Monday, May 18, 2015

Letter from the Editor and New 9WK Staff

Dear Readers,

It’s that time of year again, when the chaos of finals finally passes, and when the senior class is getting ready to start their life after Barnard. In these moments of transition, I look back on my time so far at Barnard, with The Nine Ways of Knowing, and with the wonderful people I have met along the way.

I joined The Nine Ways of Knowing as a First Year, when Samantha Plotner, co-founder of the publication, was a senior. It has been an honor to know her, as well as Olivia Goldman, the Editor-in-Chief at the time, for they helped me feel like a part of the Barnard community from the start. It is through them that I started to find a place for me in the Morningside Heights community. I stuck with the blog up to now, because I still believe in its mission; The Nine Ways of Knowing still continues to be a website by Barnard students for Barnard students, covering events and issues that truly interest us. I hope in my time as Editor-in-Chief, I have continued to live up to this mission, as well as the legacy of the ones who came before me.

I was only Editor-in-Chief for one semester. The Editor-in-Chief before me, Zoe Baker-Peng, is currently studying abroad in Copenhagen and travelling all over Europe (her pictures always give me a little wanderlust). Zoe’s time on the blog was wonderful, and when she left, I had big shoes to fill. This semester has been full of challenges. For starters, I absolutely hate public speaking; talking in front of groups scared me. However, the members of the blog were receptive and open, that it never seemed like I was talking to the members; it was always a grand conversation. Another challenge for me, and for many of us, was trying to stay afloat and find some balance with school, work, extracurricular activities, and other commitments. This challenge has been there since taking my first steps through the gates, but it felt even more difficult this semester.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Julia Qian

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Julia Qian
Hometown: Hangzhou, China
Major: History, Athena Scholar

What are You Involved In?
SGA (A LOT of SGA), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Club Q, Senior Interviewer, Global Symposium Fellow, etc

Guilty Pleasure?
Gilmore Girls... or the swings at Riverside Park.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
I loved convocation this year. Seeing hundreds of people, students, faculty, alumnae and administrators, gather together at Riverside Church to celebrate our 125th anniversary gives me a glimpse into the global community that I am apart of.
I genuinely enjoy every second with people in this community. it is pretty insane how amazing everyone is. People will challenge you, encourage you, inspire you and push you to achieve the potential that you didn't even see in yourself. It's a magical land.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Sarah Schutz

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Sarah Schutz
Hometown: Ocean City, NJ (the other Jersey Shore)
Major: Economics/Statistics Major. US History Minor

What are You Involved In?
I've dabbled in a lot of things over my four years (story of my life) but overall, I was on NSOP committee, NSOP OL, CU Dems (I've been stopped in Mortan Williams one too many times to be asked if I'm that "Dems Girl"), Barnard Bartending, and "the girl who sits in Rosencrans."

Guilty Pleasure?
A tie between the Barefoot Contessa and chocolate covered gummy bears.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
A solid tie between the history of Columbia and Slavery seminar with Professor Eric Foner (please, if you are here next year, take The Radical Tradition. It's his last class and the man is seriously mind-blowing) and staying on a mattress for 3 days in my friend's suite in 600 when Hurricane Sandy came during my sophomore year. Shoutout to 6F who put up with me running to Morton Williams in the middle of the storm because I was "craving broccoli."

Senior Snapshot: Jo Chiang

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Jo Chiang
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Major: Theatre

What are You Involved In?
I've worked with nearly every theatre group on campus, though the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe will forever be the love of my life. I've also been involved with the Athena Film Festival, as well as the Athena Scholars program, and in general I do my best to stay engaged with social justice movements around campus. (PS. I'm Barnard Baby)

Guilty Pleasure?
I'm fairly shameless about my pleasures.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
How about a list?
Thanksgiving dinners in CG, group plays of video games, waiting in line with friends for student rush tickets, always running into folks in Liz's place which is practically my second home at this point, performing free outdoor Shakespeare, performing free outdoor Shakespeare IN THE RAIN, summer hang-outs, making friends the first week of my first year, making friends the last month of my senior year, hugging Dean Hollibaugh, the Athena Film Festival hustle, and the conversations, all the never-ending, invigorating, exhausting, provocative conversations...
Every tear, every bruise, every laugh, every moment has been an experience, and that's my favorite thing of all.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Molly Scott

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing people of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Molly Scott
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Major: Psychology

What are You Involved In?
RA, Stewardship Co-Chair for Senior Fund, Research Assistant and Teacher in the Toddler Center

Guilty Pleasure?
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
My first RA training in August 2013. The Hewitt staff had so much fun going to Shake Shack and riding the Staten Island Ferry!

Biggest Regret of College?
Two of them. One: I wish I would've gotten more involved in the Columbia community and joined clubs across the street. Two: I wish I could have known how fast my time at Barnard would go by. I would've appreciated each day here more, especially during my freshman and sophomore years.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Sheila Krishnan

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing people of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.


Name: Sheila Krishnan
Hometown: Blauvelt, NY
Major: Linguistics

What are You Involved In?
Columbia Raas, Governing Board at Barnard, CU American Medical Students Association Global Health Committee

Guilty Pleasure?
Television + Tumblr

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
Spring semester of my first year, one of my roommates (Annell Ovalles BC'15) and I walked around all over midtown getting free macaroons on Free Macaroon Day. It'd finally become warm enough to enjoy the city, and we had so much fun getting off campus and eating delicious macaroons; it really felt like we were getting a real Barnard College (in the City of New York) experience!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Bella Pori

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Bella Pori
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Major: American History and Human Rights

What are You Involved In?
Philolexian Society, Kayaking Club, WBAR, and I give tours/work off campus. <3

Guilty Pleasure?
I'm in a place in my life where I don't feel guilty about anything I enjoy anymore. It's a good place to be.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
I could not even begin to pick one. I remember sitting in my room during NSOP while a girl who would later become one of my closest friends asked me to tell her my life story. I remember going to the top of the Empire State Building at one in the morning with another friend. It was snowing, and we took pictures without our coats on, because we figured it would be the least cliché picture we could take at the top of the Empire State Building. I remember hosting multiple fundraisers in my suite to raise money for abortion funds around the country. I remember countless Broadway shows, late-night talks, intricate discussions of the Harry Potter Universe, and debates over Diana pizza. There have been so many memories and moments at Barnard that have been so wonderful, and I would hate to make the other memories feel bad by playing favorites!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Emily Klein

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing people of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.


Name: Emily Klein
Hometown: Montclair, NJ
Major: Urban Studies

What are You Involved In?
Well Woman Peer Educator. SGA VP for Communications.

Guilty Pleasure?
Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
Sharing a meal with good friends and good wine on the floor of a too-small dorm room. There's never quite enough room but there was enough quinoa, cheese, and laughs to last.

Biggest Regret of College?
Not saying "fuck it" often enough - and meaning it. So many of the small things we sweat on a daily basis mean so little in the grand scheme of things and yet they cause us so much stress along the way. I think there's something about being a young 20-something that can really amplify this nonsense anxiety and once one person gets going, it can be infectious. I've only stopped buying into it this semester and life has been SO MUCH BETTER. There are definitely deadlines/assignments/responsibilities/relationships that are important to tend to but there are other ones that will genuinely waste your time. Don't bother - college, and life is too short so FUCK IT.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Rachel Katz

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Rachel Katz
Hometown: Mendham, NJ
Major:Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

What are You Involved In?
I am a Well-Woman Peer Educator, an IIJS Fellow (Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies), and member of CU Krav Maga Club.

Guilty Pleasure?
Chipotle

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
I'll just pick a couple of my many favorites. Freshman year, my friends and I had some intense crab-walk races on my floor ending up in giggles, rug burns, and some embarrassing videos.
Judith Shapiro's Reacting to the Past class, where I met one of my closest friends (Lafayette) and we bonded despite her betrayal of us Jacobins.
Helping with costumes for Ancient Drama Group's production of Ion.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Claire Bouchard

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Claire Bouchard
Hometown: Oyster Bay Cove, New York
Major: Philosophy of Language

What are You Involved In?
RA, Speaking Fellows, Senior Interviewer with Admissions

Guilty Pleasure?
Coffee. All of the coffee.

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
There comes a time for every college student where they have to decide on a major. As a sophomore, this seems like the biggest decision of our lives and something that can dictate how the rest of our professional careers manifest themselves. This was also the time where I decided to create my own major: Philosophy of Language. Barnard encourages it's students to unapologetically follow their dreams and for me, academically, that meant deviating from the status quo.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Maya Halbert

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Maya Halbert
Hometown: Nasvhille, TN
Major: Architecture

What are You Involved In?
Performing, directing, and choreographing for dance groups! Orchesis, CBC, Dances at Miller, CUBE, DTW when that was a thing, etc.

Guilty Pleasure?
Crafting. Also lately, baguette en épi from Maison Kayser.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
Japanese class with Sato Sensei. Performing with Orchesis. That time I made a cheesecake in the middle of the night. Dancing in a drum circle to a Jerusalem sunset. Having the best times with my boyfriend / love of my life!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Laura K. Garrison

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Laura K. Garrison
Hometown: Englewood, NJ
Major: Political Science

What are You Involved In?
The Nine Ways of Knowing <3

Guilty Pleasure?
Watching True Blood and taking BuzzFeed quizzes.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
I had the amazing opportunity to cover President Barack Obama's Commencement speech to Barnard's Class of 2012 for The Nine Ways of Knowing. I wasn't able to get a seat at the ceremony, but it was still very cool to sit in an auditorium surrounded by members of the press watching the President of the United States, wearing Columbia blue robes, address Barnard's graduating class. And then I had the opportunity to vote for him in my first presidential election. I pretty much peaked the end of my first year of college.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Xinwei Li

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Xinwei Li
Major: Political Science, Minor in Psychology
Hometown: Jinan, China

What are you involved in?
SGA Committee on Inclusion & Equity, Global China Connection, Reunion

Guilty pleasure?
Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Insomnia at 2 a.m.

Favorite memory from Barnard?
There are way too many good memories! My first campus visit, NSOP, first block party on Lehman Lawn, and my first time organizing a conference on campus… However one that sticks out right now is hanging out with my friends on Low Steps around midnight last May when some of my best friends are just about to graduate. We were singing, talking about how much we have changed since we came here, and dreaming about a 1920s car from Midnight in Paris picking us up.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Senior Snapshot: Hye-Jin Yun

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we're so sad to see them leave! If you'd like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Hye-Jin Yun
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major: Neuroscience & Behavior

What are You Involved In?
Global Symposium Student Fellow, Medical Unit Intern at CBS Evening News, BSAR, VISP Ambassador, HEOP Tutor, Class Secretary, Media Relations Assistant at Communications Department, Research Assistant at Affective, Social & Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, VP of Programming at CUTV, Emerging Leaders Program, Orientation Leader, etc.

Guilty Pleasure?
Greek Yogurt, tangerines, and nuts

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
Interacting with global women leaders and going abroad to Paris with 3 other student fellows, Dean Young, and Professor Gundogdu for the 7th annual Global Symposium. It was definitely the pinnacle of my Barnard experience as everything that I've ever learned at Barnard came together on this trip. It was especially rewarding to see the city through an academic lens and have intellectually stimulating discussions with the other amazing student fellows. Perhaps what made the Global Symposium unique was that it brought together students from various academic disciplines and allowed us to have thought-provoking conversations about topics like globalization, women & leadership, and urban planning.
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