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Special snow day for some Ivy League special snowflakes.

What’s Happening In The World: Cambridge Analytica, the company currently under fire for its use of personal Facebook data in the 2016 U.S. election, is now facing criticism for their role in last year’s Kenyan presidential election. According to an undercover video broadcast by Channel 4 News in Britain, the company helped elect President Uhuru Kenyatta both in 2013 and 2017. (New York Times)

What’s Happening In The Country: The primary suspect in the recent Austin bombings killed himself early this morning by detonating an explosive device in his car as police closed in on him. Authorities warn residents of Austin that he may have left additional bombs around the city. (Washington Post)

What’s Happening In The City: Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura are speaking about their new film Isle of Dogs at 7 pm at the New School. Tickets are sold out, but maybe see if you can sneak in.

What’s Happening On Campus: Literally nothing. Sleep in, throw some snowballs, put off studying for your canceled midterm for yet another week.

Song Of The Day: Biking by Frank Ocean! Good sweet tune for a snowy day.

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A possible look at the upcoming GS Donuts Celebration.

For a brief change in pace, staff writer Zöe Sottile made her way to the Satow Room at 8:00 pm for General Studies Student Council. 

This week, GSSC’s main priorities were evaluating nominees for a few representative positions as well as the upcoming GS Gala. As someone who has previously covered ESC meetings, I was surprised by how many differences in how GSSC and ESC are run. GSSC felt significantly more relaxed – the meeting started twenty minutes after it nominally began, and there were many more members of the audience than at ESC.

Meet The Nominees

GSSC dedicated the first part of its meeting to hearing from the nominees for a couple student representative positions. Rachel Bartlett made her case for Veteran Representative. She’s a first-year in GS who has been in the Marine Corps for eight years and is passionate about community outreach and development.

Both Amy Faskus and Dan Burkhardt are nominees for GSSC’s new election commission. Since this is a new internal committee, it’s unclear what exactly the commission will look like and these nominees will likely have significant power to shape and guide the new elections process. Amy is a senior theater major who discussed her previous leadership experience in clubs. Dan is a senior studying information science who has facilitated the elections for MilVets for the past two years.

Finally, Irene Ku is a nominee for the new position of Dual-BA representative. Irene is in her final ear of the dual degree program with City University of Hong Kong. Her main concern is that dual-degree programs, who arrive as juniors, don’t feel like they get enough career development and information about job opportunities. She wants to host events with dual degree alumni to help alleviate this problem.

updates from GSSC after the jump



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Happening In The World: UNICEF released a report stating that a girl’s risk of marrying before the age of 18 has dropped by over a third in the last decade. The report attributed this progress to specific efforts made by India, where illegal child marriages are on the decline. (New York Times)

Happening In The US: The Justice Department, under the direction of Keebler elf Jeff Sessions, is suing the state of California over “sanctuary” laws that protect undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit alleges that three recent California laws obstruct enforcement of federal immigration law and damage public safety. (Washington Post)

Happening In NYC: A fucking snowstorm, that’s what. Also, Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame – and a Barnard alumna – is reportedly considering a run in the Democratic primary against Governor Cuomo. But mostly, snowstorm. (New York Daily News)

Happening On Campus: Electra, a collaboration between Columbia University HeForShe and King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe, is going up in Lerner Party Space. The show will run three times consecutively, starting at 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm. Take a break from midterms and go check it out; a minimum $5 donation is required that will go towards UN Women.

Tinder Pickup Line Of The Day: “what are your thoughts on red lobster”

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This came up when I googled “engineering”.

Ben Barton is now President! And Richa Gode, former 2019 Class President, was unanimously voted as interim VP of Student Life. Other than these organization shakeups, the rest of the meeting was pretty tame (read on below). Oh and the SEAS newsletter is back.


ESC has decided to change up the format of alumni coffee chats by having 3 alumni come in for 2 hours and splitting their time into 20 minute blocks so that students have better face time with them. The upcoming coffee chat is for ChemE majors. If you haven’t received an FB invite yet, do not fear, ESC is co-sponsoring a Free Food Expo in Furnald at 12 PM on Friday. Don’t go for Tom’s, but maybe stay for the other diverse options. Lerner Ramps are going under renovation and are currently scheduled for the end of April. Student groups will not lose their access to space, but will be moved to the old computer room a floor up instead. The timeline for the renovation may change, so they may be renovated at the end of May and student groups will not have to be relocated. There is also some changes coming to the Securities and Facilities Fund that will be finalized and discussed by ESC and CCSC later.

on mental health after the jump



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I feel like Jared Kushner would be the worst kind of Columbia frat boy.

What’s Happening In The World: Experts in the United Nations have reported that North Korea has shipped supplies to Syria that could be used to produce chemical weapons. The danger of this exchange goes both ways – Syria gets chemical weapons, North Korea gets funding for their nuclear weapons. (New York Times)

What’s Happening In The US: According to current and former U.S. officials, foreign officials in at least four countries discussed ways to manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and also a spineless sack of mashed potatoes. Members of the White House have expressed concerns that he was “naive and being tricked.” Poor Kush. (Washington Post)

What’s Happening In NYC: Today is the last day to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for free! If you have a few hours to kill today, make the trek and check out some beautiful plants between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm.

What’s Happening On Campus: Visiting Scholar IAS and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Antwep Hannah Hoechner is giving a talk called “Islamic Education and the ‘Diaspora’: Religious Schooling for Senegalese Migrants’ Children.” Check it out in Knox Hall from 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm. 

Overheard: “Isn’t a leap year when there’s 28 days instead of 29?”

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Happening in the World: After yet another attack from Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, over 90 schoolgirls are missing from the northeastern state of Yobe, Nigeria. If confirmed, their abduction would be one of the largest since Boko Haram kidnapped over 270 schoolgirls in 2014. (Reuters International)

Happening in the U.S.: The Florida House of Representative convened on Tuesday to consider several issues. While they chose not to consider the bill banning the sale of assault weapons, they did successfully pass a bill declaring pornography a “public health risk”. Great priorities, Florida. (The Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: In news that is almost too good to be true, a food deliveryman named Bruce Lee got lost and ended up in Lincoln Tunnel during rush hour. Unfortunately, things didn’t reach a cinematic conclusion for this Bruce Lee: he was arrested for carrying a dagger. (New York Daily News)

Happening on Campus: Columbia University Amnesty International is hosting a screening of These Streets Are Watching, CopWatch’s seminal documentary on police brutality. Check it out in Hamilton 616 at 8 pm.

Tinder Pickup Line of the Day: “Im from Argentina im leaving tomorrow. Do you want to send nudes?”

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My date! Haha, do you get it? I’m single.

What’s Happening In The World: Controversial South African president Jacob Zuma has rejected calls to step down from his party, the African National Congress,  and is instead clinging to his position. Zuma has faced serious legal challenges over the course of his presidency, including being charged with rape, racketeering, and corruption. (Wall Street Journal)

What’s Happening In The US: The Trump Administration’s new budget proposed sweeping changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program largely known as “food stamps”. Under the new guidelines, however, rather than purchasing their own foods, the vast majority of participants would receive half their benefits in the form of a box of peanut butter, cereal, and other “shelf stable” goods. This proposal has been met with widespread disapproval, with many administration officials pointing out that it may be an outrageous distraction from other, more secretive cuts to food assistance programs. (New York Times).

What’s Happening In NYC: Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who built and planted a bomb that exploded in Chelsea in 2016, was sentenced yesterday to two life sentences in prison. The bombing injured dozens, though none were killed. (New York Times)

What’s Happening On Campus: The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center is hosting a “Love Your Heart” event up at the medical campus. Head uptown to get some free massages, reiki therapy, aerobic exercise, nutrition advice, crystal healing, or PET THERAPY. Check it out.

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Valentine’s Day is but a mere five days away, and Bwog is here to help you find your new special someone, your cuddle buddy, your partner in crime, someone you can love as much as PrezBo loves, well, PrezBo. 

Do you spend every Monday night from eight to ten tuning in to ABC’s Bachelor and wishing that you had the opportunity to woo an Arie Luyendyk type of your own? Do you wish you had someone to play footsie with under your favorite table in Butler? Do you just want to prove to your parents that you’re not gonna be single forever? If so, Bwog can help. Personals are due tonight, so do us – and yourself – a favor and get them in as soon as possible.

Shoot us an email with your responses to these questions and a picture of yourself (perhaps your LinkedIn profile picture) by midnight tonight. You just might see yourself highlighted on this here website – and you just might find true love.

The Questions:

Name, Year, School, Major (grad students encouraged)
Preference (girl for girl, etc)
Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer
What redeems you as a human being?
Library room of choice
Beverage of choice
Which dating apps have you been active on? (be honest)
Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night?
Historical Hottie

Personals are due tonight, Friday, February 9th, to by 11:59 PM EST.

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Happening in the World: Sri Lanka, a nation whose political scheme has historically been dominated by men, recently announced a new quota stipulating that 25 percent of candidates in local elections be women. This marks an important turning point for the nation, where women currently hold only two percent of local gov


ernment posts, though they make up over 51 percent of registered voters. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: Apparently, a few months ago a woman attempted to board a Spirit Airlines flight from Baltimore to Florida with her emotional support dwarf hamster, Pebbles. When the airline denied her request, rather than head home, she headed to the airport bathroom and flushed Pebbles down the toilet. (Miami Herald)

Happening in New York: Mayor de Blasio recently announced that three banks have donated a total of $40 million to city programs that offer loans to minority and women-owned businesses. (New York Daily News)
Happening on Campus: If you’re a first-year trying to figure out summer plans swing by the John Jay lounge from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; the Center for Career Education is holding a session on summer planning for first-years.

Tinder Pickup Line of the Day: “Snap me if you wanna see something hot haha”

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Fingers crossed this fucker doesn’t see his shadow.

Happening in the World: Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is running for reelection essentially unopposed – his only opponent is one of his own supporters. Potential political rivals have been sidelined, jailed, or threatened with prosecution. President Trump has described el-Sisi as a “fantastic guy”. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: Speaking of the Trumpster: President Trump is anticipated to approve the release of the controversial congressional memo everyone’s been talking about. The memo claims that special counselor Robert Mueller’s initial probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election was influenced by a dossier underwritten by the Hillary Clinton campaign, thus biasing his investigation. Despite concerns from law enforcement and intelligence officials about confidential information included in the memo, House Republicans are likely to make its contents public on Friday. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Mayor / known marmot murderer Bill de Blasio is skipping the Staten Island Zoo’s Groundhog Day event for the second year in a row. In 2014, de Blasio dropped the groundhog – real name Charlotte – and she was found dead days later. Mayor Bloomberg, meanwhile, was repeatedly bitten by the groundhog. So maybe this change is for the best. (New York Daily News)

Happening on Campus: Battle of the Bands is happening tonight at 8 pm in Lerner Party Space. Seven student groups are competing to be the opener for this year’s Bacchanal.

Overheard: “Elon Musk and my father are good friends.”

Tinder Pickup Line of the Day: “Do you smoke pot? Because weed be cute together.”

Fun marmot pic via Max Pixel.



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Last night, Engineering Student Council reconvened for their first meeting of spring semester. Staff writer Zöe Sottile went and learned about various project updates as well as the changing elections process.

VP Policy Zoha Qamar
VP Qamar announced her new role as ESC representative for the Student Group Adjucation Hearing Panel, a panel with six members – CCSC, ESC, GSSC, IGB, ABC, and SGB. The panel deals with mostly financial violations, such as not filing paperwork or performer agreements – in the case of Bacchanal – on time. Hearings are on Friday afternoons, and while their content is confidential, the outcomes will be public. She explained that a similar board exists for Greek life groups, and announced a motion to vote for an alternative representative as well.

Election drama, just as important at ESC as in the USA.

She met with Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs Leora Brovman to discuss efforts to make study abroad more accessible to engineering students. The plans include creating flyers for each major that show where students have studied abroad and what courses they have taken. Moreover, Brovman is interested in updating the training for first-year advisers and updating the language in the study abroad bulletin.

While not much progress has been made towards dispensing emergency contraception on campus, VP Qamar did meet with the CCSC 2021 and 2020 representatives to discuss support for free tampons and pads. She’s creating a Google form for both individuals and clubs to pledge their support.

VP Student Life Ben Barton
VP Barton went over some of the upcoming events ESC is planning. On February 8th at 10 p.m., ESC is hosting Midnight in Mudd, which will be 1950’s-diner-themed and loving catered with breakfast food by JJ’s. Engineering Week is happening February 19th – 22nd, and will feature four different ESC events. Two of these are industry talks, and one is a student group showcase; the other is still in the works. He also mentioned that University Life monthly meetings will be on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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Artistic activism by women of color?? Sign me up

Last night, SisterSpit, “a night of storytelling and poetry” hosted by Barnard Student Life, kicked off the semester with powerful performances from students and guests alike. Staff Writer Zöe Sottile attended the event and wrote about her experience there.

As its contribution to MLK Legacy Week, Barnard Student Life hosted its third annual SisterSpit yesterday. Though unfortunately student MC Vanessa Chadehumbe was unable to make it, the other MC, Kidd Mathews, brought a rousing sense of energy and community to the event. Kidd described the night in Sulzberger Parlor as an “event for self-identified women to express themselves, to engage in artistic activism, to engage with the community, to be here and be present”.

The evening consisted of performances by six women of color, whose work considered issues of activism, equality, sexuality, and racial justice. Four students began the night with incredibly brave and personal narratives. Phanesia Pharel, BC ‘21, for instance, first read a poem about Haiti, her parents’ home country. She spoke eloquently about the insecurity of being trapped between two worlds, feeling like an outsider both in Haiti and America. She then recited two poems by Haitian poet Danielle Legros Georges: “Intersection” and “A Dominican Poem”, which both contemplate nationality and fragmented identity. She closed her portion of the night by reading one of her own poems about her mother, immigration, and the complex ways that we inherit experiences and identities.

Read about more student poetry, as well as two featured performers, below the jump.



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This Wednesday, Daniel Raimi, senior research associate at Resources for the Future, and lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, spoke for the launch of his new book, The Fracking Debate. The book, published by the Columbia University Press as part of their Center on Global Energy Policy Series, offers considers the complex impact of the shale revolution. Raimi spoke about several of the issues raised in his book and then engaged in a panel with other fracking experts moderated by CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff. Staff writer Zöe Sottile went and learned some things.

A bleak future or a victory of innovation?

Up until this lecture, all I knew about fracking was what I had gleaned from the plotline on Bojack Horseman where Mr. PeanutButter runs for governor. Luckily, now I’m basically a fracking expert. Daniel Raimi started his talk by discussing semantics: what is fracking, exactly? He explained that those who oppose shale oil – oil derived from oil shale rock fragments – often use “fracking” to describe all activities related to the oil and gas industry. The more narrow definition, however, describes the injection of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into shale or other rock sources, a process formally known as “hydraulic fracturing”. Fracking is often associated with high environmental costs. However, as Raimi highlighted in his talk, real communities in areas impacted by fracking often have diverse and unpredictable opinions.

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Last night, the Fall 2017 Visual Undergraduates Thesis Exhibition opened in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, which is accessible either through Dodge or the entrance on College Walk. Visual arts seniors exhibited work in a variety of media, ranging from photography to crochet to painting. The artists also touched on a wide spectrum of themes; standouts included works considering race relations, female athletes, and biotechnology. The exhibit will remain open until December 14th, and the gallery is open from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday through Friday. The show is a great way to see some modern art without making the trek all the way to the MoMA, so if you like what you see here, check it out.

Photos by Zöe Sottile.



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This Wednesday, as part of the Alumni Speaker Series for the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia welcomed Matthew Kennis, Program Director at the Libertas Center for Human Rights. Kennis completed his M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia in 2011, and his work before and since has focused on torture victims and oppressive regimes in Guatemala and Kyrgyzstan. Staff writer Zoe Sottile went to check it out (and the free pizza served).
I was the youngest person at Matthew Kennis’ talk on Wednesday: most of the room consisted of either law students or graduate students studying human rights, and Kennis tailored his talk to them, explaining the steps that he took to turn his education into an active human rights career. In college, Kennis planned to study law, but after a year and a half of studying constitutional law, he shifted his focus to biological anthropology. Not wanting to go into academia and familiar with the civil wars in Guatemala, he traveled there to find opportunities for his new skillset. He connected with activist forensic teams in Guatemala digging up clandestine graves from the wars and identifying bodies as part of a burgeoning accountability process for the oppressive government. When he asked if he could contribute to the effort, he was told that the teams were plenty qualified on their own, but needed protection from the many violent threats made against them. So Kennis began the first part of his human rights career, as a nonviolent accompanying presence – essentially an unarmed bodyguard whose status as a white American helped protect the vulnerable scientists.

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