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Don’t do them in pen.

We know, it seems like they’ve been going on for weeks, and they’ll go on for weeks after this. However, today is officially designated as midterm date by Columbia’s registrar and academic calendar. This means you can no longer ignore them, but you can add them to your list of things to procrastinate. (Or you could be, you know, a good student and study. There’s always that option.)

Whatever your midterm season shapes up to be, good luck!

Oct

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Happening Around The World: Egypt’s government has heightened its crackdown on LGBTQ+ individuals, ordering café raids in Cairo and tracking dating apps to arrest those it finds deviant. More than 60 people have been arrested in the last month. The intensified scrutiny comes after a widely publicized incident in which rainbow flags were waved at a rock concert in the capitol. (Washington Post)

Yeah, we don’t like to make phone calls either, but we’re not the POTUS.

Happening In The US: For someone who’s always on his phone, you wouldn’t think President Trump would find it hard to make a call. After waiting nearly twelve days to call the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in action in Niger, Trump reportedly told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for”. Yikes. (The Guardian)

Happening In NYC: Saw the city lit up in orange and thought we were getting ~spooky~ for Halloween? You thought wrong: It’s DeBlasio showing his “desperation” for Amazon to put their new headquarters. Today’s the last day for cities to submit proposals, so here’s hoping we have something better to show Bezos than fancy lights. (Gothamist)

Happening At Columbia: ‘Tis the season…for srat charity events! Following Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash and Alpha Chi Omega’s Runway Warriors is Alpha Omicron Pi’s AOKaraoke! According to AOII, it’s a “bracket-style competition in which fraternities and sororities sing karaoke songs on-stage and compete for a grand prize, with all tickets proceeds from the event going to our national philanthropy, the Arthritis Foundation.” Check it out tonight in Roone Auditorium at 7.

Overheard: “I’m not a Democrat.” *audible gasps*

Oct

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Originally scheduled for yesterday but moved due to rain (good call McAc), Big Sub 2017 is happening tonight at 7 in the Barnard Quad. For those who don’t know, Big Sub is exactly what it sounds like: A very big sandwich. So big, it stretches the entire length of Barnard’s campus. This fun and delicious tradition doesn’t last long, so get there early and enjoy!

 

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Happening Around The World: Hackers. They’re everywhere. First jet and navy data was stolen from Australia, now it’s been reported that North Korea’s hacking abilities are “beyond imagination”  after it stole secret intelligence documents yesterday. Might be time to put that tape on your computer camera. (BBC, ABC)

What I imagine hackers do, based on my Computing in Context class. Which I’m failing. 

Happening In The US: Donald Trump has just added the First Amendment to the list of things he’s insulted, remarking that it’s “frankly disgusting” that the press is able to write what they want. Perhaps he’s expecting his “Second Amendment people” to back him up? (NYTimes, Washington Post)

Happening In NYC: An actual thing that’s cool and good is happening for once: Grand Central is set to transform into a movie theater for one night only next week, showing the classic “North by Northwest”. The event is free and catered, but ticketed. Get yours here.

Happening At Columbia: Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and Barnard alum Jhumpa Lahiri is speaking at the Diana Oval tonight at 6:30. It’s first-come, first-serve, so make sure to go early!

Overseen: A family of rats running across the construction tunnel at Barnard. Look, I know it’s dark and enclosed and people don’t know how to share the space, but this still isn’t the subway.

Oct

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On Thursday, a group of students walked into Columbia Professor Suzanne Goldberg’s undergraduate seminar in Gender Studies carrying signs and reading a list of their grievances aloud. They also handed out a modified version of her syllabus that discusses Title IX requirements, and how Columbia – and Prof. Goldberg herself – violate them.

In the video, Prof. Goldberg can be seen telling the students that they are interrupting her class and asking them to leave before returning to the board.

Although regarded as a leading expert in gender and sexuality law, Prof. Goldberg has been at the center of much controversy regarding her appointment as interim Title IX coordinator last year. No Red Tape, a University organization that “works to end sexual and domestic violence in our campus communities”, claims that she has a history of covering up sexual assault cases in favor of protecting Columbia’s image, and as the University’s Rules Administrator, has a “vested interest in discouraging or inhibiting students from exercising their Title IX rights.”

Oct

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Happening Around The World: You know when you have to give a presentation in class, and it feels like something’s caught in your throat, and you just can’t talk right? Theresa May does too – yesterday, she gave a disastrous and oft-interrupted speech on Brexit, a disastrous and oft-interrupted venture. #justtorythings (BBC)

First the McBain bathrooms, and now this.

Happening In The US: Mean Girls Day may have been on Tuesday, but we’ve got some real Plastics in our government this whole week. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose ties to Russia are so big because they’re full of secrets, had to go on the record denying that he called President Trump a “moron”. Honestly, he’s not wrong. (CNN, BBC, NPR)

Happening In NYC: Mayor Bill De Blasio has been accused of being a “fake Italian” and has also been asked not to participate in the city’s annual Columbus Day parade, which takes place this Sunday. He eats pizza with a knife and fork, so I’m surprised it took this long. (Gothamist)

Happening At Columbia: Head to the Harriman Institute Atrium at 6:00 PM (IAB Floor 12) for a screening of the documentary film I Came to Testify (60 min) and a discussion with much of the film’s creative team. The film is the story of the war in the Balkans and how 16 Bosnian women who faced rape and imprisonment at the hands of the Serbs “broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law.”

Overseen: A toenail in Noco. Whoever did this, you’re worse than those people who clip their nails/do their makeup/any sort of personal grooming on the subway.

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Happening Around The World: Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted for independence in a referendum on Wednesday, with the election commission reporting that 93% of the 3.3 million Kurds who reside in Iraq supported secession. Will this matter to Baghdad? Probably not. Still, it can’t go any worse than Brexit is. (BBC, Telegraph)

You almost feel bad – no, wait. You don’t.

Happening In The US: Trump is now a LOSER after incumbent senator Luther Strange (R-AL), his preferred candidate for the seat left open by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lost in a runoff to Roy Moore. Moore is a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, an Evangelical Christian, and a hardline conservative. Of course, this doesn’t mean much change in policy making. As one NYT commenter put it, the runoff led to “a bigoted hatemonger defeating another bigoted hatemonger who happened to have the support of the bigoted hatemonger in charge.” Small victories, though. (NY Times)

Happening In NYC: Marquees have gone up and previews will soon start for Springsteen on Broadway, which is exactly what it sounds like. We can look forward to this: Instead of 50,000 drunk New Jerseyans coming through the Holland Tunnel, there will only be 1,000 – for five nights a week until February 3rd. Exorbitantly-priced tickets can be bought here.

Happening At Columbia: If you’ve been intrigued by the ad on Bwog’s own site, you’re in luck: “This is Sex” with CNN’s Lisa Ling is happening tonight at 5:30 in the Low Library Faculty Room.

Overseen: At the sundial, I came upon a bro in an “In Trump We Trust” hat, which is somehow even worse than #MAGA. As always, no points for creativity.

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