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Every week, series blogger Rebecca Farley gives a platform to Columbia’s (literally) unheard voices. Today, she chats with the Barnard bench, a sculpture by Jenny Holzer.
The marble bench in front of Barnard Hall is a puzzling piece of art. It is a bench, though not one that appears made for sitting. The inscriptions on the bench read: “Stupid people shouldn’t breed” and “it’s crucial to have an active fantasy life.” The statements are puzzling; both give advice, but the advice seems abrupt, rough, almost rude. Why is it crucial to have an active fantasy life? And why should stupid people not have kids? I decided to take these questions to the source: the bench himself.
At the beginning of our interview the bench seems nervous. He starts asking questions as soon as I arrive, anxiously asking for details about the interview.
“How long will this take?” he asks first.
“However long you’d like,” I assure him.
He wonders where the interview will be published, who will read it, whether or not there will be a photo, and should he polish his marble if there is going to be a photo. Once I’ve answered his litany of questions, I try my best to ease the anxious bench into the interview.
“I like your location,” I tell him. “The shrubbery around here is nicely organized; I really think it looks beautiful in spring.”
“Mm-hmm,” he intones. He still seems anxious; I feel that he is constantly trying to assess me or guess my next action.
Regardless, the bench is a beautiful piece of art. His sleek marble body is gleaming in the late winter sun, the grey etchings of marble striation looking like the first signs of earth under melting snow. He is a wonderfully designed bench. The rectangular prism that makes up his body is free of blemishes or marks; the marble itself feels like the surface of a laptop, clean and smooth.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Foundation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Barnard commencement, the college announced this afternoon.
At the May 18 ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, Barnard president Debora Spar will award the Barnard Medal of Distinction to Richards and three other honorees: Harvard ethics professor and social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji, Xerox chairman and CEO Ursula Burns, and musician and author Patti Smith.
“Throughout her career, Cecile Richards has advocated for civic engagement and public participation as essential components of law-making and the political process,” Spar said in a statement. “Her extraordinary insight and experience will inspire our graduates, whose own lives and careers will contribute to the future of these critically important issues for women everywhere.”
Jolyne Caruso-Fitzgerald, BC ’81 and chair of the Barnard board of trustees, will also speak at the commencement ceremony.
Barnard Dean Avis Hinkson announced changes to Barnard’s winter break housing policy and its structure for housing cancelation fees in an email to students sent at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The first change is that, starting next year, all residence halls except for Plimpton Hall will be closed for the first part of winter break. If Barnard students want to stay on campus during the first few weeks of winter break and do not live in Plimpton, they must secure permission to use the room of a Plimpton resident.
The other update is that housing cancellation fees will now be based on a sliding percentage of a student’s room rate (single, multiple, or studio) determined by the date of cancellation. Previously, Barnard charged a flat cancellation fee regardless of cancellation date.
See the full text of Hinkson’s email after the jump. More »
People usually slam boredom, but for Daniella Herman, BC ’17, boredom led to a series of Barnard teddy bear Snaps that are funny, adorable, and easy to relate to. “The bear is me. I’m living vicariously through the bear,” Herman explained.
Snow day hopeful bear:
The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program could finally be accepting incoming Barnard students a few years down the road, an email sent to COÖP members and acquired by the Spectator on Thursday said.
The email emphasized, however, that responsibility for the program—and the final decision on whether to include Barnard students—ultimately lies with the administration. It also says that integration likely won’t come for at least a year or two.
Apparently, the reason why COÖP wasn’t integrated when all the other pre-orientation programs were was because “the COÖP community was resistant to the idea of integration because of fears of the unknown and how it may change COÖP from its current state.”
“It is now up to Barnard to decide whether it wants to participate and in what ways,” the email says, after COÖP’s administrator and Assistant Director of Student Engagement Peter Cerneka made a decision in favor of integration.
According to the email, the first and only year when Barnard students participated in COÖP was 1983, the first year of the program. Apparently, Barnard inclusion has been a topic of discussion since then.
Might we add that we’re big fans of “ballerz” vocabulary used.
Read on for the full email:
Barnard President Debora Spar will head to the White House on Thursday to discuss expanding college opportunities for low-income students alongside more than 100 college and university presidents.
The daylong event, which kicks off at 9 a.m. EST, will be livestreamed here.
Both President Barack Obama, CC ’83, and first lady Michelle Obama will speak at the event, which will also feature panel discussions with the academics and representatives from nonprofits, the private sector, and state governments.
Updated Jan. 6 at 11:30 a.m.
Karen Blank, who served as Barnard’s dean of studies for 19 years, died recently. Barnard President Debora Spar notified students in an email Thursday afternoon. Spar’s email did not specify when Blank died.
Blank came to Barnard in the summer of 1993 after serving as associate dean of student affairs for Columbia College. According to Spar, Blank remained at Barnard until she took a medical leave in January 2012.
During her time at Barnard, Blank chaired the Committee on Honors and the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing, served on the Committee on Instruction, and advised the Honor Board. Spar also said Blank acted as Barnard’s liaison to Columbia Athletics, which established a scholarship in her honor in December 2012.
A memorial service for Blank will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. The service will take place at West End Collegiate Church, located at 245 West 77th Street.
You can read Spar’s full email after the jump. More »
Barnard honored its 12 newest Phi Beta Kappa members at a ceremony earlier today in Sulzburger Parlor. Inductees are of “exceptionally high standing” and chosen by faculty members who are also members of Phi Beta Kappa. Barnard hasn’t officially announced the inductees yet, but a tipster sent us a photo from the ceremony. Just last month, Columbia College announced its 22 junior PBK inductees last month, who constitute the highest 2 percent of the graduating class.
Full list of inductees below!
- Danielle Arje, political science
- Rachel Barnes, neuroscience and behavior
- Dare Anne Speers Brawley, architecture
- Kacie Lynn Dragan, sociology and human rights
- Rabia Iqbal, biochemistry
- Elianna Tova Kapowitz, neuroscience and behavior
- Daniella Mael, mathematics and economics
- Michelle Ann Schwartz, neuroscience and behavior
- Ana Svribuck, Africana studies and human rights
- Lacey Tompkins, psychology
- Ellen Dulsky Watkins, art history
- Yingtian Yang, applied mathematics and economics
Over the past week, students at Barnard have been perplexed about the mysterious white tent just inside the college’s main gate. The tent covers a new seal that is being etched into Barnard’s bricks—something that’s part of an ongoing effort by the college to step up its image.
“Unifying and strengthening Barnard’s visual identity—from printed publications to the website to multimedia—has been an ongoing project for the College for over five years now,” Joanne Kwong, vice president for communications at Barnard, said in an email.
In an environment where applicants increasingly judge colleges based on physical appearance, giving Barnard’s image a makeover has become more important. More »
Come on out to Lehman Lawn tonight at 7 to enjoy the Big Sub. Big Sub is a 714 foot sub sandwich (to correspond with the class of 2014) that will cover the entire Barnard campus – all open for you to devour for FREE!