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The Shaft | Apr. 7 4:02 pm EST
when one door closes

Barnard housing wrap-up

Room selection 2014 is over. Some are happy, some are satisfied, some are sad, and some are, well, homeless. Sophomore day started with a few happy faces. Most came in with certain expectations, and their results were rather unsurprising. 600 filled out immediately and then the sophomores went to town on Plimpton, 110th, and Hewitt. Plimpton suites were flying left and right until #1027, which was not only the last Plimpton suite, but the last six-person suite taken. This meant that groups had to start breaking up and reforming in order to fit themselves into various suites in 110th.

The last 110th suite went to number #1089. This was the very last suite taken in all of room selection. #1089 said: “I’m relieved. This is so amazing. It’s a miracle. This is the most stressful thing that’s happened to me in Barnard.”

As rooms ran out, tears ran down the faces of sad sophomores. The choice became: do I take a single in Hewitt or do I opt for the Guaranteed Assignment list? After #1138 there was no more choice: all rooms had been selected and everyone was on the Guaranteed Assignment list. This led to many emotions for the approximately 100 girls with no choice. Said one student stuck on the GA: “This is ridiculous and absurd.” Many with numbers in the 1100s or 1200s thought they’d be able to select on Friday and were shocked to find out that they couldn’t. Some students were upset that they couldn’t select into doubles in order to cut housing prices (singles cost over $1,000 more).

The 2014 housing lottery was a little different from that of 2013. For starters, there were many mixed senior-junior groups but far fewer mixed junior-sophomore groups. The mixed groups picking on junior day last year narrowly wound up in 600F suites, nearly missing the 600 block and winding up in Plimpton. Cathedral Gardens went very early this year due to 2015’s love for 15 minute walks and common rooms.

616 filled up faster than ever before: the D suites were mostly filled by seniors and C suites by RAs/disability students and some held for assignment. A and B suites were practically impossible to get without a senior pull in. Lots of juniors who expected to pick into 616 wound up in 600 or Plimpton, leaving fewer six-person options for sophomores (which is why so many groups had to break up).

Thank you all for reading and thank you all for letting me bother you outside the selection room. Look out for even more Barnard coverage in next year’s Shaft!


The Shaft | Apr. 3 10:08 am EST

Junior Day Recap

Two days down, one to go and a progressively increasing amounts of tears. The seniors and juniors have taken most of this campus’s desirable spaces and left the scraps for the sophomores. To recap, here’s what was taken on junior day:

  • Almost all of 600, 616, and 620: Sophomores, bid those beautiful dreams of 600Fs farewell. The battle of singles vs. location was won by 600 and there are just two whole suites remaining to pick from. Between 600, 616 and 620 you can find fragments of suites waiting to be selected by desperate sophomores trying to avoid the guaranteed assignment list.
  • CG, Elliot singles, Hewitt with good views, renovated Plimpton suites, and studio singles in 110th: gone, gone, gone, gone, and gone. A large dent was made in Plimpton by those juniors unwilling to part with their singles. The most notable stats of the day were the early exits of 616 and 600Bs and Ds. These suites were almost all gone by the time junior only groups had their chance to pick. Several seniors and juniors picked rooms as backup for Columbia housing or study abroad, respectively. So, what’s left? More »

A&E | Apr. 2 1:46 pm EST

WBAR-B-Q XXI line-up released

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WBAR’s annual spring show was just announced, and it features a bit of everything from twee punk to spazz-electronics to black metal. WBAR-B-Q XXI is on April 19, so it’ll be perfect to help you get over your Bacchanal withdrawal. Everything is FREE, and there’ll even be some food provided (because what would a BBQ be without food?). Performances run from noon until 8 p.m. on Lehman Lawn.

Without further ado, here’s your WBAR-B-Q line-up!

Arm Candy

Amanda X

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News | Apr. 2 9:10 am EST
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SGA releases statement on SJP banner

Tova Kamioner / Spec

Update, 9:24 a.m.

This morning, Barnard’s SGA released their comprehensive assessment of what Barnard’s administration should do about the Students for Justice in Palestine Banner, previously hung at Barnard Hall, and removed by administration. SGA released this statement because SJP came to them for assistance in their initiatives, and SGA had a public Google form about the SJP banner in which more than 180 respondents voiced their opinions.

SGA came up with the following consensus about the banner:

1. Re-hang C-SJP’s banner in an equally prominent and visible space on campus.
2. Allow student banners to hang on Barnard Hall. Bannering on Barnard Hall is an important communications outlet for the student body and a valued tradition that should be allowed to continue.
3. Additionally, for as long as Barnard Hall is not a space for student event advertisement, we strongly support the creation of alternative prominent spaces for student group event advertising on campus.
4. SGA would like to work with the college administration on the creation of a set of community bannering and posting guidelines that will delineate an honor code for student group advertisement on campus.

See the full email after the jump: More »


The Shaft | Mar. 31 10:13 pm EST

Junior day predictions

The class of 2015 got its turn on Friday, and it’s now time to see 2016 get their chance. What will go tomorrow?

  • The best of 600: Expect the B and D apartments in 600 to go very early. Despite the fact that they are all doubles, these apartments are beautiful and quite desirable. Only six of these remain, so without a senior pull in, don’t expect to land one.

  • 616: All of it. The likelihood of any suites being left in 616 for sophomore selection is about equivalent to the chances of going for a swim in the Barnard pool right about now.

  • Lots of Plimpton: Not ALL of Plimpton will be selected on junior day but 2016 will make a HUGE dent. Since a significant portion of 2016 lived there this year, they’ve grown accustomed to Amsterdam and Apple Tree and have come to love it. Their clear affinity for singles sealed the deal: Many groups are hoping to return to Plimpton, this time with a better view.

  • Various parts of 620: Let’s be real, the lower floors of 620 are a bit strange–there are interesting seven-person suites, some suites have common rooms, and some don’t. There are 5 six-person suites that could be taken shortly after 616 is gone.

  • The last of CG: The 2 remaining four-person suites will disappear quite early.

  • Some Hewitt/Some Elliot/Some 110th: Hewitt will be taken by those going abroad and not wanting to mess up the plans of their friends picking suites. Elliot will go to those who desperately want singles and not be on the full meal plan. 110th has some simply phenomenal apartments that juniors would be smart to snatch up.

The above is likely but we still have several burning questions: More »


News | Mar. 31 1:50 pm EST

Columbia Turath releases statement regarding SJP banner removal

Tova Kamioner / Spec

Columbia Turath, a non-partisan student group that “serves to promote Arab culture at Columbia University,” released a statement Sunday night about the removal of the Students for Justice in Palestine’s banner from Barnard Hall. The statement reads, in part, “We believe that every student and organization has the right to express an opinion without meeting resistance, intimidation or censorship on an institutional level.”

You can read the statement, in full, after the jump:

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The Shaft | Mar. 29 6:05 pm EST
senior day

One down, two to go: Senior Day recap

Check out our Barnard room selection predictions post!

Senior day has ended, and it was truly predictable. CG has been almost entirely chosen. Sulz Tower is gone save for two halves of doubles. The last Sulz Tower single was chosen by #285. The last group to pick into the top floors of 620 was #101. The last group to choose a five-person suite in 620 was #39, and the rest of the five-person groups picked 616Ds. After the predictable options ran out, several seniors began grasping at straws. Some picked into Plimpton singles, while others resorted to Hewitt or Elliot. Several studio singles in 110th were chosen but many remain. A few groups picked into great six-person apartments in 600 and 616, but overall the seniors didn’t make a large dent in either building.

Perhaps the biggest shocker of the day was that #1 was not present. The holder of lottery number 1 has elected to pull in underclassmen, making #2 the new #1. The first group to pick excitedly chose Sulz Tower. The rest of the groups to pick early shared in the excitement. Group #6, who chose the coveted 10A suite in 620, said: “We’re really excited for a really big common space, huge rooms, a hallway, and hopefully there’s no roaches.”

Some waiting outside Brooks Lounge from the very beginning weren’t quite as excited. A couple groups with early selection times were trying to find the extra number they needed to fill the suite they wanted. Despite this anxiety, the mood was pretty happy during the early picks of room selection. More »


The Shaft | Mar. 28 12:03 am EST
drumroll please

Barnard room selection kicks off tomorrow

As more and more of Barnard groups up, a couple things have become quite clear:
2) If you’re willing to live in a double, your housing dreams just might come true.

The continued lack of 6 groups to be formed is astounding. As of now there are only 50 groups formed, and if this trend remains consistent after everyone has grouped up, sophomores could potentially pick into 600. Even more astounding than the lack of 6 groups is the multitude of 5 groups. At one point there were twice as many 5 groups as there are 5-person suites available, mostly because of rising seniors. A word to the wise: the bulk of the 5-person groups that have been sitting in front of you for the past week are not going away. Their theoretical sixth that just hasn’t gotten around to putting themselves into the system yet does not exist.

Juniors, I know you’re adverse to this, but be prepared to double up. The single or bust attitude will land some of you in Hewitt, some of you in Plimpton, and most of you passing up excellent suites in the 600 block. Many excellent suites with giant doubles will be available for picking on junior day but they might just be passed over and left for sophomores.

Sophomores, hold out and wait—with the irrationality of seniors’ choices thus far, you could luck into something you thought you couldn’t get. If you’re flexible enough to live in a double you just might get to have great housing AND get to keep working on dismantling the patriarchy.

So, what will happen tomorrow when the seniors take the first crack at room selection? More »


The Shaft | Mar. 24 3:51 pm EST
what it all means

Barnard, here’s what your lottery number means

Lottery numbers are out and floor plans are live, meaning that housing is officially upon us. With the most massive senior class Barnard has ever seen and shockingly few six-person groups formed so far, how will this year’s lottery break down?

Senior preferences: It seems that this year’s senior class is staying true to form: they love CG, they love studio singles, and they love Sulz Tower. Floors 5-10 of 620 are sure to fill up fast, but 616 will likely remain empty post-senior day. Seniors seem to prefer CG to 600 or 616, but with only 90 students actually housed in CG, 200 more in 620/Sulz Tower, and 30 in studio singles, this class will still need to make a huge dent somewhere. These seniors will need backup plans, but what will be most important to them—location or singles?

Plimpton: Lots of juniors want to return to Plimpton for another year. The draw of Ptown’s singles beats 600’s location for quite a few girls. This could mean several F-apartments in 600 being available for sophomore day. More »


The Shaft | Mar. 15 5:36 pm EST
600 minutes

Housing strategy tips for Barnard juniors and seniors

Most of you are already familiar with the nature of the lottery since you’ve done it once before. Thankfully, this time you won’t start with the rest of what’s left.

We went over 110th, Plimpton, Hewitt, and Elliot in the last post with advice for sophomores. Now here’s some insight into the other (higher demand) dorms:

  • 620: the coveted top 6 floors of 620 are known to be a dream … suites of all singles, most featuring a common room, dishwasher, and a lovely view. The bottom floors of 620 could potentially be filled with lots of disability suites (there are more ODS students than usual this year). These lower floors feature many tiny doubles, decent singles, and common rooms. Not bad overall.
  • 616: As this is the only building in the 600 block that houses only Barnard students, it contains a lovely lounge and computer room (with printers). The C suites (4 singles, 1 double) will likely fill very quickly as will the D suites (3 singles, 1 double) due to overflow of seniors who did not pick into 620. The A and B suites should be fair game for juniors with decent numbers.
  • 600: If you don’t mind living in doubles and having potentially noisy neighbors, this is the building for you. The location is as good as it gets, and the newly redone kitchens and bathrooms are beautiful.
  • Cathedral Gardens: I won’t lie, I haven’t walked the 15 minutes to check this one out, but I do hear that it’s worth it. There’s an abundance of singles and spacious common rooms. If you’re OK with a long walk (and the public safety shuttle will help you out), CG is a great place to be.
  • Sulz Tower: The view is gorgeous and there are a ton of singles. The kitchens, despite being more communal than suite style, are kept pretty tidy. Plus you get to live right on campus, which comes with the additional bonus of the Orgo Night Barnard quad dance party being right at your front door.

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