Perhaps you’ve spotted some already, but the Orgo Night posters are up around campus. (They’re on ceilings and windows and walls and obviously they all want you to attend Orgo Night.) And just so you don’t miss any, here they all are for you to enjoy.
Bwog loves the Columbia Culinary Society for many reasons,
but actually mostly if in part for their many wonderful and often festive free food opportunities. Today, at
9 PM in the East Ramp Lounge, we will be having our annual holiday pie competition! Come on over to have a taste of some delicious sweet treats, vote for your favorite, and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the Culinary Society!
It’s the most wonderful time of year, pie-eaters. We’ll see you there.
A lil slice of sweet golden crispy apple holiday heaven via Shutterstock.
Remember the secret of the tent? Looks like there are new signs for Barnard and SEAS, too.
Columbia’s cool neon sign via Scarlett Tohme, CC’14.
Multiple tipsters have spotted a film crew on campus, complete with a fake Greek cart, costume racks, tech equipment, and lots of crew chairs. Supposedly they’re filming a TV show called “Black Box.” Let us know if you have any more info, especially about celebs, by sending tips to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Update (10:28AM): Tipster alerted Bwog with some information on the actors:
“The most noteworthy person in the show would be Kelly Reilly (red head from “Flight” (drug addict/Denzel’s love interest) and “Sherlock Holmes” (Watson’s wife)). Right now Reilly (Elizabeth Black in the show) and costar Ditch Davey (Dr. Marc Bickman) are filming outside Lerner.”
Columbia Nursing wants you to stay healthy this winter. (Newswise)
While you’re working on your health, start preparing for next year’s state fair. There will still be plenty deep-fried everything on a stick for you, America. (Vice)
Know your TV sitcom moms. Prepare yourself for that trivia night, obvs. (Rookie)
And in other news: Columbia’s very own tax law professor Michael Graetz was featured by the Wall Street Journal, discussing corporate tax reform. Because he’s a “be prepared” kind of guy. (WSJ)
Preparation via Shutterstock.
It’s late. You’re tired. You’ve been sitting in Butler for hours and it feels like it’s never going to end–and you only just got back to campus. It’s not even reading week but it sure feels like it as you cram to catch up on the last semester. Sure, in merely three weeks this will all be behind you, but right now those three weeks feel like decades.
Don’t you worry child, Bwog knows exactly what you need tonight: the College Walk Lights. The official lighting ceremony isn’t until this Thursday (YEARS from now), but earlier this evening, one enterprising young lady took matters into her own hands.
You see, right there on College Walk—on the CAVA parking spot side of things—there’s an open, exposed outlet right below the dangling light plug. Tipsters report that a girl figured this out earlier tonight while with her mother. She simply plugged the strand in, turning on the light of the front two trees. Her mother snapped a picture. They then scampered away into the night.
So tell us, darling reader: who gon stop you from doing the same?
Image of heavenly sin via Ian Marshall and Malina Welman
In case you’ve been nestled in Butler for the past month, it’s cold outside. Because Bwog loves you and doesn’t want you to freeze, we asked resident Michigander and Senior Staff Writer Alexander Pines for some tips on staying warm.
- This is basic, but important: gloves, scarf, hat. I’m serious. You lose a lot of body heat through your extremities and bright red hands aren’t a cute look on anyone. You can pick up a cheap pair of gloves and a beanie/skullcap/head covering of choice from basically anywhere–and, if the only money you have left to spend is
Monopoly moneyFlex, the bookstore has decent touch-screen friendly gloves.
- If you don’t have touch-screen enabled gloves, pull out the headphones that came with your iPhone and use the attached mic. You can use Siri to make calls or send texts/emails and adjust the volume/skip songs by squeezing the buttons. Furiously fumbling to untangle the cord keeps the blood flowing!
- Also basic, but layers. Seriously. Even a second tee shirt underneath your sweater helps a lot. Double up on socks underneath your boots (which you should also consider investing in), throw on a thin down layer underneath your peacoat, or wear longjohns/leggings under your jeans.
- Change up the cotton gear for something wool and wear under a heavier, waterproof layer.
- Get some hand warmers. Put one in each pocket and, for the truly dedicated, one in each shoe/boot.
- Alternatively, use kittens. Beware of teeth.
- Wear black. Not only does it go with everything, but darker colors absorb heat better.
- Waterproof as many things as possible. Nothing is worse than walking through a puddle/snow, soaking your shoes, and having wet, cold socks all day.
- If you must smoke, do so in front of Butler at peak hours. The constant opening and closing of the doors will blast you with warmth as you think about all of the homework you’re not doing. For the mobile smoker, walk over the subway grates. Beware of sewage stench.
- Get a hot beverage. If you don’t want to blow four bucks at Starbucks, pick up a reusable thermos and fill it with tea. You’ll have something warm to hold and there’s nothing more comforting than drinking something warm on a cold-ass day.
- For the adventurous (or Barnard students, since they’re open), try the tunnels.
The tree lighting ceremony is coming up and with it a Roar Lion Roar Rendition competition to the festivities. Three finalists were announced, voted on by the student body, and the winner scheduled to perform at the ceremony itself. You can vote for your favorite by liking the video on the Facebook event.
Finalist #1: HAYOO
Finalist #2: Ryan Hudson
Finalist #3: String Theory
Thanksgiving just kicked off the entire holiday season, which means Morningside is about to get a lot more festive. Tonight is the first of many events, campus-wide Hannukah celebrations.
The Jewish Festival of Lights is finally here! Join in on a festive communal candle-lighting ceremony in your dorm, or a dorm nearby, complete with candy, dreidels, and FREE donuts! In addition, as part of the spirit of gift-giving and triumph over tragedy, please join in our efforts to raise money for the recovery efforts in the Philippines through the American Jewish World Service– there will be ”tzedaka” (charity) collection boxes at the event.
When: Monday, Dec. 2, 7:30-8:30 pm
Barnard dorms: Sulz lobby, Elliot lobby, Plimpton lounge, 600 lounge;
Columbia dorms: Furnald lounge, Schapiro lounge, E.C. lounge)
Festive, free food, and philanthropic? Perfect.
Environmental Stewardship has introduced a new program to earn funding for sustainable projects here at Columbia. Following is the official press release.
Beginning Monday, Dec. 2, all full time Columbia University students are invited to submit an application for the newly created Green Fund. Spearheaded by the office of Environmental Stewardship, the Green Fund is an initiative that grants funding for student-led projects focused on improving sustainability on Columbia University campuses. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asserts that sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Collaboratively Columbia Dining, Housing and University Event Management have subsidized the $25,000 fund.
Green Fund recipients will be selected by a sustainability committee comprised of University personnel and students. The committee is looking to fund approximately four to six projects, at an average of $5,000 to $10,000 per project. In order to be eligible, projects must directly contribute to the environmental sustainability of Columbia’s operations, have a defined and measurable outcome, and include components that raise greater awareness of sustainability initiatives on campus. Additionally, students must plan for a formalized final report and presentation of their findings and/or results.
Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 14 and must be submitted online via the Environmental Stewardship website. Any questions can be directed to email@example.com or addressed in person during office hours – check the Environmental Stewardship website for details. Also, reminders, updates and news will be posted regularly to the Environmental Stewardship Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Money tree via Wikimedia Commons
While everyone else was off at home eating absurd amounts of turkey and trying not to fight with family, the Columbia Wushu team was winning. At almost everything:
This weekend, the Columbia Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts) team traveled to the University of Maryland for the 9th Annual University Wushu Games. The competition brings together collegiate Wushu teams from across the east coast and the Columbia team performed extremely well! Out of the 13 members who traveled with us, 9 competed and 9 medaled!
Tim Xiaoming Wang (CC’17) – Male Beginner Longfist – 2nd place
Peter Liu (
Graduate School SEAS, Grad Program’15) – Male Beginner Longfist – 1st place
Dorthy Fang (CC’17) – Female Beginner Longfist – 2nd place
Melodie Zhu (BC’13) – Female Beginner Longfist – 1st place, Female Beginner Straightsword – 2nd place
Richard Leong (CC’14) – Male Intermediate Longfist – 3rd place
Fred Francoeur (SEAS’12) – Male Intermediate Longfist – 2nd place
Victoria Cui (CC’15) – Female Intermediate Broadsword – 1st place
Cheng Wang (
Graduate School GSAS’14) – Male Beginner Tai Chi – 1st place, Male Beginner Tai Chi Sword – 1st place
Selyny Zhang (
PhD Candidate CLS, Visiting Fellow’13) – Female Advanced Tai Chi – 1st place, Female Advanced Tai Chi Sword – 1st place
The team’s Facebookpage keeps all the information on activities and
Epic Kick via ShutterStock
Thanksgiving break might be over, and finals almost upon us, but CCSC has not given up hope. Not yet. Joseph Milholland brings us the update from the December 1st meeting. It’s December now. Wow.
Our inevitable return to classes after our Thanksgiving reprieve was marked at the December 1 CCSC meeting with two alumni representatives to demonstrate we are all heading to an inevitable entrance into the real world. The guests were the presidents of the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) and the Columbia College Young Alumni (CYA) to talk about “alumni engagement.”
According to the CCAA president, the alumni’s relationship with Alumni Affairs is not “strong” in general. While “reunions have come a long way,” their “regular relations” with Columbia “haven’t come along.” The CCYA president stressed that his organization was “relatively new,” and he initially joined it in 2008 when it was in “survival mode” with “no clear identity,” although he and others have worked to improve its vision since then.
The two presidents in their speeches to the council set out a vision of creating a tradition of alumni-student relations at Columbia. They also touched on problems with senior fund and LionLink. A council member suggested that student organizations meet with alumni from their organizations. The CCYA president said to “never to talk about” raising funds but to create an “environment” where people will want to give money to Columbia. The president also wants to have parties with students, but if it’s a “Columbia sanctioned event,” there are issues with alcohol. The CCYA president also had a message for students: “Once you graduate, it’s a cold, dark world out there.” That fact is why he thinks alumni connections are important.
We have some really amazing people at this school, like Karina Melendez. (NY Times).
Train derailment on Metro North. Who hasn’t taken that train at some point? (CNN).
At least you aren’t in North Dakota. Actually…might not be so bad? (KX News).
Futuristic but useless glasses via ShutterStock.
The first miracle of the Christmas season is upon us: Columbia Admirers is back. Just in time for the busiest, most stressful month of the semester, aka the perfect time to write some sexually-frustrated anonymous expressions of admiration. About an hour ago, with no warning, Columbia Admirers made this post:
We are back!
For December only, CU Admirers will return for a limited run so prepare your admirations!
Once again, please remember to be respectful and that it’s all in good fun.
So let’s curve those grades and share some holiday love.
the CU Admirers Crew
This changes everything. In its heyday, this campus was obsessed with Columbia Admirers. We watched as people shared their crushes, relationship fears, and deepest, sickest desires. Then, when we needed it most, it disappeared. What will happen to us now that it’s been revived? And what will happen when it leaves again?
In early November, Deans Valentini and Boyce announced that they’d be replacing KSho with a candidate selected by the academic-admin-headhunter-pros at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates. (As it happens, they’re the same people that situated KSho at JHop.)
While there is a student committee to aid the search, this outside help is a new twist on the usual undergraduate dean search we’ve seen over the years. The powers that be opted for the firm that boasts a collective “more than a hundred years of experience in the executive search industry.” (That’s almost as long as the Morningside campus has sat on earth!)
On a whim, Bwog asked Sydney Gross (media person for Columbia College) if we could see the contract. Unsurprisingly, she said no. So Bwog pawed through Storbeck’s client list for public universities that have used SPA to find a student affairs czar, and fired off some Freedom of Information requests.