The State of Prep
New Gal on the Block: Sian Beilock How to Help: The Aftermath of Hurricane Disasters A Brief History of Banned Books
IMANI RANDOLPH '18 & claudia levey '19 Editors-in-Chief ali mcqueen '18 Managing Editor
EVENTS DIRECTOR JUDY LIU '19 SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR letty dileo '18
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CREATIVE DIRECTOR sharon wu '18 PHOTOSHOOT DIRECTOR judy liu '19 LAYOUT DIRECTOR anna li '19
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A Letter from the Editors
ongratulations are in order; you’ve made it past the halfway point of the semester. Can you believe it? October was a total whirlwind, so let’s take November as a moment to refresh: go to brunch with your gang, visit a museum, work on some self-care — you’ve earned it.
Here at the Bulletin, we’ve decided to regain our balance by delving into the roots of our campus, as well as examining our position within the greater global context. In the November Issue you can find a riveting interview with our new President, Sian Beilock, as well as an investigation of the socioeconomic implications involved with collegiate style in “The State of Prep.” Further, take a moment to acknowledge your privilege with pieces like “Saudi Women Take the Wheel” and “How to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Disasters” — despite dwindling news coverage, there is still necessary work to be done. We hope that each page turn brings you everything from cheer to contemplation, and in turn, informs your perspective and recenters you. XOXO Claudia Levey and Imani Randolph Co-Editors-in-Chief
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3 // Letter from the Editors 5 // Behind the Scenes 6 // Trending & Playlist
Health & Style 8 // The wild west side 9 // how do you sheet mask? 10 // not your mother's eyeshadow
Features 12 // abroadnard column 13 // centerpiece: the state of prep 24 // love actually: playing for keeps 25 // behind the scenes: cava 26 // new gal on the block: sian beilock
Politics & Opinion 29 // how to help: the aftermath of hurricane disasters 30 // saudi women take the wheel 31 // can't tear down title ix 32 // the double bind in female body language 33 // women in politics 34 // she said / she said
Arts & Entertainment 35 // what we're binge watching this month 36 // gallery galavanting 38 // a call to increase hollywood diversity 39 // a brief history of banned books 40 // cabaret law: a history and time for repeal
New York City Living 41 // barnard in the outer boroughs 42 // bites beyond the bubble 43 // top 5 little known bagel shops 44 // an intern living in the big apple 45 // college night at the museum 46 // falling for foliage 47 // skating through the semester
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West Side by Lilly Kallman
The first essential in any fall wardrobe should be a stylish, yet versatile, pair of boots.This season, make your go-to choice a pair that channel your inner cowboy and get ready to strut your stuff down college walk. If you’re someone who tends to wear a lot of black and white, search for a black leather pair to match the rest of your daily ensemble; if you find yourself gravitating towards a variety of hues, the classic brown might be the best fit for you. Either way, be sure to find a pair that is comfortable and practical for all of your NYC explor-
ing. Whichever style you choose, you can pair your boots with dark denim and a warm sweater for dinners downtown or library study sessions alike.
added bonus; if your look is otherwise plain, this fun embellishment will spice it up.
Fall for Fringe
What’s more representative of the western style than a classic cowboy hat? Although such a hat might not be the lone answer to the chill of a New York November, it will disguise bad hair days and rushed mornings alike. Whether you don’t have time for a blow out, or you’re in need of an accessory to finish off your look, your favorite hat can always come to the rescue. Many styles are hitting the streets this season, such as the baker hat or French beret, but there’s always room for a wide-brimmed, suede hat in a variety of tones. Perhaps you’ll choose a hue to contrast that of your boots or jacket, or maybe you’ll match them to create a monochromatic ensemble. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a vintage style paired with a wide-leg jean, a button up top, or a seemingly effortless dress.
Fringe and leather are two of the staple elements of southwestern style, so why not embrace both by adding a new jacket to your ranks. Last fall it was all about bomber jackets, but here’s your chance to try out a different fun and festive style. A classic leather jacket can be layered over your favorite top, sweater, or dress and coordinates perfectly with your goto boots. The fringe detail is optional but an
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s the leaves start to fall from the trees in Riverside Park, we find ourselves reaching for cozy layers and autumnal accessories in the hues of our favorite warm beverages. There’s the burnt orange of a pumpkin spice latte, the light caramel brown of a chai, or simply the classic black of a morning coffee. But what makes each fall season different from the last is the style in which we embody our favorite elements of the season. During Fall ‘17 fashion shows, runways were inundated with styles from the southwest; imagine the wardrobe of an authentic cowboy, complete with leather boots, a fringed jacket, and a wide-brimmed hat. Recreating the dynamic looks worn by runway models can be intimidating, so here’s a roundup of staple pieces that you should add to your closet this fall and how you can rock them on campus.
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How Do You Sheet Mask?
n a time of of stress-induced breakouts, all-nighter eyebags, and the dry New York City environment, taking good care of your skin is just as important as a good mascara. Sheet masks are a simple and fun way to get started with skincare. One of the most popular Korean beauty trends, sheet masks have taken over the skincare world by storm. Containing hyaluronic acid and vitamins, the serum on the masks deliver deep into your skin, much deeper than topical creams and lotions. Here are a few face masks that do the job best:
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Too Cool For School Sheet Masks
Though Too Cool For School is known for its egg mousse cleanser, the egg sheet masks are just as great. These face masks come with three options: hydration, poretightening, or firming, to cater to different needs. The mask is thick, filled with serum, and sticks to the skin without slipping or needing adjustment, and the texture of the mask is smooth like an egg.
Missha Panda Mask
The Missha Panda Mask is good for the acne prone beauty adventurists. It minimizes the appearance of acne and blemishes, as well as giving an even skin tone. It also is fun, with the pattern of a panda, so donâ€™t forget to take your selfies for this one!
Nature Republic Argan Oil Sheet Mask
This mask, made of argan oil, is super hydrating and leaves your skin feeling softer than a newborn. Unlike certain lotions or
creams, this mask does not leave the face feeling oily, so stock up!
Tony Moly Skin Purifying Mask
These masks come in a multitude of different variations such as red wine, green tea, milk, seaweed, tomato, and more. Each mask has a specific function, but if youâ€™re in it for the fancy smells, pick whichever one you like! These masks give you an even skin tone and leaves you glowing with moisture and beauty.
Dr Jart Masks
Dr. Jart is known for dermatology, so its masks are naturally excellent. Two recommended ones are the Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask and the Dermask Water Jet Hydra Solution. The Clear Skin lover Rubber Mask comes with a capsule of essence that is to be applied before the rubber mask, and is purifying and soothing. The Water Jet Hydra Solution leaves skin feeling fresh and deeply moisturized.
Not Your Mother’s Photography by Liz Hanson
inged eyeliner, matte statement lips, and questionably strong brows have all had their day in the sun. Now, it’s time for bold shadow to take the spotlight. Although the thought of an Urban Decay Naked palette might give you pause, don’t fret-- you can tackle your lids without fear. This trend is equally simple and impactful: one, two, or even three, (if you’re feeling bold), shades will do the trick. We recommend coating your lid with a vibrant, opaque shade of your choice -- no specialty blending or shading necessary. Be like an expressionist artist and embrace the materiality of make-up; it’s paint for your face, after all. If you’re looking for a place to start, try Milk Makeup’s Eye Pigment ($24): a creamy formula that glides on effortlessly and dries within seconds - no need to worry about smudging or powder fall-out. Not to mention, it’s available in colors that are so fun they’ll remind you of candy.
by Imani Randolph
AbroadNard Column by Juliana Kaplan
s we lay in the grass under the Eiffel Tower, one thought kept running through my head: How the heck did I get here? It was my first weekend of study abroad, and we had decided, like any good study abroad students do, to take an impromptu trip to Paris. We had also made every mistake a first time traveler could make. Wrong flights, missed flights, expensive rebookings: Nothing had gone completely right. And yet, somehow, we had made it. The first week of study abroad was like entering an alternate college reality. Everything, like most things I had encountered in England, was just a little different; learning a whole countryâ€™s cultural touchpoints, basic facts, and (frankly, sometimes bewildering) accents is far more difficult than I thought it would be. One of my friends, a year older and wiser, had once told me that there was no accurate way to describe the first year of college: everything was so overwhelming in its newness that you could only take in each experience and try your best to cope. Now, when I finally felt like I was getting the hang of it, I had decided to fling myself all the way across the pond. THE BULLETIN -
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Upon arriving at Barnard, I knew the American college system pretty well. I had made the trek from Boston to New York enough times to have a baseline familiarity with the city. This was not the case with London. There is no grid here, and the city seems almost designed to confuse, perhaps laughing at lost Americans who now paid the price of their so-called independence. Winding streets that lead to nowhere and confused Google Maps were not much solace during my initial explorations. For the first time ever, there was no clear-cut route home. Everything on study abroad seems fleeting.You’re here for three months. Get too comfortable in your room and it’ll no longer be yours in the blink of an eye. Neglect to take that class and you’ll never have that chance again. If you didn’t seize the opportunity to travel, or to talk to your new British flatmates, or to take the tube to that exclusive concert, it would be gone in a flash, slipping through your fingers. As someone who values control and planning and optimizing my time, I find myself constantly wracked with guilt: Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? No matter what I do, it feel like I’m doing this experience wrong. When I went to bed early in Paris, I lamented the night I could’ve had. When I went out to a pub with Americans, I lamented the night in I could’ve had with my flatmates. Seeing other’s perfect Instagrams only fueled this further. I wish I could say I embrace the uncertainty and live life to the fullest, traveling every single weekend and magically staying within budget and never worrying about what I’m missing. But it’s just not realistic! Instead, I can proudly say I know
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which direction to go on the tube. And that I accidentally found Big Ben once, although I’m not sure I could do it again. I made a British friend! She mocked my accent. I bought groceries! Study abroad is challenging and overwhelming, and, like when I rolled into my house my first fall break with a bag full of laundry and proudly told my mom about the tricky train transfer I had pulled off, I look forward to the day when I can talk about a small, joyous London adventure with the ease of someone who is maybe, just maybe, getting the hang of this.
14 - may 2016
The State of Prep
ow would you define prep culture, or what it means to be preppy to someone who doesn’t live on the east coast, or hasn’t looked at a J.Crew catalog? You might want to start with the brands: L.L. Bean, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Talbots, and of course, J.Crew. Or the apparel: Oxford shirts, leather loafers, white linen pants, cable knit sweaters, plaid pleated skirts, and the classic white man’s shoe-- sperry’s. But prep culture doesn’t just pertain to the brands and apparel. It involves mannerisms, class structure, etiquette and colloquialisms.
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I grew up in prep-mecca, otherwise known as Connecticut. “Connecticut casual” was a dress code at summer lobster parties, sixteen year old’s drove Volvo’s as their first cars, every other neighbor had a golden retriever who would make an appearance in the annual Christmas card, and families went to their “small” real estate on The Cape for a weekend getaway and to their grandparents “summer cottage” on Nantucket for the Fourth of July. But despite my state being the stereotype for prep-culture, its origins are not loyal to Connecticut. The word “prep” derives from private preparatory schools that were popular among the Northeast and catered to elite children who typically fed into Ivy-League Universities. Prep specifically refers to a student or graduate of a preparatory school. But early into the twentieth century, prep transitioned from the collegiate level to a lifestyle. During the roaring twenties prep culture was diffused into more elite scenes including sport and social clubs. One might picture Tom from the opening scene of “The Great Gatsby” riding on a sleek horse while playing polo in the backyard of his house. At the same time, Ivy League schools were considered gateways to socioeconomic wealth. Within the universities themselves, there was a clear divide between those who came from “old money” and those who came from “new money,” or from limited social means. The way to immediately differentiate socioeconomic wealth was through apparel-- two-toned saddle shoes, white linen pants, and cable knit sweaters dominated the market, but they also alluded to the fact that the owner was involved in elite social clubs and fraternities.
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This state of prep continued well until the 1960â€™s. Anti-vietnam protests, freespeech movements and the second wave of feminism, overwhelmed a community that evolved around socioeconomic wealth, status and culture. Instead, movements in the sixties and seventies emphasised the breakdown of elite, social class barriers and sought to liberate the oppressed. It was no longer appropriate to represent your cultural upbringing in a way that suggested your wealth, rather it was appropriate to style jeans, loud printed shirts, â€œpeasantâ€? skirts and sneakers.
And yet despite the setback that prep underwent in the 1960s, it regurgitated back on the market twenty years later. The only difference was that unlike before, when prep culture and the act of being “preppy” simply meant that you registered with a certain class structure, this new wave of prep was entirely marketed for the masses. Brands such as Ralph Lauren opened up shops around the country and instead of just making clothes, the brand established a logo that suddenly everyone wanted on their chest. L.L. Bean transitioned from a store in Maine to a company that sold duck boots that every New Englander suddenly needed. Sperry’s could easily be styled with athleisure, Nike dri fit socks, khakis and a button down, or even tan dress pants, a blazer and a bow tie.Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, and Southern Tide became emblems of a community that didn’t necessarily have any wealth or social status, but wanted to fit in with a cool and classic look. Essentially the mass production of traditionally local “preppy” brands allowed for everyone to dabble in the experience. Who needed to go to boarding school, reside in Fairfield County, or be a WASP to be preppy when it was all affordable and somewhat cute? But what about the wave of prep on Columbia’s campus today? When I moved from Connecticut to New York City last year, I noticed a stark difference. Prep in the way that I knew it is very much dead at Columbia. Essentially the “have” and the “have nots” of early twentieth century prep elitism vanished, along with the brand obsession prep culture of the 1980s. What remains of prep-culture is also incorporated into the more contemporary, sleek, even alternative style that most students sport-- basically “not your mother or grandmother’s prep”. Even with the 2008 release of Vampire Weekend’s self titled album - an adage to Columbia’s prep scene - we now see that oxford shirts are now paired with a pair of branded sneakers; cable knit sweaters are worn oversize with mom jeans or joggers. Plaid pleated skirts aren’t even worn by the field hockey or girls lacrosse teams anymore - instead they are worn in conjunction with graphic tees and ankle booties. Interestingly enough, for those who choose to wear something outwardly preppy-- say the men who cruise college walk with salmon shorts and sperry top-siders--are often subject to harsh criticism both online and off.
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Instead, what now dominates and accurately defines the college campus aesthetic is no longer prep culture but rather wealth culture as a whole. Whereas a Columbia University campus in 1980 may have harbored “Nantucket reds”, “foul weather gear”, and “duck boots” a 2017 Columbia University campus harbors Gucci mules, Canada Goose jackets, Warby Parker glasses, Goyard backpacks and Louis Vuitton handbags to name a few. The new state of collegiate style also involves international wealth which expands “quick weekend getaways” to Mexico and the Caribbean, and summer holidays spent jetsetting throughout Europe. Even specific social clubs both on and off campus require a specific aesthetic that involves interesting and unconventional social media platforms, and wealth that expands beyond New England WASPs. However, unlike the conventionally “preppy brands” that were affordable among even the most fashion-lost crew, the new wave of popular brands has yet to be available to all social and economic classes.
Although prep has a strong connection to the collegiate world, especially that of an Ivy-League, Columbia is both unique and unconventional in its approach to prep style. After all we live in New York City, one of the most fashion forward and hip places. Prep embodies more than just clothing, it is in many ways a quality of life. And in a cultural, social and economic environment that promotes new and innovative thinking and style throughout the city and campus, one might wonder if there is really space for tradition.
Love, Actually Playing for Keeps
by Orit Gugenheim
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e drops you off at your doorstep. He yells his name out in a party. He glances over at you all night. He’s always running into you on campus. And you think- there it is: my soul mate. Handed over in a silver platter of beautiful randomness that signifies it is just meant to be. Then, reality hits. He doesn’t call again. He turns to another girl and starts dancing with her. He was actually glancing over at your friend. Well, he is always running into you but it´s 100% not intentional (not from his part, at least!). Love can be tricky; especially for those of us that get excited about everything. Every. Single. Damn. Thing. I must say I’ve always been very talented in this field. I’m so good at imagining a million possible scenarios of me having #goals relationships with guys there’s no real future with. You may wonder why I do it. I wonder exactly the same thing. I don’t particularly enjoy the painful disappointments that come with the sad realization that, yes, I got ahead of myself again; I planned out my life with a random guy just because we made eye contact (#RachelGetsIt). It’s hard to live with a burning imagination that constantly and ruthlessly plans idealistic (and non-realistic) futures
with Mr. Wrongs. And bringing this fun mindset of ours to college is probably not the smartest idea, and I can prove it to you. It all started on a clear night during horrible-stressful-glad-it’s-over NSOP week. A guy I had met not long ago texted me and asked me to hang out. While expressing my excitement inside the safety of my room, I very nonchalantly answered: “Sure!” That night we hung out for a couple of hours. We talked about basically everything there is to talk about. I really, truly felt like we connected. Then we said good night and I came back to my room very, very happy. The next day we texted a little bit. I was so sure that previous night was going to lead to something more-it had to! But… it didn’t. While I ran into him on campus all the time (and believe me, I was NOT doing it on purpose), he didn’t text me again. Seeing him would hurt me. I had had expectations and I suffered by realizing that they weren’t coming true. Surprisingly, though, the end of this story isn’t sad. I became friends with this guy. I can honestly say I don’t feel sad or nervous when I see him anymore. And now that this whole crush mania is over; I realize I learned a couple of things from this experience (however simple it may have been), and I want to pass these tips on to you, beautiful readers: First of all, whenever you meet someone who is dating potential-keep it casual in your head! It doesn’t matter
how intense the eye contacts you made were (they’re called contact for a reason, huh!), how big their smile got when they saw you, how many compliments they gave you, or even if they freaking proposed!! (Well, maybe in that scenario you can start assuming they want something serious). In any of these cases-except the last one-, don’t assume they want anything! I’m not saying they don’t, maybe they do! But people like us are usually bad at translating these signs to their accurate meaning. At the end of the day, if nothing came out- you won’t be disappointed, and if something happens- you’ll be happily surprised! Another important thing is that whenever you catch yourself thinking about someone who’s, as of now, just a friend/basically a stranger/a stranger; and you start planning out your family vacation with the two sons and one daughter –and one dog, of course-that you plan on having with them--- stop yourself!!! It’s good to be aware of your train of thoughts because it can get pretty derailed at times. Distract yourself from these expectations. Get back to the paper that’s due tomorrow and is sadly staring at you from your laptop. Don´t overthink. You can do it. I’d like to end up with one of my favorite quotes that is very fitting to this context and it’s by no other than the mastermind of human emotions, Shakespeare:
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Behind the Scenes: CAVA posed of about 40 full-time students who are on shift for about 12 to 24 hours per week.These shifts are divided into day and night shifts. Nicki has been an EMT for over 3 years now, serving her hometown, her previous college, and now Columbia. After picking up her walkie talkie from the CUEMS office at 8 a.m., she meets me at Ferris for breakfast, and I ask her all about her life as an EMT at Columbia. “My fa-
vorite part about being on CUEMS would probably have to be the people and the impact we have on our community. We work as a team and are constantly learning from each other in order to help the Columbia community”. Then we head over to Butler to do some work.While on shift, EMTs must be within four minutes of the ambulance on College Walk, so Butler is a convenient study spot for her. About an hour after sitTHE BULLETIN -
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ting down, she gets her first call of the day. She returns about an hour later and continues to study. Since everything is confidential, she isn’t able to tell me about that specific call, but calls are usually medically related or due to an injury and not just drunk Columbia students. A few more hours pass and just as we decide to go to lunch, she gets another call and has to abandon the plan. She returns two hours later because they had received a second call right after the first. It is 3 p.m. at this point and she hadn’t been able to eat lunch, so we quickly grab lunch, in fear the walkie talkie would interrupt again. The rest of the day goes by without a peep from the walkie talkie. She studies some more, gets dinner, and returns back to the CAVA office once her shift is over at 8 p.m. to hand the device to the EMT on the next shift. We have heroes in our midst, giving up their time to help their peers. While we joke about being “CAVA’ed” after too much jungle juice, we must also recognize the student EMTs who make sure you’re safe. Considering the long day and night shifts and unexpected interruptions, these students deserve a lot of respect for their dedication and willingness to help our community.
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he flips through her notes in Butler, reviewing reactions and diagrams for her next Orgo exam. She might look like an average Columbia student if it wasn’t for her CAVA uniform: a navy collared shirt tucked into dark, baggy cargo pants, and her large walkie talkie placed next to her notebook. Just as she turns the page, a startling ring from the walkie talkie breaks the silence. It’s a call to action, vaguely reminiscent of a superhero’s signal. She swiftly mutes the device, slips it in her pocket, and runs out of the room. Few would know that she just got a “call” and was on her way to the ambulance to respond to an emergency somewhere on campus. Even fewer know what CAVA really is, besides from the ambulance that comes when you’ve had one too many. “CAVA” has become a buzzword used around campus, usually mentioned at the end of a story about a wild night out that went downhill.You probably know someone who has gotten “CAVA’ed” or maybe you’ve experienced it first hand. Columbia University Emergency Medical Service, more commonly known as CAVA, is a student-operated, New York State-certified, basic-life support volunteer ambulance corps. The team is com-
by Isabella Monaco
New Gal on the Block
SianBeilock by Emma Yee Yick
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I find myself looking for opportunities where I am always learning and growing and – when I don’t get something exactly right – I remind myself that next time I will do better or I try and remember to figure out what I learned in the process.
I value many different things in life – ranging from being a mother to being a foodie, yogi and runner.
What has been the biggest change to your lifestyle since you’ve moved to New York City?
Getting to know a new city is fun, but it takes time. Simple things like just knowing where to go to get the best coffee takes some effort, investigation, and trial and error. I am enjoying it all, but it takes some time to figure things out.
What has been the most difficult thing to get used to?
I have to admit I was a bit afraid to tackle the subway, but now that I have, I take it everywhere.
What do you believe is the most important skill a Barnard woman should have by the time she graduates?
One important skill is confidence. Confidence that they have mastered the subjects they’ve studied and how to apply that knowledge in the next phase of their lives, self-confidence that empowers them to lead and advocate for themselves and others, and the confidence to know when they’ve reached their limit and need to reach out for assistance. Knowing when it is time to get advice or assistance from others is a really important thing - I ask others for assistance and advice constantly.
How do you believe the institution helps students attain this skill?
We have a tremendous faculty and staff at Barnard who are all committed to helping students succeed. The women’s college environment provides space for young women to learn and contribute confidently, surrounded by their intelligent, driven peers.
What would you like to change about Barnard to ensure that students graduate with this skill?
In all things, there is always room for growth and improvement. Our new curriculum creates enhanced paths for students to strengthen their mastery of subjects they’re learning, and we try to match our curricular initiatives with strong co-curricular programming that encourages students to get involved and build confidence that will carry them to graduation and beyond. I am excited about the many developments at the College that will augment students’ learning and experiences, including The Milstein Center, which will facilitate a new computer science department and the enhancement of STEM initiatives; our diversity and inclusion initiatives; and our sustainability and divestment plans.
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In your introductory video for the Barnard website, you stated that your first identities are those of a scholar and a professor. What would you say your other identities are?
What is your favorite way to de-stress?
Yoga and running in Riverside Park…and chocolate.
In your educational career, what has been the best class you’ve ever taken? Best professor?
I loved my statistics classes in graduate school. This was when I was able to take the research I was doing on stress and performance and make sense of what I was finding. I was being introduced to a way of quantifying the questions I was interested in and the answers I was discovering – it was fascinating.
Can you recount one time when you majored in unafraid?
Every day. I constantly find myself in new situations where I am having to push what I know, or do something outside my comfort zone. It’s true at Barnard and in my previous positions. I find myself looking for opportunities where I am always learning and growing and – when I don’t get something exactly right – I remind myself that next time I will do better or I try and remember to figure out what I learned in the process (sometimes that little pep talk to myself works better than others).
If you were to pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour, who would it be and why? What would you talk about? In moving to New York City, I am learning a lot about my family that used to live here. My mom grew up in the City, and I have many relatives who went to school here and still live here. One person that I would like to sit down with for an hour is my late grandmother (on my mom’s side). She was a jazz pianist and went to Juilliard. My great aunt recently told me that my grandmother was often paralyzed with performance anxiety, and it was one of the reasons she didn’t continue on the performance track. I didn’t know this. And, I find it totally fascinating that I somehow stumbled into a field that is related to what my grandmother experienced. I would love to sit down with her and hear about her experiences. Just like my own experiences, I know it would inform my work and ideas about how to help people perform at their best when the pressure is on.
In this time of social activism, what do you aim to bring to Barnard’s table?
I’d like to equip students with the tools they need to succeed, no matter what their goals are. I admire our forward-thinking student body. As some examples, BCRW and the Athena Center are doing great work to empower students and help them develop critical skills – whether it’s around activism or digital design. I hope to build on their great work and develop new paths for our students to create the academic, professional, and social experiences that suit their individual needs.
In more general terms, what is your vision for Barnard’s future and how do you plan on achieving your goals for Barnard?
The first step to any successful plan is listening and learning, and I’ve spent my first four months here doing just that. I’m meeting with faculty, administrators, students, alumnae, and other members of the Barnard community to hear about what makes them proud to be part of the community, as well as areas for improvement.
How would you describe yourself as a first-year at university/your undergraduate experience?
Exciting, overwhelming and so, so interesting. I realized I loved to learn and discuss what I was learning and took every opportunity to do this. I also realized that studying at the beach (I went to UC San Diego) wasn’t that effective for me.
What have you noticed about Barnard students so far?
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The Aftermath of Hurricane Disasters “Guideline for Giving” on their website, in which they outline all the ways one can lend a hand in the face of natural disaster. The leading title on their page, in bolded letters, states, “Monetary Contributions to Established Relief Agencies are Always The Best Way to Help.” Monetary contributions help provide a budget for these organizations, allowing them to provide for the specific needs of victims. USAID describes the importance of financial support, “Cash donations allow relief supplies to be purchased near the disaster site, avoiding delays, and steep transportation and logistical costs that can encumber material donations.” While material donations are valuable and appreciated, the cost of transporting these materials can be steep, and so they recommend checking in with a relief organization before sending items like blankets and foods, as the organizations can help clarify whether or not there is an actual need. However, donating money to an obscure organization can be justifiably nerve-wracking. Independent websites like Charity Navigator and Charity Watch are crucial to consult in order to make sure a charity is reputable before giving monetary contributions.
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In response to Hurricane Irma, both The Heart of Florida United Way and United Way of Miama-Dade provide general relief assistance in the form of food, shelter, and medical assistance. Local organizations include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, as well as the Place of Hope, a foster care for abused children, hoping to collect funds to mend damage from the hurricane. Local organizations in Texas that provide relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey include The Greater Houston Community Fund - established by Mayor Sylvester Turner - the Houston Food Bank, and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. A reliable local Louisiana relief foundation is The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans. In the Caribbean, the Dominican government is collecting aid for the Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund through a website called JustGiving. While it may be difficult to know how to approach disasters that feel far away from one’s own life, contributing in any way possible is an important step. And, while it may seem impersonal, donating to credible local organizations is a tangible way to make a difference, however small.
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icardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico, described the devastation after Hurricane Maria as “apocalyptic.” His assessment is easy to understand once one views images of the aftermath. Photographs depict capsized sailboats on streets and houses collapsed under trees, littered with broken, oncecherished belongings and torn open to reveal their contents: broken chairs, tables, glass and fragmented wooden boards. These past few months have been riddled with natural disasters. Three major hurricanes wreaked havoc on the Caribbean and the United States Gulf Coast in just the past few weeks. Hurricane Harvey, Irama, Jose and Maria have killed over one hundred and fifty people combined. Thousands of others have been forced to carry on without power for months at a time. Empathizing with those who are victims of turmoil is necessary and comes naturally. But, simply sympathizing with the victims of such tragedies will have no real impact on their situation. Many across the country yearn to help, but struggle to find a way how. Should one send supplies? Give money? Volunteer? The USAID Center for International Disaster Information posted a
by Marie Papazian
Saudi Women Take the Wheel by Phoebe Fry
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n Tuesday, September 26th, King Salman of Saudi Arabia decreed that women will gain the right to drive in the coming year. In Saudi Arabia, a conservative patriarchal kingdom, this change represents a huge triumph for the women’s rights movement. Saudi women have been protesting the ban on driving for decades. In the process, protesters have faced imprisonment, have been shunned by relatives and have lost their jobs, among other consequences. In 1990, during one particular protest, four dozen brave Saudi women drove in the streets of Riyadh, the country’s capital. The participants all held licenses issued in other countries. This action resulted in a day of imprisonment, confiscated passports, and job suspensions. Many of Saudi Arabia’s laws stem from religious ties, but the driving ban has no concrete connection to Islam, the nation’s main religion; rather, those who oppose the right of Saudi women to drive crafted excuses to defend the existence of the ban. Various arguments were made to justify the ban, including that driv-
ing would damage women’s ovaries and result in overcrowded streets. These unsupported claims enraged the female activists who crave the agency and freedom that driving allows and who sought to overturn the ban. Activists rejoice at the news that women will finally attain the right to drive as soon as the change takes effect in June 2018. Driving a car will provide the women in Saudi Arabia with newfound freedom and likely increase the amount of women in the workplace. Logistically, women’s daily commutes will become easier and less costly, given that they no longer need to hire drivers. Furthermore, the overturn of this ban will allow women to drive their children to school and take themselves to events. While this change expands and improves Saudi women’s rights in a significant way, many restrictions on women remain. T o this day, Saudi Arabia has restrictive guardianship laws THE BULLETIN -
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that force women to receive a male relative’s approval in order to travel, marry, divorce, have surgery, and more. Thus, women remain beholden to men in Saudi Arabia. One can only hope that the ending of the driving ban is the first step of a larger social transformation in Saudi Arabia. Prince Khalid bin Salman, the 28-year-old new Saudi ambassador to the United States, does not expect much open resistance to the policy change. He told the New York Times, “I think our society is ready.” Now that the government has officially ended the ban, the remaining conservatives in opposition should be staying quiet. Although nobody can tell for sure, Saudi Arabia may be on the cusp of serious social change. Nevertheless, the lifting of the driving ban will allow women more agency than before, which is a step in the right direction. Saudi activists and protesters should take pride in the fact that their female descendants will lead freer lives with more opportunity.
n w o D r a e T t ' n Ca itle IX was introduced in 1972 and states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” In 2011, the Obama administration took a step towards justice with a “Dear Colleague” letter that applied Title IX to sexual assault on college campuses and provided guidelines that schools must follow. Mainly, this obliged schools receiving federal funds to hire a Title IX coordinator, inform students of grievance procedures, and not discourage students from reporting assaults to the police. In September 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos turned back the clock on progress and reversed key provisions from the letter. While the previously stated guidelines have not been changed, other provisions are being rolled back. The “Dear Colleague” letter previously mandated a 60-day investigation and hearing time frame. This is no longer mandatory, and the Department of Education will simply trust that schools will conduct investigations in a “timely manner.” Under the “Dear Colleague” letter, evidence presented in campus sexual assault cases was held to the “preponderance of evidence” standard. This means that 51% of the evidence supports the accuser’s burden of proof. This was viewed by some as unfair to the accused. Schools may now elect to use the “clear and convincing” evidence standard. This is a more rigorous standard, but still does not require the evidence to support the charges
“beyond a reasonable doubt.” Furthermore, schools could formerly decide whether or not to allow appeals, but if allowed, that right must be afforded to both parties. Now, schools can grant the accused the right to appeal a “guilty” verdict while not allowing the accuser the right to appeal a “not guilty” verdict. As a college student, these changes are scary. Has all the progress we have made towards justice for survivors disappearing? The Trump administration
will not help us, but we are not helpless. At Barnard, some incredible resources are available, including Being Barnard, the Furman Counseling Center, Well Woman, and the Sexual Violence Response (SVR) team. The Barnard community is not only prepared to support survivors, but committed to upholding investigation standards much higher than the new ones being held by Secretary DeVos. Following Secretary DeVos’ announcement, all Barnard students received an email from Dean Hinkson & Molree-Williams Lendor (Title IX Coordinator), reaffirming the school’s commitment to New York’s “Enough is Enough” law and reminding the students THE BULLETIN -
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of the resources available for survivors. In light of these roll backs, Barnard resources should consider expanding focus to advocacy. Currently, the Advocacy branch of SVR advocates on behalf of survivors and accompanies them to relevant agencies. They could expand this branch to teach students how to advocate for legislation that would stop the rollbacks and permanently implement the guidelines of the “Dear Colleague” letter. Betsy Devos’ interim guidelines are ultimately a reverse of progress. They show a lack of empathy and stack the deck in favor of the accused. While Barnard students should not fear being personally affected by these changes, we still must not accept them. We must continue to volunteer with Barnard resources and speak out on behalf of students on other campuses. We must make noise until the Department of Education realizes that justice for survivors is a priority. We have the power to fight these roll backs and protect what we know to be right. We must build support for survivors and for lawmakers attempting to protect them.Try as she might, even Betsy DeVos can’t tear down survivors, and she can’t tear down Title IX. Citations: Ali, Russlynn. “Dear Colleague Letter.” www2.Ed.gov, U.S. Department of Education, 4 Apr. 2011, www2. ed.gov/print/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201104.html. “Q&A On Campus Sexual Misconduct.” www2. Ed.gov, United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Sept. 2017, www2.ed.gov/ about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-title-ix-201709. pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_ name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=.
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by Naava Ellenberg
The Double Bind in
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he percentage of women in politics, particularly in the U.S., remains unsurprisingly low. According to research at the Center for American Women Politics at Rutgers University, of the 535 members in United States Congress, only 19.6 percent are women. The dearth of women in positions of power may be influenced by the “double bind”, a complex issue that troubles current female leaders. A double bind occurs when only of two objectives that need to be fulfilled can be achieved. A male politician may be assertive, but, in the public eye, an equally competent female politician is viewed as domineering. For female leaders, likeability and competence are mutually exclusive. This dilemma may be rooted in the stereotyping of and attributing of traits to each gender. For instance, women are often seen as nurturing, sensitive, and caring individuals, and these characteristics contribute to the “likeable but incompetent woman”. Contrasting this portrait with another woman who is bold and confident, viewers often feel the need to criticize, precisely because that personality doesn’t align with the culturally ingrained feminine script. The traditional view of female authority continues to persist in today’s media, which also fuels the double bind dilemma. For example, in the 2016 presidential election, press continually scrutinized candidate Hillary Clinton, and when Clinton fearlessly stood straight and tall, news headlines slammed her and called her “disingenuous”, “cold-hearted”, and “power-hungry”. Yet, Clinton had dealt with the glare of the public in the past and was no stranger to biased accusations. In 1992, when she stood beside then presidential candidate Bill Clinton, many paid extra
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attention to the headband she wore that kept her natural hair in place. In her 2003 book, Living History, she writes, “For most of my life I had paid little attention to my clothes. But during the  campaign, some of my friends began a mission to spruce up my appearance […] they told me the headband had to go. What they understood, and I didn’t, was that a First Lady’s appearance matters.” Ultimately, a woman’s appearance in the spotlight dictates her level of appealingness as well as the intensity of comments and backlash she will receive from the media. While the United States lags behind in female representation in politics, other countries have seen some progress. Recently, Angela Merkel won her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor. Her body language differs from other women who have treaded before her; in public, she forms the infamous “triangle of power” - a diamond with her small hands. Although a miniscule act, this gesture has enabled her to look calm and collected while her male competitors running for election hurled comments and openly debated around her. Like Clinton, Merkel endured the relentless objections and interruptions. However, Merkel won the match in the political arena, while the game was over for
Clinton, a forever benchwarmer. Interestingly, Merkel strayed from the public eye when issues arose concerning female physical scrutiny. She accepts the title that Germany has bestowed upon her: “Mutti”, which means “mom”, but she shuns the feminist label. Although Clinton suffered from sexism and misogyny during her presidential race, Merkel avoided some of the persistent negative commentary altogether as she chose which aspects of womanhood she could uphold. Women continually struggle in the public sphere of leadership, under the gaze of many who project the double-bind that hinders the progress of women in roles of authority. It seems that to be in a position of power, women have to balance their “motherly, feminine” side and “assertive, masculine” side, juggling two different personas at once. The only way to embrace females in positions of power is to abandon the gender scripts we are accustomed to abiding to, and to champion the feminine qualities that display the essence of females and bring diversity to their roles in leadership. Only when we subvert our expectations and impressions of female body language do we finally unveil and respect the power of women that is on the same playing field as men’s.
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comments toward Trump; the shirt acts as a direct response to Trump’s derogatory remark that she herself was nasty or behaved nastily toward him. One must wonder if her clothing choice was not at least a subtle invocation of the self proclaimed “nasty women” who stand in solidarity with Hillary Clinton — and firmly against the countless acts of sexism committed by the sitting President himself. However, rather than take the opportunity to ceaselessly berate Trump, though, she used her platform to focus on the needs of the Puerto Rican people. Moreover, she emphasizes Trump’s ignorance of the situation not as a means for political ends, but to underscore that his reductive comments only serve to fuel the humanitarian disaster. A member of the Popular Democratic Party, Cruz’s impact on the island is now more up for debate than ever before. While some have questioned her THE BULLETIN -
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motives for being outspoken — because what politician is not suspected of seeking the limelight from time to time — the undeniable truth is that Cruz was acting as an advocate for the island, at least in that very moment, as evidenced by her handson participation in relief efforts. When people are threatened by famine, dehydration, and loss of life due to inaccessibility to basic medicine, there is no room for bipartisan drama. The biggest political mistakes are made when agendas are prioritized over human lives. The 1917 Jones Act that granted Puerto Ricans their American citizenship by birthright presupposes that we should jump to action for Puerto Rico in the same ways that we are called to act for Texas or Florida. If I have internalized any virtue from my four years at Barnard, it is that I will always listen to the voice of a woman over any man that would rather she be silent in the first place.
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armen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is currently garnering the most attention from American media outlets that she has earned to date in either of her two terms. This comes as no surprise during the age in which anyone that engages in debate with President Trump seems to earn a headline or two — or at least a subtweet; in this case, the New York Times has reported on the spat between the two. As in the past,Trump responded to Cruz’s criticism of his passive participation in Puerto Rican relief efforts by expressing his disagreement on social media — he inverted the conversation to criticize Cruz’s leadership skills and allude to an alleged giant liberal conspiracy against him. A now-viral video has emerged on the internet displaying the mayor wearing a black shirt with large, white block letters spelling the word “NASTY.” Cruz uses this coverage to explain her
by Talisa Jasmin Ramos
She Said/She Said Physician Assisted Suicide
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rguments surrounding physician assisted suicide are not as cut-and-dry as “does this act do harm or good?” There is the question of a patient’s right to choose to end their suffering; there are religious implications, just as there are with birth control and abortion; there is the possibility for socioeconomic and racial discrimination, issues of who would have access and whether certain groups could be victimized; and there is the definition of “harm” itself. It’s impossible to do justice to each of these issues so briefly, so I’ll stick to one that sums up many: healthcare is evolving. We cannot claim that the technology, societal standards, or federal laws in use today are the same as centuries ago. Until the middle ages, doctors were not allowed to break the skin of patients. Abortion was illegal for almost 200 years of the US’s existence. In 1990, Congress passed the Patient Self-Determination Act, which gives patients the right to make informed and binding decisions on their own health care, to sign DNRs, and to choose to refuse treatment. Times change, and now-- when securing the rights of patients is arguably more important than ever- we have to realize that centuries-old laws deserve revisiting. The technology used in physician assisted suicide today would not involve the pain that a natural death might. Even the Hippocratic Oath has been adapted over time, since it once explicitly condemned abortion and the use of a knife. Why can’t we adapt the directive to do no harm into modern context? In a time where a near-painless death by choice and with dignity is a technological possibility, why must we maintain an archaic definition of harm? Our laws regarding abortion and DNR orders have evolved with the times; physician assisted suicide should be no different.
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imply put, permitting physician-assisted suicide allows the physician’s role as healer to be diametrically opposed to that of killer. This controversial activity is not only illegal, as New York’s highest court recently determined, but it is also unethical, as it contradicts the physician’s pledge to sustain human life. A doctor’s main task is to be the patient’s greatest support-system, and no matter how grim circumstances may be or how badly a doctor wants to diminish a patient’s pain, they should never feel it is acceptable to give up on a patient and take part in this scandalous two-party version of suicide. When a doctor takes care of a patient nearing their end, the bond that has been formed between the two is founded on trust, and allowing for physician-assisted suicide undermines said relationship to its core. More commonly, when a doctor writes a prescription for a patient, or recommends an operation, a patient doesn’t think twice to question the physician, as patients rely on their faith in their doctor, and their training and expertise, to treat them well. Since approximately 400 BCE, physicians have been initiated into the field of medicine by pledging the Hippocratic Oath: “I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course.” Doctors must swear to never take advantage of their patients, nor give them treatment that could kill them, even when begged to do so. In sum, it is not for anyone to decide to kill someone before their natural time to die, especially a benevolent caretaker.
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A&E What We’re Binge Watching This Month sion and kindness—it becomes clear as the show progresses that she cares deeply for each of the girls. Unlike Jane and Kat, Sutton is still working as an assistant, which is the same position she entered into Scarlet with four years ago. But, not only is she assistant to Scarlet’s executive editor, but she’s also secret girlfriend of Steinem’s lawyer and board member Richard. Due to the nature of Scarlet Magazine, which is focused on empowering women, The Bold Type often discusses issues that are hot topics in our political, social, and cultural world, such as deportation, sexism, rape, and women in politics and it manages to do all of this while weaving these difficult conversations seamlessly into the lives of our heroines. The Bold Type explores important issues that every girl faces. Jane, Kat, and Sutton make mistakes and face consequences, discover what they really need out of relationships, come to terms with their sexualities, and sometimes have to take the harder path on their way to achieving the things they really want. The Bold Type is a reflection of what any girl is going through in her daily life. It is revolutionary in that it is completely ordinary; THE BULLETIN -
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the girls face problems that focus around their careers, health, friendships, and love lives AKA, some the exact same things Barnard girls have to deal with. What’s most refreshing about The Bold Type, though, is how each of the girls, at one point or another, make a challenging but healthy decision. The girls are trying to do what is best for themselves and will fulfill them the most in the long run. This show depicts what so many others lack: strong, smart women who are living life unapologetically and living life for themselves. They are living to make the most out of their lives, and they refuse to let anyone else dictate what exactly that means for each of them. The Bold Type can be viewed in its entirety by logging in with your cable provider on Freeform’s website, or you can catch 7 out of the 10 episodes on Hulu (warning: it’s not episodes 1 through 7, but missing episodes can be filled by utilizing Freeform’s site). Each episode is between 42 and 46 minutes. There’s only one season, but The Bold Type has recently been renewed for two additional seasons. Also, The Bold Type passes the Bechdel Test. Need we really say more?
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his month, Barnard Bulletin is binging The Bold Type. The Bold Type is an American drama series that’s inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, former editorin-chief of Cosmopolitan. Set in our very own New York City, The Bold Type follows three best friends Jane, Kat, and Sutton as they make their way through life working at Scarlet Magazine (which serves as the Cosmopolitan of the Bold Type world). The show kicks off with Jane’s recent promotion from assistant to writer at Scarlet. Kat is Scarlet’s Head of Social Media… meaning, yes, she’s the one who tweets and Instagrams from all of Scarlet’s social media accounts. What a dream job, right? Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Carlyle of Scarlet is introduced during a meeting with the board of the Steinem Publishing, the parent company that owns Scarlet and much to everyone’s dismay (but no one’s surprise), the board is filled with older white men who still cringe at synonyms for “vagina” and talk of sex positions that aren’t typical missionary. Jacqueline, on the other hand, embodies exactly the opposite: she’s a kick-ass feminist lady boss with killer style who manages to be the cutthroat leader of a national magazine without ever forfeiting compas-
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Gallery Galavanting by Sadie Kramer
n Incomplete History of Protest looks at art from the 1940s to now that addresses social and political issues from female representation to police brutality. The artists in this exhibit confront protest from all sides, be it activism, criticism, instruction, or inspiration in order to challenge social and political convention. These dramatic works of art refuse to be ignored or overlooked, visually grabbing the viewer with their radical and inventive content and forcing them to listen. But as the title suggests, this is incomplete collection and as such cannot approximate the artistic activism expressed all around us, on the street or online. Instead, the exhibit offers seven galleries cataloging particular moments and themes across eighty years of protest. At the heart of this exhibition is the profound role that art can play in shaping its present and future. Walking into the exhibition, the first thing the viewer sees is a video taking up the front entire wall. On the screen there are urgent, choppy images of the 2005 march on Washington to end the war in Iraq by Josephine Meckseper. To the left of this piece hangs a large black
flag that reads in stark white print: A Man Was Lynched By Police Yesterday. These two works present resolutely, giving the viewer a sharp, strong taste of what’s to come. The first gallery examines the Whitney’s own practices over the course of 1960-1971. Inside lies archival material of artist-led disputes of inclusivity, accessibility, and curatorial direction of the Whitney that shows how influential art and artists in museums can be. In the next room, a wide open space with only two sculptures serves to create an oblique and allusive dialogue to explore spatial consideration in relation to race and gender. Senga Nengudi’s Internal I (1977) uses nylon hosiery material and bilaterally symmetrical forms to evoke both the fragility and resilience of the female body in entering the pressures and expectations of society. Melvin Edwards’ Pyramid Up and Down Pyramid (1969) minimal sculpture made from barbed wire is an allusion to prisons and pain, said to be one of the first abstract pieces of art that had cultural value for people of color. The next gallery is an ode to protest art against the Vietnam War. Ripe THE BULLETIN -
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with compelling, graphically innovative posters of images, art, text, critique, and satire, the Daniel Wolf Collection of Protest Posters bursts with color and expressive voice. Next door is the arena of the feminist movement, with the Guerilla Girls at center stage. Through a series of 16 engaging, devastating, infuriating, and satirical frames, the Guerilla Girls criticize the lack of non-white and female representation in museums, the tradition of female victim blaming in rape culture, and society’s disregard for women and minorities. The AIDS crisis is addressed in the next gallery, most notable is a painting by Keith Haring warning the viewer that ignorance is fear and silence is death in bright primary colors. Another piece by AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal took the well known “LOVE” icon from the 1960s and changed it to read “AIDS” on paintings, prints, stamps, and posters on city streets, transit systems, art galleries and mass media. This is a perfect example of how art can spread awareness of important issues and spur people to action and change.
The penultimate gallery focuses on abuse of power in the 1990s, confronting the painful aspects of American history and its statesanctioned atrocities. At the front of the room there is a long, thin table, piled high with dozens of trophies and placards. Created by Carl Pope and ironically titled Some of the Greatest Hits of the NewYork City Police Department: A Celebration of Meritorious Achievement in Community Service (1994), it serves to address the history of police brutality over the course of fifty years with each trophy or plaque inscribed with the name of a person killed or brutalized or an officer who committed the act. Next to this is a large canvas covered in barely discernible printed text through thick white paint. Made by Tim Rollins and called The Whiteness of the Whale II (1991), the title refers to the novel Moby Dick and a chapter in which Herman Melville discusses the white skin of a shark and the evilness of it. This painting is an embodiment of that, serving to oppose society’s claims of black being the supposed “bad” color. Walking into a small, square alcove, Daniel Joseph Martinez’s Divine Violence (2007) presents dozens of gold panels with the inscriptions of various twentieth and twenty first century violence-sanctioned political organizations from Hezbollah to the CIA. The last gallery contains twenty first century artwork that evoke past historical figures, moments, and symbols in order to shape a better political future. Mark Bradford’s Constitution III (2013), a deceptively abstract red, white, and black painting contains excerpts from the United States Constitution, suggesting the document to be alive: subject to modification and debate. Annette Lemieux’s piece, Black Mass (1991) depicts a crowd of men holding up blacked-out protest signs to demonstrate the myriad issues each one could demand. At the end of the Gallery lies a wall that is perhaps an embodiment of everything the exhibition stands for. Sheets and sheets of paper lining the wall proclaim the same truth:
No to racists No to facists No to taxes funding racists and facists Photography by Sadie Kramer
No mery for rapists No pity for bigots No forgiveness for nativists No to all those No hope without rage No rage without teeth No separate peace No easy feat No to bounds by genders No to clickbait as culture No to news as truths No to art as untruths No anti-Semitic anything No Islamophobic anything No progress without others No meaning without meaning No means no No means no No means no
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A Call to Increase Hollywood Diversity
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crolling through Netflix one recent weekend, I stumbled across “Master of None.” While intelligent and witty, what really fascinated me was that its stars are overwhelmingly people of color. Having grown up watching shows like Friends, which, despite being set in New York City, features some 10 nonwhite actors in 10 seasons, this was momentous. Written and produced by Aziz Ansari, a second-generation Indian like myself, some scenes, particularly interactions with his Indian-born parents, were so familiar they could have taken place in my own home. But when I recommended the show to a (blonde haired, blue eyed) friend, I got a lukewarm response. “Eh,” she said. “I don’t know if I’d like it. I probably couldn’t relate.” While not malicious, her reaction revealed an attitude pervasive among those well-represented in the media, and in Hollywood itself. The presumption is that white media is the default; everything else is a niche market relegated to secondtier TV channels and off-peak viewing hours. This idea is clearly damaging; particularly in divisive times, it is vital that white audiences are exposed to the experiences of people who don’t look, dress, or worship like them. This is most easily accomplished in the relatively apolitical
by Ishya Verma world of film and television. Yet even as populations of minorities in America continues to grow in size and influence, their share of representation media has inched forward only incrementally in past years. Shows like Master of None, Black-ish and Fresh off the Boat, among others, have sped up this process, but our media landscape still does not come close to reflecting American reality. Minorities make up nearly 40% of the US population, but the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report, one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, finds that in the 2014-15 season, only 10% of film directors, 5.3% of film writers, and 8% of creators of broadcast and cable scripted shows were racial minorities. As writers and creators are the ones to create roles open to minorities in the first place, this under-representation behind the screens has a ripple effect throughout the industry: only about 13% of film and television casts of are people of color.Without roles, actors of color cannot be nominated for awards or gain recognition and entry into Hollywood’s elite circles to then be cast for more roles. Thus, the cycle only continues. Much of the issue lies with Hollywood gatekeepers, mainly studio heads, producers, and talent agencies, who still seem to believe that American audiences
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continue to prefer narratives dominated by white men. But the data suggest that this is not the case. TV shows and movies with diverse casts excel both in ratings and box office sales, often, in fact, earning more than their whitewashed counterparts. UCLA researchers found that median box office for films that featured a 21-30% minority cast was $105 million, compared to just $41.9 millions for films with a less than 10% minority cast. Ratings, profits, and even audience engagement through social media increases for films and TV shows whose characters mirror the real world. But it is not enough for minorities alone to stand for diversity. While decision-making power may ultimately lie with Hollywood executives, white consumers on whom the industry still focuses have the influence to upend the status quo. By supporting film and television produced, directed, written by or starring minorities, they can send a message that they are open to a broader set of narratives than those that have traditionally been told. The result is not only understanding and openness, but ultimately better storytelling as well. And what’s more fun than activism that also includes Netflix?
A Brief History of
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anning controversial books has been around nearly as long as publication itself. Throughout the world, many countries have censored written works in an attempt to “protect” their citizens from the immorality of once touchy subjects covered in literature. As stated in Matt Reimann’s blog, “Blogis Librorum. A Blog about Books. Rare Books,” the first major instance of book banning in America was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a novel that dramatized the horrifying conditions of slaves in the Antebellum South. This is perhaps the best example of the effects that books can have on the world, as President Lincoln is famously quoted for saying to Stowe, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” Amy Brady, author of “The History (and Present) of Banning Books” writes that the issue of book banning arose in America again in the decade following the Civil War when a postal inspector convinced the U.S. Congress to impose a law that banned pornographic material from being mailed. This law was carried out until in 1933 an influential court case challenged the previous judge’s definition of pornography. This case ruled that it was okay to discuss sex if it was in serious lit-
By Annette Stonebarger erature. These laws remained intact until in 1957 the courts reexamined the previous definition of “obscene,” and narrowed the definition so that more books would be allowed in the country. This new found freedom of expression led to the sexual experimentation in art and literature present throughout the 1960s and 70s, unrestricted until the Reagan Presidency. Banned Book Week, a celebration that still happens annually, began with the purpose of bringing to light the fact that not only obscure and obscene books are being challenged. During this week bookstores and libraries across the nation, including Book Culture on Broadway and 114th, display books that have been challenged by schools and organizations nationwide in an attempt to exemplify the absurdity of banning children’s books. One reason that a book can be banned is because it has “diverse content,” meaning that if the book contains topics about race, religion, sexual orientation, mental illness, or anything else along those lines, it is subject to be banned. The intention of banning these books is to “protect” young readers from learning about “mature content,” however this ban ends up marginalizing children instead of protecting them. When children who feel different from
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their peers have no positive role models to turn to for guidance it can be a slippery slope to self-hatred. It is for this reason that the theme of Banned Book Week in 2016 was “Celebrating Diversity.” Children’s author Kate Messner summarized the effect of banning children’s books by saying, “When we say ‘This book is inappropriate,’ we’re telling those children ‘your situation … your family … your life is inappropriate.” By saying to children that their problems are insignificant, we are telling them to bottle their emotions and suppress the aspects of their personalities that are “inconvenient” to those who will never understand. Books have the ability to help children find comfort in this big world in knowing that they are not strange or different, and that for hundreds of years people around the world have been going through the same thing. Roald Dahl hits on this exact point in my favorite book Matilda by saying, “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message:You are not alone.”
Cabaret Law: A History and Time for Repeal nightclubs alone have spawned entire musical genres — in her essay “Paranoia at the Disco,” Jesse Walker explains discotheques of the 1970s, besides facilitating the rise of disco music as an art form, also provided a place where Black, Latinx, women, and queer people were able to express themselves outside the restrictiveness of mainstream white culture and rock music. And nightclubs are no less culturally-relevant today. James Michael Nichols, Huffpost Gay Voices Associate Editor, explains that the nightlife spaces of today function as meeting places for creative people to mingle and show of their work, as well as places which help preserve queer lifestyles in a time when queer history is being forgotten, even as elements of queer culture are increasingly appropriated into mainstream American popular culture. The difficulty of obtaining the license necessary to be protect a venue should not be understated. Ezra Marcus with Vice reports that it is believed there are just 97 licensed venues, despite more 25,000 such venues existing in New York. putting innumerable more at the mercy of random crackdowns by NYPD, FDNY, and MARCH forces. This is due in part to the license application costing anywhere from $300 to $1,000, based on the capacity of the venue. In some cases, zoning makes it impossible for a venue to even apply. According to Marcus, this law was all but abandoned from the mid1980s to mid-1990s, but when Rudy Giuliani took office in 1994, he revived its enforcement as part of his harsh policing methods, often targeting venues whose clientele was largely queer or non-white. THE BULLETIN -
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Consequently, New York’s musical culture continued to suffer. With the establishment of the Office of Nightlife, however, comes the repealment of this antiquated and discriminatory law. Cassidy Dawn Graves of Bedford + Bowery writes that this office will be able to gain knowledge of local nightlife scenes and communicate to the government the best way to support these businesses and to sort out the logistics involved in running them. Now that it has been signed into law, Grave explains that there will be two months before it goes into effect, during which time twelve people will be appointed to the Nightlife Advisory Board, who will spend the next year and a half making policy recommendations to local government. New York City has a rich history as a hub of musical creation and expression. Hopefully, the passage of this law will be exactly what NewYork City needs to protect its vibrant nightlife, and to ensure it is preserved for decades to come.
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n September 19th, 2017, following decades of effort on the part of activists and legislators alike, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law establishing an Office of Nightlife. The role of this office will be to serve as a mediator between government, nightlife venues, and local communities, and ensure that New York’s nightlife is preserved and protected from those who seek to repress it. The battle over New York’s nightlife traces back to 1926, when the Municipal Assembly of the City of New York established a law that effectively banned venues serving alcohol from permitting patrons to dance, unless these venues possessed a license. According to Jane Lerner, writing for NPR, this law was passed as a direct response to the rise of jazz clubs in Harlem, and to the interracial contact they facilitated. On element of the law, which lasted from the early 1940s to 1967, required all cabaret workers to possess a card in order to maintain employment, a card which was readily revoked for minor violations. This law continued to be used against marginalized communities over the decades, from folk clubs in ‘60s Greenwich Village and discotheques in the ‘70s and ’80’s. Throughout history, nightlife has been a central element of culture. This is of particular significance in marginalized communities. Rafael Espinal, the City Council member who first proposed the creation of the Office of Nightlife, states in an article for New York Daily News that nightlife venues have “given birth to cultural and artistic revolutions” and have served as “the birthplace of new wave art, culture, and performance.” New York’s
by Pavi Chance
NYCL Barnard in the Outer Boroughs
storia was my first home and interaction with New York City. Therefore, it is an obvious choice for my recommendation for a Barnard student looking to venture into the outer boroughs. Even with Manhattan’s seemingly limitless plethora of sights, restaurants, and activities, Queens is unique for a variety of reasons. It is the most diverse borough of New York City, and according to the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA), more languages are spoken in Queens than anywhere in the world. Harper’s Bazaar contributing editor, Rebecca Solnit and geographer, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro write in Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, “The capital of linguistic diversity, not just for the five boroughs, but for the human species, is Queens.” For those interested in human migration, language, and flourishing cultures, Queens is the borough to see. Astoria represents immense cultural diversity with significant populations of peoples of Greek, Indian, and Brazilian descent. As the neighborhood is occupied by different waves of immigrants from various nations, Astoria is rewarded with a unique cultural vitality found in the local food, culture, and entertainment.Walking in Astoria will transport you to the streets of Athens, but in one turn, you could find yourself in line for Astoria’s famous
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Egyptian Kebab Cafe. Therefore, visiting the neighborhood’s restaurants and shops gives a sense of genuine community and multiculturalism that one could miss on a strictly curated tour of Manhattan cuisine. I would recommend the Bahari Estiatorio, an exemplary Greek restaurant. At the Bahari Estiatorio, one can find generous portions of authentic Greek food that
transport you to a family dinner at Greek Easter. Truly, the food alone can justify the trip, which one can make by taking the 1 train to 42nd street and then the N train to Queens. Beyond food, Astoria’s art scene is a different experience from Manhattan’s local offerings and is essential viewing for any visitors from the other boroughs. Personally, I’d recommend viewing the abstract sculpture of Japanese artist, Isamu Noguchi at the Noguchi Museum. Noguchi, who attended Columbia University briefly before dropping out, created powerful sculptures and public THE BULLETIN -
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works. Throughout his career, Noguchi experienced the effects of the wave of anti-Japanese discrimination occurring World World II, which influenced his art and activism. Always an academic, his sculptures promoted civic and social engagement, representing distinctive ideals such as Freedom of Press. In 1985, Noguchi opened the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City New York, where a portion of his most influential works remain after his death and his legacy continues to be preserved. The Noguchi Museum is truly an essential experience for those interested in art and social consciousness. Moreover, the museum itself provides an extra layer of intrigue as it is founded at a dramatic slant and houses a serene sculpture garden for a moment of escape. Manhattan should not be the be all and end all to your exploration and edification of what New York City has to offer. The outer boroughs provide a cultural vitality and opportunity for entertainment that is not just limited to a Saturday trip to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. So whether it’s your first year at Barnard or your last, I implore you to venture outside Morningside Heights and Manhattan to see what this special part of the world has to offer.
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Locanda verde with the restaurant’s bakery and espresso counter in view. Unable to resist, I began my meal with a cappuccino and a peach amaretto scone. Locanda Verde frequently switches up its pastry offerings to match seasonal changes and customers’ interest, so even if a specific treat is no longer available, there is never a shortage of delicious options. This first course greatly exceeded my expectations, and I was only more excited to taste the entree offerings. I ordered the oatmeal (boring, I know), though I got the chance to taste the lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries, and those were nothing short of life-changing. Light and fluffy, they had a distinct lemon flavor without coming across too tart. I also found the oatmeal delicious, with a great texture and a flavorful mixed berry sauce throughout. If you ever find yourself in
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Tribeca (preferably with a parent because this brunch is not cheap by any means!), definitely stop at Locanda Verde. I would suggest making a reservation to ensure that you will snag a great table at this trendy but delicious spot. Come hungry and expect to indulge in incredible pastries while engaging in a true Manhattan brunch experience! If brunch doesn’t call your name, however, the restaurant also offers lunch and dinner service, with classic Italian dishes reimagined to create distinctive, and of course, delectable, fare. I already know that I will have to return to try the fire-roasted garlic chicken and the dark chocolate budino. Thankfully, the location is so convenient that you can spend half a day wandering the nearby markets, parks, and piers (and working off that beautiful scone!).
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hough Morningside Heights is a vibrant neighborhood bustling with students, faculty, and locals, members of the Barnard community can benefit from venturing out and experiencing all that Manhattan has to offer, including great food, and specifically, great brunch. Brunch has become a staple of New York City life, and no Sunday feels fully complete without foamy latte art or avocado toast. If you love a cozy and flavorful brunch with friends but want to look past Community Food and Juice, I introduce to you Locanda Verde. Easily accessible from the Franklin Street Station of the 1 Train, this Tribeca hotspot resides on the corner of Greenwich and North Moore Streets. Immediately upon walking in, I was met with a lively and fun atmosphere and was seated at a cute table by the window
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Top Five Little Known Bagel Shops by Vivian Zhou
here’s nothing more New York than bagels, and they are available at every corner of the city. Though it’s easy to try one (like at Nussbaum down the street) and just stick with it for years, or only make the trip for popular shops like Ess-a Bagel, there are many underrated bagel shops all around the city. Don’t worry if you’re indecisive: we got your back. Here are some of the best bagel shops in the city.
Russ & Daughters
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Russ & Daughters is quite well known for being one of the best Jewish delicatessens in the city, serving mouth-watering brunch featuring fresh fish. It’s not a surprise that their bagels are also delicious, with a huge variety of smoked fish to choose from. At this traditional familyowned eatery the vibe is authentic and down-to-earth. From simple salmon and cream cheese to gourmet caviar filled bagels, Russ & Daughters does not disappoint. They also let you assemble your own bagels– yes, you can put as much smoked fish as you want!
Tompkin’s Square Bagels
Now with two locations in Manhattan, Tompkin’s Square serves up bagels with a wide variety of cream cheese flavors, including interesting sweet combinations such as coffee and caramel, and special savory ones like bacon. For those with a slightly bigger appetite, they make delicious bagel sandwiches, one of which uses
chicken cutlets. Many of their combinations are unique, unexpected, but flavorful.
Only a short walk from campus, Absolute Bagels is a bagel shop that has been winning over Upper West Siders’ hearts. Small but sincere, Absolute Bagels is operated by a Thai owner and has 16 varieties of bagels, along with cream cheeses (like sun-dried tomato, blueberry), Tofutti, bagel sandwiches, and lox. Try the silky smoked fish– it’s a little more pricey but worth every dollar. The fish is fresh, and the owner is generous with the amount of cream cheese, making it the perfect breakfast, brunch, lunch, or snack. Though the size of the place is not impressive, their food sure is. The casual and small space provides a homey vibe and makes the place an under-the-radar find.
Dyker Park Bagels
If you find yourself going further than
Manhattan and into Brooklyn, make sure you stop by Dyker Park Bagels. This local bagel shop serves up a large variety of bagels and spreads, including the ever-sopopular rainbow bagel and also a rainbow cream cheese spread. In Brooklyn, even the bagels are full of art. Head on over for a pretty Instagram pic and some delicious carb-loading.
Not Just Bagels
Going even further away from Manhattan, make sure you stop by Not Just Bagels if you’re ever on Staten Island. They make fresh, homemade bagels and a large variety of bagel sandwiches. The cinnamon raisin bagel is especially popular with locals. They also offer traditional breakfast sandwiches using your choice of bagel, and add fresh toppings such as kale or tomatoes. Interesting and popular cream cheese options include oreo and peanut butter and jelly.
ake a peek into Brooks 741 and you can tell that the Residential Adviser of Brooks 7, Victoria Martinez ‘18, is an art history major. During “Tea Time With V Time” every Wednesday night, I, along with the rest of my hall of first-years, get to admire the art and decorations on her walls and along the fireplace mantle, including a cinnamon-scented broom and prints from any museum in Manhattan you can think of. During that time, she has shared with us what she has learned about art and careers in art history through her internships, but also about the professional world in general and her place in it. This semester, Victoria is interning at an art gallery called L’Antiquaire & the Connoisseur. She goes in once a week, from 9am to 5pm, while still taking a full 18-credit course load. When I asked her about some of her favorite parts of the job so far, it’s no surprise that in the world of connoisseurs, she has met the richest man in Turkey. She has also worked with a conservationist who used to work at a museum called The Hispanic Society. But Victoria appreciates even the unexciting parts of her internship as part of the whole experience. In her opinion, finding out what you don’t like is as important as finding out what you do like, and she thanks the internship for teaching her that. She admits that her job right now is pretty menial because she mostly completes administrative tasks. She told me, “I think I would thrive better when there’s more challenges thrown at me and my potential is a little bit more challenged and the actual education that I’ve had gets used a bit more.” This isn’t Victoria’s first internship. During the summer after her first year, she worked at a museum in her
hometown of Miami, Florida called The Wolfsonian, which was still one of her favorite experiences so far. Her job at this museum was inventory cataloguing, and it entailed touching and researching different pieces to identify where they came from. She describes it as “kind of being a little detective...because most of [the pieces] were from the museum owner’s personal collection and he forgot where things came from because he travels so much.” During her sophomore year, she worked at the Ethan Cohen Fine Arts gallery in Chelsea, a gallery small enough that they took her amateur input into consideration, which she remembers appreciating. Ethan Cohen Fine Arts represents famous artist Ai Weiwei, and as an intern at the gallery, she got into contact with his pieces and helped plan his shows. She also worked at El Museo del Barrio, a museum for Latinx art on the Upper East Side, doing the less exciting job of archiving their book collection. But for many students, the hot button question regarding internships is about pay. Living in the city is expensive, and I asked her whether or not she values unpaid internships and what advice she would give for someone looking for internships. Her response was helpful to me as a first-year: “As a freshman over the summer, an unpaid internship has some sort of a value, especially if you can go home and cost is very minimized. I found that really valuable because THE BULLETIN -
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I had something on my resume that was relevant to the things I wanted to do. But once you have that resume foundation, I think it’s probably best, especially if you’re trying to do it over the semester, to get a paid internship. Once you have the experience there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get paid. I know in the art field and in other liberal arts fields it’s hard to find paid ones, but remember that you can apply for internship grants at Barnard and that could help you get funded for an unpaid position.”
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An Intern by Lauren Pham in the Big Apple
College Night at the Museum
s college students in New York City, the cultural offerings available to us are endless, and one of the best ways to take advantage of our options is to attend a special program at one of the many museums in the city. While after-hours parties in galleries draw college students in masses, most also offer regular tours, talks, discussions, and workshops for free every week. The below museums offer some notable events, but the New Museum, the Whitney, the MoMA, and even the New York Public Library also present a variety of events suited for all interests.
The Frick Collection
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The Frick Collection, located at 1 E. 70th St, offers Wednesday Ateliers and admission every first Friday of the month for the best price: free! The Ateliers require online registration and allow participants to flex their drawing muscles after-hours in selected galleries. The Frick’s first Friday admission includes access to gallery programs, music performances, and sketching opportunities. Not interested in their programing? Feel free to peruse the galleries at
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your leisure. Don’t stop there, though; the Frick museum is regularly updating their calendar with more free events. This September, the museum hosted a free College Night for undergraduate and graduate students, and they plan to host more in the future.
The Morgan The Morgan, located on 225 Madison Ave, is pairing with Drawing New York this fall to host a Free College Party. After showing a valid college ID, visitors are welcome to enjoy the Morgan after hours as a museum insider and view Morgan’s fall exhibitions on private tours, sketch from costumed models, and enjoy live music and drinks while networking with museum staff or just exploring with friends.
The Brooklyn Museum The Brooklyn Museum offers free art events every Saturday from 5–11 p.m. The themes for the Target First Saturdays chang es often,
and for the most recent information you should check the museum website. This year the museum highlighted femaleidentified and gender-nonconforming artists as part of their mission to embrace broader social-justice issues of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity within their galleries.
The Rubin Ever dreamed about spending the night in an art gallery? This event is too expensive for most college student’s budgets, but too enticing not to mention. Over the weekend of December 12th, 2017, the Rubin invites guests to sleep in their galleries under an individual-specific artwork for $125. All dreamers answer a Dreamlife Questionnaire, which informs their artwork pairing, and enjoy bedtime stories, lullabies, midnight snacks, and a dreamanalysis workshop the morning after. For more affordable access, free museum admission is offered every Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. during K2 Friday Nights. In addition to music and tapas, reservations are not required to land a 45-minute tour of the museum with a trained educator.
Falling for Foliage
iving in Manhattan, we often miss the beauty of the changing seasons when we are surrounde d by more concrete than foliage. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to find fall colors in New York City; you just have to know where to look. Here are a few of the best natural spots in the city to soak in the changing fall colors.
At 526 acres, Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s only forest and lake, along with a botanic garden, zoo, and audubon center, just to name a few activities. With so much natural space for visitors to explore, the park makes the hunt for beautiful foliage even easier by providing a list of “Fall Foliage Walks,” routes that pass by specific landmarks or plants (these walks can be found on Prospect Park’s website). To reach this natural escape, take the 1 down to Times Square and then transfer to the downtown Q all the way to Pros-
pect Park Subway Station.
Inwood Hill Park
Located at the northern tip of Manhattan, this park is a testament to the history of New York, and it contains caves and valleys formed by the movement of prehistoric glaciers. You can also still visit caves that were once inhabited by the native Lenape people. Inwood Hill is well-known for its hiking and bike trails, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation recommends the blue trail, which ends at the Overlook, for the best views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. Take the 1 uptown to 207 Street to access this park.
Though not technically in the city, the Hudson Valley is the perfect place to escape to for an autumn adventure. Beyond the area’s picturesque views, the Historic Hudson Valley organization coordinates
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various events throughout the season, making a trip beyond Manhattan worth it. These events include The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze (a display of thousands of hand-carved pumpkins at Van Cortlandt Manor) and later on, a production of Charles Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol,’ at the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. Both of these events are accessible by Metro-North’s Hudson Line, departing from Grand Central Terminal, and are under an hour from the city.
Central Park may seem like a cliche spot to find fall foliage in New York City, but this walk is tucked away within the Ramble and provides a more intimate space inside the sprawling park. This walk is dedicated in honor of devoted philanthropist Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger, the same woman for whom Barnard’s very own Sulzberger Hall was dedicated. The entrance for this park bench-lined path is at 79th Street, mid-park.
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inter is coming soon to New York. For either local New Yorkers or students who are living in New York for the first time, skating is a winter tradition. New York City offers plenty of options for kids, adults, and even seniors, both indoors and outdoors, as well as options for newbies to polished skaters. Whether you want to do something fun on a date, hang out with friends, or celebrate the holidays with your family, skating in New York can be a romantic, affordable, and fun option.
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Wollman Rink has the best view of all the skating venues in NYC. It puts visitors beneath the magical New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night. It is located on the east side of Central Park, between 62nd and 63rd street.. The price is reasonable at this Trump Rink (yes, it was funded by Donald Trump) from Monday to Thursday, with a cost of $12 for skating, but from Friday to Sunday, it rises to $19, ($9 rental fee not included). However, this rink is always full of beginners, so skilled skaters may not be used to being surrounded by children. There is a $5 fee for the spectators who don’t skate but enter the rink, and this place is cash only, which can be inconvenient.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
In the heart of Midtown, steps from Times Square and the Theater District, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a New York City tradition that everyone can enjoy.The price varies from $25 to $32, depending on the day.This is probably the most famous skating rink in NYC, especially when the Christmas tree is lit, but because of this and the rule of up-to-150 skaters at a time, skaters usually have to wait for about 3 hours to skate. Also, the price is very high compared to other rinks in NYC, and the rental fee of $12 is not included.
Bank of America Winter Village At Bryant Park
Open daily 8am-10pm, October 28 through March 4, The Rink is the centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The 170’ x 100’ rink features free admission for ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and activities. Plus, this rink offers protection equipment, including helmets and socks, but these have additional fees. Another unique feature of this winter village is that it is a one-stop option for eating, shopping and ice-skating. Many people have reported a roughly 30 minute wait in order to get the skates, but it’s still shorter than The Rink.
The LeFrak Center
Located at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, this center has both indoor and outdoor rinks, and it offers a large space for hockey games, event rentals, lessons, and for casual skaters. Skating here is a great deal: admission is $6 per person on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays, with unlimited time on the ice. The rental fee is $5 per person. It will open in November and close in March. Although the price is a great deal compared to the others above, this rink is in Brooklyn, which means more than an hour in transportation time from Barnard, and it doesn’t have a great view when skating. So if you want a festival atmosphere when skating, this rink may not be your first choice. THE BULLETIN -
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