It’s that time of year again…you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Send ’em to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a first year wondering if it is allowed to ship a mini-fridge to school. Also, is there only one fridge allowed in a dorm room? Thank you!
– Hungry in Hamilton
The answer to this question really depends on how many fridges you’d like to bring. One is definitely okay, and two is okay if you’re in a double (i.e., one fridge per person). It’s a good idea to coordinate with roommates, though, since one fridge is probably fine for two people. As a first-year most of your meals will come from the dining halls, so you won’t need as much fridge space as you think. Unless you really like hoarding the sliced cheese from JJ’s place.
Bwog has never heard of one person in a single with more than one fridge, but the restrictions on fridge size and quantity are pretty loose. For example, there’s no need to stick to the Columbia-mandated maximum fridge size of three cubic feet, though we wouldn’t recommend anything above 4.5 cubic feet. You can ship a fridge to the package center in Lerner, even if it’s over the three cubic feet limit. Just make sure to bring your parents, roommate, or some randos you just met during NSOP to help you carry it to your room.
Bottom line, you might be able to get away with bringing four jumbo fridges and having a fridge party, but that’s way more space than you need. Plus, it would be expensive. And speaking of expensive, remember that it’s a lot cheaper to buy your fridge at the green sale! Check them out for lots of discounted, recycled items from the frosh of yore (and by yore we mean last semester). Happy snacking!
I am a clueless freshman who needs a fake I.D. How/where do I get one??? Please help me drink illegally, it’d make my day.
– Sober in Schermerhorn
Ah, to be young again. Fake I.D.s are, undeniably, a large part of the social life at Columbia. (Parents, if you’re reading this, don’t worry. Not all Columbia students get fakes, and your child is definitely part of the 1% that doesn’t have one.) The best way to obtain one is to make friends with as many people as possible and obsessively ask all of them if they have a fake, how long they’ve had a fake, if they know how to get a fake, and if they can give you the number of that guy who made their fake. (Ed. note: Please don’t actually do that, or everyone will hate you.)
Make friends with cool people, as if you weren’t already planning to, you hep cat you. Most fake ID purchases happen in large groups due to discounts, so sooner or later you will surely hear of some people buying them, and you can get in on it. People from the NYC area are a good resource, as many of them may already have had fakes in high school.
If all else fails, just remember that when Bwog has questions, Bwog often turns to older friends or relatives of roughly the same gender, height, and skin, hair and eye color for answers. Even if their advice is, ahem…expired.
DISCLAIMER: Frosh, Hamilton and Schermerhorn are classrooms, not dorms. You should probably neither drink there nor store your mini-fridge there. Except during finals week.
Ice box via Wikimedia