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LectureHop: Mormons in Morningside

For the past two days, SIPA’s penthouse has played host to a conference entitled “Mormonism and American Politics,” and Bwog was there in the form of honorary Salt Lake Citizen Clava Brodsky. Lucky she attended, since this topic seems rather, well, topical! What follows are her notes from the field. Birds probably have the best […]

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An Awkward Moment With Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Well, this is uncomfortable. About fifteen minutes ago, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was answering questions in former NYC Mayor/Columbia Professor David Dinkins’ SIPA class about urban public policy when a student pulled out a projector and began to screen images of police officers beating civilians on the wall behind Kelly. “We’d like to offer […]

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SIPA Seeking Ninja, B.Y.O.RollerBlades.

If you’re one of those Columbians still sitting around in your ninja costume and roller blades, whining about how you can’t get a summer internship (or girlfriend, see: possession of ninja costume and rollerblades), whine no longer! Just head over to northeast campus and find the grad student who’s waiting patiently, tapping his ninja star […]

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This Is What HuffPo Thinks of Columbia Today

The ever-subtle Huffington Post believes SIPA’s WikiLeaks drama (beat you by a day, HuffPo!) worthy of the following massive headline: That Photoshopping! Brutal!

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WikiLeaks Could Affect You, Too!

Students eyeing federal government positions, beware. The U.S. State Department has barred its staffers from reading classified documents released via WikiLeaks. A SIPA alumnus working in the State Department saw fit to email SIPA’s Office of Career Services to warn students against linking to any leaked documents on social media sites as well, as it could […]

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SIPA Smashed

Eegad! The side door of SIPA exiting onto Amsterdam is all bruised up! It’s not a safe time to be a door in Morningside Heights. If you have any idea as to what happened, let us know in the comments!

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Bwoglines: Earth Edition

Gateway as you knew it will never be the same after IBM teams up with Columbia to turn SEAS green. (Solve Climate) SIPA’s proves that it’s possible to make quite the commotion by protesting on Facebook. (HuffPo) Our very own Juli Weiner gets noticed by The Drudge Report. (Wonkette) A monster of a Sorting Machine works […]

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CEO, Shmee-E-O

SIPA students are unhappy, and not just because they have to smoke their cigarettes in that weird little buried courtyard. No, it’s something bigger: they’re unhappy with the school’s choice of graduate and trustee Vikram Pandit, the embattled CEO of Citigroup, as graduation speaker. While it may be harsh to call Pandit “One of the […]

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But How Much Does That Crunch Bar Really Cost?

SIPA lobby vending machines take price competition to a whole new level: Photos by ECS

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LectureHop: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

David Xia wandered into SIPA last night for a Saltzman Institute event on the fate of the American war in Afghanistan. The United States’ war in Afghanistan is not working, and we’re not sure how to fix it. This was the gist of Col. David Gray and Col. Gian Gentile’s (both of whom have served […]

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Grad Students Win Again

Forget checking Facebook on your way to Econ; a Bwog tipster discovered that the row of shiny new Mac monitors in IAB’s sixth floor lobby is reserved for SIPA network users only.  SIPA may be indulging its students less than it appears, however; Bwog learned that slow hard drives running Windows lie beneath their stylish […]

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Gray Davis or Brent Scowcroft Could Be Speaking at Your Graduation

But only if you’re in the Law School or SIPA. Columbia’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs announced the complete list of Class Speakers today, and joining Attorney General Eric Holder are many other famous names to prop up the 22 various Class Day and Commencement ceremonies taking place between this Saturday (the B-School) and […]

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Hostage Situation Ends Positively (For Once)

   Image via Yahoo News Canada John Solecki, the CC and SIPA graduate who was kidnapped in Pakistan two months ago, has been released, according to CBS News. Prior to his capture, Solecki worked as the head of the UN refugee office in Quetta, Pakistan; on the 2nd of February, 2009, members of the Baluchistan […]

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SIPA Grad Held Hostage in Pakistan

 – Image via The Associated Press A commenter alerted Bwog earlier tonight to the plight of UN official and CC and SIPA graduate John Solecki, who is being held hostage in Pakistan. Solecki, the head of U.N.’s refugee office in Quetta, Pakistan, was captured on February 2nd. On Monday, his captors said Solecki would be […]

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More Columbia Students Winning Awards

And you thought cell phones were only for what the kids call “texting”: six SIPA students, in partnership with UNICEF, have received the first-place award in the US Agency for International Development’s “Development 2.0 Challenge” for their project incorporating cell phones in monitoring child malnutrition. According to their project proposal, the students intend to replace […]

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