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ESC Raises ‘Expectations’ For Members

A Bwog staffer walks you through last night’s ESC meeting, from cross-councils food pantry proposals to ESC’s new internal “expectations.” In a sharp departure from the heated and contentious debates of the last few weeks, ESC spent the majority of their general body meeting last night in calm and productive discussion. The majority of the meeting […]

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Meet Your New CCSC President: Nicole Allicock

With the passing of student government elections, Bwog wanted to get a better sense of who would be each of the different colleges the following 2016-2017 year. Up next is the new CCSC Student Body President, Nicole Allicock.  A Brief Bio Nicole is a sophomore from DC and plans on majoring in Linguistics. She is in […]

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SAC and Columbia Democrats Seek Community-Sourced Reform of Sexual Assault Policy

Bwog sent Features Editor Alexander Pines to get the scoop on recent Dems and USenate activism on campus. Here’s his report. Following up on their October 9th petition to increase transparency in Columbia’s reporting of sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct, the Columbia Democrats, in association with several other student groups as part of the Coalition Against […]

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On Wellness, Semantics, Transparency, and Other Buzzwords

Bwog Editor Alexandra Svokos is tired of hearing the word “wellness.” This past Sunday, the Student Wellness Project hosted their second Wellness Summit from 1-4 pm in the Diana. I left this summit far more stressed than I had been before I walked in. I was agitated following the discussions, having been pounded with a […]

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The Search Begins: Dean of Student Affairs

A few minutes ago, you should have gotten this email about the transparent and student-driven search for a new Dean of Student Affairs from Deantini and Dean Boyce: Dear Undergraduate Students: We are writing to announce the launch of a national search for the new Dean of Student Affairs and to ask for your thoughts […]

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WTF, Columbia: Building Community?

Last month, we had our first “WTF, Columbia” post, detailing intricate complaints about the school.  This time around, Bwog Editor Alexandra Svokos (#transparency) divulges on an interesting experience.  If you have a story you’d like to share about Columbia pushing you around, email tips@bwog.com or use our anonymous form.  Anonymity guaranteed. I love this school. […]

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Barnard Tuition, Or: Bwog Is Never Having Kids

This morning, AHinks sent out an email to students explaining a 2.9% overall increase in tuition and fees, the smallest increase since 2000.  The email provides specific breakdown of full tuition, in keeping with an effort for more transparency.  Those lucky high school seniors who just got accepted can look forward to a total cost […]

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Moving Your Stuff, “Transparently”

In an e-mail sent out earlier this afternoon, CUIT’s LionMail team informs you that they have their grubby hands on your data and they’re doing some fancy new-fangled shuffling—but don’t worry, they’ll be gentle: Dear Undergraduate Student, We hope you are excited about your upcoming move to LionMail @ Columbia. On July 31 you will be start to […]

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Bwoglines: Supply and Demand Edition

Supply: of honey is not what it seems! (Food Safety News) Demand: for water could lead to international tension in the coming years. (NYT) Supply: of transplant organs in China will drop as the government discontinues the practice of taking them from inmates on death row. (BBC) Demand: transparency in the administration. (Spec) Chartz via […]

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USenate Drafting Resolution for Public Course Evaluations

While calls for public course evaluations have been swirling around since at least January, members of the University Senate’s Student Affairs Committee are looking to finalize a resolution to present to the floor, according to Spec. A subcommittee will release a report assessing the current systems already in place at Columbia and other schools. Among the […]

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Bwoglines: Lack of Transparency Edition

Turns out Bank of America’s $5 monthly debit fee was actually an attempt to be more transparent, but consumer outrage killed the surcharge before it reached fruition. (Atlantic) The Murdochs, no strangers to lying to the public, could be in more trouble as new legal documents suggest that News Corp paid off victims once they realized their position was “perilous.” […]

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Professors With(out) Benefits

Our dear university, hit hard by the recession, has been searching for ways to cut expenses. With assistance from consulting firm McKinsey, they’ve been weighing their options, some of which so upset Michele Moody-Adams that (have you heard?) she resigned as Dean of the Columbia College. While these recommendations have not been made public—and perhaps shall […]

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Valentini Undergoes Ritual Town Hall Initiation

To further his ongoing efforts to reach out to students and increase transparency in the wake of Moodygate, interim Dean Valentini held a town hall last night. Deantini held the court in the oaken glory of Havemeyer 309, where he’s given countless lectures and even once had one burst out in song. Seasoned Town Haller Conor Skelding sat in. Over […]

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Dean Valentini on Transparency, Moodygate, and Optimism

Last week, Bwog sat down with newly-minted Dean Valentini (soon to be Deantini). The Dean has been in touch with Bwog and Spec since his appointment, but in earlier interviews was unable to answer burning questions (he too needed some orientation). What was Dean Moody-Adams so livid about? Given that her resignation letter focused on […]

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The Behemoth of Columbia University

Recent developments surrounding Moodygate have left all parties stunned and confused, but everyone can be certain of one thing: Columbia University is an organizationally complex machine, perhaps too much so. Investigations into the origins and circumstances of Moody-Adams’ resignation have revealed existing and historical rifts between deans, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and central […]

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