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That J-School building

That J-School building

The 2015 winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced this afternoon in Pulitzer Hall at Columbia University, per tradition. You find a livestream of the event here.

Notable winners include the winner of the Public Service category, The Post and Courier, for publishing a series on why South Carolina is such a dangerous state for women. The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times both won two categories each for their staff’s work. In regard to one of the largest stories of the year, the Ebola outbreak, photographer Daniel Berehulak was awarded the Feature Photography category. Please find the full list of winners below.


PUBLIC SERVICE – The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC


INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Two Prizes: – Eric Lipton of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal Staff

EXPLANATORY REPORTING – Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News

More winners next.



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PrezBo and Eugenides in 2003

PrezBo and Eugenides in 2003

This afternoon, the 2014 winners of the Pultizer Prize were announced here at Columbia University in Pulitzer Hall.

Noted winners include the journalists who led the exposure of the U.S. government secret surveillance aided by Edward Snowden. Boston Globe grabbed an award for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. Also, the international reporting by Reuters was acknowledged in their effort to report on the Muslim minority prosecuted in Myanmar.

Here is the list of winners:



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Eli Sanders, CC ’99, just won a Pulitzer for his harrowing feature, “The Bravest Woman in Seattle,” in the Seattle weekly, The Stranger. Bwog called him to figure out how journalism works.

Bwog: So what was your major?

Eli: Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, I don’t know if they have that anymore. MEALAC?

Bwog: Yeah, they changed it to MESAAS just a little bit ago. What did you think of the Core?

Eli: I really liked it, I enjoyed it. I went to public schools in Seattle, and a lot of other students from prep schools and private schools had read these books. I hadn’t, so I really appreciated it.

Bwog: And has it been useful?

Eli: I appreciate it even more now. A lot of what you’re reading is really great stories, and if your job is to write good stories, at least, it’s really helpful. Spec, Jew-fros, and advice, after the jump



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Earlier today, the winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were announced in Pulitzer Hall (the building formerly known as Journalism).

The late Columbia professor Manning Marable won the History prize for his biography of Malcolm X, the same prize that Columbia professor Eric Foner won last year. As expected, the AP reporters who exposed the NYPD’s possibly illegal surveillance of Muslim communities—including our own Muslim Students Association—tied for the Investigative Reporting Prize. A young alumnus, Eli Sanders (CC ’99) snagged an award in the journalism category for his feature writing in The Stranger. American literature and editorial writing got snubbed when the judging committee chose to award No Prize rather than choose from any of the nominees in either category. The Huffington Post, meanwhile, became the first blog in history to win a Pulitzer Prize.

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I wonder how it tastes...

New York Times foreign correspondent and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid passed away in Syria due to a severe asthma attack. (Columbia Journalism Review)

Jon Stewart has temporarily cornered the market on late night satire. (New York Times)

Corruption is everywhere. (The Guardian)

Never take candy from strangers undercover cops. (AlterNet)

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Not one, not two, but three

Since the very beginning of his (interim) tenure, Deantini has closed his charming emails to the Columbia College student body with an egregious perversion of our fair fight song’s title. Though the Band may disagree, the title and refrain of our fight song is “Roar, Lion, Roar.” Deantini, however, has continued to sign correspondence with “Roar, Lions, Roar,” leaving Bwog and many of our fair commenters wondering: Where did all the extra lions come from?

The first time this happened, it was understandable. Deantini had just unexpectedly underwent promotion to the position of Dean; these early email-blunders were almost endearing. But as the mistakes continued, we wondered whether Deantini even knew his own school’s fight song. We can now report the truth.

We’ve received confirmation that Deantini does in fact know the proper lyrics of the fight song and was deliberately tweaking them in his email signature—apparently, the “lions” in his signature are meant to refer to all the students, alums, and other members of the Columbia community that receive the correspondence.

And so, we conclude our investigation into DeantiniFightSongGate. Much like Deantini’s own nickname, this incident demonstrates not the ignorance of the College’s dean, but rather an attempt to build community. Delivery of any Pulitzers for our scrutiny of Deantini’s rogue endeavor should be directed to the our office (the Westside aisle with copious cheese samples).

Roar Lions Roar,

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Bucket List represents the unbelievable intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below and the full list is after the jump. As always, please leave any formatting suggestions in the comments!


  • “The Labor of Cute: Net Idols, Cute Culture, and the Social Factory in Contemporary Japan” Monday 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, 918 IAB, Gabriella Lukács
  • “Café Columbia: Writing about Abraham Lincoln” Monday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, PicNic Cafe (Broadway between 101st and 102nd Street), Eric Foner, $10 cover (includes one drink)
  • “Cooking Demonstration and Lecture by ‘Iron Chef’ Morimoto” Tuesday 6:00 pm, Casa Italiana, Masaharu Morimoto and Jordan Sand
  • “Pulitzer Panel” Tuesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Journalism, Jeff Gottleib, Ruben Vives, Amy Ellis Nutt, Paige St. John, and Walt Bogdanich
  • “I Walked with Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath” Tuesday 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 622 Dodge, Jimmy Heath
  • “Secularising Islamists? Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan” Wednesday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 1510 IAB, Humeira Iqtidar, Sudipta Kaviraj, and Karen Barkey
  • “Ciphers and the end of Maya Number Writing” Thursday 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 930 Schermerhorn, Anna Blume
  • “Muslim American Citizenship: A Decade Since 9/11” Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, 1501 IAB, Hishaam Aidi, Arshad Ali, Sahar Aziz, Kathleen Foley, Zareena Grewal, Sally Howell, Amaney Jamal, Ousmane Kane, Arun Kudunani, Charles Kurzman, Suhail Khan, Irfan Nooruddin, Farid Senzai, Alfred Stepan, and Mohammed Younis, registration
  • “Film Screening and Stargazing: The City Dark” Friday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Pupin 301

Full List



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Congratulate yourself on living in the 46th most desirable neighborhood (out of 50) in NYC. (NY Mag)

The Pulitzer Prize winners are announed

Our profs make second most $$$ (NYT)

The Knicks win penultimate game of the season

Photo via Jake Hall’s flickr



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Entrenched in finals, begging for mercy.  Outside the reading rooms, the real world keeps working.


Starting with the good stuff:  CollegeOTR may have been correct in saying Columbians are “oversexed“:  A Columbia sex ed professor (oh yes, we have those) is worried about the rise of what a popular television show termed “What What in the Butt” among teens.  Yikes.  But another Columbia professor has shown that using protection is actually sexy.  Alice! is pleased, since hookups are totally replacing dates.


The best way to communicate with extremists is to do it in their own language.  And hope that they read what you give them.  Unfortunately, some of them will still hate PrezBo.

The Internet

Columbians in charge of the Pulitzer in journalism have decided that the Internet is real.  And an exciting proposition: the music industry is considering blanket licensing for universities, and Columbia witnessed the presentation.

Thirteen Alert!

Two of the winners of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology have applied early decision to Columbia, but Bwog can’t ascertain whether they got in.  One has a perfect GPA, a perfect SAT score, and seven AP classes under her belt.  Under the gaze of Alma Mater, however, everyone slides down the totem pole a little bit.



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The Mystery of Pain

Asked to legitimize the illegitimate, GSSC Elections Commission resigns.

Barnard Voting: The eBear Necessities.

Congestion plan coughed up

Bob Dylan meet Joe Pulitzer.

How safe are we really?

In other Columbia-related news:  the NYTimes captures the different views on the boy arrested in the recent death of a grad student.



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The biggest day in the literary year has arrived: The announcing of 2008’s Pulitzer Winners. The Washington Post earned 6 awards this year, while hometown rag The New York Times earned just 2. Bob Dylan also earned a “Special Citation” for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

Full list of winners—including Junot Diaz, August: Osage County, and Robert Hass—available here.  

(Also, nearly every current member of the Pulitzer Prize Board is pictured above. However, PrezBo remains conspicuously absent. Maybe he was taking the picture?)



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Bwog just got shut out of the Journalism School auditorium where they’re formally handing out the medals, but the Pulitzer Prize committee has just announced its winners, each recieving a cool $10 grand.

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