What better way to celebrate this gorgeous Saturday, April the 20th, than by watching a film with your fellow students? One of Bacchanal’s slightly less well-known events — the annual 4/20 movie screening — is happening tonight, and the entertainment of choice is, appropriately, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Bacchanal’s advertising some free popcorn and fruit, so head over to the Low Steps at 8 p.m. for some gratis snacks and throwback times. Stressbusters will be giving free massages during the movie (!!!) and there’s the promise of Korilla on College Walk until 8 p.m. Unlike last year’s balmy weather, tonight’s forecast is in the mid-50s, so bundle up; maybe light some fires to stay warm.
Bacchanal is a pretty unusual time for Columbia students. To document the event, an anonymous student tells us about his first experience with the legendary day in our first Party Testimonial. If you have a particularly epic party moment specific to Columbia, email it in to email@example.com.
Like too many things at Columbia University, my Bacchanal experience was a teachable moment.
I learned how to combat sleepiness.
I learned that orange juice should only be had
I learned that I love everybody
The following recount of Bacchanal is a first-hand experience, as recounted to me from various friends and family.
(Note to self: do not text your family pictures of your pregame. Or do. It’s a free world.)
8 am: Wake up in room. Shower. Treasure your ability to think in a coherent manner.
9 am: High-five your friends. Yeah college! You’re doing it right! And your friends back home thought you were a loser. Commence to eat pizza that you bought the night before, (check 6 pizzas.)
9:12 am: Remark that you just had four shots in 12 minutes. They were Jell-O shots though, so it doesn’t count, because if it tastes good, it isn’t alcohol.
While most students were able to have a wonderfully fun time at Bacchanal on Saturday, others were left out. Bwog dedicates this post to those students who voluntarily missed “the only day Columbia acts like a real school” for Columbia-related commitments. If you were on a team or group who had to skip the concerts, leave your info in the comments and know that Bwog salutes you.
- Uptown Local, Columbia’s ultimate frisbee club team, was picked up by vans at 7:10 am on Saturday and returned to campus at around 8 pm after competing in the Metro NY College Open Conference Championship tournament. How do they feel about missing Bacchanal? “It was balls.” But the tournament ended on Sunday and they placed 3rd, qualifying for Metro East Regionals!
- Track missed Bacchanal for a meet at West Point, but our source says they didn’t really mind missing the concerts because they were excited to be competing against members of the Army.
- The women’s lacrosse team had an away game against Yale. The game was scheduled for 3 pm and they returned to campus at around 9. ”Obviously all the festivities were over…” According to CUAthletics, ”the game was part of a two-game charity event held at Long Island’s Oceanside High School by Lax Loves Long Island as part of a Hurricane Sandy Relief event.”
- The women’s soccer team had a few scrimmages on Saturday, keeping them away from celebrating Bacchanal.
- The men’s lightweight rowing team competed at the Dodge Cup against Yale and Penn in Philly on Saturday morning. They couldn’t pass Yale, the second lightweight team in the nation, but damn it they beat Penn. Meanwhile in Ridgefield Park, NJ the men’s heavyweight team fought to upset Princeton in the 103rd Childs Cup regatta.
- Barnard Dances at Miller had a performance at 2 pm, so most dancers could not go to Bacchanal. Some made it to the concert but had to leave by 12:15, before Macklemore came onstage.
- In the most devastating turn, the softball team had two games against Cornell–home games, just 100 blocks north of the Debacchery. To make it count they triumphantly won both games, including a 7-0 shutout in the second.
All hands on deck via Shutterstock
A roundup of lawl-worthy moments from Bacchanal:
Memorable (or maybe not so memorable since most of you won’t remember yesterday) quotes:
“Did you hear that mosh pitting perfectly mimics random particles in a box?”
“I really have to pee and take 4 shots!”
“That five year old doesn’t have a CUID!”
Drunk GS students outside Lewisohn heckling people going in to pee: “NOW you want to go to Lewisohn! NOW you love GS!”
And the breakout star of Bacchanal, Fountain Girl:
Pictures and quotes via our lovely tipsters
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Morningsiders 11:00 – 11:45
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 12:00 – 1:00
Flosstradamus 1:30 – 2:30
Red Bull Truck – 9:00 – 4:00
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EDIT: Photos and stuff… 4Loko out
“Did you hear that mosh pitting perfectly mimics random particles in a box?”
“I really have to pee and take 4 shots!”
“it’s not like a rapper I want to see, it’s just two white assholes”
“Thanks for letting me come to your school on a Saturday and dry hump your women”
“Community college had this suit down like that. Come on! Do not grab his penis.
Talking about his raccoon coat”
“The worst thing about these crowds is they make me sober”
Have funNNNnnNn TO DAYYYYYY!
This year’s earlier Bacchanal timing has necessitated different preparation plans than usual among spring celebrants. New plans abound, from kegs & eggs to Absolute & Absolut. To inspire you for tonight/tomorrow, we share one pumped-up student’s particular plan of action, as told to Bwog below. Bwog is taking a page from Jackass and warning you: do not try this at home (especially if you’re underage). And with that, we’re signing off for the day — till tomorrow, bright and early!
4 p.m: Go to International. Prepare in advance: nighttime liquors, daytime liquors.
Friday evening/Saturday morning:
6 or 7 p.m: Go to sleep at around 6, or as early as you can manage. That means if you’re reading this right now, you should already be sleeping.
1 a.m: Wake up. Get dressed. Go to 1020.
3/4 a.m: Stay until last call. Get kicked out. Snag a few drinks for the road.
6:20 a.m: Watch sunrise while drinking on the roof of an unspecified building. Our drinking correspondent recommended a shot an hour in between 1020 and this phase, but Bwog may already have passed out.
9 a.m: Begin drunch (dreakfast?). When Bwog questioned about another catnap before drunch, our correspondent scoffed at us.
11 a.m: Bacchanal, or your regularly scheduled raging and tipping pictures/overheards/overseens to Bwog.
3 p.m: A final celebratory drink, then an intense group power nap.
9 p.m: Wake up. Get dressed. Go
to 1020 out.
Got a better plan to sustain yourself and your compatriots?
Drunken freedom via Shutterstock
So… Bacchanal is coming up. It’s headlined as we all know by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, also featuring Flosstradamus and Morningsiders. Another thing: it starts at 11am. How do people feel about all this? Well, your trusty Bwog braved Butler in a quest for answers. Here are some of the best ones:
- Girl in elevator: “I have a dance performance at 2 that day so… I mean I’m a little bummed I can’t make it, but I think all of us in the dance department are just like “eh, it’s a thing that happens.”
- Boy with accent in 6th floor hallway: “I don’t know what that is! But I’ll google it later.”
- Butler smoker: “Not excited about Macklemore, have never heard of Ryan Lewis; I’m a huge trap fan so Flosstradaumus is good, but they really could have stepped it up with the hip hop.”
- Girl: “My thesis is due tomorrow so I have no thoughts about anything else.”
- Girl in 209: “So excited!!! I’ll be there at 6 am!!!!”
- Girl in 209: “Partying people. That’s all I know.”
- Guy in Ref Room: “I wish it was Vampire Weekend, or Phoenix, or something, but it’ll do.”
- Unfazed guy in all black: “My brother is in high school and gives more of a shit than I do.”
- Girl applying makeup in the bathroom for 20 minutes despite head to toe Columbia sweat gear: “Don’t have time to think about it until at least Wednesday.”
- Quiet guy in front of cafe: “Disappointed, I wanted A$AP Rocky…”
- Guy near cafe:”I’m excited, the lineup is pretty good. But I don’t like how they tricked us by saying Macklemore wasn’t going to play and stuff.”
- Friendly guy: “I think it’s gonna be… I wish it wasn’t so early. It’s gonna be hard to drink so early. But I think that makes it funnier.”
- Guy on 3rd floor in passing: “Pumpppeeddd upppp!!!” (as he was walking away)
- Girl with headphones: “I mean I’m excited but I wish it was starting later. But I’m still excited.”
- Guy in a hurry: “I’m really excited… I love Morningsiders… probably because I’m in Morningsiders… the more people like Macklemore the more will come watch us so I guess I like him too!”
The headliner via Wikimedia Commons
In the latest dispatch from Bwog’s multimedia unit, we catch up with rap artist Lubeen (aka John Lubeen Hamilton CC’13) as he gets ready to open for Hoodie Allen this Tuesday (it’s in Roone, doors are at 6pm). We talk Clams Casino, Queens, and Columbia [spirit [, or lackthereof]].
Lubeen graciously stuck around to spit a few more sultry rhymes for us.
Special thanks to Columbia Undergraduate Film Productions for providing sound equipment.
A bit after hearing Macklemore would not be performing at Bacchanal, we started hearing rumblings that–in fact–Macklemore would be coming to Columbia. Hating feeling fooled, Bwog reached out directly to Macklemore’s manager, who confirmed that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be performing at Bacchanal.
The announcement from Bacchanal was going to come out on midnight, April 1st, in a statement given to Spec (remember: Bacchanal is pissed at us), but after we told them we had the confirmation from their manager, Bacchanal sent it to Spec today. In the statement, we find out that Flosstradamus will be performing. Also of note: the day will be starting early, with the Morningsiders on at 11 am.
Celebrate/bitch in comments.
This guy via Wikimedia Commons
For another installment of Bwog’s on-again, off-again feature “College Talks,” we chat with students about who they’d want, and more importantly, who they don’t want to play at Bacchanal:
Music: “Lihi Moi” by Poiboy
Look at April 18th: “New York, NY Columbia University”
It’s not clear exactly why he’ll be playing here, though. The weeklong Columbia Music Festival, announced last month, was scheduled to run from April 9th to April 14th and Bacchanal was scheduled for the 13th. But the Facebook page for the Columbia Music Festival has been taken down, suggesting that it might have been rescheduled after Macklemore canceled.
So 3LAU might be playing at Bacchanal. Or he might not. But for some reason, he’ll perform here on April 18th.
Update, 8 pm: After a fan asked how to get tickets for the “Colombia NYC show” (really, dude?), 3LAU said that tickets will go on sale soon and be sold through Columbia. Bacchanal doesn’t sell tickets, so either 3LAU is confused or (more likely) he’ll be performing at a concert at Columbia that’s not Bacchanal.
Because Bwog has been excluded from Bacchanal coverage, Bacchanal has released a statement only to Spec. It doesn’t really say much, unless you read between the lines. When Bacchanal says they’re “looking forward to announcing this year’s lineup, and nothing has changed in that regard,” the implication is pretty clear: what has changed is that Macklemore bailed on us for MTV.
In light of rumors published in an off-campus publication last weekend, we feel the need to issue a statement regarding this year’s Spring Concert.
As always, we will announce this year’s lineup on April 1st, 2013, approximately two weeks before the show. This year, we have renewed our continuous dedication to keeping Bacchanal’s Spring Concert an unticketed event. Because our venue is an open urban campus, we announce late in order to keep crowd control simple, and to keep the event awesome for everyone.
We have worked tirelessly all year to put on a special day for everyone involved. The Spring Concert holds a special place in our hearts, and we are 100% confident that it will be an unequivocal success, the unique day that all of Columbia looks forward to through the haze of midterms and papers.
We’ve been looking forward to announcing this year’s lineup, and nothing has changed in that regard. It’s going to be an amazing year, and, as usual, the only valid information regarding Spring Concert will come straight from Bacchanal.
See you at DeBacchery!
Well, this seems unfortunate. According to The Williams Record, (most definitely not a Columbia source, interestingly enough) the man who may have been (may still be) this year’s Bacchanal performer has cancelled his show in Williamstown—and his performance at Columbia. Bacchanal declined to comment on the report. The article text below tells the sad story, and why Macklemore supposedly dumped us: for greener pastures and the adoration of preteens.
”Yesterday Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the act intended to headline the College’s spring fling, called off their agreement to perform in Williamstown on April 14. Acting within the rights of their contracts, the duo canceled their performances both at the College and at Columbia (scheduled for April 13) in order to perform on MTV. ”
None of this via Wikimedia
If you are anything like Bwog, you have heard that famous street artist DeBanksy was arrested and his identity has been revealed… If you are anything like Bwog, you also died a little bit inside before finding out it was all some elaborate prank! (Gawker)
Yale’s Spring Fling via Shutterstock
Remember when we wrote a light-hearted and clearly speculative post about some rumors to get pumped up about Bacchanal? Apparently Bacchanal didn’t find it as much fun. In response to an inquiry for a magazine piece about the organization itself, a Blue and White first-year reporter received an unexpected response from a board member:
“We at Bacchanal have decided not to give any special coverage to Bwog or Blue and White reporting this year. We were very upset when Bwog published a speculative lineup earlier this month without contacting our club in any way ahead of time. First of all, this promotes inaccurate information, and secondly, we are contractually obligated to keep performers names secret until a specific day closer to the concert. In all 4 of the past years I have been involved in Bacchanal I have never seen such disrespectful behavior from either Bwog or Spec. We felt it was very inappropriately handled, and because of that I will have to deny your request to speak with you about the piece.”
Unfortunately, it appears there won’t be any exclusive content regarding Bacchanal–apologies, all. Next time we’ll keep our speculative posts more speculative.