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Feb

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Oct

20

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Hint: send one to Bwog, or we'll be blowing up your phone for days. You'll get tired of that hotline bling.

Hint: send one to Bwog, or we’ll be blowing up your phone for days. You’ll get tired of that hotline bling.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2013, you know Bwog has a special affinity for Aubrey Graham aka Drizzy aka Champagne Papi aka Drake. We relate to his vulnerability and stuff, but mostly we love dancing like fiends to his hot, hot beats.

As the superfans will tell you, this Saturday is a very special day: on October 24, Drake will turn 29. In celebration of this momentous occasion, the Bacchanal crew will be selling Drake Candy Grams on the Lerner Ramps. If you come through between October 20 and October 22, you can purchase grams (one for three dollars, four for ten dollars) that will then be delivered on the eve of Drizzy’s birthday (this Friday night). The grams are printed with a Drake lyric of your choice and come with a piece of candy–is there any better way to relieve mid-October blues?

Send one to your partner, your partner-in-crime, your dog, your academic advisor, your ex (no, don’t do that, please)… actually, forget all that and just send one to Bwog. We’ll be waiting.

If for some reason you don’t have any special someones to blow up your zone with Drake Grams, join us in spending the night crying into your McDonald’s (allegedly Drake’s favorite food according to dubious online sources) and watching the new Hotline Bling music video on loop. There are worse ways to spend a night…

Drake Collage via Bacchanal

Oct

19

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Conversations within conversations

Conversations within conversations

Hey, Barnard student! You’re invited to “Complexity of Gender: How does gender show up in the classroom?”, a student-led event (first in a series) meant to create dialogue between students and faculty on gender in our classrooms and learning spaces. The event will feature an introduction to relevant terminology, small group discussions between students and faculty, and a focus on intersectionality.

Whether you’re already a pro, eager to school your peers and professors, or a wide-eyed dilettante new to the world of gender/sex/sexuality, prepare yourself for (possibly) fruitful conversation and best of all, free dinner. The conversation will take place at the Diana Event Oval from 6:30 to 8:00 pm; it is not necessary to RSVP, although it will make it easier to order dinner.

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Oct

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She gives up, and so can you!

She gives up, and so can you!

It’s here. Your academic advisor’s least favorite day of the year: the Drop Deadline. Today’s the hard deadline to drop a class, so start composing those frantic emails to your dean that will inevitably be met with a kind but firm reply of “No, sorry, you can’t drop all your classes except Strength Training and just be my personal slave for the semester to make up the credits. Nice try.”

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time (a must unless you have approval from your dean), so make sure your schedule measures up before you fill out that drop form (available at the Registrar’s office). Turn the form in to the Registrar today, and say buh-bye to Lecture From Hell or Too-Nutty Professor.

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Oct

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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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