Fourteen Love songs for Valentine’s Day

by Jessica Gregory

With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, it’s important to remember who we love. What better way to do that than with love songs? I asked around the Barnard community so I could give you a list of good love songs to play on this Valentine’s Day.

Here”s fourteen(ish) of the songs people love:

1. “Weather” by Novo Amor: It’s a sadder, sensitive song meant to make you, in the words of the one who suggested it “feel the feelz”.

2. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John: How can you go wrong with Lion King? This song is a sweet one worthy of every Valentine’s celebration.

3. “You’re The Reason I Come Home” by Ron Pope: This song is “sleepy and relaxing”, singing of deep love without being depressing.

4. “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls: This is an upbeat, uplifting song without all the sap!

5. “We Are Love” by Il Volo: This song is deeply passionate and moving, singing about love for all.

6. “Hello” by Beyoncé: This song is an observation, what someone loves about their partner. Also, Beyoncé.

7. “All of Me” by John Legend: We all have imperfections, but to someone else we are perfect.

8. “I”m Yours” by Jason Mraz: This love song is relaxed, kinda bouncy, and sweet. See his song “I Won’t Give Up” for a softer, more serious tone.

9. “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by the Temptations: The Temptations have a million perfect love songs, but this one will make you want to dance with someone.

10. “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada: Speaking of dancing, here’s a song to take you back to Middle School.

11. “Ma Belle Evangeline” from the Princess and the Frog: You didn’t think there’d only be one Disney song, did you?

12. “XO” by Beyoncé: Also, more Queen B. This song is all about appreciating the moment.

13. “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson: Simple and beautiful, “The Way I Am” is about down-to-earth love.

14. “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys: This song is emotion-filled, reminding us never to take our loves for granted.

BONUS SONG!

15. “Me Without You” by Sam Tsui: This is one of my personal favorites, added because someone very special in my life sings this to me often. This is one of the most romantic (and catchy!) songs I have ever heard in my life. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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

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How to Have a Great Valentine’s Day 2014

by Molly Scott

Make this your love boat.

I think it’s safe to say that people generally either love or hate Valentine’s Day. The madness of the “holiday” has already begun in most stores (proof: half of Duane Reade has been taken over by red and pink heart-shaped goodies). No matter what your opinion is, we’ve created a list of some things to do with your significant other, your friends, and other fun picks to make your February 14th the best it’s ever been!

Go out and enjoy it! Whether you’re going out with your partner or a group of friends, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday night so get out and have fun. If you’re looking for a romantic location, TimeOut New York has come up with the best cheap romantic restaurants in NYC. The list includes: Corsino, El Quinto Pino, Esperanto, Kashkaval, Le Barricou, Mesa Coyoacan, Moustache, and Northern Spy Food Co.

Take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Bundle up and take the 1 Train all the way down to South Ferry – the terminal is literally right there. It’s a free ride and the views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty are beautiful (and oh so romantic too). Check the schedule for departures.

Go bowling! This is a great activity for both a group of friends and as a couple. Some bowling alleys in Manhattan include Bowlmor, Lucky Strike, and Frames, and they have restaurants and bars too! Be sure to make a reservation ASAP though (they fill up quickly).

Host a Galentine’s Day! On Thursday night, February 13, honor Leslie Knope’s brilliant idea of Galentine’s Day by celebrating your amazing girlfriends with a gathering that features tons of food! It’s a fun way to appreciate one another and take your mind off Valentine’s Day in general.

Go wild with the desserts and sweets. If all else fails (or even if it doesn’t), dessert is always a good idea. TimeOut New York also came out with a list of amazing NYC bakeries that carry delicious Valentine’s Day treats: Baked by Melissa, Jacques Torres Chocolate, MacarOn Café, Billy’s Bakery (a personal favorite of mine), La Maison du Chocolat, and Max Brenner. There’s also Mondel Chocolates only a few blocks away. Last resort – there’s a ton of candy and chocolate being sold at pharmacies everywhere.

Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

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Why You Should Be Excited About Spring Semester

by Laura K. Garrison

There’s actually a lot to look forward to this semester.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. After a month at home, you’re either dying to get back to campus or in denial that you have to leave home, or probably a little of both. No matter how you’re feeling, it’s always challenging to readjust to a new semester back at Barnard. If you’re like me, spring semester is the better half of the year. I seem to enjoy my classes more, the grades appear to be better (though I have no scientific data to back this up), and I always feel like I’m having more fun. If you’re experiencing those first-day jitters all over again, here’s why you should be looking forward to coming back to Barnard.

It’s called spring semester for a reason. While there’s no doubt New York is wonderful year round, there’s just something about campus in the warm weather that makes everything better. The magnolia tree blooms, you can sunbathe on Low steps, and the sky is usually a beautiful shade of Columbia blue. So while you may be swamped with end of semester projects, papers, and exams, at least the weather will be nice.

Speaking of spring, don’t forget that Spring Break 2014 kicks off March 15. Whether you plan on recreating a certain movie or are heading home to binge watch TV in your pajamas, it’s a break we all need after the stress of midterms and surviving a frigid New York winter. And unlike fall semester’s two mini-breaks in November, Spring Break is one long week in which to party up/veg out. We deserve it.

The holiday season may be over, but there’s plenty to celebrate in the upcoming months. Sure there’s no costumes and turkey, but bring on the half-price chocolate, Shamrock shakes, and pranks to pull on your gullible friends. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and April Fool’s Day are the perfect excuses to make bad decisions, because this is college. The holidays of Easter, Passover, and Purim are also chances to enjoy seasonal treats and spend time with friends and family.

Bacchanal – that sh*t cray.

In the same vein, some of our most popular and beloved campus traditions happen during spring semester. On a sacred Saturday in April, students on both sides of campus cut loose during Holi and Bacchanal. The former involves students throwing paint at one another to celebrate the Hindu tradition to welcome the spring. The latter involves a concert on Low Plaza to commemorate all the good things in life: the end of the year, the warm weather, and the libations of Bacchus. Last year the headliners were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and the annual campus-wide drama of finding performers is almost as entertaining as the concert itself. Also save a meal swipe for the surf and turf dinner later in the month at John Jay and Ferris Booth, because lobster tails, that’s why.

At Barnard, Spirit Day in late April involves the traditional barbeque on Lehman Lawn, collectible I ❤ BC t-shirts, and speakers pumping out the necessary 90s hits/One Direction favorites. Last year there was also a gigantic blow up slide, and you know you loved it. At some point in the near future Res Life will start sending emails about room selection, and we’ll constantly stress over lottery numbers, groups, and the fact that there’s nine groups of six ahead of us and only nine more six-person suites. Though it’s rarely exciting and more often draconian, room selection taps into our inner Grace Adler, dreaming of real estate and interior design.

We’re halfway through the year, which means summer and all its joys are almost here. As bittersweet as it is, we’ll say goodbye to the Class of 2014, and they’ll begin their journey in the Real World. We’ll find out which inspiring woman (or president) has the honor of addressing them at Commencement and secretly love the inevitable controversy (see Obama, Lena Dunham) because it proves just how relevant we are.

Beyond the gates, we’ll look forward to pop cultural milestones. While some of us care about football, the rest of us will pretend to for one night during the Super Bowl or just watch for the commercials. It’s even more exciting this year because it’s the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (home state shout-out!) where the Giants and Jets play. A few weeks later we’ll attend dorm parties to watch the Academy Awards as we pretend that JLaw is our bestie while we wait with baited breath to see if Leo finally wins an Oscar. 

As you settle into the new semester, stressed about new classes and long syllabi, look forward to this new beginning. Once the first-week craziness starts to subside, you’ll realize all the wonderful things you have to look forward to this semester. Happy Spring 2014!

Laura K. Garrison is a junior at Barnard and Editor in Chief of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Her Campus and Southpole.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day Alone

by Mariah Castillo

Show someone you love them! Doesn’t have
to be a significant other.

Today is the day that many singles dread, or even deny exists.

That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day.

Ladies and gentlemen, do NOT panic. You can be single and still have a good day—you just have to think of V-Day a little differently. If you treat it as a day of love, then at the very least, love yourself!

You’re single for a variety of reasons, but if you don’t love yourself, you won’t be able to love someone else. Treat yourself right! Appreciate the status of being free from the hassle of making this holiday special for someone else.

You can:

  • Stay inside. It’s the middle of February. In the New York, there’s not much you can do without bracing the cold at some point. Go read that book you’ve been wanting to. Get your mug of tea or hot cocoa and watch a series marathon on your laptop.
  • Probably the biggest way to appreciate being single is to avoid the couple’s hot spots. Don’t eat out by yourself on that day. Seriously, you won’t be able to eat when the people in the table across from you are showing some serious PDA.
  • Meet up with your friends. If you really want to eat out, bring a few single friends. That way you all can make fun of the extreme PDA happening right across from you. You can even stay in and cook a meal together and celebrate your lack of attachment.
    • 75% off tomorrow at Duane Reade. 
      That’s what I call a WIN!

  • Wait for the chocolate to go on sale, since holiday candies are usually much cheaper after theholiday has passed. It might make the candy a little sweeter knowing you’re enjoying it at half price.
  • Spread the love! Leave a sign on your door telling passersby that they are beautiful. You can even go back to your elementary school roots and give out Valentine’s to everyone in your floor or hallway. Single or not, they’ll appreciate it!
  • Try treating it as another Thursday night. Some of you might have classes on Fridays, so spend it studying or writing that essay. If you party on Thursdays, and if you don’t mind seeing a lot little PDA, party on V-Day.

Regardless of your relationship status, take Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate love. It gets touted as a day for couples (though honestly, if you’re in a relationship, shouldn’t everyday be like Valentine’s Day?), but there are other ways to make this day not like the Singles’ Apocalypse. Don’t let your relationship status define you. You are your own person, and being with another person should not make up your whole self. Take V-Day as a day to love yourself and to share that sentiment with others.