John Carpenters’ famous movie Halloween will be screening in theaters later this month – but not on the date you’d expect. The screenings will take place on October 29th, in between the anniversary of the movie’s release date (October 25th) and the actual holiday. (Entertainment Weekly)
The recent elections for CC and SEAS class council representatives for the class of 2019 had slightly skewed results; a not insignificant number of votes were deducted from various members of the Pantone 292 party for violating one of the election rules. According to the official election packet, the violated rule states that candidates may only campaign during the campaign period, inappropriate language and images are prohibited in campaign materials, and candidates may not be endorsed by administrators or faculty. (Columbia Elections Board)
Speaking of elections: Bernie Sanders’ campaign announced yesterday that it has raised more than $25 million for the third quarter – fairly close to the $28 million Hillary Clinton’s campaign has raised. And Bernie got all of that funding from small, individual donors, too! Over six hundred thousand people are feeling the Bern. (Washington Post)
Last night, Hurricane Joaquin, a hurricane approaching the Bahamas, grew to a Category 3, with winds over 100 miles per hour. One forecast model predicts that Joaquin will veer northwest, into Virginia, Maryland, or South Carolina, while another predicts that it will avoid the east coast entirely. (But don’t worry – Bwog will alert you if it gets anywhere near MoHi.) (NBC)
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Written by Mason Amelotte
Elections for CC and SEAS first-year class councils, CCSC Inclusion and Equity Representative, and CCSC Class of 2018 Representative took place earlier this week, and the winners have been announced. See the official fall 2015 election results in handy PDF form below. Congratulations to the winners!
2019 CCSC President & Vice President
Josh Schenk and Sophie Broadbent of Pantone 292
2019 CCSC Representatives
Katie Cooke of The Surprise Party
Sam Safari of Pantone 292
Adam Resheff of The Surprise Party
CCSC Inclusion and Equity Representative
2018 CCSC Representative
2019 ESC President
Arjun Mangla of The Fu Fighters
2019 ESC Vice President
Onur Calikusu of As Easy as A-B-SEAS
2019 ESC Representatives
Aida Lu of The Fu Fighters
Anthony Gutierrez of Draw
Written by Amara Banks
Budding music reviewer Amara Banks swung by the first Pop Up Concert of Miller Theatre’s 2015-16 season.
Miller Theatre hosted a Pop Up Concert last night featuring, as usual, talented musicians with unconventional styles. There were three performers, each demonstrating an unusual mastery of a different instrument. Inside the theatre itself, the main light source was a single string of Christmas lights, haphazardly strung up on a beam above the center of the stage. An assortment of chairs on stage suggested an unusual intimacy between the audience and the performers. A bar offering free wine and beer sat in a shadowy corner of the auditorium.
The show began with about five minutes of the same note being played on a trombone. Steven Parker, the instrumentalist, delivered this note with confidence and determination. Personally, my music taste isn’t catered toward this sub-genre, so I struggled with finding beauty in his song. The audience, on the other hand, appeared to enjoy the piece greatly—the applause for his performance rocked the room.
Written by Gowan Moïse
Staff Writer Gowan Moise details another installment of the World Leaders Forum: His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of Mozambique, on addressing development through the lens of the new UN sustainable development goals.
Monday, as part of this year’s World Leaders Forum, His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, discussed his efforts to address the challenges of human capital development. This topic is incredibly significant considering Mozambique’s continuous socioeconomic and infrastructural instability, as well as its massive political upheaval, since the 1970s.
President Nyusi arrived over half an hour late to his own speech, for reasons unexplained to the audience in attendance. Regardless of this delay, Jeffrey Sachs gave an exceedingly warm and welcoming introduction for Nyusi, saying the recently announced United Nations 17 objectives for global sustainable development presented a “big boost for countries like Mozambique. . . which have a tremendous opportunity to develop.” In his opening comments, Nyusi assured the audience of his dedication to sustainable development in Mozambique, expressing that his goal in speaking was to prompt listeners to critically consider the progress of Mozambique’s development and the challenges the country faces so that people could ask questions “without fear.”
Find out about Mozambique’s history after the jump
Flu season is upon us. Don’t let the sickness get ahold of you – get a free flu shot at one of the “flu fairs” or at Medical Services in John Jay Hall. Did we mention it’s FREE? All you need is your Columbia ID. Trust Momma Bwog on this, flu shots are your best friend.
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommend getting an annual influenza vaccine, or “flu shot”, as the most effective way to protect yourself, family, friends, and colleagues from the flu.
The flu shot is a protective measure, and you cannot get sick from it.
Columbia Health is providing flu shots to students, faculty, and staff on the Morningside Campus this Fall, free of charge. A full listing of these flu vaccination events, or “flu fairs,” can be found at www.health.columbia.edu/flu.
These events do not require an appointment. Just bring your Columbia ID.
As an alternative to the flu fairs, you may get your flu shot at Medical Services in John Jay Hall. Students can schedule an appointment online at https://secure.health.columbia.edu with your UNI and password. Faculty, staff, and students can also call (212) 854-7426 to make an appointment.
Please feel free to contact us with questions at (212) 854-2284.
Momma Bwog also feels inclined to let Barnard students know that (potentially free) flu shot frenzy will be coming soon via Primary Health Care; unfortunately for now, showing up to Lerner with your Barnard ID will not suffice.
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Wanna just groove out to some smooth jazz? Come to the second Live at Lerner event and chill out to the sounds of Wilder Maker. They’ll be jamming at the Lerner Piano Lounge between 1:00 and 2:00 PM so get there in enough time to reserve a seat. Good food and good sounds will be provided.
A dozen U.N. agencies issued a call for countries to end violence against the LGBT community. Hopefully, the 76 states which criminalize same-sex acts will take note of the statement. (CBS)
Afghanistan’s military is massing at Kunduz airport on orders of President Ghani, attempting to take back the provincial capital from a Taliban offensive. (NYT)
Catalonia’s election saw a victory for the separatist Together for Yes party. Although just under 50% of voters said “no” to independence, many Catalans believe this election will facilitate independence. (Economist)
Japan wants to include five new sports in the 2020 Olympics. Many athletes are optimistic for the inclusion of baseball/softball, karate, surfing, sport climbing, and skateboarding. (BBC)
ABC Family gave a series commitment to a new comedy about the life of Bwog’s favorite musician, Nicki Minaj. With luck, viewers will enjoy her “inspiring and hilarious true story.” (Variety)
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Written by Caroline Montgomery
The new Barnard Bearoness, Caroline Montgomery, attended this week’s SGA meeting just so she could report her findings back to you, Bwog readers. How kind of her.
This week SGA primarily listened to applicants’ presentations for the remaining open positions on the council, but that doesn’t mean Bwog doesn’t have anything to report back on!
The foremost event that SGA would like to bring to the attention of the student body is from Being Barnard. Being Barnard is continuing the initiative to make Barnard a community that prevents sexual assault proactively. This means taking steps to shift the culture of sex and sexual assault on campus and elsewhere. To help make this vision a reality, Being Barnard is bring in educators Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder to lead workshops on rape culture. Kelly and Becca have backgrounds as activists, promoting sex assault awareness, prevention and sexual empowerment. Visit their website to get more information on who they are and what they stand for. The general student session will be on October 2nd at 3:00 PM in Sulzberger Tower South. If you plan to attend, RSVP here. If you have had a previous leadership role as a peer facilitator (RAs, Peer Eds, ect.), you are also invited to attend a lunch discussion with Kelly and Becca beforehand on October 2nd at 12 PM, RSVP here!
SGA wants to continue to hear your thoughts on Barnard’s winter housing policy. Fill out their Google Document with feedback and suggestions if you have them.
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Written by Eric Cohn
Update, 6:30 pm: The protesters appear to have cleared away.
Protesters have amassed outside the 116th gates with the sign “Welcome Putin the Peacemaker.” They are criticizing the U.S. and the Ukrainian government for their policies in Ukraine, and specifically the presence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the World Leaders Forum.
They’ve led numerous chants against the United States in general and Poroshenko in particular, including, “Hey hey, ho ho, Poroshenko’s got to go,” “Crimea is Russia,” and “The capitalist police protect Nazis.” The protestors’ signs accuse Obama and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of “war crimes” and urge the White House to “stop funding Neo-Nazis in Ukraine.”
One of the protesters attacked a policeman, and was tackled and arrested. (See video below.)
NYPD is controlling the protest and directing students away from College Walk.
Written by Mia Lindheimer
First-year staff writer Mia Lindheimer jumped at the chance to attend Madeleine Albright’s “Governing the Crisis of Global Governance” panel at Columbia this week. Here are her musings from the vantage point of the Low Library Rotunda’s first row.
Jittery with excitement, we had rushed over to Low Library at 8:30am. “We’re just so lucky to go here; like, how did we get this crazy opportunity?” my hallmate Rose asked me. I nodded my head in agreement; whether it was our first year awe or the fact that we were about to listen to the first woman Secretary of State, I was pretty damn excited.
Yet half an hour after finding our seats, Low Library’s Rotunda was still oddly empty. I was in the first row behind the reserved seats, and half the seats behind me remained unclaimed, despite the email I had received beforehand warning me the event was oversubscribed.
Eventually, with seats still untaken, a hush fell over the room. As a slightly frightening voice came out of nowhere to request we to silence our cell phones, the procession of panelists arrived on stage.
Written by Rachel Deal
ESC Bureau Chief Rachel Deal is back this week (after ESC took a break last week following their weekend retreat) to bring you the latest news from the ESC meeting!
Last night’s Engineering Student Council meeting was a quick one, with the members covering topics such as the package center, Bacchanal, and food insecurity. President Caroline Park started the meeting with a few updates from her meeting with VP for Campus Services Scott Wright about the package center. She said that there has been progress since last year in terms of wait times (Columbia is now using a new vendor for the package center) but that there are still issues with packages going temporarily missing. Class of 2016 VP Chloe Blanchard also brought up the concern that the spoke center in Schapiro is in a dance studio, so she hopes in the future that mail services will take into account where student groups meet in choosing spoke center locations.
Park also gave updates on the Food Insecurity proposal–so far, 18 students have signed up for meal vouchers (three of whom are SEAS students). She also clarified that, in fact, they did not need 5,000 donated swipes for the proposal to pass. They currently have 580 donated meals.
Elections for Class of 2019 grade councils are currently taking place, so Park encouraged council members to tell their first year friends to vote. ESC also plans to host a potluck for the newly elected members from the Class of 2019.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year–National Coffee Day! Whether you’re a bleary-eyed freshman pulling your first all-nighter to cram for this week’s Gen Chem exam or a longtime caffeine junkie hooked up to a constant IV of espresso, you can take advantage of CU Dining’s special event going on all day: with the purchase of any baked good at Uris, Carlton, Lenfest, Dodge, Butler, or Cafe 212, you’ll get a free (free!) drip coffee. Indulge in a muffin or cookie and pick up your free drink before the wild masses descend during prime studying hours.
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Catherine Coulson, the actress and all-around superstar artist behind the “Log Lady” on Twin Peaks died at age 71. In other news, we are not ok. She delivered many of the best one-liners on the show and never failed to teach us a philosophical lesson every episode: “watch – and see what life teaches” is a gem we’ll never forget. (Variety)
In other Red Things Inhabiting Our Solar System news: there’s frickin’ water on Mars! Ok, salt water. Ok, watery salt. Whatever. Still amazing! (LA Times)
Someone called 911 because a monkey was eating letters out of a neighbor’s mailbox. First cigarette-toting crabs, then pizza-lugging rats, and now mail-munching monkeys? Buckle down, everyone, the end is nigh. (CBS)
It’s almost October, season of all things spooky, and we at Bwog think there’s nothing eerier than Vladimir Putin. This week, Obama got a whole load of Putin creepiness during diplomatic talks at the U.N. Apparently, their handshake was awkward as all hell, but their meeting lasted longer than expected and ended on a hopeful note. Maybe this means one more year without having to worry about Mutually Assured Destruction? (NBC)
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Written by Dakshina Chetti
Staff writer Dakshina Chetti explores the diverse stories of international students at Columbia, particularly the idea of home and recreating a sense of home. Quality photos with HONY-level of inspiration included.
Columbia is commended at-large for having one of the most diverse, accepting, and distinct student bodies. Speaking as an international student, and reflecting upon the horror-story that was application season, I distinctly remember thinking of Columbia as a sort of double rainbow—should I be accepted (*shudder*), not only would I have the opportunity to benefit from a (literally) world-class education, but I would be doing so in one of most eclectic cities (and institutions).
Looking back, the transition was not without its ups and downs. I’m from Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of, well, nothing much, boasting a paltry population of just over a million. Thus, I’m relatively accustomed to a general level of incredulity when I tell people where I’m from. For the most part, it doesn’t affect me, because I have a close-knit circle of people, family or otherwise, with whom I am able to share a common experience. Settling into life as a Columbia student was more of an adjustment than I anticipated; home is home, and being 18+ hours away from all of it can become emotionally taxing. I am so fortunate to have been roomed in Furnald, which is (no hyperbole intended) teeming with international students. In an effort to further explore this common experience, I embarked on a late-night expedition to find out more about the international student’s plight to reconstruct a sense of “home.” Talking to other international students in my building, it is apparent that we are all coping a little differently: doing things here and there in an attempt to adjust to a drastically different environment, but all the same, trying to recreate a sense of belonging.
I’ve included some of their stories here.
If you stood outside yesterday and entered into that mass of humanity before the Low Steps, you understand the distinction between what came before, and what came after the Blood Moon. On one hand is the trivial, and on the other is the sum of all meaning, the weightlessness of understanding. Among your fellow Columbians, you felt moved: in the teeming crowd, each jostle and illicit substance detected helped you transcend this wretched and earthly plane. Even if your future weekends don’t measure up, you can still let us know about them by emailing us at email@example.com.
Before: It Seemed Important Then
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