Written by Isabel Sepúlveda
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.
Written by Elle Ferguson
Elle Ferguson, a freshman at Barnard and staff writer for Bwog, observes the important stuff.
When you read the title of this article you may have thought to yourself: how did someone think of sorting the quad buildings? My answer to that is: how could someone not sort the quad buildings? There are four buildings, and four Hogwarts houses guys, c’mon. Quite frankly, I’m surprised no one thought of this before. How can I be the first person at Bwog to mention this? I’ve been to the meetings, I’m not the craziest person there. Nonetheless, I take honor in being the first trailblazer in this terrain. I’m sorting these buildings according to my own experiences, so some of you may disagree. If so, write your own article.
Written by Alex Tang
We’re back with Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly curated list of interesting STEM-related talks, symposiums, and events happening on campus. For science and non-science majors alike, our list will bring you events that will satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.
For anyone, related-majors and non-majors alike:
Written by Cara Hudson-Erdman
Shoutout to the Morningside CSA for giving me enough radishes to last a lifetime last week and for making me expand my palate! Here’s a recipe to use up the entire vegetable, including the greens. I know radish pasta sounds like something your grandma would force you to eat at a family function but I promise it is delicious.
Garlicky Radish Pasta
Juice and zest of one lemon
3 cloves of garlic
8 radishes and their greens, sliced into little rounds
Parmesan cheese (optional!)
Pasta! Works best with chunky shapes like gigli, orecchiette, or farfalle rather than spaghetti, but go crazy.
Olive oil to taste.
Written by Elisha Zhao
In honor of crisp fall weather finally descending upon us and some lingering thoughts of summer, have this love sonnet Shakespeare himself wrote to Bwog. And come to our open meeting tonight at 9pm in Lerner 510!
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Many hands do take the darling grapes away,
And summer’s fruit hath very sweet a taste:
Sometime too steep the ramp of Lerner inclines,
And often is his perilous climb chagrined;
But always there is Bwog oh beloved Mine,
On time and meeting in the room untrimm’d;
For thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of those pitches thou owest;
For shall Bwog say thou meet’st at 9 (pm) today,
When in Lerner 510 to time thou growest:
So long as minds can pitch or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
Image via Wikimedia
Written by Elisha Zhao
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Happening in the World: Migrants in Riace, Italy, a town famous for being immigration-friendly, will be transferred away per order of the Italian government. Mayor Domenico Lucano, long praised for his integration plan, has been placed under house arrest.
Happening in the US: Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Republican nominee for governor this November, has been found to have stalled 53,000 voter applications, most of whom are black and minority voters. He faces Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams next month, who could become the first black woman in the US to be governor.
Happening in NYC: The NYC Handmade Bazaar is today from 10am – 5:30pm! Take a zip downtown for a fair featuring handmade art, clothing, jewelry, food, furniture, and more.
Also! The Morgan Library and Museum is hosting the Monster Masquerade this Thursday, 10/18, from 6-8pm: sketch live models, listen to live music, and try out in the costume contest (it’s free admission with your CUID)!
Happening on campus: Check out “Embodied Cognition and Prosthetics: Are Our Tools Part of Our Bodies?” tomorrow from 4-6pm!
Poem of the Day:
And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
Anais Nin, Risk
Tags: adding the poem cuz we all need a lil poetry in our lives, bwip on the radar, do you ever go to jj's just to get four bottles of juice, halloween decor is the best thing ever, have a great sunday, i am very hyped for the bazaar, monster masquerade sounds like such a hit, need to sleep earlier haha, support local artisans!, walked into noco almost walked right out
Written by Zack Abrams
Social Media Editor Zack Abrams recently realized the inherent tension between Columbia meal halls, which have Coca-Cola products, and Barnard meal halls, which have Pepsi Products. That’s wack, right?
This isn’t going to be a very long post, I’ve just been recently thinking about how it’s weird that Columbia and Barnard, these terrific twins who flank Broadway, these premier institutions of Manhattan, each represent a different side of that everlasting soda war.
No matter whether you think Coke products are generally better or if you’re wrong, I think we can all agree that Barnard students will never feel welcome at Columbia, and vice versa, unless we can all drink the same drinks in solidarity. If that means Columbia has to give up those shiny Freestyle machines of the future in favor of the outdated, dirty fountains that Barnard enjoys, so be it. It’s worth the price to pay to bring these two communities together.
Diana pizza. JJ’s fries. Hewitt pasta. (Allegedly it’s good, I wouldn’t know, I don’t eat at Hewitt) Each campus has so much to offer in the food arena. But it would help if it didn’t feel like crossing no-man’s-land every time I filled up my Diana cup with that godawful chemical concoction masquerading itself as “Cherry Pepsi.” It’s worth it for the pizza, but, c’mon.
Barnard students: lay down your fountains, join the future. Or, like, you don’t have to casually worship a capitalist behemoth you can just ask the dining halls nicely to change to Coke products. Can we have a referendum on that? I’m down for a referendum.
Coca-Cola Curves via Flickr
Written by Bwog Staff
Sometimes it’s nice to pretend that we can get some life-applicable skills out of our Core readings. Guest writer Olivia Grinberg-Phillips has collected some Homeric takeaways she thinks everyone ought to know.
Although most of us are knee-deep in midterms, in reality, the Fall and Thanksgiving breaks are just around the corner (a very exciting and spooky corner at that). It’s during those breaks that many of us will go home to our eagerly waiting families. Once there, we will relax, dine, recuperate, and inevitably have to answer that dreaded question: “So what did you learn at school?” Now, despite the fact that we attend a world-class, Ivy League institution, it’s understandable that our minds will most likely draw a painful blank– causing one family member to bitch about the cost of Columbia, while a cantankerous grandparent rants about how “back in my day, we gave a damn about our education…”
So, unless starting family quibbles is your cup of tea (or some bourgeois, seasonal Starbucks drink), I’ve put together a list of 5 life lessons from Homer’s Odyssey that not only should every college freshman be aware of, but that will also make excellent, Lit Hum-sourced answers to the question “What did you learn at Columbia?”
Written by Mary Clare Greenlees
Bwogger Mary Clare Greenlees loves the Design Center and thinks that you should too. Full Disclosure: She also works there.
To the Design Center in the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning,
First, I would like to thank BarnardWorks for bringing us together. While searching for a job I came across the Lab Assistant position in the Design Center. They wanted someone who had experience working with different types of tools such as 3D printers, sewing machines, power tools, soldering, etc. and would be comfortable learning more tools. I had worked at a maker space at home so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity, even if I didn’t get the job.
Thankfully, I got the job! I had previous experience with 3D printers, power tools, and soldering equipment, but I had never properly learned how to use a sewing machine. My supervisors were happy to help! And within a few days, I made a crop top, pillowcase, and a tiny bag to hold apples. And from there, I jumped I became interested in different textile arts, like embroidery and weaving (!!). This exploration would not have been possible without the openness of the staff and their willingness to teach anyone who walks through the glass doors (as long as you have been safety trained which likes 40 minutes MAX). I can now create screen prints using a vinyl cutter (and make stickers!). I can use a sewing machine to make clothes that actually fit me. I can hand embroider clothes (in the process of repurposing my old Model UN shirt). And with my new-found confidence in making, am self-teaching myself how to weave! I never thought that I start my first year of college absolutely obsessed with textiles, but here I am.
Tags: bwastro, officially obsessed with weaving now and its all i will be talking about for the next 200 million years, shout out also to all the staff in the design center ! all amazing!, shout out to kelly and emily for looking over my post, the design center is amazing and beautiful and everyone should come visit me!
Written by Riva Weinstein
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
At least I didn’t end up in a swimming pool via Wikimedia Commons
Written by Mary Clare Greenlees
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Happening in the World: After spending two years in a Turkish prison, American pastor, Andrew Brunson, was released. He was one of the reported tens of thousands of people arrested following the failed coup in 2016. He was accused of espionage and was charged with being a member of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, the group which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed for the coup. Many hope that Brunson’s release will ease tensions between Turkey and the United States.
Happening in the US: On Friday, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington D.C., who was named over 200 times in the 900-page Pennsylvania grand jury report on covering up sexual abuse during his tenure as Pittsburg’s Archbishop. Many victims of clerical abuse hoped that this signaled the Pope’s commitment to holding church officials accountable for the abuse. However, the Pope instead cited Cardinal Wuerl’s “nobility” in volunteering to resign.
Happening in NYC: A New York City comptroller survey has found that 65% of NYC Housing Authority buildings have unsecured doors. This means that they either have a missing lock or the latch is broken. The investigation was launched after a resident spoke out at a town hall meeting, stating that her building lacked a working door for 19 years.
Happening on Campus: Imposter syndrome is defined as the “persistent feelings of inadequacy despite evident success.” Dr. Valerie Young, an internationally-known expert on imposter syndrome will be giving a talk titled, Why Capable People Suffer From Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It on Tuesday, 11:30 am to 1 pm on how to battle this demon.
Documentary of the Week: The Art of Making a Tapestry is a 9-minute thing of beauty that convinced me to go out and make my own handloom from scratch so that I could learn how to weave. The highly intricate art form has been around for thousands of years, and to make a large-sized tapestry takes several years. However, the weavers in this mini-documentary are not looking for the end masterpiece, but are focused on enjoying the act of creation and creativity that go into weaving. This documentary made me very low-key consider dropping out of college to become an apprentice weaver in France.
picture of Cardinal Donald Wuerl via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: bwastro, bwoglines, i think i wrote my common app abt imposter syndrome lmao, literally after watching the tapestry documentary my brain would not let me sleep bc all i could think of was making a tapestry and i didnt go to bed until like after 3 am, spent my wednesday making a handloom and im now loving life, weaving is amazing and i lov it so much, yikes at the pope tho :/
Written by Abi Peters
As I entered Barnard’s Sulzberger Parlor I had three consecutive thoughts: this room is pretty, I’m tired, and I look and feel like a drowned rat. Underneath all this, I was excited, I love poetry, but it was a dismal Thursday night, I’d had classes all day, and there are midterms that I still have yet to study for. Nonetheless, I settled down and, too socially awkward to go to the back of the room to get snacks, waited for the readings to start.
I had been intending to take notes, but I found that once the poets began reading I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. As they spoke, I was taken out of Barnard, out of New York City, and on a journey. The first poet, Mary Szybist, took me to a plain of angels. Angels of rain (appropriate), alchemy, and bliss. A stillness descended over the room when she read elegies to her mother, yet in moments of such raw grief, she still managed to evoke some genuine, not sadistic, laughter. In that moment, I felt honored to witness her vulnerability and humanity.
With Tarfia Faizullah, the second poet to speak, I traveled to a mother and father in Northern Iraq, to a young boy in Bangladesh, to seeds in the ground of West Texas. In twenty minutes, I journeyed through her life, her father’s life, through her aunt’s life.
Written by Sarah Harty
Although many are still bristling from Cynthia Nixon’s (BC ’87) loss in the primaries – meaning a likely four more years in office for Governor Andrew Cuomo and his notoriously broken MTA – her legacy, and promise to repair the subway, have not been forgotten at her alma mater. Last night, Barnard and Columbia’s all-female improv group took Cuomo to task at the Glicker-Milstein Theatre with their first performance of the year. To a packed house, the students explored such familiar topics as Tinder dates, prom memories, and skeletons.
Improv is really hard. Control Top made it look easy. The students did a very good job of making something out of nearly nothing – all they had to work with were two stools and one word to inform their scenes – and the somethings were hilarious. The cohesion among Control Top’s members resulted in smooth scene transitions and fantastic rapport, showcasing the hard work each student puts into their performance.
The scenes moved across the time, with scenes referencing both Banksy’s self-destructive tendencies and King Arthur. The characters played ranged from typical suburban families to advertising execs to Columbia Econ majors. Many scenes had great moments of physical comedy and visual gags as well as more conventional jokes that drew a lot of laughs from the audience. The reviewer would like to give a shoutout to Cooking With Bwog mastermind Cara Hudson-Erdman (BC ’21), but every member shined on that dimly-lit stage.
Control Top has two more performances planned this semester, on 11/10 and 12/13.
Written by Alex Tang
Now that the first series of STEM midterms are safely behind us, it’s a good time to think about ways in which we can improve our test-taking skills for the next batch of exams. In this week’s edition of Science 101, Bwog Science Editor, Intro Bio TA, and science intro-sequence veteran Alex Tang brings you his advice on what to do if you didn’t do so hot on your first midterm.
Most of us know that feeling – you log onto Canvas to check that grade from last week’s gen chem or astrophysics or immunology midterm. You’re expecting a B+, a B maybe… you know you definitely missed two questions, but everything else seemed okay. You click to see your grade, a feeling akin to ripping out a bandaid. Your heart sinks – you flunked. What went wrong?
Written by Betsy Ladyzhets
Managing Editor Betsy Ladyzhets needed a vacuum cleaner. In order to solve this problem, she walked a couple of blocks to University Hardware & Housewares, then wandered through the store. During her journey, she noticed that the store sells a lot more than meets the eye. This post is part of our new ShopHop series highlighting unique businesses in Morningside Heights.
My roommate and I needed a vacuum cleaner. Like, really needed a vacuum cleaner. Like, our floor was starting to look like the aftermath of a kindergarten class’ arts and crafts hour needed a vacuum cleaner. I could’ve ordered one online or taken the subway down to Bed Bath & Beyond, but I had a suspicion that I could find one with much less shipping and handling required. So, I headed out of Woodbridge, up to Broadway, and over to 114th Street.
University Hardware & Housewares (or H&H, as I like to call it) is located on Broadway between 114th and 113th Streets, right next to the New York Public Library. Before last summer, this store was split in two: University Hardware and University Housewares, both run by the same owner, and both occupying smaller spaces on the other side of Broadway next to International. The stores combined in July and moved across the street. This new location (the former home of Spirit Halloween) is much larger, allowing H&H to diversify their stock and make their store more easily navigable.
What does “hardware and housewares” encompass? H&H subscribes to a pretty broad definition. As I wandered through the store, I came across the expected pots and pans, glassware, cleaning supplies, and basic repair equipment. But I also found some less conventional sections, including greeting cards, party supplies, multiple rows of keychains, and a few shower shoes. Even on the shelves of normal “houseware items,” I found a few surprises: superhero water bottles among the camelbacks, leopard-print masking tape among the packing supplies. H&H is also carrying on the spirit of Spirit Halloween with a costume section. Everything is well-organized on wire shelves stretching up to the ceiling, clearly labeled with prices more reasonable than you would find at a larger store.
Tags: even with the bigger store they're still taking full advantage of their space, fun fact once i got lost in bed bath & beyond for an hour just looking for bedsheets to use for a ghost costume, ran into my bio adviser at h&h once, rip spirit halloween, shophop, the workers who sell masking tape and boxes during finals are real mvps, university hardware & housewares
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