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Look at it! It’s snow! More content on Instagram @bwog

Hello! It’s snowing! It’s the time of year when people from the Northeast and Midwest say things like “this isn’t even REAL snow!” and “I was born in an igloo, I eat popsicles in blizzards for fun, and my first car was a snow plow.” (Disclaimer: I’m from the Northeast.)

To celebrate, here’s “Neither Snow,” a poem by Billy Collins about snowy days in New York:

When all of a sudden the city air filled with snow,
the distinguishable flakes
blowing sideways,
looked like krill
fleeing the maw of an advancing whale.

At least they looked that way to me
from the taxi window,
and since I happened to be sitting
that fading Sunday afternoon
in the very center of the universe,
who was in a better position
to say what looked like what,
which thing resembled some other?

Yes, it was a run of white plankton
borne down the Avenue of the Americas
in the stream of the wind,
phosphorescent against the weighty buildings.

Which made the taxi itself,
yellow and slow-moving,
a kind of undersea creature,
I thought as I wiped the fog from the glass,

and me one of its protruding eyes,
an eye on a stem
swiveling this way and that
monitoring one side of its world,
observing tons of water
tons of people
colored signs and lights
and now a wildly blowing race of snow.

For more fun snow pictures and vibes, check out Bwog’s Instagram and hit that follow button!

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Nov

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There are a lot of meanings of the term “PDF.” The classic Portable Document Format consistently makes me happy because it’s usually books and articles I’d otherwise have to buy. Apparently, it also stands for Pretty Damn Funky, which sounds like something only middle-aged dads say, and the Panamanian Defense Force, which is good to know in case World War III goes super weirdly.

But there’s one PDF to rule them all: Pass/D/Fail, a grading option you can request for one class each semester. This is important because it means you can insulate your GPA from that surprisingly hard elective you decided to take, and you have until Friday, February 1st at 9 pm to “uncover” the grade, which puts the letter grade back on your transcript as if you never decided to PDF the class. As a note, if you leave a “Pass” grade covered, most departments will not let it count toward your major, so read up on the department website! The same goes for the Core and for many language classes.

Anyway, here’s how to do it if you haven’t yet (click on the images for a zoomed-in view):

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And there you have it! Enjoy your slightly less stressful semester!

Screenshots via SSOL and my poor Preview annotation skills

 

Nov

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Bird rehabilitation might save this baby atop some blinds

Happening in the World: Prime Minister Theresa May won the support of the U.K. Cabinet yesterday to move forward with her plans to implement Britain’s exit from the European Union. She now must gain Parliament’s approval, where she has less political support. (NY Times)

Happening in the US: The judge in CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration has said he will issue a ruling today on whether reporter Jim Acosta unfairly had his White House press credentials removed. Lawyers for Acosta and CNN want the judge to rule the White House’s actions as a violation of Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.  (CNN)

Happening in NYC: The New York City Council approved spending $60 million on constructing a new animal shelter in the Bronx. The shelter will include housing for cats and dogs, a bird rehabilitation center, animal therapy for seniors, joint programs with local high schools, and community space. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: One Tree, One City: Children’s Art From Around the World,” an art exhibition presented by the No-Boundaries Art Exhibition Committee in Teachers College, Macy Hall. There will be an opening reception from 5-7 pm. (Columbia Events)

Place to nap today: Milstein. Green. Chairs. Sorry for not suggesting this sooner.

birb via bwog archives

Nov

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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins made history on Tuesday and is set to be the Majority Leader in the NY State Senate.

Happening in the World: Archaeologists discovered the world’s oldest known figurative cave painting in Borneo. The painting depicts a species of cattle and is thought to be over 40,000 years old. (The Guardian)

Happening in the US: Jeff Sessions was forced to resign as US Attorney General yesterday. The new acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, has not yet recused himself from the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: New York State now has a Democratic majority in every legislative chamber, which Mayor Bill de Blasio described as a “whole new ballgame.” He hopes that the city and state governments will now be able to better collaborate on funding the MTA and regulating city rent laws. (NY Daily News)

Happening on campus:Black Girl (La Noire de…),” a film by Ousmane Sembène. Screening followed by a conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Mamadou Diouf, Maboula Soumahoro and Nora Philippe in Buell Hall at 6:30 PM. (Columbia Events)

Place to nap today: Furnald lounge for the A+ ambiance.

Senator/Queen/Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins via Wikipedia

Nov

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Bwog was dead! But it’s born anew and better than ever!

Happening in the World: Asia Bibi, a woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, was acquitted on Wednesday by the nation’s highest court. The case has caused protests and political turmoil in Pakistan for almost a decade. (USA Today)

Happening in the US: President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are still feuding over the question of birthright citizenship. Trump claims he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order, which Ryan and many others say is impossible and unconstitutional. (CNN)

Happening in NYC: Reese’s set up a vending machine near Washington Square Park that exchanges other types of Halloween candy for Reese’s peanut butter cups. Where was this candy converter when I was a kid? (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: Dean of Georgetown College Christopher Celenza will be lecturing on “Philology and Authenticity: Lorenzo Valla, Constantine, and Styles of Renaissance Reading” in Butler 203 at 4:30 pm. Reception to follow. (Columbia Events)

Place to nap today: It’s weirdly nice out today! So go to the lawns and nap before PrezBo covers them in tarps!

baby Bwog via Public Domain Pictures

Oct

25

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Conspiracies to kill journalists, a wave of pipe bombs…if only Téa Leoni could save us now

Happening in the World: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman announced yesterday that he will work to “bring to justice those who are responsible” for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabian officials have recently stated that Khashoggi died while in a chokehold after fighting at the consulate, but Turkish and US officials remain skeptical. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Suspicious packages containing pipe bombs were discovered across the country Monday and yesterday after being sent to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, George Soros, former Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN’s New York office, and Congresswoman Maxine Walters. (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: Fake posters in the style of the city government’s public service announcements have appeared in New York this week, advising residents to “Keep NYC Trash Free” and depicting a man in a Make America Great Again hat. The art is attributed to Winston Tseng. (Gothamist)

Happening on Campus:DIY Feminist Cybersecurity: A Primer,” happening in Butler 208B at 3 pm. Come to find out how to protect your personal data in an era where hacking has become increasingly common.

Place to nap today: The stacks. It was bound to be on this list at some point.

I wish this was TV instead of real life via Wikipedia

Oct

18

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Can’t wait to write in four of these today :))

Today is Columbia Registrar’s favorite holiday – Midterm Day! That’s right, folks, you know what that means: all of your midterms are today. Every. Single. One.

Some of you may be confused by this announcement, especially if you’re first years. That’s understandable. To help you navigate the most hectic day of the semester, here are some FAQs:

Q: My syllabus said my midterm isn’t for another two weeks. Are you sure it’s actually today?
A: Yes, I’m sure. It’s on the registrar calendar. They don’t make these things up.

Q: I thought I already took my midterm, why would I have another one?
A: Oh you sweet, sweet STEM students with your early midterms. That was a test run. STEM classes are basically one elaborate prank, so I’m not sure why you’re so surprised.

Q: I don’t have all my classes today. What do I do?
A: That’s no excuse not to take all your midterms today. This has been on the calendar for months. Drink a 5-hour Energy and sprint through campus until you find the location of your Wednesday seminar’s midterm.

Q: Are you sure this doesn’t just mean the day that marks the halfway point through the semester?
A: How do people even come up with excuses like this? Why would the registrar consider that important enough to put on their calendar? Sorry, you’re wrong and just haven’t been around here long enough.

Hope you’ve been studying! Time to get out those blue books.

the dreaded blue book via Columbia Bookstore

Oct

18

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Wear purple today!

Happening in the World: There have been dozens of attacks connected to an increasingly divisive presidential race in Brazil in the last month. Perpetrators have largely been supporters of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who has used violent rhetoric on the campaign trail. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: Connecticut Police officer Stephen Barone was fired following after a video showed him warning people he was “trigger-happy” when he stopped them for suspected trespassing. The firing came after an internal investigation done by the police department. (NBC News)

Happening in NYC: Effective January, people born in NYC will have the option to change the gender on their birth certificates to a gender-neutral option, “X.” The change will not require a doctor’s note and will ease the process for transgender individuals seeking documented recognition of their gender identity. (Reuters)

Happening on campus: Today is Wear Purple Day at Columbia for Relationship Violence Awareness Month. Join Columbia Health and Columbia SVR in showing support and raising awareness for an important cause.

Place to nap today: The spacious tables of the SIPA library group study rooms. Pick a table in a cubicle for semi-privacy.

RVAM via Columbia Events

Oct

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Always thank the bus driver!

Happening in the World: A Saudi journalist’s disappearance has caused international outcry. Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since October 2nd and has been a vocal critic of conservativism in Saudi Arabia. (The Globe and Mail)

Happening in the US: Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida yesterday, causing mass destruction. Governor Rick Scott described it as “the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen.” (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: School bus drivers in NYC have voted to authorize a strike to protest recent disputes over worker contracts. The last school bus driver strike in the city was in 2013. (NY Daily News)

Happening on campus:Notes from the Field: Human Rights Summer Internship Panel” at 12:30 pm in Riverside Interchurch Center, Room 320C. Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, this event will delve into student’s internship experiences in the human rights and nonprofit sectors. Free pizza!

Overheard: “The jig is up! Trick or treat!”

Place to nap today: The IAB library has some really comfy chairs. It also has cool spots to watch the news and nap right outside the library in the main building.

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Oct

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Wendy Davis

On Saturday night, Daily Editor Zoë Ewing headed to CU Voting Week’s event, “Wendy Davis: Women in Politics.” The event was co-hosted by Columbia Political Review and Columbia University Democrats. Wendy Davis is a former Texas State senator, Fort Worth City Council. member, and Democratic candidate in the Texas gubernatorial election. She now runs a nonprofit focusing on social justice and political involvement, Deeds Not Words.

The first thing that struck me upon walking into the Roone Arledge Cinema Saturday night was the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. It was a space that seemed to recognize what has been a tumultuous week in politics and sought to provide solace for everyone attending. As the audience filed in, I could see Wendy Davis seated in the front row. She was craning her neck to speak to the students sitting immediately behind her, actively engaging in animated conversation and seeming truly interested in what the students had to say.

The event began with the directors of Voting Week at Columbia, Shreya Sunderram, BC ’19, and Alice Hu, BC ’19, thanking Davis and the audience for attending the final event of their weeklong initiative to increase voter engagement on campus. Next, Gabriela Sagun, BC ’19, the president of Columbia Political Union, introduced Wendy Davis. Sagun spoke of Davis’s legacy fighting for social justice issues during her time on the Fort Worth City Council, as a Texas state senator, and as the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas. Sagun heralded the inspiration Davis has provided to young women across the country, especially during Davis’s famous 13-hour filibuster in 2013 opposing legislation limiting abortion services in Texas. More from Davis after the jump

Oct

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Imagine yourself posing in the driver’s seat!

Happening in the World: Soldiers and engineers from both North and South Korea have begun to remove buried landmines from the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries. The armies plan to jointly search for casualties buried during the Korean War, and this marks the latest of a series of moves on the Korean peninsula aimed at de-escalating tensions. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives statement on Monday, 400 guns were stolen over the weekend from a UPS facility in Memphis. Two men robbed the facility on Sunday in what is estimated to be one of the largest gun thefts the ATF has investigated. (ABC)

Happening in NYC: The Verrazzano-Narrows bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island was renamed yesterday after being spelled with one “Z” for 50 years. A typo in the original construction contract had caused the initial error, which misspelled Italian explorer Giovanni Verrazzano’s name. (NBC)

Happening on Campus: Come to the Sundial from 11 am to 6 pm today to tour one of Columbia’s new sustainable electric buses! The event advertises that visitors can even “get their photo taken in the driver’s seat or with Roar-ee.”

Overheard: “The end of The Odyssey is basically just a question of FMK.”

Place to nap today: Five consecutive seats in Ref pushed together. A creative way to save seats for your friends (and make everyone else hate you).

 Look how cute this bus is via Columbia Events

Sep

27

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the logo up on my computer screen all day

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been going on all day, and many students have spent every minute between (or during) classes to watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testify. If you need a change of scenery, here’s where you can go:

The law school: Maybe you can meet/converse with some nice people to restore your faith in the legal profession, or give you tips on admissions! You’re basically a legal expert after eating, sleeping, and breathing this hearing for the last 10 days.

JJs: Food is always a good call in stressful situations. While the nation’s highest court faces uncertainty, you can at least find solace in mozzarella sticks.

A music practice room: What better use for soundproof booths if not to yell expletives at a CSPAN livestream?

On Low Steps: Let the fresh air wake you up and close your laptop every so often to people-watch everyone going by who hasn’t been glued to their computer screen for 8 hours straight.

Milstein Center, Floor 6: This one is genuinely a really great option! The Barnard Center for Research on Women is providing snacks and a venue for people to watch the hearing together. You can hang around Milstein afterward and try to do work while one browser tab remains open on Twitter.

Remember that today is really hard for many people, so be sure to take care of yourself and others. If you need further support, please call:
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Columbia Sexual Violence Response: 212-854-HELP (4357)
Columbia Counseling and Psychological Services: 212-854-2878

C-Span via Wikipedia

Sep

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The face of a woman who will not be forced out of office

Happening in the World: The head of the Polish Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gerdsdorf, is resisting the Polish government’s attempts to reform the judiciary by staying in her post despite a newly lowered retirement age for judges. She says that she will only leave her position if the constitution is officially changed or if she dies. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify today at 10 am in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She will speak about her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has also been accused of sexual assault by two other women. (Vox)

Happening in NYC: Recent data from the city comptroller’s office indicates that over 1 million low-cost housing units have disappeared from the NYC market in the last 12 years. Rent-regulated housing stock has also plummeted, with more expensive stock taking its place, leaving fewer options for affordable housing. (Gothamist)

Happening on campus: The SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science is at 2:45 pm in Mudd Hall 214. Dr. Oliver Watt-Meyer will present his research on “Extratropical circulation response to warming: role of cloud radiative effects and ITCZ width changes.” Although SEAS is hosting the event, it is open to the public!

Overheard: “The Columbia experience is me googling how to boost my immune system after 2 weeks here and then realizing all the options are unfeasible, like sleeping more and drinking less.”

Place to nap today: The McBain lobby lounge has some new chairs! I haven’t gotten to nap-test them yet, so be the first and let me know how they are.

Malgorzata Gerdsdorf via Wikipedia

Sep

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She’ll be here on Thursday!

The World Leaders Forum 2018 is here! Heads of state, foreign policy experts, and academics will be coming to speak to the Columbia community this week. Most of these events are already full, but get excited to see some fancy limousines and security teams roll through campus.

Here’s who will be here, and when:

Monday: Can the EU be True to its Values? First Vice-President of the European Commission H.E. Frans Timmermans. Moderated by Adam Tooze, with opening remarks by Anya Schiffrin, at 1 pm in Low Library.

Thursday: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand. This event is part of the International Conference on Sustainable Development, at 9:15 am in Lerner Hall.

Thursday: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. This event is also part of the International Conference on Sustainable Development, at 10 am in Lerner Hall.

Thursday: The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright: Global Challenges of Today – Commemorating Václav Havel. Welcome remarks by Merit Janow, introductions by President Lee Bollinger, and moderated by Jan Svejnar, 1:30 pm in Low Library.

If you attended any of the speaker series, or if you spot some of these speakers on campus, feel free to reach out at tips@bwog.com!

the og madam secretary via Wikipedia

Sep

20

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This is in Dodge, not Hong Kong

Happening in the World: A jury in Hong Kong yesterday found Dr. Khaw Kim-sun, an anesthesiology professor, guilty of murdering his wife and daughter with a hot yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide. He faces life in prison. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: Trump gave a speech on the White House lawns Wednesday about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He said he finds it “hard to imagine that anything happened” and Kavanaugh was “not a man that deserves this,” which surprised no one. (NY Daily News)

Happening in NYC: LaGuardia airport was ranked last of 24 large airports in the US in a customer satisfaction survey. Again, no one is surprised, just disappointed. (Newsday)

Happening on campus: “Menstrual Health and Gender Justice” is happening at 5:30 in IAB 707. Several experts on menstrual health, ranging from research scientists to experts on gender studies, will come together on a panel to discuss how the rise in awareness of menstrual health issues can be transformed into evidence-based policy making and long-term change.

Overheard: Frat brother unsolicitedly announces that he is a member of a fraternity but not to worry, “it’s an inclusive frat.”

Place to nap today: The long couches on the bottom floor of Law are an ideal place to stretch out for a caffeine nap after getting an energy drink from Law’s stacked vending machines.

let’s hope the dodge yoga balls are fine via Cameron Davis

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