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Nov

20

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Happy lil’ turtle free of plastic beer parts.

While many of you may have been packing and preparing to head off for Thanksgiving Break, we at Bwog started our weekend out right with a (somewhat) wholesome evening with our annual Symposium dinner. However, as you probably know, shit hit the fan and we went a little wild. Here’s a summary of this weekend’s endeavors by yours truly, the Bwog Staff.

Bwog and Food:

  • Made a pumpkin chocolate chip loaf!
  • Ate a Philly Cheese Steak on the subway on my way to be an educator for a Jewish kids program.
  • Went shopping for friendsgiving ingredients planning to spend $50 and spent $150.
  • Made an amazing friendsgiving meal using “borrowed” pots/pans/utensils.
  • Tried kratom tea, a borderline-legal substance that supposedly mimics the effect of opioids. Tasted like dirt and did not deliver.
  • Ended my vegetarianism and have not looked back.

Read more weekend horror stories here.

Nov

20

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The scene of the crime.

Happening Around the World: As tensions escalate in Zimbabwe, current president (dictator) Robert Mugabe continues to refuse to step down from his position, even after yesterday marked the final day in which his political party allowed him to reign. Protestors have been taking the streets the past few days calling for his impeachment and/or resignation. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Notorious serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson has died after living 83 shitty years on this planet. Manson is known for the creation of the Manson Family cult, which came into the spotlight after he and his followers murdered popular actress Sharon Tate in the 1960s. May he rot in hell forever. (LA Times)

Happening in NYC: It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: after bouts of heavy wind in the SoHo area, a major piece of scaffolding collapsed yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at the corner of Prince Street and Broadway, where 6 people were injured by the collapse. One person was hospitalized for their injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. (CBS Local)

Happening on Campus: Columbia’s Middle East Institute will be holding “Beyond Fighting ISIS: Gender, Conflict, and Nationalism” with a discussion led by Professor Al-Ali and Latif Fas TONIGHT at 6:30 PM in Knox 509.

Overseen: Some fun butter laying on the floor in Brooks. To the person who left it there: what was your intentions? Why butter? Why Brooks? If you are the butter dropper, please contact Bwog so we can get to the bottom of this.

Butter churning fun via Bwog Staff

Nov

13

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We here at Bwog are quite proud of our FAPing skills over the weekend. While many people spent this past weekend doing normal, boring things, Bwog Staff took things up a notch and FAPed away, because what’s better than Food, Alcohol, and Partying?

What a fancy glass of wine!

Bwog and Food:

  • Shared a lot of dishes/utensils with people, then found out I have strep.
  • Had the best sushi of my life at the restaurant of the apprentice of Jiro from “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
  • Ate an obscene amount of dim sum.
  • Have Postmated my meals for the past three days because I lost all my important possessions – namely my school id, fake id, debit card, and insurance card, and keys.
  • Went to a fancy restaurant for my 20th birthday with my grandparents. They announced I was turning 20 to the waitress, who then brought me a glass of wine.
  • Burnt my tongue on Wawa’s free sample coffee.
  • Was forced into dinner with my friend and her former TA. Felt attacked when he, a 26-year-old man, used the phrase “good vibes” unironically.
  • Had ice cream no less than 3 times even though it was fucking freezing outside.
  • Made cinnamon rolls! From scratch!

More stories here.

Nov

13

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Happening Around the World: Over 300 people have been killed after a 7.3 earthquake hit the northern region of Iran yesterday. With an additional 7,000 injured individuals, this is now the deadliest earthquake of 2017, with most of the damage being done in the Kermanshah Province. (BBC)

Honestly, after being in Spirit Halloween when it was opened, I’m surprised the pile isn’t messier.

Happening in the US: In an interview recently conducted, former Vice President Joe Biden revealed that he would have never agreed to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee during the 2016 election. This news comes just weeks after his confirmation of running for President during the 2020 campaign cycle. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Good news – public education in NYC is seeing a boost in effort through the means of parents. In a recently conducted study, family outreach programs as well as a genuine interest for their child’s education has significantly increased parental involvement in their child’s public school education. With more parents attending parent-teacher conferences and school-based workshops than ever, this is a positive trend that will hopefully incite good change. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: Columbia’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Blood Drive Campaign is today! Come to the Roone Arledge Auditorium from 9 AM to 1:30 PM to donate blood or learn about cancer-related issues that scientists are trying to solve today!

Overseen on Campus: The final remnants of Spirit Halloween lying all over the sidewalk. Where will these items go? What will become of Spirit Halloween? We may never know.

Trashy remains via Bwog Staff

Nov

8

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Need more art in your life? Couldn’t handle just one article from Bwog today regarding museum visits? Luckily, Bwog Staffer Thomas Saenz is here to save the day with a detailed description of MoMA’s new exhibition, Club 57.

The entrance to the exhibit, lit up by neon lighting and warning signs telling off the faint-hearted and young children.

With the history of New York City being dynamic and defining of the emergence of certain American cultural trends, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Club 57, a new exhibit at the MoMA depicting the rise of the East Village to nationwide prominence between 1978 and 1983, can be considered the Renaissance of the countercultural movement. I decided to visit this exhibit over fall break, expecting whimsical and lighthearted depictions of rebellious young adults; this was far from the truth.

Upon taking the escalator downstairs to the first floor of the exhibit, my senses were overwhelmed as the walls were adorned with dozens of flyers depicting party crews and events that were held at Club 57, a hotbed of alternative nightlife and culture that juxtaposed mainstream lifestyles of the 70s and 80s. Founded in 1978 as a venue for art and film, Club 57 slowly developed into a center that explored the realms of gender, identity, and sexuality in context of the shaping 20th century. The surfacing defiance against mainstream cultural standards is reflected through all the art on display, including a television blasting distorted film of Club 57 members, purposely edited to give a nonsensical, eerie message that did not formulate actual sentences. To my right, a virtual gallery displayed photoshoots of drag queens inside the club. On the left wall, drawn images of sexual acts performed in different environments and contexts were displayed, alluding to the sexual nature of the club and its inhabitants. The combination of multiple mediums of art – film, print, oil on canvas, multimedia instillations and drawing – help truly characterizes the scene Club 57 participated in throughout the 70s and 80s.
What art was in the lower level of the exhibit?

Oct

30

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A visual representation of every bathroom in every dorm this weekend.

While Bwog is known for getting it on and having a wild time over the weekend, there isn’t a better weekend to go over-the-top than Halloweekend. Whether you’re attempting to recover from your weekend antics or need a good laugh, these Bwoglines are written and curated for you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our shitty endeavors.

Bwog and Halloween:

  • Got kicked out of the Spirit Halloween store with a friend for trying on a costume in the manger’s room (we thought it was a fitting room).
  • Went to a low-key Halloween party with friends from high school; was the only one who showed up in a costume.
  • Threw a Halloween party with alcohol leftover from my suitemate’s Bat Mitzvah eight years ago.
  • My teenage self went to a Halloween house party in Brooklyn with too many 30+ year olds.
  • Did a 9-block walk of shame on Saturday morning in a dinosaur onesie. Two firefighters said they like my outfit: one said “Where’s the party,” while the other said “The party was last night and she’s just getting back.” I felt attacked.
  • Went to a Halloween party in bed stuy where a kid dressed up as LSD and was selling LSD!
  • Went to a NYU Halloween party and no less than 5 people dressed up as characters from indie documentaries.
  • Asked my mom to drive for over an hour just to bring me a sweatshirt for a Halloween costume; not only did she agree to do it, she also brought me lunch.  I love my mom.

More Halloweekend stories here.

Oct

30

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Happening Around the World: With Catalonia now declaring independence for itself, Spain, its jealous older brother, has decided to take control of all institutions in Catalonia in order to prevent them from successfully starting their own country. This happens after months of conflict and weeks of independence talks and referendums. (BBC)

She was taken away from us too soon… gone but not forgotten.

Happening in the US: After Trump’s antics over the past few weeks, more and more individuals are beginning to see through his bullshit. A recent joint NBC-Wall Street Journal study reports that Trump’s approval rating has hit another all-time low, with only 38% of the nation supporting him. (NBC)

Happening in NYC: The Bryant Park Winter Village is now open! A holiday tradition in the city, the park has been transformed to a winter wonderland with 176 vendors, a free ice-skating rink (rental skates require fees), and a bunch of holiday cheer. (TimeOut)

Happening on Campus: Quarto Magazine, Columbia’s literary magazine, will be holding “Heal and Resist in the Face of White Nationalism” from 8 to 11 PM in Dodge 501. This event intends to combat the College Republicans’ decision to invite Mike Cernovich onto campus as a guest speaker for their Free Speech Month. 

What I’m Listening To: Pon De Replay – Rihanna (what a throwback)

Overseen: A sad umbrella suffering under the all-day torrential downpour that scared the fuck out of this young Californian.

Umbrella in the same shape as my GPA via Bwog Staff

Oct

23

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Another weekend, another list of regrettable endeavors performed by yours truly, the staff of Bwog. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the tales and mistakes we made over the past weekend.

Look out SEAS: we have a new generation of individuals who are engineering our future, one pad at a time.

Bwog and Relationships / Hooking Up:

  • Finally hooked up with someone I’ve been flirting with for weeks!
  • Hooked up with the guy i’ve been talking to two nights in a row!
  • Found out that a guy who brought my friend home from The Heights, matched with me on Bumble, and matched with my other friend on Tinder has a girlfriend.
  • Woke up to my roommate hooking up with a guy while I was in the room.
  • Set a new record for the nicest apartment i’ve hooked up with a girl in (Columbus Circle)
  • Found out my best friend has had mono for the past month; counseled her as she texted various boys to tell them.
  • Tried to end an unhealthy and unromantic relationship but found no closure.
  • Received the most mixed messages from a guy that I’ve ever gotten.

What else did Bwog do?

Oct

23

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Happening Around the World: The Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy have voted in a referendum for greater autonomy from the Central Italian government. While turnout rates for both votes hovered around 50%, the vote for autonomy was astounding, with 98% and 95% voters backing it, respectively. This call for autonomy comes right after Catalonia’s own referendum which attempted to streamline independence from Spain. (NY Times)

Just another street waiting to be fucked over by Bill de Blasio.

Happening in the US: Justin Timberlake has been announced to be the performer at this year’s 52nd Super Bowl Halftime Show. This will be his second performance at the Super Bowl, with the first being in 2004 alongside Janet Jackson. (CNN)

Happening in the City: Mayor Bill de Blasio has revealed a plan to ease the congestion of Midtown traffic by imposing limitations on the times curbs can be used, creating new moving lanes for pedestrians and bikes, as well as doubling the amount of traffic enforcement within Midtown. This system is planned to be tested out on a few streets between 36th and 60th, and may be implemented across the city if considered a success. (ABC)

Happening on Campus: Interested in Asian-American relations and current issues facing Asian nations? “The Future of Asia: Voices of the Next Generation” is happening today from 12:00PM – 1:30PM in Room 1512 of the International Affairs Building! Panelists will lead discussions on topics that are pertinent to Asian countries today, and will look at intersections of identities and how they impact the future of the success of Asia.

Overheard: “I don’t think I can do my Econ problem sets with a Republican”

Song Recommendation: Ridin Round – Kali Uchis

Average Midtown street via StreetsBlog

Oct

16

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Happening Around the World: Dozens of individuals have died after severe fires have ravaged throughout Portugal and parts of Spain. With 145 active fires occurring throughout the region, lack of firefighters and the rising death toll (currently at 31) has provided issues to the Portuguese government. (BBC)

Looks so good you can steal $1.2 million of it!

Happening in the US: A Texas man faces felony charges after being cited for stealing over $1.2 million worth of fajitas over the last few years on county funding. Me too. (Miami Herald)

Happening in NYC: NYC politician Linda Rosenthal (D – Manhattan) has called on state government to stop providing tax breaks for companies that do not disclose sexual harassment complaints and their outcomes over the past few years. This comes after it was found that The Weinstein Company (Harvey Weinstein’s business) received over $400,000 in state tax credits, despite participating in sexual harassment. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: HBO and Barnard College will be screening “Clinica De Migrantes,” a documentary regarding a volunteer health clinic that treats undocumented individuals, from 6-8 PM in 202 Altschul Hall. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion as well as dinner. More information can be found here regarding the event.

Overseen: A girl was casually calling her parents from inside a party at EC while she was holding back her friend’s hair while she puked.

What I’m Listening To: Mala Mujer – C. Tangana

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Oct

9

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This weekend, Bwog went wild, per usual. Freshman Bwogger Thomas Saenz compiled Bwog’s wildest moments throughout the weekend and arranged them for your enjoyment!

 

Bwog In The City:

  • Had a genuine New York City “this is something straight out of a rom com” moment down in the village.
  • Helped a family of five tourists buy a metro card, then had to swipe them through when they kept screwing it up.
  • Went to a darty in Brooklyn.
  • Heard a police officer invoke Jesus Christ after stepping in a pool of vomit.
  • Joked about peeing in the Lincoln center fountain, got a stern look from the security guard.
  • Went to the Whitney to look at some fine art.
  • Dramatically (and dangerously) exited an Uber mid-ride because the driver wasn’t listening to me.
  • Attended an alumni reunion for Obama’s high school on a tribeca roof w/ a basketball court. Obama wasn’t there.

What other messes did Bwog get themselves into?.

Oct

9

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In this house we love political efficacy!

Happening in the World: Turkey has issued a warrant for the arrest of a US consulate worker, the second case this week. Turkey has claimed that the workers have alleged ties to the 2016 attempted coup, as well as have negatively impacted their economy. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Trump issued a list of demands to Congress in exchange for saving the DACA program, including the construction of the US-Mexico border wall, the hiring of thousands of new immigration officers, and stricter regulations for sanctuary cities. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: The annual Columbus Day parade will occur in Midtown Manhattan today, expecting to draw

over one million spectators. Controversy has arisen over this year’s event, as activists have called for the celebration of Indigenous People’s Day, as well as the removal of the Columbus statue located in Columbus Circle. (Patch)

Happening on Campus: As a continuation to the protests against CUCR’s “Free Speech Month,” the Muslim Students Association is hosting a program entitled “Tommy Robinson Exposed: CUCR’s Islamophobic Speaker,” held in the Earl Hall Auditorium at 7 PM. Robinson is one of CUCR’s controversial individuals who will be speaking on campus this week.

Overseen: A girl putting Sriracha in her coffee… we need to talk.

What I’m Listening to Today: Don’t Speak – No Doubt

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Oct

2

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New Jersey: the only state where loud mothers, Italian fuckboys, and a shitty bus system can coexist peacefully.

Another weekend has passed, meaning Bwog has been up to our same old shit since you’ve last heard from us. While some things that went on this weekend were wholesome, most of them weren’t. Here are some of the highlights of the Bwog staff’s weekends!

Bwog in the City:

  • Walked the Brooklyn Bridge and took some hella artsy black and white photos.
  • Smoked with my friends in Riverside Park while we watched the leaves change.
  • Took the wrong NJ Transit bus and got lost in New Jersey while trying to pick up a package; ended up spending the same amount of money I thought I’d be saving on shipping by calling an Uber to get from the town I’d accidentally gone to to the town I was supposed to go to. Went back to New Jersey two days later.
  • Went to a Princess Nokia concert in Williamsburg and she kicked me in the face while crowdsurfing. Very awesome. Not so awesome was the half-full strawberry lemonade svedka we pregamed with and then accidentally left on the street.
  • Told two friends from out of town that I’d take them to the best NYC brunch of their lives… we ended up going to Absolute Bagel.
  • Went to an arcade in Chinatown and watched my friend rack up a 300+ streak at DDR.

Read more about our shitty weekends here.

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Happening Around The World: In an independence referendum vote, 90% of individuals in Catalonia voted for independence from Spain. Spanish police injured hundreds of individuals in Catalonia in response to the vote, with the Spanish government not recognizing the referendum as being legal. (The Guardian)

Happening In The US: A mass shooting occurred last night during a music festival at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 50 people have been killed, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. (NBC)

Saying goodbye to everyone’s least favorite bridge in the city.

Happening In NYC: Just like my grades and my will to do work this semester, the Kosciuszko Bridge went down yesterday morning, a bridge that once connected the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. A planned implosion caused the bridge to fall down, allowing for construction of a newer, more modern bridge. (NBC)

Happening On Campus: The SGA is hosting a livestream with Barnard president Sian Beilock TONIGHT at the Diana Center from 8-9 PM. More information regarding this event can be found here.

Overseen At Columbia: Two girls at Ferris trying to make out with each other through the windows while one girl’s pasta bowl spills under her.

What I’m Listening to Today: Mi Gente Feat. Beyonce – J Balvin

Kosciuszko Bridge Is Falling Down via Curbed NY

Sep

25

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Here at Bwog, we are lovers, not fighters. We enjoy life’s simple pleasures, which are reflected in our weekend activities. To put it simply, we love to FAP on the weekends – focus on family/friends, alcohol, and parties. You get the picture. Anyways, please enjoy reading the shit we did this weekend, because we sure as hell did.

Bwog Loves Friends and Family:

  • Tried to snort my Uber driver’s Febreze air freshener because it reminded me of home.
  • Called my mom as an excuse to avoid a study group.
  • Went home sick so that my mom could nurse me back to health.
  • Accidentally watched New Age pornography with my roommates.
  • Organized a surprise birthday party for Bwog editor in chief Amara Banks and new features editor Timmy Wu.
  • Fell asleep with a half-eaten apple in my hand after a party, which my friend, who was taking care of me, gently took out of my asleep hand.
  • A stranger from New Jersey told me he fell in love with me.
  • Went to a birthday party for a friend of a friend of a friend.

Bwog Loves Alcohol:

  • Had a drunk encounter with my PHE interviewer who I told three days earlier that I didn’t drink.
  • Was called “homegirl” by my doctor after he saw that my liver bounced back after my first year of college (I swear I don’t drink that much).

getting CURNK

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