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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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Nussbaum & Wu has been closed again for a few days for unknown reasons. It doesn’t seem to be permanently closed, but the storefront’s sign does not indicate why they are closed or when they will reopen. They also only took cash for a few days before closing, and the tables outside are gone.

According to the website of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Nussbaum scored 34 points in its most recent health inspection on May 1. For some perspective, 28 points or above is the threshold for the dreaded C grade. A restaurant needs 13 points or below for an A grade, and between 14 and 27 for a B. Though this does not necessarily explain the closure, since the inspection was almost two months ago, it is definitely something to keep in mind.

Grade pending card

The Department of Health’s guide to its scoring system explains that if a restaurant receives a B or C grade, it will receive a grade card and a grade pending card, and it can post either until its case is heard at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Health Tribunal. Nussbaum currently displays the grade pending card.

Nussbaum had maintained an A grade for the majority of recent memory until it was shut down last March for animal droppings in its basement. According to the Department of Health’s website, the inspection on March 20th was an ungraded inspection; such inspections “evaluate a restaurant’s compliance with laws such as the Smoke-Free Air Act and others not directly related to food safety.” Initial inspections that score 14 points or higher are also scored but not graded. Nussbaum earned 35 violation points in that inspection, and five points in another ungraded follow-up inspection three days later.

Before the most recent inspection in May, Nussbaum’s last graded inspection was in September 2017, where they earned 13 points, the maximum number of points that a restaurant can get and still receive an A grade.

Update June 25, 11:54 am: A sign was posted to the storefront earlier today, saying that Nussbaum & Wu has closed its doors, and that the owner “has failed the community of Columbia University and all his vendors.” The sign, which has since been taken down, also listed a phone number for said owner. The name posted on the sign was not Harry Nussbaum or George Wu, the co-founders of Nussbaum & Wu.

One anonymous local noticed that the eatery’s owner disappeared last Sunday (June 17). He told Senior Staffer Levi Cohen that the owner didn’t come very often to begin with, but that he actually vanished last Sunday. Supply vendors apparently kept making deliveries, and he said that it seemed like they didn’t know that the place was closed.

Another worker at a nearby business said to Levi that Nussbaum closed around last Monday or Tuesday (June 18 or 19), and there were a lot of people in line to get in, but it seemed like Nussbaum’s manager was giving out the workers’ last checks before closing the business for good. Though none of this information is directly from Nussbaum & Wu, and it is still not entirely clear what is happening, the evidence seems to point to the tragic conclusion that Nussbaum is gone for good.

There is currently no one inside of Nussbaum & Wu, only the derelict remains of bagels past and leftover cookies sitting forlornly in glass jars. The black, metal tables, once so coveted by MoHi residents, stand upside down, no longer serving their purpose. The once-yellow, unnaturally warm lights are off, and shining rays of sunlight illuminate the odd bike and some leftover boxes that remain as a reminder of better days.

Update June 26 9:17 pm: It looks like Nussbaum is closed for good. A notice from Con Edison saying that the gas and electricity will be cut off unless further action is taken was found on the storefront today. RIP Nussbaum & Wu, 1998-2018.

Nussbaum woes via Sarah Kinney, Zoe Sottile, and Levi Cohen, mysterious sign and Con Edison via Alyssa Gengos



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We found this pic of Tom’s outdoor seating from God knows when

This is not a drill. Tom’s Diner takes cards now. We are not kidding. Betsy’s friend is paying with a debit card right now. Idris has been paying with card since a few weeks ago. First Koronet’s, and now Tom’s. Will Hungarian be next?

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Classical Whines is back for whines about the classics and a wine rec. This time, it’s about Ovid’s Metamorphoses; a work that was once on the LitHum syllabus but has since been eviscerated from the Core. As a disclaimer, we are aware that LitHum syllabi may differ slightly between sections, but for our intents and purposes, this article will discuss the standard syllabus from the Core website. Also, Bwog does not endorse underage drinking; the wine recommendation is only for readers who are of legal drinking age.

Dr. Lake, who was my Latin teacher in high school, once said that Ovid’s Metamorphoses is the second most influential piece of literature for western art, after the Bible. I haven’t taken Art Hum yet, so I can’t vouch for this myself, but Dr. Lake said it, so it must be true. But you don’t even need to take Art Hum to see the range of influence that Ovid had on western art. If you’ve ever seen any of the paintings in the gallery below, you have Ovid to thank for the inspiration. (Botticelli’s Birth of Venus isn’t a story that is actually in the Metamorphoses, but this article from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence cites the work as an inspiration for the theme.)

Why is the Metamorphoses so important?



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A late night diary entry. A stream of consciousness musing at 5 am. 

Dear Bwog,

It’s been another long week and a short weekend. Saturday’s gone, and Sunday’s sunrise is near us. I meant to go to bed a lot earlier tonight, but that didn’t happen. I slept 14 hours last Saturday; I wish I could do that every week. I physically can’t keep up with that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” attitude, because I’m not functional without 8 full hours of sleep and a cup of coffee. My class schedule will be more lax next semester, though, so hopefully, I’ll get more sleep. Even 10:10 classes are too early for me, honestly. I wish I could be a morning person but I’m so much more productive and alert at night. Is that so wrong? Why does our society covet morning people so much? What about us night owls?

I was at 1020 earlier, as expected. I saw a lot of friends, some enemies, people I wanted to see, and people I didn’t want to see. Typical of 1020, you know. The person I most wanted to see wasn’t there, though. It’s okay, I still had fun. Before that, I was at a random EC party that Idris brought me to. I haven’t gone to one of those in a while, and I forgot how stuffy and smelly they get. I didn’t enjoy it much at all. We left almost immediately after we entered, even though we walked many blocks to get there.

More after the jump yadi yada



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Bwog’s resident housing expert/complainer Youngweon explains why she thinks Woodbridge was chosen so quickly during the housing lottery this year.

According to our housing coverage liveblog from this year, the cutoff for Woodbridge this year was 20/911. In other words, all Woodbridge suites, even the low-demand ones, were completely gone by the first week of housing selection. This is the fastest that Woodbridge has been snatched up for as far as our records go (2014). Here is the cutoff history for Woodbridge (all of Woodbridge, so these numbers are for low-demand suites) for the last few years:

2017-2018: 20/2820 (First year of standardized upperclassmen housing prices)

2016-2017: 20/2507

2015-2016: 20/1607

A worried 20/807

2014-2015: 20/2198

Never in recent memory has Woodbridge had a cutoff of lower than 20/mid-1000s. Last year, when upperclassmen housing prices were standardized, the cutoff was 20/2820, meaning that any junior duo who wanted a Woodbridge suite probably got it. Even in the years before, if you were a junior duo with a lottery number any less shitty than mine (20/2868), you could get it. This year, however, even juniors with lottery numbers in the 800s were worried, and rightly so, with the low-demand cutoff turning out to be 20/911.

So, why did this happen?



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Thanks to that torrential downpour earlier this morning, some stations may be flooded, like 145th St. We hope your commute is safe. 

1: Downtown (South Ferry-bound) 1 trains are skipping all stops between 86th and 50th at night from 9:45 pm to 5 am, Monday through Friday.

2: No planned services changes this week.

3: There will be 3 trains only between 148th and 34th at night from 11:45 pm to 5 am, Monday through Friday.

A: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A trains are skipping all stops between 116th and 72nd from 10 pm to 5 am Monday through Friday.

B: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. B train service will end early at 9 pm from Monday to Thursday.

C: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C trains will skip every stop from 116th to 72nd in the evenings between 9:45 pm to 10:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.

D: No planned service changes around MoHi this week.

Subway via Bwog Archives



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A common subject of complaint among Columbia students is the Advising Center (along with CPS, housing, dining, and everything else at this school, apparently). I personally cannot relate, because my advisor is great, but for those of you who are not as fortunate, we found out how you can switch advisors.

There is no big, complicated process. All you have to do is make an appointment to speak with Andrew Plaa, Dean of Advising, and either ask for a certain advisor if you have one in mind, or tell him about your concerns with your current advisor and he’ll find you a new one. You can make the appointment via the advising portal as you would when you’re scheduling any other advising appointment. His email address is You’re welcome!

Good gradez via Bwog archives



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

The weekend is here and brought some warmth and sun with it! How will the MTA ruin your good mood this weekend? Let’s find out! 

1: No planned service changes this weekend.

2: No planned service changes around MoHi this weekend.

3: No planned service changes this weekend.

Note: I must point out that the downtown 2 and 3 are FINALLY running express to Times Square through the weekend. This hasn’t been the case for as long as I can remember. In addition, it seems like they will also be stopping at Fulton Street, which isn’t near MoHi by any means but it’s still pretty huge if you’re trying to go to Brooklyn and do a transfer to the ABC or JMZ.

A: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A trains will skip every stop between 116th and 72nd at night from 10 pm to 5 am from Friday to Monday.

B: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Service will end early at 9 pm tonight (Friday night).

C: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C trains will skip every stop between 116th and 72nd on Friday evening from 9:45 pm to 10:30 pm.

D: No planned service changes around MoHi this weekend.

2 and 3 are back from war via Bwog Archives



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The election results are out for CCSC and ESC Executive Boards, At-Large Representatives, University Senators, and 2019, 2020, 2021 Class Councils.


  • Senate: Danielle Resheff, Toqa Badran, Alfredo Dominguez
  • Executive Board:
    • President: Jordan Singer (CU Roar)
    • VP of Policy: Elise Fuller (CU Roar)
    • VP of Finance: Adam Resheff (CU Roar)
    • VP of Communications: Isabelle Lajara (CU Roar)
    • VP of Campus Life: Sim Mander (CU Roar)
  • At-Large Representatives:
    • Academic Affairs: Zachary Kimmel
    • Alumni Affairs: Joyce Tan
    • Disability Services: Aaron Liberman
    • Financial Security and First Generation: Luke Aron Ebora
    • Gender and Sexuality: Sabina Jones
    • International Students: Nikola Danev
    • Pre-Professional: Stephen Cushner
    • Race and Ethnicity: Heven Haile
    • Student Services: Monique Harmon, Henry Feldman
  • Class Councils:
    • 2019: Mina Mahmood (President), David Kaminsky (VP), Tarek Deida (Rep), George Jiang (Rep), Elisa Kong (Rep)
    • 2020: James Ritchie (President), Kai Feliciano (VP), Madison Harden (Rep), Ben Kaplan (Rep), Patricia Granda (Rep)
    • 2021: Prem Thakkar (President), Skye Bork (VP), Aja Johnson (Rep), Sarah Radway (Rep), Ramsay Eyre (Rep)
  • Columbia College Referendum – “Columbia should commit to 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality (net zero carbon emissions) by 2030.”
    • Yes


  • Senate: Zoha Qamar
  • Executive Board:
    • President: Ria Garg (FUll House)
    • VP of Policy: Adekunle Balogun (FUll House)
    • VP of Finance: Anya Di Salvo (FUll House)
    • VP of Communications: Asher Goldfinger (FUll House)
    • VP of Campus Life: Richa Gode (FUll House)
  • At-Large Representatives:
    • Academic Affairs: James Wu
    • Campus Affairs: Jordynn Lurie
    • Combined Plan 3-2: Tracy Paltoo
    • Professional Development and Alumni Affairs: Dean Kieserman
    • First Generation and Low Income: Jennifer Martinez
    • International Students: Katherine Liu
    • Sustainability: Amar Bhardwaj
    • Student Groups: Sambhav Jain
    • Technology: Tanmay Chopra
  • Class Councils:
    • 2019: Izzet Kebudi (President), Camila Solis-Camara (VP), Shivani Dharmadhikary (Rep), Steven Hyland (Rep)
    • 2020: Joanna Paik (President), Abhishek Chakraborty (VP), Marisa Ngbemeneh (Rep), Ayesha Chhugani (Rep)
    • 2021: Alina Ying (President), Adheli Gonzales (VP), Nicolas Acosta (Rep), Joe Hier (Rep)

Campaign desperation via Bwog Archives



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Social Media Editor Youngweon Lee, lottery number 20/2868, rants about housing.

Why does housing have to be so hard? Every step of the process of attaining a place to live on this campus is so damn complicated. First, you have to form a housing group, during which you will lose all your friends and realize that you never had any real friends to begin with. If you’re in a group by yourself, you’ll be secluded in Broadway or something, probably. Then, your housing group analyzes the list of dorms available to your averaged point number based on the number of people in your group and pray for a decent lottery number. Then, this happens:




…and all your plans are blasted out the window.

So then you regroup (figuratively, not literally). You’re a group of two with a point value of 20, trying to live in Woodbridge. The cutoff for last year was 20/2820; you have hope. You line up a few backup options: Watt, Symposium, that one brownstone on 115th, Nussbaum, River, Harmony. You discuss whether you really want a true double. You pray that fewer people will want Woodbridge this year.

Will the protagonist of our tragedy get a Woodbridge suite? Find out after the jump

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