Letter from the Editor and New 9WK Staff

Dear Readers,

It’s that time of year again, when the chaos of finals finally passes, and when the senior class is getting ready to start their life after Barnard. In these moments of transition, I look back on my time so far at Barnard, with The Nine Ways of Knowing, and with the wonderful people I have met along the way.

I joined The Nine Ways of Knowing as a First Year, when Samantha Plotner, co-founder of the publication, was a senior. It has been an honor to know her, as well as Olivia Goldman, the Editor-in-Chief at the time, for they helped me feel like a part of the Barnard community from the start. It is through them that I started to find a place for me in the Morningside Heights community. I stuck with the blog up to now, because I still believe in its mission; The Nine Ways of Knowing still continues to be a website by Barnard students for Barnard students, covering events and issues that truly interest us. I hope in my time as Editor-in-Chief, I have continued to live up to this mission, as well as the legacy of the ones who came before me.

I was only Editor-in-Chief for one semester. The Editor-in-Chief before me, Zoe Baker-Peng, is currently studying abroad in Copenhagen and travelling all over Europe (her pictures always give me a little wanderlust). Zoe’s time on the blog was wonderful, and when she left, I had big shoes to fill. This semester has been full of challenges. For starters, I absolutely hate public speaking; talking in front of groups scared me. However, the members of the blog were receptive and open, that it never seemed like I was talking to the members; it was always a grand conversation. Another challenge for me, and for many of us, was trying to stay afloat and find some balance with school, work, extracurricular activities, and other commitments. This challenge has been there since taking my first steps through the gates, but it felt even more difficult this semester.


Luckily, I had an amazing E-Board who helped me out, and a receptive and creative group of writers who made my time as the Editor-in-Chief so enjoyable. I want to thank Laura K. Garrison, our Senior Editor, for helping me out with the blog and beyond. Laura, I hope everything works out for you after graduation! I also want to thank the rest of our E-Board; Kat, Danielle, and Clara, you’ve made my life so much easier in so many ways. To this day, I look forward to our meetings. They always felt like a time where we take a deep breath and enjoy ourselves before getting into the havoc of another week.

I want to say a special Shout Out to the amazing Barnard Class of 2015. Earlier this semester, we restarted our Senior Snapshot project, and we had thirteen amazing women reply, with our last senior’s submission to be posted very soon. To the seniors who submitted a Senior Snapshot, you all rock! To all the seniors who graduated from Barnard yesterday, congratulations! I really wish you the very best.

Another year has come and gone, and, before you know it, the 2015-2016 school year will start again, with many changes to Barnard and to The Nine Ways of Knowing. I will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief to take a few Editorial positions, including my beloved New York Editorial position that I held last year. Our new Executive and Editorial Boards are below. These members have shown their dedication and love for the blog, and I could not be happier to have them on board next year. I hope all of you will stay on for the ride as well.

Executive Board 2015-2016
Co-Editors-in-Chef: Katherine Aliano Ruiz and Danielle Owen
Senior Editor: Clara Butler
Social Media Strategists: Clara Butler and Danielle Owen
Contributing Editor: Jessica Gregory
Managing Editor: Manuela Hiches

Editorial Board 2015-2016
Girl Talk Editor: Katherine Aliano Ruiz
Features Editor: Danielle Owen
Politics Editor: Danielle Owen
Food Editor: Jessica Gregory
Opinion Editor: Jessica Gregory
New York Editor: Mariah Castillo
Arts Editor: Mariah Castillo
Photography Editor: Manuela Hiches
On Campus Editor: Manuela Hiches

I’m saving the best “thank you” for last: thank you readers for sticking with us this whole year. Your views and comments always mean so much to me and the Nine Ways staff. To quote one of previous Editors-in-Chief, “Whether you are a student, an alumna, or a prospective student, we hope our blog has given you a better picture of what Barnard means to us.” We hope we’ve been able to connect with you all in some way, and we hope that you will continue to read and interact with us in the future.

Have a wonderful summer!

So much blogluv,
Mariah Castillo
Class of 2016, Barnard College

Senior Snapshot: Julia Qian

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we’re so sad to see them leave! If you’d like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Julia Qian
Hometown: Hangzhou, China
Major: History, Athena Scholar

What are You Involved In?
SGA (A LOT of SGA), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Club Q, Senior Interviewer, Global Symposium Fellow, etc

Guilty Pleasure?
Gilmore Girls… or the swings at Riverside Park.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
I loved convocation this year. Seeing hundreds of people, students, faculty, alumnae and administrators, gather together at Riverside Church to celebrate our 125th anniversary gives me a glimpse into the global community that I am apart of.
I genuinely enjoy every second with people in this community. it is pretty insane how amazing everyone is. People will challenge you, encourage you, inspire you and push you to achieve the potential that you didn’t even see in yourself. It’s a magical land.

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
Running for SGA President was definitely a “bold and beautiful” leap of faith for me. As an international and a transfer student, I didn’t think I would one day become the student body president. It was my friends who encouraged me to dream bigger and to imagine better. It was the same friends who showed me tough love: they were always there to support me, but at the same time they were always the first ones to call me out and to challenge me to do better. It was absolutely a privilege to serve as SGA president. It gave me an unparalleled opportunity to interact with different groups of students from various backgrounds and interest. I was constantly inspired because Barnard students proactively and actively engage in and contribute to important conversations and processes, from admission policy on trans students, to the design of the Teaching and Learning Center, to the curriculum review, and to support our peers in tough times after the non-indictment and events in Baltimore. Being SGA President is by far the biggest challenge for me in college but also a rewarding and transformative experience. If I could say something to the class of 2019, that will be “get uncomfortable, make mistakes, take risks, dream big, stay curious and take actions.”

What Will You Miss?
Of course the people, these passionate, dedicated, committed, curious and extraordinary individuals.

What Won’t You Miss?
Exams

Favorite Place On or Off Campus?
Liz’s Place and Lehman Lawn

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
Learn, lead, love, serve

Senior Snapshot: Sarah Schutz

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we’re so sad to see them leave! If you’d like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Sarah Schutz
Hometown: Ocean City, NJ (the other Jersey Shore)
Major: Economics/Statistics Major. US History Minor

What are You Involved In?
I’ve dabbled in a lot of things over my four years (story of my life) but overall, I was on NSOP committee, NSOP OL, CU Dems (I’ve been stopped in Mortan Williams one too many times to be asked if I’m that “Dems Girl”), Barnard Bartending, and “the girl who sits in Rosencrans.”

Guilty Pleasure?
A tie between the Barefoot Contessa and chocolate covered gummy bears.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
A solid tie between the history of Columbia and Slavery seminar with Professor Eric Foner (please, if you are here next year, take The Radical Tradition. It’s his last class and the man is seriously mind-blowing) and staying on a mattress for 3 days in my friend’s suite in 600 when Hurricane Sandy came during my sophomore year. Shoutout to 6F who put up with me running to Morton Williams in the middle of the storm because I was “craving broccoli.”

Biggest Regret of College?
I want to say I live life with no regrets, but we are not perfect. I wish I read all of the readings. I wish I had done AllSex. I wish I would have explored more clubs or joined a theater production. I wish I would have explored the city or joined NSOP sooner. But they also say to embrace your imperfections, so I am going to do that.

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
Creating my own major. Shoutout to Dean Friedman who made the whole process a whole lot less painful and putting up with me when I petitioned the CPAS every single semester.

What Will You Miss?
Seeing my best friends and amazing, inspiring people every single day. Also, that granola in Ferris. *insert heart eyes emoji*

What Won’t You Miss?
Working on a single problem set for 12 hours.

Favorite Place On or Off Campus?
On: the Mudd Roof.
Off: Washington Square Park (people watching there is beautiful)

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
Some research stuff and this

Midnight Breakfast or Orgo Night?
Why choose one when you can have both?!

If you were a Morningside Heights Bar or Restaurant Which Would You Be?
Taqueria y Fonda. And I like it spicy ;)

Senior Snapshot: Jo Chiang

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we’re so sad to see them leave! If you’d like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Jo Chiang
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Major: Theatre

What are You Involved In?
I’ve worked with nearly every theatre group on campus, though the King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe will forever be the love of my life. I’ve also been involved with the Athena Film Festival, as well as the Athena Scholars program, and in general I do my best to stay engaged with social justice movements around campus. (PS. I’m Barnard Baby)

Guilty Pleasure?
I’m fairly shameless about my pleasures.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
How about a list?
Thanksgiving dinners in CG, group plays of video games, waiting in line with friends for student rush tickets, always running into folks in Liz’s place which is practically my second home at this point, performing free outdoor Shakespeare, performing free outdoor Shakespeare IN THE RAIN, summer hang-outs, making friends the first week of my first year, making friends the last month of my senior year, hugging Dean Hollibaugh, the Athena Film Festival hustle, and the conversations, all the never-ending, invigorating, exhausting, provocative conversations…
Every tear, every bruise, every laugh, every moment has been an experience, and that’s my favorite thing of all.

Biggest Regret of College?
Ironically, there are a lot of things I wish I said no to/been brave enough to quit.

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
It was in college that I really came face to face with the understanding that I wanted to act for a living. I’m still in mid-leap. Only time will tell where I’ll land.

What Will You Miss?
The families I found.

What Won’t You Miss?
The ways this school has hurt many people I care about.

Favorite Place On or Off Campus?
Lehman Lawn on a sunny day.

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
So many stories to tell.

Midnight Breakfast or Orgo Night?
Why settle for hipster racism when you can have delicious carbs instead?

If you were a Morningside Heights Bar or Restaurant Which Would You Be?
I’m more like a food cart tbh. Never in one place for too long, but when it’s 2am and you need something to keep you going, I’ll be there.

Who Will Play You in a Biopic of Your Life?
Um Lucy Liu duh.

Senior Snapshot: Molly Scott

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing people of the class of 2015, and we’re so sad to see them leave! If you’d like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

Name: Molly Scott
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Major: Psychology

What are You Involved In?
RA, Stewardship Co-Chair for Senior Fund, Research Assistant and Teacher in the Toddler Center

Guilty Pleasure?
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
My first RA training in August 2013. The Hewitt staff had so much fun going to Shake Shack and riding the Staten Island Ferry!

Biggest Regret of College?
Two of them. One: I wish I would’ve gotten more involved in the Columbia community and joined clubs across the street. Two: I wish I could have known how fast my time at Barnard would go by. I would’ve appreciated each day here more, especially during my freshman and sophomore years.


Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
Taking the GRE and applying to graduate school.

What Will You Miss?
Spending my days in the Toddler Center.

What Won’t You Miss?
L-course signups.

Favorite Place On or Off Campus?
On campus: Steps in front of Barnard Hall. Off campus: Rockefeller Center.

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
Graduate school in Philly.

Midnight Breakfast or Orgo Night?
Midnight breakfast!

If you were a Morningside Heights Bar or Restaurant Which Would You Be?
Nussbaum & Wu.

Who will play you in a biopic of your life?
Kate Hudson.

Senior Snapshot: Sheila Krishnan

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing people of the class of 2015, and we’re so sad to see them leave! If you’d like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.


Name: Sheila Krishnan
Hometown: Blauvelt, NY
Major: Linguistics

What are You Involved In?
Columbia Raas, Governing Board at Barnard, CU American Medical Students Association Global Health Committee

Guilty Pleasure?
Television + Tumblr

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
Spring semester of my first year, one of my roommates (Annell Ovalles BC’15) and I walked around all over midtown getting free macaroons on Free Macaroon Day. It’d finally become warm enough to enjoy the city, and we had so much fun getting off campus and eating delicious macaroons; it really felt like we were getting a real Barnard College (in the City of New York) experience!

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
At the end of my very first semester, I finished my Intro to Linguistics class and knew then that I wanted to make Linguistics my major. There isn’t any Linguistics major at Barnard (or indeed, at Columbia, yet), but there were courses offered, and so I petitioned for and made it my major. The ling classes that I was able to take over the rest of my undergraduate career were so interesting, rewarding, and honestly – fun. It stung sometimes to not belong to a department – I missed out on things like departmental honors awards and invitations to hors d’oeuvres with President Spar (invites are sent by department), on open houses and program planning meetings… And it was doubly hard to complete my pre-medical requirements and the Nine Ways of Knowing given that there was no overlap with my major, but I can’t regret studying what I did, and writing the thesis I wanted to and being the kind of student who does things just a little bit differently.

What Will You Miss?
Maggie the Magnolia

What Won’t You Miss?
Certain classes!

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
London – a Master’s; then Med School!

Midnight Breakfast or Orgo Night?
Midnight Breakfast!! Free ice cream!

If you were a Morningside Heights Bar or Restaurant Which Would You Be?
Roti Roll – spicy and just a little unexpected

Senior Snapshot: Bella Pori

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2015, and we’re so sad to see them leave! If you’d like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.


Name: Bella Pori
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Major: American History and Human Rights

What are You Involved In?
Philolexian Society, Kayaking Club, WBAR, and I give tours/work off campus. <3

Guilty Pleasure?
I’m in a place in my life where I don’t feel guilty about anything I enjoy anymore. It’s a good place to be.

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
I could not even begin to pick one. I remember sitting in my room during NSOP while a girl who would later become one of my closest friends asked me to tell her my life story. I remember going to the top of the Empire State Building at one in the morning with another friend. It was snowing, and we took pictures without our coats on, because we figured it would be the least cliché picture we could take at the top of the Empire State Building. I remember hosting multiple fundraisers in my suite to raise money for abortion funds around the country. I remember countless Broadway shows, late-night talks, intricate discussions of the Harry Potter Universe, and debates over Diana pizza. There have been so many memories and moments at Barnard that have been so wonderful, and I would hate to make the other memories feel bad by playing favorites!

Biggest Regret of College?
Much like guilty pleasures, I try not to have regrets. There are things that I maybe would do differently if I could go back (do the Athena program, be more open with people, date more [lol]) but everything I did made me the person that I am today, so I’m totally ok with all of my choices, because I like who I am now. Oh wait, you know what, I ate fried fish in Hewitt when there was a Nacho Bar, so that.

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
After completing the language requirement with some Spanish classes, I decided in my sophomore year to start taking another language for absolutely no reason. I signed up for an introductory Arabic class, despite the fact that I had no experience with the language, was not studying the Middle East, and did not need the credits. The class was, predictably, incredibly difficult. I spent hours on the homework, I cried from stress on occasion, and I felt like I was making very little progress. But I met amazing friends, learned some valuable lessons in perseverance, and began to enjoy the language. And once I studied abroad in Morocco (yes, you can study abroad as an American history major!) I saw the progress I had made, and got to watch my hard work pay off. Studying abroad was one of the most rewarding things I did while at Barnard, and I never would have done it if I hadn’t taken Arabic.

What Will You Miss?
Living in such close proximity to all the amazing friends I’ve made here.

What Won’t You Miss?
Student Loans. Oh wait, they’ll follow me for the next ten years!

Favorite Place On or Off Campus?
Liz’s Place, with their friendly staff and classic rock playlist.

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
Becoming real-life Leslie Knope

Midnight Breakfast or Orgo Night?
Midnight breakfast because my boss from Financial Aid serves pancakes, and I think that’s awesome.

If you were a Morningside Heights Bar or Restaurant Which Would You Be?
Absolute Bagels. I’m so awesome that even when people find out there are rats in the kitchen, there’s still a line out the door.

Who Will Play You in a Biopic of Your Life?
Amy Poehler, obviously.