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Checkpoint on Low

The Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine (CSJP) have set up a theatrical mock Israeli checkpoint on Low steps. The demonstration is part of Right to Education Week and is designed to raise awareness of the hardships faced by Palestinian students on their journeys to and from school. “Israeli guards” are walking around with […]

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LectureHop: “Something Rotten Here”

Power-walking to catch the final hour of Ishmael Khaldi’s lecture on a “Bedouin’s Perspective,” Bwog MEALACtivism Correspondent Sarah Camiscoli had to check the Bwog Bucket List several times to confirm that the location was in fact just a classroom on the third floor of Milbank. In a small room and in front of a small […]

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Low Plaza Temporarily Home To The Israeli Apartheid Wall

Little darling, the snow is melting, lalala, dododo. February is over, the sun is shining, and it’s March 1: Day 1 of Israeli Apartheid Week 2010! Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine have constructed an Israeli Apartheid Wall on Low Plaza. SJP members are assembled around the wall handing out literature and answering questions. The […]

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LectureHop: This Is My Jerusalem

Bwog’s Infrastructural Warfare Correspondent Megan McGregor braved the snowstorm on Wednesday to report on Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkia’s lecture in the IAB. On Wednesday evening, as we all know and enjoyed, classes and campus activities were cancelled due to the severe winter weather.  Still, 707 IAB was packed with many shivering and damp individuals.  Professor Nadera […]

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LectureHop: Columbia Palestine Forum

 Graphic used by Adalah New York speakers Bwog’s Liz Naiden squeezed into Hamilton 517 early for the Columbia Palestine Forum. Eager throngs crowded closer to the door and looked longingly into a small Hamilton classroom where the Columbia Palestine Forum was about to commence (Columbia Palestine Forum being both the name of the event and […]

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Academic Freedom, Palestine and SDS All Before Lunch

Today, a group of faculty members sent a letter with 120 professor signatures regarding PrezBo’s “silence regarding academic freedom in Palestine.” While the last Israel/Palestine student rally may not have exactly been of 1968-proportions (ah, but what is these days), the faculty list has many well-known professors, including Lila Abu-Lughod, Gil Anidjar, Richard Bulliet, Yinon […]

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Campus Dems Urge Constructive Dialogue, Excoriate Protest Groups

Proving that even middle grounds can be staked forcefully, the Campus Democrats released a statement lambasting the recent Gaza protests on campus, accusing both camps of harmful divisiveness. They urged dialogue instead of separate protests and unveiled their plan to cosponsor, along with CIRCA, the College Republicans, Hillel, Turath, and the Chaplain’s Office, a “community […]

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QuickSpec: The Outside Comes In

The violence in Gaza sparks tense but ultimately peaceful peace rallies.  Everyone wants to converse, but nobody has yet. Campo is to decamp to the space between Furnald and the Journalism Building. But until then, you can decamp to our very own nearly-on-campus Greenmarket for produce.  Even though it’s winter. And, of course, everyone’s still excited […]

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High Noon at Low Steps

Bwog paid a visit to Low Steps this frigid Monday morning to see the Solidarity with Israel Rally at the Sundial. As reported earlier, the official pro-Gaza rally has been canceled due to the fact that the group never had Low secured as a venue for a demonstration. Head of LionPAC Jacob Shapiro began the […]

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Gaza Supporters to Occupy Low Steps And Sundial

Looking for a little activism to go with your lunch next Monday or Tuesday? A group claiming the name “The Columbia Community Stands With Gaza” has announced a series of pro-Gaza events to take place next week. The events include a protest, a speak out, and a series of candlelight vigils (three types of events […]

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QuickSpec: Failure to Communicate Edition

After six months in Glasgow, arts columnist still assumes there’s bagpipes in everything. No fair: Columbia students can love their bodies — or have eating disorders — just like everyone else!   As it turns out, major declaration is not as dramatic as Harry Potter would lead you to believe.   “Bullen said she thinks […]

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Lecture Hop: Reporting on Reporting

Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning Arab-Israeli journalist and correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, delivered a presentation last night to a crowd of a little less than 50 students in Lerner Cinema. On a lecture tour sponsored by Hasbara Fellowships, Abu Toameh had also recently spoken at other colleges in the northeast including UPenn, Harvard, and […]

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In case you deleted the mass e-mails

Besides Chipotle and cute guys, other Things of Consequence have occured in the world of the Heights over the last few days. Here’s a bit of context.   PrezBo issued a statement condemning members of a British teachers union who decided to boycott their Israeli counterparts because of their “complicity” in the Jewish state’s oppression […]

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Intercontinental Connections

A few who knew that LionPAC had reserved the Sundial for the same time that Lucha and Filasteen were planning a human wall across Low Plaza anticipated a showdown – but would have been disappointed, as the event went down without incident. About 50 people (very roughly speaking), including many of the New York Magazine […]

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Week in Review – Parties and politics and party politics. And snow!

The air was cold, the protests were hot, with enough love to go around. Upcoming this week: the Assassins race begins. Don’t get caught in the crossfire. – The ramp up to the strike/protest/walkout was more exciting than the shindig itself. Meanwhile, campus cries out for help. – We got some thinking on Israel going […]

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