Barnardians! Is there a student/alum movement to get the administration to accept and welcome trans women as students, e.g. Smith Q&A? Does Q have something? I JUST found out about Jennifer Finney Boylan being a writer-in-residence and am excited about it, but all I can find about admissions is DSpar waffling about “generational” transphobia in Times articles.
caleb, robbie, and conrad (all barnumbia people) might know about this!
there isn’t an official movement, though there have been student groups (GendeRevolution, Proud Colors) discussing it. we wrote an article in Spec and if you look through my barnumbia tag it will be there.
also, like, would be super Down to start a movement if Anyone is interested?
The queer young Barnard alum group on facebook is talking about this - they just got started this summer, so idk what they’re up to. I can invite you to the group, Caleb, if you want to try to connect with them and coordinate??
In a controversial move, the Barnard College administration took down a banner put up by the anti-apartheid group Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP). The decision has caused allegations of discrimination by Barnard College against pro-Palestine groups on the heavily Zionist influenced Columbia University campus.
A number of pro-apartheid and Zionist organizations, including Columbia’s Hillel and LionPAC, were outraged at the posting of the banner on the front of Barnard Hall. LionPAC’s facebook page thanked Barnard President Deborah Spar’s (DSpar) for her “swift and thoughtful response to our concerns about the SJP banner outside Barnard Hall.”
DSpar’s response was as follows:
"Thank you for your thoughtful email and for bringing this matter to our attention. We are removing the banner from Barnard Hall at this time and will be reexamining our policy for student banners going forward. It has been a long-standing tradition to allow any recognized Barnard or Columbia student group to reserve a space and hang a banner promoting their event. However, we understand your concern that in hanging the C-SJP banner next to the official Barnard College banner it inadvertently gave the impression that the College sanctions and supports these events. These Barnard Hall banners have always been student-created and, as such, reflect the diversity of student interests and concerns, but are not meant to convey an endorsement. Barnard has been and will remain committed to free speech and student groups will still have the ability to flyer and promote their events throughout campus, but until we have had time as a community to discuss the banner placements on Barnard Hall and better define a policy we will not be hanging student banners on Barnard Hall.”
The article misses the point here and there, but here’s Barnard making progress on gender-inclusive restrooms on campus!
woo barnard and woo caleb!
This year Barnard College is instituting PGPs as part of a person’s introduction. As soon as new students come onto campus for orientation, they are going to learn about PGPs and how to use them in introducing themselves to others. I love this because although we are technically a “women’s…
Quite a change from JShap telling me I was being “sexist” by calling for trans* women to be welcomed at Barnard.
whoa Barnard good job
My fellow students, I agree with Mr. Lanbo Zhang: we’re kidding ourselves. For all of the defensiveness and attacks, for all of the controversy and contention— Columbia and Barnard are one school, and we should make that the case not just in theory, but also in practice.
I think it’s time Columbia became a part of Barnard College.
BROOKE COME HERE AND LET ME LOVE YOU
ALSO, BARNARD LIBRARY IS IN LEHMAN HALL. LEHMAN LIBRARY IS IN IAB.
LEARN YOUR SHIT, COLUMBIA BOY.
Hey, shitdick who wrote that absurdly asinine article in the Spec yesterday, I hope you feel my virtual Hulk-smash from all the way downtown.
I just posted this comment:
"You should have done more reading on the mission of women’s colleges in today’s academic culture before writing this. Plenty has been written on this topic for the past 30+ years - your viewpoint is nothing new and is extremely limited to your own experience of what you think Barnard offers its students. Barnard’s having a lot of problems right now, but that does not invalidate its mission to create an educational environment that puts women front and center. I can’t talk you through research you should have done before you posted this, but I hope you do some more reading.
One question: how would you envision this “merger”? Because I’m betting you and most people who are all for this are not picturing a merger, but a takeover - Barnard’s campus, professors, and administration become part of Columbia’s, with “redundancies” eliminated, and the end result is that Columbia can accept more students and Barnard disappears.
And BTW, the overlap in academic and social experiences between Barnard and Columbia students isn’t a reason to merge, but it is a reason for Columbia students to stop disparaging Barnard students. I’d love to see a Columbia College student arguing for that in the Spec instead of a post that’s just another way of saying we shouldn’t be at Columbia.”
i feel a bit better idk
camillekit said: what's it like meeting boys at barnard? I'll probably be attending in the fall and I'm just nervous about the all-girls thing because relationships with guys both romantically and platonically are pretty important to me.
I think it’s easy to meet guys, though you have be a bit more proactive about it than you might have to be at other schools, at least at first. I had a lot of guy friends whom I met in class and through clubs. I think it’s like anywhere, except the man to woman ratio is a little more skewed towards women. There’s also the problem of perceived stigma against Barnard women, but you can’t let that psych you out, most people do not care that you’re at Barnard rather than at Columbia.
I had less luck romantically, but honestly, my romantic life is a horrible travesty, basically an abyss of regret and sadness. No idea if that’s because of Barnard or because I’m a weirdo or because the people I was interested in in college just happened to be The Worst! It’s hard to tell. I know Barnard and Columbia girls who had good luck with guys and I know Barnard and Columbia girls who had terrible luck with guys.
But I think, like anywhere else, it’s mostly a matter of putting yourself out there. Barnard’s woman-positive environment helped me get a lot better at putting myself out there in any situation - one of the first things I noticed when I was looking for clubs to join first year was that Barnard women were in leadership positions in every single one (except anime club, but they were awful anyway :D)
Re. tech & the Eng dept: THEY DO SIGNUPS ONLINE NOW, I feel so betrayed. I had to wait in the fucking hall at 7:30 in the morning, god damn it.
that’s right, barnard prospies on tumblr, the english department used to make people PHYSICALLY GO to the department to sign up for seminars etc. now they do not! o brave new world
GREAT DEPARTMENT!!! My one and only major complaint was that the department as a whole was hilariously technology-avoidant, but maybe in the intervening years since I studied there someone managed to force them into the 2010s.
elizabeth, on the barnard english department, which she knew intimately in her youth.
Anonymous said: Hello! Well I don't know if this is weird or anything but I've been really looking into applying to Barnard and I just wanted to know if I would be a good place for someone who wants to major in English? :)
Barnard’s English department is very good and very tough and a lot of people major in English. Several of them follow me, so does anyone have anything to say re: Barnard English?
i don’t really know, but i think it would be an excellent place for someone who wants to major in english.
Anonymous said: hi! barnard is my dream school and i would love to go there. however, im not feminist at all, and i have heard that barnard women in general have a strong sense of feminism. will i be left out or not a good fit if im not a big and outspoken advocate of feminism?
hmm. well. I guess I kind of wonder what you mean or what you’re picturing when you say feminist. i think most Barnard and Columbia students would agree with and support the basic, superficial goals of feminism (the “women should be treated equally to men” level of feminism). Most Barnard students would probably identify as feminists (with various definitions of the word and various opinions and experiences under it); for some that’s a casual statement, for some it’s an activist or academic calling.
I think you would certainly hear more about feminism at Barnard than you might at another school. But, you know, Barnard is a women’s college in a time when most people think that’s an anachronism; the basic tenet of Barnard and other women’s colleges today is that women succeed when they’re surrounded and supported by other women and that this continues to be necessary because women are still disadvantaged by the way our society is structured. This is also a big part of feminism and I view women’s colleges today as essentially feminist institutions (though I am only familiar with women’s colleges in the Northeast US, which are also predominantly liberal, white, and rich - maybe the culture is different in other parts of the country and with other demographics.)
If you saw my posts about Columbia guys last night, what I was trying to get at was this: if you do not want an education focused on women, advancing women, supporting women, where you spend a lot of time with only women, you should not go to Barnard. If you do want that, then I think you will be fine as a non-feminist if you’re prepared to have your views challenged (and to challenge other people’s views!)
Barnard is more open-minded about this than some comparable institutions, I believe, and Barnard women have a lot of reasons for attending Barnard beyond just an all-women education, but it is still a women’s college.
i have more specific thoughts about Barnard’s brand of feminism (which I have issues with as a feminist myself) but i don’t want to overcomplicate this. if you want more info, though, let me know - it might help if you go off anon, give me more specifics about your concerns, and I will reply privately!
stick to the engineers :)
maddie has had success with the engineers at columbia, everyone! :D
certainly better than EALAC, where all the guys are Asian fetishists! D:
FYI, you can def study abroad with a science major (my old roomie went the whole year, doubled in French & bio), but she planned to do so from DAY 1 & basically had no electives.
plan your study abroad from the beginning! :D
Proof Humanities is better. That’s all I’m getting from this.
objectively true! it’s scientifically proven that humanities is better. :D