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soup with rice and a little bit of sautéed zucchini on the side!

Today on Cooking With Bwog, we have Korean beef radish soup! Bwog’s resident Korean and EIC Youngweon Lee follows a recipe by YouTuber Maangchi

Do you just happen to have half of a giant Korean radish left over in your pantry from making dried pollack soup a few days ago? No? Just me? Well, regardless of whether you’re trying to take care of leftover radish or you went to HMart and bought one just for this soup, this is a great simple recipe. If I can make it and succeed, you can too, because I literally don’t know how to cook.


  • As much Korean radish (or daikon) as you want (it’s $0.99/lb at HMart on 110th I believe: super cheap and versatile for soups)
  • Beef – any cut with a bit of fat will do
  • Minced garlic
  • Soy sauce or fish sauce (I prefer fish sauce – also sold at HMart)
  • Salt
  • Scallions or green onions (optional)

Instructions after the jump



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Today’s Cooking with Bwog is dried pollack soup, or bukgeoguk, a Korean recipe by yours truly, EIC Youngweon Lee. It’s good for hangovers and as a comforting lunch. 

Hangover cure soups are a big part of Korean cuisine, and I love eating them for lunch, whether I’m hungover or not. There isn’t one special recipe for hangover soups; they’re just piping hot, packed with nutrients, and good for your body and soul. Dried pollack soup is one typical hangover soup with a simple, quick recipe. Serve with rice to heal your tired body.


  • Dried pollack (sold at HMart – put as much as you want)
  • Sesame oil
  • Bean sprouts (about a handful)
  • Korean radish (or daikon – just a little bit)
  • Soy sauce or fish sauce
  • Salt
  • Green onion or scallion
  • Salted fermented shrimp (saeujeot – optional, sold at HMart)
  • Minced garlic (optional)
  • Tofu (optional)
  • Egg (optional)
  • Hot pepper (optional)
  • Rice water (optional – this refers to the water you washed your rice in)

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have you ever noticed how every single room in Butler is completely full of books along their walls? this is Ref

Classical Whines is back! Bwog’s resident Classics major and Editor in Chief Youngweon Lee talks about how awesome ReCAP is.

In case you haven’t noticed, Columbia is not exactly a school with a lot of space to spare. This problem manifests itself in many areas, such as the lack of classroom space, but one other way this is a headache for the university is that it ran out of space to store books 18 years ago, in 2000.

According to the American Library Association, Columbia University Libraries (as in the entire library system, not just Butler) is the eighth largest library in the country by the number of volumes held (as of 2012). The library system currently holds about 13 million volumes as well as journals, electronic resources, etc. That’s a lot of books.

So long story short, it turns out the NYPL was also running out of space for books, so Columbia, NYPL, and Princeton teamed up to build a giant warehouse in New Jersey to store and share books. Here’s a great feature on this from The Eye if you want to know the long story long, but that’s not the purpose of this article. I just want to praise this system, called ReCAP (Research Collections and Preservation Consortium), which added 7 million volumes to Columbia’s currently available collection.

How to use ReCAP and more after the jump



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idk some old picture of what looks like Schermerhorn

EIC Youngweon Lee asks a question that should be on all of our minds: does Schermerhorn Hall actually exist?

My very first class at Columbia, a Tuesday 10:10 am anthropology class, was in 963 Schermerhorn Extension. I am adamant that this is probably one of the hardest classrooms to locate on campus, and it was my literal first class of college. Every single person, including the professor, got lost that day. A total of two students, myself included, out of a class of 12 or so, ended up actually finding the classroom.

This anecdote is demonstrative of a larger issue surrounding the maze we call Schermerhorn Hall. First, a small minority of the student population knows where it even is. Next, no one actually knows how to pronounce it. If you think you know, you’re wrong. However you’re saying it is wrong. Third, what even is the extension? Why did they have to extend Schermerhorn Hall? It’s like the original building was too straightforward and intuitive, so they added some confusion. You can only access the extension through certain floors of the main building, and there’s a weird passageway to get there.

The only logical conclusion to be derived from this is that Schermerhorn Hall is not a real place. It’s actually a secret passageway to go to Brooklyn. If you stand in a “bathroom” in “Schermerhorn Extension” (I actually don’t know if there are any bathrooms in Schermerhorn Extension), look in the mirror, and pronounce Schermerhorn three different ways, you will be teleported to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station in Brooklyn, which is another liminal space with a really weird transfer from the A/C to the G, which is not a real train. Half of the station has been closed since 1946, rather like how Schermerhorn Hall has a weird extension whose purpose I am unsure of.

“Space” isn’t real. Neither is Schermerhorn Hall. Wake up.

“Schermerhorn?” via Bwog Archives



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So now that Up Coffee is dead and Joe Coffee has a monopoly on campus, it’s Bwog’s duty to tell you which Joe is the best Joe. Thus, I visited all three locations on campus, Pulitzer, Dodge, and NoCo, and drank one large ice latte from each location. The reason for the choice of drink was so that I could taste the flavor of the coffee without burning my tongue and also judge the quality of the milk that they use. But also note that I know nothing about coffee or milk so take this with a grain of salt. I also didn’t realize they charge a dollar extra for ice (a large hot latte is about $5, a large ice latte is $6) and by the time I found out it was too late to change my mind.

First up, NoCo Joe. It’s the most classic Joe Coffee. If you know about only one Joe on campus, you know about this one. Though the location isn’t convenient, there are rarely empty tables because people sitting down aren’t there for a quick coffee break; they’re ready to stay and study for hours. There’s good lighting because of the pleasantly bright overhead lights and the sunlight that pours in through the full windows is not too harsh because the cafe faces northeast. The marble floor, white tables and chairs, and the ceiling art installation (?) make for an aesthetic environment. Levi Cohen, CC ’21, stated that “NoCo Joe is superior for the views and the aesthetic,” and that there are more seats but they tend to be taken up by “groups of people in suits and very nice clothes.” Jake Tibbetts, CC ’21, asserted that more seats are not a positive feature, as he likes to drink his coffee in solitude. Generally, there’s a mid-to-high level of noise and chaos.

The line is rarely short but goes quickly and the service is very efficient. There is also a separate booth for people looking for a quick cup of regular hot coffee. Despite their efficiency regarding coffee, Lexie Lehmann, CC ’20, remarked that “it’s of note that the one time [she] went to NoCo Joe, they were out of chai concentrate, so [she] had to walk all the way to Dodge to get [her] chai latte.” I must also mention that a mere few minutes after she gave me this statement, she discovered that NoCo Joe was out of chai concentrate again. She also said that she thought NoCo is “good right before [they] close.”

On the other hand, my ice latte was prepared pretty fast when I visited. The ice in it was ground ice, which might cool the coffee more quickly but also melts more quickly. As for the taste of the coffee, personally, I’m not a fan of Joe’s coffee. It’s a sour and fruity coffee, and I like a coffee with a clean, dark bitterness. This is just personal preference. The milk in my latte balanced out the sourness enough that I didn’t mind it too much.

Dodge and Pulitzer Joe after the jump



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Around 12:45 am on Monday, September 17th, a resident in 627 W 115th St. (also known as Owl House, or the former ZBT brownstone) turned on the stove in the studio double that she shares with a roommate, Dallas Koelling, CC ’20, for the first time since moving in. According to Facilities, stoves (as well as other appliances) were checked over the summer to ensure they function properly. However, according to Koelling, “Normal blue flame [came] out, then [stopped], then red flames [started] coming from inside the stove.”

Within a few seconds, the flame rose to be about a foot high and “there was smoke everywhere,” to the point of obstructing sight and making it difficult to breathe, according to Koelling. She said, “smoke filled my entire kitchen and most of the hallway, but no smoke alarm sounded.” Her roommate put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and Koelling called public safety. Then they ran out of the brownstone, but the rest of the building was not evacuated.

The fire department was called to the scene. They shut off the gas, pulled the stove away from the wall, and checked the stove for signs of combustion or burnt food, according to Facilities. The superintendent, who was also called, appeared dismissive of Koelling and her roommate’s concerns about the fact that the smoke detector was not working, according to Koelling. Koelling and her roommate were told to return to their room to sleep on Sunday night.

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Blue, white, and...gray?

We’re still friends!

We have some personal news: Bwog and the Blue and White Magazine, as of yesterday, September 19th, have agreed to completely separate. We are, as Gwyneth Paltrow might say, consciously uncoupling. The decision was made because the two publications have grown apart enough since the Blue and White birthed Bwog that it made more sense for both publications to go our separate ways. From this point on, Bwog and the Blue and White Magazine retain no ties other than historical, but we will continue our friendship and support each other’s growth.

Bwog continues to be published by the Blue and White Publishing Company, but the company has no relation to the Blue and White Magazine.

Blue and White via Bwog Archives



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Follow them!!

Youngweon Lee, Editor in Chief of Bwog, spends a lot of time on Twitter. So does Hamilton Deli, her to-go spot for delicious hot sandwiches located on 115th and Amsterdam. This may or may not be a “literary” analysis. You can decide.

In case you didn’t know, Hamilton Deli has a Twitter (@HamiltonDeli). In addition to having amazing sandwiches that are objectively better than Milano’s, they tweet exactly one tweet every day. They usually attach one image to every tweet, and the tweet tends to be in the generic chipper tone of a deli marketing itself on Twitter to 66 people. But their tweets are… a bit special.

For instance, here is their tweet from today, tweeted 14 hours ago (as of 1:14 am):

I love a deli that helps me make a decision about what to eat for breakfast, except it just sounds so generic. It’s a command (“buy a bagel from us”) followed by a statement including additional information (“we sell bagels, which are fresh, every day”). As far as a marketing tweet goes, it serves its purpose; it commands the reader to buy the deli’s product and provides the relevant information that their bagels are available every day. But you could also substitute literally any food item for “bagel” and this tweet would still work. In fact, I’m pretty sure they have tweets that say the same thing about a different menu item.

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Alma, are you proud?

Columbia University is one step closer to being the Greatest University in the US™. U.S. News, whose college rankings high schoolers all over the country obsess over despite its debatable accuracy, rated Columbia University as the third best university in the US, which is the highest that Columbia’s ever been ranked. Sounds pretentious and fake, but whatever. Cool stuff. Columbia is ranked behind Princeton and Harvard, and is tied with MIT, UChicago, and Yale.

U.S. News ranks colleges according to 16 different factors including degree completion, retention rate, social mobility (including Pell Grant graduation rates), faculty resources (including class size, faculty salary, etc.), etc. You probably don’t care how we got third place, though, just that we did. Now we just have to beat Princeton and Harvard to stop being the second loser.

I’m kidding I love Columbia!! Alma Mater on the Hudson Shore!!! Wake the echoes of the Hudson Valley!! Knickerbocker something something! So proud!!

Alma Mater on the Hudson Shore via Bwog Archives



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Coins! these aren’t gold though

Happening in the world: Hundreds of gold coins dating back to the Late Roman Empire was found in the basement of the Cressoni Theater in Como, north of Milan. Although the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities did not place a value on the coins, they might be worth millions of dollars. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Hurricane Florence is expected to become a “major hurricane” today and might remain an “extremely dangerous” storm through Thursday as it approaches the southeast coast of the US from Florida to Virginia. It remained 580 miles north of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. (NBC)

Happening in NYC: At least seven people, including three firefighters, were minorly injured after a fire at an apartment building in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Sunday evening. (Pix11)

Happening on campus: “Fall 2018 Minerva Lectures: Asymptotic Theory of Transaction Costs” by Walter Schachermayer will take place 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm in Mathematics, Room 507.

Overseen: A dead cockroach in John Jay Dining Hall. We’re not including a picture in the public’s interest.

coins via Bwog Archives



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around the corner from your favorite dead bagel shop

600 W 113th St, a Columbia dorm that houses mostly sophomores, some disgruntled juniors (me), and some Regular People (i.e. people who are not Columbia students/people who might be Columbia students but definitely aren’t undergrads), is colloquially referred to as “Nussbaum,” or more commonly, just “Nuss” for the bagel shop on its ground level that is now dead (RIP). Thus, it would be misleading to keep calling the dorm Nuss. We came up with a few alternative options.

First, the boring and obvious ones…

  • Community
  • Mill
  • 600
  • The Residence Formerly Known As Nussbaum

And an allusion to its painful lack of AC…

  • Fiery Pits of Hell

And some that make no sense…

  • Chuck E. Cheese’s
  • Jiggle Town

Submissions so far…

  • Rat
  • Bagels
  • Dead Bagels
  • Karina’s Palace
  • CU Home for Independent Living
  • Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
  • Deantini’s Home for Boys and Girls
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Arby’s
  • Dumb Nussbaum
  • Post-Nussbaum

What should Nussbaum the dorm be called? Tell us your thoughts!



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A Joe Coming Soon sign with Butler in the reflection and the old green Up chairs behind the glass

Joe Coffee will replace Up Coffee and occupy the corner space between Pulitzer and Furnald. This will be the third Joe Coffee on campus, after their NoCo and Dodge (not the gym) locations.

It is unclear whether they will take dining dollars (their other two locations don’t, and Up didn’t), or when exactly they will open. This location is not listed on Joe Coffee’s website yet.

Joe Replacing Up via Levi Cohen



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Rats? Don’t know her. Hewitt Dining Hall has an A health rating now. A legend. We don’t deserve her. I always believed in her even when the haters looked down on her. I knew she could make this comeback.

We have reached out to Barnard for comment and will update this post if we receive a statement.

Update July 30th, 2018 9:50 PM: We have received a statement from Barnard:

Read the statement after the jump



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Well, it’s not a literal tree, but there is a whole plant growing in a water fountain in Broadway Hall. It has a stem and leaves growing out of a crack in the fountain. It gets trimmed every few days but it always grows back as a testimony to the strength of Mother Nature and the strong will of life. The persevering spirit of this plant to grow to such an incredible length in a plastic water fountain despite its hardships (i.e. getting cruelly cut every few days) is truly inspirational. Who knows how big the part of the plant that’s hidden in the water fountain is? This plant really serves as a reminder that humans are ruining the planet and it really does not care if the summer residents of Broadway Hall are well-hydrated or not; it’s just going its own way. If anyone has suggestions for what to name this hardy boy, comment them below or send to

Water Fountain Plant via Grant Der Manouel



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My life no longer has meaning.

Despair via Ezra Schwarzbaum

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