Financial Situation At Barnard Gets Heavy

“Who’s that girl over there?”
“I don’t know, but you can tell she goes to Barnard.”

News just arrived that the physical education requirement is going to be reduced to one semester. This means everyone’s who’s finished their first semester of Physical Education (as most did their first-year) is done with the requirement, entirely. This email was super exciting until the second paragraph, when Provost Hertz and Dean Hinkson revealed that this change in policy is due to “financial constraints.” Which is basically like saying your kid went off to college and instead of changing his room into a gym, you have to rent it out to pay for tuition. Ever heard of reverse psychology, people? Now, I’m holding out for aerial fitness more than ever.

But in all seriousness, this policy change will most likely be disastrous. Little did the administration know, now the entire capital campaign will have to go to reinforcing infrastructure in order to support the elevated net weight of the student body.

Read the email from Provost Hertz and Dean Hinkson after the jump.

Dear Students,

We are writing to inform you of a recent change in the academic curriculum. On Monday, April 2, a motion was passed by the Barnard faculty to reduce the Physical Education requirement from two semesters to one semester. All students who have completed one semester of Physical Education have therefore fulfilled this degree requirement. Students who have completed the requirement have the option of taking a second P.E. course for one additional credit, but they will no longer be required to do so. All students who have not yet taken P.E. will be required to take one course before graduating. (As always, dance technique classes will count for the P.E. requirement.) Students are still required to fulfill the 122 credit graduation requirement (121 for transfers).

While this change is largely motivated by the financial constraints under which the college is currently operating, we fully intend to maintain Barnard’s deep-seated commitment to our students’ physical fitness and well-being. We anticipate that students will continue to take advantage of our Well-Woman and FITbear programs on campus, and we look forward to working with you to consider other ways in which we might encourage all members of our community to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles.


Paul E. Hertz Acting Provost and Dean of the Faculty 

Avis E Hinkson Dean of the College


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