Bwog’s Costume Closet: Hawkma, Goddess of the Skies
Mortal human desperately trying to become Goddess

What elegance

Remember when this happened? Well, that gave birth to this, and the rest is history. Hawkma has been a living legend at Columbia for seven years and now you, yes, YOU can bring her glory to your Halloween festivitiesAmateur bird-watcher/ nudist Claire Friedman is here with yet another costume idea for the Halloween-challenged: Hawkma, the feathered goddess herself. 

You Will Need:

  • Several bottles of Elmer’s glue
  • Enough feathers to cover your entire body
  • Two tarps
  • A child-sized birthday hat (yellow)


Step 1: Place each tarp on the ground. On the first, empty the Elmer’s glue bottles and spread evenly. On the second, pour the feathers.

Step 2: Take off all your clothes and roll your naked body in glue.

**note: if you’re feeling like a wimp like rolling around in glue isn’t your thing, feel free to wear a nude bodysuit for this step.

Step 3: Roll your glue-coated self in the feathers. Wait about 30 minutes for the glue to dry and the feathers to set.

Step 4: Fasten the small birthday hat over your nose like a beak. Now you’re ready to roam the skies!

Cost: Your dignity and possibly some of your skin/ hair. Also, about $40.

Feathery goodness by Taylor Grasdalen

LectureHop: Is Science Keeping Up With The Demands Of Ebola?
If you see this, you should probably run

If you see this, you should probably run

As Ebola continues to strike West Africa and other areas of the world, doctors, including several at Columbia, are stepping in and looking for a solution. Two of those doctors held a panel as part of an all day conference on Monday, and epidemiology expert Christina Clark was there to hear what they had to say. 

On Monday afternoon, I attended the last panel of Columbia’s conference on the Ebola crisis, titled “Is Science Keeping Up with the Demands of Ebola and Challenges to Come?” The featured speakers were Stephen Morse, PhD (a professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health) and Robert Klitzman, MD (Professor of Psychiatry at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies).

Dr. Morse was the first to give a speech, opening with a joke about how he felt like “the guest that you didn’t want to invite to the party,” given the reason for his talk. However, one of his first points was relatively positive; the fatality rates in this epidemic are 50% or less, while in previous instances rates have hovered closer to 90%. He believes that the biggest reason for this success is a greater emphasis on oral rehydration treatments in African hospitals and clinics.

Morse next began to discuss efforts to create a vaccine. While he predicted one would be available by the end of the year, he was concerned about how a vaccine would be distributed. Since Ebola outbreaks are unpredictable, it would be difficult to determine which areas have the greatest need for preventative measures. Another interesting treatment that he discussed was Zmapp, an antibody treatment produced using genetically engineered tobacco plants. Zmapp is a promising option, but has not been subjected to rigorous studies and is also difficult to mass produce.

What did Dr. Klitzman have to say, though?

Two Advising Deans Talk To SGA
Picking classes for next semester

Picking classes for next semester

With spring registration only a few weeks away, Monday night’s SGA meeting focused heavily on advising, with the help of some celebrity guest deans. Political preppie Joe Milholland brings you the scoop on Barnard’s human rights major, mug drives and other beary important news. 

At Monday night’s SGA meeting, Dean of Studies and advisor to the senior class Natalie Friedman and First-Year Class Dean and Dean for Academic Assistance Rebecca Grabiner came to talk about advising at Barnard. Advising admins spend a good deal of the year matching new students with academic possibilities depending on those students’ interests. A very high number of students want to major in human rights this year, and Barnard only has one human rights professor, so Advising has been looking for professors with interests in that area. “We want students to have as many adults in their lives as possible,” said Friedman of her goals.

This year, Advising has been looking into first-generation or “First-in-Family” students and pre-professional students. For the first time this year, any Barnard student who wants tutoring can get free peer-to-peer student help. Advising needs tutors in calculus, biology, economics, and almost any language, but especially Arabic. Barnard student tutors are paid $15 an hour.

As the deans talked to the SGA members, Friedman admitted that the training for advisors has been “kind of thin,” and asked for recommendations for programs because she didn’t believe students would show up to admin-planned programs. “We’re not as plugged into social media as we could be,” Friedman admitted.


  • There will be a mug drive in Liz’s Place to collect and reuse mugs as part of sustainability initiatives. There is also a logo design contest for students. Admissions for the logo are open until November 7. The logos will be laminated onto mugs that Liz’s Place receives and will feature a “sustainable Barnard theme.” There is a 15% discount for customers who use reusable mugs. There’s also a dishwasher in Liz’s Place the workers will use.
  • Barnard students not going home during Thanksgiving Break can sign up to have a Thanksgiving dinner with a Barnard alumnus.

There’s only one human rights class here?!?! via Shutterstock

Columbia Fencing Wants To Get You Hyped

Remember that time you climbed to the seventh floor of Hamilton without taking a break to pretend to look at flyers in the stairwell? And you screamed, “I am a champion!” over the Columbia rooftops? And you felt like you could beat the entire world in a running race because that’s what champions do?

Apparently, the fencing team feels like that all the time. Their video, Mindset of a Champion, is a Rocky-esque sports montage that’ll make you feel super intense about sports and competition and stuff. It might also brainwash you into taking fencing for your PE requirement because hey, it actually looks pretty fun.

And why does the fencing team have the MINDSET OF A CHAMPION? Last year’s men’s squad split the Ivy title with Harvard and enjoyed seven weeks as the top-ranked team in the NCAA, finishing seventh in the NCAA Championships. Last year’s women’s squad finished 9th in the NCAA as well. The two teams finished ranked 2nd and 6th in their respective coaches’ polls. Oh, right. That’s why.

Video via anonymous tipster

Bwoglines: Get Educated Edition
Isn't learning fun?

Isn’t learning fun?

For the first time in over a decade, Columbia increased the salaries of some adjunct professors for CC and LitHum to $8,000 per semester. How much more apartment space does an extra $2,000 get them? (Capital New York)

Astronomers in Los Angeles have captured a rare sight in the cosmos: a star went nova. Not supernova, but just nova, turning it into a massive fireball in space. With time-lapse action shots of the explosion, we could learn much more about this stellar phenomenon. (LA Times)

“It’s a fleeting moment, and a telling one”: Taylor Swift is digging her sneaks heels boots into new(?) territory and turning into a full-fledged pop star. She’s always giving us something new to think about her. (Boston Globe)

Reassuring us of what we already knew, the Big Three automakers still can’t compete with Japanese imports in the reliability category (The Detroit News)


Out of the book and into our brains via Shutterstock

Field Notes: Homecoming/ Parents’ Weekend

Easy to picture this man with a dog, right?

Whether you spent this weekend out & about with your family, drunk and clad in Columbia gear for the first time this year, or both, there was a lot happening around the Columbia bubble. Though you won’t have to be proving to your parents that you actually have fun in college next weekend, we as always want to know what went down over the weekend at 

Showing the parents how it’s done:

  • “Also, my mom came to visit. we ate a lot. she asked me to explain Tinder to her.”
  • “Was hanging out with my parents and remembered why I crossed an ocean to go to university (kidding).”
  • “Parents came friday night and we discussed what I’m going to do with my life. Saw Les Miserables on Broadway with grandmother on Sunday. Reaffirmed my francophone tendencies.
  • “Took the parents downtown for dinner and saw the guy who played Ben Linus on Lost walking his dog in Columbus Circle.”
  • “I went and stayed downtown with my mom and brother. We went to the ballet and ate french fries and drank wine and it was awesome.”
  • “Went apple picking in the suburbs with my parents, sister, and brother-in-law, and we were the only family there with grown children. But snagged enough large and largely delicious apples to feed an entire residence hall.”

Homecoming 2k14, son: 

  • Pre-gaming right: “Listening to Nickleback rn.”
  • “Got free shirts from GS, GSAS, and Barnard at homecoming, and I’m not in any of them.”
  • “Paid $22 for an all-you-can-eat lunch at the alumni tent at Baker, just to discover that the only vegan thing on the menu was eggplant…lesson learned.”

Calling all LOST fans via Lostpedia


Bwog’s Costume Closet: Penis Fountain & Fountain Girl
fountain couple

Cutest couple on campus

Now that we’re just four days away from Halloween, it’s time to fight back against whatever blankness comes to mind upon hearing “Halloween costume” (because our Halloween costume contest is super competitive!!!). For those of you social enough to have a significant other/a friend/ a loose acquaintance, we salute you and hand you the couple costume of the year on a silver platter. Claire Friedman, most notably known for her role as Marnie in all three Halloweentown movies, gives the how-to for you and your special someone to dress like a real Columbia throwback: A Penis Fountain and Fountain Girl. 

You (The Penis Fountain) Will Need:

  • A nude body suit and swim cap
  • A squirt gun
  • A baby pool
  • A pair of suspenders
  • Some heavy-duty scissors


Step 1: put on your body suit and swim cap. If you’re doing this right, you should now resemble a human penis.

Step 2: cut a hole big enough for your hips in the base of the baby pool.

Step 3: attach the suspenders to the sides of the baby pool and wear them over your shoulders. The pool should hang around hip-height.

Step 4: fill up your squirt gun and go out into the world.

**note: people will think you dressed as an penis in a baby pool for Halloween. That means you’re doing it right.


This stellar outfit will probably run between $40 and $50. But hey, you know you’ll use that nude bodysuit again to dress up as a penis.

You (Fountain Girl) Will Need:

  • A grey shirt
  • Orange/ coral pants
  • A “no fucks given” attitude


Step 1: dance around your Penis Fountain partner. Depending on the structural integrity of your partner’s costume, feel free to climb on/ bask in the baby pool until asked to stop.


This costume will cost between $20 and $30 but, unfortunately, you can’t buy her infinite awesomeness.

Illustration by Taylor Grasdalen.

Round Of Applause For The V121 C-Team

DSC_0213Say hello to who will bring this year’s Varsity Show to life – your V121 C-Team! This clearly talented group of students consists of mainly newcomers to the C-Team life, which should bring your anticipation of this year’s show to a whole new level. The Varsity Show held interviews for positions on the C-Team and here are the long-awaited results:

Director: Molly Heller, JTS/GS ’15 (Actor V119)

Producers: Nikita Ash, BC ’16 and Emily Snedeker, CC ’16 (Publicity Manager V120)

Composers/Lyricists: Sam Balzac, CC ’17 (Actor V120) and Fernanda Douglas, CC ’16 (Actor V119)

Writers: Ally Horn, BC ’16 and Bijan Samareh, CC ’15

Choreographer: Chloe Durkin, CC ’15

Art Director: Isabella Rosner, CC ’17 (Costume Designer V120)

If you happen to see these celebrities among us, be sure to extend your congratulations to them, or else you might be an object of satire in V121.

Group shot courtesy of Nikita Ash & Emily Snedeker


Weekend Sports Wrap: Redemption At Baker
is swerve a technical term

Christina Freibott, swerving through defenders as always

After just another average sporting weekends at Columbia (that we properly prepared you for), Ross Chapman presents you with what you might have missed while – we hope – you were doing anything except watching f****ball. 

Saturday wasn’t a fantastic day for the teams up at Baker Athletic Complex or on those on the road. But you can read all about that at the bottom of the article. On Sunday, however, the field hockey team (11-4, 4-1 Ivy) came out with a hunger for revenge against the Big Green. By halfway through the first half, the score was already 2-0. By the end of the half, the Lions had beaten the goalkeeper once more and extended the lead to 3-0. Whitney Hartstone, Katie Ruesterholz, and Christina Freibott all contributed points (goals or assists) to the Lions total, representing the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. Two time consecutive Ivy League Player of the Week Freibott led the way for Columbia again this week. She teamed up with Ruesterholz and scored the third goal of the game, and before that set up Zoe Blake’s penalty corner goal in the 12th minute. But Sunday, from a symbolic perspective, was all about the seniors.

The members of the class of 2015 on the team (all CC) received bonus applause during the game as the team celebrated Senior Day. The student-athletes all appeared in a video before the game talking about some of their time with the team. “It’s been an incredible experience,” recounted midfielder Zoe Blake. “It couldn’t have been better.” A lot of players pointed to the winning seasons and the team’s historic defeat of Princeton earlier in the season, but that’s not to say that the women are all business, all the time. Time together on the field and in hotels breeds comeraderie like few other things can, and that manifests itself in more ways that winning. “I can’t mention favorite moments without charades,” said Senior goalkeeper Marlee Silverstein, laughing about late night diversions.

Silverstein has taken a bit of a backseat this season to her underclassman Kimberly Pianucci. But in the final three minutes of the game, coach Marybeth Freeman pulled Pianucci and put Sliverstein in the goal. When the clock ticked down to zero, Silverstein’s parents, who came up to Baker for the game, watched with all of the other fans as the six seniors on the team finished their last home game on the field and celebrated in unison. The team still has two important away games until they complete their season, but the team’s seniors deserved a chance to celebrate with the Columbia fans.

News on soccer, volleyball, and two flavors of rowing after the jump

Become The Socialite You’ve Always Wanted To Be With WiGo

imageAn app has come to Columbia’s campus that alleviates all going-out anxiety by making the entire experience transparent. With WiGo, you can post yourself as “going out” the second you leave the apartment you pre-gamed in and find out what parties are happening around campus, what everyone else is up to, or who else will be joining you for the evening.

The concept is the brainchild and extension of one of Mark Zuckerberg’s many dorm room revelations about the social experience of college: people care about going out and seeing certain people (or dodging certain ones). And downloading WiGo might mean you can say goodbye to vague text messaging or scouring 1020 for that one familiar face – just track them down on your phone!

Since we’re known for being a good time, look for Bwog on WiGo.

CCSC Grills Scott Wright On Student Life Issues
We're frustrated & CCSC knows it

We’re frustrated & CCSC knows it

Things might have gotten a little heated at last night’s CCSC meeting, and the devout Sunday night spectator Joe Milholland is here as always to keep you in the loop. 

In 1999, when VP of Campus Services Scott Wright was touring Columbia, as he looked at Lerner, the new student center, he commented to his tour guide, “I don’t know why you put a spiral staircase for the construction workers because you sure as hell wouldn’t do it for a restaurant.”

As he related this story to the Columbia College Student Council Sunday night, he was also able to announce that a new staircase is coming to Ferris, probably not over winter break, but likely over Spring Break or over summer. Wright, however, is “not exactly sure what they’re going to do” to put in a better staircase.

Wright took several other questions from CCSC. Class of 2015 VP Jackson Tse asked about environmental stewardships. Wright talked about some initiatives students and admins are working on. For example, admins are looking at what’s being recycled in Carman and EC – the two locations, according to Wright, are a “good place to start, at least in terms of bottles” – and 70% of the trash in Carman is recyclable. Wright also talked about his enthusiasm for Green Mondays. “When you eat a steak, you’re eating something like someone’s five year supply of water,” Wright said. He also said meatless Mondays for all of NYC would be equivalent to 98 million trees a year.

Frustrations about mail, promising new meal times, and more CCSC magic after this nifty jump

Bwoglines: It’s A Wild, Wild World Edition
Last seen as your Windows XP screen saver

Last seen as your Windows XP desktop screen saver

Call this season what you want – fall, autumn, midterms, flu/ebola…according to this article, ’tis the season for more vehicle-wildlife collisions on our nation’s highways. (NY Times)

The latest expense of taxpayer money is the funding of methods to decrease the 1.5 million wild pigs roaming the United States. The clock is ticking for the EPA to act on this legitimized reversal on the Endangered Species Act. (USA Today)

Don’t have plans for fall break yet? Take the easy trip down to Baltimore and make your childhood-self happy by visiting a 3-D exhibition of Where The Wild Things Are. (WBAL)

Nothing sounds more tragic than the ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild, having a team retreat in the owner’s summer home that was tarnished by a house fire – the ultimate fire vs. ice showdown. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

A Washington state couple will receive a prestigious “Voice of The Wild Award” for their efforts in raising “greater awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving Alaska’s wilderness. The two share a love story and lifetime achievements that even has Chris McCandless smiling somewhere. (The Seattle Times)

Life outside of the city via Shutterstock

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Review
'Earnest' Poster

‘Earnest’ Poster

For today’s riveting review, theatre critic Hannah Kramer brings you her thoughts on King’s Crowd Shakespeare Troupe’s performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Do you know what is a really funny word that more people should definitely work into daily life? ‘Bunbury’, or the verb ‘bunburying’. Maybe not, since it seems to mean lying about having a relative/sick friend in order to blame your bad behavior on someone else. But it works out pretty well for the characters in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” so maybe it’s okay.

Either way, KCST’s performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” this weekend was full of bunburying, muffins, and laughter. Seriously, it’s impressive to think about how many muffins those actors must have eaten over the last few weeks while putting this show together. You’ve got to respect that dedication, both to the theater and to muffins.

Oscar Wilde’s play is a classic, the kind of classic you were probably forced to read in high school while your teacher exclaimed about its hilarity and your eyes glazed over. It was published in the late 19th century, so it’s in the kind of English that is totally understandable if you listen closely but also kind of annoying to interpret. Luckily, KCST’s production made the slightly out-of-date dialogue relatable and (most importantly) hilarious.

Hilarity in “The Importance of Being Earnest” came from a number of places, of which my favorite was the characters’ accents. Accents are funny, particularly well-done, and were a great combination of the affected tone of the grossly wealthy, Victorian English and 1950’s city slickers. Sounds weird, but it was effective.

Read more ‘Earnest’ after the jump!

Open Forum Tonight

On Monday, we issued an apology regarding the events that occurred following the Rules of Protest Town Hall.

As stated in the Note On Change, we are committed to redefining our online presence in a way that puts the needs of Columbia University students first. In order to make this change, though, we need your input.

Tonight at 8PM in the SGO of Lerner (5th floor), following our weekly Bwog meeting, we’ll be hosting an open forum, in which all members of the Columbia University community are invited to contribute to this reshaping process.

We hope to see you there.

Bwog’s Costume Closet: NSLOP
NSLOP and her new friend Chateau Diana

NSLOP and her new friend Chateau Diana

What better way to keep procrastinating take a break from studying than by planning your Halloween costume to enter in our costume contest? Out of ideas you say? Fear not. Our spooky spectacular costume creator Claire Friedman has come up with another idea for those too busy to be original: NSLOP.

You Will Need:

  • An NSOP bracelet
  • A well-worn “NSOP: Step Up” shirt (no, not this Step Up)
    • Alternatively: brand new Columbia apparel.
  • A box of “wine product” that contains 0% alcohol


Step 1: Wear the NSOP shirt and bracelet and adopt an expression of wide-eyed innocence.

Step 2: Tell as many people as you can about the crazzzyyyy Carman party you went to last night and how insanely drunk you are RIGHT NOW.

Step 3: Repeatedly get confused about your location. Here are some example phrases you might want to use:

  • “How do I get to EC? I heard that there are always parties going on there!”
  • “So we’re meeting in front of the library right? Okay, I’ll see you by Low in a few!”
  • “Does 1,020 check IDs that strictly? I don’t have a fake yet, so I was planning on using this picture of myself I drew with a crayon.”

Cost: Being a freshman. Also, the price of wine product (roughly $15).

Illustration via Taylor Grasdalen.