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As close to a rager as you'll get on a Monday night

As close to a rager as you’ll get on a Monday night

Clear your social calendars, because Barnard’s Library Paint Night is here! Channel your more foolhardy, artistic, and sensitive past self (pre-Columbia/Barnard) by picking up a brush and leaving your mark on campus. There will be three designated walls on the second floor of the library for you to explore your talents, so get ready and dress for the occasion (smocks, if you are the type of person who has one on hand). Expect snacks, hot beverages, and pretty cool iron-on patches (in exchange for a handwritten memory about the library), as well as a groovy time. The event lasts from 6 to 8 pm and will take place in Lehman Hall today.

Barnard Is Hip via Instagram



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To dunk or not to dunk, tat is the question.

To dunk or not to dunk, that is the question.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–National Coffee Day! Whether you’re a bleary-eyed freshman pulling your first all-nighter to cram for this week’s Gen Chem exam or a longtime caffeine junkie hooked up to a constant IV of espresso, you can take advantage of CU Dining’s special event going on all day: with the purchase of any baked good at Uris, Carlton, Lenfest, Dodge, Butler, or Cafe 212, you’ll get a free (free!) drip coffee. Indulge in a muffin or cookie and pick up your free drink before the wild masses descend during prime studying hours.

Post-Synagogue Cookie Haul via Shutterstock



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This could be you (if you're lucky)!

This could be you (if you’re lucky)!

Ever had the urge to mercilessly roast the Columbia community? Have big dreams of one day achieving a level of self-deprecating humor comparable to ours at Bwog? Did you read Aziz Ansari’s new book and think “psh. I can write better jokes than this clown” (keep dreaming, kiddo)? Swing by the 122nd Annual Varsity Show Creative Team interviews, held in Hamilton Hall September 28 to 30 from 8 to 11 pm each night.

The Varsity Show is a student-created musical that satirizes aspects of life at Columbia (in one year’s show, a Barnard student named Millie agonizes over crossing 110th street and breaking out of the Columbia bubble), and the team is looking for a director, choreographer, producers, and a host of other roles you can play if you’d prefer not to step into the limelight as an actor just yet.

Positions available include:

  • Director: In control of the overall creative vision of the show
  • Producer(s): Oversees the entire production, acts as liaisons to the University and the rest of the Varsity Show team, creates budget and handles all logistics and planning
  • Writer(s): Responsible for all the written scenes in the musical
  • Composer: Responsible for writing the music for the show, orchestrating the work for the pit musicians and possibly teaching the music and conducting the orchestra for the show.
  • Lyricist: Writes the words that accompany the music
  • Choreographer: Responsible for the direction of all the movement set to music
  • Art Director: Maintains the artistic vision of the show, leads the building of the set and acts as the head of the design team

If you like to make fun of everyone around you, you are probably a jerk. But, if you like to make fun of everyone around you and yourself, you are probably a good candidate for the V122 Creative Team (and ready to be compared to Aziz Ansari)!

Contact, check out the Varsity Show website, or this Facebook event for more information and make Aziz (and Momma Bwog) proud!

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Swipes addresses food insecurity.

Swipes addresses food insecurity

As part of an initiative to address food insecurity on campus, CCSC, administrators, FLIP, and other partners have worked together to launch Swipes, a mobile app meant to make meal-sharing easier. The app connects students who need to access dining halls with students who are nearby and can swipe them in, in a setup similar to Uber. You can currently download it for iOS and Android, or learn more about the program.

The other prongs of the initiative include an Emergency Meal Fund and revamped financial aid.

Fun n aesthetically pleasing graphic via Swipes Facebook Page



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While casually checking our courses on SSOL/my.barnard tonight, we came across a startling change to one of our courses this fall. The professor for the Freedom of Speech and Press course (famously taught each fall by PrezBo) has been changed to Anita Dwyer. To confirm, we also found that the CU Directory of Courses also lists Dwyer as the instructor for the course.


Where’d you go, PrezBo?!

PrezBo’s class routinely reaches capacity each fall with PoliSci majors and other Columbia students who just want to experience our fearless leader in the role of professor. However, we’re concerned why this instructor change has occurred. Students in the course have not been notified of any change of instructor. They have only received an email from the Political Science Department’s Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Howe announcing this Wednesday’s class is cancelled.

We have reached out for comment on the change in instructor for the course. However, if this change is true, we sure won’t be taking the class anymore if it means we won’t be able to see PrezBo twice a week.

Update, 9/8/15: We have received a response from Betty Howe confirming that PrezBo will be teaching the Freedom of Speech and Press course this semester. Anita Dwyer has been added as the professor for the course to avoid PrezBo getting copied on emails sent to students via Courseworks. So, rest assured—PrezBo will be teaching this semester.



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Maybe if they held the Forum on the lawn everyone would get along?

Maybe if they held the Forum on the lawn everyone would get along?

The University Senate will present their proposed revisions to the Rules of University Conduct, which govern free speech and protest on campus, in an Open Forum today from 4:00-6:00PM in Havemeyer 309. Today marks the last opportunity for members of the community to voice their concerns regarding the proposal before it is voted upon by the entire University Senate. Anyone with a CUID is welcome to attend and registration is not required.

Detailed below is an email from university senator Jared Odessky that includes highlights of the current draft’s proposed revisions, as well as a link to the Rules Committee’s full proposal:

For the first time in decades, the rules governing free speech and protest on campus are being revised by the University Senate. The Rules of University Conduct are designed to protect the rights of free expression while at the same time ensuring the continued functioning of the University and the protection of the rights of those who may be affected by such demonstrations.

The Rules Committee will present its proposal to the Columbia community at a University Forum TOMORROW, April 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Havemeyer Hall, Room 309. This is the last chance for public input about the Rules before the proposal moves to the full University Senate for a vote.

The current draft’s proposed revisions include:

  • A new procedure which replaces an external hearing judged by an independent arbiter with an internal University hearing.
  • Students accused of violating the Rules will be heard by the 5-person University Judicial Board (UJB) and appeals will be heard by a panel of three Deans.
  • When the UJB determines that a student has violated the Rules, sanctions will be issued by an administrative Sanctioning Officer appointed by the Provost.
  • Several additional potential sanctions have been added, including community service and revocation of degree.

The Rules Committee’s full proposal is available here.

We encourage you to voice your thoughts and concerns either by coming out to the town hall or by contacting us directly.

Get up-to-date with all things regarding the Rules of University Conduct here. For those unable to attend, follow along with us on Twitter as we live-tweet the Open Forum.



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to pass/fail or not to pass/fail

to pass/fail or not to pass/fail

If you didn’t do so hot on your midterm and are looking to not damage you GPA any further, think about taking the pass/fail option. Although, think about it fast because today is the deadline to declare P/D/F for CC, BC, GS, and SEAS! It might relieve some stress knowing an A and a C are considered the same…

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cu fight for 15Tonight on campus there will be a teach-in to get students to mobilize for the Fight for 15, a national movement of fast-food and other low-wage workers calling for their right to unionize and to earn $15/hour. The teach-in is in preparation for the planned National Day of Action on April 15th.

Tonight, Professor Matthew Vaz will be speaking, along with some adjunct professors and fast-food workers. The teach-in aims to raise awareness about the importance of this movement and to educate college students on why and how to get involved.

The teach-in is tonight from 7:30 to 8:30 at Room 136 in the Thompson Building at Teacher’s College. Pizza will be provided. You can check out the Facebook event here for more information.

Image via CU Fight for 15 Facebook page



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The snow is the cold death of overscheduling; the sun, the hope of dropping that last class

The snow is the cold death of over-scheduling; the sun, the hope of dropping that last class

Towards the end of the winter, the world looks bleak. The summer sun have been reduced to distant memory, there is no Christmas spirit left to sustain us, and even Valentine’s Day (definitely more of a mixed bag) has passed. In this context, that midterm failed seems an insurmountable obstacle, those essays looming a portent of doom.

Let Bwog offer a last little bit of hope to help bring you to the Spring. Drop that class, and today. For those of us in CC, Barnard, or GS, tomorrow, February 24th is your last opportunity to drop a class within the deadline. No more will one course define your life.

If you are interested in dropping, information is available depending on your school, whether it be CC, GS, or Barnard.

Winter landscape that in no way resembles NYC street sludge, via Shutterstock



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Probably shouldn't choose an 8:40 class....

Probably shouldn’t choose an 8:40 class….

If you have spent the last two weeks shopping classes, today is the day to settle, and choose your official spring 2015 course load. Tomorrow, January 30th, is the last day to receive advisor approval on your program, for both Columbia and Barnard students. So, weigh the pros and cons of all your classes, and decide which ones are the keepers.




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Head over to Diana this afternoon

This afternoon President Spar will host Barnard College’s first community forum on the potential implementation of a transgender admission policy. In response to the call from students for a transgender policy, President Spar announced this past December a series of community forums to address the issue. The first forum will be held this afternoon at 4:15 pm in the Event Oval in the Diana Center (LL1). The forum is open only to current and former Barnard students as a BC ID is required for admission. President Spar also requested the event be closed to “press or external communities,” and recordings or photographs of the forum are prohibited.

In regards to the event being solely open to the Barnard community, Dean Avis Hinkson addressed the restriction in an email to Barnard students this morning, saying, “The forums are only open to members of the Barnard community because this is a pivotal moment in terms of how we define ourselves. We want to be sure that any policy decision is based on our collective voice.”

Several more forums will be held this semester to cater to different audiences beyond just students and alumni, including faculty, staff, and parents. The goal of the forums is to allow for members of the Barnard community to openly share their thoughts on the implementation of a transgender admission policy before any actual implementation takes place.  Admission for transgender students to the college is currently reviewed individually for each applicant, and this new policy would do away with admissions’ current approach.

In addition to the forums, Barnard also offers an online form for all members of the Columbia community to share their thoughts on the potential policy.

Read President Spar’s email about the forums here.



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Housing that doesn’t remind you of a prison!

Are you a freshman or sophomore who is into Jazz Music or sustainability (or some other “special interest”)? Want to live in the same dorm as Kerouac (or maybe just a nice brownstone)? Want to avoid the drama of the housing lottery and live with a bunch of other people who have similar passions as you do (and maybe find some sense of community at Columbia)? Applications to live in a Special Interest Community next year are due this Sunday, January 25th.

You can check out the different SICs here, and you can go here to look into the application process.



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SO many types of houses!

SO many types of houses!

Is your roommate messy/obnoxious/ inconsiderate/a serial killer? Well today might be your last chance to get the hell out of there make other living arrangements for next semester.  The priority deadline for SIC spring housing is today, so get those apps in!

Information about the applications can be found here; just don’t pay attention to the dates behind the curtain (or the dates on this page, for that matter).

Of course, if you love/can tolerate your roommate but still want to experience the SIC life next fall, you have until January 25 to apply.

Sick filter via Shutterstock



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Much like your ID, but more helpful.

Much like your ID, but more helpful.

Stickers with phone numbers for the Rape Crisis Center and Psychological Services, intended for the back of CUIDs, will be available today in Lerner from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

These stickers are the result of efforts made by Lauren Cardenas, SEAS’16, and the SIC Community Health House. Realizing that mental health facilities and rape crisis resources were not included among the emergency information on the back of student IDs, Lauren has been working since this summer with the Community Health House to organize the order of stickers.

Fitting perfectly on the back of ID cards, there are plenty of stickers available; Res Life has funded the order for 8,000 stickers, which fit on the blank space on the back of the IDs.

Plans are in place to distribute the stickers through CPS, Kent, and Go Ask Alice!, but in the meantime they are available at the Community Health House and at events like today’s. Stickers were also distributed to RAs on Tuesday.

While currently available only to students with a CUID, the stickers should eventually be printed with Barnard numbers and for GS students. The ultimate goal of Lauren and the Community Health House is to have these numbers printed on the backs of IDs for future classes.



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EAAH's new flyer

EAAH’s new flyer

Come help kick off Everyone Allied Against Homophobia’s new flyering campaign! People will be meeting in the Stephen Donaldson Lounge (in the basement of Furnald) at 8 pm tonight, and from there they will be distributing flyers to every dorm room on campus.

According to the board of Everyone Allied Against Homophobia, the goal of the new campaign is to continue to challenge and push past barriers:

This year, we’ve thought a lot about what it means to declare that a space is a safe space as well as the kind of work that it takes to put up a little flyer in your window. As a result, we hope our flyer will be a little more challenging than in years past. Rather than ending with someone choosing to put up the flyer in their room or not, we hope to spark a conversation about whose concerns safe spaces address and whose they ignore. We hope people who see the flyer will think about how, at least, we can help each other be a little kinder, a little more thoughtful, if we can’t just solve oppression in one night.

You can also read more about the event here, and you can check out Everyone Allied Against Homophobia’s Facebook page here.

Image via EAAH’s Pink Flyering Campaign Facebook Event

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