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“This next one’s called Wonderwall”

Happening Around The World: US-backed militants declared total victory over the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The pronouncement was made in the same dusty soccer stadium where the ISIS militants made their last stand earlier this week. (CNN)

Happening In The US: Famed white supremacist Richard Spencer (read his profile in the Atlantic here) spoke at the University of Florida yesterday enticing many protests, including a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the black national anthem, on the school’s bell tower. (CNN)

Happening In NYC: The Westin New York hotel in Times Square is preparing a return of its $1,000 bagel, previously available for a limited time in 2007. The bagel will feature white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and golden leaf flakes and is only a tad more expensive than the average Nussbaum schmear. (Pix11)

Happening At Columbia: As today’s date is, in fact, 10/20, Notes and Keys are holding their Midsemester Concert called “ThrowNAK: The (10)20’s” which is themed around “celebrating flappers, women’s suffrage, and our favorite local speakeasy, 1020!” Is it too much to hope for a surprise appearance by Lin-Manuel?

Overheard: “Wait, if we’re just gonna be prostitutes, why do we have to go to law school?”

Bop of the Day: Digital Witness by St. Vincent

Oct

13

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6-10 pm, Low steps. See you there!

Columbia’s Chinese Students Club (CSC) will be bringing their annual Fall Festival event to Low Plaza tonight, transforming the steps into an East Asian Night Market with two tents, hundreds of lights, several club groups, and performances by select groups! Be sure to pie your favorite RAs, eat some free food, and engage with the 40+ clubs that will have tables at the event. Admission is free, so be sure to get there while it’s still going on between 6 and 10 pm!

Oct

13

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Watch out, he’s already tasted human blood… and he likes it.

Happening Around The World: Authorities in Australia are hunting for a crocodile which may have killed and eaten a 79-year old grandmother. Can I major in crocodile hunting here? (Newsweek)

Happening In The US: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has announced that she will not run for governor in the state and remain as a Senator, in a time where her moderate decisions have stopped major Republican legislation from passing. (New York Times)

Happening In NYC: Austin Rogers, the Harlem bartender with a killer Jeopardy! streak who I wrote about in last Friday’s Bwoglines has lost to a homemaker from Tennessee. He won over $400,000 over 13 nights, which is just about enough for tuition (*wink*). (New York Times)

Happening At Columbia: Happening on College Walk today from 1-4 pm is the pep rally! Swing by for free t-shirts, desserts, and performances by the Marching Band, Kingsmen, and Uptown Vocal. See you there!

Overseen: The doors on the subway closed just as a woman approached, but she gave a stare of death to the conductor and the doors opened back up again. Iconic.

Bop of the Day: Don’t Take The Money by Bleachers

Announcement: In solidarity with Rose McGowan and other women from around the world, Bwog will be boycotting Twitter today to protest women’s voices being silenced.

Oct

10

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Update, 4:23 pm: Executive Vice President for Student Life Suzanne Goldberg released a statement via email to the Columbia community outlining that the University must, as a matter of learning and teaching, host speakers “whose views conflict so directly with our institutional values.” The full text is available beneath the jump.

Tonight at 8 pm in the Roone Arledge Cinema, Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, better known by his pseudonym Tommy Robinson, will address the Columbia University College Republicans about “Europe and mass immigration,” according to CUCR’s Facebook event.

This event is one of four planned speaker events for October; other invited speakers include Herman Cain, Mike Cernovich, and a panel of undisclosed individuals. The speakers plan to discuss topics such as “the disasters of ObamaCare and the American Dream” and “the rise of the new media.”

Several student activist groups have already shown an interest in resisting these speakers. For instance, Heven Haile, CC ‘21, previously helped organize a group of students from the class to write a statement in response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that occurred earlier this summer. Now, in response to Tommy Robinson’s planned speech, Haile and other members of the class have met several times in order to coordinate protests against his Islamophobic values.

You can read more about tonight’s protests after the jump, as well as Suzanne Goldberg’s statement:

Oct

6

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Picasso, who?

I know you already know who I am, but just in case you’ve been under a wifi-insulating rock since yesterday at 1:47 am, let me catch you up to speed. I posted this meme to buy/sell last night and from there, my entire life changed.

I got to my 8:40 a minute before class started but my new fans saved a seat in the front row, just for me. Some kid walked up a few moments after and looked upset, but he was probably just jealous and I know better than pay attention to the haters. When my professor asked us to work in groups, my groupmates did all the work without even asking me to help, probably because they know that statistics stifles my creative process. People are so considerate when you actually matter.

At Ferris for lunch, there was a long line for everyone else, but no one batted an eyelash when I strode to the front of the line and walked right in. The least they could do to repay me for my contributions to the arts is throw me some free eggs once in a while. I even heard some people muttering about me as I walked through the lines. Good things, I’m sure.

See how the rest of my day went…

Oct

6

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C’mon… tell me you don’t see the resemblance!

I have a few uncommon opinions that I hold very strongly. Like the fact that the day should start at 6:00 AM instead of 12:00 AM (it makes so much more sense to have 12 hours of daylight followed by 12 hours of night). Or that Arial should be outlawed in favor of Helvetica supremacy. However, there’s one opinion that I could rant about for hours if given the chance: group chats are a terrible way to make plans as a group.

There’s one essential truth in this world: the absolute minimum number of days before the event you need to notify the parties you want to attend is approximately equal to the number of people you plan to accommodate. Simple, right? If you want to go out to the movies with two friends on Friday, let them know to clear out their schedule on Wednesday. If you’re hosting a party for thirty people, let them all know a month in advance.

However, all this relies on the assumption of a single planner, and things are complicated immensely by the presence of a group chat. It’s happened to the tightest of squads; one minute someone texts “yo what are we doing tn,” someone has an idea, someone has plans and proposes an alternate time, someone can’t make the alternate time, someone proposes some abstract date in the future (“maybe next week?”) and everyone sits at home watching old episodes of The Good Place.

Don’t worry: I have answers.

Oct

6

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Is it worth starting Silicon Valley at this point? I feel so behind.

Happening Around The World: Over a three-month amnesty period, Australians handed in a total of 51,000 illegal firearms to the government, representing about a fifth of illegal firearms. Gun control activists in the US often point to Australia for their government’s response to a 1996 mass shooting, which included bans on assault weapons and strict background checks. (Reuters)

Happening In The US: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued tough new restrictions on the payday loan industry, which loans out money to low-income workers short-term, with some loans having up to 300% interest. There are now more payday loan stores in the US than McDonalds. (New York Times)

Happening In NYC: A NYC Bartender has been charming the nation and slamming the competition on Jeopardy! this week. Austin Tyler Rogers has amassed over $300,000 on his eight-day winning streak, and he still hasn’t lost. Good luck tonight! (Gothamist)

Happening At Columbia: The Ferris Reel Film Society is hosting a free screening of The Big Sick tonight, a comedy about the real-life courtship of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. It got 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I’m 98% sure I’m going!

Bop Of The Day: Heavy by Oh Wonder

Sep

29

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Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry

New Bwogger and live music aficionado Zack Abrams attended the Miller Theatre last night for the show ‘Bach + Glass: Opening Night’ featuring pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry who performed music by J.S. Bach and Philip Glass.

Last night, I jumped at the opportunity to cover the latest show from the Miller Theatre for Bwog. Entitled Bach + Glass, the show brought together two radically different composers with a peculiar chamber orchestra and a fantastic soloist.

The theater itself is warm and inviting. The small size means there are no bad seats in the house and no visible microphones or large amplifiers were necessary in order to hear each and every instrument perfectly. When I sat down, a concert grand piano sat patiently in the rear, while several music stands and only 3 chairs took up the front of the stage. The lights dimmed as the Executive Director of the theater, Melissa Smey, excitedly introduced the show.

The reason for the absence of many chairs was soon apparent; A Far Cry, the accomplished chamber orchestra which performed the first two pieces and accompanied guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein on the latter two, had no conductor, and every musician except the cellists stood for the duration of the performance. For each piece, the Boston-based group elects five musicians to jointly perform the role of the conductor, guiding the interpretation and execution of each piece. During the performances, the impeccably timed musicians communicated with swift glances back and forth and a shared musical language. I learned later that they have collaborated with several of my favorite artists in the classical genre, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jake Shimabukuro, and Roomful of Teeth.

Hear about the full program after the jump

Sep

29

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Anna Pei and Coco, who you can follow on Insta: @cocoatcolumbia

You’ve seen them happily playing with their owners around campus. You’ve wondered how to approach them while hurrying to make your 4:10. Now, Bwog presents the definitive guide to catching the attention of the coolest canines on campus (and their owners too, I guess).

  1. Make sure to walk around campus during peak activity hours, especially on sunny days. I usually find the hours from 10 to 2 to have good four-footed traffic, though if you’re into athletic types you can try the early morning joggers.
  2. Practice your barking and sniffing. Know the difference between “Hi! Can we play?” and “Your butt smells bad.” (I know it’s elementary stuff, but it bears repeating.)
  3. Carry a bag of dog treats around with you to discreetly attract the dog. Don’t forget to reassure the owner that they’re definitely not roofies and you just need to de-stress after reading 18 Odyssey chapters all in one sitting.
  4. Get a Barkr account so you can start swiping right on all the dogs you want to meet up with for puppucinos. If you ever swipe left, please stop reading this article and go think about your life choices.
  5. Talk to the owner and ask. If they deny a petting opportunity, invoke your Twenty-Eighth Amendment Right to free dog access. It’ll be ratified any day now…
  6. Be sure to bring your resume with dog walking experience, solid contacts, and the number of languages in which you can say “Good boy/girl!”
  7. Be prepared for tough interview questions, such as “Who are you and why are you holding my dog?” and “Hey, STOP RUNNING!”
  8. After you meet up, be sure to send a beautiful letter within 24 hours thanking them for the experience and communicating your enthusiasm for the encounter. Best to leave a lasting impression!

Sep

29

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Satellite image of Hurricane Maria as it makes landfall in Puerto Rico.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 storm, made landfall on Puerto Rico. Maria caused extensive damage and flooding, rendering the entire national electrical grid powerless. Today, Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, in conjunction with Columbia University Libraries, is launching a Mapathon for Hurricane Relief from 2-5 pm in Studio@Butler 208B. Bring your laptop and RSVP to agil@columbia.edu. Hope to see you there!

Sep

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This tweet aged like fine… milk

Happening Around The World: A planned referendum for independence in Catalonia, one of 17 autonomous provinces of Spain, is escalating into a constitutional crisis as the national government in Madrid tries radical measures to stop the vote from going forward. (New York Times)

Happening In The US: Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, used military aircraft for multi-national trips at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers. Overall, his use of private flights domestically and abroad has racked up over a million dollars in fees. (Politico)

Happening In NYC: Beyonce Knowles-Carter and her husband Shawn have sold their condo in Midtown for nearly $10M. I guess Rumi needs something a bit more roomy, though they are hanging on to their Tribeca property for now. (Curbed)

Happening At Columbia: Worried about the rise of populism in the United States? Join Professor Partha Chatterjee for his talk “Two Variants of Populist Politics: United States and India” at 2:30 in Lerner Hall room 569. See you there!

Overseen: A friend of a friend saw a woman masturbating in public outside Ferris on Wednesday. Yeah.

Bop Of The Day: Sober by Lorde

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