the h-bomb is 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. (The Guardian)

Come on everyone, it isn’t even Halloween yet.

Happening In The US: Can we call it the Weinstein effect? More and more powerful men are facing and in some cases being fired over sexual assault allegations – including famed photographer Terry Richardson, who’s been cut off by Condé Nast, and former President George H.W. Bush. Listen, if even one good thing can come out of this awful mess, I’m all for it. (People, Deadspin)

Happening In NYC: Even though it hit above 70 this week, Bryant Park’s Winter Village is opening this Saturday. Head there before noon and get free hot chocolate, if you want to wait on an inevitable line for two hours. And we thought the Ferris milkshakes were bad. (Gothamist)

Happening At Columbia: CMTS’ fifth annual production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” takes place in the Diana Oval tomorrow at 9 PM. Get your tickets here before they sell out!

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An extremely uncomfortable Barnard alum pictured with a glowing DSpar. How’s 66th St. treating you, Debora? Wait, do you even take the subway?

America’s Best Winter Markets via Pinterest

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Bwogger Sarah Harty reviews Columbia Musical Theater Society’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, directed by Nina Lam BC ’19, produced by Emeline Bookspan BC ’18, stage managed by Clare Bradley CC ’20, and choreographed by Harmony Maria Graziano CC ’19, with Anna Bryan CC ’18 as the Music Director. 

Is this what stress culture looks like?

Like most William Finn shows (he wrote the music and lyrics, with Rachel Sheinkin authoring the book), “Spelling Bee” is a bit ridiculous. Every character is overdramatic, stereotyped, and not very lifelike – they’re closer to something you’d find on a Saturday morning cartoon than sitting next to you in class. Every “Spelling Bee” cast and crew’s job is to bring spirit and humanity to these cardboard cutouts. Nina Lam’s production does this beautifully, filling the tiny Glicker-Milstein Theatre black box with laughter, tears, heart, and a harsh dose of reality.

The plot is simple enough, save for one flashback at the beginning, the entire show is set during the bee itself. The sympathetic but stern Rona Lisa Peretti (Anna Stacy, SPS ’17), the bee’s winner in its third year, serves as judge, along with Vice Principal Douglas Panch (William Cagle, CC ’20).
So who are the contestants?

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