Move-in is approaching! As we all prepare to return to school, here are some songs on leaving home and returning to life at Columbia University in the City of New York (a name that, as Drake would say, sounds “very important and very pretentious”).
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Before the summer ends and we’re all back in Boringside Heights, Bwog wants to highlight your Houses and Homes! Send a picture of your vacation spot/triple-monitor set-up at work/tiny apartment in the city/sprawling backyard in the middle of nowhere to firstname.lastname@example.org, and don’t forget to include where you are, what it smells like, what it sounds like, and what it tastes like. Feel free to also tell us what you’ve been up to this summer! Our first submission comes from Bwogger Rachel Deal–though she spent most of her time working in Boston, she also took a quick trip to Canada to visit a friend.
Where: Fort Erie, Ontario–right on Lake Erie.
Sound: Wind in trees and the dog barking next door.
Smell: Last night’s bonfire on the beach and sunscreen.
Taste: Maple syrup, Tim Hortons, (my first legal sips of) white wine, and sunscreen.
We forgot NSOP was actually a thing, but the schedule for NSOP 2015 was released on Guidebook and we’re feeling all nostalgic for some reason. This year’s orientation is themed “You Are Here,” and includes many of our favorite NSOP programs such as Community Forum, Open Mic Night, and the Gender-Based Misconduct lectures!
To access the official guide, download Guidebook from your smart phone application store of choice. Register a free account or simply search “Columbia University and Barnard College Orientation 2015.” From there, you will have access to a full breakdown of this year’s orientation schedule. One can view Barnard’s orientation schedule online here, as well as the CC/SEAS schedule here (once it is posted online).
This year’s orientation will follow a different schedule in terms of OL group division. Each group is made of 10 members, all of whom are from the same residence hall. Each group (i.e group 7-A) will be paired up with another group (i.e 7-B) from a different first-year residence hall. These two groups will be meeting together at all times and will follow the same tracks.
This year, there are five mandatory tracks aptly named after the five boroughs of NYC for CC/SEAS students. Barnard students are divided into 3 tracks named after some main Barnard bitchez—Magnolia, Milbank, and Millie. Students and groups are expected to attend the given events within their track, i.e. groups 7-A & 7-B are to follow the Brooklyn track! The main events like the New York City event, Community Forum, and the Class of 2019 photo include all first-years and occur at the same time, regardless of group or track.
All of these events may seem fun now, but we’ll let you know which scheduled events you should actually go to during NSOP. Regardless, get excited and start meticulously filling your Google Cal with all these events as you prepare for the sloppiest week of your Columbia life!
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This morning, Bwog received notice from Columbia Psychological Services that they will be expanding their office space and staff for the coming academic year. Changes to CPS include hiring 6 new clinicians, including a psychiatrist. This staff addition will hopefully reduce the wait time most students experienced in past years when trying to schedule an appointment with CPS. The announcement adds CPS will continue to be able to address various mental health concerns with its “broad and diverse team.”
The new staff will be housed on the 5th floor of Lerner. CPS hopes this location will be more central to campus and accessible to all students. The office space will take over the previous location of Alice!, which will be moved to John Jay to be closer to health services. Bios on the new physicians will be added to the CPS directory as soon as they are hired.
Bwog is hanging onto July as long as possible (because August is just too close to September), so we’re using our monthly round-up as a way to prolong the summer. Maybe that logic is lacking, but it’s hot and we’re trying not to think about the fall. Let’s all just take a page out of Demi’s book and stay cool for the summer.
Meanwhile, our campus might look dead, but things are still happening. We present to you July’s news in conveniently packaged bullets.
As we say a heartfelt farewell to the days of June, Bwog would like to take a moment to reminisce about the weird, the wild, and the wonderful events of this past month.
In case you have not left the Netflix cave you created for yourself in May, here’s what you may have missed:
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Yesterday Columbia became the first university in the United States to divest from the private prison industry. This news comes as a major victory for Columbia Prison Divest, the student group that has been campaigning since February of 2014 for Columbia to divest. The Board of Trustees also announced that the school will create a policy that will ban any future investments in the private prison industry.
This morning, Barnard’s Board of Trustees approved an admission policy for trans women. Barnard will admit all “applicants who consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth,” according to the College’s official statement, beginning in the fall of 2016 (the Class of 2020).
Officially, Barnard will continue to use feminine rather than gender-neutral pronouns to reflect its “identity as a women’s college.” Barnard will also deny admission to applicants not selecting “female” on the Common Application and to trans men.
Those who transition from female to male while attending Barnard will remain eligible for a Barnard degree, and “the College will offer guidance and resources” to help transitioning students who find that Barnard no “longer offers the appropriate educational environment” for them.
Photo courtesy of anon
Written by Eric Cohn
In an email sent this afternoon, PrezBo announced his support for the University’s divestment from companies engaged in the operation of private prisons. A recommendation will come before the Board of Trustees in their next meeting in June.
On March 31, ACSRI (the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing) voted to recommend prison divestment to the Trustees, and this represents, in the words of PrezBo, the “culmination of thoughtful analysis and hard work by ACSRI and by…students, faculty, and alumni.”
PrezBo also touched on the issue of fossil fuel divestment, which ASCRI has been discussing since 2013, in today’s message. He vocalized his hope that the “conversation” on climate change remain in the forefront, and he alluded that at an “appropriate time during the next academic year” this issue too will come before the Trustees.
Our fellow Columbians, another year has come and gone. It was a rollercoaster, but now we can finally retire back to our quiet abodes. Whether you aced your finals or barely stayed in school, you can still come back next year with a (mostly) clean slate. Have wonderful summers made of fulfilling internships and lovely friends. Thank you so much for your support and readership through these last two semesters.
We here at Bwog are going to be recharging our batteries everywhere from New Hampshire to SoCal, but before we go, we have to have our last suppers. While they’re hardly painting-worthy, they really show what it means to go to Columbia. Check in every now and again for summer updates, but for now, Bwog out.
Written by Taylor Grasdalen
You’ve done it. You’ve completed your final year of college, or your first, second, or third. A lot has happened in these months since late August, and Editor in Chief Taylor Grasdalen reviews them for you here. (And wrote her own byline.) Enjoy and remember.
September ushered in controversy and action, from the Students for Justice in Palestine protesting on 9/11 to the advent of the Carry That Weight movement. No Red Tape and other anti-sexual violence groups began to make more noise; “rape shouldn’t be part of the college experience,” though Columbia’s own data illustrated the campus reality. It also turned out that Barnard students were never supposed to be in JJ’s in the first place. And you might have heard some things about Bwog, but don’t mind us.
In October, there was one very sketchy Town Hall. Questions were asked and askers were asked to ask their questions. “BoSchwo” arrived (thanks, Alex Chang), though we too now call it “Bernie’s.” We saw the first Carry That Weight Day of Action, and Columbia released some choice words in response:
We understand that reports about these cases in the media can be deeply distressing, and our hearts go out to any students who feel they have been mistreated. But galvanizing public attention on an important societal problem is very different from a public conversation about individual students and cases, which colleges and universities do not discuss.
November brought us Beta-induced anger, an impostor amongst the Class of 2018, and some contentious fines for the Carry That Weight demonstrators. Students sought to give President Bollinger the raise he deserves. …Speaking of PrezBo, he’s been disappointed with the football team for a while. CCSC and ESC considered raising your activities fee by $4.50. And Bwog might not have an official office, but at least we don’t have to worry about finding feces in our elevator.
December was busy and painfully cold, if nothing else. We lost Joshua Villa. Another student fell from the eighth floor of Wien. We began to talk about mental health. The Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases led to a “die-in” on College Walk, the night of the Tree-Lighting Ceremony. Orgo Night made people upset. Carry That Weight protested their fine. CUSS arrived! (And so did I.) Beta annoyed.
Written by Max Rettig
Last weekend, the Columbia Lions baseball team won its third consecutive Ivy League championship after defeating Dartmouth in a 3-game, 2-day series. Two of the players so instrumental to the victory were pitcher George Thanopoulos and first baseman Nick Maguire. Bwog’s resident baseball fan Max Rettig sat down with George and Nick to get their thoughts on the season, the championship and the upcoming NCAAs.
Max: First off, congrats on the Ivy League championship. Three years in a row is pretty incredible. What do you think has gotten the team that far each year? What is it about the Lions that makes you guys so successful on the baseball diamond year after year?
George: I’d say it’s really just a matter of trusting in each other and trusting your teammates. It’s also buying into the process our coaches have set up for us, and taking it day by day. We say we want to get one percent better each day. It’s really just trusting our preparation, trusting our abilities, and going out there and having fun.
Nick: It definitely has a lot do with trust and preparation. You know, I’d bet you a lot of money we’re the most prepared team in the league. It comes down to our coaching staff, the players’ will to get better and work, and our preseason trips in February when it’s 30 degrees out. The more situations we get into, the more Game 4’s against Penn or Game 3’s against Dartmouth, it doesn’t get easier every year but we become more battle-tested.
M: What is the daily grind of the season like for you? The team starts out in Houston, Florida, sometimes California in February and March when it’s way too cold for baseball in New York, and then you play 20 straight games against Ivy League opponents. How much does playing ranked teams in Houston prepare you for the Ivy slate?
G/N: It’s very good preparation, starting out in Houston. Obviously, playing ranked teams doesn’t hurt. Houston was a really positive thing for us, being able to go and beat the No. 6 team. UCF was really tough, but you have to shake the losses. Houston was great, but you can’t get too high on wins or too low on losses. When we get back here and are playing 4 games a weekend, one or two games can make a huge difference in the season. I look to that series against Princeton where we lost the first game, but won the next three. That showed our resilience.
It’s also that we don’t really see Houston as the No. 6 team in the country. We see them as our opponent for the day and we go in with the mindset that our team is equal. We’ve gotten Top 25 votes before too, so it’s really that we go into each game with the mindset that we can win. Most players on the team will cross that No. 6 out and just see Houston. That mindset has been the biggest change over the past few years. There’s no team we can’t hang with.
Written by Maddie Stearn
The demolition of the Barnard Library is drawing near, but Bwog has some more important matters on the mind: namely, what will happen to Maggie the Magnolia? We’ve heard rumors that Maggie will be moved, but where? With the help of Bwog’s collective imagination, Barnard Bearoness/Amateur Photoshopper Maddie Stearn whipped up some snapshots of Maggie’s next adventures.
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