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Trying so hard to just make sense of it all.

You meet a cute guy in your class. You introduce yourself, talk casually about the class, and hope that you don’t expel verbal vomit. The conversation continues as you continue to talk after class,  joke about the professor and complain about the work load. You become suspicious of your present circumstances as the universe appears to be working in your favor. Everything goes well until he drops the smallest but most crucial detail. Your first-year hopes shatter as he drops the nuke of all nukes: 

He’s a GS student. 

GS is a mixed bag. Whether they are fresh out of high school or 35 and married with three kids, there needs to be a way to figure out the only important question: How old are they? Bwog is here to help out the entire Columbia community with some hard hitting calculations!

The math stuff after the jump



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Let’s stop food insecurity together.

This week’s SGA meeting focused on food insecurity and plans to make Barnard students healthier. Changes to Barnard’s rule on “double-swiping” and the introduction of the Share Meals app have been proposed. 

This week, SGA finally took a break from it’s endless line of administrative guests and strike frenzy to focus on….nothing much. Barnard’s Rep Council had one thing on their agenda tonight, which was hearing a proposal about approval of implementing and supporting the Share Meals app at Columbia. The app, which was first created at NYU by Jon Chin, provides students who are experiencing food insecurity and students with extra meal swipes a way to connect.

More on the SGA meeting after the jump



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JJ’s 22 hours a day would be a blessing and a curse.

This week, ESC mainly touched upon ensuring the mental and physical health of Columbia students. Some changes have been proposed to benefit students such as having JJ’s open for 22 hours a day and creating mental health workshops for ESC. Due to the input in this week’s meeting, it is expected that positive change will result from the student council’s initiatives.  

A somber tone settled over the ESC meeting yesterday evening when the Representative for International Students, Pranav Arora SEAS ’19, announced his resignation to the collected council. Yet ESC, as ever, marched forward to work through a meeting very much lacking in the theatrics with which we’ve recently been accustomed.

President and Policy

Executive President Neha Jain and Executive VP for Policy Sidney Perkins worked this week towards implementing student leader “gatekeeper training” sessions. Such training aims to educate individuals—in this case student leaders, undergraduate and graduate TAs, and COĂ–P and NSOP leaders—of suicide prevention techniques to create a safety net, of sorts, for commonly affected swathes of the student population. These sessions would be similar to current SVR requirements in length and necessity.

Otherwise, VP Perkins met with CCE to discuss the response from the CCE Survey. In his own words, Perkins referred to the meeting in that “it was really frustrating.” The Policy representatives were questioned why they even authored the report in the first place, that CCE knew about the issues with career representation and CCE function in general but had no concrete plans to resolve them. When Perkins suggested that CCE incorporate students who already have relationships with these desired companies, the CCE administrators announced,  “wow, why haven’t we thought of that!”

What else happened?



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Who needs Low Beach when you can have the actual beach?

Happening in the world: British parliament is debating whether or not they will allow President Trump to come to the UK on a formal visit. An online petition is circulating on the web that aims to not accept Trump to prevent “embarrassment to Her Majesty the queen.” (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Eleven passengers at JFK walked through TSA security without being properly screened. The TSA is reviewing the incident and has identified the passengers that didn’t go through the screening. The agency has ensured that this was an isolated incident. (NY Daily News)

Happening on campus: From 6:00-7:15 tonight at Low Library is a talk entitled, “Fostering a Better Conversation and Understanding of Islam: The Vital Role of Media.” Haven’t seen PrezBo in awhile? President Bollinger will have the opening remarks. Click here for more information.

Overseen/Overheard: “Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones is a daddy.”

Music Pick: Feel those good vibes with Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

A Summer Preview via Bwogger Victoria Arancio





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Low Beach or South Beach?

Spring has sprung, Columbia! We hope you were able to spend some much-needed time outside this weekend enjoying the beautiful weather. But, if you weren’t, you were probably getting drunk and finding yourself in weird situations. Maybe all of the above. Here are this weekend’s field notes

Spring Break?:

  • Went to a beach back home and got caught trespassing. The cop gave me a $75 parking ticket.
  • Got day drunk on Saturday and blacked out between 6 and 7 pm, apparently took a shower with my friend, then made my way (alone) from NYU to 72nd street and Broadway, somehow transferring from the NQR to the 123 but I have no recollection.
  • Went gallery hopping on Thursday. Got pretty drunk on the free wine. Ran into girl who’s friends with my old roommate, had awkward conversation in which I think she implied my roommate really disliked me but can’t be sure because was drunk.
  • Went to Long Island for the tail end of President’s weekend where I got wine drunk and passed out with Montaigne and my anxiety meds in the sun room.
  • Visited DUMBO, Brooklyn with my best friends!
  • Saw a pug in DUMBO and screamed “DUMBO PUGGO!”
  • Went to Massachusetts, where there’s still so much snow on the ground! Neat.

There is literally no unifying theme here (except maybe alcohol):

  • Bought my friend drinks and she accidentally venmo’d me $300 instead of $30 to pay me back.
  • Played four square. But not middle school four square – adult four square. The kind of four square that can leave the floor of an EC suite absolutely soaked in alcohol.
  • Got a Tinder after a long period of wishing I met more people but not doing anything about it. Already hate it and have received a number of vulgar comments.
  • Got really high and watched Psycho. 11/10 would recommend.
  • A mouse died in my room, took us almost 24 hours to figure out the source of the smell (RIP).
  • Took a shit in a West Elm bathroom.
  • Ate at another college’s dining hall, and they were just serving mac and cheese. Nothing else.
  • Forced 90+ fraternity guys to sit and listen to talks about queering Greek life and trans inclusivity.
  • Went to a glow stick and then toga party in EC wearing a lax pinnie which got me into yet another confrontation in Mel’s.
  • Got an email from my French professor asking why I half-ass my online homework.



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Service Alert! Welcome to Carman Hall.

If you’ve waltzed into Carman any time in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that the elevators are pretty fucked up. And we’re pretty tired of it. So we decided it was high time for a callout…

Over the weekend, I was sitting in my Carman suite watching Netflix and enjoying a breezy afternoon. Then I get a call from my roommate telling me that she’s downstairs in the lobby with four six-packs of [redacted] and all three elevators are broken. She needs me to come down and help her carry them up the stairs.

Are you kidding me, Carman Hall? The two lobby elevators are broken and the freight elevator isn’t running? What kind of an institution is this? Do you even realize how much tuition we’re all paying? Nevermind the crumbling ceiling tiles, cockroaches, and puke-stained carpets. All of that I can live with. But no elevators? This is taking Carman to a new extreme.

Read more of our rant.



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From the outside looking in

From the outside looking in

Monday mornings bring CCSC swarming—over issues of transparency, accountability, and passionate quotes. CCSC Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman reports.

In last night’s meeting of the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC): deliberations over Joint Council Co-Sponsorships and Grant Opportunities (JCCC) funding, spontaneous and spirited debates over transparency, and the unyielding force of VP Finance Anuj Sharma.

To Close Or Not To Close? That Is The Question
Last night’s meeting would have been relatively brief, if not for an unanticipated furor over the motion to close the meeting for the final discussion and vote over JCCC grants. On one side: defenders of transparency and accountability. On the other: people who value consistency and space for honesty.

At the start of the meeting, VP Finance Anuj Sharma announced that he would motion to close the meeting after the first JCCC presentation. When a hapless reporter asked why, when these discussions had previously been open, the room erupted into discussion, with USenator Sean Ryan leading the charge for open meetings. He was concerned about the constitutionality of the action and the sudden shift in rules, stating they should “always err on the side of keeping our meetings open.” Sharma countered by saying it had been a mistake to not close meetings earlier, especially since this would be in keeping with JCCC meeting procedure. He stressed the importance of being able to speak honestly and candidly about funding decisions, which would be difficult in front of an audience and furthermore, dismissed any constitutional issues. After this first round of debate, members still voted to close the meeting; the vote was close.

But things got even more heated



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A photo of Butler 209 devoid of students during Orgo Night Fall 2016

Wow, is 209 always this empty on a Thursday night?

Bwog is back with another installment of Library Reviews! Today, we take a look at a classic: Butler 209. Whether 209 is your go-to spot (*ahem* like me) or simply a relic of Orgo Nights past, join us on a journey through this age-old Butler classic. 

Location: Butler Library, Room 209. Enter Butler and turn either direction, following the hallway to the end. Accessible Library.

Hours: 209, like several other rooms in the Philip L. Milstein Family College Library, is open 24 hours a day. It is not open 24 hours a day during Spring Break. The Library’s service hours open at 9 am on school days, close 11 pm on school nights.

Contact: (212) 854-7309; butler@library.columbia.edu;  http://library.columbia.edu/locations/undergraduate.html; @ColumbiaLib on Twitter, and gosh do they wish they were BarnLib.


  • Total: 122 Seats
  • Tables: 86 Seats, 14 of which are at 2-seat tables.
  • Study Carrels: 14 Seats
  • Computers: 21 Seats
  • Stuffed Chairs: 1 Seat – it’s in the Southwest corner of the room.
  • Seats for Talking: 0 Seats. Take your commotion to ButCaf.

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Wow, the people of Southern California must really be loving this rain!

Happy Monday, y’all! This week, it seems as if midterms are beginning to creep upon us. You know what that means: shit. Yeah, you thought that was going to be something witty. Nope. Just shit. Anyway, here are your Bwoglines for today! 

Happening in the nation: It rained in California this weekend. Actually, let me rephrase that: It downpoured in California this weekend. Wait, ya know what, just one more try: All of Southern California is literally underwater. The region got over five inches of rain in one weekend, which doesn’t sound like that much (?) but apparently is. For all our Californians out there, we suggest Amazon Prime-ing this to your home address ASAP.

Happening in NYC: Another day, another rally. Yesterday, hundreds flooded Times Square (but not like usual) to protest the potential for a Muslim ban under the Trump administration. Mayor De Blasio was even in attendance. The rally, boasting the tagline “I Am A Muslim Too,” was a massive display of good ole New York solidarity.

Happening on campus: If you’ve been dying to learn more about Shabbat, you’re in luck! Tonight in the Kraft Center, Columbia/Barnard Hillel is hosting an event to teach you (yes, you!) the ins and outs of Shabbat. Stop by Kraft 6A at 7:30 to hear what they have to say!

Overheard: While at the Liberty Gala on Friday night… “I’m NOT Jewish! I got a nose job to prove it!”

Found this video in the depths of reddit while wicked stoned. Get ready to flip your shit. 

The Seas Strangest Square Mile from Shark Bay Films on Vimeo.

Photo of man loving Southern California via Stockfresh. 



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A promotional image for the Ivy Postseason Basketball Tournament

Will the Lions make it?

Bwog’s Sports Editor shares his insight on the recent losses of the Columbia Men’s Basketball team. 

So, the Columbia Men’s Basketball team has lost four games in a row. And the Penn Quakers have won four in a row.

This isn’t good.

The Lions, who two weekends ago had a two-game cushion on the teams beneath them in the League, are now 4-6, a position which can be graciously described as tied for fourth place. They are tied with the Quakers (or, according to Mike James, the #ZOMBIEQUAKERS), but Penn beat Columbia a couple weekends ago, meaning that as of this moment, Penn has the head-to-head advantage.

Some of Columbia’s losses have been predictable. After an easy first half of the season, which involved two games against Cornell, five home games, and no matchup against the undefeated Princeton Tigers, the Lions had to go on the road. The Lions did better than expected against the Tigers, but couldn’t prevail in the final moments against a great team in an obnoxious home stadium. They also had to match up against the Crimson, who have already clinched their spot in the Ivy League Postseason Tournament. Harvard jumped out to a huge lead, threw it away, and managed to eke out an advantage in the final three minutes. The Lions would have “broken serve” by winning either of those games, capturing an unexpected win against a top team. Columbia’s failure to do that was not the problem.

The Lions’ current bind comes from their losses to Penn and Dartmouth on the road. The first loss came to the resurgent Quakers, who have risen from the ashes of a 0-6 start. The Quakers are, in a sense, the anti-Columbia, since they started the season by facing Princeton twice and travelling for their games. After their dominant win at Yale today, the Quakers have the momentum to finally match their preseason hype. Then came a literal last-second heartbreaker in Overtime against Dartmouth, who took a one point lead with one second remaining against the Lions, who stayed close for the entire game. They were severely out-assisted, and Dartmouth shot a ton of three-pointers, and shot them well. Dartmouth overcoming their expectations is commendable, but it doesn’t make the Lions’ loss any less disappointing.

Looking forward, the Lions have to defeat the Quakers this weekend. In their return to Levien Gymnasium, the Lions face a must-win game. They’ll also have to “break a serve” in order to finish the season with a positive record, either by beating Princeton at home or Yale on the road, the latter of which is far from impossible. The fact that the 4-6 Lions are still energetic is a testament to the power of the new Ivy postseason tournament. Unlike in years prior, every game down the stretch will matter for the Lions and the Quakers.

A weird Palestra-Low Library fusion via #IvyMadness



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Sounds weirdly specific but ok.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


  • “Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: Procurement as a Sustainability Strategy, with John Cheetham, Director of Procurement, Ingredients, Chobani” Monday, February 20, 6:10 – 8:00 pm. Pupin Hall. John Cheetham.
  • “What Middletown Read: Rediscovering Late Nineteenth-Century American Reading Habits” Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Butler Library. Frank Felsenstein.
  • World Leaders Forum: “Fostering a Better Conversation and Understanding of Islam: The Vital Role of Media” Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 – 7:15 pm. Low Rotunda. Vuslat Dogan Sabanci.
  • “Moving Forward: A Discussion of the 2016 Election and What’s Next” Wednesday, February 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Miller Theater. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jelani Cobb, Nikole Hannah Jones, Samuel Kelton Roberts, Patricia J. Williams.

Monday, February 20

  • “Killing Memory: Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide, and the Targeting of Cultural Heritage in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. IAB. András Riedlmayer.
  • “An Evening with the Monochord: Global Perspectives in Music, Math, and History” 6:15 – 8:15 pm. EC Common Room. Guangming Li, Joon Park, David E. Cohen.

Tuesday, February 21

  • “Careers in Human Rights: Insights from the Field” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. IAB 707.
  • “The End of International Cooperation?” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. IAB 1501. Richard Gowan, Suzanne Nossel, Somini Sengupta.
  • “Still the People of the Book? Jewish Publishing Today” 8:00 – 9:00 pm. Kent Hall.
  • “Location, Location, Location: Barnard’s Belated Embrace of Its Urban Identity” 6:00 pm. Sulzberger Parlor. Robert McCaughey.

Wednesday, February 22

  • “The UN, EU, and NATO in Kosovo: The New Geopolitics of the Western Balkans – Conversation with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB. Zahir Tanin.
  • “Burning Issues in African Philosophy” 7:00 – 9:00. EC Common Room. Olufemi Taiwo.

Thursday, February 23

  • “How Does Technology Enrich Urban Policy?” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Faculty House. Rohit Aggarwala, Noelle Francois, Miguel Gami, Maria Gotsch, Andrew Rasiej.
  • “New Books in the Arts & Sciences Celebrating Recent Work by Josef Sorett” 6:15 pm. EC Common Room. Josef Sorett.

Friday, February 24

  • FILM FRIDAYS: “The Eagle Huntress” 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Pulitzer Hall Student Center. Stacey Reiss.
  • “An Evening with Brenda Patterson ’00: A heteronormative to homoextraordinary recital” 8:00 pm. Sulzberger Parlor. Brenda Patterson.

Saturday, February 25

  • “Stile Antico: The Voice of Melody” 8:00 – 10:00 pm. 150 W 83rd St. Stile Antico.



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You can do it!

While midterms lurk in the near future, blurring the beautiful prospect of the toasty Miamian sunlight during springbreak, it is always important to treat yourself to a study break! Do you feel like everyone seems to understand what your Arabic professor is talking about in class? No! Everyone is just mindlessly nodding, as you are! Are you struggling with coding Java, even though you know what you are learning now is rudimentary at best? It is always good to be a little self-critical but not too much!

Come to our Bwog meetings at 7 pm, Lerner 505 where you can be as self-absorbed and entitled as humanly possible, complain and write things to make you feel better about yourself!

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Happening in the world:  The police are still seeking seven people who may have connections to the assassination of Kim Jong-nam. Out of the 11 people that are wanted by the Malaysian police, six of them are North Korean. (The New York Times)

Happening in NYC: A man is seen netting pigeon out of New York’s street in Brooklyn. According to the NYPD, removing pigeons from the streets is illegal. (CBS New York)

Happening on campus: Columbia Taal is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle for IRAP! On February 23rd, just say “Columbia Taal” at the counter, and part of the sales will go towards supporting the international Refugees Assistance.

Overheard: In Ferris. “Beyonce’s vagina will never be the same”

Having a shitty day? Think about the kids offstage and you will feel better about yourself. 

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Another sign read “Anti-Worker = Anti-Woman”

After about a year of negotiations, BCF-UAW reached a tentative contractual agreement with Barnard College late Wednesday night. This contract means that BCF will no longer strike on the strike deadline of next Tuesday, February 21. While limited information about the details of the contract were originally available, President Debora Spar released some details a few days after the agreement was made. This evening, Barnard Contingent Faculty has released their statement and account of the contract’s details.

While most of the information in BCF’s statement was also stated in President Spar’s account, a few highlights from both include a focus on better job security for contingent faculty via multi-year contracts, a higher “per course” salary, and the establishment of healthcare plans that were previously completely unavailable for contingent faculty.

Bargaining Committee member, adjunct dance professor, and noted Bwog alumna provided the following statement regarding the contract:

“This agreement is a huge step forward for contingent faculty at Barnard and beyond,” said Siobhan Burke, a Barnard alumna and adjunct lecturer in the Dance Department​. “Adjunct and term faculty are the majority of faculty at Barnard, and we deserve wages, benefits, and job security that honor our commitment to teaching. This contract grants us that hard-earned recognition. It is only right that a women’s college, which champions women’s leadership and social justice, should join the national movement in higher education to create more equitable, sustainable working conditions for contingent faculty. We are proud to be part of that movement.”

Read the full statement after the jump

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