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CHECK OUT There is Hope Gala 2017: The Dreams of Our Ancestors THIS FRIDAY

The Caribbean Students Association will be hosting their 9th annual There is Hope Gala this Friday, February 17th in Roone Auditorium from 8-12 pm.

Each year, the Caribbean Students Association hosts a fundraising gala to sponsor their There is Hope Campaign: an annual service trip to a Caribbean Island. This year, all funds will go to supporting the Caribbean Students Association as they embark on their trip to Jamaica to teach primary students the importance of self-love and black identity. The event will feature vendors, performances, food and a THC film. Tickets are only $5 and all proceeds will go towards supporting a good cause, so be sure to check it out!

For more information on the There is Hope Campaign, check out the Caribbean Students Association’s Website: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/carib/

Sinead Hunt is a first-year at Barnard and Club Liaison for Barnard Bite. If you or your group would like to be featured on the blog’s “On Campus” section, please contact snh2134@barnard.edu

A word from the Editor

Hello everyone! 

Barnard Bite has been on a short hiatus in conjunction with finals and winter holidays. This break will continue through January 1st while we rework some things behind the scenes. A few posts may pop up here and there, but please be patient with us while we continue our re-vamping process.

This first semester has been a whirlwind of “new”. We gained new members, new staff, new logo, and new structure. Now that all of that shiny stuff is settling into routine, it’s time to take the blog to the next level.

In the spring semester, here’s what we’re committing to:

  1. At least one EVENT hosted by Barnard Bite.
  2. New site design!
  3. Further efforts for campus outreach. We will be collecting submissions from guest writers more frequently.
  4. Streamlined, consistent feature section.
  5. The return of our active Tumblr and Instagram accounts.

I certainly hope that you’ll stick with us on our journey. I’m immeasurably grateful for the people who helped build our club this semester – staff, editors, readers, and our wonderful club advisor. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot wait to see where we go next.

Stay awesome (and warm),

Jess

Editor in Chief

 

P.S. If you want to join up in the spring, feel free to e-mail us at biteblog@barnard.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dori Goodman Speaks about Camp Kesem

biteblogpic1By Cary Chapman

Photo by Maddie Molot

Dori Goodman has never taken fall in New York for granted. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, she can look out the window of the commuter lounge in the Diana Center and remark on the foliage outside in the most un-jaded, refreshing way. But even if she were accustomed to a cooler fall season, Dori would, I think, still appreciate the beauty of the red leaves and the crisp air. She’s just a genuine person— her authentic self seems fully present in every interaction I’ve had with her.

In this conversation, Dori shares her experience with Camp Kesem. I’ll let her tell you what that is in her own words. The interview has been condensed and edited.

Cary Chapman: Can you tell me a little bit about Camp Kesem and your role in it?

Dori Goodman: Yeah! Camp Kesem is a national nonprofit but also a school organization. There [are] different chapters at different colleges all across the United States. It is essentially a summer camp for kids who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. So that could mean the child has lost a parent to cancer, has a parent currently going through treatment, or their parent is in remission.

CC: Awesome. And what do you do on campus with this organization?

DG: I am on the executive board. I’m in operations, so basically my role for this upcoming camp, which [will] be in August 2017, is to plan camp. So I am the person behind the scenes making camp a reality. But our job as counselors and as an executive board is essentially to fundraise for the camp because all the campers attend camp for free. Every counselor is responsible for raising $500, which sends one kid to camp for a week. And so we fundraise, spread awareness about the organization, and also provide a network for campers not only during the summer but also throughout the entire school year. We hold camp reunions and [do] outreach, so we stay in contact with our campers and make sure that they have the support of a community throughout whatever they’re going through at home.

CC: Is there anything people wouldn’t necessarily know about kids whose parents are affected by cancer? Something that your average person who’s not affected by cancer wouldn’t guess is actually a reality?

DG: I think the most important thing about camp is that it gives them a week to be kids, and I guess that something that’s really interesting and important would be a lot of times when a family is affected by cancer there’s a lot of focus on either the spouse (like the caretaker) or obviously the parent (the person who has cancer), so kids are oftentimes overlooked in that situation. They’re either given a lot of responsibilities that they wouldn’t necessarily have if they weren’t in that situation like taking on roles as parents by helping other siblings, or just carrying the burden of having a parent with cancer. Camp provides that week to just forget about what’s going on at home and [for the kids to] just be kids, which is really awesome. And I think they really appreciate that, even the older kids. Like I worked with the teenagers this year and some of the things we do are more geared towards younger kids and it’s goofy and ridiculous, but they do it. You know what I mean? It’s fun and it doesn’t matter at camp. They’re just being kids, they’re being crazy and goofy, that kind of thing.

CC: Yeah, that’s awesome. Would you say that the fun part is the most important part?

DG: Yeah […] it’s not this boo-hoo support group…

CC: Yeah!

DG: People think it’s this sad thing, but you really only talk about why everyone is there only once. It’s called the Empowerment Ceremony and it’s just one evening dedicated to, “okay, yes we’re having such a good time, yes Camp is amazing, but there’s a reason we’re all here and a reason camp exists, so if you want to talk about it you can.” But literally besides that it’s a normal…

CC: A normal camp.

DG: Yes, a normal sleepaway camp.

CC: That’s awesome. How young is the youngest kid, and do you get a lot of homesickness?

DG: Homesickness? I think youngest is like 6 or 7, and no, honestly. There’s definitely some kids who maybe the first day or two of camp drag their feet and may seem like they’re having a difficult time but then by the second or third or fourth day, things start picking up and they get into it. They just enjoy themselves; you know what I mean? Maybe the first couple of days people get homesick but that’s it.

CC: Do you feel like you’ve applied anything you personally have learned in camp to your life outside of the camp?

DG: Definitely. I guess I’ve learned that it’s okay to talk about these things. When I went to camp for the first time I didn’t know what to expect and I was really hesitant about sharing my story, and now I learned that there [are] people who understand and it’s okay to feel the way you do and talk about these kinds of things […] and have open conversations about anything and everything. That’s what I’ve learned, I guess.

CC: And what is the best way to talk to someone you know who is impacted by cancer? Or show someone that you care without being insensitive.

DG: Yeah. I guess just showing support and being like, “whatever you’re feeling is valid, and there’s no right or wrong way to deal with that kind of situation.” I feel like that’s what I’ve learned. And just providing support: “if you ever need anything, I’m here.”

CC: Yeah.

DG: And, I don’t know. Saying “I’m sorry” doesn’t help. Because that’s like everyone’s, I mean even my own, initial reaction. [When you hear] “oh, so and so passed away from cancer,” or “my grandma passed away,” or “my dad passed away,” you’re like, “I’m so sorry.” But… you know what I mean?

CC: Yeah, it’s kind of meaningless.

DG: It’s awkward. You’re like, “it’s okay,” but is it okay? […] “I’m so sorry.” Thanks? But just being like, “if you ever need anything” [is a better way to handle that situation].

CC: Yes, making yourself available.

DG: Exactly.

CC: Cool. And do you plan on continuing work with children or children affected by cancer after this ends? Because Camp Kesem is just a college thing, right?

DG: Yeah. I want to work with kids when I graduate. I want to go into occupational therapy, so I want to work with kids who most likely have developmental disabilities and that kind of thing. Working at Camp Kesem has definitely given me exposure to situations like that, which is cool […] When I first went to camp as a counselor, I was with seven to nine year olds and I literally didn’t know I could learn so much from seven, eight, and nine year olds. These little kids are telling stories, and I saw so much of myself in them. I didn’t know other people felt that way and experienced such things. Camp provides a place for people to be like, “yeah, I get it. I understand what you’re going through and I have been there.”

CC: Yeah.

DG: Either “I have been there,” or “I am there,” and you can kind of go through this together.

Interested in getting involved with Camp Kesem at Columbia? Counselor applications are due on December 3rd and can be found here. You can also like them on Facebook to stay in the loop!

Cary Chapman is a junior and a writer for Barnard Bite.

 

 

Coming Soon: cultureSHOCK 2016

The SHOCK is here!!!!!

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Every year, Columbia University’s Asian American Alliance hosts a charity showcase called cultureSHOCK to highlight APIA (Asian-American Pacific Islander-American) talent. There will be a full dinner from Asian restaurants nearby, a fashion show (there will be spotlight models who will share their stories of what they will “redefine”), and performances from Columbia groups and from outside, like rappers Awkwafina and Anik Khan — all for just $12 VIP (better seats and a chance to win two $25 book culture gift cards) or $10 for general admission.

CultureSHOCK seeks to break through stereotypes and become a platform for artistic expression. This year our theme is cultureSHOCK: RE(DEFINE), which reflects our desire to take agency over our own identities as Asian Americans. We hope that cultureSHOCK will provide a spotlight for celebrating Asian America’s intersecting identities.

This year’s on-campus performers include:

MALAMA HAWAII

WUSHU

CU SUR

CU DHOOM

CU GEN

RAW ELEMENTZ

This year’s outside performers include:

ANIK KHAN

AWKWAFINA

$12 VIP tickets/ $10 GA tickets

DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM for VIP; 6:30 for GA

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON LERNER RAMPS 11/9-11/19 or contact any Asian American Alliance member!

Your very own lead editor of the opinion section, Priscilla Maccario, will be walking on the runway! 

Editor Spotlight – Allison Yeh

Give a warm welcome to our wonderful Lead Editor for the Features section, Allison Yeh!

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Allison is a junior majoring in English! She also really likes donuts (if we were to use the above photo as any indication).

Allison is normally known for rad puns (in which she means bad puns), napping, and spending 90% of day thinking about food. Grandma status (including Eileen Fisher garments, reclining chairs, and books) is her current aspiration as well as writing an essay the day it is assigned, not the day it is due.

-Check out some of her articles below-

Before You Didn’t, Now Junot

An Open Letter to the Man-Bun Gone Wrong

Editor Spotlight – Olivia Nathan

Our next feature is our wonderful Opinion Editor Olivia Nathan!

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She is a junior majoring in English.

Olivia is a Los Angeles native with pre-hipster Silverlake roots and a love of literature. She is truly terrible at tic tac toe, but hopes to counter this weakness (and a few others) by becoming a connoiseur of Motown music– which she programs regularly on WKCR. If she could she would watch Masterpiece Classics five (okay nine) hours a day and join a Forsyte Saga support group.

Check out some of her poetry here!

Pulp

The Cottage at Beauchamp Point