We all know the real reason that Lerner has increased the price of key replacements to a whopping $50, but here’s the official statement from Jose Rosa, Director of Operations of the Transportation Office:
Prior to this increase, the key replacement fee had not changed for more than 10 years, during which time the actual cost to replace a lock and key began to far exceed the fee charged to students. The process to replace keys involves purchasing new keys and locks, and the labor to make and install them. The current key replacement fee of $50, while still below the actual replacement costs, was driven by these associated costs and is now in line with other University lost key fees.
While this all seems very rational and financially sensible, it’s still a fairly shocking jump in price point, so we suggest making copies of your key, sleeping with it around your neck, or throwing it in the trash just to make a statement about your abundance of disposable income/disdain for the administration (Could this be a new addition to the St. A’s initiation ceremony?). And considering the actual factors driving the price hike, you might want to get an off-campus P.O. box and protect your personal information.
And even if it does make sense from a fiscal point of view—it’s still true that the University might be planning to phase out mailboxes. So what’s the point, really, of this, or by extension, anything? And why is Bwog covering this so intensely?
Tags: don't let this distract you from the truth, gossip, investigative journalism, Jose Rosa, keys, mailboxgate 2015, psa, throwing away your key is the new dashing a rolex on the ground, trapped in steel and glass and the horrors of artifice: alfred j. lerner hall, will the phasing out affect anyone in any way, you know it's official when
Performers, designers, type-A personalities, lend me your ears—because you just might be interested in the ongoing auditions for the Varsity Show. Whether you want to act, design costumes, or claim your rightful place as “snack captain”, there’s probably something that interests you, so get ready to dazzle the creative team with your joie de vivre, quick retorts, and surprisingly enough, real and tangible skill! The final two audition/interview dates will be:
Monday, November 23 (today!)
8 to 11 pm in Hamilton Hall
Tuesday, November 24
8 to 11 pm in Hamilton Hall
There is no designated room; signs in the lobby will guide any participants to a holding room before the actual audition or interview.
Actors who audition are expected to prepare 32 bars or a minute of a song in the style of musical theater, while interviewees will, kind of obviously, go through an interview. No one is expected to stay the length of the entire audition period, so this won’t interrupt your frantic study schedule for Gen Chem or that Tinder date you set up before you knew how momentous these nights would be. Basically, you have nothing to lose, and the opportunity to be “part of a truly unique, original process” (hmmm) so why not?
Do It For Alma via Facebook
Tags: bwog has stage fright so we wont be seeing you at the auditions, don't you feel that audition processes build this send of camaraderie as you're all stuck and stressed in the same room or actually maybe the opposite, no experience necessary, psa, school traditions, take a risk, time's a tickin', v122, vshow rlly loves itself
President Spar sent an email to the Barnard community this morning to update students on the administration’s response to an ongoing student challenge of Barnard’s reduced winter break housing policy. Students have put together a petition and the policy has been a recurring topic of SGA meetings this semester.
President Spar acknowledged the petition and other student efforts in her email and elaborated on new opportunities for students to express their housing needs and concerns to the administration. There are still obstacles in the process — for example, students approved for housing can only live in Plimpton Hall — but the email indicates that the process is not over.
Written by Joe Milholland
Joe Milholland, marquess of Mondays, takes us to the most recent CCSC meeting, where the discussed topics included building a more helpful and effective student-alumni relationship and of course, without fail, Bacchanal. Read on for survey results, interesting quotes, and typical council drama.
“We were invisible. I didn’t even know what it was until I got asked to join it,” said Columbia College Alumni (CCA) Chair Kyra Barry, CC ’87, about the presence of her organization on campus during her time at Columbia. Barry came to Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) meeting, where alumni-student interaction was a big topic.
She explained that CCA is an independent body, although “how independent we’ve been waxes and wanes.” It’s been around for 150 years, and the idea for the lion as a mascot came from CCA, as did the idea of gym equipment in dorms. Barry laid out the CCA’s three main focuses: development, engagement, and the state of the college.
“Starting around 2000, we became very, very focused on development,” said Barry. Development for CCA is mostly fundraising. Barry said that Columbia College is ranked highly in many areas besides the number of alumni who give and that the fund from donations goes to things like financial aid and student services.
Tags: Bacchanal survey, Barnard Winter Housing, Blame CCA for Matilda the Goat not becoming our mascot, cafe east, Cafe East > Cafe 212, CCA, ccsc, How Columbia Got Its mascot, Kyra Barry, lots of updates, resignations, sandwich deals--the rllest update in this whole post, ummm we're not that into sports guys taking over our cozy Lerner lounge, Widescreen TVs in Lerner, writing paragraphs in the survey: how could we not
Not-so-bombastic news: a homeless man rummaging near the home of the Bronx Bombers found a trash bag containing stolen military firearms, looted from an armory a few days earlier. Though investigators tracked down the thief, 13 other weapons are still missing—still, good on you, guy! (New York Daily News)
Because Facebook is your best friend and your big sister rolled in one and basically shields you from the world (not an evil data-collecting corporation at all!!), it’s great news that they’re introducing new tools to help you get through a break-up. (TIME)
We honestly don’t believe the various news sources who’ve debunked the theory that astronaut Scott Kelly took a photo of a UFO while up in space. If there’s anything the Core’s taught us, it’s to be critical and self-aware, so we’re still holding out hope. (Forbes)
Al Roker is accusing a cab driver of racism for passing him by and picking up a white passenger instead. The bright side? Uber and the like are making this type of behavior harder and harder to get away with. (Gawker)
Brussels has been on high alert all weekend as police search for Salah Abdeslam, who is suspected of being part of the Paris terror attacks—but Belgian police have carried out 22 raids, making a total of 16 arrests. (BBC)
CC Student In A Sea of SEAS via Shutterstock
Tags: bronx bombers surrounded by...not bombs but bomb-like weapons, bwoglines, do you root for any new york sports teams?, ISIS, it was aliens, once we sent a message to mark zuckerberg but he never even saw it much less replied so what's the point of living, school of mines!, silver linings, that feel whenever there's an event and someone spams uber and lyft promotions, the core is so real u guys
Tags: but snapchat ppl spill all their shit they let all their skeletons out of the closet, CUSS, is it true that the campus story is over now?? in that case consider this video a tribute, just not on CU snapstory tho, like instagram is fake af, okay but the visual effects in the beginning of this one are dope go CUSS, snapchat gets real, video, we feel like snapchat is probably the most authentic truthful form of social media there is though
Written by Amara Banks
Random flyers and littered pizza crusts are usually the things we don’t notice scattered along Broadway, but the quotes displayed on the black and white marquee sign on 114th seem to catch all of our eyes. They’re usually short and simple, yet simultaneously thought provoking and sometimes inspiring. But, in the words of Justin Bieber, what do [they] mean? Bwog sent Staff Writer Amara Banks to interview Pastor Chris Shelton about the quotes this week.
The red doors that shield the church from 114th Street were tightly shut during my first attempt at meeting the unknown person responsible for the signs. I then called the number listed on the church’s website and spoke with a receptionist who informed me that the pastor actually writes the quotes himself. The receptionist gave me Pastor Chris Shelton’s contact information, and after reaching him on the phone we arranged to meet in person the next day. When I arrived this afternoon, we promptly sat down and I finally asked him the question that has been on the entire community’s mind.
Written by Finn Klauber
Bucket List represents the inordinate 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 short academic week are below and the full list is after the jump. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Tags: a band-aid on the broken earth like damn that's depressing, bucket list, can we take this opportunity to discuss our problematic fave: "flesh-toned" band-aids, flesh-toned our asses, gotta love when the tags have zero relevance, happy thanksgiving toooooo, hpy thxgiving, not v encouraging, our ass? does bwog possess a singular collective ass?, our asses?, well this took a turn... happy sunday everyone
Here at Bwog, we support each other no matter what. And now that the Holiday season is upon us, support is more important than ever. You’re probably wondering… Support? What kind of support will I need? It’s Thanksgiving, after all. I can’t wait to go home, eat some turkey/tofurky (we at Bwog respect all lifestyle choices), and see my family and friends.
But you’re forgetting something. In the upcoming week, you need to prepare yourself to answer a series of inane questions relating to your love life, study habits, and life goals.
But don’t worry. Bwog is here to help. For answers to these (and many more), come to Lerner 505 tonight at 7pm! We’ll have snacks, jokes, and lots of advice on dealing with those pesky relatives and avoiding their abundance of inquiries. If all else fails, remember: stuffing your face with turkey is always an option. And if even that fails, take a cue from last night’s SNL skit:
Pray the fakes get exposed via Shutterstock
Tags: bwog meeting announcement, happy needless turkey murder day!!, literally just stuff a turkey in your mouth and all your problems will be solved, meeting tonight, or just stuff a turkey in your relative's mouth. that'll shut them right up, shout out to all the tofurky fans out there... god bless, thanksgiving, we love turkey and hate interrogations, why must adults insist on discussing school when we're out of school for four days, you can count on your bwog support system
Written by Gowan Moïse
Despite being thoroughly tone-deaf and having a distinct lack of knowledge about musical theatre, Bwogger Gowan Moïse spent his Saturday evening in Roone Arledge Auditorium attending Columbia Musical Theatre Society’s production of “Evita.” We bring you his post-play thoughts and feelings below.
Although many might recognize him as the composer of such musical theatre masterpieces as “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the equally impressive musical “Evita,” which details the life of Eva Perón, an Argentinian social-climber, turned actress, turned political figure. CMTS, for its big musical of the semester, chose to give the arts community of Columbia a crash course in Argentinian politics of the 1940s by putting on “Evita” in the Roone Arledge Auditorium in a three-show, two-day run.
The performance of “Evita” opens to the sounds of a cinema in Argentina on July 26th, 1952, where it is announced that Eva Perón (played by Skylar Gottlieb, BC ‘16) “entered immortality at 20:25 hours.” This opening leads into a requiem for Eva, appropriately sung in Latin. Immediately following the requiem, our narrator, Ché (Sam Balzac, CC ‘17), launches into song about the grief Argentina feels as a country for Evita, their idol. The story then jumps back through time to 1934, where a 15-year-old Eva is introduced to the audience while in the midst of a love affair with tango singer Agustín Magaldi (Jacob Iglitzin, CC ‘19). After using that affair as leverage to persuade Magaldi to take her to Buenos Aires, Eva cuts ties with him and begins socializing (and sleeping around) to facilitate her social-climbing, working her way to become a model, a radio personality, and an actress. Following a few musical numbers, military and political leader Colonel Juan Perón (Christopher Browner, CC ‘16) is brought into the narrative, and he and Eva meet at a charity concert at which Perón is speaking. Eva, using her considerable powers of persuasion, convinces Perón to leave his mistress (played by Emma Smith, BC ‘19), and Eva and Perón marry before Perón launches his presidential bid, using Eva to organize rallies and garner support for his cause.
Tags: cmts, evita, except diana is still so pure in our universal mindset right? like she's so fresh and so clean clean, jk we love you eva, the argentinian princess diana... a solid parallel, we miss you eva, we'll never forget you eva, whereas eva's like... why you always lyin (/money laundering/social climbing)
The United Nations Security Council has made a big decision, approving a resolution this week that urges nations around the world to do all in their power to combat the Islamic State. (The New York Times)
For Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday in August, her boyfriend Tyga bought her a $450,000 car. For his 26th birthday this week? Kylie broke up with him. (E! News)
The Obama administration has petitioned the Supreme Court for executive authority over the plan for immigration, allowing the administration to make the decision to “allow illegal immigrants to remain and work in the United States without fear of deportation.” (The Washington Post)
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Brussels, Belgium, was put on maximum security alert yesterday, in response to the threat of militant terrorist attacks in the city. The capital has now shut down its metro and warned citizens to stay on high alert. (The Huffington Post)
Resolution reached via Shutterstock
A bit of background: In case you’ve never walked farther downtown than 115th street, the Columbia Daily Spectator office is located on Broadway between 111th and 112th (or just, “Near the Heights”). You can even find the office on Google Maps!
Once in a while, if you walk past the Spec office on your way to [insert food establishment on 110th], you may even see a Spec staffer who has been locked out of Headquarters. Our next Snapchat Geofilter is dedicated to those staffers who just can’t seem to catch a break. Soldier on!
Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (CDCJ) posted a statement on their website yesterday evening, responding to Tuesday’s decision from the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) to reject fossil fuel divestment.
In the statement, CDCJ notes that they “weren’t exactly surprised” by the decision. They go on to condemn ACSRI for failing to do its job and “demonstrating a devastating lack of courage” in “examining how other Ivy League schools have acted–not realizing that Columbia could be a leader amongst the Ivies.”
The rejection is particularly embittering, they write, because it comes so soon before the Paris United Nations conference on climate change in early December.
Maybe next year ACSRI will do something. Maybe.
Written by Phoebe Newton
Thanksgiving is soon upon us. Some of us will go home, others will stay here and enjoy extra Columbia FLEX dollars or a free meal at a Barnard alumna’s house. But what about pre-Thanksgiving Friendsgiving? You probably spend more time with your friends than your parents or family. Plus, we’re basically adults, and group cooking is a fun/classy activity. Bwogger Phoebe Newton rolled up her sleeves and donned an apron to lead a group of pals in a happy Thanksgiving feast.
I’ve always dreamed of a Thanksgiving dinner straight out of the sitcom Friends. In this fantasy, my friend, who is conveniently a culinary connoisseur, nimbly stirs things in pots and pans while simultaneously pulling delicious baked goods out of the oven. The rest of us engage in side conversations, watching the person in the kitchen with awe and anticipation. A sports game blares from the TV speakers (football is a fall sport, right?), and the table is set with the finest plastic diningware. Finally, the moment arrives. The table is adorned with a delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and various other sides. I fill my plate and prepare to indulge.
In an attempt to make this fantasy a reality, I gathered a group of culinarians (friends) to help me make a Thanksgiving meal in our dorm kitchen.
Baking sheet and Pam spray
Various forms of vegetables (all stolen from the dining hall, of course)
Approximately 4 medium sized potatoes
Craisins from my dorm room fridge
Veggie Burgers (real meat goes very wrong, very quickly)
Pillsbury dough for rolls
Desserts (stolen from the dining hall or purchased from a local market)
Written by Joe Milholland
PrezBo’s Defense of Affirmative Action and Discussion of Columbia’s Racial Policy
At the beginning of Friday’s University Senate plenary, PrezBo gave a long speech about racism and the university’s role therein. His speech was historical in nature, starting with the Supreme Court decision Brown vs. The Board of Education, which struck down segregated public schooling as unconstitutional. After that decision, PrezBo said, “basically” every college in the US embraced affirmative action policies, as well as corporations and the government.
However, PrezBo went on, in the late 1980’s these ideas began to be attacked under the Reagan administration, and a challenge to the University of Texas’s Law School’s affirmative action policies succeeded in the Supreme Court. Later, Proposition 209 to California’s constitution got rid of affirmative action, and, according to PrezBo, the University of California is now 2.5% African-American (it was higher before Prop 209, he said).
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