Summer Storage Showdown
They look too fuckin' happy

There’s just nothing like storage!

If your NYC friends won’t let you leave all your crap in their home and you live farther than driving distance, summer storage is probably the way to go. But how do you choose what company should have the privilege of handling your precious belongings after housing kicks you out promptly on May 17th? The Housing website does an unsurprisingly lackluster job of providing info on storage. So Bwog presents a complete breakdown of summer storage options:

Hudson Storage

You probably recognize this storage company as the burly men in jumpsuits shooting boxes up and down ramps during move-in week, but they are actually Manhattan’s premier storage service.

As a well-established company that runs a massive operation, Hudson is definitely not the best bargain around. That said, if you’re looking for reliability regardless of the price tag, Hudson is the way to go.

Cost: Hudson offers 48″ x 28″ x 24″ bins that cost $350 for the whole summer (tax included). If you really want to spring, Hudson will store your junk in a 5′ x 5′ x 5′ personal room for $187.50 per month (that will be about $600 for the whole summer).

Convenience: Curbside bin pickups take place May 14th-16th from 9 am to 4 pm. Hudson will be on campus May 7th-16th taking applications, selling boxes, and passing out bins to the people who already registered. In the fall, curbside delivery happens Sept. 2nd-4th.

Security: We’ve gotten a few reports of crushed boxes from past years’ displeased commenters. Storage is in an ADT-secured fireproof warehouse.

Extras: You can access your stuff Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8 am to 5 pm) by appointment.

Yeah, we know there are better options.

ESC: Fun with Dean Kachani
Dean Kachani—a sparkle in his eye

Vice Dean Kachani—a sparkle in his eye

This week’s ESC meeting featured a guest appearance from Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering Soulaymane Kachani.  Of course, he was only the second most important guest at the meeting next to Bwog’s own Joe Milholland, here to give you a recap of this week’s exciting meeting.

After first commenting that there should be food for the council members at their meetings, Kachani praised the council and President Bhatt for their work. In terms of recent issues ESC has tackled, he said that implementing the honor code will require SEAS to “change the culture” and that time will tell whether removing the requirement for professional courses is a good idea. He also noted the lack of feedback for the pass/fail implementation, which he said is only a “two year pilot” that he wants data from at its conclusion.

Kachani gave some statistics related to SEAS. A study put SEAS #2 on return on investment, and the US New & World Report ranked Columbia Engineering #1 for best online grad program.

He then related some of the projects he and other SEAS administrators are working on. SEAS is investing in a WeWork building on 175 Varick St.. SEAS will have a third of the space for the startups of young alumni. Columbia Engineering will engage in the research into personalized medicine. Kachani is also looking at globilization, overseas programs, and freedom of expression. Kachani concluded his speech by saying “It has never been a better time to be a geek.”

What questions did Kachani take from council members?

BwogSports: Baseball and Softball Play Opposites Against Princeton

Arc + speed + movement = strikeout

Now that the weather has finally changed and become seasonally-appropriate, baseball and softball season sounds about right.  Sports lover Max Rettig gives the latest exciting lowdown on these two teams—and more—below.

Baseball: The Lions swept Princeton in a display of offense and defense over the weekend, coming from behind in a 9-6 win and then following up with a 13-3 rout. In the day game, Jordan Serena and Rob Paller enjoyed three-hit performances, while reliever Thomas Crispi pitched five solid innings to earn the win. The Lions took the lead in the fourth inning and never really looked back. Rob Paller knocked in three runs, and Serena scored four times.

In the second game, the Lions collected 13 runs on 14 hits, along with eight walks, small-ball play, and strong base-running, to complement starter Kevin Roy’s fantastic showing. He finished with 7 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, and 6 K. The Lions are away, but still in New York, for the next five, with a game against St. John’s and a four-game set at Cornell. This is the first time the Lions have swept all four games against the Tigers since 1993, when Ivy League division play began.

The team is 16-15, 9-3 Ivy League.

Softball: The underhand-throwing Lions were not as fortunate as their overhand-throwing counterparts, getting swept by Princeton while scoring only two runs per game. Columbia fell victim to great Tiger pitching, and the Tigers took advantage of defensive ball-control problems to take the 3-2 win. Liz Caggiano was a bright spot for Columbia, homering in her third straight game. Tessa Kroll struck out five and allowed no runs, but nonetheless took the loss.

In the second game, Columbia allowed the Tigers to take an early lead, which Alyssa Rodia nearly erased, but her blast to center was caught near the wall. Kayla Shimoda led off the third inning with a round-tripper, but the Lions left women on base too often (11 overall), and Princeton took advantage of its opportunities to take the 6-2 decision.

The Lions are 16-18, 5-7 Ivy. They play Thursday at Saint Peter’s.

Track runners win cool honors below.

Prison Divest Hosts A Week Of Engagement
The official flyer

The official flyer

This week, Columbia Prison Divest is holding a Week of Engagement along with several other schools throughout the country.  From Monday to Friday, CPD will be holding events in a variety of locations around Columbia in order to publicize their cause and to talk about the issues surrounding mass incarceration.

Earlier this semester, a group of students from CPD entered PrezBo’s office and read a letter demanding an end to Columbia’s significant investment in companies involved in the prison industry.

Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI), AlterNATIVE Education, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), cIRCa, Radical College Undergraduates Not Tolerating Sexism (Radical C.U.N.T.S.), LUCHA, Columbia Prison Reform & Education Project (PREP), Freedom School, O.G., and Potluck House will also take part in the events of this week in connection with CPD.

You can see the schedule below.

SGA: Passover And Democracy
Requiescat in pace, eBear

Requiescat in pace, eBear

Monday’s SGA meeting was cut really short due to Passover this week, but Barnard Bureau Chief Lauren Beltrone was there anyways to keep you in the loop.

Before delving into the real stuff, here’s a reminder to vote (again) on today. Probably because too many Barnard students were having separation anxiety and didn’t successfully transition out of using eBear, your vote yesterday didn’t count. As per SGA’s email, voting began today at 9 am and will be extended until the 21st at noon for those of us celebrating Passover.

After all the voting drama was squared away, the Senior Class Council talked about their proposition to translate this year’s commencement speech into other languages. Even though it seems totally reasonable to translate the speech into Mandarin and Spanish (our two most represented languages other English), the SCC is running into some opposition.

According to Dean Hinkson, Cecile Richards could make significant changes to her prepared speech as she’s giving it, and for that reason we shouldn’t translate the speech into Mandarin and Spanish beforehand. While the SCC is still working with the administration to provide translations in coming years, this year’s speech will be Google translated into every language imaginable and made available online after the ceremony.

eBear in a better place now via Shutterstock

Overseen: We Found The Missing School Spirit…

…and it’s on this kid’s sneakers!  In case your eyes don’t have the zooming power of a microscope, these rad kicks read “Columbia 2017″ near the heel.  We can only hope there’s some sort of irony involved.


New spring fashion?

Bwoglines: Forbidden Love Edition
"Not in front of the airplane!  He's my ex."

“Not in front of the airplane! He’s my ex…”

So you probably missed the blood moon last night (like we did), but you can still check out some awesome pictures (and find out what a blood moon actually is). (Space)

Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi is sentenced to a year of community service for his crimes, which for some reason sounds kind of comical to us. (Time)

We want to go to there. (NY Daily News)

So airplane porn is a thing now somewhere. (USA Today)

We think the Daily News needs to update its definition of the word “masterpiece.” (NY Daily News).

Love triangle via Shutterstock

AskBwog: Spark@CU
Such tasteful iOS 7-style blurring.

Such tasteful iOS 7-style blurring.

We’ve been receiving several tips over the last week or two about a possible “Columbia/Barnard Tinder” site, Spark@CU, so we decided to investigate. Some of you may have received emails from Spark@CU similar to those sent out by DateMySchool last year, such as this one:

Subject line: Spark@CU
Hey there! We have exciting news for you. Another Columbia/Barnard student added you to their list on Spark@CU. Log in to make your own list, and see who you’ll let sparks fly with!
Register and start your list at

We also got this question from our anonymous tip form:

mama bwog, so is spark@cu a thing or am i being catfished. my bullshit senses are down after an all nighter

much love, zzzzz

Two of your friendly editors went over to the site to see if phishing was amok. Our verdict? Seems pretty legit. We registered, entered each other’s UNIs, and quickly received emails from the site first saying that we’d been added by someone else, and then a second with the UNI of the mutual connection. We were invited to respond to the email to get the conversation flowing.

So there you have it. Go forth and find love in a hopeless place, fellow Columbians.

Post-Bacchanal Roundup

Now that Bacchanal is over we feel it is our duty to tell you all the other things that have happened.  The following is a collection random snippets, photos and tips that we’ve received over the past few days.Oh, and then there are those prospies and their shenanigans. 

Prospies make people not so prosperous:

  • “Two prospie girls in my LitHum this morning. One left early, the other talked too much. Like more than people in the class. Super awkward”
  • Email subject: “If those are prospies screaming” Email text: “Violence is going to happen.”
  • “Lerner elevators stopping on EACH floor (for me to get to fifth) to let kids in/out, I am asked EACH TIME if I’m ‘also a prospective student’ (this makes four times asked).”
  • And this: “Girl tries to get into Lerner and doesn’t realize that they have a special turnstile. Person working at desk tells the people arriving behind her about the turnstile. Her response: ‘Shoot! Why didn’t you tell me about that?! Now I ain’t choosing Columbia.’”

Click to see other things!

Which Famous Columbia/Barnard Grad Are You?

Pulitzers in Pulitzer
PrezBo and Eugenides in 2003

PrezBo and Eugenides in 2003

This afternoon, the 2014 winners of the Pultizer Prize were announced here at Columbia University in Pulitzer Hall.

Noted winners include the journalists who led the exposure of the U.S. government secret surveillance aided by Edward Snowden. Boston Globe grabbed an award for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. Also, the international reporting by Reuters was acknowledged in their effort to report on the Muslim minority prosecuted in Myanmar.

Here is the list of winners:

Underwater Basket Weaving: Fall 2014
What's a pirate's favorite astronomical object? - a stARRRR; What's a pirate's favorite place to drink? - a bARRRRR; What's a pirate's favorite mode of transportation? (scroll over for answer)

What’s a pirate’s favorite astronomical object? – a stARRRR; What’s a pirate’s favorite place to drink? – a bARRRRR; What’s a pirate’s favorite mode of transportation? (scroll over for answer)

Fall registration is upon us, so we’ve compiled a set of classes that are probably awesome but are definitely oddly-titled. We’re almost certain they have an ambiguous practical application.  That said, it’s a privilege to attend a university that can offer such amenities as wild classes for its undergrads, and if we can’t take them, we might as well laugh about them. Also, if you take Food Writing, please let us know if there are field trips. 

English W3965x Food Writing

History BC3180 Merchants, Pirates, & Slaves

HIST BC 3305x Bodies and Machines

ENGL W3950x Poetics of the Warrior

Insanity in the academy.

CCSC: What Are Those Student Reps For?


CCSC this week was all about transparency.  So we present to you this article in the most transparent way, with as little commentary as possible.  It was written by CCSC correspondent Joe Milholland. 

At Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council meeting, the council had a discussion about student representatives on academic committees, particularly the Committee on Instruction and the Committee on the Core. Currently, these committees are not transparent.

Vice President of Policy Bob Sun asked the council about “what we can do as a council” to ensure that students have a voice in these committees. Sun said that last year the committees tried to work to make their agendas more “public” and their student reps more “empowered,” but this year it seems that such reforms have diminished and become “opaque.” CCSC’s rules on how student representatives should do their jobs are unclear. The council wants the representatives to do more, but since they cannot impeach them, they have no formal way of making them do more.

Someday my rep will come.

Dive Into Registration, Autumn ’14
A swimming pool full of either knowledge or liquor, either way you gotta dive in it

A swimming pool full of either knowledge or liquor, either way you gotta dive in it

Class registration for Fall semester is under way, starting today for you rising seniors.

Instructions sponsored by Kendrick Lamar:
Check SSOL for your appointment times. Drank. Go to CULPA to get more info. Drank.  Use the University Bulletin to get useless info. Drank.  Set your schedule using ADI’s helpful tool.  Pass out. Drank. Pass out. Drank.

A swimming pool via Shutterstock

Bwoglines: Bitter Ironies Edition
"Yup, definitely ironic."

“Yup, definitely ironic.”

Rather than running for office, it seems many former Obama aides are going into consulting… Looks like the President uses CCE too much. (NYT)

In light of the recent events around “Heartbleed,” the President has failed to call for full disclosure on security exploits made available to various Executive Agencies.  (Wikipedia, Al-Jazeera America)

James Franco tried to parody his trying to sleep with a teenage girl moment. (Gawker)

This is a so-so, perhaps even poorly written, article on how irony is ruining our culture according to thinking of the late great David Foster Wallace. (Salon)


Proto-hipsters ought to die via Shutterstock