Apr

22

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Here comes authoritarianism!

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or have a correction to make, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended:

  • The Return of Authoritarianism in China: Why Is It Happening and What Does It Mean?, 4 to 6 pm, International Affairs Building, Monday (4/23)
  • I Was Only Kidding!: Jews, Cartoons, And Free Speech, 7 to 9 pm, Pulitzer Hall, Monday (4/23)
  • Fifty Years After the Revolution: New Perspectives on 1968, 5 to 9 pm, Faculty House, Friday to Saturday (4/27-4/28)

Find the full list of events below!

Apr

22

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a brain – something that many of us have at columbia

We’re back with Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly curated list of interesting STEM-related talks, symposiums, and events happening on campus. For science and non-science majors alike, our list will bring you events that will satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

For anyone, related-majors and non-majors alike:

  • Neuroscience in Action: A Conversation About Early Life Trauma and the Brain (Tuesday, April 24, 4:30-7pm, Schapiro Davis Auditorium)
    • “This talk takes a closer look at how exposure to psychosocial adversity relates to children’s behavioral and neurobiological development. The speakers will present recent findings on emotional and cognitive development and their associated biological correlates.” Speakers include professors of psychology and neuroscience. RSVP at link above
  • (Medical School) Admitted Students Panel hosted by CU AMSA (American Medical School Association) (Wednesday, April 25, 7pm, 511 Hamilton)
    • “We will be hosting a Q&A session with students who have been recently admitted to medical school! Please have questions prepared. This is an opportunity to ask questions you may have about the admissions process. They will have great advice to offer and you can get some insight into the entire application process.”
  • Debate on Single Payer Health in New York State (Thursday, April 26, 12-1pm, Russ Berrie Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicholas Ave, Medical Campus)
    • “Last year, the New York Health Act single-payer bill passed again in the Assembly but was not voted on by the State Senate. Join us to see Richard Gottfried, Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health and the author of the NY Health Act and Todd Richter, Vice Chairman of Global Healthcare Banking at Barclays who facilitated the deal between CVS Health & Aetna debate “Should New York become a Single Payer Health System?” – RSVP at link

Click here for talks on biology!

Apr

22

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Last weekend, a young prospie acquainted with Bwog told us that, during the infamous New York City bus tour, she and other students were given bingo cards filled with “typical NYC sights” and were told to fill them out as they rode through the city. The cards, she told us, included such wholesome items as “sirens” and “neon signs.” We thought these were giving prospies a far-too-reductive picture of the city they might be about to inhabit for the next four years, so we’ve compiled our own bingo card with our own list of typical Morningside Heights sights. Barnard prospies on campus today and tomorrow, and any other Columbia students who might visit in the next few months: use this link to print 30 randomized bingo cards to play with your friends, or check out one representative card below.

Apr

22

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Despite the best efforts of this grand university to crush everything and anything joyful about this place, the CU Marching Band… marches on, so to speak, releasing its first wave of flyers for Orgo Night.  The time, as always, is at the witching hour of Reading Week; the place is somewhat up in the air. Wherever Orgo Night ends up, Bwog’ll be there; what about you?

All images via CUMB Ministry of Propaganda

Apr

22

The “Hart” of campus (not really, but it’s close enough to JJ’s)

One half of the LLC (aka the two identical buildings next to John Jay), Hartley Hall in one of the oldest dorms on campus, and sometimes, it feels like it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a great place to live during your first year at Columbia and beyond!

Location: 1124 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (between Hamilton and Wallach)

Nearby dorms: Wallach and John Jay are literally connected. Furnald, Carman, and Wein are a bit more of a hike but still only 3 minutes away.

Stores and restaurants: John Jay, JJ’s, Hamilton Deli, Arts and Crafts

Cost: $8,412, standard for freshpeople

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: A two shared, co-ed bathrooms for each suite, cleaned twice weekly. The larger has two stalls/showers and the smaller, on the second floor of the suite, only has one of each.
  • AC/Heating: Heat but no AC. Buy a good fan for the first few months, or keep your windows open.
  • Kitchen: One in each suite, with two stoves, a sink, and a microwave, as well as lots of cabinet space. Cleaning them is resident responsibility so they can get disgusting pretty quickly but Hartley definitely has the smallest kitchen/resident ratio for freshpeople.
  • Lounge: One in on the main level of each suite, with a few chairs, a table and a  television (that has cable) with a smaller, essentially ineffectual lounge on the upper level as well that’s mostly just a few chairs and a small table. The lounges in the A and C suites tend to be a lot larger than those in the B suites. There’s also a sky lounge on the 10th floor and a first floor lounge with pool and ping pong tables!
  • Laundry: Free and in the basement, shared with Wallach. Though it tends to get full during certain peak hours (some evenings, the weekend, etc.) you can definitely find times when it’s completely free.
  • Fire Escapes/Bike Storage: No
  • Computers/printers: There’s a computer lab on the first floor and two PawPrint stations by the door, perfect if your computer malfunctions mid-essay or you forget to print until you’re walking out the door.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty slow elevators; one only goes to the 9th floor and the other that can take you to the sky lounge on the 10th.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Ugly 80s carpet in both the halls/lounge and the bedrooms; the kitchens and bathrooms have tile.
  • WiFi: Yes; and it’s pretty fast most of the time.

Pics and opinions below!

Apr

22

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Pictured: Howl.

Bwog was recently contacted by the estate of Allen Ginsberg (CC ’48), owing to the discovery of an early draft of his famous poem, “Howl.” We were told it might be of some interest to us, and oh, it definitely was. Read an excerpt of this historic find below.

I saw the best minds of my generation rushing Bwog, starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves up the Lerner Ramps at 9:00 pm looking for an angry pitch,

angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,

who student loans and Canada Goose and hollow-eyed and high sat up eating green grapes in the supernatural darkness of Lerner 510 floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,

who bared their brains to the Editorial Board above the 1 Train and saw Alma Mater staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,

who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating MoHi and Woolf-light tragedy among the scholars of the Core,

who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene posts on the Wordpress of Bwog…

 To see what sort of publication could have possibly inspired such a masterwork, join us tonight. What else are you going to do on a Sunday evening?

Howl by USFWS via Wikimedia Commons.

Apr

22

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This is such a mood

Happening in the world: Australian public opinion is divided over how to deal with a growing feral peacock population, with some calling them “disruptive” and others “part of the community.” (BBC)

Happening in the US: Allison Mack (from Smallville) was indicted on Friday on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Working alongside Keith Raniere, Mack helped to lure women into an alleged sex cult disguised as a self-help and empowerment organization. (Washington Post)

Happening in the city: A Brooklyn postal carrier was found to have hoarded 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail from the past decade, saying he was “overcome by how much he had to deliver.” (NY Times)

Happening on campus: “Make It Tappen!”, UnTapped’s 2018 Spring Showcase, is happening at 6:30 pm in the Lerner Black Box! Featuring student choreography and a collaboration with CU Bellydance. More info can be found on the Facebook event page.

Song Suggestion Sunday:

Peacock by Myloismylife via Wikimedia Commons

Apr

22

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A late night diary entry. A stream of consciousness musing at 5 am. 

Dear Bwog,

It’s been another long week and a short weekend. Saturday’s gone, and Sunday’s sunrise is near us. I meant to go to bed a lot earlier tonight, but that didn’t happen. I slept 14 hours last Saturday; I wish I could do that every week. I physically can’t keep up with that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” attitude, because I’m not functional without 8 full hours of sleep and a cup of coffee. My class schedule will be more lax next semester, though, so hopefully, I’ll get more sleep. Even 10:10 classes are too early for me, honestly. I wish I could be a morning person but I’m so much more productive and alert at night. Is that so wrong? Why does our society covet morning people so much? What about us night owls?

I was at 1020 earlier, as expected. I saw a lot of friends, some enemies, people I wanted to see, and people I didn’t want to see. Typical of 1020, you know. The person I most wanted to see wasn’t there, though. It’s okay, I still had fun. Before that, I was at a random EC party that Idris brought me to. I haven’t gone to one of those in a while, and I forgot how stuffy and smelly they get. I didn’t enjoy it much at all. We left almost immediately after we entered, even though we walked many blocks to get there.

More after the jump yadi yada

Apr

21

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Keep an ear out for the music of your friendly neighborhood Arts Editor!

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On Campus:

  • KCST’s 2018 Spring Show, Hamlet, premieres this Thursday starting from Low Plaza. The show invites audience members to travel around campus, using all of Columbia as its stage. Join KCST in bringing new life to the world’s most famous play, as the tension between an established world of power and an ensemble of misremembered ghosts is stretched to the breaking point. See it for free Thursday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, or attend the midnight “drunk showing” on Friday.
  • Also this weekend, come to Roone Auditorium for Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition: the 124th Annual Varsity Show, an original student musical that parodies life at Columbia. Tickets start at $8.50.
  • Tomorrow at 6:30 PM, head to Lerner Black Box for “Make it Tappen!”, UnTapped’s 2018 Spring Showcase. The show will feature three student-choreographed pieces, a collaboration with CU Bellydance, and live improvisation. Head there early to get on the waitlist to purchase tickets!
  • This weekend, the New Opera Workshop invites you to the Glicker-Milstein Theater for Die Fledermaus, a night of masquerading, champagne, and revenge! Performances are at 8pm on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. Free for CUID holders.

Off Campus:

  • Tomorrow at 6 PM at Symphony Space, The Dancing Monks of Assam, India perform Sattriya: An Odyssey of the Spirit, a form of dance-drama performed to honor Vishnu in his flute-playing Krishna incarnation. Tickets start at $35.
  • This Wednesday, 7 PM at the Brooklyn Museum, join a panel of renowned curators, playwrights and actors for Conversation: Aristophanes and Political Satire. They will examine how the political plays of Aristophanes can question and criticize abuses of power in the modern age. Free RSVP here.

Bailey Coleman (BC ’19) strikes a pose via Wikimedia Commons

Apr

21

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Woodbridge

Bwog’s resident housing expert/complainer Youngweon explains why she thinks Woodbridge was chosen so quickly during the housing lottery this year.

According to our housing coverage liveblog from this year, the cutoff for Woodbridge this year was 20/911. In other words, all Woodbridge suites, even the low-demand ones, were completely gone by the first week of housing selection. This is the fastest that Woodbridge has been snatched up for as far as our records go (2014). Here is the cutoff history for Woodbridge (all of Woodbridge, so these numbers are for low-demand suites) for the last few years:

2017-2018: 20/2820 (First year of standardized upperclassmen housing prices)

2016-2017: 20/2507

2015-2016: 20/1607

A worried 20/807

2014-2015: 20/2198

Never in recent memory has Woodbridge had a cutoff of lower than 20/mid-1000s. Last year, when upperclassmen housing prices were standardized, the cutoff was 20/2820, meaning that any junior duo who wanted a Woodbridge suite probably got it. Even in the years before, if you were a junior duo with a lottery number any less shitty than mine (20/2868), you could get it. This year, however, even juniors with lottery numbers in the 800s were worried, and rightly so, with the low-demand cutoff turning out to be 20/911.

So, why did this happen?

Apr

21

The wall in question (left)

Daily Editor Isabel Sepúlveda has a bone to pick with Junzi Kitchen, and she’s not going to rest until she gets the retribution she deserves.

I am an admitted homebody; I tend to spend most of my evenings in my room watching Netflix or staring at a blank Word document and hoping it’ll magically turn itself into a completed essay. So last weekend, when I went to Junzi After Hours with some friends, it was the first time I ever gone. It started out as a great time; we picked a table near the far wall, ordered an overly large cocktail and some really delicious waffle fries, and generally enjoyed the chill atmosphere.

It all fell apart when one of my friends came back from the bathroom. You see, the far wall we were sitting near is comprised of wooden cubbies that hold random poster-boards and other objects. So, as she slid back into the booth, one of them must have been disturbed somehow (though they didn’t do anything when we first sat down) and hit me square in the head.

I am emotionally distressed to this day; the one time I leave my room and decide to venture out into the world, I’m brutally attacked by a piece of, essentially, printed Styrofoam. How can I feel safe going anywhere else, knowing that even a chill restaurant with good food and a shit-ton of alcohol could choose to attack me at any time? What’s next? The chairs in Hamilton falling apart beneath me? The ceiling of my shower in Carman caving in the middle of my stirring rendition of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me?” Getting stuck in an EC elevator for three days and being forced to resort to cannibalism? Nowhere is safe.

More after the jump

Apr

21

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They look beautiful, but they’ll turn you into a donkey.

This Friday, Arts Editor Riva Weinstein attended the dress rehearsal of Columbia Ballet Collaborative’s Spring Performances. The show featured work by Jerome Robbins, 5 original choreographers and 23 talented student dancers.

Dressed in black leotards and pink skirts, five dancers lounge around the onstage piano, their energy concentrated in the tips of their feet. Spontaneously – as if buffeted by the wind – they leap up in twos and threes to pirouette around the stage. Were it not for their breathing audible from the first row, it would be impossible to tell how much effort was put into the feather-light dance. This is 5+ Bach, by choreographer Michele Wiles, the first of six dances in CBC’s Spring Repertoire.

Hailed as one of the finest student groups for emerging talent in ballet, CBC spent the semester developing five dances, collaborations between professional and student choreographers and their dancers. The result is an electric mix of traditional and modern-inspired ballet set to classical music, eerie atonal compositions, and in one case, a cover of Hozier’s Cherry Wine.

Though all the original compositions were impressive, they failed to overshadow the third dance: Antique Epigraphs, by the legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. Eight dancers in airy, flowing dresses drift around the stage, their delicate poses calling to mind a statue garden come to life. As the music grows more ominous, their movements become more urgent. Like the forest nymphs of myth, they are as dangerous as they are beautiful. The dance exudes a strange nostalgia for the Classical world of the Renaissance imagination – the world of Primavera and Birth of Venus, full of innocence and mysterious power.

And they just got wilder…

Apr

21

Have you been browsing Barnard Buy Sell Trade, trying to spruce up your wardrobe for spring? Grab some discount vitamins? Meet a random stranger in the lobby of Lerner to buy their junk? Great news– Bwog is doing spring cleaning because we have way too much stuff to pack up and bring home. Check out some of the great deals below– all OBO!

Apr

21

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Just look at that beautiful double!

It may not have air conditioning, but Reid is a perfectly nice place to spend your first year at Barnard, especially if you get a nice view of the Quad/Broadway. Just be wary of those roaches…

Location: The Quad (3009 Broadway)

Nearby dorms: The rest of the Quad, the 600s, Elliott, Furnald and Schapiro

Stores and restaurants: Halal Cart + food trucks, Morton Williams, Sweetgreen, Starbucks, Haagen-Dasz, Nussbaum & Wu… etc.

Cost: Barnard hasn’t released room rates for 2018-2019, but this year’s was $9,510.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: 2 shared stall-style bathrooms on each floor, one women’s and one gender-inclusive. More (and perhaps cleaner) bathrooms available on other halls, which you can walk to (unless you live in Sulz/Reid 2 – it’s cut off from the other buildings, so you have to go up a floor).
  • AC/Heating: Heating, no A/C. In the words of my Reid correspondent: Get a really good fan.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: One shared kitchen and TV lounge space per floor. Some people love hanging out here; others, like myself last year, would prefer the trek to Diana.
  • Laundry: There’s one washer/dryer set in Reid and 2 in Brooks. Make sure to refill your laundry card ahead of time, or suffer the trek down to Sulz lobby in your underwear/pajamas/last night’s threads.
  • Computers/printers: Available in Sulz basement.
  • Intra-transportation: 2 elevators accessible from the lobby.
  • Hardwood/carpet: The usual Quad situation: carpeted hallways, linoleum tile floors. Great for wiping coffee stains off of.
  • Room variety: Corridor-style double rooms; all first-years and RAs.

Room pix and resident opinions after the jump!

Apr

21

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Avicii had previously stopped his tour due to health problems

Happening in the World: North Korea says it will halt nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site in favor of pursuing growth and peace, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States. Kim Jong-Un says North Korea no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests because they have reached their goal of developing the weapons. (Reuters)

Happening in the US: Swedish DJ Avicii, responsible for hits like “Wake Me Up” and “Levels,” has died in Oman. No cause of death has been publicized, and Avicii’s representative has said no further statements will be given. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Although charges have been recommended for the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014, Justice Department officials have doubts on whether the case is winnable. The police officer has been on desk duty since shortly after Garner’s death. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: The CU Wind Ensemble is hosting their Spring Concert Series today at 12:30 on South Lawn West. Come enjoy some great music while enjoying the weather! Check out the Facebook event here.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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