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We all know the companies that sponsor athletic leagues: Gatorade, Adidas, Budweiser… Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor?

If you’re in Dodge often (pat yourself on the back) you know exactly what you see on the wall as soon as you walk in: a giant poster proclaiming Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor as the sponsor of Columbia University Athletics. Now, why would Arts and Crafts, renowned for its benches guaranteed to make your butt sore, jaded grad students, and expensive but classy craft beers, be the official sponsor of CU Athletics? I know The Heights (Dine above it all!) and Mel’s also number among Columbia’s sponsors, but it’s Arts and Crafts who paid for an oversized poster in its 2000s-style D&D font in the Dodge hallway with the most undergrad and underage foot traffic? Who works there and decided to blow their whole marketing budget on this?

I think the population of Dodge-going students has become blind to this nonsensical mismatch that is the Arts and Crafts sponsorship banner (it also advertises their Sunday trivia nights). If Arts and Crafts is the CU Athletics sponsors, why isn’t Modest Mouse performing at a Homecoming half-time show? The TV in JJ’s should be running a SuperBowl-style ad that features shots of post-doc students crying into their IPAs. Why is the football team comprised of Sig Chi brothers and not the TAs from your Intro to Anthropology class? Why isn’t A&C selling its underrated and little-known Bar Bites at football games, such as the arugula and cranberry salad, or a Brooklyn Hot Dog Company dog? I know why — because it makes absolutely no sense that Arts and Crafts is the sponsor of Columbia University Athletics. 1020 though? That’s a promising partnership.

Photo via Columbia Athletics

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Too busy to stop by General Studies Student Council? No worries, resident Bwogger Andrew Chee skipped out on soup dumplings to bring you the rundown of the major topics discussed tonight.

Policy

An amendment to the bylaws was proposed to replace the impeachment process for appointed members of the council. As it currently stands, the impeachment process was a fairly public spectacle that generated a great deal of drama and hard feelings. Thus, the council successfully voted to revamp the process, implementing a six-week process consisting of the superior officer first meeting with the member, and then the full student council meeting with the member if the issues are not rectified. Finally, if no improvements are evident, the council can convene to privately impeach said member via unanimous vote.

Communication

Newly elected Alumni Affairs Rep Jessica Kim will be meeting the alumni relations team on Friday to throw some ideas about to engage alumni for Giving Day. Additionally, the Monthly Owl is still looking for submissions for upcoming events! If your organization has an upcoming event that you would like to promote, feel free to check the Weekly Raisa for the link to submit your event.

Campus Life

Many events finally have a date and time! The pep rally will be on October 19 at Butler lawn from 1 to 4 pm and will have free t-shirts, a marching band, and more. Next, the Shabbat dinner will take place later on the same day, October 19, in the GS lounge at 8:15 pm, and it will be open to all General Studies students. Lastly, the Lazy Halloween party at Mel’s has been scheduled for November 1 (time TBA) and it sounds like it’s gonna be a blast! GSSC is renting out Mel’s for the night, and there will be an unlimited hot food and milkshake bar, and a drink ticket. Entrance tickets for the event will $5, and subsidized tickets will be available as well. A motion for $6600 to be allocated toward Lazy Halloween (for the cost of renting the venue and providing the aforementioned goodies) was approved.

stouts are the best beer change my mind

Senior Class President

Senior Class President Stephen Ballew announced a senior class event: Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest will take place on the 27th in the plaza in front of East Campus from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Additionally, GS seniors will be allowed to bring a +1 for this event and other events, in an effort to improve turnout at senior events. Stephen made a motion to allocate $230 toward senior class Oktoberfest steins from the senior class budget, which was approved. The steins will be given out to the first 100 students at Oktoberfest, so start lining up!

Keep reading to hear from the Senator and Committee Chairs!

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Happening in the World: The Xinjiang region in China has legalized internment camps for Muslim Uighurs. Detainees are forced to renounce their faith and pronounce their loyalty to President Xi Jinping.

Happening in the U.S.: On her way out of office, Nikki Haley claims international respect for the United States has grown, despite a Pew Research poll showing “10 percent or less of respondents in Germany, France, and Spain believe Trump is trying to do the right thing in world affairs” (US News).

Happening in NYC: In the wake of Toys R Us’s liquidation, FAO Schwartz announced it will be opening a flagship store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on November 16 in preparation for the holiday season. The company also said it plans to open permanent stores in Canada and China and pop-up shops in Spain, Australia, and London (CNBC).

Happening on Campus: HeForShe is hosting a discussion on women in STEM today from 10:00 am-11:30 am in Low Library.

Book of the Day: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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ESC began last night’s discussion in reverse order, starting with a discussion section on new orientation programs. The idea is to provide “tracks” of events to “help students adjust to college much better and help students find community on campus much easier,” just as pre-orientation programs do. These programs would take place, at least initially, after NSOP concludes, making these “post-orientation” programs. Their themes, like tech, arts, or food, would hopefully allow more communities to form. If successful, the program would be moved to before NSOP, taking place concurrently with COÖP, CUE, and ISOP. During the discussion, it was clarified that the programs would focus on all newcomers to the Columbia community (including transfers), and that ESC can forward this idea as funding would come from Undergraduate Student Life. Although the current pre-orientation programs could be expanded, their funding does not come from USL and thus ESC can not try to expand them.

Updates

  • A meeting took place with Dean Kachani, a Vice Provost of Columbia and Senior Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering, regarding professors’ sensitivity to student diversity in the classroom. Apparently, Dean Kachani was very receptive to the issue. He also suggested reaching out to the Committee on Instruction regarding registrar issues between SEAS and the other undergrad colleges at Columbia.
  • The standardization of trash bins around Columbia, particularly recycling bins, is in progress. This refers to clarifying what should be placed in each bin. Efforts are also in progress in the academic buildings, but it’s not clear exactly how much progress has been made.
  • EC townhouses will be getting induction burners to compliment the hotplates already installed. The magnetic pan needed for the induction burner to work will also be provided.
  • Beer steins are coming for Oktoberfest next week. Make sure to arrive early to get one, along with the free beer, of course.

Presentation From The Director Of Academic Integrity

ESC ended their session by meeting with Victoria Malaney Brown, the Director of Academic Integrity at Columbia University, via Google Hangouts. Her role is brand new at Columbia Engineering—there was no academic integrity administrator until Victoria was brought in. The discussions around academic integrity is a “hot button topic” in academia, and Brown’s educational role is preventative in supporting undergraduates in their academic integrity. Her office is on Lerner 6, where she focuses quite a bit on programming and workshops—which is why she wanted to reach out to ESC for cooperation.

She discussed many aspects of her job, but focused specifically during the question and answer period on exposing (especially international) students to American citation standards for their papers and research. She hopes to gather student input for programming, hoping to establish a relationship with ESC for such a reason.

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I wish my family was as well-off as Columbia thinks it is.

Events Editor Isabel Sepúlveda has been filling out her own financial aid forms for a while now. In honor of the FAFSA and CSS Profile opening for business at the beginning of October, she’s shared some of her thoughts about this ridiculous process.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2019-2020 school year opened on October 1, a fact that most of us are going to promptly forget until three days before Columbia’s May 5, 2019 deadline. But since my sisters are high school seniors who are better than me in almost every way possible, they’ve already been texting me with questions (or, more often, answers to questions I’ll be asking on May 3rd) about the process for filing their various financial aid forms. Somehow, I managed to forget how ridiculous this process is in the 4 months since I turned in those sweet, sweet W-2s.

The FAFSA itself isn’t…awful. Don’t get me wrong; I hate it with basically my whole soul and I still mourn the death of the IRS Retrieval Tool, which allowed you to pull information from tax returns you or your guardians already filed. But, if you have your returns and the tax filing statuses of you and your guardians aren’t even a little bit strange (which are two big and important ifs), you get walked through the process relatively painlessly. Of course, you get maybe $3 from the federal government in return for your labor, less than that if you or your parents paid more than $5 for anything they’ve ever purchased. Okay, the more I think about this, the more awful it sounds. And this is the easy part; feel free to join me in my weeping now.

The CSS Profile? We wish we didn’t know her.

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Check out this retro pic of Baelock. So broody…

Didn’t catch last nights meeting of Barnard’s SGA Rep Council? Probably a good call–you have midterms to study for and you, fastidious reader of Bwog, know that these meetings are generally sincere yet boringly bureaucratic at their best and complete displays of incompetency at their worst. That didn’t stop Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp from showing up, taking her seat on the edge of the Rep Council semi-rectangle, and mostly paying attention to what was going on (she perhaps spent some time trying to determine if she was sitting in the camera frame of  the meeting’s Facebook livestream). So, as always, read on to find out what did and did not happen at last nights meeting.

Beilock is back, baby, and calm, collected, and well-spoken as ever. After a brief return of the adjunct faculty union, last nights Rep Council meeting of Barnard’s Student Government Association featured remarks by college President Sian Beilock followed by questions and a discussion from members of Rep Council. Beilock engaged sincerely in the discussion and responded to questions posed but, yet again, our Reps didn’t have many actual actionable questions, and most were returned with an affirmation that some issue is being looked into or that SGA should really bring in some other member of the administration and talk to them about specifics.

There’s drama to come…

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The Unicorn in Captivity

Dear Butler Library librarians and staff, Milstein librarians, any individuals involved in moving Barnard’s collections to Milstein, and, finally, anybody who considers himself or herself a patron of the famous Unicorn Tapestries,

I have to sincerely offer you my apologies.

Butler Library sometimes seems like a maze with moving decor—the movement of books and students against the fixed background of the library means that we almost never come across identical study spaces (after a reasonable period of time). There’s always a book which some student discarded lazily, or some other student sitting in your seat, or used coffee cups waiting to be knocked over.

And that should be so. Such variability means everything is working well, with new students having taken study spots, old books returned, new books read, and meaningful work produced. It would beggar belief to sit down in Butler 209 and realize, “Hey, I studied here a year ago. Here are all the books I took out, basically unmoved.”

sorry @columbia libraries we love you

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An anonymous Bwogger took some free shots of whiskey at Mel’s during a Yankees game and fell in love with the Columbia baseball team.

If you didn’t know, Columbia does have a baseball team. They don’t run around school shirtless like the track (I presume) team does. They don’t swagger around campus in unseemly arrogance from a few rare won games like the football team does. They don’t do whatever the men’s rowing team does. (What does the men’s rowing team do? The women’s team is great. Love them.) They’re rather lowkey, don’t cause trouble (as far as I know), mind their own business, and just do what they love: play baseball.

I will add the disclaimer that I went to Mel’s twice in the last week for Yankees games because they gave free shots to anyone wearing Yankees gear whenever they scored, and this definitely brainwashed me to think of baseball as a good sport. I still don’t really know anything about baseball, except that when the Yankees hit a home run, I get a shot of whiskey. (Bwog disclaimer: the writer is 21 years old. Don’t drink if you’re underage.) Also, they’re really doing the most. They have to hit a tiny ball with a bat about as thick as my arm, run really fast to the bases, be able to catch the tiny ball which flies through the air with extremely high speeds, and throw the said ball across a giant field with extreme accuracy. I know nothing about sports, but it honestly seems like baseball might be the sport that requires the most athleticism.

Fangirling the baseball team after the jump

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Staff Writer Jake Tibbetts loves granola and hates disappointment. This semester has been a bit rough for him, to say the least. He has a lot of problems with John Jay Dining Hall’s switch to generic Ferris-style granola, and now you’re gonna hear about it.

More like Gra-NO-la, am i right?

I am, in many ways, a simple man. After a long, draining Saturday night, there is nothing I look forward to more than heading to John Jay Dining Hall for the first time in three days to fill my stomach with carbs, a little bit of protein, and more carbs. On Fridays and Saturdays, I, like many others, am forced to eat breakfast in Ferris Booth Commons. Though there is nothing wrong with eating bagel with cream cheese after bagel with cream cheese, John Jay’s assortment of breakfast food puts Ferris’s to shame. In John Jay, one can find scrumptious little corn muffins, a wide variety of pastries, a vast assortment of different types of peanut butter, and, until very recently, the best goshdarn granola that I have ever come across.

To be fair, Ferris does also serve granola. In the section adjacent to the avocado toast bar, next to the Nutella, there lies a large bowl full of fairly generic, fairly flavorless bits of what seem to be oats, almonds, and honey. There’s nothing wrong with this granola, per se—it’s incredibly versatile and can be eaten with yogurt, with milk, with fruit, with some type of spread, or alone. But it doesn’t really stand out, and it isn’t really that memorable. I usually only find myself eating it when I realize that Ferris is out of cinnamon raisin bagels.

Read more about the saddest food-related story of the semester here

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Hurricane from space… holy shit

Happening in the world: Over the weekend, a giant sinkhole opened up in the town of Dazhou, Sichuan, China, killing four people. This is literally my worst fear.

Happening in the US: Hurricane Michael is currently building off the coast of Florida. Emergency evacuation declarations have been made in more than 100 counties. Florida friends and family, stay safe!

Happening in NYC: The Columbus Day Parade was yesterday, but apparently it was a bleak affair. Barely anyone showed up. One onlooker even said, “If I had to list it, it’d be the worst parade I’ve ever attended.” Sucks for you, Christopher Columbus!

Happening on campus: Today is the last day to drop a class! It’s the last day you can give up without any consequences. I wish every day were like this.

Sanity Suggestion: Feeling overwhelmed by work right now? Take a break by baking something delicious. It will take your mind off things and you’ll be rewarded with fresh baked deliciousness. Check out Cooking With Bwog for some ideas to get started!

Crazy space weather pic courtesy of NASA

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maybe one of the coolest things to happen to Bwog

This weekend, Bwog felt a lot and we bet you did too. Send your own stories and weekend adventures to tips@bwog.com and we will add it to this list or put it on next week’s post!

Bwog gets Sexy:

  • Made out with four people at a party within maybe 2 hours
  • Received not one but two drunk texts from an ex
  • DID NOT drunk text anyone as part of a “same person, new mistakes initiative” (and in respect to Venus retrograde)
  • Planned my ex-boyfriend’s birthday party.
  • Found out my crush is a tool
  • Got shitfaced at “theta soirée” and hooked up with a gal, which for those of you who don’t know is uncharacteristic behavior
  • I founded a new term: volcel (voluntary celibacy)
  • Got $100 from getting drinks w a sugar daddy
  • Tried going on a Bumble date…dinner went well but then we went to Butler together where he made a big scene, disappeared for thirty minutes, and then came back to take his stuff and randomly left without warning
  • Got in a Big Fight with my boyfriend and I hate to blame my period……..but it was my period.
  • Realized this week that sex is utterly useless

Read Bwog’s adventures and misfortunes after the jump

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Lauren Oneulm, Barnard ’22, stands outside of Milstein with her fanny pack

Elle Ferguson, new Bwog staff writer and freshman at Barnard College, covers the most important event in the Grand Opening of the Milstein Library: the free fanny packs.

Last week’s grand opening of the Milstein Center was a hit; but not just because of the crazy-rich donors and Barnard fulfilling its purpose to educate future female leaders with their new movement laboratory – no, an unexpected celebrity made an appearance: Milstein Fanny Packs.

In the span of two hours, Barnard staff at the Milstein center handed out 1500 fanny packs to enthusiastic students and faculty. Yes, 1500. The idea to hand out fanny packs came from the communications department. According to David Hopson, the creative director of the department, the tip came from a student who told him that fanny packs were back in style.

“I have fond memories of the fanny pack,” Hopson says, recalling the fanny pack he used in his trip across Europe in the 80s, “but I was also happy to see them die.” When asked about how he felt about the return to the fashion arena, Hopson said he was “ambivalent … But you have to follow the youth in these things.”

What did ‘the youth’ think of the fanny packs?

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Today’s Cooking with Bwog is dried pollack soup, or bukgeoguk, a Korean recipe by yours truly, EIC Youngweon Lee. It’s good for hangovers and as a comforting lunch. 

Hangover cure soups are a big part of Korean cuisine, and I love eating them for lunch, whether I’m hungover or not. There isn’t one special recipe for hangover soups; they’re just piping hot, packed with nutrients, and good for your body and soul. Dried pollack soup is one typical hangover soup with a simple, quick recipe. Serve with rice to heal your tired body.

Ingredients

  • Dried pollack (sold at HMart – put as much as you want)
  • Sesame oil
  • Bean sprouts (about a handful)
  • Korean radish (or daikon – just a little bit)
  • Soy sauce or fish sauce
  • Salt
  • Green onion or scallion
  • Salted fermented shrimp (saeujeot – optional, sold at HMart)
  • Minced garlic (optional)
  • Tofu (optional)
  • Egg (optional)
  • Hot pepper (optional)
  • Rice water (optional – this refers to the water you washed your rice in)

More food after the jump

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In football news, Josh Bean (not pictured) is back at QB!

Bummed about the disgustingly humid weather? Sports Editor Abby Rubel is here to cheer you up with the latest from Columbia Athletics.

Women’s Soccer: The Lions (5-5-1, 2-1 Ivy) lost 1-0 against Penn (8-1-1, 2-0-1 Ivy) on Friday. The defeat drops them to fourth in the Ivy League, while Penn is now first thanks to its non-conference record. Harvard and Dartmouth also have 2-0-1 Ivy records. Columbia had a scoring opportunity early in the game, but senior Emma Anderson could not get the ball past Penn’s Kitty Qu, who has seven shutouts to her name this season. Penn’s goal came in the 51st minute from sophomore Breukelen Woodward, who edged the ball past Columbia’s Sophie Whitehouse.

Men’s Tennis: All three Lions were eliminated from Flight A of men’s singles at the ITA Championships. Sophomore Rian Pandole lost in two sets to Yancy Dennis of South Carolina. Senior Austen Huang dropped his first set against Tennessee’s Scott Jones 6-3 but came back to win the second 3-6. Jones took the last set 6-4. Fellow senior William Matheson won his first match in two sets, 6-1, 6-2. He advanced to face University of Miami’s Bojan Jankulovksi and won the first set, but dropped the final two.

Men’s Soccer: Columbia (5-3-1, 2-0 Ivy) advances to second place in the Ivy League with a 2-0 victory over Penn (2-3-3, 0-2 Ivy) this weekend. The Light Blue’s goals came within minutes of each other in the first half. Senior Dylan Mott scored off a deflection, and four minutes later Nike Azume knocked one in from almost 25 yards away. Columbia had five shot attempts in the second half, but none were successful. Goalie Dylan Castanheira posted his third shutout of the season, tying Gary Escher for the career record.

Women’s Golf: 12th/12 teams at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational
Women’s Tennis: 1 singles champion, 1 finalist, 4-0 in doubles matches at the Wildcat Invitational
Field Hockey: lost 4-0 against Princeton
Volleyball: lost 0-3 against Yale, won 3-1 against Brown
Football: won 34-24 against Marist

Photo via gocolumbialions.com

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This entire article was inspired by my weird distaste for the new green smoothie

True fans of Bwog will know how much we love arbitrarily casting inanimate objects as stereotypical Myers-Briggs personalities. And, with the introduction of the new smoothie flavors in JJ’s, this classification of the smoothies as Myers-Briggs personality types is way overdue. 

Green Apple = ISTP. Weird as heck, but like, an exciting kind of weird. Has an interesting personality to compensate for a definite lack of emotion. The shady student who transferred from Bard College or something into your LitHum class that leaves you asking, “Where did she even come from?” Probably plans to do their own version of the water bottle guy’s performances on College Walk. Also probably a narc.

Raspberry Lemonade = ESFJ. New, kind-of-attractive kid on your floor who just moved in. Relentlessly offers to host pregames in their suite because they want to be accepted. Kind of vapid and shallow though. Probably won’t remember your name after the first week of knowing you.

Strawberry Banana = ISFJ. A good person, through and through. Will bring you a dessert from But Caf after you Snapchat them about your existential dread induced by midterm season. Attends all those study breaks involving puppies on campus. Also attends all the CCSC-hosted events throughout the semester.

Mango = ESTP. Thinks about sex, a lot. Intentionally blocks your way when you’re trying to move from the food area to the seating area of JJ’s. Interests include having loud conversations with friends in the middle of Butler 209 or taking phone calls while auxing for a pregame. Chaotic neutral who probably has some sociopathic tendencies. Definitely takes off shirt at EC parties.

Berry = ISTJ. Who is she? Can go for hours unnoticed, and actually doesn’t exist anymore. Was actually a great flavor/personality type, until everyone forgot about them.

The smoothie looks like a Skittles x Vomit collaboration via Flickr

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