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May

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Prepare for all the statue jokes you can handle.

Prepare for all the statue jokes you can handle.

Should you stay or should you go? Well, if that’s not a rhetorical question and you’re asking about Orgo Night, the answer is: go! Tonight at 11:59 pm precisely, all hell will break loose in Butler 209: CUMB is putting on its 69th “semi-annual” Orgo Night show/demonstration/what have you.

Bwog will be there, of course, cheering as the performers rag on Spec and trying not to cry when they inevitably drag us through the dirt as well. As the Facebook event says, we can’t force you to CUMB, but you damn well should.

Orgo Night Poster via Facebook Event

Apr

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If you get rid of the zeros and switch 2 and 1, you get 21

If you get rid of the zeros and switch 2 and 1, you get 21

1020 is turning 21! It’s a huge milestone: if 1020 were a Columbia student, he’d probably have a (slightly sad) rager in his EC townhouse, buy cigarettes legally, and film himself throwing his fake into the Hudson River. As it is, 1020 is just a bar—an inanimate object, really. Nevertheless, you and 1020 have likely made memories together, so show your love for this site of degeneracy and heartache by showing up to its birthday party today at 9 pm.  (We suggest you go later.) There will be drink specials and party favors, as there would be at a Sweet 16. The blurb promises it’s the “party of the year!!”, which seems promising even if it is just one exclamation point short of desperation.

We’ll be pulling an all-nighter in Butler, but will live vicariously through your debauchery.

Invitation to Despair via Facebook

Apr

13

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Aesthetic

Aesthetic

What are you doing this Saturday, besides frantically looking up playlists to facilitate the writing of your term paper and/or oversleeping and missing your class’s trip to the Met? If you’re interested in diverse writing and delving into the concept of home as a “site of transformation, refuge, trauma, healing, and growth,” you might want to attend The Muslim Protagonist, a symposium organized by the Muslim Students Association, instead.

The event consists of a full day of panels, talks, and intimate workshops, all of which will revolve around the themes of belonging, alienation, migration, and a central question: “How does the Muslim Protagonist build their home?” It will take place on Saturday, April 16 in Davis Auditorium, and tickets cost $10.00 for CUID holders. Doors open at 8:45 am and close at 7:30 pm. Additionally, there will be a free open mic and speaker performances on Friday, April 15 at 8:15 pm in Held Auditorium (304 Barnard Hall). Though the event is free, it will still be ticketed due to its popularity.

It sounds better than wallowing in your own misery, and topics of discussion range from theater to healing through art, so there has to be something that interests you. As the event page promises, “everyone is welcome.”

Feb

25

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This room houses secrets

This room houses secrets

Whether you are genuinely interested in urban issues or hoping to affect an air of interest, consider checking out “Homes and Homelessness,” a discussion to be held on Thursday, February 25 (today!) at 7:30 pm. It will take place in 501 Schermerhorn Hall.  The biggest draw of the event is the main speaker, New York City Councilman Mark Levine. Levine represents the 7th District of the city, which includes Morningside Heights and West Harlem, so he’s pretty relevant as far as city councilmen go. The thing that might endear him most to Columbia students is his proposal to have bitcoin accepted for payment of city fines and fees, although this talk will have less of a deep-Internet vibe. Instead, the topics of discussion will include the affordable housing crisis, effects on the homeless population, and possible policy decisions.

Also in attendance will be former President of the Emergency Shelter Network Arthur Yorinks and Columbia Social Science and Urban Health researcher Angela Aidala. Let them help you avoid your paper, conquer the pronunciation of Schermerhorn, and start your weekend off right, with a not-so-lighthearted chat about homelessness and policy-making.

The 501 courtesy of Jennifer Solowski

Feb

10

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The Bacchanal machine keeps on grinding

The Bacchanal machine keeps on grinding

Soon enough, stubborn and yellowing ice will give way to uncovered lawns, budding flowers, and the truest indicator of spring: Bacchanal. It might seem distant now, but maintain hope and eventually campus will be congested, disorganized, and presumably, awash in the sounds of good (???) music.

If you’re a musician and interested in participating in this great and controversy-ridden Columbia tradition, consider trying out for the Bacchanal Battle of the Bands. As you likely know, the winner will get to open for our mysterious guest performers, joining the ranks of such greats as Vampire Weekend and The Morningsiders. To submit, you must send a YouTube or SoundCloud link of up to five minutes of music to bacchanal.eboard@gmail.com. The deadline is Thursday, February 11 at 11:59 pm.

The rest of you can look forward to the actual event, which will take place in the Lerner Party Space on Friday, February 26, at 8:30 pm.

Those of you who are less artistically inclined can help defray the costs of Bacchanal by buying an official crewneck sweater, priced at $30. Let the description sway you: the Facebook page reads, “Show your support for FUN and rep your school with pride in SICK apparel!” If you’re into FUN and being SICK, you’d better hurry—crewneck sales will end on Monday, February 15 at 11:59 pm.

Modern Warfare via Facebook

Jan

27

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He needs the "exposure"

He needs the “exposure”

Give the Action Line at Ferris a break and feed both your body and soul (too cheesy?) with some live music today. Live At Lerner presents Lauv, a pop/R&B/indie artist who will perform songs from his new album “Lost in the Light.” It’ll be today (!), in the Piano Lounge of Lerner from 1 to 2 pm. Overcome your natural recalcitrance and give this NYU alum a shot. At the very least, as the Facebook page tersely informs us, “Lunch will be served.” You are encouraged to RSVP, but when are rules ever really enforced? But you should do it anyway.

NYU Aesthetic via Facebook

Dec

15

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Take a break from studying (or not studying) an mosey on down to Broadway Presbyterian Church for some pancakes and midnight solidarity! From 11 pm to 1 am tonight, our friends at everyone’s favorite progressive church in MoHi will be servin’ up fuel for your late-night/early morning trips to Riverside Park (we all know what you’re doing down there!).

Get to the church at 114th and Broadway early for the warmest and butteriest pancakes and make sure to tell your friends… or don’t, and taunt them with delectable snapchats.

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Dec

7

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Not 4, not 3, but 3:30 pm!!

Not 4, not 3, but 3:30 pm!!

Update, 11:39 am: Changes have been made in the organization of the protest. It is now being run by the Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network (BCSN), a coalition that includes the groups that were part of the Student Power Coalition, but adds to the mix Mobilized African Diaspora and Barnard Columbia Socialists. They will release their full list of demands, now more focused on racial justice, around the time of the rally.

The Student Power Coalition, consisting of Columbia Divest for Climate Justice, No Red Tape, Student-Worker Solidarity, and Divest Barnard, is holding a protest today at 3:30 pm* at Low Plaza. The protest, appropriately titled “Columbia Students Rise Up: Demand Justice on Climate, Race, Labor, & Sexual Violence” (a hearty mouthful!) might be organized by a bit of a motley crew, but we’re sure you can relate to one of the myriad causes represented, right…? If not, you probably won’t look too out of place as long as you carry around a sign and shout enthusiastically and passionately (with verve!) about anything that really gets your goat, so feel free to join the crowd.

The organizers’ demands include divestment from the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies, the creation of a 24/7 rape crisis center, the increase of all campus job wages to $15 per hour, and “meaningful steps to address racial injustice on campus.” If these demands resonate with you, the organizers stress that everyone is welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

*The time was previously 4 pm, and our completely unsubstantiated theory is that the time of sunset affected the shift, because, as we all know, you have to make hay while the sun shines.

Dec

1

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Sharing is always great, especially when there's Diana pizza involved...

Sharing is always great, especially when there’s Diana pizza involved…

Feeling particularly generous, what with the Christmas spirit in the air (yeah, right)? Barnard and its illustrious SGA are collaborating on an initiative to collect donations of dining points and redistribute them to students in need beginning December 10! This form, open now through December 7, allows Barnard students to donate as many points as they please. Considering the drama surrounding Columbia’s point-sharing initiatives, Barnard’s simple and pragmatic solution seems almost too good to be true–but it’s true!

Points will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis this winter, with a maximum of 45 per student each semester. If you have any questions, email Dean Alina Wong or SGA for answers! Donate points today–don’t be a Scrooge, you won’t really use the 100 points you’ve been hoarding all semester long (that’s too much Diana pizza for one person to handle).

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Nov

23

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High maintenance and high-key seductive

High maintenance and high-key seductive

We all know the real reason that Lerner has increased the price of key replacements to a whopping $50, but here’s the official statement from Jose Rosa, Director of Operations of the Transportation Office:

Prior to this increase, the key replacement fee had not changed for more than 10 years, during which time the actual cost to replace a lock and key began to far exceed the fee charged to students. The process to replace keys involves purchasing new keys and locks, and the labor to make and install them. The current key replacement fee of $50, while still below the actual replacement costs, was driven by these associated costs and is now in line with other University lost key fees.

While this all seems very rational and financially sensible, it’s still a fairly shocking jump in price point, so we suggest making copies of your key, sleeping with it around your neck, or throwing it in the trash just to make a statement about your abundance of disposable income/disdain for the administration (Could this be a new addition to the St. A’s initiation ceremony?). And considering the actual factors driving the price hike, you might want to get an off-campus P.O. box and protect your personal information.

And even if it does make sense from a fiscal point of view—it’s still true that the University might be planning to phase out mailboxes. So what’s the point, really, of this, or by extension, anything? And why is Bwog covering this so intensely?

Nov

23

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How can you say no to that face?

How can you say no to that face?

Performers, designers, type-A personalities, lend me your ears—because you just might be interested in the ongoing auditions for the Varsity Show. Whether you want to act, design costumes, or claim your rightful place as “snack captain”, there’s probably something that interests you, so get ready to dazzle the creative team with your joie de vivre, quick retorts, and surprisingly enough, real and tangible skill! The final two audition/interview dates will be:

Monday, November 23 (today!)
8 to 11 pm in Hamilton Hall

Tuesday, November 24
8 to 11 pm in Hamilton Hall

There is no designated room; signs in the lobby will guide any participants to a holding room before the actual audition or interview.

Actors who audition are expected to prepare 32 bars or a minute of a song in the style of musical theater, while interviewees will, kind of obviously, go through an interview. No one is expected to stay the length of the entire audition period, so this won’t interrupt your frantic study schedule for Gen Chem or that Tinder date you set up before you knew how momentous these nights would be. Basically, you have nothing to lose, and the opportunity to be “part of a truly unique, original process” (hmmm) so why not?

Do It For Alma via Facebook

Nov

17

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Grab your friends and go to this event!

Grab your friends and Go to this event!

If you’re reading this, it’s too late… to attend the first session of Barnard Personal Librarians’ “Grab and Go” sessions in the Diana center. Thankfully, the amazing Barnlib queens will be available today (the 17th), tomorrow (the 18th), and Friday (the 20th) in the Diana Center Cafe (second floor) to answer any questions you may have about the library, its resources, or your final paper (you’ve started working on that, right?). These sessions will last from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

If you can’t make it to any of these time slots (we get it, you’re busy), never fear: the librarians will also be meeting in the Diana Center Lobby from 11:30 am to 1 pm, November 30 to December 4, to give out even more words of wisdom–and, if you’re lucky, some Barnlib merch! With a slice of pizza in one hand and your research papers in the other, you can conquer the world.

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Nov

11

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With veiled contempt.

Still surprised they can do this.

Bwog has received tips from multiple RAs confirming updated RA procedures for investigating incidents of the use of marijuana in dorms:

  • If an RA smells marijuana from a dorm room, they will initially knock on the door and, if the resident answers, the RA will write up the incident as usual.
  • If nobody answers, however, the RA is now required to contact public safety as well as a Residential Life Associate Director.
  • Public safety will then enter your room and search the premises.

Although a similar policy seems to have been enacted in the past, the new procedures seem to cut out confirmation by a second RA and require the RA notify an Associate Director.

Although such procedures are not explicitly outlined in Housing Policies or Terms & Conditions, the Drug Policy Violations section of Housing’s Policies states:

Residential Life and Judicial Affairs works closely with Public Safety to ensure appropriate follow-up of campus incidents involving drugs.

Furthermore, under the Compliance section of Housing’s Policies such actions seem to be justified:

Students are required to comply with the legitimate request of a University official exercising his or her duty.

And, as always, the Inspection section of Housing’s Terms & Conditions states:

The University reserves the right to enter an assigned space for reasons of health, safety, or emergency with or without the occupant’s permission

So remember, kids, public safety can and will enter your room, prompting a search for illicit substances. Our advice from 2013 still rings true: hide yo’ bong, hide yo’ stash, ’cause they invadin’ everybody up in here.

Nov

10

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...pretty much.

…pretty much.

Barnard College’s plethora of unique traditions (who else stuffed themselves to the gills at Big Sub, be honest) are always something to look forward to. Even though the college is undergoing some huge changes right now (RIP BarnLib) and some less-huge changes (the Magnolia is only moving a 10-second walk away, you can relax), its famous and infamous rituals are going nowhere, thanks to the McIntosh Activities Council’s hard work.

All you hungry boys and girls need not worry–Barnard’s annual Midnight Breakfast, a finals- time tradition, will still go on though its former venue is now full of dust, books, and (hopefully not) small rodents. The new location of Midnight Breakfast is Barnard’s very own Lehman Hall, where students are invited to nosh on their favorite breakfast treats at midnight on Wednesday, December 16. We love you, McAC!

Get there early and steal all the good stuff. Ok, maybe leave us a pancake or two…

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Nov

10

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It truly is the writing on the wall...

It truly is the writing on the wall…

Do you like needles? How about not catching the flu? If one (or both) sound appealing to you, swing by the Broadway Room in Lerner any time from 12 to 4 pm TODAY for a flu shot. The best part? The stabbings are free of charge! Enjoy your new status as a flu-resistant superhero and save the 10 bucks for a Sweetgreen salad (we know you want to). Make sure to bring your University ID card!

If you can’t make it to Lerner today (like you have anything better to do, ha), schedule an appointment to get a shot with CU Medical Services online or call (212) 854-7426 ASAP.

Happy shots season, and as the CU medical center said re: the “Flu Shot Fair”: “help us spread the word, not the flu.” Deep.

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