#dear God do humanities majors get jobs too?
Jack Dorsey At Columbia

The man himself

This past Monday, CORE (Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs), with CCE and CEO (CBS’s Entrepreneurs Organization), brought Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey to campus. Attentive socializers Alexandra Svokos and Arvind Srinivasan–half of Bwog Tech–sat down with Mr. Dorsey, who was wearing a great pair of Levis, before his big talk in Roone Arledge. At the big talk, he revealed that Columbia has been granted access to Square Cash. Get the instructions for that at the end of this post.

Let’s start with the basics: Jack Dorsey’s an awesome dude. He was at the forefront of two major lifestyle changes in the last several years, has a crap-ton of money, but still works hard to change our daily lives in innovative and functional ways. First there was Twitter and then there was Square–that thing you plug into an iPad and can swipe a credit card through to pay for things. Joe’s has it.

At our roundtable interview, Mr. Dorsey (we’re still too intimidated to call him “Jack“) wasn’t allowed to talk about Twitter cuz, you know, but he very much wanted to talk about Square and its expansion into New York. They’re opening up and expanding offices in the city and really want smart people (looking at you guys) to apply. Mr. Dorsey explained that NYC has something different from Silicon Valley. While out there people are inspired by nature, “New York is great if you’re inspired by people.”

But New York, one interviewer prompted, is full of cash-only neighborhood favorites. Can that change with Square? According to Mr. Dorsey, indubitably. Square markets the register to small businesses on ease of use, flat fees, and quick setup (traditional point of sale systems can take weeks or months to get up and running). However, Mr. Dorsey also believes that the most tech-apprehensive clients will be able to better serve their customers by just using Square’s inventory management software, which links individual sales to the bottom line.

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SEAS Alum Tells It Like It Is
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If only that key existed

No matter what your experience has been with CCE, we’re sure that at least once in your illustrious career here, you’ve complained about it.  Shudipto Rahman, SEAS’13, found Columbia’s Center for Career Education much less than helpful.  When they sent him a follow-up email this summer, asking to fill out a Graduating Student Survey, Shu sent a helluva response back, begging CCE to work harder with current undergrads:

Hi Laura,

I understand that you like to keep tabs on your students in their careers after graduation, but considering how unhelpful I found CCE to be in finding positions relating to my actual field of study (ie. not Finance, Consulting, or CompSci) I really would appreciate if you stopped sending me emails.

Focus on your current undergrads instead. There are so many Civil Engineering firms and municipal departments in the City that need engineers that Columbia students have no idea about. For example, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection had about 8 full-time entry level positions in the Spring that were open to Civil/Environmental Engineers and I didn’t know until the application date for the the Civil Service examination (necessary to pass in order to be considered as an applicant) had already passed. This is despite having a Professor who works directly for the DEP.

Don’t worry about my situation. I found out the hard way about the limitations of our Career Services Center and I’ve learned from the job search process how to hustle on my own. But a new crop of naive and inexperienced students just showed up at your door and it would be a true failing of such a well-endowed, well-respected, and well-connected school to allow more students to stumble into my shoes.

Sincerely,

Shudipto Rahman
Columbia University ’13
Civil Engineering

The offending CCE email

Wanted: Tech Geniuses
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Wtf is this shit

Our BFF Christia Mercer is searching for someone who knows computers to keep track of the all-important Core Curriculum website.  It’s a sick job, and we’re always happy to help the Core so long as we still have a tech team.

Speaking of which, email tech@bwog.com if you’re interested in joining Bwog Tech!  Less pay, more glory.

From The Core:

Wanted: Core Tech Genius to oversee the Core Curriculum website of Columbia University. This will require an average of 3-4 hours of work a week at a rate of $18 per hour.

Necessary skills include: working knowledge of Drupal or the willingness to learn (quickly!), research experience (particularly with multimedia and image databases like ArtStor), some working knowledge of Creative Commons licensing (or willingness to learn quickly), a good eye for editorial work — both visual and text, excellent communication and organizational skills (both online and in-person), and interest in helping to develop Columbia’s Core Curriculum for a new generation of students AND instructors.

This work will be done in collaboration with the chair of Literature Humanities (Christia Mercer). There is a slight preference for students who could work on the project for more than one year (= juniors or even sophomores).

Please send your CV and a letter of introduction to Anna Couturier, amc2209, and Christia Mercer, cm50, as soon as possible.

Technology via Shutterstock

Bwoglines: Learning A Lesson Edition
where dreams come true

Which seat can I take?

The Grammys were last night!  Adele learned you can take an awful break-up and parlay it into 6 awards, viewers learned who Bonny Bear Bon Iver is, and Nicki Minaj pissed off Italian grandmothers everywhere. (Reuters, Fox News)

Though our Occupy class never came to fruition, students at other universities are getting schooled in the Occupy movement. (USA Today)

Students learning numbers have even more job opportunities—humanities majors are learning how to more convincingly give an outward shrug while having an internal panic attack. (NY Times)

Brown learned from Harvard that when your city’s in trouble, you’ve gotta be a friend and help it out. (Bloomberg)

On a more serious note, Greece is learning that avoiding a default is a tough battle.  The passing of heavy austerity measures by the Greek Parliament led to violent riots in Athens and other cities. (CNN)

Institute of higher learning via Wikimedia Commons

Tired of Studying? Take a Break and Join Bwog!
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Began his career as a daily editor

Bwog literally runs on the human spirit. If you have lots of human spirit that you’d like to earmark for Bwog’s consumption, you should be a Daily Editor.

Dailies get to ask people probing questions, get into events for free, have their words on the Internet, and consume lots of Westside cookies at meetings!*

If this appeals to you, type up a response to the form below and send it to editors@bwog.com. You don’t need to include a headshot, but are welcome to if you’re into that sort of thing. Apply by 11:59 pm tonight! Yes, it’s finals. You’re on Bwog, aren’t you?

Ready to apply? Click here for the app!

You and Bwog, Together Forever
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It'll be kind of like this

Bwog literally runs on the human spirit. If you have lots of human spirit that you’d like to earmark for Bwog’s consumption, you should be a Daily Editor.

Dailies get to ask people probing questions, get into events for free, have their words on the Internet, and consume lots of Westside cookies at meetings!*

If this appeals to you, type up a response to the form below and send it to editors@bwog.com. You don’t need to include a headshot, but are welcome to if you’re into that sort of thing. Apply by 11:59 pm, December 19th, 2011—one week from today. Yes, that’s during finals. Time management!

Regarding Bwog:

  • You are totally crushing on Bwog! Pour your love in a letter.
  • Briefly explain one Bwog post you liked and one you didn’t.
  • What’s your favorite Bwog tag?
  • Draw Bwog, channeling all of the artistic license and passion of Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. (see above)

Regarding Yourself:

  • You’re on a first date with Bwog! What movie are you taking us to see? What snacks will we share?
  • Dream up a Bwog post of your choice. A mock free food alert, feature idea—anything you like. Include a captioned picture.
  • What are some areas of Columbia life you’re interested in writing about (student government, city, arts, PrezBo’s Twitter, sports, food, food trucks, Butler, public bathrooms, et cetera…)?
  • Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
  • Being a Daily Editor is a BFD! You need to prepare posts the night before, constantly be available on your day to investigate, interview, take pictures, gChat, and generally make sure things run smoothly. Which day(s) of the week would you be able to commit to Bwog, in addition to our Sunday meeting?

Too much work? We’d love to have you as a contributor to pitch story ideas and cover events. Keep an eye out for our Official First Meeting Announcement at the start of next semester!

 

*There is also some reporting, writing, and editing involved…

Where Bwoglines come from via TitanicUniverse

Bwog Wants You To Want To Hang Out With Bwog

You have my axe

Bwog literally runs on the human spirit. If you have lots of human spirit that you’d like to earmark for Bwog’s consumption, you should be a Daily Editor.

Dailies get to ask people probing questions, get into events for free, have their words on the Internet, and consume lots of Westside cookies at meetings!*

If this appeals to you, type up a response to the form below and send it to editors@bwog.com. You don’t need to include a headshot, but are welcome to if you’re into that sort of thing. Apply by 11:59 pm, December 19th, 2011. Yes, that’s during finals. Time management!

Regarding Bwog:

  • You are totally crushing on Bwog! Pour your love in a letter.
  • Briefly explain one Bwog post you liked and one you didn’t.
  • What’s your favorite Bwog tag?
  • Draw Bwog, channeling all of the artistic license and passion of Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.

Regarding Yourself:

  • You’re on a first date with Bwog! What movie are you taking us to see? What snacks will we share?
  • Dream up a Bwog post of your choice. A mock free food alert, feature idea—anything you like. Include a captioned picture.
  • What are some areas of Columbia life you’re interested in writing about (student government, city, arts, PrezBo’s Twitter, sports, food, food trucks, Butler, public bathrooms, et cetera…)?
  • Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
  • Being a Daily Editor is a BFD! You need to prepare posts the night before, constantly be available on your day to investigate, interview, take pictures, gChat, and generally make sure things run smoothly. Which day(s) of the week would you be able to commit to Bwog, in addition to our Sunday meeting?

Too much work? We’d love to have you as a contributor to pitch story ideas and cover events. Keep an eye out for our Official First Meeting Announcement at the start of next semester!

 

*There is also some reporting, writing, and editing involved…

Gimli, son of Gloin via brickaholicproductions/Flickr

Barnard Career Fair Happening Now

Grab your future by the horns!

Get your employment on! The Barnard Career Fair is happening in the LeFrak Gymnasium. The networking starts now and runs until 3 PM. Business professional attire (just because your only work experience is blogging from your bedroom in your underwear doesn’t mean you have to look it) and resumes recommended. Find the list of the 100+ employers who will be waiting to see your shining face after the jump.

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Occasional Summer Bwoglines as of 06/06

Bwog is languidly clearing our virtual newsdesk today, bringing you a selection of interesting and possibly relevant headlines from the past few weeks. We hope that these stories, tenuously connected to Columbia, will reflect a similar degree of detachment from the establishment in your minds.

Oh yeah and Nadal won the French Open

One of the undercover cops in Operation Ivy League was undercover in more ways than one; while working for the NYPD, he ran an illegal gambling ring on Staten Island! (DNAinfo)

Professor David Epstein has pled guilty to charges of attempted incest, and conservative blogs have gleefully picked up the story. (eCourts, The Other McCain)

Turns out the whole Westside/Morton Williams debate misses the point. Both, along with most grocery stores in the city, are cheaper than everywhere else in the US. (WSJ)

Before kicking them out of the store, a white employee of our local UWS Apple Store allegedly told two young men that “before you say I’m racially discriminating against you, let me stop you. I am discriminating against you.” (Gawker)

The Class of 1941′s graduation was bittersweet, since Columbia sports hero Lou Gehrig died the day before commencement. A member of that class recently wrote a touching reflection in the Times about the tragic coincidence. (NYT)

Also in the Times, Room For Debate asks if college is worth it. Columbia associate economics prof Till von Wachter says “those from less prestigious schools and those students majoring in humanities” have the worst job prospects. Humanities majors also make less than engineers. So great news if you’re in SEAS and bad news if you’re in NYU. (NYT, Georgetown)

If you miss the (possibly late) Hawkmadinejad, why not watch Pip, the baby NYU hawk, live? (CityRoom)

What is it with economists and sexual assault? Another top international finance official sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York—and the hotel tried to cover it up! Hopefully this will stop happening now that hotels are giving their maids panic buttons. (Daily Show, NYT, NYPost, WSJ)

Joseph Stiglitz has some advice for choosing the next IMF head: don’t worry about their nationality, just whether or not they can save Europe. Jeffrey Sachs also has advice for the IMF, but you might not be able to see it because the Financial Times doesn’t want broke college kids reading their precious op-eds. (Slate, FT, Observer)

Columbia researchers used a “back of the envelope calculation” to show that reducing levels of surface ozone could save businesses $1.1 billion in lost worker productivity. It’s not like it could also save all of humanity from being destroyed or anything. (Globe and Mail)

And go Mavs. Yep, sometimes we take sides.

Rafa (this photo is actually from 2006, but his outfit is a very close approximation of what he wore during the final at Roland Garros this year) via Wikimedia

Bwoglines: Signs of the Times Edition

Pictured: the fauna of Morningside?

Lawmakers are considering a ban on the use of electronic devices while crossing streets.  Should we hold hands too? (NYT)

A peach-faced lovebird, native to southwest Africa was found in Morningside, and nobody knows where it came from. (DNAinfo)

Good news for B-school kids: apparently MBA job opportunities are on the rise.  (Bloomberg)

A trophy-for-everyone: 57% of NYC restaurants got an ‘A’ letter grade.  Some people like it, some don’t.  (NYPost)

A Bronxman’s car was seized by police on account of his son’s crime, so he drove it back home from the precinct and is mad he got arrested. (FoxNews)

Image via Wikimedia