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Braving the cold (and the human interaction) for those sweet, sweet tix

Braving the cold (and the human interaction) for those sweet, sweet tix

This Friday, Columbia’s TIC office will open in Lerner, selling Columbia students discounted tickets to Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and more. But even these discount tickets are often fairly pricey – a ticket to Aladdin in March, for example, is $59. To help out those of you not quite ready to shell out money at the TIC, Managing Editor (and penniless arts lover) Betsy Ladyzhets has put together a list of places you can get cheap tickets to shows, concerts, and other arts events outside of Columbia.

  • Broadway Week: Two for one tickets are being offered right now with a special promotion that lasts from January 17 to February 5. Speed is of the utmost importance for this opportunity – many shows are already sold out.
  • TKTS: The Theater Development Fund (TDF) has three discount ticket booths in NYC: one in Times Square “under the red steps” in Father Duffy Square at Broadway and 47th Street; one in South Street Seaport, at the corner of Front and John Streets, near the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street; and one in downtown Brooklyn, in 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade. These booths have same-day tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions between 20% and 50% off regular prices. You can see which tickets are available at any given moment on TKTS live. If you plan on trying TKTS, it’s good to get there at least half an hour before the booth opens to secure a decent spot in line.
  • Playbill: This list has information for rush, lottery, and standing room only policies for all Broadway shows. Playbill has rush and lottery information for many off-Broadway shows as well.
  • TodayTix: This app boasts last-minute Broadway deals and other theater tickets; you can both get tickets at discounted prices and sign up for daily lotteries for many popular shows.
  • Tix4Students: Anyone at least 18 and currently enrolled (part time or full time) in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university can create an account on this site, which then gets you access to Broadway and off-Broadway tickets at heavily discounted prices. (The average is $40 per ticket.)

More (non-theater) ticket info after the jump

Jan

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Pick up the phone baby

Before you head to class (or if you’re already in your 8:40– yikes!), check out our improved Bwoglines. Get a taste of what’s happening somewhere else, right here in NYC, and right-right here on campus. 

Happening in the world: President Obama cut short Chelsea Manning’s sentence with 3 days left in his presidency. Manning, a transgender woman imprisoned for leaking military secrets to Wikileaks, was scheduled to be released in 2045 but will be freed this May instead. (New York Times)

Happening in NYC:  The New York state senate voted down a bill that would have allowed a five cent fee on plastic bags in New York City. After contentious debate, the bill will now head to the State Assembly. (Gothamist)

Happening on campus:  ONYX, the only all women’s hip-hop dance troupe on campus, is hosting their Spring auditions today! It will be in Lerner E477 at 8PM.

Overheard: “I woke up with mouse shit in my bed.”

An Old Celebrity Tweet: 

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I know you’re home baby via ABC 

Jan

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Sliding into spring semester

If you slide into the spring semester this happy then you’re doing something right.

With the new semester upon us, Bwog takes a look back at winter break. No one seems to be happy on this rainy first day of classes, so we’ve decided to cheer you up! Winter Break was long overdue, but with break came its own challenges: Bwog gives you the rundown on what happened on our vacations. 

The Good:

  • Went to the naked Korean spa with my mom.
  • Ate an entire Costco-sized bag of dried mango.
  • Applied to roughly 100 internships.
  • Bought my sister 5 bottles of alcohol when I dropped her off at school in Canada (I don’t even need a fake to buy alc there!)
  • Drove for first time since June, didn’t crash.
  • Actually bought gifts for everyone I wanted to this year!
  • Carried a tote bag of seashells through two rounds of customs, border control, and security; worried they would think sharp part of shells could be considered a weapon but they didn’t!
  • Got interrogated by my dad when he found my fake. He asked me, “So, you’re 21 now?” I responded, “No dad, I’m 22.” He laughed. I kept my ID.
  • Worked all of break which sucked, but I made bank!
  • Jumped into the ocean on Christmas Day to participate in New England masochism.
  • Took my parents to Symposium. They bought me sangria and my dad made friends with the staff.
  • Learned a lot about volleyball in a very short amount of time.
  • Went snowmobiling.
  • A friend of mine from high school now owns a bus.

Cringe-worthy stories after the jump.

Jan

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beautiful voicez

Beautiful voices

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.

Recommended 

  • Book Launch: “Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable” Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Low Library Rotunda. Jeffrey D. Sachs. (RSVP)
  • ” New York Polyphony: Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass” Saturday, January 21, 2017 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46 St. New York Polyphony. 
  • “Sound Arts MFA Winter Weekend Exhibition” Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017. Reception both evenings: 6:30 pm. Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street. Dani Dobkin, Ashley Grier, Geronimo Mercado, Elyse Blennerhassett, Ethan Edwards, and Lemon Guo.

More events after the jump!

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Did you spend NYE in Times Square? We sure the hell didn't.

Did you spend NYE in Times Square? We sure as hell didn’t.

Welcome to a new spring semester, Columbia! Although we’re already a few weeks into the new year, Bwog thought we’d do a comprehensive review of what Columbia will be leaving behind in 2016— as well as what we’re hoping to jump into in 2017. New year, new Columbia.

What we did leave behind in 2016:

  • Orgo Night.
  • DSpar.
  • Maggie.
  • Political integrity?
  • Our mental health.
  • Those big plush chairs outside of Ferris.
  • A Columbia grad in the White House.
  • Undeveloped Manhattanville wasteland.
  • Jamba Juice in JJ’s.

See the full list here!

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Let's just hope Trelawney doesn't see the Grim

Let’s just hope that your professor doesn’t   kill you off as often as Trelawney does to Harry

The cold, rainy, and gloomy weather might be a sign to just give up now, but let’s face our 8 ams with optimism: it’s syllabus week! We all wish that MLK’s birthday could defy logic and last for a week, but sadly the semester crept up on us and now it’s time to log off Netflix and face reality. We are all trying to keep our resolutions, whether it’s eating better or getting better grades. It’s more than likely that one or two of the professors on your schedule will try to make class more exciting by inserting memes into slides and trying to crack some jokes while reading the syllabus. Don’t get used to it: their resolutions won’t last a month let alone the whole semester.

Professors, like students, are unpredictable: they might show their dark side by giving you readings, or they could ease you into class with cool music or videos. Either way, CU professors are going to say some weird shit that deserves to be recognized. Whether it’s pure sass or lame jokes, we want to hear them all. Send all of the weird things your professors say this week to [email protected] or leave them in the comments section. We don’t need professors’ names or classes- just attempts at perfecting comedic timing will do.

Fingers-crossed for a good semester via Harry Potter Wiki

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The calm before the storm....

The calm before the storm….

Ready or not, here it comes: the new semester! With the new year comes changes, and Bwog has decided to change up Bwoglines for 2017. Bwoglines will give you a taste of international and NYC news along with interesting events happening on campus. 

Happening in the world: A suspect has been captured by the police for being involved in the terrorist attack on New Year’s Day in Istanbul. The attack was responsible for the lives of 39 people. The shooter Abdulgadir Masharipov along with four others were detained by police. ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attack. (Al Jazeera)

Happening in NYC: Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed new legislation that would take steps towards decriminalizing marijuana. Taking into account data that shows that “recreational users” aren’t dangerous, Cuomo plans to end prosecution against people that carry small amounts of weed. (Washington Times)

Happening on campus: Today marks the first day of the spring semester! If you need a refresher on how to use Courseworks, there will be a workshop in Butler from 12-1:15. (RSVP)

Overheard: “So should we buy Grey Goose or literal potato water?”

Music PickWant to get excited for new classes? If there’s one thing that you’ll carry into this semester, take a listen to Chance The Rapper’s recent album, Coloring Book. If you’re looking for something new, try The xx’s I See You album.

Dec

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We wish for more fun in 2017

We wish for more fun in 2017

This fall has truly been full of instability, both on and off campus. Bwog has recently seen its fifth Editor-in-Chief in as many semesters, Columbia students are realizing that their liberal bubble might not be as safe as it seemed, and Cannons is finally gone for good. Not all of these changes were bad, as The Reclining Figure found a home and Claremont finally got a crosswalk. Regardless of what happened, time passed as always. Before we head home to recharge over Winter Break, we want to recap the events of these past few months. 

Our semester began with some drama on Broadway as Deluxe finally closed and has yet to be replaced. To contribute to the instability, Barnard officially declared the Magnolia tree dead. A new tree will be planted on the lawn in Maggie’s place, but we’re uncertain that any flowering bough will ever truly be able to replace our favorite crying spot on campus.

Even though an intro lecture was held in the Diana Event Oval, our painfully boring academic lives carried on. The then-thriving hole that was Barnard’s library was partially to blame for lack of classroom space, but construction seems to be on track as the TLC finally started to rise (that’s Teaching and Learning Center… no updates on the increased Tender Love and Care).

Then, the Columbia bureaucracy reared its ugly head, as we were informed Columbia wanted to keep track of its reporters during protests, so we signed a form and got some fancy lanyards. We also found out Columbia would no longer allow students to record audio during gender based misconduct hearings. And we interviewed Marjory Fisher, the new Title IX coordinator, who defended that decision and gave us insight into the legal proceedings of gender-based misconduct investigations.

DSpar, Carman mold, and more after the jump

Dec

22

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A word cloud of all of the answers given by seniors to the cheese or oral sex question

Wordcloud of “Cheese or Oral Sex” answers – click for full size!

Bwog has been around for ten years, and no content has quite defined us like our Senior Wisdoms. We’ve seen some very good (and very bad) advice, but the posts are about more than just actual wisdom. Anyone who’s thought about writing a Senior Wisdom has inevitably had to contemplate – would I rather give up cheese or oral sex?

We’ve received many ridiculous answers. Some students would rather give up cheese – to quote Yoachim Haynes SEAS ’13, “Dairy products make me break out. Oral sex hasn’t done that to me yet…” Others know that they would rather sacrifice oral sex – Orli Matlow GS/JTS ’15 told us, “Cheese never asks for reciprocation, and what is the Lewinsky without the Mozzarella Cheese?” Others still avoid the question or give halfway answers, such as Yanyi Luo CC 13’s, “Both arguments would have holes in them.”

The answers are varied and hilarious, which is why few Bwog posts have fascinated me more than “Oral Sex or Cheese: The Truth Revealed?” In it, a mysterious student named Fromage ’13 analyzed hundreds of Senior Wisdom responses to see whether Columbia students preferred one over the other. They found that 42% of students would rather give up oral sex, compared to only 30% who would give up cheese. We’ve posted over 170 Senior Wisdoms since then – how do they change the numbers?

Graphs, school breakdowns, and gendered responses after the jump

Dec

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In our hearts, M2M is never closed

In our hearts, M2M is never closed

As many of us are aware, M2M recently pulled its health rating up from a C to a B. So, does that make it worth visiting? Or have its cheap Asian snack foods and underutilized seating area held allure all along? Internal editor Finn Klauber defends this hidden gem.

Look, I get it. M2M is just that weird Asian store tucked into an alcove on Broadway with a C (now a B!) health rating. And you’re probably just another middle class, non-Asian kid whose experiences with blue collar grime consist of leaving Bel Air on the freeway or standing in line behind some scary New Yorker when trying to buy beer at the NSOP Yankees game excursion. Why would you go to M2M? Sweetgreen is just twenty feet away, after all. Nothing screams out “new experiences” like spending more than 10 dollars on the luxury of an artisanal salad.

But, honestly, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. M2M is the hidden gem of the Morningside food and snack community, and it’s a shame that so few Columbia students see that C or B and decide to keep walking on. I was that Columbia student once, I know what it’s like. But M2M has a way of worming itself into your heart.

See, in the varying states of consciousness in which I’ve perused row after row of strangely detailed products packed with color, I have never been disappointed in my choices. Without engaging in a fetishization of East Asian culture, it is entirely appropriate to wonder at the vastly different trajectory on which Asian junk food developed opposed to that of our Western dominated culture. And M2M has managed to assemble the greatest collection of such delectable treats in the near Upper West Side. All you have to do is look inside.

So, what exactly is so great about M2M’s snack collection?

Dec

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Three semesters in and the view is still pretty nice.

The view hasn’t gotten old yet.

When the newness is gone, does the malaise set in? Halfway through and taking a break before Round Two, Bwog babe Lila Etter decided to prepare for the second half of her sophomore year by reflecting on the first.

It was a little over four years ago when I first learned the full definition of the word “sophomoric.” I had just finished my freshman year in high school, and during the first week of summer my dad made a (somewhat facetious) comment about how he couldn’t wait for me to become truly sophomoric. He made this comment in front of me, but directed toward my mother, who smiled, nodded, and said, “You’re right. If we already thought she was a know-it-all, she’s about to be downright insufferable.” My confusion was evident, so they humored me with an explanation. As a soon-to-be sophomore in high school, I was about to take on a new persona of increased pretension. Sophomoric, as in: one’s second year, but also as in: intellectually overconfident and conceited, while simultaneously immature.

I, of course, resented this accusation at the time, labelling it as premature and overly critical of teenagers. Hindsight really is 20/20, though. Reflecting on what I was like as a sophomore in high school and as a fifteen-year-old, I know now that I was no exception to any rule about adolescent attitude. I was outspoken and precocious, aware of my own intellect and ready to defend it at any time, whether or not the situation actually called for it. I favored obscure books I thought no one else knew. I felt wise beyond my years and enjoyed praise from adults affirming that I carried myself with the assurance of a “much older girl.” This sophomoric nature irritated my parents when it manifested itself as correcting their grammar, dismissing their advice, and refusing to believe that anyone knew better than I did – including the two humans who had created me. They’ve since forgiven me for this year (these years, more accurately) of juvenile hubris, knowing it’s worth it now that they can tease me for it. I still recall myself at this age and cringe sometimes, but then again, who doesn’t?

Even more reflections after the jump.

Dec

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Whether it's by plane, train, or bus, get ready to say goodbye to Columbia for a bit!

Whether it’s by plane, train, or bus, get ready to say goodbye to Columbia for a bit!

Bwogline: Despite bipartisan support for the issue, the North Carolina legislature failed to repeal the controversial House Bill No. 2, which limited bathroom access and other human rights for LGBTQ people. (New York Times)

Study Tip: If you still have finals, you’re probably in cram mode. Give yourself a little break before your last test (or before you conclude your last essay) and grab a piece of chocolate – some studies say that it helps memory, but regardless, it’s worth it.

Music: Whether you need bravery for your last final, for your fear of planes, or just because you’re about to face a lot of intense family time, we all could use some bravery in our lives. Let Sara Bareilles inspire you as you get ready to end the semester.

Procrastination: Read all the CULPA reviews for your professors for next semester, and get ahead of the game by googling / wikipedia-ing them. You can procrastinate saying goodbye to your professors from this semester by getting ready for the next one!

Overheard: “I can’t wait to live with my friends next year so that I can tell them all the shit they do that pisses me off.”

Leaving on a Jet Plane via JFK Airport

Dec

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When Ann Thornton asks a band alum to donate to the library...

When Ann Thornton asks a band alum to donate to the library…

It’s been eight days since the Marching Band announced that they had been banned from playing Orgo Night in Butler 209 this semester – an edict that originated in the devious mind of Vice Provost and Head Librarian Ann Thornton. Senior Staffer (and Band member) Betsy Ladyzhets tried to get into that very mind by imagining what Ann Thornton’s life must be like, now that Orgo Night is over and most “disruptive” marching band members have migrated off campus.

5:29 pm

Headed home for the night! Time to not think about administrative meetings or official documentation for a few hours, and maybe watch a Netflix documentary.

5:31 pm

Shit, did I remember to send that email to Dean Kromm? I know she so values my opinions about which groups should and shouldn’t be allowed to hold events on the lawns…

5:33 pm

It’s fine, I can send it tomorrow.

5:57 pm

The subway gets more and more disgusting every week. There should be designated different cars – one for people who want to gossip with their friends, one for people who want to loud, ear-damaging music, and one for people who actually want to spend their time in a productive way. I’m going to write a strongly worded letter to the MTA.

6:18 pm

Did someone… poop… on my doorstep?

Did someone poop?!

Dec

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her name is probably Ashley or Haley

her name is probably Ashley or Haley

Today, we have a female Tinder Archetype for you! Bwogger Leo Bevilacqua writes about the charming, although almost unbearably loquacious, classic sorority girl that you might find on your screen.

The sorority girl’s first photo will be a selfie with either the Snapchat flower crown or dog filter (the first in an array of over-edited pictures). Count on there being at least two photos of her with all her sisters, cause you know ‘sisterhood’ is the reason she joined a srat (first you become a part of it, then it becomes a part of you). There will be a few pictures in front of wall murals in Soho or some paintings in the Met cause she’s cultured like that, despite her favorite vineyard being Franzia. Decked out in her finest Lilly Pulitzer, Calypso, Vineyard Vines, and Madewell, she’ll convince you that pastels never looked so good. On the oft chance that there’s a bikini pic, it will be at St. Barth’s, Key’s Largo, Cabo, or the Hamptons. The cool sorority girl may have a photo or two at one of NYC’s ‘hottest’ clubs and bars, such as Catch, Le Bain, Goldbar, Paul’s Baby Grande, Blond, and Lavo. Her photographs exude of artificially arranged classiness, as does her Instagram linked to her profile.

Her profile will include a Dr. Seuss quotation along the lines of “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” as well as her major, which will most likely be psych. Her Spotify playlist will include anything from Drake to St. Vincent, demonstrating tremendous range in her cultural interests. In the rare event that you match, expect to get cocktails or food at a variety of Manhattan’s best restaurants (i.e. Acme, Gari, etc.). This is not a girl you can satisfy with a simple Vodka Cran at 1020. If she’s southern, you might find in her profile a biblical quote or two or three, most likely from Romans. However, don’t be fooled by her generic, bland bio, as she may actually be sporting a rocking internship at NBC, Vanity Fair, and the like. The srat girl may have no chill, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing? This girl is gorgeous, classy, and popular, and she knows it. Her expectations of her Tinder suitors are astronomical, and her right swipe ratio might be lower than Columbia’s acceptance rate. The world is her oyster and if having a strong, independent, girl who could drink you under the table is a problem, then step aside.

sorority girl via Nikki Shaner-Bradford

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img_4135Typically, finding a a seat in The Reference Room (also known by its street name “Ref”), can be as challenging as surviving Columbia’s demanding curriculum. However, during finals it’s impossible to secure a seat if you don’t head to Butler before 8 am. I’ve learned a few things after spending more time here than in my actual living quarters, and have figured out exactly what you need to leave at your seat to ensure a random sophomore won’t be there typing their CC paper when you get back.

  1. An open folder: The folder could literally be full of information pamphlets about Butler itself. Doesn’t matter what’s inside; just make sure it’s left open. It will take up more space, and will leave the impression that you’ll be back so soon, you didn’t even think to close the folder.
  2. Multiple open notebooks: Honestly one of those Moleskins is from last semester. But look at how studious I seem with two of them– both open– stacked on top of each other. Give off the impression that you need to be studying here.
  3. A candle: Butler gets stinky during finals so I actually bring a candle for when the people who actually haven’t left the library in days decide to congregate in Ref. But it also looks intimidating– who wants to displace someone who brought a candle? This leaves the impression that you plan on moving in.
  4. A half-eaten snack: Mostly because people don’t like to handle half eaten food and will be less inclined to displace someone who left behind food. Leave off the impression that you’re gross.
  5. Multiple perishable drinks: This is less-so you look gross (read #4) and more-so you look like you’re coming back. No one wants to drink a smoothie/ Naked Juice it it has been sitting for longer than 20 minutes. These have the same effect as the open notebook; it leaves the impression that you’ll be right back.
  6. A Bag: A big, concrete object like a backpack or tote bag signifies that you’re still in the building, or that you can’t be too far, because who can live their life without their bag? This sends a strong impression to Butler dwellers that not only will you be back, but you’re probably nearby and would see them displacing you (a displacer’s worst nightmare tbh). A coat, sweatshirt, or even bra will send off a similar message if you didn’t plan this step out well enough before you packed for your library trip.
  7. Multiple pencil bags: Who has three extra pencil bags and needs all of them while studying? Send off the impression that you’re crazy.
  8. Chapstick: Again, this appeals to the “gross” impression that you’re trying to give off. No one wants to move someone’s chapstick. Plus it’s so small, it could get lost during displacement, so the camper could cause a scene if one of their belongings is missing.
  9. Random bullshit: That’s a walkie talkie. Show people that you’re so desperate to save this seat that you’ll leave a walkie talkie.
  10. Someone else’s mess: Make your camp so large that it spills into that of the person next to you. The displacer won’t know what’s what and will get frustrated and give up. Give the impression that you’re complicated.

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