Live at Lerner: Tim Miller
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Today’s performance

Live at Lerner is back today for lunch and music, but they’re throwing you a curveball: the event today will be held in Lerner 555, not the usual Piano Lounge. If you’re wondering what could possibly inspire you to climb those extra flights of stairs, prepare to have your socks knocked off by today’s performer: Tim Miller, a queer solo performance artist who had his NEA grant revoked following pressure from conservative Congress members who claimed his work was “obscene.”

Prepare to be moved. Soup and salad will be on the menu.

Kickass flyer via Live at Lerner

Bwoglines: “That’s Crazy, Bro” Edition

He’s literally screaming “That’s crazy, bro!”

Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, a professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Health, said about a group undergraduates who created a protective suit for Ebola patients as part of Lipkin’s design challenge, “But the undergraduates! People talk about ennui and apathy in undergraduates? I don’t see it. They came up with some fantastic stuff.” More succinctly, Columbia undergrads are crazy smart, bro. (The New Yorker)

Oscar-winning fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died at 82 yesterday, only a month after designing newly-wed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress. The designer also fashioned Jacqueline Kennedy a few elegant outfits. That’s crazy sad, bro. (USA Today)

The World Series starts tonight with the San Francisco Giants visiting the Kansas City Royals, who haven’t won, or even been to, the Fall Classic in 29 years, yet enter it having won the minimum seven games needed to reach the Series in the first place. That’s royally crazy, bro. (ESPN)

Apparently, the Orionid meteor shower peaked last night early this morning, with the rocky remnants from Halley’s Comet zipping through space at a pace of 3-4 per minute. That’s cosmic crazy, bro. (Huffington Post)

How is that even possible? via Shutterstock

A Note On Change

To the members of the Columbia community,

We owe you an apology.

This Saturday we received a tip regarding a “strategy document” that had been circulated to leaders of many Columbia student organizations. It was our understanding that the names included in the document were on the public record. Students who spoke at the Town Hall were instructed to speak their names and affiliations on the recorded microphone; the transcript of this recording will be released by Columbia shortly. However, it was brought to our attention by multiple student activists that there were individuals named in the document who did not speak on the public record at the Town Hall.

Due to a miscommunication, the post went up before we were able to confirm that all of the individuals listed in the document had their names on the public record. When we became aware that several students in the document had not spoken at the Town Hall, we immediately redacted all of the names of student activists in the post in the interest of protecting their safety and privacy.

Bwog exists, first and foremost, to serve the students on this campus and to provide a forum for safe, open discussion. In this instance, we have failed to live up to those responsibilities.

When Bwog was founded in 2006, it was primarily a source for stories that warranted immediate attention, such as free food alerts and breaking news. As our readership grew, we evolved into a preeminent independent source of student news and information. After the events of this weekend, we are reevaluating our responsibilities to the Columbia community and we would like all of you, our readers, to be involved in that process.

We would like to actively change what information is posted on Bwog, the factors that inform such decisions, and how we present that information to you. We will be meeting personally with many of the student activists who were most affected by this weekend’s events in order to get their input. In addition, we invite any student who wishes to contribute to the redefining of Bwog to send an email at editor@bwog.com, or to attend our open forum next Sunday, October 26th, from 8-9pm in the Lerner SGO.

We deeply regret the events of the past few days, but embrace the opportunity to look critically at ourselves and reaffirm our commitment to our readers. We look forward to beginning what we feel is a necessary process in ensuring that Bwog has a role in the Columbia community.

Respectfully,
Julia Goodman, Editor-in-Chief
Claire Friedman, Managing Editor
Maud Rozee, Internal Editor
Jake Hershman, Publisher

Field Notes: Unmet Expectations Edition
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Looks fun from up here

This weekend was in the wake of midterm season – and what did we do to work off some steam? Columbia falsely answered our prayers and decided to host a festival full of inflatable obstacle courses and balloons on College Walk for…children. So we were forced to put our middle finger dismay away and wind down elsewhere. Bwog always wants to know what/where you’ve been over the weekend, so send your next weekend grind on over to tips@bwog.com. 

CU is for kids

  • “I wanted access to the moonbounce and I was denied :(“
  • “I thought the kids’ field day was homecoming…?”
  • “I thought it was Fall Bacchanal.”

Finding fun elsewhere:

  • “My roommate did not trash my room while I was gone for the weekend… This is a huge step forward in our relationship. Success.”
  • “My ex came to visit saturday night, but luckily (?) I was too busy vomiting to engage in any behavior that I would probably later regret :/”
  • “A friend forced me into McDonald’s for the first time in what has been a really long time to eat shitty mozzarella sticks.”
  • “I joined a co-op and received 40 pounds’ worth of bananas for $10. I’ve never been so elated.”
  • “I found three unattended drinks at 1020 and drank one of them because I love to gamble with my life apparently.”

Kickass aerial shot courtesy of Anna Hotter

Midterms Monday In Emojis

If your midterm is in five minutes, if you forgot how to read full sentences, if you never even ordered the Lit Hum books, don’t panic – say hello to your new best studying companion. Here for your enjoyment/minor alleviating of midterms anxiety are full summaries of the Lit Hum books covered on the upcoming midterm in trendiest translation yet: emoji. We all know that emojis are there for us when words just can’t do us justice, and now they’re there for you when you cannot read one more list of ancient Greek ships.

 

Alma Mater And The Chamber Of Clandestine Secrets
Can you spot the entrance?

Can you spot the entrance?

Tunnel Explorer and Potions Master Britt Fossum thought she had what it took to be the heir of Slytherin. She quickly realized her mistake.

Every Columbia student knows the legend of the owl nestled among Alma Mater’s robes, who will bless the first student in each year to find it with the title Valedictorian. But only a select few are party to the greater secret hidden in that statue’s beneficent smile. She sits in front of Low Library, and directly on top of the entrance to the biggest secret at this school.

Long ago, the builders of Columbia were not the most generous of men and wished to only admit pure-blood wizards legacy students. They shook their fists at the construction of Butler Library, which threatened the status quo with stacks upon stacks of new liberal books and frowned at the slightest alteration of the Core Curriculum. So they took it upon themselves to lace the bowels of the school with dozens of tunnels, allowing them to keep an eye on the organization of student protesters and sneak out of important meetings. Some say these tunnels even link up to the President’s House on Morningside Drive and Low Library, and that late at night, the eyes of the administrators glare eerily out from chinks in the wall and bathroom pipes.

The key to unlocking more secrets is clicking on this jump…!

At CCSC Meeting, Andrew Ren Presents Plan For College Days
Pool party on College Walk!

Pool party on College Walk!

Even as midterms loom, CCSC champ Joe Milholland dutifully reports on last night’s CCSC meeting.

“I know I’ve got work, but College Days is happening; I can’t miss it,” said CCSC VP of Campus Life Andrew Ren of how he hoped students would react to events at College Days, which he gave a presentation about at Sunday Night’s Columbia College Student Council meeting. College Days is a week-long celebration (from Sunday March 29 to Saturday April 4) of Columbia College and its core curriculum. Ren’s goals are for College Days to be “a single, unified publicity front for the week leading up to Bacchanal” and to be fun. Much of it is still in the works, but Ren shared a broad outline for what he wants at College Days.

Sunday will be Lit Hum day, where Deantini and several prominent CC alumni will give talks. Monday will be Contemporary Civilization day to recognize Columbia’s community service and political activism. CCSC will be partnering with Community Impact, for community service, and CU Dems, CUCR, and Veritas for the political side of things. There will also be a panel with professors. Tuesday, Art Hum day, will focus on “Art of Columbia and around NYC.” Wednesday, Music Hum day, will have musical performances, and possibly a cappellas singing at the sundial between classes. Thursday, the Global Core/Science day, will feature partnerships with multicultural and science/engineering groups. On Friday, the Swim Test day, RC@C will give a presentation to “promote safe, smart, responsible behavior” at Bacchanal. There may also be a pool party. Saturday is Bacchanal.

College Days for days after the jump!

Bwoglines: It’s All Sunshine And Rainbows Edition
Happy Monday morning, everyone!!!

Happy Monday morning, everyone!!!

Just when you thought the Catholic Church was ready to loosen the seams a just little bit, an assembly of bishops this weekend ended without any main progress on how the Church will accept and discuss gay couples. (NY Times)

Where darkness meets light: British astronomers are one step closer to finding proof that there is dark matter coming from the sun, which will create the biggest paradox in scientific history. (RT News)

Here’s a college sports report that’s bound to beat any coverage of a Columbia team – mainly because the University of Hawaii’s mascot is the Rainbow Warriors. (CBS Sports)

Sun City Center, a city of Florida that requires its residents to be 65+, will be home to a more youthful Halloween celebration this year. The city and its toy-centered celebration of choice will also help perpetuate Florida’s rep as the escape for weird old people. (The Tampa Tribune)

Perk up via Shutterstock

Fashion Meets Philanthropy At “Runway Warriors”
Runway Warriors take the stage

Runway Warriors take the stage

Last night, we sent music and fashion Bwogger Daren Napier and sorority-girl-at-heart Mason Amelotte into the world of college fundraising. The following is a collaborative reflection on Alpha Chi Omega’s fall philanthropy event, Runway Warriors.

On Saturday at 7PM in the Lerner Party Space, the women of Columbia University’s Alpha Chi Omega hosted their fall philanthropy event. According to the show’s artistic director, the chapter has been “counting down [to] every day since March, literally.” The sold out event, aptly named “Runway Warriors,” was a fashion show featuring designers from throughout the city intended to raise “publicity and funds for Domestic Violence Awareness.”

The event featured a collection of roughly 20 different pieces in what is best described as a hybrid between a runway show and a performance art piece. The performance opened with a brief run-through of the various designs, and closed with each model’s return to the stage, as they vamped down the runway to Destiny Child’s “Survivor” and scattered in an arrangement of poses across the platform.

While the cause was noble and the pieces were exquisite (a deep blue romper pantsuit being among the most notable), certain aesthetic inconsistencies had a more lasting impact than the clothes themselves. The Lerner Party Space, with its obscure lighting and ever so prominent staircase planted in its center, is not what one would typically consider an ideal location for a fashion show. Combine this with a peripheral PowerPoint presentation of quotes and the single model that couldn’t seem to figure out that you don’t smile on the runway despite numerous opportunities, it became extremely difficult to focus on the main objective of the event. This purpose was undercut once more following the show when one of the emcees promoted the ongoing raffle event, which featured “a 3-month gym membership, so you too can become a model!”

However, ignoring various technicalities and why would you say that? moments, one would agree that the show itself contained some redeeming aspects as well. The designs and outfits made great use of color, often moving from dark to light pieces within each designer (a possible reflection of what this dialogue has to offer for victims). Additionally, the models’ synchronized movements helped convey the overarching theme of the event: empowerment and support.

Overall, “Runway Warriors” was an enjoyable experience, successful in continuing a dialogue about Domestic Violence Awareness. While the orchestration of the actual show was lacking in some facets, it was a great idea for a greater cause, and one that proceeded in a way that was efficient, clearly indicative of all the hard work put in by Alpha Chi Omega and the event’s many sponsors.

Photo courtesy of Mason Amelotte

Bucket List: Art, Science, And PrezBo

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. Take a study break from midterms to check out interesting 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 a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Political Corruption and the 1st Amendment with Tim Wu” Pulitzer Hall Lecture Hall, Tuesday 6:00 PM. Tim Wu, Steve Coll, PrezBo. (RSVP to JschoolRSVP@columbia.edu.)
  • “#Ferguson: Reporting a Viral News Story” Pulitzer Hall Lecture Hall, Thursday 7:00 PM. Antonio French, Alice Speri, Zeynep Tufekci.
  • “Responding to Sexual Assault: A Teach-In” Jerome Green Annex Building, Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM. Christina Brandt-Young, Suzanne Goldberg, Dr. Jill Hill, Monica Pombo, Saswati Sarkar.
  • “President Bollinger’s 13th Annual Fun Run 5k Run” College Walk, Friday 8:30 AM. PrezBo.

More ways to procrastinate in the name of education after the jump.

SAC Executive Committee Statement On Town Hall

The Student Affairs Committee Executive Committee has released a statement on Friday’s Rules of University Conduct Town Hall. The full statement can be found below:

In response to the reports surrounding the Rules of University Conduct Town Hall yesterday, we wanted to provide an update to the community.

Based on the the information that has been published, it’s our understanding that no Senate rules on confidentiality were broken. We have spoken to Jared and Sejal, and we’re pleased to confirm that both will be remaining on the committee as strong student advocates and participating in a process which needs student voices. We appointed them to the committee so that undergraduate voices could be heard in the drafting process and we know they have done a great job.

We’re proud of the turnout and student interest in the town hall and rules committee process and look forward to continuing these crucial conversations.

Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Executive Committee
Zila Acosta (CLS ’15), Will Zvara (CBS ’15), and Marc Heinrich (CC ’16)

Bwog Meeting Tonight!
Sabrina the Teenage Witch knows what you did this weekend

Melissa knows what you did this weekend

You’ve spent enough time this weekend downing body shots.

Instead, take a night off and come to our weekly Bwog meeting tonight at 8PM in the SGO on the 5th floor of Lerner. Expect a classy evening of mixed drinks and mixed signals.

As always, there will be food, friends, and fun.

 

Clarissa Doesn’t Want To Have To Explain It All via Shutterstock.

Chopped: Bleak But Flavorful Edition

Bwog recently faced the challenge of the minimalist pantry in Chopped: Poor Lazy College Edition, and now we’re back at it. We entered Tatini Mal-Sarkar’s kitchen for another grueling round of making something out of gruel nothing.

This week, we are proud to present Chopped: Bleak But Flavorful, where we turn the inexplicable remnants of your late night cravings into a real meal.

Today’s basket:

  • Brad’s Organic mild salsa
  • Sabra original hummus
  • Chicken-flavored ramen
  • Westside popcorn chicken

Creamy Herbed Pasta with Chicken:

  1. Prepare ramen according to package directions for about 3 minutes.
  2. Strain noodles, and return to pot. Do not add the sad flavor packet.
  3. Into the nearly empty hummus container, add approximate 1/4 cup salsa, and stir.
  4. Pour the hummus-salsa mixture into the ramen pot, and mix gently.
  5. Microwave three small, shapely pieces of the Westside chicken to warm.
  6. Dish the pasta in its sauce onto paper plate — or if you’re lucky and your roommate owns actual dishware, use that.
  7. Spoon tablespoon of salsa atop the pasta, and then the chicken onto this.
  8. Serve immediately, eating it while sitting on your Nussbaum suite’s kitchen floor.

Time including dish-washing: 10 minutes

While the hummus allows a delicious base for the sauce, its exclusion could allow different takes on the dish, including:

  • Spicier ramen, made with the red pepper sauce from the popcorn chicken, a sprinkle of the garlic powder found in the bowels of the kitchen cupboard, and a teaspoon of a roommate’s fancy natural peanut butter. This makes for a not-quite-Pad Thai.

Other options include:

  • For the ethically minded (read: vegetarians and vegans of the world), obviously don’t add the chicken. Or don’t add the Sabra hummus. (The Brad’s Organic is still good, though. No concerns with them yet.)
  • For the gluten-intolerant and sensitive, ditch both the ramen and chicken. Combine the hummus and salsa per the recipe, and add it to prepared rice, or just enjoy it with some corn chips. The possibilities are endless!
Bwoglines: High All The Time Edition
Even Mr. Trump supports the high lifestyle

Even Mr. Trump supports the high lifestyle

In Donald Trump related news, the billionaire has once again turned to twitter to call out President Obama, this time questioning the President’s mental health. (Huffington Post)

Looking for 25 photos of people trying, and failing, to eat pizza? Look no further; Bwog has your answer. (Gothamist)

A Florida teen was recently arrested for pleasuring himself in a Walmart bedding aisle onto a stuffed pony toy, which he then returned to its shelf before exiting the store. (NY Daily News)

Photos of the city have just been released from Manhattan’s newest, tallest apartment building, and the views are just as spectacular as one would expect. (Business Insider)

Super Kawaii Donald Trump via Shutterstock

Student Questions At Town Hall May Have Been Written By U Senators

Yesterday’s Rules of University Conduct Town Hall allowed students and activist groups the chance to voice their opinions before policy changes were definitively made. According to a tip we received earlier today, many of these opinions came from the same source: a “google doc…used to feed lines to activists” that may have been shared by a member or members of the University Senate. It is unclear whether anyone on U Senate was actually involved in writing the document. Involvement in writing the document would likely be considered a violation of the U Senate’s rules; such violations may be punished with suspension.

The tipster went on to say they were “embarrassed by how the leadership of our campus groups that like to think of themselves as independent were shepherded instead of thinking for themselves.” However, there is no clear evidence in the document that it was written by a single person, or that any of those people were U Senators—the tip did not include the list of people who could edit the Google doc.

The document itself breaks down the Town Hall step by step, listing questions students plan to ask, and noting, “these are arguments we’ve identified as being the most likely to sway swing votes on the Committee…. this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s just the essential points we need to be made in front of the campus media.” Each potential question includes background information such as applicability and past precedents included in bullet points. Between the questions, the document leaves room for personal stories and possible follow-ups. The document also includes such advice as: “There will be Public Safety and Senate Staff at the doors to the event checking CUIDs, and they may object to signs.”

A copy of the full document is included after the jump:

Read the document