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The Magical Musicians

New Bwogger Jacob Snyder dives into the greatly unappreciated world of on campus string performances and finds a solid gem.

The artistically-inclined Columbia student would be making a dire mistake to ignore all that our own Miller Theater has to offer. From Christmas music of the English Renaissance to jazz piano, from Euripides to Steve Reich—these are only a few of the events sponsored last year by that theater around the corner.

Students might object that ticket prices tend to stand in the way of attendance, but even the most frugal Columbian could find no excuse to miss out on Miller’s pop-up concert series. Since 2012, the theater has put on intimate showcases of young talent performing for an audience seated onstage with them. These pop-ups are free events, and audiences are invited to have a drink and mingle with such refreshing musicians and composers after the show.

On Tuesday, the Argus Quartet made their Miller Theater debut to kick off the 2017-2018 season in the first pop-up concert of the year. The string quartet has been selected as Graduate Quartet in Residence at Julliard, and their technical prowess and supreme instrumental control was fully clear throughout the four pieces they played Tuesday evening. The first composition, called For David Lang, began frantically and explosively, with violist Dana Kelley stop-starting a melody with almost mathematical precision. Proving to be a crowd favorite, the third piece, Peculiar Strokes, was introduced by violinist Jason Issokson as “a set of miniatures,” and while the piece consisted of fun technique demonstrations, it appeared to require equally exact timing and coordination.

Banjo?

Sep

9

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See a view like this – for free!

It’s hard to deny that New York is an expensive place – it seems as though, in order to do anything fun in the city, one must have unlimited time and money. Bwog strongly disagrees, and Staff Writer Jack Treanor is here to help with a fun, easy-to-follow itinerary that will save you money.

10:30 am: Wake up and have an hour long shower (you don’t pay for utilities in Columbia Housing)

11:15 am: Message that freshman you matched with on Tinder with the 19 meals per week dining plan. Ask them to swipe you into a dining hall. Proceed to eat like a king. Don’t forget to take snacks.

12:00 pm: Walk south to 110th Street and cut over to meet the Central Park at Fredrick Douglas Circle. Gaze upon the glory of 843 acres of prime NYC real estate devoted entirely to your enjoyment.

12:00 – 12:20 pm: Take a leisurely walk through the park enjoy the only truly free things in life, sunlight, air, and a unique sense of curiosity that adds flavor to seemingly mundane moments of self-reflection.

What should you do next?

May

5

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A chorus of “oh”s

Another semester, another Orgo Night, the only “study break” that anyone at Columbia actually goes to. This semester Bwog writer and Columbia College freshman, Jack William Patrick Treanor, skips his Lit Hum studying to review the the 65th consecutive, 69th semiannual Orgo Night.

This semester marks the second Orgo Night since the Columbia University Marching Band was barred from Butler in the Great Exodus of 2016. While the first outside Orgo Night was filled with frostbite, anticipation, and confusion, this one went off without a hitch, possibly to the detriment of the entertainment value. Other than a few chants of “209… 209” before the show started, the protest atmosphere of the previous Orgo Night had largely dissipated.

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Apr

6

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Renaissance garb is definitely a bad omen for your GPA.

It’s the first day of class. The professor stands at the front of the class. You’ve heard only good things about her, but there is a wild card in the room in the form of the small legion of teaching assistants. They are the ones that will be pouring over whatever garbage you turn in and ultimately decide your grade. They are mysterious people. This guide, brought to you by Bwogger Jack Treanor, will help you predict how they’ll grade based on the only thing you know about them, what they are wearing.

Scarf: A distinctly graduate student fashion choice, the scarf suggests a love of the creative and an appreciation of nuanced arguments. However, you have neither, so while your bullshit about “Pre-post-neo-colonial attitudes towards nude art” will pique their interest, it, like your eventual grade, will ultimately fall flat. Grade: B

Raggedy sneakers: Your TA is taking seven classes and hasn’t looked at the problem set yet. When they finally find the time to grade your stuff you’ll be shocked to realize they’re actually a genius and you are not. Grade: C+

“Nerd” glasses: A connoisseur of fine art and architecture. Someone in the class is going to be their muse. It unfortunately will not be you. Fear not though, they’ll appreciate you more when you’re the only one still coming to discussion section after spring break. Grade: B+

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Apr

3

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The famed Schapiro Skylounge™.

With an almost flawless location and unique amenities, Schapiro deserves consideration from all Columbia Students. Bwog gives you a detailed account of this gentle giant lurking on 115th.

Location: 605-615 W 115th Street.

Nearby dorms: Furnald, Woodbridge

Stores and restaurants: The UPS Store, the 115th halal cart, Morton Williams, M2M, Vine, Starbucks, Ferris

Cost: Now standard upperclass dorm price of $9,292. The dorm was priced at $7,640 last year. (sorry)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Communal bathrooms. One for men and two for women. Also one ADA single occupancy gender neutral bathroom per floor.
  • AC/Heating: Air conditioning, sometimes with temperature control. Decent heat.
  • Kitchen: Combined kitchen and lounge area. Two ovens, stoves, and microwaves per kitchen. Dark wood cabinetry.
  • Lounge: One on every floor, has a table, sofas, and a television.
  • Laundry: Laundry room in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab with paw print printer located on the first floor.
  • Gym: Gym with cardio machines located on first floor
  • Floor transportation: Three fast elevators (rare specimen at Columbia)
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood
  • Wi-Fi: Yes

Numbers & pics after the jump

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Me and a piece of art at MoMA

In a too often negative world, Bwog Love rises heroically to shine a warm and gentle light on the simple joys that we Columbia students often overlook. In this edition, staff writer Jack Treanor tells of his love for Columbia’s Passport to Museums.

I love museums and New York has the best museums. We all said we’d go to them when we decided to come to the city for college. Columbia surprisingly isn’t neglectful when it comes to our desire for museums. Our Columbia IDs gets us into a pretty substantial list of free museums. From the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum to MoMA there is something for everyone.

An important thing to note is that compared to other NYC schools our list of free museums is very extensive. Our list is about three to four times as long as NYU’s list of free museums. Last weekend I was hanging out with a friend from the New School and we decided to go to the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s museum in the Whitney’s old building. My friend and I both showed our ID to the ticket cashier. She nodded knowingly at mine before turning to my friend and asking, “How much would you like to pay?” It was totally free for me. While the Met is a pay-as-you-wish institution, and in theory I could pay one cent even without a Columbia ID, with it I don’t have to make my stinginess quite so obvious. This same scenario has repeated itself multiple times. There is something truly amazing about watching your friend from Princeton fork over five dollars at MoMA PS1 when you have to pay nothing. There is a unique power in a Columbia ID and that power happens to be to go to free museums.

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