Leave the Library and Dance for Free in NYC

By Ruby Samuels

One of the gifts of New York City is the ability to escape your personal worried world. Just by leaving the library you can lose yourself, often just for the cost of subway fare, into another world for the afternoon.

As a Columbia University student, you might pass by people of a dozen different nationalities, professions and political opinions on every blustery morning that you make your way to class, coffee in hand, back braced against pack. Perhaps you live off campus in Spanish Harlem or even Queens, where there are immigrants who make you feel, with their languages and food and sidewalk expressions of life, as though you are in another part of the world. But do you really experience those people and the knowledge that they have to offer? No matter where you live or who you are, I still think that you should take advantage of the free trial multi-cultural dance classes that are offered by studios all over New York City. If not for the cultural experience, then for the mental and physical therapy that every student at Columbia University needs. Read More »

Attend Turban Day 2016!

By Jessica Gregory

Last year, I attended an amazing event called Turban Day. The event is held by CU Sewa 11155136_763371423770154_2176876862737350987_oand is happening yet again! The 4th annual Columbia University Turban Day will be held this Friday, April 15th, from 12 pm to 5pm. Why is it amazing? Because you can get a turban tied by one of the many volunteers at the event (to help de-stigmatize the Sikh Turban), and at the same time learn about Sikhism as a faith.

For those of you who don’t know, CU Sewa is a social justice and community service organization based on the Sikh value of sewa, meaning ‘selfless service’. Their events incorporate values of acceptance, equality, and service to speak to the diversity of experiences in the community. Read More »

Volunteer for the ‘Girls on the Run’ Annual 5K!

by Jessica Gregory

If you’re looking for something to do next Saturday, December 7th, strongly consider volunteering for the Girls on the Run NYC 5K Fun Run!

Go out and support young girls this Saturday!

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a program which, to quote the program’s wonderful directors, “inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” I did the Girls on the Run program when I was in Elementary School and, in my experience, it changed me for the better. Not only did GOTR push me to pursue track & field as a sport in Middle and High school, the program set me on the path to come to Barnard as well.

The 5k is not about competition. Instead, it is an opportunity for the girls in the program to feel a sense of accomplishment. Girls are encouraged to walk, run, or even cartwheel across the finish line. The 5k culminates an entire season full of learning, empowerment, and health, and GOTR NYC would love to have more people join in the celebration.

The event will be on Randall’s Island. Girls on the Run will provide transportation from 125th and Lexington Ave to the 5K at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. Buses will begin running at 9:45AM on December 7th. Please look for volunteers with signs to direct you on 5K morning.

Volunteer positions:

Running Buddies: Who run/walk with the girls, cheering them on throughout the Fun Run.
General Volunteers: Who help with medal distribution, check-in, and cheering along the course
General Runners: Who run the entire 5k and cheer as they go.

Sign up right away, and come out to celebrate and empower the Girls on the Run!

Visit the website or e-mail Daniella.Phillipson@girlsontherun.org for more information.

Jessica Gregory is a sophomore at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of gotrmc.org

Upcoming Concerts in New York City

by Erin Low

Do you want to see Alt-J perform this semester?

There really is no excuse for feeling bored in New York City. Along with the Broadway musicals, museum trips, film screenings, poetry readings, and everything else you mentally promised yourself you’d hit up, here’s another ball game for you to consider: concerts. Still dawdling? These are the artists you’ve already missed: Lily Allen, The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Broken Bells, Enrique Iglesias, Wu-Tang Clan, Iggy Azalea…

No worries though, the lineup of musicians performing in NYC this fall is promising, and ripe for your picking. Here’s a list of noteworthy concerts coming up, and all of the relevant details too. If you spot your favorite artist in here, be sure to check out the venue’s website, to see if similar artists would be playing there. Don’t forget to snag a ticket ASAP though!

Date
Performer
Venue
Oct 9-10
Bastille
Radio City Music Hall
Oct 10
Electric Six
Webster Hall
Oct 10
Within Temptation
Terminal 5
Oct 17
Jimmy Eat World
The Capitol Theatre
Oct 17
Drive-By Truckers
The Beacon Theatre
Oct 17
J. Mascis
The Bowery Ballroom
Oct 18
The Fab Faux
The Beacon Theatre
Oct 18-19
Stick Men
Iridium
Oct 21
Bombay Bicycle Club
Terminal 5
Oct 22-24
Stanley Clarke
Iridium
Oct 23
The Kills
The Bowery Ballroom
Oct 24
Boyce Avenue
Terminal 5
Oct 24
First Aid Kit
Hammerstein Ballroom
Oct 24
Foster the People
United Palace Theatre
Oct 26
SBTRKT
Terminal 5
Oct 27
Weezer
The Bowery Ballroom
Oct 27
Demi Lovato
Barclays Center
Oct 27-28
Angus & Julia Stone
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 28
The Misfits
Irving Plaza
Oct 30
J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Kid Ink, T.I….
Barclays Center
Nov 2
David Bazan + Passenger
The Bowery Ballroom
Nov 3
Kimbra
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 5
The xx
Guggenheim Museum
Nov 5
Jenny Lewis
Terminal 5
Nov 7
Usher
Madison Square Garden
Nov 9-10
Tame Impala
Beacon Theatre
Nov 11
Joey Bada$$
Irving Plaza
Nov 12
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Brooklyn Bowl
Nov 13
Animal Collective
Brooklyn Bowl
Nov 15, 17 & 23
Ryan Adams
Carnegie Hall
Nov 16
Alt-J
Beacon Theatre
Nov 17
The New Pornographers
Hammerstein Ballroom
Nov 18
Rachael Yamagata
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 19 & 22
St Lucia
Terminal 5
Nov 25
Interpol
Terminal 5
Nov 24
B.O.B
Irving Plaza
Nov 28-29, Dec 1-2
Bob Dylan
Beacon Theatre
Nov 30
GWAR
Irving Plaza
Dec 2
Blonde Redhead
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Dec 2-3
Say Anything
Irving Plaza
Dec 4-5
The 1975
Terminal 5
Dec 6
Lucius
Terminal 5
Dec 8-9
Angel Olsen
 The Bowery Ballroom
Dec 14
Justin Timberlake
Barclays Center
Dec 18
Billy Joel
Madison Square Garden
Dec 28
Sammy Adams
Webster Hall
Dec 29-30
Patti Smith
Webster Hall
Dec 31
Skrillex, Diplo
Madison Square Garden
Dec 31
Elton John
Barclays Center
Jan 14-17
Dr. Dog
The Bowery Ballroom
Mar 5-6
Maroon 5
Madison Square Garden
Mar 20-21
Ariana Grande
Madison Square Garden

 Additional resources:
http://donyc.com/events/month/?view=cal

http://www.nycgo.com/concerts
http://www.ticketmaster.com/

http://www.stubhub.com/

Erin Low is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of weallwantsomeone.org

The People’s Climate March 2014

by Mariah Castillo

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through NYC
Sunday 21st September 2014 was a historic day in climate change policy. With over 400,000 people in attendance, the People’s Climate March became the largest march on climate change in history. I arrived at Central Park before 11:30, and even on the subway, I could tell it was going to be huge.

I was coming there from Queens, and I saw people wearing shirts with logos of organizations promoting climate change policy and holding signs on the E train. By the time we got off at 53rd Street to transfer to the D train, the subway was mostly packed with Climate March goers. Many of the subway riders got off at 72nd Street-Central Park, causing a blockage going up the stairs – no one could go to the station or get out of the station for a couple minutes while dealing with the sheer volume of protesters.

Once I was finally able to make it to the surface, I was already astounded by the number and diversity of the people in attendance. People of all ages and backgrounds came in full force, many holding signs. Many demonstrators got creative, holding signs with slogans like, “Look Ma, no future!” and wearing costumes of bees and narwhals (say what?). People’s Climate volunteers even brought a parachute with their logo on it, allowing kids to run through when it billowed up. I saw at least two floats of the world, one of which even had solar panels, though its ability to actually produce energy can be questioned.
At noon, the huge crowd went silent, raising their fists in the air. After a few seconds, all you could hear was a wave of noise marking the start of the march. That was the most thrilling part of the march for me. Remembering it and seeing a lot of people in solidarity for climate change reform made the ache in my dehydrated body worth it. I recall reading that the last protesters didn’t even start marching when the first group of marchers reached the Javits Center; they finished after 5PM, showing how dedicated they were in getting things to change.

Several corporations went all out, giving protesters free gifts, such as megaphones, posters, and pinwheels that looked like small wind turbines. There were leftovers freebies all over, which made me a little miffed. That same feeling rose up when I saw signs saying, “I came from (insert state here) for climate change reform!” Don’t you think it’s counter-intuitive to create pollution jetting over here to demonstrate over environmental policy? There were plenty of other (and possibly closer) marches happening with the People’s Climate March, so it’s not as if the event in New York was an isolated one.

With almost 2,700 demonstrations worldwide that weekend, I’m sure world leaders got the message. This week was the opening of the 69thGeneral Assembly of the United Nations, and celebrities, such as Leonardo Dicaprio, as well as world leaders made speeches on climate change.

It would be interesting for me to see if this march leads to solid reform on the legislative side AND on the lives of the people who marched. While I think the march had its heart in the right place, I feel that raising awareness is never enough. It did get the message through, but unless everyone in attendance is willing to change their lifestyles to be more environmentally friendly, policy makers will only view this march as sort of an isolated incident. The People’s Climate March is only the first step in getting anything done in climate change policy.

Mariah Castillo is a junior at Barnard College and Contributing Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing

Image courtesy of Weather.com

A Night of Storytelling at The Moth

by Zoe Baker-Peng

Let me tell you a story. Last week, my friends and I journeyed down to 126 Crosby Street for a night of laughter, uplifting anecdotes, and poignant messages. We braved the bitter wind and frosty air, shivering and standing in line outside of Housing Works Bookstore Café, to snag some eagerly anticipated and highly coveted $8 tickets. The cozy interior warmed our frozen feet as we stood amongst shelves of books and chattering New Yorkers. A hush fell over the enthusiastic crowd as the host of the evening, Ophira Eisenberg, stepped up to welcome everyone and begin the evening’s StorySLAM.

The StorySLAM is just one of the facets of The Moth – an organization purely set up to celebrate storytelling. Founded in 1997 by poet and novelist, George Dawes Green, The Moth aims to bring people together through the communal power of stories. Whether you are an acclaimed writer or a curious spectator, The Moth welcomes you to share your own tale at venues across America. From the Moth Mainstage, “the flagship program,” through to the StorySLAM, and on to the podcasts on iTunes, The Moth promotes the spoken word and encourages everyone to reach out and share a memoir.

At the StorySLAM ten people, who voluntarily place their names into the draw, are randomly picked to tell their stories. Each night has a pre-determined theme – such as ‘Happy,’ or ‘Escape,’ or ‘Secrets’ – and normally volunteers will have a prepared story to perform on the evening. Each story should be five minutes long, have a conflict and resolution, relate clearly to the theme and must be your own personal story. Three judging panels, pre-selected from the audience, will grade each storyteller out of 10.0 points, looking at both the presentation and flow of the story as well as whether it met all of the guideline criteria. At the end of the evening, the storyteller with the most points is the winner of the event and will go on to compete in the GrandSLAM Championships (held after ten different StorySLAMs) at a later date.

On the night that I attended my first StorySLAM, the theme was ‘boundaries’. I was amazed at the quality of the stories and the confidence of the storytellers. The atmosphere was charming; the homey bookstore created the perfect environment for the sharing of anecdotes and the (mainly) standing crowd became a captivated community, eagerly awaiting the punch line, the moral, or the link to the theme. We heard how one man pushed the boundaries his father had laid out in regards to his hairstyles and how another had learned his physical and emotional boundaries while traveling in Africa between Rwanda and Uganda. We listened to a woman recount her experiences as a Polish debutante and laughed at another lady’s flirting adventures. We were all able to relate to many of the elements in these true stories and the sincere honesty and (often!) self-effacing nature of the story tellers produced the most enchanting aspect of the evening.

Visit the website to see all of the events lined up for the coming months. There are a number in February at different locations in the city (and across the country). For each event, there are a limited number of pre-sale tickets at $16 but the majority of tickets are available at the door for $8. StorySLAMs are always extremely popular and the line will stretch around the block. Arrive at least half an hour before doors open but even then entry is not guaranteed. It’s worth the wait.

Zoe Baker-Peng is a sophomore at Barnard and Managing Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of Of Mice and Marketers.

The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book: Days 4 & 5

You’re almost there! In terms of NSOP, Thursday is really the finishline. Now that you’re all moved in, have sat through your Public Safety speeches, done a head-swimming amount of ice breakers, and are officially inducted Barnard women, camp NSOP can really get moving. The next few days are more about giving you a head start on the things you’ll have to start thinking about this semester and (gently) forcing you to socialize with your classmates.

After Thursday things will start to slow down, and you’ll get more down time. This could mean time to spend with any new friends you’ve been making, but remember to take some time just for yourself. You’re still experiencing a huge transition, so you want to make sure you’re well-rested and comfortable in your room, with your roommate and with the idea of being away from home.

DAY 4

Adviser Group Meetings… and anything else involving your advisor
Wednesday, August 29th, 10am-11am
While signed into your gbear account, click here to find out where your adviser meeting will be. Advisers widely vary on how involved they will be in your life. Your individual meeting could end up being the longest conversation you ever end up having with your adviser, or you could end up playing Rock Band in his or her apartment by next month. Try to find out what you and your adviser have in common, beyond simply your adviser’s home department (this is usually an interest of yours). Like with roommate selection, Barnard’s behind-the-scenes processes sometimes works in mysterious ways, so you might end up having more in common than you think. Also, take note of the students that share your adviser with you—aside from language placement exams, this is the first time you’ve been divided (probably) by academic interests.

Perspectives on Diversity… and instances of the College addressing social issues
Wednesday, August 29th, between 3pm-6pm (depending on your OL Group)
This is a discussion-style program led by a trained upperclassman that the college uses to expose you to its definition of “diversity,” and to get you to start thinking about the diversity that you might encounter at Barnard. The effectiveness of the program is questionable because it just so happens that Barnard is fairly self-selective. Most girls here don’t hold very many racist or prejudiced opinions—at least, openly. Depending on your own past experiences, however, you might run into some mindsets or opinions that you’ve never encountered before, and this program is meant to prepare you for that. All in all, this discussion as the potential to be profound if there’s enough participation, but realistically, you can use this time to relax and gage the room to get a sense of how the people in your classmates react when faced with a sensitive social question.

Community Forum… and whenever they’re trying to get you to socialize with Columbia (again)
Wednesday, August 29th, 8pm-10pm
This is basically a reiteration of the same schpiel on community at Columbia University that you’ve heard non-stop so far, only more uncomfortable because you’re thrown in with students from all four colleges and you have to sit on Low Steps. Like I’ve mentioned before, unless you’ve already made some connections at the other colleges, be friendly to everyone around you, but there’s no reason to pay special attention students from Columbia just because they’re not from Barnard. The Barnard-Columbia community is fluid—introduce yourself and make friends, but there will be better grounds on which to meet and get to know people better after NSOP.

DAY 5

Mapping Your First Year with Health Services… a.k.a., “Keeping Sex Sexy!” workshop
Thursday, August 30th, 3:30pm-6pm
Definitely among the most memorable NSOP programs is the infamous “Keeping Sex Sexy!” workshop, although probably just because its (get ready for it…) awkward. I imagine Columbia kind of thinks of first-years as children and NSOP as that critical period of their lives where they are most impressionable. Basically, this event will resemble a college-version style of your high school’s Sex Ed class or peer-facilitated sexual education program. Prepare yourself for some awkward moments, but if it gets bad, think of the possible benefit raising a point like this early on during your college career. And of course, sexually speaking, take the point home with you that you should never do anything that makes you uncomfortable.

NYC Event: Destination Bronx Zoo
Thursday, August 30th, 7pm-11pm
A tradition during NSOP, the NYC event takes place in a different location in the city each year. Last year, the event was on Governor’s Island, the year before was on the Intrepid, and before that was the Central Park Zoo. These events would be really awesome, if they weren’t inevitably so awkward because Barnard and NYC probably still isn’t really your home or any place that you’re truly comfortable (definitely try to go if you’re ever involved with NSOP in the future). But don’t let this stop you from enjoying what could be a once-in-a-life-time experience and don’t stop yourself from getting pumped: choose your favorites of the animals and exhibits, look at a map of the zoo, follow the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra (@BronxZoosCobra) on Twitter. The DJ probably won’t be so bad, so try to find a group of people to go with you who want to have a good time. You’ll have the opportunity to branch out to meet some new people, but I would try to come and leave with the same people so as to not get lost in the shuffle.