By Ruby Samuels
The National Black Theater may be small in both reputation and stature compared to the Broadway giants a few miles to its south, but NBT has an important role to play on a national stage that is crowded by white people who constantly hire each other.Read More »
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 »
This week, Photo Friday displays a submission by Ruby Samuels called “Stacked Urban Boxes.”
Thanks for the submission, Ruby!
Our next feature is one of Barnard Bite’s On-Campus editors! She’s a junior at Barnard majoring in sociology.
To lure a Ruby, one must sing Otis Redding dressed as Elvis Presley while riding a Nimbus 2000 broomstick and holding a Kafka short story book in one hand and dark chocolate in the other. Ruby intends to become Woody Guthrie sometime in the next five years, which is why you might discover she has done quite a bit of rambling and roaming.
Thank you for all you do!
by Ruby Samuels
Some kind of Band-Aid is what you are
You’ll rub off and stick to some place too far
Or maybe you’re some kind of wandering guest
And I’m some kind of bird with spare room in my nest
No, I know. You’re an empty ATM
I can take what I give when I give what I can
But for now let’s be libraries and sit between shelves
We can borrow free words and colors and smells
Ruby Samuels is a Junior at Barnard and On-Campus editor for Barnard Bite.
This week, Photo Friday takes a break. In its stead, we feature a poem, written by Ruby Samuels, about the shocking results of the election this past Tuesday.Read More »
By Ruby Samuels
Last year, I read an article about hundreds of Muslims on a pilgrimage getting crushed to death by the sheer force of human bodies all moving into the same holy space at the same time. I wasn’t expecting the Halloween parade in Greenwich Village to incite fears of a similar fate for myself, but stranger things have happened. How different is Halloween on West 4th Street from Black Friday in Walmart, really?Read More »