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Feb

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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

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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

6

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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

30

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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

20

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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!

Dec

14

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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

Dec

14

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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.

 

Dec

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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.”

Dec

7

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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.

Dec

7

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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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