Bwoglines: Early June Edition
Enjoy the view from your intern laptop.

Enjoy the view from your intern laptop.

Are you enjoying your summer job? A Columbia student is working as mermaid-stripper called Naiad at an undercover strip club in New York. (NYT)

A U.S. Army Captain stationed in Afghanistan made a surprise appearance at his daughter’s class day. Make sure you grab a Kleenex before you watch. (NY Daily News)

Morton B. Friedman, beloved long-time professor of civil engineering, has died at age 86. We offer our condolences to his family and friends. (Columbia)

Havana Central is reportedly closed. (Yelp)

GSSC has filled its last E-board position and has appointed Oraia Reid as VP of Campus Life.

Tipped: “Yay Strauss Fest!!!

The group Columbia Alumni Allied Against Sexual Assault held a forum during Columbia’s reunion weekend to discuss reforms and respond to rape culture on campus.

De Blasio and Cuomo might want the Obama presidential library, but where would we put it? (Sun-Times)

Columbia Health services is now providing free emergency contraception during walk-in hours, no appointment necessary. (Coalition Against Sexual Violence).

Check out this Project Not Asking For It video made by Columbians:

And finally, a note from EIC Sarah Faith Thompson:

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve chosen to have the humorous and witty Maud Rozee join me as an editor in chief of Bwog next semester. We look forward to making Bwog better than ever, together. Two is better than one.

E-Board Appointments And Other GSSC Happenings

Wondering what’s been going down with GSSC this last week of school? We sent smashing Satow Room Bureau Chief Joe Milholland to get you up on the fly.

In case you didn’t know, not all GSSC seats had candidates this year. Accordingly, GSSC has nominated Ian Elliot, the current GSSC comptroller, as Vice President of Finance, and Donna Askari as Vice President of Communications. Both Ian and Donna accepted their positions.

Other GSSC Updates:

  • At the April 8, 2014 meeting, VP of Policy Gardo Martinez spoke about grievances from the body regarding inappropriate behavior by GSSC members and controversy over who was credited with the creation of Night Owl. Martinez said that “immediate action was taken” on the issue, and, according to Martinez, “it was not the case” that there was “threatening, bullying, [and] harassment” from council members. Martinez said the council should have given more credit to the person who came up with Night Owl, but “an impeachable offense didn’t occur.”

More news from GSSC/free Dino BBQ after the jump!

The People Have Spoken: Elections Results


the debates earlier this week, kinda

After a fierce few days of campaigning, riveting debates, and more Facebook notifications than you’d like, student government elections results are in, courtesy of the Columbia Elections Board.

Here’s the link to the full elections results with percentages of the vote included. We’ve pasted the winners below.

Most notably, TAP won most of the CCSC E-Board, Wadood and Ross will enter the University Senate, and the LCUI and sandwich ambassador ballot initiatives passed.

Voter turnout increased 25% from last year, and the candidate turnout increased by 35%. However, the ESC’s voter turnout percentages were much lower than last year, presumably because the E-Board went uncontested. For all you haters out there, elections results may be contested for the next 24 hours.


CCSC Executive Board President & VP Policy

  • Peter Bailinson and Sejal Singh (TAP)

CCSC Executive Board VP Finance

  • Michael Li (Insight)

CCSC Executive Board VP Communications

  • Abby Porter (TAP)

CCSC Executive Board VP Campus Life

  • Andrew Ren (TAP)

CCSC University Senator

  • Ramis Wadood

CCSC Academic Affairs Representative

  • Grayson Warrick

More CCSC, ESC, and GSSC below the jump.

And The Candidates Are Announced

Columbia Elections Board just released the official candidates for CCSC, ESC, and GSSC. We hope you’re as excited as we are.

Despite the changes to E-Board elections, only one person is not running in a full party for the CCSC Executive Board. Joseph faces two complete parties, whereas the ESC E-Board is uncontested. 2017, understandably, has the most candidates, whereas many positions in GSSC are uncontested or left without candidates. As for University Senate, CCSC has 6 candidates, ESC has 3, and GSSC has 6 as well.

Our favorite party name officially goes to “Wolf Pack.”

Yesterday's CCSC E-Board candidates photoshoot

Yesterday’s CCSC E-Board candidates photoshoot

CCSC Executive Board


  • Loxley Bennett, President
  • Mandeep Singh, VP Policy
  • Michael Li, VP Finance
  • Sheila Alexander, VP Communications
  • Sarah Yee, VP Campus Life


  • Peter Bailinson, President
  • Sejal Singh, VP Policy
  • Liam Bland, VP Finance
  • Abby Porter, VP Communications
  • Andrew Ren, VP Campus Life

No party affiliation

  • Mary Joseph, VP Campus Life

Jump for the rest

The 4th Annual Veteran’s Ball
We love a good bagpipe band.

We love a good bagpipe band.

Bwog was fortunate enough to land two tickets to the 4th Annual Military Ball last weekend, attended by our nation’s finest. With increased respect for the work they do also came some interesting stories.

“And then I punched a car window back when I was on leave in California and I was bleeding and everything. And then I had to run like 13 miles, drinking from sprinklers on the way. Yeah, that was wild.”

We stood in silence. That was definitely not what we were expecting when we asked him for a story.

“You must be very fit,” one of us said finally. He looked pleased with this reaction. We awkwardly wandered away.

To be honest, our initial reason for going to the 4th Annual Veteran’s Ball revolved largely around two things: the venue (the fabulous Gotham Hall, which would definitely be someplace the Joker would target) and the open bar. We weren’t disappointed with either; after checking our coats, we were treated to a glass of wine, a panoramic view of the majestic ballroom, and the best dressed collection of people we had seen since senior prom.

Feeling a little out of place.

Your Councils Say Hello
so many activities

Barnard SGA Activities

Your student council presidents want to say hello!  Read on:

Maddy Popkin, SGA President

Hey First Years!

Welcome to Barnard. Whether the college application process was the most stressful few months of your life, or you’re the first one in your family to go to college, or you’re just returning from a year away from academics, we’re psyched to have you. And congratulations on getting here! Seriously.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned about Barnard is that this place is what you make it.

Starting college is an incredible opportunity to be who you want to be, to study what makes you excited to get out of bed for an 8 a.m. class, to surround yourself with people who are positive and constructive presences in your life.

For me, that has meant finding intentional communities to be a part of. Joining and taking on a leadership role in Q, our queer group, being a peer educator for Well-Woman, our health and wellness office, and choosing to study what makes me feel fulfilled, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

The most challenging and recent experience that this lesson has led me to is my role as the President of the Student Government Association. As an organization that advocates for student needs and facilitates communication between the student body and the administration, joining SGA is a great place to start creating your Barnard experience.

I haven’t been involved in student government since the 5th grade, and as a first year I NEVER thought I would be taking this on. But I have already found it to be an incredible platform for collaboration, active engagement with my community, and impactful change.

So! Even if SGA may not have been what you would’ve joined in high school–or if you were your high school’s student body president–stop by and see us at any one of our NSOP events to learn more about what we do, or just to get to know some friendly faces around campus.

Good luck, you’ll be great, don’t be afraid to reach out for support when you need it, and enjoy!!

ESC, CCSC, and GSC after the jump

Senior Wisdom: Jennifer Wisdom

Jennifer Wisdom

No, that’s not a typo.  On the eve of her graduation we have GSSC Student Body President Jennifer Wisdom, who gave us one of the best headlines ever.

Name, Hometown, School: Jennifer Wisdom, Dallas, Texas. GS

Claim to fame? Outside Columbia: CEO of my event planning company that creates custom full-cast murder mystery dinners and brings them to your door. My favorite event thrown in the city so far was a star trek whodunnit for an 70 year old trekkie woman, who spoke few words that evening but could still throw a mean vulcan salute. Inside Columbia: Student Body President for the General Studies Student Council, officer of the Political Science Students Association, Orientation Leader, Junior Marshall. I’m also the one who organizes all those themed scavenger hunts during GS orientations and is the one most likely to be seen busting out some sweet robot dance moves during Gala. Oh yes, and my candidacy gave Bwog the headline, Wisdom Outlasts Bacon.

Where are you going? I am getting married to my best friend of seven years in June, then we are spending some time in Europe. Then it’s back to NYC, where I will develop the Manhattan branch of my company and hopefully apply to SIPA for my MIA next year.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. Allow yourself to change. The words of former GSSC President Jacqueline Thong have stuck with me since my first day of orientation. “Columbia is like a giant monster that sucks you up and spits you out a different person – likely, a better person.” What I took from her words is that yes, we are all badasses of the highest caliber, or we wouldn’t be here. But if we allow ourselves to be broken down, challenged, and even offended by our professors and our peers, we will emerge a better person. The “real world” needs better people, so don’t let your pride get in the way of your personal development.
  2. Break out of the GS bubble. To those reading this that are in GS – make some friends that aren’t GS. Until you do this, stop complaining that we are treated differently. You perpetuate the stereotype by being so incestuous. To those in CC, SEAS and Barnard – make a constant effort to collect more than just your one token GS friend. You have more in common with one another than you think, and we can all teach each other a thing or two about breaking down stereotypes and uniting as one university. The greatest weapon we posses as students is our collective voice – this trend of solidarity has seen some great strides in undergraduate collaboration this year.
  3. If at first you don’t succeed…go to someone else. Columbia is a bureaucracy and most likely you will be speaking to a lower rung on the chain of command when you have an issue – be it housing, financial aid, a low grade on a paper, or even lobbying for more nutella in the campus eateries. Be respectful, but also do your research to find out who else you can talk to if you don’t like the answer you are given. It has been my experience at Columbia that as long as you are resilient and respectful, you can make just about anything happen.

Back in my day… Orientation was not the pageantry it is today. GS didn’t have nearly as much of the core. Different deans roamed the halls of Lewisohn. Councils kept to themselves for the most part. Oh, and I had to walk uphill – both ways – with my Columbia housing…no joke.


GSSC Election Results

cute skirt on the right

Bwog is pleased to announce the results of the GS Student Council election for 2013-2014. Although the list of winners we received this morning featured many more percentages than Bwog is used to dealing with on Friday mornings, from what we understood, the runner-up in the four VP races automatically becomes the chief representative for that category. The full list of results appears below:


Student Body President

Hannah Germond


Vice President of Policy

Edgardo Martinez


Vice President of Finance

Austin Taylor


Vice President of Communications

Cole Cademartori


Vice President of Student Events

Jason Pettigrew (more…)

Candidates for CCSC and GSSC Elections
None of that "perpetual dictator" hocus-pocus

None of that “perpetual dictator” hocus-pocus

A few days ago we posted about the ESC elections, but now here are your candidates for CCSC and GSSC! Although there’s quite a lack of competition on the CCSC side, all positions on the executive board of GSSC are contested. Let the dirty politics valiant battles begin. Online voting for GSSC is from April 8-11 online, or in-person in the GS Lounge from 10-4 pm on the 9th and 10th. Online voting for CCSC runs from April 8-10.

CCSC Candidattes

Class of 2016 Council

Richin Kabra – Representative

The Corps

Ramis Wadood – President
Grayson Warrick – Vice President
Benjamin Kornick – Representative
Anne Scotti – Representative
Jonah Belser – Representative

Class of 2015 Council

The Clique

Michael Li – President
Uchechi Iteogu – Vice President
Liam Bland – Representative
Kareem Carryl – Representative
Jackson Tse – Representative

Class of 2014 Council

Kiwi Krew

Conan Cassidy – President
Joanna Kelly – Vice President
Sarita Patankar – Representative
Ben Xue – Representative
Zach Vargas-Sullivan – Representative

Executive Board

It’s Always Sunny At Columbia

Daphne Chen – President
Bob Sun – VP Policy
Peter Bailinson – VP Communications Noah Swartz – VP Finance
Briana Saddler – VP Campus Life

The rest of CCSC and then GSSC after the jump!

Everyone Wants to Save the Arts Initiative

Tonight, GSSC passed a resolution and SGB issued a statement calling on the administration to “Save the Arts Initiative.” SGA, ESC, and CCSC have already passed similar resolutions (and ABC issued a similar statement), while over 1,200 students and alums have individually signed a similar petition. All of the resolutions, statements, and petitions call on the administration to take the following 5 steps to save the Initiative:

  1. A move out of the School of the Arts to an administrative home that reflects CUArts’ mission of serving all students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Increased funding from the Office of the President, and the restoration of the budget that CUArts prospered under for years.
  3. The appointment, with student input, of a new director whose sole job is Director of the Arts Initiative, who will have their full time to devote to the continued success of the program.
  4. The creation of an advisory committee that institutionalizes the student, faculty, and staff input that was formerly the hallmark of the program.
  5. Reinstatement of the generous subsidy for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative to perform in Miller Theater, which gives them the ability to use the one space on campus they can perform in.

To recap: The Arts Initiative used to be located in the Office of the President, until it was moved into the School of the Arts in 2009. Similarly, it used to have its own director, until director Gregory Mosher director left and was replaced in 2011 by Melissa Smey, who doubles as the director of Miller Theatre. At the time (and since), the administration said that these changes would not hurt the Initiative, but the Initiative has suffered in the last few years. One consequence: the Columbia Ballet Collaborative will soon be unable to afford performing in Miller Theatre.

Now these six student councils and governing boards (which combined represent every student and student group at Columbia and Barnard) are calling on the administration to restore the Initiative as an independent and well-funded program separate from the School of the Arts and Miller Theatre.

Here are the full resolutions passed by the student councils, statements from SGB and ABC, and the press release from Will Hughes, the CCSC VP of Policy who has led the fight to save the Arts Initiative.

GS Class Day: Councils Step In

As part of the ongoing efforts to alleviate the impact of moving the GS Class Day a day earlier, the other three undergraduate student councils have pledged some money ($2,012: what a random amount!) toward funding a reception for GS seniors on May 14th, the originally planned date of the ceremony. Solidarity! According to sources, the administration has not offered any additional money in support of the event, which GSSC is currently attempting to fund independently.

You may recall that quite a bit has taken place since the change was announced rather suddenly.

Note this well: the deadline to apply for money from Dean Awn’s fund is tomorrow, April 30th, at noon. If you’d like to take advantage, send an e-mail to gsclassday@columbia.edu with the following information, taken from an e-mail sent by Awn on April 24th.

  • Full name and CUID (that thing with the “C” and lots of numbers)
  • A written letter of appeal that describes why this change will either prevent your family from attending GS Class Day or create an excessive financial hardship.
  • Number of people affected and relation to graduate.
  • Documentation of original expenses and new expenses projected or incurred (airline or train change-fees) will eventually have to be provided. If documentation is already available, please forward a copy with your request.

E-mail from the councils after the jump.


Breaking: Columbia Councils Call for Formal Apology, Accommodations

In a statement responding to Monday’s announcement that GS Class Day would be moved a day forward, prominent campus figures joined members of GSSC, CCSC, ESC, SGA and the Senate to call for a formal apology from President Bollinger. The statement praises the announced Travel Fund, but demands an extra ceremony on the original day in a different location. You can find the full letter and names of the student signees after the jump.

Feel free to add your signature in the comments.

Update 7:55 pm: You can also sign this change.org petition.

Standing Together with the School of General Studies

April 25, 2012

The sudden and unexpected rescheduling of the School of General Studies Class Day has placed undue financial and emotional burdens upon the students of General Studies and their families. We are heartened by the creation of a GS Class Day Travel Fund and hope that the administration will work to accommodate as many people as possible so that they are able to take part in the celebration of the amazing accomplishments of the graduating seniors in GS.

We are disappointed with the manner in which this change has been communicated to the GS student body. President Bollinger’s e-mail did not acknowledge the enormous emotional and financial burdens the move of GS Class Day places on the families and friends of GS seniors.  We request a formal apology to those students and their families that have been affected by the move. We also wish to see the creation of a smaller event during the originally scheduled Class Day ceremony, in an alternative location, to accommodate those individuals who cannot change their plans or wish to attend in addition to Class Day. This event should be paid for in full by the Columbia and Barnard administrations as a gesture of goodwill and understanding to recognize both the achievements of the graduating GS seniors and the support and sacrifices made by them and their loved ones.

Full statement…

GSSC: 62% of Grads Say Some Guests Can’t Come

For a little extra context regarding the whole GS Class Day rescheduling debacle (which could have ended worse), check out GSSC’s survey, embedded below. They surveyed about half the graduating class, as well as a handful of CC, SEAS, and BC students.

Highlights: 62% of graduating seniors have at least one guest unable to come, the average family will be out $500, and almost half of those surveyed agreed with Dean Awn’s decision not to start at 5:30 am.

ESC: Changes to W1004, the SGO, and GSSC Funding Clarified

python: the way of the future

Sean Zimmermann reports from last night’s ESC meeting.

  • A intro programming course, ENGI E1006, will be added next fall. The class will replace COMS W1004 as the fundamental intro programming course for 11 of the 16 engineering departments, starting next fall. Unlike W1004, the class will be taught in the python programming language instead of Java. There will also be a new data structures class in python that will replace COMS W3134 as a follow-up to the intro programming class.
  • The council debated potential changes to the SGO, including increasing the size of the computer lab and loading the machines with more editing software.
  • VP Finance Frank Yin confirmed representatives from GSSC told ESC, CCSC, and SGA that they were unable to co-sponsor further events due to lack of funds. Yin said that their exact words were that they were “tapped out.” GSSC has told Bwog that they are not out of money, but that ESC had “graciously offered to increase their in-ratio co-sponsorship to cover the remaining requests for the year in co-sponsorships.” Yin explained that ESC did not offer to cover the missing funds, but rather the JCCC (CCSC, SGA, and ESC) agreed to fill the void left by GSSC so that no events would be adversely affected.
Creeping surprise via Wikimedia Commons
Wisdom Outlasts Bacon: GSSC Election Results

You wish you had an all-seeing eye on your chest

The results from the General Studies Student Council elections have just come in; unlike your breakfast this morning, some balance has been achieved between indulgence and foresight:

Student Body President:

Jennifer Wisdom 51%
Scott Bacon 35%
Eugene Dinescu 9%

Vice President of Policy:

Nikki Morgan 50%
Alexandra Leighton 26%

Chief Policy Representative

Alexandra Leighton, per instant run off from the Vice President of Policy race.

University Senator:

Justin Nathaniel Carter 22%
Adam Gentle 19%
Phineas Lunger 16%
Amna Pervez 14%
Nathalie Monina Nino 12%
*Percentages reflect the total votes cast in the election, not votes cast in each individual race.

Spring appointments for the 2012-2013 GSSC will be conducted for the following positions: Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Events, Vice President of Communications, Chief Finance Representative, Chief Events Representative, Chief Communications Representative, Senior Class President, Senior Class Vice President, International Students Representative, Veteran Students Representative, JTS Students Representative, Working Students Representative, Alumni Affairs Representative, Four Council Representative, and Social Chair. All other positions will be filled at the beginning of Fall 2012. More information about the Spring application and interview process will be made available in the coming week.

“Wisdom” via Wikimedia Commons