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“Visualizing your vulnerability”…oh yay.

This week, Van Epp hosted a lecture addressing the golden question: Why do we fall in love with jerks? Bwog is a little frantic to find some answers. Luckily, newly-initated Bwogger Maryam Badran attended the event, and reports back on what we’re (apparently) missing.

I went to “Learn to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind” with the desperate hope that attending could provide answers to my pressing questions: Could it be possible for me to spend this Valentine’s day doing something other than crying into a box of chocolates alongside texts from my ex? Could I actually learn, in an hour and a half, how to stop pursuing jerks?

Van Epp, President/Founder of Love Thinks and author of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk, started out by explaining how and why he wrote his book. After 25 years of counseling individuals in confusing and relationships in a private clinic, he was inspired. Fueled by these poor idiots, he decided to work on writing “a road map for singles that they could use to help navigate through the fog of relationships”. But what he realized was that so many relationship guides often detailed abstract words and concepts: trust, commitment, whatever. What he felt was missing was how to actually select a partner. So, he answered this question in his book, a sort of procedural guidebook for the frustrated spinsters out there. According to Van Epp, it comes down to this one basic idea: “The reality is some people are jerks”. Citing a study that stated 70% of today’s college students scored higher on narcissism and lower on empathy than 30 years ago, he concludes, “it’s hard to find somebody that is a relatively healthy person to date nowadays”. But it’s not impossible. We have more freedom in our romantic relationships than any other generation in history—but with great power comes great responsibility, and we’re throwing that away by choosing jerks. It comes down to us, and only us, to choose the normal person over the one that takes gym selfies.

Oh god we’re not responsible enough for this

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Is it really an important scientific discovery if Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't there to announce it?

Is it really an important scientific discovery if Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t there to announce it?

One hundred years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves with his General Theory of Relativity. For years, Columbia researchers, including Prof. Szabi Marka, Dr. Zsuzsa Marka, and Dr. Imre Bartos, have been involved in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a group of physics institutes and other research groups dedicated for the search of gravitational waves. And this morning, those researchers announced that the LIGO group has detected gravitational waves from two black holes that merged about a million years ago.

This detection marks a tremendous achievement for the field of physics research, as it provides conclusive evidence for the Theory of Relativity. As Prof. Ivana Hughes wrote in an email to Frontiers of Science students, this discovery has “opened up a whole new way to look at and study the Universe.”

And, as though that isn’t already enough to be excited about, Neil deGrasse Tyson made an appearance at this morning’s announcement! Bwog wasn’t lucky enough to snag an interview, but it was easy to tell that he was thrilled.

For a more in-depth explanation of the significance of this discovery, look after the jump for a quote from an email a physics professor Thomas Humensky sent out to his students yesterday about the event.

The physics hype continues after the jump

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Make sure nobody knows you're a dog on the internet

Make sure nobody knows you’re a dog on the internet

The United States has had its own share of issues with stringent government oversight and overreaching of private corporations into both private and public internet spaces. Turns out, India has had just as many problems. Bwogger Gabrielle Kloppers reports on Nikhil Pahwa, famous Indian internet activist and journalist, and his attempts to secure Indian net neutrality.

I filed into Davis Auditorium still mildly unsure as to what Net Neutrality actually meant, but I left with passionate and vocal ideas on the topic, partially due to an introduction regarding the struggle to find live cricket scores online in India.

Nikhil Pahwa, Editor and Publisher at MediaNama, as well as the leader of the Indian citizens’ movement to save net neutrality, appealed to an idea we all hold dear: the freedom to peruse all corners of the Internet without censure. That includes pornography, which he specifically used as an example of what would be lost if Net Neutrality didn’t prevail in India.

Did Pahwa succeed in his aims?

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12688219_1203813926313184_2932407544737790558_nAh, there is nothing we love more than getting free things at Columbia. If you haven’t yet found your Valentine on Tinder, stop by McAC’s Love Fest tonight from 6:30 PM until 8 PM in the James Room on the 4th Floor of Barnard Hall to get a lil love in your life. In addition to learning about self-love in the absence of a physical lover (or when you’re just annoyed at them), Love Fest will also have free food (sliders and fries!) and arts and crafts. An added bonus is that they will be giving away 50 free sweatshirts at 6:30 PM and again at 8 PM. Get there early in line so you have first dibs on the sliders, sweatshirts, and popsicle sticks by the glue.

Photo via the event’s Facebook page.

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Catch yung Ice Cube and Dr. Dre

Catch yung Ice Cube and Dr. Dre

Straight Outta Compton will be screened at 7 pm tonight, 408 Zankel Hall, Teacher’s College, as part of the Black History Month Film Festival. RSVP on Facebook and bring all your pals, whether or not you caught this one in theaters a few months ago (it’s supposed to be good). Free refreshments will be served.

The event is hosted by TC Student Senate, The Office for Diversity & Community, SEAS Office of Graduate Student Affairs, and The Black Student Network. TC will also screen Dear White People, next Thursday same time and place.

Film poster via TC Student Senate FB event page

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One of the Degas paintings Copeland emulates

One of the Degas paintings Copeland emulates

New York-based ballerina Misty Copeland (Principal with American Ballet Theatre), graces the March pages of Harper’s Bazaar with recreations of famous Degas dancer works of art. (Harper’s Bazaar)

A few blocks south, old phone booths were replaced with newer, soon-to-be WiFi-equipped phone booths that still look old. Seems fake but ok. (NY Times)

If you pay attention in astronomy class, or keep up-to-date with Facebook news, you may be aware that at a press conference tomorrow, scientists may announce the observation of gravitational waves–i.e. ripples in space-time. A Wrinkle in Time irl? (Reuter’s)

#ImNotKiddingMaddi became a meme after “Maddi” screenshotted an aggressive email she received from the Hillary Clinton campaign. We still love you though, Hill. (Epoch Times)

Hot ballerina via Edgar Degas [Public Doman], Wikimedia Commons

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Tasting their kebab!

Tasting their kebab!

Have you ever wanted Chipotle but couldn’t afford it? Have you ever left m2m because you were too drunk and couldn’t read any of the food labels? Have you experienced lying in bed after a long night of not going out and had your tiny dorm window catch the flickering light of that “Hamburger Kebab Gyro” banner? If not, have you truly lived?

If you’ve experienced any of these previously described nights, they’ve probably included halal, physically or spiritually. The halal guys at 115th have seen the best and worst of us, but mostly the worst. We can’t resist them, especially when their charisma and charm alone make you want to taste their kebab. And so, Staff writer Momo Arbeit BC’19 ventured out to see if their suave meat flipping skills and killer sauce drizzling talents really make them one of the top halal carts for Morningsiders.

Halal Guys: Alaa, 33, and Sheriff, 31
Hometown: Egypt
Prospective Major:
Alaa – Physical Education
Sheriff – Economics
If they lived on CU’s Campus, Prospective Dorm: EC
Bernie or Hillary: Not Trump
Favorite Actor/Actress:
Alaa – Kung Fu Panda
Sheriff – Julia Roberts
Favorite Movie:
Alaa – Rocky
Sheriff – Lord of the Rings

It gets a tiny bit more explicit after the jump

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Erin and Venya (but they're not a couple)

Erin and Venya (but they’re not a couple)

Still dateless as Valentine’s Day approaches? Or worse yet, in a serious relationship with Butler 209? Never fear, because Bwog’s back with Personals. Today, we introduce to you Erin and Venya, who are decidedly not a couple, but surely have much to offer the world. If you find yourself interested/intrigued/in love with either of them, shoot us an email at tips@bwog.com, and we’ll set you up! 

Name, Year, School, Major: Erin Vaughn, 2018, SEAS, Computer Science

Preference: Girl for guy

Hometown: Moorestown, NJ

Nightmare date in seven words or fewer: Nothing to talk about / just tryna hook-up

What redeems you as a human being? Hmm, well people tell me I’m really energetic. I care a lot (maybe too much) about everything I do and try to be as kind as possible to everyone in my life. And Venya says I’m a good person so there’s that.

Library room of choice: I love the alcoves on the second floor in Starr.

Beverage of choice: I don’t drink coffee, so for caffeination I usually go the Diet Snapple route. Basic, I know.

Which dating apps have you been active on? Tinder [hi boys ;)]

Where can you be found on a Saturday night? Depends on my level of procrastination, but either Butler 305, EC/McBain/wherever the party is, JJ’s with friends, or binge-watching my latest Netflix addiction in my cozy Hartley single.

Historical Hottie: Edouard Manet. Controversial, cute, artistic – my kind of guy.

Check out Venya after the jump!

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The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) of the University Senate announced changes today to the Interschool Governing Board (IGB), the organization that funds groups composed of both undergrads and grad students.

With these changes, a member of SAC will set on the executive board of the IGB. “Other key constitutional revisions include adding a graduate administrator to better advise graduate-heavy groups, a focus on graduate student representation in club recognition criteria, and stricter guidelines for notifying student groups of their recognition status and funding availability,” the statement reads.

If you’re interested in being part of the IGB, the statement prompts you to contact your senator (Sean Ryan, Ramis Wadood, and Marc Heinrich for Columbia College; Jillian Ross for SEAS; Katherine Celentano for GS; and Erin Bryk for Barnard College).

Full statement after the jump!

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Iconic.

Iconic.

Sarah H. Cleveland is Columbia Law School’s Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, as well as the Faculty Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute. Her areas of expertise include National Security and International Humanitarian Law, Foreign Affairs and the Constitution, and International Law in U.S. Courts. Last night at 6 pm, she held a lecture on “Human Rights Connectivity and the Future of the Human Rights System,” and Daily Editor (and fellow human herself) Lila Etter was in attendance.

As I made my way up the steps of Low Library and entered the Rotunda, I began to notice that this was not just another lecture. I had thought that I was one of the early birds, and my plan had been to snag a seat up front by arriving a whole 20 minutes early. Little did I know, people had begun flooding in as early as 5:15 pm. The Rotunda was full by 5:45 pm, which is when I realized that the University Lecture only happens once a semester.

President Bollinger and Provost Coatsworth delivered two separate but equally-praiseful introductions for Professor Cleveland. PrezBo emphasized that there “could not be a more important subject in the world today than human rights,” and after affirming his love for the word “global,” he called Cleveland a brilliant mind and the embodiment of what Columbia stands for intellectually. Coatsworth was similarly complimentary, and for those who knew nothing about Cleveland up until this point (which I’m sure were very few), this opening may have seemed almost adulatory. I myself had known of only some of her numerous accomplishments, including her position as a beloved professor at the Law School, as well as her work with Amal Clooney at the Human Rights Institute. I arrived at the lecture already impressed. But when this semester’s University Lecturer was finally welcomed to the podium, it was immediately clear that she deserved the praise.
Read more about this once-in-a-semester opportunity, after the jump.

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It is time that makes us human

It is time that makes us human

Last night’s GSSC meeting proved to be a quick in-and-out, and Bwog neophyte Romane Thomas was on hand to witness the historic occasion. But don’t be fooled! Issues of substance were still discussed.

On Tuesday night the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) broke a record for shortest meeting ever. Although the session only lasted 25 minutes, the audience was updated on most of the undergoing projects and policies.

After congratulating the Campus Life Pole for their successful Lunar New Year celebration, the council voted on an initiative to cosponsor a GS Six Flags trip, allowing the event to rent buses for the 50 people attending. VP of Finance Dalitso Nkhoma commented that the event was unfortunately sold out, but that perhaps more open slots would be available next year. The council also agreed to cosponsor a mental health conference, as part of Mental Health Week, which is unfolding from February 15 to February 22.

VP of Campus Life Jade Le-Cascarino encouraged the council to spread the word about the Singles Mingle event happening on February 11th from 8 pm to 10 pm at Amity Hall. GSSC has approved a budget of $1,600 for the event, which includes 150 drink tickets. Student Body President Elizabeth Heyman stated that this was everyone’s chance to “party like you are forever alone.”

Reminders and updates after the jump!

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The Bacchanal machine keeps on grinding

The Bacchanal machine keeps on grinding

Soon enough, stubborn and yellowing ice will give way to uncovered lawns, budding flowers, and the truest indicator of spring: Bacchanal. It might seem distant now, but maintain hope and eventually campus will be congested, disorganized, and presumably, awash in the sounds of good (???) music.

If you’re a musician and interested in participating in this great and controversy-ridden Columbia tradition, consider trying out for the Bacchanal Battle of the Bands. As you likely know, the winner will get to open for our mysterious guest performers, joining the ranks of such greats as Vampire Weekend and The Morningsiders. To submit, you must send a YouTube or SoundCloud link of up to five minutes of music to bacchanal.eboard@gmail.com. The deadline is Thursday, February 11 at 11:59 pm.

The rest of you can look forward to the actual event, which will take place in the Lerner Party Space on Friday, February 26, at 8:30 pm.

Those of you who are less artistically inclined can help defray the costs of Bacchanal by buying an official crewneck sweater, priced at $30. Let the description sway you: the Facebook page reads, “Show your support for FUN and rep your school with pride in SICK apparel!” If you’re into FUN and being SICK, you’d better hurry—crewneck sales will end on Monday, February 15 at 11:59 pm.

Modern Warfare via Facebook

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The crowd demands a blood sacrifice

The crowd demands a blood sacrifice

Democracy in action: last night presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primaries for their respective parties. It’s hard to believe that the same state produced such ideologically dissimilar winners, but it happened! (New York Times)

“Happy Birthday” finally enters the public domain, after generating over $50 million in licensing fees and often, the media’s awkward sidestepping of the iconic tune. Next up: your chemistry textbook. (Huffington Post)

Following a deadly crane collapse on February 6, Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced stricter crane safety regulations. Cranes can now only operate in certain weather conditions, and specific boundaries must be set around areas of operation. (New York Daily News)

Apparently Google pulled ad blockers from the Google Play Store?? Obviously, that didn’t last long. (TechCrunch)

The Public Domain via Paul Thompson/Wikimedia Commons

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Capitalism truly reveals the best and the worst in markets

Capitalism truly reveals the best and the worst in markets

Valentine’s Day—or Gal-entine’s Day, or Bro-entine’s Day—is coming soon, with a panicky need to get your significant other/bro/gal a gift. But all the cliché stuff is either expensive or, well, cliché. That’s why Bwog has pulled together a list of more…unconventional gifts to entrance your Valentine come the 14th.

  • a five dollar love message from the the Columbia Wind Ensemble, with options including Hotline Bling, Want to Want Me, My Girl, and A Whole New World
  • a book filled with Frida Kahlo post cards
  • a free book from the Altschul Atrium
  • as many cheap stuffed bears sold at Duane Reade as possible
  • a free back rub from Stress Busters
  • a flower bouquet that, if properly translated according to the Victorian language of flowers, reads “Your love is reciprocated, but I fear death on the morrow and also I know that you slept with your french teacher last semester”
  • adopt a panda through the WWF, cute certificate included
  • free sleep masks/ear plugs, condoms, “dental dams,” lube, chap stick, and stress balls from John Jay Health Services
  • dinner + a show—aka swipe into JJs place, then watch a protest on the sundial together
  • a Nintendo DS charger and/or a Smash4 cartridge
  • a fake
  • treats for small pets/specifically small dogs
  • a hand drawn picture of your s.o.’s/friend’s/crush’s celebrity crush
  • a yarn condom and yarn condom accessories
  • a cookie cake celebrating Earth Day
  • “oregano” brownie, to share

Yarn romance via Gosh Yarn It Facebook page

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Enter: scene 1. Two actors. Sulzberger practice room. Commence passionate love.

Everyone is always looking to amp up their sex lives. But the Stacks isn’t the only place to get your freak on at Columbia. Continuing our series from 2014, Bwog has set out to find the best and worst spots on campus to consummate a relationship. Here, a Bwogger describes a relatively unknown spot: the Sulz practice rooms.

Valentine’s Day is nearing, and the residents of the Quad are anxious to Marvin Gay(e) and get it on, despite the awkward roommate negotiations, the XL twin acrobatics, and the accidental peep show for Broadway…. Suddenly that hookup doesn’t sound so appealing.

But suffer no more, Barnardians (and signed-in Columbians): your sex destination this Valentine’s is only a steamy elevator ride away.

Okay but how do you get there and stuff?

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