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Cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

It’s that time of year again: finals are approaching, and high stress levels can be felt all across campus. To combat this, multiple student groups and organizations are putting on study breaks during the next two weeks to prioritize mental health and healthy study habits for undergraduate students. Bwog knows how busy everyone is, so we put it in our hands to compile a list of all of the best study breaks that you should attend this week.

Monday, December 11th:

  • Study Breaks with FLIP: “Finals got you stressed? Don’t want to spend another minute in Butler? Come to FLIP’s biweekly study breaks! Hang out with other FLIP students, take a break, and have some snacks!” IRC First Floor Lounge, 8PM-9PM (Event link here)
  • Stressbusters in Butler: “Kick off your reading week right, with free neck and back rubs and a bunch of stressbusting swag!” Butler 203, 6PM-10PM (Event link here)

Tuesday, December 12th:

  • Midnight Pancakes Study Break: “Finals making you hungry? Need to get in the spirit of the season? Take a break and join us at Broadway Presbyterian Church for free pancakes, coffee, bacon and other late night breakfast delights. There will be classic holiday movies on the big screen, a giant Christmas tree, free wifi and a chance to take a load off and relax for a few minutes or a few hours before you head back to studying.” Broadway Presbyterian Church, 11PM – 1AM (Event link here)
  • Wall of Success: “Stressed out during Finals week? You are not alone! Join Columbia Ivy Council and our mental health initiative: Wall of Success | Wall of Failure. Look out for candy and posters in Butler Cafe, where you can anonymously share any successes or failures you’ve encountered this semester!” Butter Library, All day (Event link here)
  • Low Lounge Study Break: “The Low Library rotunda will be open to Columbia students with CUID and offer snacks, yoga, games and room to relax and refuel with friends or on your own as we transition into study days. Raffle prizes on the hour, music and more!” 12PM – 5PM (Event link here)

Wednesday, December 13th:

  • Fireplace Study Break: “Take a break from studying and the cold weather with a fun and festive event in the John Jay Lounge! There will be a hot chocolate bar (free Columbia mugs provided), gingerbread cookie decorating, snow globe making and more!” John Jay Lounge, 11AM – 3PM (Event link here)
  • Holiday Study Break: “Join us in taking a well-deserved break from finals prep! We’ll have comforting insomnia cookies, sweet cider, and warm hugs for everyone :) See you there!” Furnald Main Lounge, 9PM-10PM (Event link here)

Thursday, December 14th:

  • CCSC’s Insomnia Study Break: “Come outside Butler before Orgo Night and enjoy free Insomnia Cookies, hot chocolate and cider to help get you through the night. All Columbia College students welcome!” Outside Butler, 11PM-12AM (Event link here)
  • Midnight Breakfast: “Light the camp fire, it’s almost Midnight Breakfast! You’re cordially invited to Midnight Breakfast, one of Barnard’s most treasured traditions! Come reignite your summer memories at CAMP MILLIE featuring your favorite foods and camp activities.” Diana Center, 11PM Barnard freshmen, 11:30PM all Barnard students, 12:00AM all Columbia students (Event link here)

Good luck studying this week, and remember to prioritize your mental health!

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Dec

11

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Tis the fucking season bitches!!!

Happening Around the World: 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winners have released a joint statement warning the world’s leaders of the dangers of nuclear weapons and its potential effects if even one is detonated. The driving force behind the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, this group’s haunting message is simple: countries must eliminate their weapons or face “mutual destruction.” (CNN)

Happening in the U.S.: With over 230,000 acres of burned landscape, Southern California’s Thomas fire is now the fifth-largest wildfire in recorded Californian history. The fire has hit multiple parts of North Los Angeles County and Ventura County, burning hundreds of structures. (LA Times)

Happening in NYC: Undergoing a massive sexual harrassment investigation, the NYC Ballet company has appointed an interim team to manage the company for the time being. This comes after 71-year old ballet master Peter Martins was accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous source. (CNN)

Happening on Campus: Need some time to destress from the pressures of finals and papers? XMAS! 12: Tis The Treason is the right event for you! Come see Columbia’s nondenominational holiday celebration that is fully written by students. There will be two showings at 7 PM and 10 PM in Roone Arledge Auditorium.

Overseen on Campus: A confused Californian who walked outside of John Jay Hall Sunday afternoon and was confused why there was still snow on the ground. (It was me)

Snazzy Facebook header via Tis The Treason Facebook

Dec

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This is why we can’t see stars on this island.

While the lighting of the trees on College Walk may signify the beginning of finals season, with piles of homework, tests, and papers coming our way, Bwog staff made sure to enjoy their weekends in the only way we know: food, alcohol, going out, and maximizing time on campus. Enjoy this recap of the things we did.

Bwog and Alcohol:

  • Spent more on sangria in two nights than I’ve spent on alcohol in the past month.
  • Committed myself to a dry season for the rest of semester. Went to 1020 100% sober and it was as bad as I thought it would be.
  • Felt buzzed after glasses of wine, a testament to not binge drinking this semester.
  • Got harassed by an old man at 1020 who told me “sorry” on the way out. I told him to go fuck himself.
  • Saw my Bwog big at 1020!
  • Was feeling very lonely and depressed on Saturday night and wanted to have a chill 1020 night, had one of the wildest nights of the semester.
  • Used my new french press for the first time and I love it!
  • Got really drunk on Thursday night and cried for hours (an hour of which was in the Beta house chapter room).

Bwog on Campus:

  • Pushed a writing conference back by half an hour so that I wouldn’t be late.  Was then late to the rescheduled time.
  • Went to JJ’s too many times.
  • Got all dressed up for a party that didn’t happen.
  • Got walked in on by my roommate while crying and trying to wax my own legs.
  • Got dumped! #anti-cuffing-season
  • Made plans to “reconnect” with an acquaintance, just ended up hooking up with him instead.
  • Slept in my nook that I made under my bed. The best thing I did all semester.
  • Finally finished watching Lost, 121 hours (or something) later. This show has taken up my life this semester and may result in an irreversible GPA nosedive, but it’s been worth it every second. If anyone ever wants to talk conspiracy theories, hmu.
  • Found out I was gossiped about by not one or two, but three people in the CU jazz band.
  • Tried really hard to clean my room but a bitch could not do it smh.

Bwog and Food:

  • Spent $54 on a salad and 2 glasses of wine at a restaurant with dead animals on the walls for my high school friend’s birthday.
  • Snuck through the line twice with different friends at the Tree Lighting so I could get multiple Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • Befriended the ‘greeter’ at Panda Express.
  • Literally took a bite of a banana and puked it up at 7 pm due to a day-long hangover :-(.
  • Had gourmet mac n cheese at 5 am because New York City is the shit!!
  • Went to a quinceñera for a girl I didn’t know just for the Mexican food and to meet fellow Latinos.

Bwog in the City:

  • Abused my C-14 license for hookup purposes.
  • Lost my Columbia ID by accidentally dropping it through the grate of a subway.
  • Went to a sex shop for the first time.
  • Finally watched Pacific Rim and it totally lived up to the hype.
  • Got stood up by two guys that I was supposed to go on field trips with (one who I was catching feelings for). Still salty.
  • Went to the Intrepid museum with Roberta! Ran around like little kids and sung the Top Gun theme song repeatedly.
  • Watched a drag show at Suite sober and really enjoyed it.
  • Didn’t get carded at 1020, did get carded and turned away trying to see an r-rated movie because I didn’t have my license.
  • Went to the MoMA with my boyfriend and colored together in the children’s area.
  • Accompanied my best friend (hi Lexie) to Village Tattoo so she could get more piercings.
  • Drank spiked eggnog and watched Twin Peaks with a bunch of NYU people I don’t know.

All I Want for Christmas is You *Extra Festive Version* via Bwog Staff

Dec

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The brain of a decent human being who knows sexual assault is not okay. Also a human being who is attending the Zuckerman event tonight!

*CW: Sexual Assault, Violence*

Happening Around the World: After tensions have been raised over recent conductions of nuclear weapon testing by North Korea, many individuals believe now is the perfect time to begin reconciliation talks and deescalate the situation at hand. Kim Hong-Gul, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and one of the few individuals who have met Kim Jong-Un, is one of the individuals who believes this, and is advocating for peace talks to begin in order to help solve the crisis that has been becoming more tense. (Bloomberg)

Happening in the US: Donald Trump officially endorsed Roy Moore, a Republican candidate running for senate in Alabama, a move that everyone expected yet is still extremely shitty. Roy Moore has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, yet still maintains his position in his campaign. Sounds familiar… birds of a feather flock together? (CNN)

Happening in the City: Fighting for a parking spot in Queens turned ugly Sunday night as a man has been found guilty of stabbing and running over multiple people, eventually killing 1. The incident occurred in the South Ozone Park area of Queens in front of a hookah shop, and took place using a rental car from New Jersey. Police have identified the victim as being a 23-year old man named Richardo Chattergoon, but the perpetrator has yet to be named. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: Tonight at the Italian Academy, the Zuckerman Institute is holding an event called “Educating the Brain: How the Acquisition of Reading and Mathematics Affects Human Brain Circuits” from 4:15-6:15 PM. Professor Stanislas Dehaene will be leading the conversation as they discuss their research on this topic as well as issues such as brain plasticity and the consequences of neuroscience in education.

Overseen on Campus: “You have your coke addiction, I have my apple addiction.” (The Bwog Staff Writer who overheard this has no clue what the context is, so it is up to interpretation).

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Nov

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Just another crossed Columbia student.

Here we are again: you, Bwog, and a long break that separated us apart. With five days off for Thanksgiving, Bwog Staff made sure to have some fun, get into sticky situations, and do the most, per usual. Below are some highlights of our weekend, carefully curated just for you.

Bwog with Family and Friends:

  • Had to explain the phrase “I’m back on my bullshit” to my grandma after I accidentally said it aloud while downloading the Animal Crossing app.
  • Found out my parents got my younger brothers a car that they’ve all been keeping secret from me.
  • Defended philosophy as a good use of ones time in college because what is a family gathering without someone questioning my liberal arts degree.
  • Hung out more with my aunt’s dog more than I spoke with my brother.
  •  Danced around the kitchen with my mom.
  • Hooked up with my ex from high school.
  • I tried to push my hair back when a boy was looking at me and I ended up almost throwing my laptop off my desk.
  •  Met with a friend from high school primarily to see her dog which I have been missing for the past three months.
  • Played some intense games of Uno with my family. Lost every time.
  • Surprised my mom by visiting her at work and the first thing she said was “You look like a hooker.”
  • Survived staying with my family for four days.
    • Did not survive staying with my family for four days.
  • Threw a napkin at my father across the Thanksgiving dinner table when he started to bring up Trump’s new tax plan.

More Thanksgiving break stories found here.

Nov

27

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Drinks are expensive. Which trust fund baby abandoned their full drink?

Happening Around the World: Syria has accused Russia of participating in air strikes that have left at least 53 civilians dead. Russia has been an important ally to Syrian president al-Assad and has previously been reprimanded for their role in the continuation of the Syrian crisis. (BBC)

Happening in the US: With accusations of sexual harassment spanning across both the Democratic and Republican parties, Congress has been scrutinized and pressured to take action on the rising issue of sexual harassment through legislation. With an increase in the number of victims speaking out and revealing their stories, responses from Congress have ranged from calls for those accused to resign from their positions to publicly renouncing those who have assaulted individuals. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: After a mere six months of being in service, five ferry boats have been docked due to officials finding holes in their infrastructures. Though they believe improperly installed cooling systems may have resulted in the development of holes, the true cause is unknown, prompting investigation in order to prevent future disasters from occurring on similar boats. (Pix11)

Happening on Campus: Still used to using Canvas instead of Courseworks? Attending “Course Management: Introduction to Courseworks” in Butler Library today from 12:00-1:15 PM in Room 204 may be the perfect event for you. This training session will focus primarily on the instructor portion of the website, but all are invited to attend and learn more about Courseworks!

Overseen on Campus: A full drink abandoned at 1020 (see image above).

Trust fund babies are wild via Bwog Staff

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

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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

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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

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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

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