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Trump's signature on the letter - courtesy of Spectator

Trump’s signature on the letter – courtesy of Spectrum

As the future of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, we looked back at the past to see Trump’s previous interactions with Columbia, and found a six year old fight between the President-Elect and our own President. 

Most Columbia students only really started seeing Donald Trump as a threat with the wake of his presidential aspirations. For once, our own fearless president has been way ahead of the curve: Lee Bollinger was victim of Donald Trump’s vicious verbal attacks (usually reserved for Saturday Night Live and Meryl Streep) back in 2010 when he dropped out of a potential deal with the business tycoon.

According to Mr. Trump, Columbia almost purchased some land from him near the Lincoln Center before Bollinger’s appointment to the presidency in 2002. The deal was made with Alfred Lerner (of Lerner Hall fame), but Lerner fell ill before anything could be finalized.

Bollinger had a different vision for Columbia expansion. He wanted to stay closer to the main campus in Morningside Heights, and felt that Trump’s 9-acre Upper West Side land was too small for the university’s motives. He cut the deal with Trump, starting a long and dramatic feud.

How did the feud end?

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Six members of the Columbia basketball team cheering from the sidelines

If Connor Voss isn’t your spirit animal we don’t know who is

As Columbia Men’s Basketball prepares for their next season, loyal supporters are getting ready to spend the next few months rooting for the Lions. Sports editor Ross Chapman previews what fans can expect in the upcoming season.

Last basketball season was one for the record books – or, one for the trophy cases. Thanks to an inspired performance by their four seniors, the Columbia Lions captured the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship. While it wasn’t the NCAA, Columbia finally had a trophy to put in the case on the 4th floor of the Dodge Fitness Center. To follow up on such a strong season with a dominant senior class would be as hard a task as getting past UC Irvine’s 7’6″ center in the CIT finals.

But sometimes, the only way to follow up on your high expectations is to jump.

Who is that? How did he do that? Read more after the jump

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If you're feeling like this in a class, maybe it's time to drop it.

If you’re feeling like this in a class, maybe it’s time to drop it.

Are you looking at the 30 credits you registered for and realizing it’s impossible? Have you decided that you can’t take five classes back to back every day? Whatever your reasons may be for considering dropping a class, Bwog is here to help you with 10 ways to justify the drops to yourself, your parents, or your advisor. 

  1. It was an 8:40 class that took attendance.
  2. The class is in a building with only two women’s bathrooms, and neither of them are on the same floor as your class.
  3. It’s on the “other” side of Broadway.
  4. The syllabus was more than 5 pages long.
  5. The professor made multiple bad jokes in their introductory speech.
  6. Your ex is in the class.
  7. Your ex has another class in the same building at the same time.
  8. The class meets during your afternoon nap time.
  9. The professor says food is not allowed.
  10. There’s a midterm on your (or your pet’s) birthday.

Classroom Boredom via MaxPixel

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Dean Valentini informed the Columbia community this morning via email of the passing of Yi-Chia “Mia” Chen last night from an apparent suicide. Chen was an exchange student at Columbia College from Waseda University in Japan. Dean Valentini’s email told students “to reach out to your advisers, your Residential Life staff, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of the University Chaplain, your faculty members, and family and friends for support.”

Resources are available to offer support for members of the community. Columbia Counseling and Psychological services are available from 8 am to 7 pm Monday-Thursday, and from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday at (212) 854-2878, in addition to extended walk-in hours 5-10 pm tonight and tomorrow in the CPS office in Broadway Hall and all day today and tomorrow until 10pm on the fifth floor of Lerner Hall. Between 10 pm and 3 am, students can call Nightline for support at (212) 854-7777.

Click here to read Dean Valentini’s email to students

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A very sunny music library with two people chatting at the desk

Music is so fun!

In order to help you fulfill your New Year’s resolution of spending less time in Butler, Bwog is reviewing the study spaces around campus so you know where to go and where to avoid. First up, we look at the library at the top of Dodge, the Gabe M. Wiener Music and Arts Library.

Location: 701 Dodge Hall. Accessible Library.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 12pm-8pm; Sunday, 1pm-9pm

Contact: (212) 854-4711; [email protected]; http://library.columbia.edu/music; http://www.facebook.com/columbiamusiclibrary

Seats:

  • Total: 63 Seats
  • Tables: 24 Seats
  • Study Carrels: 19 Seats
  • Audiovisual Booths: 9 Seats
  • Computer Booths: 7 Seats
  • Overstuffed Corner Chairs: 4 Seats
  • Seats for Talking: 0 Seats, not a space for collaboration

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Hopefully your classes this semester have you feeling peppier than this orange

Hopefully your classes this semester have you feeling peppier than this orange.

New Year, new Bwoglines! This semester, we’re redefining Bwoglines to make them better than ever. Each morning, you’ll find international and local news as well as what’s happening around campus so you can stay informed with as few clicks as possible.

Happening in the world: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg defended NATO’s continued relevance after President-Elect Donald Trump called the organization “obselete.” Trump’s dismissal of NATO stems from his statements that the alliance is too focused on traditional attacks as opposed to cyberattacks and terrorism, claims which Stoltenberg refuted. (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: A new poll from Quinnipiac University showed that, given a list of possible contenders for New York City Major, Hillary Clinton is the only one who has higher polling numbers than incumbent Bill de Blasio. These numbers come despite the fact that Clinton has shown no intention to run.

Happening on Campus: If you’re fretting about the election and want to hear an international take, check out “The View from Japan — The Impact on Japanese Politics”  from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the International Affairs Building, Room 918. No registration is required!

Overheard: “I always decide what to do based on how erotic it was when a fictional lesbian did it.”

Fun Fact: One ounce of strawberries has more Vitamin C than one ounce of an orange does.

Sad Orange via FreeStockPhotos

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Will they give him one of the top floor classrooms though?

Will they give him one of the top floor classrooms though?

This morning, we received a press release that Jacob “Jack” Lew, the outgoing Secretary of the Treasury, will become a visiting professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) next month. While at SIPA, Lew will “lecture, teach graduate students, and work with faculty members at the school and across the University on the subjects of international economics, fiscal and trade policy, and a range of other public policy issues.”

Lew graduated from Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center, before becoming a legislative aide in Washington. From there, he worked on multiple financial committees, served as the President’s Chief of Staff, then became the Secretary of the Treasury in 2013. As treasury secretary, he “helped lead the U.S. economy to its current foundation of economic growth and declining unemployment.” He also has been a managing director and chief operating officer at Citigroup, and executive vice president and chief operating officer of NYU.

The faculty at SIPA is excited to have Lew join them. Dean Merit Janow said, “At a time when we are all concerned with issues of global economic growth, trade and finance, our federal budget, tax system and the challenge of creating economic opportunity, Jack Lew brings insights borne of years of experience from the academy and the most senior decision making roles in the US and global economy.”

President Bollinger is also enthusiastic about the Treasury Secretary’s new position; he called Lew “an invaluable addition to our faculty, and an asset for our students who will benefit greatly from all that he has to teach them.”

Lew starts at Columbia on February 1.

Read the full press release after the jump

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CU admin is unfair. Prezbo is in there.

CU admin is unfair. Prezbo is in there.

Although the stress from finals seems far from our minds, Orgo Night drama has been relevant as ever. Over winter break, we received a tip that included the text of a resignation email the Head of the New Jersey Alumni Representative Committee (ARC), Kevin Chapman, sent to the rest of the organization. He cited the university’s attempt to terminate Orgo Night as his reason for leaving, calling their decision “wrong-headed” and “one that seems to be an attempt to censor the content of the Band’s performance in direct contravention of the principles of free speech for which Columbia purports to stand.” Chapman ties his frustration back to his role as a member of the ARC, saying that Columbia’s action and methods prevent him from “in good conscience, recommending Columbia to high school seniors as an environment of free expression, intellectual honesty, and open discussion of ideas.” He concludes the email with a call for other members to join him in hopes to invoke change.

Seeing alumni step up in defense of Orgo Night and a fair discussion between The University and The Band is pretty cool. Hopefully, more members of the alumni community will voice their support of the tradition (or at least more transparency) as well.

Edit, as of 10:15 pm: Kevin Chapman is the parent of one of our staff members. This member had no part in writing the post.

Read full email after jump

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Where we learned what Bad and Boujee meant to Donald Glover

Where we learned what Bad and Boujee meant to Donald Glover

Whether you took a plane from across the world or took a walk from a few blocks away, we’ve all returned to campus and are remembering how tiring (and wet) Columbia can be. Before we get back to working hard (or hardly working), here is a playlist to add some bump to your grind. 

  1. Cranes in the Sky by Solange – “It’s like [the Barnard crane] in the sky.”
  2. Am Bet’alaa Feek by Nancy Ajram – A song of longing for when you’re trying to get off that seminar waitlist.
  3. Caroline by Aminé – An upbeat tune that will get you ready for your 8:40 (ugh).
  4. Pray by Terror Jr – Like the moody boy in your CC class, this song talks about the connection between sex and religion.
  5. Vesperae solennes de confessore in C Major, K. 339: IV. Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – A different sort of prayer than the former (s/o to Music Hum for introducing us to this piece).
  6. Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) by Migos – The source of every Instagram caption of the past couple of weeks…it’s a good song, though.
  7. Star Roving by Slowdive – The first Slowdive release in 22 years, this song is good for wandering around campus on a grey day like today.
  8. Mad by Solange & Lil Wayne – More Solange because this album is excellent (as is this Lil Wayne feature).
  9. Party Monster by The Weeknd – A dark tune for winter weekend nights.
  10. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys – “I don’t want nothing at all/If it ain’t you, baby/If I ain’t got you, baby”–a song for reuniting with friends after winter vacation.

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What we imagine GSSC meetings would taste like, if they were a dessert

What we imagine GSSC meetings would taste like, if they were a dessert

GSSC became the first student council to convene in 2017 last night with a short, sweet, and informative meeting. Romane Thomas and Jennifer Nugent were in attendance as always, to provide you with the highlights.

Last night, General Studies Student Council met for a total of 18 minutes for a welcome back meeting that unfolded with fun and efficiency.

President LaRosa opened the meeting by welcoming the council back and announcing that the positions of first year president, senior treasurer and student with disabilities representative are now open for application. LaRosa also stated that the GSSC food bank was now officially the Columbia University Food Bank. He announced that this semester, the focus of GSSC will be on mental health and constitutional review as well as bylaws.

The VP of Campus Life enumerated the events for this semester. The senior winter ball will take place on January 26 and costs $12 for tickets. On February 3, GSSC will also volunteer at the church at 114th and Broadway. According to the VP, the organization of gala is underway and GSSC is ahead of schedule in this respect.

After these updates, GSSC voted on the tree lighting budget of $3,545 for the past event. Ramond Curtis asked whether this spending was over or under the original budget. VP of Finance stated that the spending was over the budget due to the unexpected cost of givaways.

The metaphorical cherry on our metaphorical lives via ClipArt Lord

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Braving the cold (and the human interaction) for those sweet, sweet tix

Braving the cold (and the human interaction) for those sweet, sweet tix

This Friday, Columbia’s TIC office will open in Lerner, selling Columbia students discounted tickets to Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and more. But even these discount tickets are often fairly pricey – a ticket to Aladdin in March, for example, is $59. To help out those of you not quite ready to shell out money at the TIC, Managing Editor (and penniless arts lover) Betsy Ladyzhets has put together a list of places you can get cheap tickets to shows, concerts, and other arts events outside of Columbia.

  • Broadway Week: Two for one tickets are being offered right now with a special promotion that lasts from January 17 to February 5. Speed is of the utmost importance for this opportunity – many shows are already sold out.
  • TKTS: The Theater Development Fund (TDF) has three discount ticket booths in NYC: one in Times Square “under the red steps” in Father Duffy Square at Broadway and 47th Street; one in South Street Seaport, at the corner of Front and John Streets, near the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street; and one in downtown Brooklyn, in 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade. These booths have same-day tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions between 20% and 50% off regular prices. You can see which tickets are available at any given moment on TKTS live. If you plan on trying TKTS, it’s good to get there at least half an hour before the booth opens to secure a decent spot in line.
  • Playbill: This list has information for rush, lottery, and standing room only policies for all Broadway shows. Playbill has rush and lottery information for many off-Broadway shows as well.
  • TodayTix: This app boasts last-minute Broadway deals and other theater tickets; you can both get tickets at discounted prices and sign up for daily lotteries for many popular shows.
  • Tix4Students: Anyone at least 18 and currently enrolled (part time or full time) in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university can create an account on this site, which then gets you access to Broadway and off-Broadway tickets at heavily discounted prices. (The average is $40 per ticket.)

More (non-theater) ticket info after the jump

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Pick up the phone baby

Before you head to class (or if you’re already in your 8:40– yikes!), check out our improved Bwoglines. Get a taste of what’s happening somewhere else, right here in NYC, and right-right here on campus. 

Happening in the world: President Obama cut short Chelsea Manning’s sentence with 3 days left in his presidency. Manning, a transgender woman imprisoned for leaking military secrets to Wikileaks, was scheduled to be released in 2045 but will be freed this May instead. (New York Times)

Happening in NYC:  The New York state senate voted down a bill that would have allowed a five cent fee on plastic bags in New York City. After contentious debate, the bill will now head to the State Assembly. (Gothamist)

Happening on campus:  ONYX, the only all women’s hip-hop dance troupe on campus, is hosting their Spring auditions today! It will be in Lerner E477 at 8PM.

Overheard: “I woke up with mouse shit in my bed.”

An Old Celebrity Tweet: 

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I know you’re home baby via ABC 

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Sliding into spring semester

If you slide into the spring semester this happy then you’re doing something right.

With the new semester upon us, Bwog takes a look back at winter break. No one seems to be happy on this rainy first day of classes, so we’ve decided to cheer you up! Winter Break was long overdue, but with break came its own challenges: Bwog gives you the rundown on what happened on our vacations. 

The Good:

  • Went to the naked Korean spa with my mom.
  • Ate an entire Costco-sized bag of dried mango.
  • Applied to roughly 100 internships.
  • Bought my sister 5 bottles of alcohol when I dropped her off at school in Canada (I don’t even need a fake to buy alc there!)
  • Drove for first time since June, didn’t crash.
  • Actually bought gifts for everyone I wanted to this year!
  • Carried a tote bag of seashells through two rounds of customs, border control, and security; worried they would think sharp part of shells could be considered a weapon but they didn’t!
  • Got interrogated by my dad when he found my fake. He asked me, “So, you’re 21 now?” I responded, “No dad, I’m 22.” He laughed. I kept my ID.
  • Worked all of break which sucked, but I made bank!
  • Jumped into the ocean on Christmas Day to participate in New England masochism.
  • Took my parents to Symposium. They bought me sangria and my dad made friends with the staff.
  • Learned a lot about volleyball in a very short amount of time.
  • Went snowmobiling.
  • A friend of mine from high school now owns a bus.

Cringe-worthy stories after the jump.

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beautiful voicez

Beautiful voices

Bucket List represents the 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. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended 

  • Book Launch: “Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable” Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Low Library Rotunda. Jeffrey D. Sachs. (RSVP)
  • ” New York Polyphony: Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass” Saturday, January 21, 2017 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46 St. New York Polyphony. 
  • “Sound Arts MFA Winter Weekend Exhibition” Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017. Reception both evenings: 6:30 pm. Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street. Dani Dobkin, Ashley Grier, Geronimo Mercado, Elyse Blennerhassett, Ethan Edwards, and Lemon Guo.

More events after the jump!

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Did you spend NYE in Times Square? We sure the hell didn't.

Did you spend NYE in Times Square? We sure as hell didn’t.

Welcome to a new spring semester, Columbia! Although we’re already a few weeks into the new year, Bwog thought we’d do a comprehensive review of what Columbia will be leaving behind in 2016— as well as what we’re hoping to jump into in 2017. New year, new Columbia.

What we did leave behind in 2016:

  • Orgo Night.
  • DSpar.
  • Maggie.
  • Political integrity?
  • Our mental health.
  • Those big plush chairs outside of Ferris.
  • A Columbia grad in the White House.
  • Undeveloped Manhattanville wasteland.
  • Jamba Juice in JJ’s.

See the full list here!

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