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All Aboard the Cain-Train

If you’ve noticed these 9-9-9 posters around campus, and wondered what they signify, here it is: CUCR is bringing Herman Cain to campus to speak. More ridiculous than Ahmadinejad take two? You decide. Full email below: To the editors at Bwog and Spec: The Columbia University College Republicans are excited to announce that former presidential […]

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Vinny Vidi Vici

Watching Jersey Shore can make you feel like a sociologist studying a foreign world of super tan “juiced” fist-pumpers. Professor Diane Vaughn’s Mistake, Misconduct and Disaster class got to observe the subject up close when one of the show’s stars, Vinny, stopped by earlier today (better or worse than Natalie Portman?). Unfortunately he didn’t talk about […]

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Graduation: The Long List

We’ve been telling you guys as they’ve been announced, but the final list of all Commencement and Class Day speakers, and the recipients of various other honors, has just been sent out. It does not include Barack Obama. It does include the professors who’ve won the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, the largest university-wide prize […]

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Spoiler Alert: Sarko Is On His Way

UPDATE: REGISTER HERE From a super-top-secret email sent out to only French majors, Bwog has learned that Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France, will be gracing Low Rotunda next Monday, March 29. Registration for the event starts online at 9:00 am tomorrow, and will probably end at 9:01 am. The email gave no address for […]

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LectureHop: Blue Pencil Dinner

Bwog Daily Editor and Fervent Snazzy Attire Supporter Julia Mix Barrington stopped by the Spectator’s Blue Pencil Dinner last night.  The keynote speaker was Dean Baquet, former editor-in-chief of The Los Angeles Times, who currently works for The New York Times.  Dean Baquet | Image via huffingtonpost.com The Blue Pencil Lecture — an evening of […]

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Hillary Clinton to Be Barnard Commencement Speaker

Seems that Hillary Clinton can’t get enough of Barnard: Barnard President Debora Spar just announced via email that the new Secretary of State (and former Senator, presidential candidate, and first lady) has agreed to give the commencement address at Barnard this spring. Clinton will also receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction – past recipients include […]

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This Week in Procrastination: En Vogue Edition

Compiling the best of the meta lists since 2006. Monday Paul Muldoon: The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will read selections of his poetry, followed by an interview.  501 Schermerhorn @ 8:00 PM. Tuesday Adam Kirsch [pdf]: The senior editor of The New Republic will discuss the lives of Allen Ginsberg and Lionel Trilling.  501 Schermerhorn @ […]

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Select This Year’s Joel Klein!

The Class Council of the Columbia College graduating class of 2009 is urging that all seniors submit nominations for this year’s Class Day Speaker. Using your nominations, the council members will present a “wish list” to Quigley, who will then invite those 5-8 possible speakers. This is all of course assuming that there are more […]

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Anti-NROTC Groups Raise Their “Voices”

Bwog Daily Editor James Downie reports from tonight’s anti-NROTC panel. Apologies to those commenters who requested a liveblog — I felt this was one issue where I might want to make especially sure my notes were accurate. Regardless, those who did not join the 50 or so students in Lerner Cinema earlier tonight did not […]

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Lecture Hop: Hendrik Hertzberg, Katha Pollitt, Alan Brinkley, and the Election

Last night in 417 IAB, Professor Alan Brinkley, The New Yorker‘s Hendrik Hertzberg, and The Nation‘s Katha Pollitt came together to discuss the election. Bwog Daily Editor James Downie was there. If nothing else, last night’s panel discussion between Alan Brinkley, Hendrik Hertzberg, and Katha Pollitt proved that smiles are contagious. Brinkley (who served as […]

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QuickSpec: Pictures of Panels Edition

Aint nothing better than people behind mics (Religion!) (Education!) Next stop Bonnaroo Harvard, Brown, Penn > Princeton, Cornell, Yale Fun with euphemisms (this ran yesterday) Is that a banana in your costume? Or are you really a banana? Preview to the protest Fight! for your right! to… Project Runway!

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Cofer Black, Vice-Chair of Blackwater USA, to Speak at Columbia

Want to relive some Bush administration history the day after Election Day? On November 5th at 8 p.m., former CIA counterterrorism leader and current vice-chair of Blackwater USA Cofer Black will be speaking at an event organized by the Columbia University International Relations Forum. Black became head of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center in 1999, and […]

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World Leaders: Now Including Shakira!

When we posted about the World Leaders Forum speaker list a few days ago, many of you suggested that more high profile speakers would be announced soon. Well, you were right, though the speakers aren’t for the World Leaders Forum. A tipster has informed us that, on Wednesday, September 24th, several South and Central American […]

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For Obama-McCain Forum, Student Councils Demand Fair Lottery, Jumbotron

Well, they moved quickly this time. As we wrote about before, the announcement of a joint appearance by Obama and McCain on campus next Thursday took student government and group leaders completely by surprise. Just before midnight, though, the presidents of the student councils, club governing boards, and Panhellenic councils have sent an email to […]

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Lots of Thinking at the Heyman Center

While basically just waiting for classes to begin, we found ourselves looking over The Heyman Center’s new fall schedule. As usual, it’s mostly academic events with a few more timely topics mixed in. Some highlights: “What Was Democracy” (Sept. 22nd): Joyce Appleby of UCLA discusses early American democracy with Columbia’s own Eric Foner.  “Lionel Trilling […]

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