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What happens in Hewitt stays in Hewitt

Hewitt’s B rating is just a way to hide from the CC boys that they have better scrambled eggs than John Jay and better avocado toasts (on Tuesdays) than Ferris. That is all.

Hewitt’s secret via Bwog Archives



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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

Hope you had a great break in a place that has a better transportation system than the MTA! Now you’re back in New York City, where evil (MTA) reigns. Here are the planned service changes around Morningside Heights for this week.

1: No planned changes for the 1 this week! It will stop doing that weird two-section operation where it skips Columbia’s campus.

2: The 2 will run local between 96th and Chamber Street in both directions at night after 10 pm from Monday to Thursday.

3: No planned changes for the 3! Take the 3 express instead of the 2 local when you’re going downtown at night this week.

A: No planned changes near MoHi for the A!

B: Service will end early at 9 pm from Monday to Thursday.

C: No planned changes near MoHi for the C!

D: No planned changes near MoHi for the D!

Not my train via Bwog Archives



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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

The Weekender is back! For those of you who are staying in New York this weekend, here are the service changes planned for this weekend. 

1: It seems like the 1 will be running normally. The usual inevitable delays aside, it will make stops at 110th, 116th, and those other stops that are important to us.

2: The downtown 2 will run local from 96th to Times Square from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. No use transferring from the 1 when you go on that Tinder date downtown.

3: The downtown 3 is also running local. You might as well stay uptown since it will take about 2000 years to make it downtown with no express trains.

A: The downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A will skip every stop from 116th to 72nd during Late Night (which is defined as midnight to 6 am) from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday (normally, the A runs local at night). It will also skip some more stops south of 72nd but that’s not relevant to MoHi.

B: Service will end early at 9 pm this Friday (today).

C: On Friday from 9:45 pm to 10:30 pm the downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C will be skipping every stop from 116th to 72nd.

D: From 9:30 pm Friday to 5 am Monday, the downtown (Coney-Island-bound) D will run local via the C from 145th to W 4th, which means it won’t do that sweet jump from Columbus Circle to 125th, but it will stop at 116th, 110th, 103rd, etc. on Manhattan Ave.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

We’re back for another week of MTA tomfoolery. Here are the inconveniences that administrative incompetence and state vs. city politics will cause you this week (Monday through Friday). Use this as a reference as you travel this week. Expect unexpected delays, per usual.

1: That same weird 1 service from last week is continuing through this week. Between 11 pm and 5 am, the 1 will run in two segments (south of 96th and north of 137th), leaving MoHi dwellers stranded in between. In other words, the 1 is skipping 103rd, 110th, 116th, 125th, etc. Shuttles will provide alternative service.

2: Downtown 2 trains will run local from 96th to Times Square after 10 pm until Thursday.

3: There are no 3 trains from 11:45 pm to 5 am. 1 and 2 trains make all 3 stops from Times Square to 135th.

A: From 11 pm to 5 am, uptown (Inwood-bound) A trains will skip all stops from 72nd to 163rd. The D is running local to make up for it.

B: Service will end early at 9 pm until Thursday.

C: From 9:45 pm to 11:30 pm, uptown C trains will skip all stops from 72nd to 163rd. Take the D local instead.

D: Uptown (Norwood-bound) D trains will run local from Columbus Circle to 145th to make up for the fact that the A and C trains are skipping almost a hundred blocks’ distance.

Not my train via Bwog Archives



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Diana! is red!

Barnard Dining can seem confusing to newcomers but we promise it’s not that hard. Social Media Editor Youngweon Lee, a CC student™, mastered the ways of Barnard Dining to share with you. The information in this post is probably about 85% reliable. 

If you are tired of the Ferris-John Jay-JJ’s trifecta, go ahead and try a Barnard dining hall. You have two options: Diana and Hewitt.

Diana’s location is self-explanatory; it’s in the Diana center, on the second floor. You walk in through the Barnard gates on 117th and take a right towards the construction hole. You walk all the way past the construction hole to the red building. That’s Diana. The doors are really heavy so just be careful. You walk up the big stairs on your left immediately after you enter, and Diana Cafe will be right there. You can’t miss it.

Diana is open for lunch and dinner every day except Saturday. It’s unclear when lunch ends (2 pm?) but dinner starts around 5 or 5:30 pm and ends at 8 pm. Then, Diana late-night runs from around 9 pm to 11:45 pm.

During lunch, Diana doesn’t take meal swipes and you have to pay with either real money or dining dollars, but you can use your swipes (yes, even Columbia swipes!) at dinner. One swipe gets you an entree, two sides, and a fountain drink. The famous Diana white pizza is only available for lunch, however, and the smoothie station is a wrap station.

Things that count as an entree are two pieces of pizza, any burger or sandwich, a large soup, a large salad, and a smoothie. Diana used to have thin-crust pizza boxes for dinner, but now they just have large pies that you take two pieces from, which is a shame. I think the burgers are pretty good, personally. I like the bread better than JJ’s. If there are no burgers or chicken sandwiches ready, you can order one and just wait a few minutes. They do have vegan burger options as well.

Things that count as a side are fries, a small soup, a small salad, and a bag of chips from the shelf that’s closest to the burger station. The fries taste exactly like McDonald fries (which, in my book, is a good thing). I find that the salad bar is more diverse than the ones at Columbia dining. I especially like that they have palm hearts sometimes. There are a lot fewer options at late-night, though, so keep that in mind.

Moving onto Hewitt, this one can be a little hard to find. It’s in the basement of Barnard Hall, which is the big building immediately in front of you when you enter the Barnard gates. You walk down the stairs to your left once you’re inside, and wander around a bit until you see it. You can just swipe in like you would at Columbia.

I’ve only been to Hewitt breakfast, so I don’t know what lunch and dinner are like. At breakfast, they have your usual eggs and breakfast meats station, bread/pastries, yogurt/canned fruits, and a grill where they make you avocado toast. Because the avocado toast station is a grill, the bread is nicely toasted and they give you a fried egg on it, but you usually have to be prepared to wait a long time.

The scrambled eggs are more consistently cooked throughout than Ferris/John Jay scrambled eggs. I find that the scrambled eggs at Columbia dining halls are somehow really dry and really watery simultaneously, but the Hewitt eggs are better cooked and fluffier. The pastries are also really good and I highly recommend them. I had an amazing banana muffin that everyone should try before they graduate.

Hewitt also has a kosher food station, which I believe is the only full kosher food station on campus (both Columbia and Barnard). I’ve heard that if you look obviously non-Jewish and you try to eat from there, you will get “slapped.”

All that being said, Hewitt has a B health rating, so keep that in mind.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

One of the most confounding things about this accursed city is “The Weekender,” which is MTA speak for “it’s the weekend so obviously no one is trying to get anywhere so the subways will be fucked and there is nothing anyone can do about it!”

We looked through the MTA’s godforsaken website so you don’t have to; here are the status updates for trains around MoHi this weekend. Use this as a reference as you attempt to get places on the subway this weekend. Because it’s information from their website, this may or may not be reliable.

1: There is apparently no scheduled work on the 1. Notably, it looks like it’s going to be running to/from 116th instead of not going north of 96th.

2: As has been the case for the last few years (?), the downtown 2 will be running local between 96th and Times Square. No use transferring from the 1 when you’re heading downtown.

3: Same as the 2, the downtown 3 will be running local between 96th and Times Square.

A: The downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A will skip every stop from 116th to 72nd during Late Night (which is defined as midnight to 6 am) from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday (normally, the A runs local at night).

B: Service will end early at 9 pm on Friday.

C: On Friday evening (9:45 pm – 10:30 pm), Saturday, and Sunday, the downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C will be skipping every stop from 116th to 72nd.

D: The uptown (Norwood-bound) D will run local via the C from W 4th to 145th, which means it won’t do that sweet jump from Columbus Circle to 125th, but it will stop at 116th, 110th, 103rd, etc. on Manhattan Ave.

If you have any requests for additional subway lines you would like us to cover in the future, let us know!

#NotMyMTA via Bwog Archives



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Editor’s note: This article discusses details of sexual assault.

The Southern District Court of New York has granted Columbia’s motion to dismiss Amelia Roskin-Frazee’s complaint that Columbia “created a culture of sexual hostility on campus and acted with deliberate indifference in responding to [her] report of sexual assaults and request for certain accommodations as a result of the assaults.”

According to the court document from the docket of the Southern District Court of New York (attached below), Amelia Roskin-Frazee was sexually assaulted in her dormitory room once in October 2015, and once in December 2015. She filed a lawsuit against Columbia in March 2017 alleging Title IX violations by the university.

In response to her complaint, Columbia claimed that “[Roskin-Frazee’s] own recitation of the events establishes that the University responded appropriately when she reported them and is not liable under Title IX” and motioned to dismiss her suit. The full account is available here.

On February 21, 2018, this motion for dismissal was granted by United States District Judge George B. Daniels. The basis for this was that the university’s responses to Roskin-Frazee’s requests (housing and academic accommodations) were not “clearly unreasonable.” The court document states that Roskin-Frazee’s “own allegations demonstrate that every time [she] requested either an academic or housing accommodation, [Columbia] responded to her request promptly.”

In regards to her first request (for a room change), the judge noted that Columbia did not know about her first assault at the time of the request (October 2015), and that had it known, it may have provided her with less “onerous” circumstances for housing accommodations.  As for her second request in September 2016 (that locks be installed on her suite door), the court document states that “once [Columbia] had actual knowledge of [her] rapes and began investigating them in September 2016, it responded to [her] Second Request promptly, without the imposition of any additional ‘onerous’ conditions.”

In addition, it is explained that when Roskin-Frazee requested academic accommodations through Disability Services in October 2015, she was contacted eight days later about the process through which she could receive accommodations. Roskin-Frazee alleged that she chose not to further pursue “such [a] lengthy process” and had to seek accommodations on her own. The court argues that because she does not identify “an academic accommodation she sought that she did not receive” anywhere in the complaint, it cannot be concluded that Columbia “acted in a clearly unreasonable manner.”

Furthermore, the court acknowledged that “the requirements presented to [Roskin-Frazee] for receiving academic accommodations may have been difficult for an individual in [her] situation to navigate,” but said that Columbia “was responding at a time when it had no knowledge of [her] initial rape.” Thus, “there is no plausible basis for concluding that Defendant responded to Plaintiffs requests for academic accommodations with deliberate indifference.”

Finally, according to the document, when Roskin-Frazee made a request in December 2016 (a few months after the university began the rape investigation) for housing accommodations for the 2017-2018 school year, it was granted in four days.

The main argument made by the court for granting the motion to dismiss her complaint is that Roskin-Frazee failed to “sufficiently allege that after acquiring actual knowledge of her assaults, Columbia responded in a clearly unreasonable manner.”

When The Blue and White Magazine asked Roskin-Frazee “for a statement on the lawsuit and whether she would be appealing the decision,” she gave no comment.

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A running train, a rarity

The MTA is objectively the worst thing in the world, so we went through their awful website for planned service changes for this week so you don’t have to.

Here are the planned subway service changes for trains near Morningside Heights for this week (weekdays only). Use this as a reference as you travel this week. This information is from MTA’s website, so it may not be reliable, but at least it’s easier to read than their godforsaken website.

1: Basically, from 11 pm to 5 am during the week (Monday-Friday) this week and next week, the 1 train will run in two sections: south of 96th, and north of 137th. There will be no 1 trains between 96th and 137th, and the 1 will switch to the 3 after 96th. Free shuttles will provide alternate service. Uptown trains will skip 79th and 86th streets.

2: Downtown trains will run local until Times Square after 10 pm from Monday to Thursday until March 15th.

3: Downtown trains will run local from 96th to Times Square between 10 pm and 11:45 pm and there are no trains from 11:45 pm to 5 am during the week (Monday-Friday) this week and next week. 1 and 2 trains will make all 3 train stops between Times Square and 135th.

A: No planned service changes near MoHi this week.

B: There will be no trains after 9 pm this Monday through Thursday (February 26th-March 1st).

C: No planned service changes near MoHi this week.

Subway via Bwog Archives



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Columbia was one of the universities named in the Paradise Papers last year, which showed that it was linked to companies that help to hide its investments.

In early November 2017, a German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, obtained a series of documents dubbed the Paradise Papers containing information about the offshore investments of the world’s wealthiest people. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists then partially released them to be publicly available. These documents “[shed] light on trillions of dollars that move through offshore tax havens” (NYT). Corporations and billionaires aren’t the only ones to hide their income overseas, however; many universities, including Columbia, were revealed to be investing and hiding endowments in offshore “paradises” such as the Cayman Islands (TCU) or the Isle of Man (Columbia).

According to the New York Times, thanks at least in part to “lucrative tax breaks” and less traditional investment schemes (ex. private equity and hedge funds as opposed to United States equities or other more traditional methods), many universities have seen greater returns on investments as compared to previous decades. For example, Columbia’s endowment increased from about $7 billion in 2007 to $10 billion in 2017. Yale, another school named in the Paradise Papers (Yale Daily News), has seen a $5.3 billion increase in its endowment over the past decade. Princeton, also named (The Daily Princetonian), had an endowment of $16.3 billion in June 2008, which increased to $22.8 billion by March 2017. Other universities named in the documents include Stanford, Dartmouth, and NYU.

There isn’t a correlation that can be drawn between the fact that these schools were in the Paradise Papers and that their endowments have increased. The manner in which universities like Columbia invest overseas may be unscrupulous, but it is not necessarily illegal.

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Random bathroom from Bwog Archives. I think this might be from Woodbridge.

This is a reboot of our 2012 guide to campus bathrooms, Poopin’ In Pupin. The list is made with submissions from Bwoggers and responses on our Facebook and Twitter. If you have a bathroom you like to poop in that hasn’t been featured, email, comment below, or DM us on any social media platform.

  • Philosophy 4 bathroom next to the elevator: It’s single stall (gender neutral), large, clean, marble, sunny, and not a lot of people use it. It’s pretty hidden, so you wouldn’t know it’s there unless you knew it was there. You can poop loudly without people hearing you because it’s not directly in a crowded hallway but a tiny narrow corridor off Philosophy 4.
  • Wien basement bathroom: Wien basement is uncomfortably warm, but that means no one goes there. This isn’t by the package center where there’s a lot of foot traffic; it’s off to the side past some shady doors. Not the most luxurious, but points for privacy.
  • Butler 6 bathroom (after 11 pm): the rooms in Butler 6 are closed after 11 pm, but the bathrooms are still accessible, which means they’re clean and isolated. Not single stall, but it doesn’t matter since no one’s there after 11 pm.
  • Milbank 3 women’s bathroom: This bathroom is a labyrinth of stalls, making it difficult if not impossible for other patrons to know which stall you’re in/whether you’re the one pooping or not. While crowded in between classes, it usually clears out during class time and becomes a nice, quiet haven.

More poop-friendly bathrooms after the jump



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Social Media Editor Youngweon Lee valiantly sacrificed herself as a guinea pig to test out this Harvard-created online dating site (?) to write a review. Tl;dr – Bwog’s verdict is to stick to Tinder. 

The worst holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day, is inevitably coming around the disgustingly pink-themed corner. This year, this stench of late-stage capitalism disguised as “the season of love” was tinted with the scent of computer science nerds from…Harvard. Somehow, this month got even worse. (No offense to other computer science nerds, though, or the rest of Harvard.) So this thing called “Datamatch,” which was initially available only at Harvard since 1994, could not contain its monstrous tentacles and spread to Brown, Wellesley, Columbia, and Barnard. Other schools apparently wanted Datamatch’s matchmaking services, but only these four “wooed their way to the top… Everyone else, sorry booboo.” Arrogant pricks. Very typical of Harvard. Why the hell did they even pick Columbia? (Don’t answer that. It’s a rhetorical question.)

If you’re asking that you’d “like to bring Datamatch to [insert institution for make people much smart here]. How do?” They answer that “Ooh! Ooh! We did that! And maybe we could do more of that! Sharing the joy of Datamatch is a high priority for us…Preferred modes of communication include telegram and snail mail (use of real snails encouraged).” I see that they’re trying to be funny and clever with their “snail mail” bullshit and intentional use of incomprehensibly warbled grammar, and I see them failing. The “Ooh! Ooh!” is a sad, pathetic attempt at being cute. I almost feel bad shitting on them like this.

At Columbia, they seem to have some sort of partnership with Jester Humor Magazine. Between Jester and Datamatch Harvard, we received no less than three emails about this asking for a post about it since they launched on February 7th. That’s an average of one a day. (Datamatch and Jester – I hope you’re reading this and that you’re finally satisfied!) The last one was titled “Okay Look, You’re Funny, We’re Funny. Why’s it been 5 minutes without a reply?” First of all, no, you’re not funny, Datamatch. Second of all, calm down. This email also referred to Datamatch as “the greatest thing to hit the Columbia dating scene since the invention of the penis.” They told us that as of Saturday afternoon, over 600 students from Columbia signed up on Datamatch, and they were mostly women. They apparently chose to reach out to Bwog, because our “readership is off-the-charts horny.” (Guys, is this true?) Outside of Columbia, as of 1:13 am on February 11th, 2018, 6,600 people in total “trust Datamatch” (i.e. registered on this God-awfully pink site).

It gets worse after the jump



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See you soon, Koronet!

Everyone’s favorite drunk food is about to be unavailable for a month. Tomorrow will be Koronet Pizza’s last working day before they close on Monday for renovations. An employee said that they will be closed for approximately three weeks, and will hopefully reopen in the first week of March.

The longtime cash-only establishment has also started accepting credit card payments last September.

Koronet Pizza via Youngweon Lee



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He would probably eat Deantini. He also wouldn’t fit in his Audi.

PrezBo via Bwog Archives



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Queen Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys went to Columbia for a month so this is Columbia relevant. Here is a line-by-line analysis of You Don’t Know My Name by Alicia Keys. Song chosen by Idris O’Neill and analyzed by Youngweon Lee. Lyrics bolded for better readability. 

Baby, baby, baby

The repetition of a term of endearment, especially at the very beginning of the song, immediately creates an emphasis of the romantic feelings that the narrator has for her subject and sets the theme. The song is also directly addressed in the second person to the subject right off the bat, as we will see in the second line as well.

From the day I saw you

The enjambment here creates suspense and a natural progression from when the narrator first saw her subject to whatever happened next, coming up in the next line.

Really, really wanted to catch your eye

The repetition of “really” emphasizes the narrator’s desire to “catch [her subject’s] eye.” The idiom used here, “catch your eye,” is also significant. She doesn’t say that she wanted her subject to “fall in love with her” or anything of the sort; more so, there is a desire for him to pay attention to her and notice her.

Alicia Keys took a month of LitHum so more analyses after the jump



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A simplified map of 1020

We don’t know about you, but 1020 is Bwog’s favorite bar. Because we love the place so much, we go there a lot and see a lot of weird shit go down. Like fights. So we decided to do an analysis of it. 

First of all, I apologize for the poorly done drawing of 1020. Use it as a rough diagram for reference, not an exactly proportional model of how 1020 is structured. I drew it completely from memory, so please cut me some slack.

So then picture this: it’s a Friday night in Morningside Heights. A third of the Columbia student population is at 1020, a third at Mel’s, and a third at home. The group at 1020 is coming from various parties and pregames, and are sufficiently drunk. The ones who aren’t sufficiently drunk are in the process of achieving said state with Long Islands and PBRs. Because a third of the school is here, it’s very crowded. No one can really move around, but everyone is trying to get somewhere, whether that be the back table, the front table, the pool table, or the bar. There is a lot of jostling around and unwanted and unintentional (or intentional, in which case, please leave) touching.

An anthropological study after the jump

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