Monday, May 5, 2014

Letter from the Editor and New 9WK Staff

Dear Readers,

Another year at Barnard has come and gone. It seems only yesterday I was stuck in traffic on I-95, trying to make it back to New York for move-in after my cousin's Labor Day weekend wedding on Cape Cod. As I stare down my last year at Barnard, I've been taking some time to reflect on my college experience, what I've accomplished and what more I want to do before I don those Columbia blue robes. The Nine Ways of Knowing has been a huge part of that process.

It's been almost three years since I first stepped foot on this campus as a first-year, nervous and excited, but mostly nervous. As the first student from my high school to gain admission to Barnard, I was literally blazing my own trails. Like many of the people around me, I felt like I didn't belong, like I couldn't relate, and worst of all, that I was not as good as my peers at hiding these insecurities. It seems a miracle, in hindsight, that I eventually found my niche amongst the supportive and tight-knit staff of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Anxious to find some foothold on campus, I wandered through the NSOP club fair on Lehman Lawn. I had been involved with a literary magazine in high school and figured my best bet would be at the publication tables. There, I was enthusiastically greeted by a group of students - my future fellow Nine Ways staff members - eager to introduce me to their blog. Though I was unsure of my talent at blogging, it was one of the first times I truly felt welcomed on Barnard's campus. Little did I know how much The Nine Ways of Knowing would shape my experience at Barnard.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Need News? Start Skimming

by Nicole Klein

Nearly a year ago, my friend Marisa told me about theSkimm, a new way to read the news. We were abroadin Argentina and in many ways we were entirely disconnected from all things American. Our daily news digest focused heavily on the newest Pope (most importantly that he was Argentine) or the results of the most recent soccer match.

To be quite honest, when my friend first tried to sell me on theSkimm, I didn’t think much of it. My initial and naïve reaction was ‘I always know what’s going on in the world’ but this was so wrong. After she mentioned it a few times, I finally gave it a Google. Turns out she was right on the money. Hopefully you won’t make the same mistake I did.

Without fail theSkimm enters my inbox at 6:00 AM every morning and one of the few e-mails I actually enjoy reading. It is a daily e-mail newsletter and designed to be accessible while finding the courage to get out from under your covers, brushing your teeth or hustling to catch the 1 train. In about 5 minutes, you will know what is happening in the world, ranging from international news to important pop culture buzz.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What #myNYPD Tells Us About the Relationship Between the Public and the Police

by Mariah Castillo

This may be what the NYPD had in mind, but the public had other ideas...
 Yesterday, the New York Police Department held a photo contest on Twitter, asking people to post pictures they have with the police and hashtag it with #myNYPD. While there were definitely a few people who posted nice pictures with New York’s finest, an overwhelming amount of people quickly made the hashtag into something you wouldn’t want to show to your kids.

#myNYPD became a trending topic on Twitter, mostly because of posts and retweets of police brutality. While some of these posts were there to make a raise (Occupy and other organizations on the more extreme sides of the political spectrum posted several interesting ones), most of them came from actual people. You really couldn’t look at the topic on Twitter without seeing someone getting hurt at the hands of the police.

Monday, April 21, 2014

To Barnard's (Potential) Class of 2018

Dear Accepted Students,

Imagine yourself here.
As you take the next few weeks to make your final decisions about college, I hope that Barnard is high on your lists. I can only speak from personal experience, but I have found that my decision to come to Barnard has been the best one I’ve made in my life thus far. Barnard has opened me up to so many amazing experiences that I am so grateful for and has taught me so much about the world and myself. The people you meet on this campus will amaze, educate, and inspire you to reach heights you never thought were possible for yourself.

Recently, I’ve found myself reflecting on my Barnard experience, as I’m about to wrap up my junior year and soon commence my final year here. Through taking the wide variety of classes that Barnard offers, I’ve discovered my academic passion and what I am so enthusiastic about studying every single day that I’m here. I’ve had the opportunity to work in the renowned Barnard Center for Toddler Development and discover my passion for developmental psychology. My professors and advisors have always taken a personal interest in me as a student and a person and I feel that we’re really lucky to have that kind of attention at Barnard. The friends I’ve made here have supported me like family and we share bonds that will undoubtedly continue far past graduation. The small campus of Barnard has truly become home for me and the traditions we have on campus are really special. Just to name a few, Midnight Breakfast, Big Sub, Spirit Week, and Founder’s Day are all really fun traditions and are always a blast. Coming together with all of my friends on the first night before finals at midnight and being served French toast by DSpar is an experience that is so unique to Barnard. Eating the delicious thin crust pizzas in the Diana for lunch and chowing down on the campus-long sub at Big Sub are just a few of the culinary gems we have on campus that I will surely miss once I’ve graduated. The location of Barnard is absolutely incredible too: New York City has been a playground for exploration, learning, and having a good time. Free access to museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA with our student IDs give us the opportunity to actually see the famous works of art we’re learning about in our art history classes.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thoughts on the Lack of Outrage Following the James Franco Scandal

by Clara Butler

James Franco's behavior still matters, regardless of his apology.
By now, the media has shrugged off the fact that James Franco tried to solicit sex from a minor. He has appeared on numerous shows since then, even SNL, and ever since his confession that “Social media is tricky,” no one seems to care that he could have potentially committed a felony, one that could have landed him on a sex offender registry. But why has the media, and the public, deemed his almost-crime acceptable? My opinion is that acts like these have become so normalized within our society that we are already onto the next news story by the end of the week.

Franco’s scandal isn’t the first time that a celebrity has used their influence to try and coerce someone into an act that they weren’t comfortable with, nor was it the first time to try and commit such an act with a minor. In fact, this isn’t the first time this has occurred THIS YEAR. A few weeks back, women took to Tumblr to expose some very influential YouTubers that had engaged in abusive behavior and manipulative relationships. Some of the girls were minors, and some reported putting up with it since they looked up to these men as idols and role models. Similar to the 17-year old who posted her text conversation with Franco on the Internet, these women stood up and shed light on their abusers rather than sinking into the shadows. But even then they were called names, threatened, and many were quick to protect the YouTube idols that could do no wrong in their eyes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Why Every Barnard Student Should Be Watching Veep

by Laura K. Garrison

Where are my Veeple people?
Tonight, girls around campus will share HBO GO passwords and crowd around lounge televisions to watch the continuing saga that is the fourth season of Game of Thrones and the season seven premiere of Mad Men. Afterwards, they will return to their last-minute homework, plan for L-course signup, and eventually try to get some sleep for the busy week ahead. Unfortunately, these students will be missing out on one of the funniest, and most underrated, television shows currently on air: HBO's Veep, starring Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, My Girl's Anna Chlumsky, and Arrested Development's Tony Hale. Veep has been well-received by critics, garnering numerous awards including two Emmys for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and one for Tony Hale.

Season three of Veep premiered last Sunday, as Vice President Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) stopped in Iowa during her book tour for Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey. Her bumbling staff is back in DC for the wedding of her Director of Communications, Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh), and the President (unknown, but referred to as POTUS) is forced to make a major announcement after a social media-related mishap by Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), the annoying White House liaison to the Vice President. Though off to a bit of a slow start, season three promises a bright future for the Veep's political career, including a possible presidential campaign, new staff members, and continued rivalries with some of Washington's most influential men.

Every Barnard student should watch Veep, a true lesson in women's strength and leadership.

Friday, April 11, 2014

#throwBACCHANAL: Who Are These People?

by Kiani Ned

This Saturday, the long awaited (??) #THROWBACCHANAL will be happening on Low Steps at 1pm. Are you ready to jam along? I didn’t think so...because who even are these people? I’ve prepared a quick study guide for those of you not familiar with what Columbia will be serving us come Saturday afternoon and a little reminder for those of you who are. Get ready to #throwback!

The Openers:

California Love is composed of Taylor Simone and Josh Mac, both CC ‘14. I actually know these people. They’re really cool people. These individuals met in high school in… you guessed it… Los Angeles, California! Simone’s velvety yet energetic R&B vibes and Mac’s effortlessly cool and laid-back rap style will definitely remind us of the West Coast and hopefully evoke some southern California weather vibes….

Here is Taylor’s most recent project-- a video for her song "Greedy":

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

7 Off-Campus Places to Study Now That Spring is Officially Here

by Danielle Owen

With the temperature rising and the end of the semester coming up quickly, now’s the best time to make the most of your remaining time in New York City while also being productive. Grab a classmate and check out some of these places for your next study session:

Bank of America Atrium, 1 Bryant Park

Bringing the outdoors in.

Outside the Steven A. Schwarzman Building (The New York Public Library), 
5th Avenue at 42nd Street

The weather is too nice to be stuck inside any library, no matter how beautiful.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hobby Lobby Remains Willfully Ignorant About Lady Parts

by Danielle Owen

… And people say that sex education isn’t important. The US Supreme Court will soon provide a ruling on Hobby Lobby’s appeal that Obamacare infringes upon the corporation’s “religious freedom," or rather, their right to force their religious beliefs on their female employees. The lesser version of superior craft store Michaels has claimed that Obamacare’s birth control coverage mandate is “forcing them to violate the law or violate their belief that life begins at conception – a choice no company should have to make.” Apparently, not a single person in the entire corporation knows how to use Google, otherwise it would have taken them five minutes to realize that neither regular birth control nor emergency contraception has anything at all to do with abortion.

Friday, April 4, 2014

This Weekend: Pillow Fights and Arts Festivals

by Mariah Castillo

These past few days have been chaotic, both as students and as New Yorkers patiently waiting for spring to permanently arrive. All this rain makes me want to cuddle up in my room and hide under the blankets forever. According to several weather forecasts, however, the sun will really come out tomorrow and Sunday, just in time for two big events going down in the city!

MoCCA Fest 2014
The Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art and the Society of Illustrators are hosting their annual MoCCA Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of artist booths and panels to look out for, along with goodies from independent artists. I personally didn’t know any of the guests of honor for this year by name except for one, Alison Bechdel (of Dykes to Watch Out For and  creator of the Bechdel Test). On Sunday evening, six MoCCA Fest Awards of Excellence will be handed out. The six entries are decided upon by a jury of famous cartoonists and illustrators. All the entries that the judges chose in the initial survey will be in Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library in its MoCCA Arts Festival Collection, so you won’t completely miss out if you can’t go.

Location: 69th Regiment Armory (Lexington Ave. between 25th and 26th Streets)
Admission: $5. You can buy at the door, cash and card accepted. (You can get in for both days and get a lot of swag for a fraction of the price of a Comic Con ticket!)
For more information, check out their Facebook page or website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The HIMYM Finale: How I Met Your Mother But Then She Died so I Banged Your Aunt Robin

by Katherine Aliano Ruiz

Too bad the finale wasn't nearly this satisfying.
I’m a sucker for parallels, so in theory, the final scene of How I Met Your Mother’s series finale where Robin opened her window, looked out and saw Ted with the blue French horn while uplifting music played in the background should have made me absolutely giddy. It didn’t. At all.

What makes me truly irate isn’t the fact that Ted and Robin got together in the end; it was how rushed and wrong it felt. A whole season surrounded Robin and Barney’s wedding, with the characters constantly reiterating the strength and endurance of their love only to have them divorce in the span of twenty minutes. Meanwhile, Ted and the Mother were going strong throughout the entire finale until its very last moments. I really, genuinely loved Tracy (the Mother), and I loved her and Ted together. For the first time, Ted Mosby, chronic sufferer of Nice Guy Syndrome, was in a mature, adult relationship where he didn’t idealize the woman he was with and didn’t try to fix her in any way. And then she died. The writers spent nine years crafting a story around the Mother, only to have her be a plot device that would simultaneously allow Ted to have the children Robin never wanted to give him and get her out of the way so Ted could end up with Robin. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s 2014 and women are still being used as plot devices.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Macarons in New York City

by Zoe Baker-Peng

So many macarons, so little time.
I welcomed Thursday March 20th not only because it was the first day of Spring but also because it was the return of Macaron Day. Macaron Day NYC began in 2010, organized by François Payard, the chef and owner of FP Patisserie and François Payard Bakery. Inspired by Jour du Macaron in Paris, Macaron Day is devoted entirely to the celebration of the French delicacy – les macarons – and many participating bakeries/patisseries donate a portion of the day’s profits to City Harvest charity. If you want to learn more about what a macaron is (and how it differs from a macaroon) as well as how to make them, watch the video on the Macaron Day website.

Why was I so excited? The key part of Macaron Day is that participating locations give out a free macaron to customers! Having missed Macaron Day my first year in NYC (not by choice or accident), I was determined to make the most of my day this year. I planned my macaron excursion around the city by looking at the map of participating locations on the website and decided to work my way downtown. I knew that most locations had a limited amount so I had to hit the streets bright and early, keen and ready for my macaron reviewing and eating.

If you missed Macaron Day this year, keep an eye out for it in March next year but, no matter the time of year, it is always worth knowing where to find the best macarons in the city. Here is my Macaron Day story with the places that I visited and a short review on each one.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Mets and Yankees Student Tickets

by Molly Scott

Baseball and blue skies mean spring is here!
Going to college in the amazing city of New York provides us with a lot of awesome opportunities to take advantage of what the city has to offer at a relatively cheap price. Museum admission, concert, and theater ticket discounts are relatively popular - but there’s one hidden gem (especially for sports fans) for students in NYC that’s not quite as popular: cheap tickets to Yankees and Mets games. Spring training is almost over for these two teams and cheap tickets to many of their home games are available as soon as next week. Going to a Yankees or Mets game is a classic New York experience that you have to do before you graduate!

Mets tickets are only $10 at the ticket window on the day of the game and can be purchased online. Citi Field (where the Mets play) is located in Queens and you can get there via the 7 train, which departs from the 42nd Street/Times Square subway station. The ride in itself is pretty cool because for the majority of the ride you are above ground and can see some amazing views of Manhattan and Queens. The ride takes a little less than an hour (get on the express 7 train if you can, look for the red diamond). Get off at Mets-Willets Point.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Transitioning Your Wardrobe: Winter to Spring

By Clara Butler

As we get more of those, “Oh my god it’s so warm out!” days, it’s important to subtly include pieces in your closet that will at least put you in the spring mindset, even if the snow seems to keep falling….

Jackets: It’s time to ditch that cozy, comforter-like puffer for something a little lighter and a whole lot more stylish. I love spring jackets because not only are there so many different styles to choose from, but you can even play with different fabrics like leather or an animal print. Spring also means shorter lengths in your coats so rather than hitting your thigh, these coats fit at your waist, the perfect height for layering over a spring dress or some cute jeans that won’t have to be tucked into snow boots.

Puffy CoatVarsity JacketGreen and Leather Jacket ($16 right now!)Moto Jacket
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