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Apr

9

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Happening in the world: Amidst growing concerns about North Korea’s missile program, the US military deploys warships to the Korean peninsula. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: After Xi left the U.S., China immediately condemned the US Strike, stating that the strike was an act of a weakened politician flexing his muscles. (The NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Man-spreading on the subway? You may want to think twice. An argument sparked by a subway rider man-spreading resulted in a brawl with hammer and a hammer-beaten victim. (NY daily news)

Happening on Campus: On Thursday from 12:00 pm to 1: 00 pm, Olivier Rabenschlag, the Head of Creative at Google, will come to the Medical Center to talk about using technology to tackle global health challenges. 

Congrats, you have survived Bacchanal, here is Mariah Carey sprinkling 24-karat gold glitter:

Apr

2

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Today is the annual Reconciliation Day. It is time to make up with those exes that break up with you through text messages, with those friends that stabbed you at the back, with those friends at whose back you stabbed, with that special someone who faded out your life, with whom you shared a complicated, un-labelable relationship. This is a day when even Speccies could come to a Bwamily meeting, where the evil meet the good, where we could come together, share pitches, and eat groceries.

Come to Bwog meeting in Lerner 505, at 7 pm, love will be provided.

 

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Apr

2

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In light of the numerous tragedies, a fellow Columbia student Alexandra Bass will be leading an event today at 1 pm, where people could “come together outside on campus to create a mural composed of drawings, words, and images that answer the question “what makes you happy?” Celebrating our differences and recognize our similarities, this art project is a great way people can gather and connect.

Location: Butler Lawn (In case of rain, Furnald Hall Lounge)
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm, Today!

 

Apr

2

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Happening in the worldHeavy rain brought mud and rocks to the city of Mocoa, Colombia, causing at least 400 injuries and 200 people missing. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: Famous Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly, was said to have paid 5 women a total of 13 million dollars over the years for agreeing not to pursue litigation or publicize their accusations against him. (The NY Times)

Happening in NYC: A car burst into flame on a busy street in the Meatpacking District at around 4 pm yesterday.

Happening on campus: Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, will visit Columbia on April 5 to discuss “Human Rights, Rule of Law and the Challenges of Civil Society Activism“.

Something special for you:

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Mar

25

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Very nice curtains

Bwog sent a staff writer Vivian Klotz to the opening performance of Black Theatre Ensemble’s Festival of One Acts last night. Always in search of a good deal, the writer appreciated being able to see four plays for the price of one. The show is running once more in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Saturday, March 25, at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 with CUID/BCID and $7 without.

The first play, Colder than Winter, opened with a dimly lit stage, bare, with the exception of a single man. Soft music played in the background, the warm sound of the saxophone, overlaid with his voice, rising and falling. The audience had no choice but to be caught up in his words and be held captive as he moved around the stage.

This first scene lay the groundwork for the rest of the production and the three that followed. All four writers proved that they didn’t need fancy scenery or musical numbers to be memorable; in fact, the lack of distractions is precisely what made this festival great. One of the most memorable moments dawned the first play as a young black girl lay dead on stage, her friends gathered round, one of them telling the story of her first encounter with death. There’s no background music for life, and accordingly, silences in her monologue were thunderous.

The four plays explored important ideas; the first play emphasized the tendency for many straight, black men to be blind to the privileges that he may experience that black women and queer black people do not, and the third included a black wlw who attempted to make her friends realize that wlw is more than an attraction, just as black is more than a skin color. The second play took the audience on a journey to find truth in all her terrible forms, and the final one provided a humorous, original take on a haunted house story as a ghost attempted to scare a family out of their home, only to find that she wasn’t the only ghost home. Some of the stories told were uniquely black stories, but many also included characters who just happened to be black, providing space to prove that white doesn’t have to be the default.

Black Theatre Ensemble is well respected for its history of making high-quality productions, and this is no exception. Tech had a few brief moments of slow lighting changes, none of which detracted from the plays being visually interesting with great lighting choices and high-quality, well-chosen music. Overall, it was an exceptional performance on the part of all involved.

The next and final showing is today at 7 pm in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre. Tickets are $5 with CUID/BCID.

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Mar

25

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Happening in the world: Protesting against a tax levied on the unemployed, Belarus protesters took it to the streets, angered by the tax that President Alexander Lukashenko said would “instill” discipline to the workshy. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: As President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew the vote to repeal Obamacare, Trump repeatedly claimed that the Obamacare would “explode” without explaining why. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: After an Amtrak train derailed at PennStation, railroad services have resumed with warnings of delays. (USA Today)

Happening on Campus: Former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, Raymond Burghardt and Professor Andrew Nathan will talk about U.S. – Taiwan relations under the Trump administration in IAB Room 918 on Monday from 12:00~1:30 pm.

Overheard(seen): “There’s a completely naked man banging on everyone’s door on McBain 3 to be let in.”

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Mar

5

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Happening in the world: A US-backed Iraqi force pushed into Western Mosul to capture it from the Islamic State. As of February 19, several neighborhoods have been occupied. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a 300 million dollar plan to combat homelessness in the city.  However, this plan is predicted to relocate 4% of the homeless population to shelters in the next five years, a rather modest goal. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Social Justice House and FLIP are hosting a pancake study break today from 8 pm to 10 pm at 616 west 116th street lounge; head over to grab yourself some pancakes and to learn more about food insecurity on Campus.

Overheard: 
“Dude vaping in 309 is this normal?”
“You can only vape on the 8th floor.”

We all need Little Baby’s Ice Cream:

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Feb

26

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Ceelo as Oscar golden man at the Grammy’s

The Oscars are important, yes. But, not as important as Bwog, amirite? Who needs the red carpet when you can stomp the zigzagging ramps of Lerner to 505 and meet all the A-listed, definitely-relevant superstars that are Bwog staffers?

Come to Lerner 505 at 7 pm tonight, wear a Valentino full gown, Paul Smith tuxedo or a Givenchy potato sack, and, most importantly, bring your pitches!

Feb

26

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Happening in the world: Long Zhengyang, former assistant chief editor of the Hong Kong Commercial Daily revealed that he was “persecuted” for being supportive of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. (BBC)

Happening in the city (or the state): Rockland County sheriff’s bomb squad removed 2 WWII-era grenades from Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Taiwanese American Student Association and Outreach for Taiwan is holding an interactive workshop on the topic of cross-strait relations under the Trump and Tsai presidencies tomorrow at 2:00 pm in Lerner Broadway Room.

Overheard: *At 116th bus station* “Yeah, it was a good weekend, I’m just glad I don’t go to school here.” *looked up and realized that she was surrounded by Columbia students* “Sorry…”

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Feb

25

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Beef soup noodle personified

Staff Writer Timmy Wu reviews Zuo Jie, one of the Chinese food trucks on Broadway, just outside of College Walk. 

For most of the Southeastern/East Asian student population, the Chinese/Thai Food Cart and M2M on Broadway are both indispensable parts of their college life in Morningside Heights. Of course, there is a multitude of authentic and wonderful eateries in K-Town, Chinatown, and Flushing, but amidst the already-cumbersome school work, there really isn’t any reasonable justification to spend four hours to-and-fro for a sudden bout of gastronomical gratification. This is where Chinese Food Cart comes into the picture. Being 7000 miles or so away from home, these food carts are temporal portals through which thousands of soy-sauce-acquainted taste buds may taste their homeland and find solace. However, do these food trucks live up to their 7-dollar-a-banton responsibility?

I will admit that the weather yesterday was so nice that it felt like a treat, rather than a nuisance, to be standing in line for 15 minutes for the Zou Jie (左記)food cart. Being a significantly smaller cart than, say, the Luo Yang Uncle (洛陽大叔) Food Cart, the owners of Zuo Jie have to compromise their efficiency. Their workstation seems rather awkward but not without a system of their own. As I saw the couple (I presume) crossing over or interlacing with each other every 20 seconds, I couldn’t help but pry: “How long have you been here?” “Three years,” the wife reluctantly answered after a few moments of gauging my intention. I wondered what it would be like to work skin-to-skin in, essentially, a metallic box about the size of one-and-a-half bathroom stalls. More importantly, how does that kind of experience factor into Zuo Jie’s flavors?

vicariously eating after the jump

Feb

19

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Happening in the world:  The police are still seeking seven people who may have connections to the assassination of Kim Jong-nam. Out of the 11 people that are wanted by the Malaysian police, six of them are North Korean. (The New York Times)

Happening in NYC: A man is seen netting pigeon out of New York’s street in Brooklyn. According to the NYPD, removing pigeons from the streets is illegal. (CBS New York)

Happening on campus: Columbia Taal is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle for IRAP! On February 23rd, just say “Columbia Taal” at the counter, and part of the sales will go towards supporting the international Refugees Assistance.

Overheard: In Ferris. “Beyonce’s vagina will never be the same”

Having a shitty day? Think about the kids offstage and you will feel better about yourself. 

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Feb

12

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This is us.

Like, you need to come to Bwog meetings. Because 1) Like, we are actually cool. 2) Like, we are an integral part of the lives of Columbian students. 3) Like, we are quirky, fun and edgy. 4) Like, we have juicy secrets, about many things! You will never say the C word again without being reminded of the things that were shared in Bwog meetings! 5) Like, we are eclectic. Like, there are always things for you to write about!

Like, I don’t know what you are doing with your life if you decide not to come. Like, do you have an appointment with Dalai Lama? No? Great, we don’t either. Okay, we will see you at Lerner 505, 7 pm tonight.

Like, Please.

Feb

12

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Bye~

Happening in the United States: Yale University renamed Calhoun College to commemorate Grace Murray Hopper over John C. Calhoun’s controversial history as a defender of slavery. (BBC)

Happening in New York City: After taking a 5-day road trip in a stolen car, two Ohio teens were found in the cop’s car in Times Square. One of the girls’ mom exclaimed, “It is crazy. My daughter went to New York, Times Square. I have no idea how she got there!”

Happening on Campus: The Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership, is ending today! For those who aren’t rushing their homework for Monday, here is a list of programs that you can attend today.

Overheard: “She hooked up with a gossip girl actor.” “He’s also 14 years my senior.”

NYFW: Just take a look at this ridiculously wonderful sea urchin dress that engulfs the entirety of Lady Gaga.

Feb

10

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The Stacks, baby!

The Stacks, baby!

The Stacks can be pretty freakin’ scary. Once, I went there to get some LitHum books, and I felt this great, dark presence looming just over my shoulder. As part of our library review series, Bwog Staffer Timmy Wu reviews Columbia’s favorite haunt/sexy-time place where “the light could not reach.”

Location: The core of Butler Library. Not accessible.

Hours: 9 AM to 11 PM, Monday-Thursday. 9 AM to 9 PM, Friday. 11 AM to 6 PM, Saturday. Noon to 11 PM, Sunday. Note: The Stacks are closed 15 minutes before the circulation desk is. After the closing time, one will not be able to enter the Stacks, but can still exit the Stacks.

Contact: (212) 854-7309, butler@library.columbia.edu

Seats:

Levels: 9 levels (just like Hell, what are the chances?)
Total: 8 seats/ table (On certain floors, there are two tables and on others, only one)
Carrels: N/A
Comfy Chairs: N/A
Computers: 1 or 2 computer(s) on each level
Tables: An average of 12 seats
Seats for Talking: 0 (This is a place for people who want to minimize human interactions.)

What other gifts can the Stacks provide?

Feb

5

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Moments after the temporary block on Muslim travel abn

Moments after the temporary block on Muslim travel ban

Happening in the nation: Muslim ban was temporarily blocked by federal judge James L. Robart, who is also known for his personal flair and his constant diligence in “representation of the disadvantaged.” He was also known for echoing “Black Lives Matter” movement’s slogan during past hearings, causing quite a reaction. (Washington Post).

Happening in NYC: On Friday, state Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, said that the legislation on plastic shopping bag fee may be postponed to a later date.

Happening on campus: Join HeforShe Columbia’s photo shoot launch events at 3:15 pm today on Low Plaza! This event is held in correspondence to the UN Women HeForShe University Program 30-Day Challenge. Columbia will be competing with other Ivies to raise money for advocacy for gender equality.

Overheard: “You can go to Shabbat any Friday.” “But this is mega Shabbat!” “Okay, well this is my mega cousin.”

Vicarious eating: For those who have no care for the SuperBowl, here is a random Korean eating for your eye’s consumption (Yes, it has three million+ views).

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