Friday, March 13, 2015

10 Things to Do Over Spring Break in NYC

by Clara Butler

Are you staying in New York this spring break? Are you tired of people asking you what you’re doing with your week of free time and then getting the pity head turn when you say you’re staying here? Well, it’s time to get pumped because you’re spending a whole week without classes in one of the best cities in the world! And as someone who has only ever stayed here during spring break, I can assure you that you will survive AND you will have a great time. Here are some ideas for how to spend all that time:
Flea markets are always fun

1. Brookyln Flea

Brooklyn Flea has been on my to-do list for a while and since it’s still a little chilly out, they are holding it inside for a little longer. There are hundreds of vendors selling cool, antique items here and there are a bunch of food vendors as well! And spring break is a great time to explore places other than Manhattan like Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

2. Walk Through Central Park

Since it finally feels like spring and since it will (hopefully) persist during break, walking through Central Park is one of the most beautiful and stereotypically New York things you can do. Luckily, if spending a lot of time outdoors isn’t your thing, take a quick stroll through the park and end up at the Met where you can spend the rest of the day looking at art and feeling cultured. If you also aren’t too keen on walking that much, you can take the subway down the Upper West Side and then walk across or, you know, just take the bus to the Met.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Urban New York: Going to the Circus

by Manuela Hiches

Going as a child is totally different than going to this now.
Although I had gone to the circus before as a child, I hadn’t gone in years which was why I was so excited to relive my childhood. Luckily, I was able to win a free ticket through Urban New York, which I totally recommend everyone sign up for. Not only is it a great way to meet new people and take a study break, its also a good way to get around the city. Urban New York allowed me to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, The Greatest Show on Earth, at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

First and foremost, you are immediately bombarded with the sight of cotton candy, popcorn, and a bunch of glowing and spinning gadgets the second you walk in. I would have spent all of my money there if I hadn’t restrained myself! Aside from that, there were a bunch of little kids everywhere, obviously, which makes you wonder if you made the right choice by going.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

by Jessica Gregory

We've all been there
There are several things to think about when you go into making a resume. Sometimes, there is a little TOO much to think about – education, jobs, volunteer hours, skill, what your favorite type of pizza is…okay, not the last one, but the rest of the above categories are fair game. Many college students wonder what, exactly, potential employers want to know and how can they, as a student, best represent that on a resume. Since I had these same questions, I asked for help, turning my resume into one I could be proud of.

Here are some of the things I learned:

Start from the present and work backwards. Whether you’re talking about education level or experience, employers will want to know where you are at the time of application. Recent may also, coincidentally, be some of your more position-related talking points.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Why Everyone Should Be Watching Broad City

By Clara Butler

Abbi and Ilana are the perfect comedy duo
Broad City is one of the funniest shows on TV right now. Described as the “female version of Workaholics”, the show centers around two 20-something women living and working in NYC and getting themselves into ridiculous, yet strangely relatable, situations. Abbi and Ilana, who are also great friends in real life, decided to make their web-series into an actual show with the help of another UCB alum, their executive producer Amy Poehler. And you know if Amy Poehler is in favor of this show, it has to be great.

The show is not only amazing because of the two female leads but also because of the array of supporting characters that make the show the comedic masterpiece it is. Trey (Abbi’s boss at the Soulcycle-esqe gym she works at) is hilariously douchey yet also one of Abbi’s friends. His shtick is that he always seems to block her dreams of becoming a trainer, rather than the janitor she is. Ilana’s boss at her job is also hilariously afraid of her and frequently talks about what his therapist has told him to say to Ilana. The working environments at both jobs are not exactly true to most experiences but at least they show that not everyone can live off of writing a column once a week (looking at you, Carrie).

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Interview with Dr. Candice Fraser, OB/GYN

By Gaby Marraro
Dr. Fraser's clinic is just a few blocks away from the 2 and 3 train!

Last week I interviewed Dr. Candice Fraser, a doctor who will be opening up a new OB/GYN practice in Morningside Heights around March 2015. I got to know a little bit about her background in the field and about her vision for what sounds like an incredible new resource in the area.

Dr. Fraser, originally from Trinidad, attended St. Francis College and University of Connecticut for medical school. In her second year, she had what she describes as an “aha moment” when she realized she wanted to pursue a career as an OB/GYN, something she had never intended to happen. Having had various experiences in different professional settings and practices, Dr. Fraser found herself unsatisfied with the options available to her. This sparked her idea to open up a clinic of her own.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Calling All Barnard Students: The Writing Center Wants You!

The (writing) struggle is real
By Danielle Owen and Zoe Ehrenberg

Who are the peer tutors who staff the Barnard College Writing Center? To many students, the Writing Fellows are an elite group of white English majors; they wear wide-rimmed Warby Parkers, snobbishly correct their friends if they dare to confuse “there’s” and “theirs”, and provoke uselessly pedantic debates regarding the Oxford comma.

This misperception of the Writing Center is caused by an unawareness of what Writing Fellows really do, and subsequently, why English majors are certainly not the only ones qualified for the job.

Following their acceptance into the program, Writing Fellows take a three-credit training course called “The Writer’s Process”. In this class, we do not spend hours memorizing overscrupulous grammar rules, nor do we simply dissect essays in search of smooth transitions and captivating topic sentences. Grammar rules are a topic of discussion, but we also consider how they enable elitism and privilege by discrediting the validity of someone’s thoughts. We think about the relationship between identity and all forms of communication. We begin to understand why it is that writers struggle to say what it is they want to say, and what kinds of questions we should ask in order to help them say it. We learn that we can help students with their First Year English papers, even if we’ve never personally done a close reading of Paradise Lost—knowing nothing about the subject matter of a student’s paper is an advantage that allows us to ensure she is clearly articulating her ideas to the reader. There is nothing about what we learn or do that necessitates being an English major.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

By Laura K. Garrison
You can't go outside without seeing these ads

It seems only yesterday it was the summer of 2012, a time when you couldn’t enter a subway car or take a walk on the beach without seeing someone unabashedly reading a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey in public. The internet was collectively obsessed with the Twilight fan-fiction that had for some unfathomable reason garnered enough attention to warrant a book deal, analyzing everything from its sexual politics to the cultural ramifications of its popularity to the cringe-worthiness of its prose. Almost three years later, it appears the internet is experiencing déjà vu, as article upon article about the film adaptation of the first book in the Fifty Shades trilogy inundates my Facebook Newsfeed. Love it or hate it, American popular culture is about as obsessed with Fifty Shades as Christian Grey is with Ana Steele.

I’ll admit to reading about 2 ½ books of the trilogy before giving up out of boredom. And while by no measure would I suggest that Fifty Shades is in any way high (or even decent) literature, the books were a fun beach read for my friends and I during the first weeks of summer spent recuperating from college finals. So with some sort of investment in the series, I escaped the bitter cold last Friday night by seeing Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters. After reading for months about how the film lacked chemistry, cohesion, and, perhaps most importantly, significant sex scenes, my expectations were low. But for this fact, I might have been disappointed. And while Fifty Shades of Grey is certainly not a good movie, like its source material it’s passably entertaining.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Athena Film Festival Movie Review: Out in the Night

By Mariah Castillo

Warning: this contains spoilers!
The New Jersey 4


The 2015 Athena Film Festival had an amazing line-up of movies. One that especially stood out to me was Out in the Night, a documentary by Blair Dorosh-Walther. Dorosh-Walther delves into the story of the New Jersey 4, a group of friends who, in 2006, were sent to prison after defending themselves from a violent catcaller. Typically, when people reasonably act in self-defense, they at most receive lighter sentences. These four young women were sentenced to up to 11 years in prison, serving longer than others who’ve intentionally committed even graver acts. Why were these women treated differently?

The answer: they are queer women of color.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Obvious Child Movie Review

by Clara Butler

If you haven't watched Obvious Child yet, you're missing out!
I’m going to start out by saying that I absolutely love this movie. I love this movie so much that I went to the Athena Film Festival to see it AGAIN because this movie is perfection. As a lover of rom-coms but also strong, female protagonists, this movie was exactly what I wanted it to be without playing into the usual tropes that frame women as solely defined by their relationship with men. This movie was the complete opposite of the “manic pixie dream girl” that shows up all too often in male driven rom-coms where the girl only exists to change the man’s perspective in some way rather than being her own fully functional human being.

Jenny Slate absolutely kills it as Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who gets dumped by her cheating boyfriend and after a one-night stand, realizes that she’s pregnant. While Obvious Child has been dubbed “an abortion comedy”, this movie is so much more than its important political undertones. Although the movie does center around her decision to get an abortion, it’s more about a life of a woman who is trying to figure everything out and who wants both a career doing what she loves and a guy who isn’t going to treat her like shit. She also has a strong support system around her, something that is often lacking in movies, since her best friend is there for her every step of the way and both her parents are supportive of her decision. But it is super important that we finally see something that is common, yet taboo, in society played out on screen and represented in an inherently feminist way.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fourteen Love songs for Valentine’s Day

by Jessica Gregory

With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, it’s important to remember who we love. What better way to do that than with love songs? I asked around the Barnard community so I could give you a list of good love songs to play on this Valentine’s Day.

Here”s fourteen(ish) of the songs people love:

1. “Weather” by Novo Amor: It’s a sadder, sensitive song meant to make you, in the words of the one who suggested it “feel the feelz”.

2. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John: How can you go wrong with Lion King? This song is a sweet one worthy of every Valentine’s celebration.

3. “You’re The Reason I Come Home” by Ron Pope: This song is “sleepy and relaxing”, singing of deep love without being depressing.

4. “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls: This is an upbeat, uplifting song without all the sap!

5. “We Are Love” by Il Volo: This song is deeply passionate and moving, singing about love for all.

6. “Hello” by Beyoncé: This song is an observation, what someone loves about their partner. Also, Beyoncé.

7. “All of Me” by John Legend: We all have imperfections, but to someone else we are perfect.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Five Best Female Stand-up Comedians

by Clara Butler

Yes ma'am!
After looking for more female stand-up shows to watch on Netflix and being thoroughly disappointed at the lack of diversity in comedy, I decided to make a list of my favorite female stand-up acts who prove that women ARE funny because they are in fact pretty damn hilarious.

1. Chelsea Peretti
Known for her role as Gina on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chelsea Peretti is a rising star who I think will be as big as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler one day. Not only is she absolutely hilarious on Andy Samberg’s show, she’s also has a great stand-up act that I’ve seen live! Her dark humor and realism will make you laugh but also think about larger issues, especially the differences between male and female comedians. Although her sometimes egotistical humor might not be for everyone, I highly recommend her new Netflix special since it includes some great jokes and you might even spot me in the audience.

2. Anjelah Johnson
Anjelah Johnson is best known for her joke about a Vietnamese nail salon that went viral a few years back but her newest stand-up specials are just as great. She deals with issues like race, marriage, and stereotypes but in a super comical and intriguing way. I highly recommend her Netflix special The Homecoming Show since it’s her most recent work and proves that she is more than just a viral video.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Get Involved with Social Justice through Volunteering!

by Gaby Marraro

Do something good with your free time
My search for jobs and internships has shown me just how lucky I am to live in the city and to have so many diverse opportunities available to me. Still, I can only be in one place at a time and I’ve had
to narrow down the hundreds of choices out there. Although I’ve had to make these decisions, I’ve been left with a list of some wonderful places to get involved in feminism, women’s rights, and social justice around the city, either through volunteering or a paid internship. If you’re looking for some unique ways to contribute during the semester or over the summer, look no further! Here are a few suggestions:

1. National Organization for Women
“The National Organization for Women Foundation is an organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. The Foundation focuses on a broad range of women’s rights issues, including economic justice, pay equity, racial discrimination, women’s health and body image, women with disabilities, reproductive rights and justice, family law, marriage and family formation rights of same-sex couples, representation of women in the media, and global feminist issues.”

http://now.org/get-involved/

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The NFL Says “No More” Domestic Violence, But Will They Really Do So?

by Mariah Castillo

Warning: this article talks about sensitive material relating to domestic violence.

This past Fall, the NFL has partnered with No More, an organization aimed to raise awareness about domestic violence. Their most recent commercial, which was broadcasted to millions of viewers during the Super Bowl, was especially striking, replicating a woman calling 911 by pretending to order pizza. However, while I appreciate the effort the NFL has made, I think this doesn’t go far enough.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Forget the Oscars: 5 Snubbed Movies You Should Watch Instead


by Danielle Owen

 British LGBT historical comedy-drama “Pride"
Whatever credibility the Oscars once had as a legitimate award ceremony—assuming it ever had any—has undoubtedly been lost. The overwhelmingly white, male institution responsible for deciding which movies deserve praise is only one manifestation of a predominantly racist and sexist film industry. Instead of binge watching all eight Best Picture nominees (like the rest of the country is doing), here are some fantastic—and significantly more diverse—movies you should watch instead. Besides, any category that includes the xenophobic, highly offensive, obnoxious patriotic romp American Sniper doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously. 
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