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Mar

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You know Barnard wouldn’t miss tweeting about this.

What’s Happening In The World: Brexit negotiators have made a step forward, laying out clearer plans for the transition period that will occur in winter 2020. There’s still the issue of Northern Ireland, which wants to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, but a timetable is in place. Eurotrips of the future will mourn the loss of London as a destination. (BBC)

What’s Happening In The U.S.: A self-driving car? What could go wrong? Well, it went very wrong when one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles struck a pedestrian Sunday night. Uber has postponed all other self-driving tests and their CEO expressed his condolences and concern on twitter. (NBC News)

What’s Happening In NYC: Actress, activist, and Barnard alum Cynthia Nixon announced her run for governor of New York on Tuesday. She will reportedly challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left and on her website criticizes him for exacerbating corruption in Albany and “running as a Democrat but governing like a Republican.” We all knew Miranda was secretly the best.

What’s Happening At Columbia: The Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the School of Social Work are co-sponsoring an event called “The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China”. Author Bin Xu will discuss the outpouring of aid after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and the “moral-political dilemma Chinese citizens face” when it comes to civic engagement. It will take place in IAB 918 from 1-2 pm.

Fun Fact: Andrew Cuomo is married to Sandra “Two shots of vodka” Lee.

Mar

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Because this is exactly what we need more of.

What’s Happening In The World: 

Hopefully some news that will high-ten your spirits – A district in Estonia, recently having undergone a government shake-up, has voted to make the cannabis leaf their new flag. Even though marijuana is illegal in Estonia, the mayor is on board with it. (BBC)

Happening In the US: On Monday, the Florida State Senate narrowly passed a gun control measure in a 20-18 vote. The bill proposes raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm as well as instituting a three-day waiting period for most weapons. Now it’s up to the House of Representatives and Governor Rick Scott to agree, and, well, let’s try not to be too optimistic about that. (BBC)

What’s Happening In NYC: It’s going to snow! Again! The city can expect 6-10 inches on Wednesday from a nor’easter that’s hitting the, um, Northeast. There’s only two weeks left of winter, but like midterms, they have to drag it out as long as possible. (amNY)

What’s Happening At Columbia: Tonight from 6 – 7:30 pm in the Diana Oval, “1968 and Its Afterlives: Reflecting on Campus Activism Past, Present, and Future”.  Given how the administration handled student protests against CUCR’s speakers last fall and against Barnard’s own president this spring, this could be interesting.

Bop Of The Day: Ansel Elgort’s permanent smirk annoys me as much as the next person, but his song is a banger, so here you go.

Feb

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Chopped like these herbs I can’t name!

Ah, Food Network, the best channel to watch around your parents that still has some entertainment value (Cutthroat Kitchen, anyone?). If you agree, and can cook, Chopped wants you! According to the email Bwog received:

“The hit cooking competition show Chopped is looking for college undergrads who love their schools, and have a talent and passion for cooking, to compete on a special episode of the show. The show requires A ONE-day commitment in NYC in late spring/ early summer 2018. Anyone currently enrolled in an undergraduate program with a talent, passion, and skill for cooking is encouraged to apply. Students of any background, college major/ concentration are welcome!”

This is your opportunity to make a deconstructed grilled cheese, forget one of the ingredients, or use the ice cream machine in the last minute. And you can win $10,000, which is pretty sweet.

The application is available here and is time-sensitive, so get cooking!

Feb

27

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What’s Happening Around The World: The famous German car manufacturing cities of Stuttgart and Dusseldorf have decided to alleviate pollution in the area by banning older diesel vehicles, a move that “sets a precedent” for other German and possibly European cities. It’s like how Apple stops selling “older” iPhones, except way better for the environment. (BBC)

Also, no more rickety-ass trucks. In Germany, anyway.

What’s Happening In The US: The judiciary was the branch of government nobody cared about in AP Gov, but now it’s the only thing keeping us sane – The Supreme Court refused Trump’s request to hear his challenge to DACA, keeping it in place for now, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to LGB workers, meaning they can’t be fired based on their sexual orientation. (NYTimes, soft paywall; ACLU)

What’s Happening In NYC: Don’t go to the Met, you will get measles and die. An infected tourist decided to visit one of the most popular museums in the world, as well as stay in hotels in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, before seeing a doctor. If you ever felt a burning desire to catch up on your MMR vaccine, this is the time. (Fox)

What’s Happening At Columbia: Big Brother is watching us, argues Columbia professor Bernard Harcourt at an event titled “The Counterrevolution: How our Government Went to War Against its Own Citizens”. If you’re paranoid about surveillance, this may or may not be the event for you – in any case, it takes place in Buell Hall tonight from 6-7:30 pm.

Overheard: “Should I skip the JP Morgan networking breakfast to have brunch with Sig Chi?”

Feb

20

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What’s Happening In The World: Reuters reports that Iran has been building up its military presence at bases in Syria for a possible war with Israel. By the way, the United States gives about $4 billion a year to Israel’s military, and both countries have nuclear weapons. It also isn’t clear who Russia would back. No, this doesn’t look bad at all… (Reuters)

This type of bones.

What’s Happening In The US: In unsurprising news, Mitt Romney has announced he’s running for the Utah senate seat left open by Orrin Hatch’s retirement. Slightly more interesting is that he accepted Trump’s endorsement after years of animosity between the two, but we all know Republicans have no spine. (Buzzfeed)

What’s Happening In NYC: Imagine living in your dorm room for four decades. That is a reality for nurse Derek DeFreitas, who has used a Hunter College room as a second home since 1980. According to a suit, it seems like Hunter finally got around to kicking him out, but what took so long? (NBC New York)

What’s Happening At Columbia: Today’s double entendre: The Department of Medicine is having a New York Bone Club meeting at the Marriott East Side tonight from 6:30 – 9. Go and flaunt your inner Ross Geller.

Overheard: “I couldn’t tie my shoes till I was 13. Don’t ask me to do anything.”

Feb

15

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Living in the City That Never Sleeps is supposed to mean that everything is open 24/7. It’s supposed to mean that if you want a burger and fries at 2 am, you should be able to get it delivered, no problems. Bwogger Sarah Harty reminds us that there are entities out there that ruin those perfect plans: in this case Postmates and Columbia conspiring against our late-night cravings.

Picture this: It’s the early hours of the morning, it’s freezing outside, and every dining option except for JJ’s (or including, if you go to Barnard) is closed for the night. You haven’t eaten since dinner – or maybe a late lunch – and the pile of work in front of you is just getting bigger, and your stomach is only getting louder. Whether you’re holed up in your dorm or kicking it in Butler, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel: Postmates.

An all-too-often occurrence.

Even though perennial Postmates favorites such as Shake Shack and Chipotle close before midnight, there’s still a surprising amount of restaurants willing to deliver until 2 or 3 am. So you make your order – let’s say a burger and fries from Johnny Rockets in Midtown. It’s quickly accepted, your estimated delivery time is a reasonable 30-45 min, and you settle back in and await your late night meal. Simple, right? Wrong.

The paths Postmates takes after accepting a delivery are numerous and often incomprehensible. Sometimes your order will be canceled for no reason. Other times the ETA will go later and later until you’re not even sure the restaurant will be open at that time. There’s four stages of an order – acceptance, preparation, pick up, and delivery. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t let you contact your courier until the pick up stage, and things can easily go awry before then. The restaurant might not even have what you ordered and you can’t do anything about it. An option to change your order before this stage would ensure that people get something they want.

It goes downhill from here…

Feb

13

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What’s Happening In The World: People born in the 2000s are doing better than literally all of us at the Olympics: Snowboarders Red Gerard and Chloe Kim, both 17, took home gold medals for Team USA this week. This is when I start wishing my parents had gotten me into sports. (NBC)

Hardly what I was doing at 17.

What’s Happening In The US: Have you ever written a paper, realized it was totally insane and didn’t make any sense, but handed it in anyway? That’s what Trump just did with his new budget plan, which would add $7 trillion to the deficit and cut billions from public broadcasting and the EPA. And just like your shitty paper, it has little to no chance of passing. (NY Times)

What’s Happening In NYC: I thought there couldn’t be a more irrelevant Trump than Tiffany, but apparently someone else found one, and maybe tried to poison her? Donald Trump Jr.’s wife Vanessa was rushed to an NYC hospital yesterday after opening an envelope filled with white powder, which turned out to be nonhazardous. Um, ok. (NBC New York)

What’s Happening At Columbia: It’d be really cool if Migos performed at Columbia (@ bacchanal), but until that happens, we’ll settle for homophones: The Mivos quartet is playing at the Miller Theatre tonight from 6-7:30 pm at an event that promises to showcase original works by the musicians themselves.

Feb

6

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Bwoggers, Barnard students, and roommates Sarah Harty and Lucy Danger explore the connections between our storied structures and online “romantic” services. There’s more parallels here than one might think. 

Delete this app. Tear down Altschul.

The Quad is Bumble. Barnard students must invite and sign their significant others into these dorms, similarly to how Bumble forces girls to message first. Softboys wait for responses like they wait in the Brooks and Sulz lobbies.

Milbank is Match.com. Milbank was Barnard’s first academic building, built in 1896. Match.com was one of the first dating services that didn’t involve mail-order brides. Like Milbank, it maintains its original façade (seriously, the website looks like it hasn’t been updated since the 90s). Also, Barnard alum Martha Stewart has an account.

The Diana Center is Her. This one is obvious. Diana was nicknamed “The Vag” from its original name of the Vagelos Center. It’s confusing to men and they don’t seem to belong there.

Altschul is Tinder. It’s the place on Barnard’s campus where you can find the most straight men. Ugly but necessary. Where you pick up your mail, or your male.

Barnard Hall is CoffeeMeetsBagel. Hewitt Dining Hall is in the basement, where you can get coffee and a bagel at any time of day. The app promises to find its users “serious” matches, and if you take your SO to Hewitt, it better be serious.

The Milstein Center is The League. The League makes its would-be users stand on a waitlist for months on end, just as we’ve been waiting for a goddamn library. Still in its beta version. Isn’t actually that useful – whether Milstein will be remains to be seen…

Feb

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Happening In The World: Now that speculation over Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy is over and done with, it’s time to talk about another bump: The so-called “Trump bump” that kept stock markets booming over the past year is now over. The Dow and S&P both dropped about four percent on Monday in the worst day since August 2011. (NYTimes)

Like this, except way worse.

Happening In The US: One possible reason for the above piece of news is that a new Federal Reserve Chair was sworn in on Monday. Jerome Powell replaced Janet Yellen, leading to uncertainty from investors who cannot be sure how Powell will tackle interest rates. (WSJ)

Happening In NYC: If you needed another reason to get a flu shot, two children have already died from it in New York this season. They’re free at Columbia and Barnard. Just do it. (NBC New York)

Happening At Columbia: Tonight from 6 – 7 pm in Sulz Parlor, Barnard recommences its poetry readings with visits from Frank Bidart and Eleanor Chai. The event is open to the public.

Bop of the Day: For your FWB. 

 

 

Jan

30

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Courtesy of Caroline’s Instagram.

Following the tragic death of Barnard senior Caroline Montgomery over winter break, her family has decided to host a memorial gathering this evening at the school. According to Dean Avis Hinkson, “The program will feature several speakers and an opportunity to share memories of Caroline”.

The service will take place in the James Room, on the fourth floor of Barnard Hall, from 6-7 pm.

 

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Jan

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What’s Happening In The World: In absolutely terrifying medical news, a man in India died after being sucked into an MRI machine then inhaling lethal liquid oxygen from a cylinder he was carrying. The worst part? The man, Rajesh Maru, wasn’t even having an MRI when it happened. The magnetic forces pulled him in while he was in the room. (Fox)

Why does this keep happening?

What’s Happening In The US: Those of you who are paranoid about technology and tracking are now justified. It was discovered that the popular fitness app Strava’s “heat map”, which posts the locations of its active users, may reveal the location of U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more dangerously, the routes between them. (Washington Post)

What’s Happening In NYC: Faced with massive transportation costs of over $300 million a year, the city is considering charging its residents for garbage pickup. Supporters say the plan would also encourage recycling and benefit the environment, but its detractors say that New Yorkers pay enough taxes as it is. (CBS Local)

What’s Happening At Columbia: Tonight from 6-7 in Low Library, Room 207, the Earth Institute is hosting an event entitled “Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top”. With China’s fast growing economy, sustainability is now becoming a greater concern. According to the description, “panelists will discuss how such systems can complement policymaking in China’s local administrative system, the balance between the state and the private sector as well as sustainable development in China more broadly.”

Overseen: A pair of underwear hanging out in the Barnard Quad. I really hope the free laundry at Columbia is the reason for this.

Jan

23

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Happening Around The World: Yesterday, a volcanic eruption in central Japan killed a soldier and left 14 others injured after the explosion triggered an avalanche of snow. Six members of the military were doing an exercise in the area, and they along with over 100 others were evacuated from the region. (BBC)

Beautiful, but deadly.

Happening In The US: The Not So Great Government Shutdown of 2018 is over as Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) agreed to continue funding for three more weeks in exchange for a debate on the future of DACA. Many on the left are disappointed with this result, seeing it as capitulating to Republican leaders for the fourth temporary budget since last fall. (BBC)

Happening In NYC: Since Gothamist was shut down, us dailies have had to get creative with our local news sources. Today, another one is under attack, though this one seems well-deserved. NY Daily News Managing Editor Robert Moore is facing allegations of sexual harassment and creating a “sexualized atmosphere”, and is undergoing investigation by the paper’s parent company. (NPR)

Happening At Columbia: Supreme Court Justice/Columbia Alum/Badass Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming to campus! The lunch and discussion takes place on Sunday, February 11 as part of the “She Opened The Door” conference. Tickets are $15 and registration closes tomorrow, so be quick!

Overheard: “He thinks he’s God because he’s in SEAS.”

Jan

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Almost there…

Earlier this month, Dean Avis Hinkson informed students that the construction of the forthcoming Milstein Center would be moving to the lawn, temporarily closing the North-South walkway that has become Barnard’s main thoroughfare. Although Dean Hinkson stated that the closings should only last for a few minutes at a time, they’re still an inconvenience, as is the suggested route of going up and down Broadway to reach your classes at Altschul, Diana, and Milbank. To circumvent this, here are some proposed alternative routes:

  • Parkour off of Sulz Tower/rest of the Quad
  • Drones
  • Stealing the bulldozer and driving down Broadway
  • Pull an Uber driver and go down Claremont even though the GPS says Broadway
  • Apparate
  • Break into the tunnels
  • Naruto run

 

Milstein Center Update via barnard.edu

Jan

18

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Not actually in Pyeongchang, but you get the drift.

What’s Happening In The World: The two Koreas are making history at February’s Winter Olympics by walking together in Pyeongchang. The decision will be finalized by the International Olympic Committee today. (Korea Herald)

What’s Happening In The US: Immigration crackdown continues. The Department of Homeland security has blocked the temporary H-2A and H-2B visas for Haitians, very soon after President Trump’s alleged comments referring to Haiti and other nations as “shithole countries”. (CNN)

What’s Happening In NYC: If you think you fight with your roommate, just hope it doesn’t get this bad. A Brooklyn man died over his dispute over bathroom use at their apartment in Coney Island. (NY Daily News)

What’s Happening At Columbia: At Riverside Church, Columbia’s 13/13 series continues with a discussion titled “How do the views of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Hannah Arendt shape revolutionary views?”, with speakers from CU and Yale University. The Church is at 490 Riverside Dr.

Overheard: “I’m just gonna tell you upfront: I make fun of France and New Jersey a lot. If you’re from there, I apologize in advance.”

Dec

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Hanukkah’s already over and it’s fewer than 100 hours until Christmas, but some poor, unfortunate souls are still taking finals. If this applies to you, stay strong. This is the end. 

Who would win: 300 thread count or 2000 page count?

Bwogline: A car has rammed into pedestrians in Melbourne, in what police are calling a deliberate, but not terror-related, attack. So far, several injuries but no deaths have been reported. (CNN)

Study Tip: Go old-school and sleep on your dictionary, which is probably more comfortable than your mattress after the topper slid off and you were too lazy to fix it. For STEM majors, use a literal, physical hard drive.

Procrastination Tip: Watch all the stuff leaving Netflix in 2018, including Mean Girls and Pulp Fiction. Also ponder whose brilliant idea it was to remove Love, Actually in November and put it back on in January.

Music: An astro final is today, so take in some tunes from the Starman.

Overseen: A look of pure awe on a kid’s face at The Nutcracker as the tree grew. Extremely cute and nostalgia inducing.

Happy Holidays!

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