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Manhattan Brew & Vine on 109th and Columbus

Shortly after midnight last night (around 12:30am, Dec 16th), a man was fatally shot on the corner of 109th Street and Columbus Avenue in front of Manhattan Brew & Vine. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital with multiple shots to his torso. The police investigation continued late into this morning. The victim, 48-year-old Damian Ramirez, was the owner of Manhattan Brew & Vine.

Around 7pm on the same night (Friday, Dec 15th), an innocent bystander was grazed by a bullet on 103rd Street and Manhattan Avenue, and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital. He told the police that he heard the gunshot, then felt a pain in his ear and realized he had been shot.

Despite the fact that both shootings happened extremely close to Columbia’s campus in one night, public safety did not issue an alert for either one of them. To put things into perspective, the fatal shooting on 109th and Columbus happened 2 blocks away from 1020 during peak hours on a Friday night. There are also Columbia-owned apartment buildings around the immediate vicinity of the shootings. Regardless, the Columbia community did not receive any public safety alerts of any form about either incident.

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Dec

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Deputy Editor Youngweon ranks frat houses on how ugly they are based on her own arbitrary standards. This list goes from least ugly to most ugly.

8. Delta Sigma Phi: The exterior looks surprisingly clean. Nothing about this building is particularly ugly. It’s really unremarkable. The little alcove (for lack of a better word) thing that sticks out on the first and second floors is cute, so bonus points for that. The windows are not highly ornamented but rather decorated with simple lintels. Someone who didn’t know that this was a frat house may even call it elegant. The more intricate cornice keeps it from being too boring. The plain cement base that makes up the first floor and the metal bars of the windows are a little off-putting, but all things considered, that’s a small defect. The fact that the building is comprised of three different materials (the cement base, the whiter, larger stones of the second story alcove, and the narrow bricks of the rest of the building) can either be annoying or exciting, depending on how you look at it. The cornice above the door is also a nice little addition.

They get worse and worse from here

Nov

28

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A National Historic Landmark

Have you ever gotten so bored that you just read Columbia University’s Wikipedia page in its entirety? No? Well, here are some of the funnest fun facts about Columbia from Wikipedia. (Disclaimer: everything in this article comes straight from Wikipedia, and we don’t guarantee that everything is entirely accurate. This is Wikipedia’s words, not ours!)

  • Columbia was the first school in the US to grant the M.D. degree.
  • The Pulitzer Prize is administered annually by Columbia.
  • Columbia has the second most Nobel Prize-winning affiliates in the country (the first being Harvard).
  • Columbia College didn’t admit women until 1983.
  • Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
  • As of 2012, Columbia’s library system was the 8th largest library system and the 5th largest collegiate library system in the US by the number of volumes possessed.
  • Low is a National Historic Landmark because of its architectural significance.
  • Pupin is also a National Historic Landmark because the first experiments on the fission of uranium were conducted there. (Never mind that random sulfuric smells waft into my CC class in Pupin 425 once in a while.)
  • The FM radio was invented in Philosophy Hall by Edwin Armstrong, class of 1913.
  • Columbia has a campus in Palisades, NY (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) and one in Irvington, NY (Nevis Laboratories).
  • CC and SEAS didn’t accept the Common Application until 2010, making Columbia the last Ivy to switch to the Common App.
  • Columbia was the first North American site where the uranium atom was split.
  • The laser was invented at Columbia. (Its invention is widely but not universally attributed to Gordon Gould, who was then a graduate student at Columbia.)
  • Many other inventions were and are being born at Columbia, and the university made $230 million from patent-related deals in the 2006 fiscal year: more than any other university in the world.
  • ADP, which was established at Columbia in 1836, was the first Greek life organization on campus.
  • The Columbia Review is the nation’s oldest college literary magazine.
  • In 1870, Columbia’s football team played the second football game ever in the history of football against Rutgers.
  • They (the football team) also hold the record for the longest losing streak for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision: 44 losses in a row between 1983 and 1988.
  • Apparently, our archrival is Princeton.
  • The Columbia University Orchestra, founded in 1896, is the oldest continually operating university orchestra in the US.
  • The Columbia Queer Alliance, founded in 1967, is the oldest gay student organization in the world.

Low via Bwog Archives

Nov

27

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Closes earlier than Cinderella’s curfew

After Bwog published a few joke posts about stacks sex, people being kicked out of the stacks, and stacks boner killers, Deputy Editor Youngweon did some actual investigation about why the stacks close at 11pm. She interviewed Francie Mrkich, Director of Access Services at Butler Library, and here are all the answers.

Many students want the stacks to stay open later; the library administration hears us, and they are working on it. The salutary neglect after 11 pm ended around last spring because that’s when the library hired a new overnight staffer, who is the lovely man in charge of patrolling the stacks and kicking everyone out. He is also the only full-time staff member (other than the security guard) working the misery-stricken night hours in Butler.

That leads to the reason that the stacks close at 11 pm; the main concern is student safety, Ms. Mrkich said. She noted that Butler is a big building, and the stacks are large and can be isolated, especially at night. As there are only the security guard and the one staff member working at night, the administration does not want to take risks regarding student safety, even though there has been no particular incident. As for the 6th floor, which also closes at 11 pm, an additional concern is that the research reading rooms on the floor hold some very rare and expensive books. Given Butler’s current staffing situation, the administration prefers to have those materials in a controlled environment overnight; that’s why parts of the floor remain closed after 11 pm even during reading weeks and finals, when some rooms on the floor have extended late-night hours.

The simple solution seems to be to hire more overnight staff (Columbia does have a $10 billion endowment, after all), and the library is working on it. According to Ms. Mrkich, there is an ongoing semester-long project to assess Butler’s nighttime usage. It’s easy to know how many people simply enter the building because everyone swipes in upon entry, but since we don’t swipe out, it’s difficult to know how many people are in Butler at any given moment. They are gathering that data manually; the overnight staffer goes around the building and counts the number of people in each room at 2 am, 4 am, and 6 am every night. This data will help the administration to look more broadly at the building space overall to evaluate students’ needs and respond accordingly. They are indeed looking at whether they can have another person working overnight.

In short, the administration is aware of the students’ desire to have the stacks and some other study spaces open later at night. Their primary concern is student safety (and the security of the library’s collections as well), and they are looking at ways to address student needs without compromising precautions for safety.

Stacks via Bwog Archives

Nov

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No idea why this picture was in Bwog archives but here we are, a pair of handcuffs, symbolizing cuffing season

It’s cuffing season, and Deputy Editor Youngweon is back with her annoying tabloid-esque love-and-relationships articles. Here are the stages of getting cuffed in this city, a land barren of love, at this university full of emotionally unavailable sad people. 

  1. You arrive at Columbia, not yet having broken up with your high school sweetheart who is going to college in California. You shared an emotional and tearful farewell, where you promised to text each other every second of every waking moment, that you will see each other every possible break or long weekend, and that you will get married as soon as you both graduate.
  2. Some drunken nights later, these New Yorkers are looking real attractive.
  3. You go to some EC/frat parties and may or may not make out with someone and not tell your boo, depending on how (im)moral you are.
  4. But you receive news that your sweetheart cheated on you, so you kiss that ass adieu and start singling and mingling.
  5. Singling and mingling is….fun. Very fun. And goddamn, there are so many attractive people in this city.
  6. You become the anti-commitment archetype. You take pride in being the “emotionally unavailable” douche who doesn’t look back after a hookup, and you brag about ghosting people. You don’t text back. Or text first. And hey, live your best life! Don’t be an asshole, but you do you!
  7. Your friends who used to go on hoescapades with you start getting cuffed. You grow bitter and defiant. Relationship labels are a social construct! Sexual liberation is a necessary part of spiritual liberation! You are a free soul who won’t let the archaic conventions of typical relationships tie you down!
  8. Eventually, you may get too busy to hunt out a new hookup (or multiple) every weekend. You stop going to those hot, sweaty parties. Who has the energy to walk all the way to EC, anyway? You’re too tired to meet new people. Tinder sucks. Bumble has a BUSINESS feature now, what the fuck? It disillusions you and you delete both apps.
  9. Cuffing season rolls around. (Note: the time span between steps 6 and 8 may be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years, so a few cuffing seasons may have rolled around already. But another one comes, inevitably.) You meet someone (at 1020, a party, Tinder, a class, whatever) and hook up with them not once, not twice, not even three times, but more than that. All your friends are shocked. You are shocked, too.
  10. Congrats, you are cuffed! Everyone has different definitions of “being cuffed.” You might define “being cuffed” as hooking up more than twice, being exclusive, actually being in a serious relationship, or whatever else. It doesn’t matter what the objective definition of “being cuffed” is, as long as you’re cuffed according to your own standards.
  11. Then you’ll probably graduate from college, move across the country, break up, and repeat this cycle. I’m not sure how that works because I haven’t gotten there yet, but if any alums want to weigh in on this, please do!

Happy cuffing season!

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Nov

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Hello Pret! We look forward to welcoming you soon too!

Rumors about Pret opening near campus have been floating around for weeks, but it’s finally official now. A Pret sign was hung up on the empty store window next to Shake Shack, confirming their arrival in the near future. This would be the newest in a series of similar made-to-order fast food restaurant chains that have been coming to MoHi recently, including Shake Shack and Panda Express (opening soon!).

Hopefully, this trend of new eateries coming near campus will continue. There are a lot of empty storefronts in MoHi (like Spirit Halloween’s empty space and the pile of trash in front of it) and it’s quite depressing, not to mention more new food options would be welcome additions to the Ferris-halal-Digg Inn-HamDel routine. We’re certainly looking forward to skipping the Sweetgreens line to get a sandwich from Pret.

Pret is here via Amara Banks

Nov

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This picture has nothing to do with the post. It’s just a picture of Finn’s roommate’s beautiful cat to make your day brighter.

Deputy Editor Youngweon Lee pens an ode to the Columbia Sadgirl.

This post is for you, you Birkenstock-and-vintage-mom-jeans-wearing, sleep-deprived, disillusioned, Sappho-loving, probably-pseudo-literary Columbia Sadgirl.

It’s a shoutout to every girl at Columbia who is Sad, with a capital S. Who identifies herself as a Sadgirl in whatever shape or form.

It doesn’t matter how Sad you are, whether you are Sad for the few seconds it takes you to read this shitpost or chronically Sad, or how superficially or deeply Sad you are. No matter how violently Sad or serenely Sad. It’s an all-inclusive lifestyle.

You might even be Sad for the aesthetic. It’s okay. Bwog loves you. Relish the melancholy. Make art out of it or something, if you want. Drink a cup of tea with lots of milk and sugar. Take a Polaroid selfie.

Take a trip downtown tonight, and listen to New York by St. Vincent on 1st Avenue. Kiss a stranger at a bar. That’s Sadgirl Culture. Or don’t, if you don’t want. Stay in bed, if you prefer. Have some brie and crackers with a bottle of Stella cider. That’s also Sadgirl Culture. It’s Friday night. Take a break, inhale, exhale. Be Sad, but not like bad Sad. Just a lil blue. Blue is a good color to be.

And remember: you are beautiful, you are loved.

Here is a Sappho fragment for you:

οὐ γὰρ θέμις ἐν μοισοπόλων δόμωι
θρῆνον ἔμμεν᾽ <…> οὔ κ’ ἄμμι πρέποι τάδε

(translation by Anne Carson):

For it is not fitting in a house of the muses that there be lament

this would not become us

kitty kitty via Finn Klauber

Nov

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Oh, the humanity!

This is a guide on how to not be an asshole in Ferris, because too many people simply don’t know how to carry themselves in a way that isn’t a giant inconvenience to everyone around them.

Apologies if this post comes off as patronizing. If this is advice you need to heed, you can’t complain. If you’re not a Ferris asshole, this post isn’t meant for you, and you can whine with us about people who need this advice in the comments. If you are physically or otherwise unable to do some things listed below (like walking quickly), this doesn’t apply to you. We are specifically talking about people who don’t have proper etiquette out of ignorance or selfishness.

How to not be an asshole after the jump

Nov

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Let the kids study!!

A new phenomenon has been occurring since approximately last April; late-night studiers are being kicked out of the stacks after 11pm. It’s true that the stacks technically close at that time, but before we posted the article about what to do if someone is having sex in the stacks on the book you need at 3am, people who were in there studying before the doors locked could usually stay in there for as long as they wished. Public safety didn’t patrol the stacks, kicking people out, but that’s what’s been happening recently.

The previous salutary neglect in the late-night stacks should make a comeback. It’s one thing if people are hiding out in the stacks vandalizing books or doing whatever other bad things you could possibly do in Butler stacks, but the late-night stack dwellers are just miserable students overloaded with work, trying to avoid human contact and sunlight. Depending on one’s study habits, the stacks, as depressing as it is as a space, can be an ideal study location if one intends to stay there for a long time.

When one goes to Butler in the afternoon, with the sun shining high and bright, rooms like 209, Ref, the 4th and 6th floors, etc. show the progression of the sun setting and, depending on how bad your night is, rising. This explicit demonstration of the passage of time is too reminiscent of how our lives are wasting away with essays and problem sets and finance sell-out jobs that will mean nothing when we all die and our bodies and souls eventually disintegrate. In the stacks, however, where the sun don’t shine, the atmosphere might be depressing, musty, even a bit sterile (of happiness, not germs), but at least one is not constantly reminded of passing time and the ephemeral nature of our lives and the fact that none of this really matters.

I kid. (Not really.) But seriously, if students are peacefully studying in the stacks past 11pm, not burning down the place or something, I don’t see why they should be kicked out. Bring back salutary neglect, I say! The only good reason to kick people out of the stacks at night is if they are having sex on the book I need. I still maintain that stacks sex is sacrilegious.

Stacks via Bwog Archives

Oct

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Was your last lox spread bagel garnished with fly poop? Do you really care?

Absolute Bagels was shut down by the Department of Health this past Thursday for an array of sanitary violations, according to West Side Rag. A worker said that they are planning to reopen on Tuesday and that the exterminator is there, but the Department of Health will ultimately decide. Here is the list of violations:

  1. Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
  2. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
  3. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
  4. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  5. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

Absolute Bagels was previously shut down for a few days in 2013 for a longer list of sanitary violations.

Absolute Bagels via Bwog Archives

Oct

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Commas and periods always go inside double quotation marks in American English except in the case of a parenthetical citation. Columbia University is in the United States of America. But what is this? A comma outside of a quotation mark?

Shall we take another look? 

You can find this here. Even though I linked four different sources saying that commas and periods always go inside quotation marks, I’m doubting myself more and more as I keep looking at this. Am I just wrong? Is this post complete bogus? Is this more fake news by Bwog? Is this because we don’t have copy editors?

Here’s a more zoomed-out view of the page. Am I just sleep-deprived? Do I even know how punctuation works? After all, I’m just a foreigner. An international student. I’m from from Seoul, South Korea. English isn’t even my first language. What do I know?

Columbia Core via Youngweon Lee

Oct

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lettuce what?

If you are standing by the blackboard, you’re drunk.

Disclaimer: this is completely made up. It probably makes no sense.

  1. Front table: You enjoy watching darts. You like breathing space. Maybe you want to look out the window. You don’t want to swim through 200 people for a smoking break outside.
  2. Booths: You have about four friends. These four friends bring their friends and surprise now there are fifteen people in a booth meant for four people. Some people are sitting on the table. Some people are hiding under the table. There is beer everywhere. It is a disaster.
  3. Bar: You like to order drinks. You might be an Old Person. You’re here alone, or maybe with one more person. You might have been here since happy hour. What are you doing? It’s okay. That’s life. Order another beer, it’s okay.
  4. Inner corner of the bar by the pool table: You’re definitely older than 90% of the people in this bar.
  5. Pool table: You couldn’t find seats. You don’t like being constrained in a booth, because if you sit in a booth, eight people will pile on top of you. You might be in line for the bathroom. You might have already pissed your pants. Who cares? It’s 1020. No one’s judging you. If you pee on the pool table, everyone will just think it’s beer. It’s okay.
  6. Little bench by the pool table: You couldn’t find seats. This isn’t a permanent seat. Maybe you are feeling a little emotionally unstable and need a hug.
  7. Back couch table: You always wanted to sit in the back seat of the school bus with the cool kids but couldn’t and now you’re making up for it by sitting at the back table at 1020. Or you just like to be comfortable when you drink your $4 PBR.
  8. Standing around: You couldn’t find seats. You’re probably not staying too long. You’re dipping in and dipping out. Or you’re just on the prowl for seats. This doesn’t say much about you. I don’t know why I included this.

1020 blackboard via Bwog Archives

Oct

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These sweaters are warm and fuzzy, unlike flakes. (It’s the Facebook group’s cover photo.)

Everyone at this school is busy. Everyone’s time is valuable. Some people, however, seem to think their time is more valuable than others’. There is a specific group of people who seem to tend to do this a lot; people who flake on purchases on Buy Sell Trade at Barnard.

Picture this: you’re selling a pair of jeans. The thing about jeans is that their fits are often tricky, and you can’t just go by the size; you often have to try them on before you buy them. Which means you have to meet up with the buyer in a private place like your room, or someplace that has a restroom. It’s an entire process. You have to set up a time, and if you need to sign the buyer into your dorm, you have to come all the way to the lobby of your building, etc. And since everyone at this school is busy, setting up a good time to meet is often difficult.

So then somehow, you manage to find a half-hour pocket of time during which both you and the buyer are free. The buyer agrees to meet you in your dorm at 6pm. Perfect, because you have a meeting at 7pm. Even if she is 10-15 minutes late (which in my opinion is the maximum amount of socially acceptable tardiness) you will have ample time. She tells you at 5:55pm that her astronomy lab finishes at 6pm in Pupin, and you live in 110. Great, so it’s going to take her like 20 minutes to get here. She could have just asked to meet at 6:30pm, but that’s fine, you suppose, slightly cranky now.

What next?

Oct

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Grass rolls!

Rolls of what seems to be grass were spotted outside of the patch of dirt that we once called South Lawn. The project is projected to be completed today. A special shoutout to Facilities for reaching out to us; we love you! The students shan’t revolt.

*soft, sustained, stressed, depressed, mildly excited screams*

MoHi farmscape via Youngweon Lee

Oct

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Ricky Wolff CC ’17 (i.e. he graduated last spring), last seen in front of Carman Hall. He was meant to spend 12 hours at Hungarian Pastry Shop and write a Bwog article about it but never did.

We’ve all seen those alums who hang around campus despite the fact that they literally fucking graduated. We’ve had those semi-awkward conversations: “Hey! Good to see you! Didn’t you graduate, though…?” “Yeah! I’m still here though! Haha!” Bwog investigated: why do alums hang around after literally graduating? 

One might be inclined to think that once we graduate and escape the stressful gaze of beloved Alma Mater, we would never want to come back to this little stressful nook in Morningside Heights. Apparently, that is not the case. Every alum standing in line at 1020 after they receive their $280k diploma, eating yet another Hungarian pastry, or smoking the millionth cigarette in front of Butler has a different reason for sticking around, and we gathered a few of these stories by awkwardly confronting alumni that we thought we’d never see again. (People who decided to go to more school at Columbia in the form of grad school of some sort don’t count. They’re obviously still here because they’re too smart and too crazy.)

So literally why the fuck are these people still here?

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