We’ve seen Pizza Partiers and Politicos. This week, Bwog visited another PowerSuite where students have taken mischief making to the next level. Alison Herman gives you a peak inside the mysterious, pop-culture referencing, internationally influenced, and pest enduring world of Ruggles #120-123.
Step into the lobby of Ruggles Hall and one door will quickly catch your eye: after all, it’s hard to miss the picture of Jared Frieder, Liz Conn, Logan Guntzelman, and Alex Varsavsky, all CC ’12, dressed up as Yoda, C-3PO, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader from Star Wars. A trip inside the Ruggles 120s, however, proves that the zany family portrait is only the tip of the decoration iceberg.
These four Columbia College seniors have fulfilled the childhood dream of every Harry Potter fan: creating their very own Marauders’ Map. It may not be magically enchanted, but the five-by-eight, to-scale, and color-coded depiction of campus documents four years’ worth of misadventures in and around Morningside Heights. It even has its own poem:
Bear ye witness to a map of mischief,
Magic sage and homo lore,
A final year of senior quests,
Made in blood by roommates four.
Don Quixote battled windmills,
And Achilles had to let it burn,
But tis the year of raging, bitches—
And this year, it’s our turn.
The four residents, who met freshman year and have lived together (with the exception of study abroad) ever since, created the map to document their late-night adventures around campus. Beginning with Kent Hall their junior year, the quartet have mined the vending machines of Mathematics and smuggled balloons from Lewisohn into Butler Library. Just like the fictional Marauders, they’ve even picked up nicknames along the way, although they’re slightly less G-rated than Padfoot and Prongs: Blizzbian (Liz), Cuntzelfuck (Logan), Putacara (Alex), and Mr. Taylor Swift (Jared). Each suite member also has their own Mean Girls nickname; Jared is Damien, Logan is Janice, Liz is Karen, and Alex is Cady.
The suite’s décor doesn’t stop with the Map. The bathroom is Indian-themed, featuring religious iconography and Hindi-language posters. Although the fireplace may be boarded up, a light-up plastic fire pit creates the same cozy effect. And just by the kitchen—always stocked with cheese and mustard, Liz and Logan’s favorite foods—is a list of in-suite animal sightings. As of Bwog’s visit, there were three, including flies and cockroaches. The worst were the mice.
Pests aside, the Marauders are intent on making the most of their senior year. Mischief managed.