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Even though there's no snow outside, let the arts bring you holiday spirit!

Even though there’s no snow outside, let the arts bring you holiday spirit!

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.

Sunday, December 4th

Tuesday, December 6th

  • Curtis on Tour Chamber Ensemble, 6:00 PM, Miller Theatre– “The orchestral nature of Brahms’s G minor piano quartet, No. 25, along with its irresistible Gypsy-style final movement, makes it one of the finest of the genre. Emerging stars from the Curtis Institute of Music perform alongside their mentor, Ayane Kozasa, as they take on this multifaceted piece in our final Pop-Up Concert of 2016.” – Free tickets here.

What about the rest of the week?…

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Smiling through the pain

House Speaker Paul Ryan has sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the U.S. Constitution and his plans during his presidency. Ryan and Trump have acknowledged their differences, but the two are openly speaking about some of Trump’s ideas that appear unconstitutional such as losing citizenship for burning the American flag,  and banning Muslims from entering the United States. Ryan stated, “We’re not looking back. We’re looking forward.” (Huffington Post)

By Sunday, an estimated 2,000 U.S. veterans are expected to show their support for Standing Rock oil pipeline protest in North Dakota. Some veterans have promised to act as “human shields” to protect protesters from law enforcement. (NBC News)

The Mall of America, the nation’s largest mall, has introduced their first black Santa. The co-owner of the Santa Experience at the mall was searching for a diverse Santa when they found Larry Jefferson, the only black Santa out of the 1,000 applying for the position. (ABC News)

Bee and butterfly populations continue to die off which could have a massive effect on the human populations. Scientists estimate that pollinators created a crop output worth $314-722 billion and $1.4 billion jobs depend on bees and butterflies. Scientist claim that a decrease in pollinators could potentially be a “dire threat to human welfare.” (News.com.au)

Another Trumpdate via The Huffington Post

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The show was great, but the name….

Tonight marks the second and final show for dance group Orchesis’s semester performance, 1, 2, 3, Fourchesis. Bwog sent staff writer Connie Blumenthal to dress rehearsal to check out the dancers’ smooth moves in Roone Arledge Auditorium. The final performance will start at 10 PM, with tickets for $6 with CUID at TIC/online, with cash accepted at the door after 9:30.

Despite my best intentions to audition, I’ve always missed the semesterly auditions for Orchesis, so I’ve never had the chance to perform with the group. As such, I was excited to have the chance to sit in on dress rehearsal to see exactly what I missed. Orchesis has the reputation of being one of the largest dance groups on campus, but I was still surprised when I walked into Roone Arledge Auditorium by just how many dancers there were. I felt like I was back in my ballet days with dancers running around half dressed, figuring out last minute details, fixing costume glitches, and working on homework. The energy and excitement from the dancers was almost tangible, and I was equally excited as I took a seat to watch the final rehearsal.

Orchesis is one of many dance groups on campus, but it stands out as one of the largest groups that performs strictly student choreographed pieces. Additionally, everything from costumes to lighting are student designed, making it a truly massive undertaking. What makes Orchesis different from other dance groups like New York Live Arts, Columbia University Ballet Ensemble (CUBE), Columbia Ballet Collaborative (CBC), and Raw Elementz is the variety of dance styles that are showcased in Orchesis. Styles of dance included everything from lyrical to modern, contemporary ballet to hip hop, and jazz to tap, and some performances featured a elements of all the above. The show comprised thirteen pieces in total, mixed with short interludes, and opened with a jazzy number choreographed by Coya Pruden and set to Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good.”  For me, this opener was the best possible way to lead into the show; the performance was upbeat and fun, definitely a piece that would endear the performers to the audience.

How did the rest of the show go?…

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i’m just a corporate man living in a corporate world

After catastrophic blows to the bank account from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, perhaps we are all thinking about either 1) doing another psychological study or 2) getting a job. To help prepare undergraduates like well-done and well-seasoned prime ribs for the corporate and otherwise world, CCE will have an Undergrad Career Prep Week from next Monday, Dec. 5, to Friday, Dec. 9. Each day will feature a workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m; to reserve a spot, RSVP here. The workshops are as follows:

  • Monday: Lionshare
  • Tuesday: Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Wednesday: LinkedIn Profile Development
  • Thursday: Building A Professional Network
  • Friday: Interviewing Skills

On Friday, there will be two information sessions: one geared toward first-years interested in internships/externships and another for all undergraduate students interested in summer internships. Happy (or grim, or angry, or indifferent, or resigned) job hunting!

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the chats can be a time for healing and support

the chats can be opportunities for healing and support

To foster community with students in the current post-election atmosphere, beginning next week, several faculty members will visit the common areas of some dorms to chat with students about their thoughts and their plans for the future. The week will wrap up with an event on Thursday. The location and time of these events are as follows. and all are welcome:

  • Monday: 5:30-7:30 p.m., IRC,
  • Tuesday: 7-8 p.m., East Campus
  • Wednesday: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Schapiro
  • Thursday: 6-8 p.m., Sanctuary: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on an Activist Category, Julius S. Held Lecture Hall

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two raw eggs

two raw eggs

The oldest person in the world, Emma Morano of age 117, credits her longevity to sleep, healthy relationships, and a stringent diet that includes two raw eggs per day and some cookies. Her doctor, Carlos Bava, says she has perfect cholesterol and glucose levels. (CNN)

Starting next month in Texas, aborted fetuses will be required to be buried or cremated. It is unknown yet whether this will discourage facilities from performing abortions or if it will push facilities to increase costs. (The Huffington Post)

Vote recounts for the 2016 presidential election are currently underway in Wisconsin and pending in Michigan. This effort was begun and is financed by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who claims that voting machines were hacked. (The New York Times)

Note to all Starbucks shareholders (because yes, I know you’re out there, and yes, I’m not sure there’s any relevance at all to this acknowledgment): CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks, will, corporately, resign to corporately focus on other corporate initiatives tied to—surprise—coffee. They have to do with roasteries or something. (The Washington Post)

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Artopolis's sangria looks delicious.

Artopolis’s sangria looks delicious.

In this week’s Whine & Cheez, Bwog uncovers a hidden gem restaurant in the MoHi neighborhood. Artopolis, home of scrumptious desserts, also serves a killer White Wine Sangria.

Offered in both a pitcher for $18 or just a glass for $6, this sangria is fair priced. The pitcher, filled with beautiful seasonal fruit, is a joy to even stare at. The zesty, aromatic white infused with fruit and mixed with a tad of juice can turn any day upside down.

Artopolis offers an array of desserts that can be paired perfectly with the sweet, yet light concoction. Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Tart, and even Crepes pair wonderfully with this refreshing sangria.

Whether its a rainy day and you are in need of a taste of summer or too cold to go outside, this refreshment will be worth the trek to Amsterdam between 113th and 114th.

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Come to the Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Come to the Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Though the weather outside may feel more like the beginning of Fall than Winter, December has officially begun, and with that comes Columbia’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!

The ceremony, which is jointly hosted by CCSC, SGA, GSSC, and ESC, will begin at 6 p.m. on College Walk, but there will be cider, hot chocolate, and Columbia swag as early as 5:30 p.m.

For CC students only, there will be a Winter Celebration in the Journalism School’s world room, hosted by the Columbia College Alumni association.

For more details, visit the official facebook event.

Official Tree Lighting Design via Helen Lu

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Etienne Balibar, the author of Citizen Subject.

Etienne Balibar, the author of Citizen Subject.

Last night, Etienne Balibar discussed his new book, Citizen Subject, to a packed room of comparative literature fanatics, political enthusiasts, and avid philosophy students. Bwogger Becky Novak attended the event.

Balibar’s book is considered to be a synthesis of his beliefs surrounding the necessarily antagonistic relationship between citizen and subject, an in analyzing this couplet, he advances towards the heart of the problem of citizenship.  The visiting professor of French and Romance Philology, is famous for his Post-Marxist theories on politics.  It was an evening of discussion, questioning, and celebration for the publishing of what is considered to be a synthesis of Balibar’s career-long thoughts on modernity in the frame of self-enunciation of the subject, the community as “we,” the cycle of citizen to subject to citizen once again; finally manifesting itself as a unique viewpoint at the center of both philosophical and political anthropology.

What happened at the event?

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Donald Trump’s potential cabinet is acting about as mature as Regina George

Donald Trump has potentially appointed some members of the business elite to his cabinet, signaling that the interests of Wall Street will likely be important to his administration. (New York Times)

Nancy Pelosi was reelected as the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives for the 2016-18 congressional turn. (The Atlantic)

Police officers in North Carolina will not prosecute the police officer responsible for the death of Keith Lamont Scott, back in September of 2016. (The Atlantic)

In more humorous (albeit slightly terrifying) news, Newt Gingrich is initiating a feud with Mitt Romney, calling him a “suck-up” to President-Elect Donald Trump.

Mean Girls via IMDB

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it might ease your symptoms, but it won't return your dignity

it might ease your symptoms, but it won’t return your dignity

Life at Columbia gets stressful. It is around one hundred times worse when you face a little problem that 50% of women will experience sometime during their life: a UTI.

It begins the night after a crazy party that ended with some marathon sex in someone else’s room. Said someone falls asleep on you almost immediately after completion, and you’re in no position to scurry to an unknown bathroom, particularly given that you have no fucking idea where your underwear (or dignity?) is. You know you should ~cleanse~ your urinary tract, but you just close your eyes, head slightly dizzy, and drift off, hoping for the best.

Or, you’ve been with someone that you KNOW you’ll get a UTI from. You just know, not that he’s dirty or anything, but it’s happened before. But thirst knows no bounds, and you take your cranberry pills right after you receive that 2am text thinking ‘I’m prepared.’ You’re not prepared. You wake up okay, but as you sit in your Contemporary Civilization class, or at Sunday drunch, you know what’s coming with the first stabbing pain in your urinary tract.

The last situation is almost as likely: it just fucking happens. You’re as celibate as the Christian girl in the Secret Life of the American Teenager. You’re applying to grad schools and jobs and you don’t have time for physical contact. You haven’t seen anyone but your suitemates in over 2 weeks because applications are taking precedent over classes. You haven’t showered – let alone let someone of the opposite sex come close enough to smell you. You still get a UTI.

It gets worse…

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as New York as bagels and pigeons

If you’re interested in SNL, or in a potential acting or directing career, this is the article for you! On Tuesday, LateNight Theater, an on-campus late-night comedy sketch group, hosted their first annual speaker series, featuring Don Roy King, the current director of Saturday Night Live. Bwog sent staff writer Lexie Lehmann to check it out. 

Don Roy King is an icon of late-night television. Currently in his 11th year as Saturday Night Live’s Director, King previously worked on Survivor, The Early Show, and The Mike Douglas Show. As a result of his directing work, King has won several Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as awards from the Director’s Guild of America.

On Tuesday, Don Roy King sat down for a question forum led by Nathaniel Jameson, CC’18, a member of Columbia’s LateNight Theater group. Overall, King was a lively, charming, and captivating personality — wonderfully spirited even in his old age. He dressed sharply in bright blue pants and a burgundy jacket, perfectly matching the cozy *aesthetic* of Barnard 304.

During the event, King answered questions on a number of topics, beginning with how he got his start in directing. As an undergraduate at Penn State, King was interested in performing, but majored in broadcasting to satisfy his parents. During a practical broadcasting assignment in his senior year, King stumbled upon his innate talent for directing when one of his peers failed to manage their assignment correctly, and King was forced to step in. He likened the experience as turning into the “quarterback on a football team,” forced to call quick shots and move things around on a dime. King was immediately drawn to this high stakes and the fast-paced environment, and knew that directing was the right path for him to follow.

Read King’s advice for aspiring actors and directors

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we're the real blue ivy (bye yale)

we’re the real blue ivy (bye yale)

Seniors, as of now, you’ve probably survived around 7 sets of finals, umpteen papers, multiple housing-lottery-induced anxiety attacks, and dozens of hangovers and sleepless nights. Now’s your chance to get the recognition you deserve from this vast institution and to become a real adult.

If you’re graduating in May, remember to submit your degree application by tomorrow, December 1!

Send in your application as an attachment to [email protected], or bring it in hard copy to the Student Service Center in 205 Kent Hall.

Congratulations, seniors, and we’ll see you all at commencement on May 17!

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this is why we can’t see stars on this island

We were graced last night with another GSSC meeting! As usual, Romane Thomas and Jennie Nugent are here to provide us with the most important updates. GSSC covered Disabilities Awareness Day, the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the council retreat, among other topics. 

Senator Curtis spoke about the events organized for Disabilities Awareness Day. On December 3, from 5pm to 7pm, food will be served and a panel will take place to discuss issues concerning disabilities on campus. Hot chocolate and hot tea will also be served in front of Low Library.

GSSC’s policy team spoke about “Giving Tuesday,” and said that the challenge to come up with a new, catchier name for the day would start on Monday. The winner will be announced within a week and will receive a gala ticket. Michael Higgins also updated the council about the food bank, stating that the bank is now fully stocked!

Campus life then talked about the tree lighting ceremony and reminded the council to sign up to volunteer. A Snapchat filter will be up and paid for by GSSC.

Other updates:

  • Thursday Night Holiday Sweater Party with free food
  • December 7th trivia night at Amity Hall
  • December 8th Karaoke Night at a bar on 108th

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You go, girl! Here at Bwog, we're big fans of self-expression

You go, girl! Here at Bwog, we’re big fans of self-expression

Competing chess grandmasters Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin will move on to tiebreakers today at the World Chess Championship finals, hosted in Manhattan. In the past two weeks, chess fans all over the world have been enthralled by the 12 regulation games that have left the two grandmasters in a dead tie. (The New York Times)

Miss Minnesota made history as the first Miss USA contestant to compete in a hijab and a burkini. Halima Aden, a Somali-American born in Kenya, chose to compete in traditional Muslim clothing to inspire others to embrace themselves. (NBC News)

After a dog escaped her cage and got lost at Mexico City’s airport, the Mexican airline Interjet launched a campaign called #BuscandoMika (FindMika).The airline posted flyers and photos of the search effort, and offers a 5,000 peso ($250) reward. (The Washington Post)

President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly include three women of color in his next administration, including current governor of South Carolina, Republican Nikki Haley. Learn more about them here. (CNN)

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