Friday, August 29, 2014

The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book: Part III

Welcome home Class of 2018!
As we head into Labor Day Weekend (LDW what what), NSOP is drawing to a close. Celebrate your last weekend of true freedom by exploring new neighborhoods or sunbathing on one of New York City's often overlooked beaches. We'll see you in class on Tuesday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Understanding myBarnard - MANDATORY
Session I: 9:15-10:15 am (OL Groups 1-35)
Session II: 10:30-11:30 am (OL Groups 36-70)
While this may not seem that important, myBarnard is an essential resource that every Barnard student must know and use. Scheduling, requirements, and grades can all be found in Barnard's brand new portal (RIP eBear), so learning how to navigate the ins and outs of myBarnard will be necessary for the coming months, if not days. For those who are less tech-savvy than others, consider taking notes (you'll thank yourself later when you're trying to remember how to add an L-course to your program). Meet in the Held Lecture Hall in 304 Barnard Hall.

Step Up Bystander Intervention Workshop - MANDATORY
Session I: 9:15-10:15 am (OL Groups 36-70)
Session II: 10:30-11:30 am (OL Groups 1-35)
To be honest, we're a little unsure what this is about, because it appears to be a new addition to the NSOP schedule from previous years. It's mandatory, and you have to meet up beforehand with your OL Group, so take it seriously. We all want a happy, supportive environment at Barnard, so be a team player. The workshop will be held in the James Room on the fourth floor of Barnard Hall (follow the signs).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book: Part II

Get ready to PARTAY!
By now, you're probably in your NSOP groove. You know what to look forward to each day, you've found a group to attend events with, and have gotten a taste of the opportunities available to you as a college student in New York City. If you're still trying to find your way, no worries! There's still plenty of time to meet new people and explore new neighborhoods before classes start. With a little guidance from the staff of The Nine Ways of Knowing, you're on your way to making the most of NSOP!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Please note that Wednesday is the first day of Registration, and every student must register using a computer connected to Barnard Secure at the beginning of every semester. Log on to myBarnard for instructions. Registration begins at 9:00 am and ends Wednesday, September 3. To avoid fines, be sure to register by the deadline.

Being a First-Year Student at Barnard - MANDATORY
9:30-10:30 am
There are plenty of mandatory events to keep you occupied today, so be ready for the long haul. This first event will formally introduce you to the many deans and resources available to you during your time at Barnard. It's normal to be nervous about the academic transition from high school to college, and you'll get a better understanding of the expectations put upon you as a first-year. It may seem overwhelming now, but we promise you'll get the hang of it in no time!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book for Transfer Students: Part 1

Why wouldn't you want to party here?
Orientation can be rough, especially if you’re not a first year. Transfer orientation at Barnard, though, strives to make transfer students feel just as included as first years through a variety of activities and social events. So if you’re wondering, “How am I ever going to make friends here?” or feeling sad about leaving behind friends at your old school, fear not because NSOP will definitely acquaint you with some awesome people or at least with people who could introduce you to more awesome people.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Transfer Check-In
I guess this one is kind of obvious since it’s literally how you get your room key and all the material you will need for the first week. My advice: stay calm, and if you just feel like hiding under your bed and never coming out, there will be plenty of other times to meet new transfer students. I would focus on finding out where your room is and unpacking a little (while taking deep breaths). Transferring is a scary, but amazing opportunity that will (hopefully) make you realize how much you truly love Barnard.

The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book: Part I

You get to meet Lauren Graham. Because Barnard is awesome.
Welcome Barnard Class of 2018! Yesterday you moved into your dorm, met your roommate(s), and said goodbye to your family. Over the next couple of days, you will have the chance to become better acclimated with campus, Morningside Heights, and the rest of New York City. Some activities will be more appealing than others, and we encourage you to pursue those that interest you. Get to know your roommates, suitemates, and floormates, but also take opportunities to meet students beyond your hall. You may be overwhelmed, but that's okay! No two NSOP experiences are the same, and while you should attend all mandatory events, be sure to make the most of each day on your terms. A whirlwind of a week is ahead, and we're here to help guide you! Check back with The Nine Ways of Knowing for updates, and bookmark the NSOP 2014 Schedule Book for easy reference. Welcome to Barnard, Class of 2018! We wish you a good NSOP and all the best in the coming semester!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Barnard College Campus Tours
10:00-11:00 am and 3:30-4:30 pm
Leaving from the Barnard Gates at 117th Street and Broadway, these tours seek to familiarize students with Barnard. Our campus may only be four blocks long, but there's certainly a lot to take in! We suggest printing out a copy of your class schedule (printing labs are located in the basement of the Quad) and noting what buildings your classes are in, so you can do a dry run before next Tuesday.

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 na├»ve 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.

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