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Barnard’s Karen Blank Has Died

According to an email from DSpar: Karen Blank, Dean of Studies at Barnard since 1993, has died. She was at Columbia since 1984, when she served as Columbia’s associate dean of student affairs. Blank had been on medical leave since January 2012. She was set to retire at the end of this past semester. Spar’s […]

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Bwoglines: Tragic Deaths and Nobel Prizes Edition

Yesterday, a Missouri zookeeper was crushed to death by an elephant while conducting routine zoo activities. (ABC) This may be the most horrific thing you will read all week. We hope. (CNN) A cyclone touching down on India’s East coast has displaced hundreds of of thousands. Luckily, no deaths or injuries have been reported so far. (NPR) […]

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RIP Richard Jenkins

Summit Officer Richard Jenkins has passed away. His funeral and viewing was held yesterday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Greater Refuge Temple. About 20 students attended his wake. Students knew Jenkins for his work as guard in McBain and Ruggles. Our condolences. We have sought information for where to send flowers/donations.

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Signs of the Times

The end is nigh. Run for cover. It’s finally happened: THE REFERENCE ROOM IS EMPTY AT 1:15 PM ON A SATURDAY DURING A FINALS WEEKEND. It’s a sign of the times–the nerds have gone to take cover from the impending doom that even the mighty walls of Butler can’t keep out. IT’S THE ABACCHALYPSE.  

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Reported Suicide At 116th Street 1 Station

The entire west side of 116th and Broadway is filled with fire trucks and emergency services vehicles: someone was hit by a train at the 116th 1 stop minutes ago. One police officer Bwog asked reported simply that someone was hit, and could not tell us whether the person survived or not. Another police officer, […]

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Former School of Arts Dean Dies

 Photo via Yeshiva U. “White shoe impresario” Schuyler Chapin died at his home yesterday at the age of 86.  He was dean of the School of Arts from 1975 to 1985. Chapin was known as a master political maneuverer in the arts and a powerful public and private figure, and he once told the Times, […]

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Alfred J. Kahn, Professor of Yore, Has Died

c. 1998 | Photo via CU Record Professor Emeritus Alfred Kahn passed away Friday before last in Hackensack at the age of 90.  He taught at the School of Social Work for fifty-seven years, starting in 1947. He was the first to earn a doctorate in social welfare from the school in 1952 and spent […]

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Boris Yavitz, Columbia Business School Dean, Has Died

   Image courtesy of The New York Times Last Saturday, Boris “Bob” Yavitz, who served eight years as the dean of Columbia Business School, died of prostate cancer.  He was 85. After moving to the United States at 23, Yavitz earned two graduate degrees (in engineering and business) from Columbia and, after starting and managing […]

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John Updike Has Died.

In case you don’t haunt the Times’ website like Bwog does, a quick (sad) note.    John Updike, American author (and frequent New Yorker contributor), died today at 76.  In light of this tragedy, Bwog provides an original, Smugopedia-style talking point:  “while some consider Updike’s everyday subjects unworthy of his characteristically intricate prose, his novels–the […]

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Black Death Strikes New York City, Columbia

Bwog hopes this post finds you able to sit up, sit, talk and/or breathe this lovely Monday afternoon: many of your classmates are not so fortunate. Yes, the much-feared norovirus is making its way around our fair campus these days, leaving Columbians with a strain of what we understand is the nastiest stomach flu known to man. […]

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Sad News at Appletree

Tipster Armin Rosen alerts Bwog to some tragic news. Dr. Phil, a night-shift employee at Appletree and the subject of this Blue and White profile has passed away. He was 56 years old. Dr. Phil is responsible for beginning Appletree’s movie rental program in 1992, but he may be most famous for his impressive vintage […]

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Bird Fever

As Bwog blossoms into an around-the-clock Morningside Heights bird-related news source, we present you with two stories of from the cold-hearted avian world. First, news of a hawk kill. Alex Weinberg reports that around 11 this morning, Hawkmadinejad “swooped down and ruined a squirrel in front of Avery.” Awesome. Hawkmadinejad photo, at right, by Alexandra […]

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Breaking News: Hawk Takes Pigeon

Right this minute, on the lawn in front of John Jay, the hawk that’s been spotted near Lewisohn and the LLC is lunching on a pigeon.  It swooped down and snatched it in dramatic fashion.  Onlookers, please send in your photos and stories.  Bored studiers, please suggest names for our hawk.  Apparently, they’re territorial, so […]

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So It Goes

The cruel cycle of nature continues–right in front of Lewisohn! Writes a tipster: “Just at noon (right now!) I saw a GIANT hawk in front of the sculpture facing Lewisohn, chowing down on some small animal.  It’s neat to see real wild life in the city.” And it’s neat to see such fitting metaphors for […]

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