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Apr

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"Sunlight is sacred," said Warren St. John, protector of the blue skies

No more cars on these drives!

Happening Around the World: Duchess Kate has given birth to her third child with Prince William, a baby boy. This child is now fifth in line for the British throne. (CBS)

Happening in the US: The hunt for the man who shot up a Waffle House in Kentucky, killing 4 individuals and injuring others, continues into its second day. Nashville schools have been placed on lockdown and police are attempting to trace the steps of the man convicted of the crimes. (Washington Post)

Happening in the City: Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that beginning in June, Central Park will become car-free, allowing for pedestrians and bikes to fully claim the drives below 72nd. Transverses that are used by cars and public buses on 65th, 79th, 86th, and 97th streets will not be affected. (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change” will explore the development of sexual assault, specifically on college campuses, over the past 40 years and the response by administration to these issues, all while looking to the future in hopes to plan to eradicate the high percentages of sexual assault on campus. More information can be found on the Columbia Events Page.

Weather: Sunny and a high of 64 F / 18 C. Spring is definitely here!

Artist of the Week: Gian Lorenzo Bernini. How could you not love his sculptures and their intricate details???

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Apr

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You know the drill. We do stuff over the weekend that may be fun, may be regrettable, or is just plain weird. We post them for you. Here is this weekend’s edition of Field Notes. If you have any stories that you think may be a good addition to this, email us at tips@bwog.com and we will add to it!

Bwog in the City:

  • Spent much of my weekend with my mom who was in town this weekend! Very wholesome.
  • Forgot to bring cash to the Guggenheim during their Pay As You Wish hours, so ended up giving 10 cents to get in.
  • Maybe secured a sublet for the summer, even though the rent mysteriously keeps increasing every time I talk to the owner?
  • Accidentally wandered into a Chelsea Clinton book-signing event in Union Square.
  • Saw Kyle Castlin at a party and resisted the urge to tell him how bad his writing in the tweet announcing he’s going to Xavier next year was.
  • Peed in the sand at Coney Island and felt like a wild creature.
  • Subway partied!!!! i asked a guy for his drink and then people just kept offering me more rip.
  • Went to my favorite Communist-themed bar, People’s Republik in Cambridge, MA.
  • Went to the subway party because a boy I like was there but didn’t get to talk to him because it was so crowded :-(
  • Got $50 in cash back accidentally at MoWi.
  • Froze my ass off for like 2 hours waiting for the Persian Parade to start.
  • Went on maybe-a-date to a cat cafe and it was one of the gayest, happiest moments of my life.
  • Saw Mean Girls on Broadway which greatly exceeded my expectations. Enjoyed some bonding time with my kickass cousin who is like an older sister to me.
  • Flirted with someone at 1020 who called me a “free spirit” bc he heard me talking loudly about my sex life.

Bwog and Alcohol:

  • Went to Key Foods to get more alcohol during a party, was amazed at the deals- $11 for a 6-pack of cranberry downeast cider! $2.99 pirates booty!
  • Got really really wine-drunk with my cousin and her friend on the rooftop of a high-rise in Koreatown; Ubered down to an Italian joint in Nolita and continued to travel down that prosecco-y path.
  • Bought a boy I barely know a 30-pack since he gave me shrooms last weekend.
  • Went to two different stores to get all of a boy’s very special favorite beers for his birthday.
  • Blacked out (again).
  • Drank. So fucking much.
  • Got wine drunk at the big band concert.

Prospie stories after the jump.

Apr

16

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Not to start anything, but why hasn’t Bwog gotten our Pulitzer Prize?

Today marks the announcement of the winners of the 102nd Pulitzer Prize awards, an event held by Columbia University each year to honor excellence in the field of journalism. The announcement, held today at 3PM, occurred in the only suitable place for such an event – Pulitzer Hall.

The notable winners of this group include Kendrick Lamar with DAMN, the first non-classical or jazz album to receive the award, The Press-Democrat for reporting on the wildfires that ravaged Northern California, Ryan Kelly for his photography of the white supremacy protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the New York Times for their coverage of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case.

Below are all of the winners from each category:

Journalism:

  • Public Service: The New York Times and The New Yorker
  • Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press-Democrat, Santa Rosa, California
  • Investigative Reporting: Staff of The Washington Post
  • Explanatory Reporting: Staff of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network
  • Local Reporting: The Cincinnati Enquirer Staff
  • National Reporting: Staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post
  • International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall, and Manuel Mogato of Reuters
  • Feature Writing: Rachel Kaazdi Ghansah, freelance reporter, GQ
  • Commentary: John Archibald of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Al.
  • Criticism: Jerry Saltz of New York Magazine
  • Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register
  • Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern, freelance writer, and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, The New York Times
  • Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Feature Photography: Photography Staff of Reuters

Letters, Drama, and Music:

  • Fiction: Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company)
  • Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok
  • History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
  • Biography: Prairie Farms: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
  • Poetry: Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
  • General Nonfiction: Locking up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
  • Music: DAMN., by Kendrick Lamar.

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Apr

16

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May the odds be ever in your favor.

Housing selection got you down? Haven’t thought ahead about finals? Too bad, because today marks the beginning of another way for you to regret your next semester choices before it even starts. 

Unless you’re a graduating senior, hopefully you have started to think about the classes you want to take next year because today marks the first day of registration for Fall 2018 classes! Rising seniors will have their pick today, followed by rising juniors tomorrow then rising sophomores on Wednesday. Check SSOL for your appointment times!

Having trouble figuring out what classes to take? Bwog has got you covered. Find out our class recommendations for the Fall here.

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Apr

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Let’s hope this rain brings rainbows and sun back to campus soon!

Happening Around the World: Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has stated that the current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, may quit as soon as June after dealing with multiple scandals regarding corruption and cover-ups. (Reuters)

Happening in the US: Former First Lady Barbara Bush has notified media that she will not be looking for treatment for her illnesses that are continuing to progress. (NY Times)

Happening in the City: The city of New York will now require all of its workers to participate in anti-sexual harassment training. This will be required for any business with an employee roster greater than 15 individuals. (CNN)

Happening on Campus: Two big things are happening today that will determine your Fall semester experience! Housing registration times for online selection will go up on housing portals tomorrow, and registration for classes on SSOL will start with rising seniors in the morning!

Artist of the Week: After having the pleasure to visit the Guggenheim for the first time this weekend, I wanted to give a shoutout to Dahn Vo, who currently has an exhibition. Though it is not my favorite, his work spans across multiple mediums and themes, making it worth visiting!

Weather: Rainy with a high of 59 F / 15 C. Let’s hope this will bring more May flowers early! I miss the sun already.

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Apr

9

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CAVA is our knight in shining armor during Bacchanal.

Well. This weekend was rough for many, to say the least. Need I say more? Bacchanal brought out the worst in many Bwog Staffers, leading to wonderful stories for us to recount to everyone. If you have any Bacchanal or weekend stories that you think are noteworthy (we know you got them), send us an email at tips@bwog.com and we will add it to the list!

Bwog and Bacchanal:

  • Successfully took care of myself post-Bacchanal with lots of water and sleep.
  • Was upset no one took photos of me even though I was busy taking photos of everyone else.
  • Didn’t get any pictures after the pregame because I was too gone to take pictures.
  • Paced myself too well? And stayed alive for the afterparty.
  • Blacked out in a John Jay bathroom for 3 hours after hobbling to a random floor and puking my heart out there. Apparently hissed at someone who lived on the floor and he got so scared he didn’t even call for help :(
  • Had wonderful quesadillas from Casa Latina to settle my stomach. Threw it up a few hours later.
  • Played beer pong at Lambda (or Beta??? honestly don’t remember) and made friends with a cute guy.
  • Had to explain what a pregame was to a first year in my building.
  • Cut the line at a lot of frats by saying “we’re with Jack” and adopting an aura of confidence.
  • Went to multiple pregames with a bagel in my pocket.
  • Hugged both members of St. Beauty (they responded to my IG story)
  • Made Ty Dolla $ign’s Instagram.
  • Stayed sober for 100% of Bacch day. Started drinking when the clock hit 12 lmao.
  • Ty Dolla $ign SANG TO ME I’m straight now.
  • Went to my first frat party.
  • Sobered up from after the concert by going to Hex&Co and playing board games for five hours, then went to bed.
  • Fell asleep to A Series of Unfortunate Events (should be what I name my weekend) after running into my philosophy professor high as shit at Bacchanal.

More rough stories here.

Apr

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The poster for the event with a link to information.

Today marks the beginning of the three-day long Academic Freedom Week, an event held by groups such as Columbia University Apartheid Divest, Student-Worker Solidarity, Barnard Columbia Socialists, and more. The purpose of the events, according to them, is to “bring together a range of academics and activists who have been, because of their ideas and activism, assailed and silenced by universities across the country.” By giving these professors a platform, they hope to “call attention to the ongoing attempts to destroy academic freedom and help chart out new ways to defend an outspoken, progressive politics.”

Below is the schedule of the events planned for the Academic Freedom Week:

Monday, April 9: On The Palestinian Exception, Northwest Corner 501, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Tuesday, April 10: White Supremacy in Academia, Lehman Auditorium, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, April 11: Academic Antifascism, 301 Pupin, 7:10 – 9:10 PM

More information regarding these events can be found on their Facebook here.

Academic Freedom Week poster via AFW Facebook 

Apr

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It’s always party cloudy in Columbia!

Happening Around the World: The Syrian government has received international criticism after being accused of killing dozens of civilians in Douma in a recent chemical attack. (NPR)

Happening in the US: A Florida woman recently claimed during her arrest for cocaine possession that it was the “wind” that “blew it in her purse” that was located in her car. I can’t make this up. (The Times Picayune)

Happening in the City: One of Bill DeBlasio’s aides, serving as the deputy director of the Office of Criminal Justice in New York City was arrested for having a loaded handgun in her vehicle upon being stopped by the police in Queens. (NBC New York)

Happening on Campus: Today marks the beginning of the scheduled programming for Academic Freedom Week. Check here for more information regarding the events for the day!

Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 47 F / 8 C. It’s cold now, but it’s slowly warming up! Spring is here!

Artist of the Week: Pop Art is always a good go-to answer when someone asks what your favorite style of modern art is! Artists in this time period that I would recommend are Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein (of course), Yayoi Kusama, Jasper Johns, and John Cage!

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Apr

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Honestly one of the most terrifying things ever.

Another week, another messy weekend. Bwog Editor Thomas Saenz has collected the weekend’s best (or worst) events that Bwog Staff underwent for your enjoyment. If you have any weekend stories you want to be added, send us them at tips@bwog.com and we will add them!

Bwog and Alcohol/Drugs:

  • Decimated some NYU Republicans at beer pong.
  • Got high and painted two of my best friends naked.
  • Got high with my future suitemates <3 in Riverside Park which I have never seen more busy than that night.
  • Smoked in my room for the first time and became That Person in the hall.
  • Drank kosher for Passover whiskey which apparently exists?
  • Sent the most polite, grammatically correct drunk message I have ever sent in my life.

Bwog and Love:

  • Hooked up with a Jamaican dancer I met at a Lower East Side bar (after climbing on stage and insisting he dance with me).
  • Fell deeper in love with a deeply unavailable man.
  • Hooked up with beautiful beautiful but unattainable NYU boy again.
  • Went on a tinder date with a guy who is writing a Forrest Gump song on his guitar.
  • Had the worst hookup experience of my life; still reeling from it days later.
  • Sat on my boyfriend’s fire escape and peoplewatched while eating cold beef noodles.

More weekend stories after the jump.

Apr

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Meteor shower. But make it space parts.

Happening Around the World: The Chinese space station that everyone was worried about hitting the Earth (while also praying it hit their city lmao) finally took its mediocre plunge to Earth and landed… in the South Pacific Ocean. (NBC)

Happening in the US: After Trump decided to increase tariffs on Chinese aluminum and steel, the Chinese government responded with increased duties on American meat and fruit. Wait…. does that mean Trump, a literal orange, will be taxed whenever moving around the country? We sure hope so. (WSJ)

Happening in the City: Despite it being April, we are supposed to get snow tomorrow. I hate this. Literally, we have one month to go and I was hoping for sunshine, but this article right here dispels such hopes, promising us a cold spring ahead. (Stamford Advocate)

Happening on Campus: Today marks the beginning of the graduate strike authorization vote, which if passed, will shake up the campus and could cause the trustees to recognize their demands. Let’s hope so.

Art Piece of the Week: Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966

A narcissist’s greatest dream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar

26

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Hey man, rush Beta.

Spring break may have been over for two weeks, but some Bwog Staffers are still partying it up like they’re in Miami Beach. Luckily, we have collected all of their stories and amassed them just for you. If you have any stories from the weekend you would like added, email us at tips@bwog.com and we will promptly add yours!

Bwog and Alcohol:

  • Blacked out three nights in a row for the first time since October.
  • Went to a dinner that started wholesome and ended with bag of wine thrown out a fourth-story window.
  • Got angry drunk and bitched out a boy in Riverside.
  • Stole beer from a frat party and brought it to Butler…a Public Safety officer saw us drinking and then quickly walked away.
  • Got crossed for the first time and went bar hopping for my friend’s birthday.
  • Took my friend from Brown to 1020, where he had his first bar experience.

Bwog in the City:

  • Went to see MGMT at Brooklyn Steel!
  • Went to Brooklyn for Columbia Community Outreach and spent 3 hours turning big sticks into smaller sticks just so they could be thrown away.
  • Spent time in 4 out of 5 boroughs over the course of about 12 hours.
  • Wrote gay poetry on the subway.
  • Went to a Funny Hat Party in Bushwick and was the youngest person there.
  • Ate the most amazing calzone of my life in the Bronx after CCO.
  • Blacked out and woke up on the Upper East Side.
  • Went home for exactly twenty-four hours.
  • Went to dinner at Persepolis w/ friends and then ate some moist-af cupcakes from Two Little Red Hens.
  • Had my first acai bowl at Two Hands and James Franco was there.
  • Went to March For Our Lives and was significantly confused when they started playing Promiscuous and Timber.

Read more after the jump.

Mar

26

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Happening now!

Are you a black-identifying individual attending Barnard College? Want to hear from fellow black-identifying Barnard students and alumni? Bold, Beautiful, Black at Barnard will be happening from today up until Wednesday with various events throughout the three days! Below is the schedule for each of the events and panels that will be held for you to attend:

Monday, March 26:

  • Bold, Beautiful, Black at Barnard kickoff, 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Diana Center lobby
  • Open Mic Night: Queer Narratives (Co-Sponsored by WBAR), 7:00PM – 9:00PM, Liz’s Place, Diana Center

Tuesday, March 27: 

Wednesday, March 28:

  • Relaxation Station, 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Diana Center Lobby
  • Blasian Narratives Screening (Co-Sponsored by AAA), 7:00PM – 9:00PM, Milbank 302.

Image via Bold, Beautiful, Black at Barnard Facebook

 

Mar

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This writer from Orange County, California has two orange headlines for today: some orange snow and a dumb, orange president.

Happening Around The World: Dust and sand from the Sahara Desert have been blown to Eastern European regions, where it created an orange-tinted snow in a phenomenon that occurs once every few years. (Yahoo)

Happening In The US: In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes, porn star Stormy Daniels relayed her side of the Trump-Daniels scandal that involves the Trump campaign’s involvement to silence her from providing details on their affair. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Two churches immediately near the World Trade Center that were open during the 9/11 attacks recently installed metal detectors, sparking debate over the decision and what it means for public safety. (ABC NY)

Happening on Campus: The “Columbia University Seminar Series on Global Mental Health: Violence, Mental Health and Early Childhood Development in Brazil” is happening today from 4:00PM-5:20PM in the NY State Psychiatric Institute. More information can be found here.

Weather: Sunny with a high of 48F/9C. Enjoy the sunshine!

Song I’m Listening to Today: Friend Zone by Thundercat (bring him to Bacchanal pls)

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Mar

19

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A rich person’s favorite spring break spot to exploit: Cancún!

Spring break, unfortunately, has passed, leaving us with all of the work we didn’t do over the past week stacked up. Relive your adventures with a summary of the Bwog Staff’s feats, summarized here in a cool, collected way. If you have any spring break stories of your own, send them to tips@bwog.com and you can be included too!

Bwog in the City:

  • Sunbathed like a seal at the High Line.
  • Got back to campus from the East Village alone and wasted on the subway at 4 am- twice
  • Saw SpongeBob The Musical and it was amazing. A Squidward tap number almost made me cry.
  • Spent 5 days with my best friends from high school enjoying all the free attractions NYC has to offer.
  • Got two tattoos! Even after forgetting my ID in my dorm.
  • Got solid relationship advice and psycho-analysis from my best friend’s dad.
  • Snuck into the Mercury Lounge, got kicked out of the Mercury Lounge for being under 21, successfully got back into the Mercury Lounge.
  • Did nothing (which still felt like too much)
  • Took 70 photos for my birthday Instagram, thankfully found two (2) good ones

Bwog’s Trips:

  • Went skiing in Utah. Have only skied twice (including this time), but successfully went down a black diamond.
  • The Mormons tried to convert me in Temple Square. They failed. No coffee= no deal.
  • Went home and kept forgetting that my dog (as of recently) was dead.
  • Went skiing in Switzerland.
  • Started off my break by coming down with a case of pneumonia and getting trapped in a blizzard. Didn’t leave my house for almost four days as a result.
  • Spent a grand total of 16 hours on buses, got approximately 2 hours’ worth of work done
  • Gave the friends I was visiting in Berlin no fewer than 20 Broadway playbills, a couple of which were signed, as a host gift.
  • Bought a book by a professor I had last semester and a book by an artist whose talk I went to (and covered for Bwog) at Columbia last year at a Berlin bookstore; felt appropriately pretentious about it.
  • Successfully navigated the Berlin bus system back to my friend’s apartment, while tipsy, without wifi/data, between 2:30 and 4:00 am.
  • Got unbelievably drunk in Amsterdam, acquired a map of all the gay bars/clubs in the city, and attempted to find some lesbians; discovered that almost all of the gay clubs were men only and somehow ended up at a strip club instead.  Wish I remembered more of this tbh.
  • Got kicked out of my hostel on Sunday morning, but was too hungover to do any more sightseeing and ended up going to the airport five hours early while my friends got high without me.
  • Spent way too much money on vegan food in LA.
  • Went to Six Flags! There was no lines for anything so we were in and out in a few hours.

More spring break stories here.

Mar

19

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This young Bwogger may have gotten the shittiest of housing numbers.

It’s that time of the year: right when you come back to enjoy your first Monday after a well-deserved spring break, Columbia Housing decides to fuck up your day with the release of housing lottery numbers. Whether you got a good number or are stuck with 10/2506 like I am, the damage is done and irreversible. You can login and see your fate here.

Here is the summary for the remainder of the housing process:

  • Thursday, March 22nd: In-person group selection appointment times available on housing portal
  • April 2nd-4th: First round of in-person group selection @ John Jay Lounge
  • April 9th-11th: Second round of in-person group selection @ John Jay Lounge
  • Monday, April 16th: Online selection appointment times available on housing portal
  • April 17th-26th: Online selection

If you are the lucky individual/group to get position 1 in the lottery, email us at tips@bwog.com so we can find out who the fuck you are!

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