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Blue And White Meeting Tonight!
"I do declare!"

“I do declare!”

Dear lovely Columbians,

The editors of The Blue & White invite all of you to join us this evening in St. Paul’s Chapel at 9 pm for our weekly meeting.  Come to pitch ideas for our next issue, to enjoy the company of some fabulous folks, to philosophize, to prophesy, or just to hang out.  We want your presence. We will give you snacks. Come (especially if you like writing, reporting, or illustrating).


The Editors

What You’ve Been Waiting For: Blue and White Meeting Tonight!
99 problems and Columbia is ALL OF THEM

The BW last weekend.

Still coming down from that great beach vacation/massive Pokémon Netflix binge/week spent writing your thesis in the bowels of the But? The Blue and White is here for you. So if you’re having school problems we feel bad for you son, but you’ve got 99 midterms and the mag ain’t one.

Come to commiserate, to pitch, to awkwardly gawk, whatever. Maybe you really just want to tell someone about that weird new rash you got in Cancun.

We meet tonight at 9pm in the crypt of St. Paul’s chapel. Be there.


The Editors.

Fly as hell via Wikimedia Commons.

The Blue and White Meets Tonight
February 2013 Cover by Leila Mgaloblishvili, CC '16

February 2013 Cover by Leila Mgaloblishvili, CC ’16

We see you sitting there in Butler, looking at Bwog in 210 (or worse, you’re in class. Shame on you). You’ve always wanted to write for a magazine, ever since you saw The Devil Wears Prada in 2006. This is your chance. You’ve only got one shot. One opportunity. It’s time to seize everything you ever wanted. Would you capture it, or just let it slip?

Make your dreams come true. The Blue and White has a meeting tonight, 9 pm. Brownies Café in Avery’s basement. Be there. You can do anything you set your mind to, man.

Forever yours,
The Editors.

Come One, Come All: Blue and White Meeting Tonight
The gang's all here

The gang’s all here

Dear Friends,

You may claim that midterms take precedent in planning your mid-week outings, but we know where your priorities truly lie: attending The Blue & White meeting this fine eve. Come over to the basement of St. Paul’s Chapel at 9 pm to pitch content for the upcoming issue, enjoy some delicious food, and ponder destiny with our lovely staff. If you’re new, we want you. Ideas, criticisms, and coherent sentences are encouraged.

With Love,

The Editors

Blue and White Meeting Tonight!
I wonder what they're talking about?

Blue, white, and…gray?

Do you like writing? Are meetings your calling? Are you enchanted by the colors blue and white? If you answered yes to any of these questions (and even if you didn’t), come to the Blue and White meeting tonight at 9 pm in St. Paul’s Chapel. Come to discuss pitches for the upcoming issue, to partake in profound and impassioned discussion, or just to talk and enjoy some food. Either way, we want you. Hope to see you there!


The Editors

Blue and White Meeting Tonight!
Aren't meetings the best?

Aren’t meetings the best?

Come to the first meeting of the spring semester tonight at 9 in St. Paul’s Chapel to learn how to get involved and discuss your budding pitches for the upcoming March issue. There will be food and much merriment to be had. Writers, illustrators and copy editors are welcome! Expect a preview from the upcoming February issue on Bwog soon.


The Editors

Excited meeting-goers via Wikimedia Commons.

Come One, Come All: Blue and White Meeting Tonight
Casual editing

Casual editing

In the words of our venerable forefathers: join or die.

Or not, whatever.

If you do choose to attend the meeting tonight you will be lucky enough to pitch some stories for the first issue of the New Year. Content for the January 2014 issue is filling up fast, folks.

So live up to your resolutions to Be Better People and Do Better Things and come talk to us about some stories you’d like to write.

9pm. The crypt of St. Paul’s chapel.

Seasons Greetings,

The Editors

Bwog Meeting Tonight
A picture of Bwog feeling really sad

A picture of Bwog feeling really sad

Sad that Thanksgiving break is already over?

Sad that that means it’s almost the end of the semester?

Even sadder that the end of the semester means finals?

Come mourn/eat snacks with Bwog tonight at 7:00PM in the SGO on the 5th floor of Lerner.



Distressed woman with blunt cut front bangs mourning the end of the fall 2013 semester via Shutterstock

From The Issue: Endangered Speeches

Your favorite undergraduate literary magazine The Blue and White will be having our weekly meeting tonight at 9pm in the crypt of St. Paul’s Chapel. We’ll be finalizing content for the December issue, so come to pitch or pick up a piece. To get you excited about the new issue, on campus this week, here’s a feature by senior editor Naomi Sharp about a new program at Columbia, Cornell, and Yale to offer less commonly taught languages (such as Tamil, Yoruba, Khmer, etc).

Illustration by Anne Scotti

Illustration by Anne Scotti

There are twelve students in Professor Adeolu Ademoyo’s Intermediate Yoruba class, but anyone who glanced inside the room would only see two. The other seven—and Professor Ademoyo—are 200 miles away in Ithaca, New York.

Columbia doesn’t offer Yoruba, a Niger-Congo language used mainly in West Africa and rarely taught in the United States. But Cornell does, and Yoruba is one of the ten languages in the Shared Course Initiative— a collaboration between Columbia, Cornell, and Yale to pool their resources and let students take less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) through videoconferencing.

About 91% of students in the U.S. who study a language other than English choose French, German, Italian, or Spanish, according to the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. The remaining tongues are considered LCTLs—the languages that most people in the world speak, and nine percent of Americans studying languages learn.

Some LCTLs, like Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic, have a strong following at top-ranked universities like Columbia. It is, of course, no coincidence that these languages are spoken in countries with fast-growing economies that are emerging as world powers. Students tend to study languages they believe will give them a professional advantage.

Low enrollment is the main reason that it’s rare to find a university teaching Tamil, Yoruba, or Khmer: a class must have a certain number of students to be worth the expense of a faculty instructor. “The universities in general don’t support [LTCL] classes,” says Professor Paul Hackett, who teaches Classical Tibetan at Columbia to an SCI class of both Columbia and Yale students. “They’re just not financially viable. You run them at a loss.”

“Unless,” he adds, “you have a very beneficent university that likes to indulge money-losing but culturally valuable things.”


Bwog Meeting Tonight
We like to party, ay

Another week of more Bwog!

Want to escape the suffocating Butler 209 and the thoughts of your impending midterms?

Ever wondered how salsa and Goldfish can make for the best dinner?

Come hang out with Bwog tonight at 7:00pm in the SGO of Lerner 5th Floor.

A little over-excited via Shutterstock

B&W Meeting Tonight
Blue and White


Same as every week: 9 p.m., chapel crypt, good things to eat. We’ll be finalizing content for the October issue and starting to pitch for December.

New faces very welcome.

Warm regards*,

The Editors

Bwog Meets Tonight
Back when all the s's looked like f's

Back when all the s’s looked like f’s

“From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
Henry V

Come to Bwog tonight, at 7 pm in the SGO. We’ll have more Shakespeare quotations at the ready, and some salsa.



Less dramatic than hoped for visual accompaniment via Wikimedia

Blue and White Meeting Tonight!

Ohmygod what the hell kind of stock photo is this??

Whether you’ve been waiting your whole life or just the last week since your last hit, the Blue and White meeting tonight is exactly what you need.  Come to talk through the current issue, discuss pitches for the next, and share in our general decent demeanors.  The meeting is tonight at 9 pm in St. Paul’s Chapel.  There will be food (and food for thought).

Terrifying via Shutterstock

Bwog Meeting Tonight

I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!

Come to our meeting tonight at 7 pm in the SGO on the 5th floor of Lerner.

Bwog Meeting Tonight

The Wanted actually wrote this song from Bwog’s perspective and it’s about us being glad you came to our meeting. No sexual double entendres, just us prospectively celebrating your attendance at 7 pm in the SGO on the 5th floor of Lerner. Bring your ideas, your burning desire to write/design graphics/to punch us in the face for embedding “Glad You Came.”

Is this song not obsolete enough yet to be ironic?? via Youtube