Monday, September 26, 2016

Guest Blog Post: Professor Kim Hall "for colored girls: a recipe for success"

Did you read and or discuss #BarnardReads selection For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf ?

Whether or not you participated in this #BarnardReads, have you read, seen, or wondered about this choreopoem written by Barnard alumna Ntozake Shange (BC '70)?

Are you curious how Barnard students and faculty have related to this work and author, and to the college experience?

See this guest blog post from Professor Kim F. Hall, the Lucyle Hook Chair of English and a Professor of Africana Studies:

for colored girls: a recipe for success

Dresses and a poster from that production, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” will be on view at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The museum opens Sept. 24. STEPHEN VOSS FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
You may have heard that the play for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf  turned forty this week. On September 15th, it premiered on Broadway and catapulted Barnard alumna Ntozake Shange (BC ‘70)--six years out of college--into fame. People flocked to see this new form, the phenomenal choreopoem, which was unlike anything on the commercial stage at the time. Women of all colors were transformed by the experience of seeing a stage made into a woman’s space where women loved, mourned, raged and healed together. The artwork for the performance in subway stations and ads made Shange the most visible writer --and most visible black feminist--in the city. Zake (as her friends call her) and the play brought to light some long simmering antagonisms over gender politics in the Black Arts Movement and black communities.  A newspaper writer reported overhearing a black man on 125th & 7th telling his friends "I heard the CIA was behind that girl's play.”

Poet and longtime woke bae E. Ethelbert Miller captured the era in this stanza of his poem, "For Ntozake Shange":

I have listened to their voices
in groups of threes & fours
I have overheard their hatred
for your plays & poems
I have watched them try to spell your name
failing like europeans deciphering hieroglyphics

When the play toured, people called local theaters in protest.

For the past three years, I have been caretaker of the Digital Shange Project and have taught incredible Barnard students (the Zakettes)  in The Worlds of Ntozake Shange courses. In class, we didn’t just learn about Shange’s work and historical context, we left with a heightened awareness of how Shange and other feminists made the tools they needed for survival and our capacity to do the same.

Ntozake Shange Papers, Barnard Archives and Special
Collections, scanned by Amanda Perry BC ‘16. 
Zake (then going by her original name Paulette Williams) struggled with health issues (suicide is not just a metaphor), with being made to feel an outsider, and with a curriculum that did not offer the tools she needed for success as she defined it. But she did what many Barnard students do: she worked with others to create what bell hooks calls ‘beloved community’ and created the things she felt were absent from her life. For example, the Ntozake Shange Collection in Barnard Archives and Special Collections has a copy of the literary collection, Phat Mama, which Zake, Thulani Davis (BC '70) and other Barnard students made to showcase their own work.  At lunch with the 2014 Zakettes, Zake and Thulani  told us how important that collaboration was to their future lives as writers and feminists.  They literally made the book, finding someone who could teach them how to stitch each copy.  During the making, they dreamed of a future that saw them in their fullness.

I almost called this post “A blueprint for survival” because the idea of a blueprint as a model which, if you follow it precisely, will create something wonderful. However, Zake came to Barnard with very specific experiences as a middle-class black women in the 70s; thus, it is more appropriate to think of for colored girls and Zake’s Barnard experience as a recipe -- directions to which you can add your style and season to taste. I’ll finish with directions drawn from my class’s experience of living the legacy of for colored girls. But first, a recommendation specifically for your class: don’t let your college experience be defined by buildings (or their absence):  seek out the Barnard librarians. They know TONS and can offer many ways to find and make sense of the massive amounts of information you will be expected to turn into knowledge.  But most important they are models for doing deceptively difficult jobs with joy, purpose and social awareness. They embody beloved community.

Learning the Zakette way:

Remember:     classrooms are not the only space for learning
collaboration is a powerful antidote to isolation and competition

listen while reading. .  . music, poetry, nature/
 meditations can change your relationship to words 
move (in any way you can; before writing if you can)
cook with others when you can

            make things
            find god in yourself

experience the city; learn its history

Reach out. ask for help when you need it

Friday, September 23, 2016

Opportunity: FREE tickets to events around NYC through Urban New York

A message from Barnard Student Life:

Hello First-Year students,

You are in luck! As first-year students you are eligible to apply for free tickets to events around New York City as part of the Urban NY program. Urban NY is a university-wide program designed to expose students to the sights and sounds of New York City by offering them FREE admission to events and programs in the area. The lottery opens on Monday, September 26 at 9AM and runs through Sunday, October 2 at 11:59PM.

For the link to register, please visit the Urban NY webpage at or the Barnard Student Life facebook page on Monday, 9/26 at 9am.
We hope you'll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Good luck!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reminder: FY Class Council elections end THIS FRIDAY AT NOON

Cats agree -- make your voice heard by voting for your First-Year Class Council!

Voting takes place this week on myBarnard -- cast your vote by this Friday, Sept. 22, at 12 noon.

Resource: Physics Workshop Room

Taking Physics?  Got questions?  Want to talk with some friendly upperclass Barnard Physics majors who want to help you make sense of it all?

Look no further than the Physics Workshop Room!

Mondays and Wednesdays
7-9 p.m.
Altschul 514

Resource: Statistics Help Room

The Department of Statistics offers a help-room service for students enrolled in STAT UN1001, UN1101, and UN1201.
The purpose of the help-room is to supplement the regular teaching assistant and faculty office hours with peer-to-peer tutoring, and to facilitate the formation of study groups.\

Help Room Hours and Location – Fall 2016
Sunday: 12noon to 4:00 pm – Room 903 SSW, 9th Floor

Monday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – 601 Watson, 6th Floor

Tuesday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – 601 Watson, 6th Floor

Wednesday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – Watson 6th Floor Lounge

Thursday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – 601 Watson, 6th Floor

Resource: Math Help Room

Got questions about math?  Math Help Rooms have answers!

For help with: College Algebra – Analytic Geometry, Calculus I, II and III courses
Milbank 333
Monday through Thursday:  10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (staffed by Barnard undergrads 6-10 p.m.)
Friday:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For help with:   Calculus IV and Higher Math courses
406 Mathematics Building (at Columbia)
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Resource: Economics Help Room

The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester on Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

The EHR is located in Sulzberger Annex 102 (adjacent to Barnard Hall and Sulzberger Hall, and in the Admissions Office's Welcome Center).

The hours (all in the evening) are:
Sundays 7 to 9pm
Mondays 7 to 9pm
Tuesdays 7 to 9pm
Wednesdays 7 to 9 pm.

Tutoring will be available for Intro to Economic Reasoning, Math Methods, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Statistics, and Econometrics. The tutors are your peers, and the EHR is a judgment-free zone. There is no such thing as a stupid question in the EHR!

If you use the EHR, please keep the following in mind:
First and foremost, at the start of the semester, there will be an adjustment period, so not everything will go smoothly at first. We appreciate your patience as we “learn on the job.”  You should feel free, at any time, to send any comments via email to Professor Harrison ( , or to stop by her office (244 LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall) to chat about your experiences.  All comments will be kept confidential.

Second, when asking for help with homework, please also bring your textbook and notes with you. The tutors might not have had the same professor as you do, and therefore might not have used the same textbook. Therefore, it will be helpful for them to see how you were taught the material.

Third, there will be sign-in sheets. Please sign in! It is important that we keep this record of use.

You can find updates about the EHR throughout the semester at:
or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

Trying to drop or add a class on Student Planning after the Registration Deadline?

Friday, September 16, the registration deadline, was the last day students could make changes to their fall 2016 schedules online.

At this stage, if you still need to drop or, in rare cases, add or change a class, prepare yourself to use some 20th century technology:  actual paper forms that require handwritten signatures.  

Here's what to do in some common situations:
  • To add a discussion section or a PE class:  Pick up an Add form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed, and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  (There is no late fee.)
  • To add a full academic course, you must petition to the Committee on Progarms and Academic Standing.  Meet with your class dean ASAP to learn more about the petition process.  (If your request is granted, there is a late fee.)
  • To drop a course: Pick up a Drop form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed (usually by your adviser), and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  The course will be completely removed from your record, but there are no tuition refunds at this point in the semester. The drop deadline is Tuesday, October 11, 4:30 pm.  
  • To change sections of a course: Pick up a section-change form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed, and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
  • To withdraw from a course after October 11 and on or before the Withdrawal Deadline of November 17 Pick up a Withdrawal form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed (usually by your adviser), and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  The course will remain on your transcript, with a "W" where a grade would otherwise be -- you won't earn credit for it, and it won't enter into your GPA.  The withdrawal deadline is Thursday, November 17, 4:30 p.m.
  • To elect the Pass/D/Fail Option:  You will ultimately be able to do this online through Student Planning, but this is not yet available.  Stay tuned for further information.  The Pass/D/Fail deadline is also Thursday, November 17.
Please note:
All students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.  You will not be permitted to drop a course that causes you to fall below this minimum

Monday, September 19, 2016

Opportunity: Columbia Office of Global Programs Study Abroad Info Sessions

Want to learn more about a specific study abroad program available for Barnard and Columbia students? Check out these upcoming info sessions:

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Information Session

Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Core Conference room, 202 Hamilton

Program Highlights:
  • Take advanced coursework in Japanese language at the 3rd, 4th & 5th year levels plus courses in Japanese studies.
  • Participate in a Community Involvement Project – do volunteer work, join a student club, or study a Japanese art with a mentor.
  • Live with a homestay family.
  • KCJS Need-based Scholarships available. Awards vary between $500-$5,000. 
Must have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese for the fall semester, and five semesters for the spring semester, or the equivalent.

Upcoming deadlines:                                           
Spring 2017: October 5
Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18: March 15

For more information: 

Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Tropical Biology and Sustainability in Kenya Information Session

In partnership with Princeton, Columbia runs a field semester abroad program in the Spring focusing on ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, environmental engineering, and sustainable development. Based at Princeton's Mpala Research Centre, student also travel to places such as the forested slopes of Mt. Kenya, the wildlife-rich savannas of Laikipia, and the coffee and tea plantations of western Kenya. Courses can be counted toward the E3B and Sustainable Development major/concentration. Come learn more at the information session!

Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 12pm
Place: 1106 Schermerhorn Extension

For more information: 

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) Info Session

Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 2pm
Location: 606 Kent Hall (Office of Global Programs & Fellowships)

Studying abroad at the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) offers an incredible opportunity to master German language skills by engaging in intensive academic coursework while integrating into German culture. Students enroll at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, which hosts a variety of departments including Biology, Economics, Political Science and much more. Students may also consider taking select courses at other universities in Berlin such as the Humboldt.  Berlin’s vibrant nightlife, art scene and fascinating history create an exciting environment to experience life in the new Europe.  The equivalent of at least two years of college- level German is required to apply to the program. Studying in Berlin for the full academic year opens the possibility of arranging full-time internships during the semester break in February and March.  Motivated students, with the help of the program, have arranged many interesting internships over the years in political foundations, government offices, hospitals, opera houses, public relations firms, and schools.

For more information:

Application deadline for Spring 2017: October 15

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calender) or email her at   

Columbia in Beijing at Tsinghua University Information Session

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27th
Time: 3-4pm
Place: 403 Kent Hall

Columbia University in Beijing provides a rare opportunity for advanced students to directly enroll in a broad range of courses at Tsinghua University, one of China's top institutions. 

Students must have completed at least three years of college-level Chinese, preferably more, or the equivalent, and have a firm grasp of reading and writing in Chinese. Students who have completed at least two years of Chinese in heritage tracks (W track at Columbia) may also apply. 

For more information: 
Upcoming deadlines:   Spring 2017: October 14
                                        Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18: March 15

Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Completing your Fall 2016 Registration if you missed Friday's deadline

The deadline to receive adviser approval and finalize your fall 2016 registration was Friday, September 16.

If you missed the deadline....

Don't panic!  

That said, you will need to get your adviser's approval ASAP and may be charged progressively increasing late fees if you do not, so:
  1. Print out your fall 2016 Course Plan from Student Planning (write in any classes you meant to add; cross out any classes you meant to remove).
  2. Contact your adviser and ask him/her to sign the printout indicating his/her approval.
  3. Bring this signed paper to the Registrar's office in 107 Milbank
  4. Add "First-Year Deadlines" to your gBear calendar and setup email reminders so you won't miss the next deadline.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Family Weekend October 14-15 -- more info coming soon!

Several of you (and your families) have been asking for more information about the upcoming Family Weekend.

More detailed information should be available online early next week.  In the meantime, FYI programming will begin with registration on Friday morning, October 14th.  If your family can't make it on Friday, there will be another opportunity for registration on Saturday, October 15th.  There will be a variety of programs for students and families throughout both days.

Your Fall Program: Things to consider if you're thinking of taking more than 18 credits

If your final program has more than 18 credits once the fall semester begins, you will need permission from your Class Dean.  Since the drop deadline is not until October 11, you do not need this permission by the registration deadline today.

Particularly if you are still "shopping," it is okay to finish this week with a few more than 18 credits. If you think you're likely to continue with this courseload, please plan to meet with your class dean in the next couple of weeks, and definitely before the October 11th drop deadline.

In the meantime: ask yourself some questions if you're thinking of taking more than 18 credits:
  • Why does this courseload feel necessary?
  • How many academic classes are included in your schedule?
  • Does your planned schedule include breaks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day?
  • How varied will your workload be?  Are all the classes reading-intensive, or are some based on problem sets or other kinds of work?
  • What extracurricular commitments do you have planned?
  • If it turns out to be too much, what will you drop?
  • Do you have a planner or calendar program to keep track of deadlines and assignments? 
    • Sit down with all of your course syllabi and enter every exam and assignment due date into your calendar.  Are these dates very close together, or are they staggered throughout the semester?  
    • While that calendar is still out, look up the Academic Calendar, and put the registration deadline, drop deadline, W deadline, and P/D/F deadline in your calendar.
  • What kind of finals and final assignments are expected?  Do they seem manageable all together, or will it become too much at the end of the semester?
  • If you're unsure, try out your schedule for a week or so to see how everything feels.  While you're doing this, ask yourself:  
    • Are you using downtime to do homework?  
    • Are you getting enough sleep?  
    • Are you feeling that you have enough mental space to think about what you're learning, or are you always rushing off to the next responsibility?  
    • Do you have time to see friends, talk to family, and participate in whatever extracurricular responsibilities or activities are important to you?
Above all, be honest with yourself. 
If you're feeling pressure to take on more than you think is manageable, meet with your adviser or class dean to discuss how to fulfill requirements and explore your academic interests without feeling overwhelmed. 

Remember:  college is not a contest, and it's not a race.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DEADLINE: Finalize your Fall 2016 course registration by 9:45 p.m. THIS FRIDAY

The deadline to finalize your Fall 2016 course registration is  9:45 p.m. this Friday, September 16.

That means...
  • As of 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14th, you will only be able to add and drop courses online if you have met with your academic adviser and he/she has approved you to register online.  If you are trying to add/drop on Student Planning and get an error message saying "Adviser has not given you approval to register for classes," please contact your adviser ASAP.
  • By 9:45 p.m. this Friday, September 16, your Fall 2016 Course Plan in Student Planning must show, in green (i.e. fully registered)all courses that you are taking for credit this semester, including any P.E., Dance technique, Varsity sport, or performance course for which you will earn credit this semester.  
  • If you are taking courses that require registration in discussion sections or labs that have separate course numbers, those additional parts of your program should also appear on your Course Plan, even though they may not carry additional credits.
  • Don't forget to drop any courses or waitlists that you no longer need.
  • If you are unable to add a course that you know that you are in, or if you are unable to drop a course or leave a waitlist for something are not taking, please visit or contact the Registrar's office (107 Milbank, 
    • Remember that a credit for a P.E. course, Dance technique course, or Varsity sport will appear after the registration deadline (if the course is eligible for a point of credit for the P.E. requirement). During the third week of courses, the credit for the class will change from 0 to 1, and your total credits will adjust accordingly as well.
  • Friday, September 16 is the last day on which you may officially add a course to your schedule. If you need to add a course to your schedule after that date, you will need to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing for permission to do so (you can obtain a petition and learn procedures at the Registrar's office), and a late add fee may be charged.
  • Your adviser does not need to approve your final course selections.  If each of your courses is green, says "Registered," and has a green check, then you do not need to take further action -- you are registered.  
    • You may still drop courses until the Drop Deadline, which is October 11, but you will need an actual paper form to do so.  To drop a course after September 16th, you will need to pick up a drop form from the registrar's office, meet with your adviser for his/her signature, and return the signed form to the registrar's office no later that 4:30 p.m. on October 11.
    **Note about Courseworks**
    Until the registration deadline, your Courseworks page may not look exactly like your myBarnard / Student Planning page because it takes some time for an added class on myBarnard to appear on Courseworks, and it takes some extra time for a dropped class to disappear from Courseworks. But your Courseworks page will catch up with your myBarnard enrollments. The most important thing this week is to make sure that your enrollments are accurate on your myBarnard/Student Planning Fall 2016 page.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Opportunity: SGA First-Year Class Council Elections

    Dear Barnard Class of 2020:

    Barnard’s Student Government Association is excited that the First-Year Class Council Elections are under way. However, there is still time to get involved!

    SGA First-Year Class Council Elections:

    All first-year students are eligible to run for the following positions
    • First-Year Class President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    Note: if you are interested in running for First-Year Class President or Vice President, SGA’s Representative Council meets every week on Monday evenings from 8-10PM in the Second Floor Dining Room of The Diana Center. First-Year Class President and Vice President sit on the Representative Council, and therefore must attend every meeting. They must also attend the SGA Retreat from October 7th-8th.

    To run for a position during First-Year Elections you must:
    • Drop in during one of the remaining time frames, for a 10-minute info session at which you will receive information about the open positions and elections process, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions:
      • Tuesday, September 13th | 12:00pm - 2:00pm & 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
      • Wednesday, September 14th | 11:00am - 3:00pm & 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    • Follow the submissions and deadlines of Elections Timeline below. 

    Elections Timeline:

    Thursday, September 15th by 11:59PM: Submit your Intent to Run form, Platform, photo & (optional) flyer to the Elections Commission at

    Friday, September 16th @ 9AM: Confirmation of Candidacy due, Electronic Campaigning Begins.

    Sunday, September 18th @ 4PM: Candidates Forum in Diana LL103. Come support!

    Monday-Friday, September 19th -23rd: Voting on

    Friday, September 23rd by 5PM: Elections results via email.

    All first-year students are eligible to apply for the following by application
    • First-Year Class Representatives 
    • SGA Committee Members. 
    These applications can be found on

    Check out our website ( for more information about SGA. If you have any questions, please contact

    Yours truly,

    SGA Elections Commission

    Sarah Kim, Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees
    Sara Heiny, SGA President
    Sarah Katz, University Senator
    Jessica Reich, Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees
    Prianka Jhaveri, Senior Class President

    Opportunity: Athena Center Leadership Labs

    An invitation from the Athena Center:

    Athena Center Leadership Labs:  Workshops to help you prepare for leadership success in your personal, academic, and professional endeavors—all based on our Athena CORE10©, ten skills and attributes for effective leaders.

    September 26 – October 28

    Visit this site for 10 exciting workshops, FREE and open to all Barnard students:

    Here are a few examples of workshops we are offering:

    • Who is a Social Entrepreneur and How They Will Change the World with Tolu Olubunmi
    • Work Smarter Not Harder with Laura Anne Edwards
    • Resilience in Work and Life: Overcome Obstacles to Your Success with Caroline Ceniza-Levine
    • Feminist Trip to the UN with Dr. Heather Hurwitz

    This year we also have a special Presidential election year workshop on September 26th. Why has it taken us until 2016 to have a woman candidate for President in the US? Come watch this historic presidential debate and join in a dynamic discussion on what it means for women and feminists, and the impact for women leaders of the next generation.

    Questions? Contact Sarit Abramowicz at

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    Convocation! THIS TUESDAY, Sept. 13, Riverside Church -- meet at 3:30 p.m.!

    If you got a red shirt at the Block Party (or if not, swing by Student Life to get one!), now's your chance to wear it and celebrate the start of the academic year with style and enthusiasm.

    What's Convocation?
    The ceremonial beginning of a new academic year.  At Barnard, you'll assemble with your class, see a parade of alumnae, hear from college dignitaries, and a keynote address from distinguished alumna Marcia Sells, Dean of Students at Harvard Law School.

    What if I have class?
    Classes are not canceled during Convocation.  We don't want you to celebrate the start of the school year by missing school!  We'll be sad if you can't make it, but you can plan to come the next three years.

    Okay, I'm in!  Where do I go and what do I do?
    Wear your red shirt Tuesday!  Assemble at the 490 Riverside Drive entrance to Riverside Church at 3:30  Look for me in my blue Columbia gown with comically long sleeves.  We'll all be marching in together.

    Office Hours

    Have a question about something that went on in class?  Not sure how to approach the next assignment?  Interested in further study in the subject?  Just want the professor to know your name and that you care?

    Try Office Hours!

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    Departments want you to know about some courses that still have space for first-year students

    We posted in the summer about some newly-added courses that are appropriate for first-year students.  Several of these courses still have space available!

    Such as:

    CPLS BC3140 Europe Imagined
    TR 10:10am-11:25am
    227 Milbank Hall (Barnard)

    WMST BC2175 Masculinities
    TR 10:10am-11:25am
    202 Milbank Hall (Barnard)

    FILM BC3201 Intro to Film & Media Studies
    T 6:00pm-9:00pm
    202 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
    W 12:00pm-1:50pm
    202 Milbank Hall (Barnard)

    If you're adding one of these or any other course at this stage of the semester, you should immediately contact the instructor, let him/her know that you're very sorry you missed the first class meeting(s), ask for a copy of the syllabus if you can't see one on Courseworks, note that you plan to do any reading or homework that is due, and ask if there is anything else he/she recommends you do in order to be prepared for the next class.

    Thursday, September 8, 2016

    Physical Education -- registration deadline, credits, Varsity Athletics, and more!

    Several of you have been asking questions about PE registration. Here is some news you can use:

    Can I still get into a Barnard PE class?  If so, how?????
    Keep checking the status of PE classes in Student Planning through Friday as other students may drop from full classes -- you will be able to add and drop available PE classes until 9:45 p.m. this Friday.  After that time, you must attend PE classes in person beginning Monday, Sept.12th or Tuesday Sept. 13th to see if spaces have opened up.

    How many credits are PE and Dance classes?  
    If you are a first-year student registering for PE or Dance to fulfill your PE requirement, your PE or Dance class will be worth 1 credit.  Do not be alarmed that it is currently showing up as 0 credits on Student Planning -- the registrar will update all of these by the third week of classes.

    When do PE & Dance classes start?

    • Dance classes start during the first week of classes.  You must attend the first two meetings of a dance class to confirm your enrollment.  
    • PE classes start during the second week of classes.

    If you missed a dance class this week because you were confused about when it started, please contact your instructor ASAP to see if you are still able to take the class.

    What if I'm playing a Varsity Sport?  What does that count for, and how can I get credit?
    Satisfactory participation on a Varsity athletic team during the fall or spring semester will fulfill the one-semester Physical Education requirement and will earn you 1 credit. If your place on a Varsity athletic team has been confirmed, then you should add the course connected to your Varsity team to your fall schedule on Student Planning.  Search the Catalog there for PHED-UN1005 INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS, and pick the sport you're playing from among the available sections.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    DEADLINE: Enrollment Confirmation for Fall 2016


    The deadline to Confirm your Enrollment in the College is today, Wednesday, September 7 

    As a reminder, this is a Barnard-specific process that you must complete every semester -- it is separate from course registration, which must be completed by September 16th.

    If you have a hold from a particular department that is preventing you from completing the enrollment confirmation process, visit that department and, once the hold has been resolved, ask what steps you must take (if any) to have the hold lifted from your account so that you may complete your registration.

    If you miss the Enrollment Confirmation deadline of September 7, you will no longer be able to confirm your enrollment online, and you will incur late fees, which will increase with each day you are late.

    If you are reading this after the deadline, please go to the Registrar's office (107 Milbank) ASAP -- after the deadline, the only way to confirm your enrollment is in person at the Registrar.

    If you have questions about Enrollment Confirmation, please visit the Registrar's office (107 Milbank) or your Class Dean.

    Opportunity: Kadar Fellowship in Yiddish Language

    From the Yiddish Language Program:

    We are now pleased to offer the KADAR FELLOWSHIP to students who will commit to at least three semesters of Yiddish language classes at Columbia. Winners of the KADAR FELLOWSHIP will participate in Naomi Kadar International Yiddish Summer at Tel Aviv University, followed by a week-long trip to Poland - “Exploring Yiddishland” – led by a Columbia Faculty member in the summer of 2017. The Fellowship is open to Barnard students. For more information see:

    This is a fantastic opportunity to fulfill the language requirement and spend a free summer abroad! If the students fulfilled the language requirement already, the Kadar Fellowship enables them to accumulate 16 points, which can count toward a Concentration in Yiddish (24 points required) or Major Track in Yiddish (30 points needed).

    [Contact your adviser or class dean about applying for a Barnard Special Major if you are interested in the Yiddish major]


    Our Yiddish language classes offer not only an introduction to the language that has been spoken by the Ashkenazi Jews for more than a millennium, but also an opportunity to discover the amazing world of Yiddish literature, and culture. Using new media, games and music, as well as field trips to Yiddish theater, Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods, and Yiddish organizations, you'll learn how to speak, read, listen and write in a language that gives you access to the enormously rich Yiddish culture that waits for new explorers. Be part of the generation that revives Yiddish!

    Classes offered this semester:

    Elementary Yiddish I (Yiddish UN1101, 4 points) MW 2:10-4:00PM OR MW 6:10-8:00PM

    Elementary Yiddish II (Yiddish UN 1102, 4 points) MW 4:10-6:00PM

    Intermediate Yiddish I (Yiddish UN 2101, 4 points) MW 9:40-11:30 AM

    Yiddish for Academic Purposes I (Yiddish GR4113, 3 points) M 10:10AM-12:00PM

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    Where does my class meet? How do I find out?

    The best, most up-to-date way to find out where your classes are is to check the Columbia Directory of Classes.  This is true for both Barnard and Columbia classes.

    UPDATED WED MORNING: Waiting Lists, Labs, Courseworks, and Other Registration Issues -- updates & advice

    Many of you have reported that you remain waitlisted for labs, science classes, and more.  In many cases, this is because of a campus-wide computer glitch, not necessarily your specific status in any particular class.

    The registrar and instructors are working overtime to address technical issues that are responsible for some of these, and everyone continues to appreciate your patience as they sort this out.

    Instructors and lab coordinators are emailing with updates if/when these are available, and we will post updates and advice to the First-Year Blog if more information becomes available as well.  Here's what we have for now:

    If a course that has been green on your Student Planning schedule for more than 24 hours is not appearing on your Courseworks, please contact the Registrar:, 212-854-2011, Milbank 107.

    Errors or nothing happening if you try to leave a waitlist?
    If you are trying to change something in Student Planning during a designated registration time and it is not working, please take a screenshot or make a note of any errors you are seeing.  If that happens, or if you are trying to leave a waiting list and just get returned to the same screen without having your status changed, please contact the Registrar using the contact info above.

    Weird 15-credit "REG" class showing up at the bottom of your schedule?
    This is a placeholder that was put on everyone's schedule over the summer in order for you to be billed for full-time tuition before you were actually registered for classes.  If you are able to drop it now, please feel free to do so.  If you can't drop it, please contact the registrar using the contact info above.

    Error preventing you from adding class or discussion section you know is open to first-years?
    If receive the following error message -- "You may only choose courses with course type FY1, suitable for first years" -- when trying to add a discussion section for a class you are already registered for, or to add a class you have attended and know is appropriate for first-year students, then please contact the registrar using the contact info above.

    For all science classes with labs: check the directory of classes to see if your lab begins this week or next week.  If in doubt, assume it begins this week, and attend lecture, lab, and recitations for which you are registered or waitlisted unless or until advised otherwise.

    General Chemistry:
    Updates: See recent email from Dr. J with class lists for those who are in labs and assurance that the department is working hard to accommodate everyone who needs to take this lab.
    Advice:  Gen Chem labs begin meeting this week.  Please attend your registered or intended lab this week.  Students registered for a Monday lab should attend any other day.

    Biology 1001
    AP/placement advice: If you scored a 5 on AP Bio and wish to earn both AP credit and lab science credit but do not wish to major in Biology or pursue a premedical curriculum -- i.e. you just want to fulfill the lab-science Foundations requirement -- the Biology department recommends that you plan to skip Bio this fall and take BIOL BC1002 in the spring.  If you take BIOL BC1001 (Revolutionary Concepts in Biology), you will forfeit your AP Bio credit.  (Reminder: AP credit does not fulfill the science requirement -- you still need to take two semesters of science -- at least one with a lab).  If you are considering a Bio major or a premed track, you should proceed with BIOL BC1500 this fall.
    Waitlist/registration/attendance info:  Bio 1001 labs don't begin meeting until next week.  
    Consequently, if you have not heard from your lab instructor about enrollment, it is too soon to worry about this!

    Biology 1500
    Updates: As of first thing Tuesday morning, the instructors are able to see all waiting lists and will begin admitting students one by one as soon as possible.  
    Advice: Plan to attend lecture, lab, and recitation at the times you registered for unless or until you are advised otherwise.  Bio 1500 labs don't begin meeting until next week.  Bio 1500 Lecture and Recitation begin this week -- start attending those right away!

    Advice for those waitlisted:  Please don't add yourself to the waitlist for multiple sections if at all possible.  Plan to attend your preferred/waitlisted section this week and consult with the instructor, language coordinator, and/or department as directed.

    First-Year Writing / First-Year Seminar:
    Nothing has changed with enrollment for FY Writing & FY Seminar -- if you were properly registered as of last week, you are still registered.  Any FYW or FYS color changes you are seeing on Student Planning are caused by the work the registrar is doing behind the scenes to compensate for the technical issues that have been occurring.  
    On a related note, as of this week, your registration for FY Writing or FY Seminar cannot be changed. If you believe you have an extremely compelling educational reason for switching, you should meet with the First-Year Class Dean ASAP, but please prepare yourself that it is extremely unlikely that we can accommodate any requests for changes at this point.

    Info:  The first meeting of all Dance classes is this week.  Many dance classes have waiting lists, so your enrollment is not guaranteed even if it appeared in green on your schedule earlier this summer.
    Advice:  Attend the first meeting of whichever dance class you are registered or waitlisted for and await further instructions from the professor.

    Barnard PE Classes
    Barnard PE classes begin next week.  You may add and drop PE classes this week just like other classes, except these do not take waiting lists -- if you are able to add the class and have it turn green, you are in.  If not, not.  Most are full at this point, but you could get lucky as others change their minds.
    Plan to attend the PE class you registered for to claim your spot the first time it meets next week.  If you are not able to register for PE, you can try attending one next week to see if a spot becomes available.  If not, you may plan to take PE next semester.

    Opportunity: Back@Barnard

    If NSOP didn't tell you everything you need to know about everything at Barnard...
    If you also want to get together with returning students...
    If you want to explore more ways to get involved in the campus community...

    Check out Back@Barnard

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Phishing emails: what they are, how to recognize them, and what to do if your account has been compromised

    Phishing is an attempt to convince you that a legitimate organization is requesting information from you.
    Barnard will never ask for your password in an email. Do not click on links in suspicious emails!

    Be wary of suspicious looking emails: What makes an email suspicious?
    ·      It claims to be from a Barnard or Columbia department, but the sender’s address isn’t or
    ·      It claims to be from a non-existent department, such as “Barnard Webmail Management Team”. Mail from BCIT will explicitly reference “BCIT” or “BCIT Service Desk”. Mail from Columbia Help Desk will reference “CUIT”.
    ·      It sends you to a link that doesn’t reside in or
    ·      It requests an urgent response and may threaten dire consequences.
    ·      IT ASKS FOR PERSONAL/PRIVATE INFORMATION. Email is not secure! No reputable company should ask for personal/private information via email.

    If you receive an email and you are not sure if it is from a legitimate Barnard department or organization, search the internet to see if that department or organization exists. If it does, contact them directly rather than replying to the email or clicking on the link.

    Examples of devious phishing emails that have targeted our communities:

    Notice that, in the email to the right, the sender has obscured the URL of the bad link. This is an instance in which you should Google the “Columbia university Student Chapter Merit Awards” – and find out that they do not exist!

    If you receive a phishing email:
    ·      Do not click on any links in the email.
    ·      Do not reply to the email.
    ·      Delete the email from your inbox.

    If you receive a phishing email, and you do click on any links or respond in error, please contact BCIT Student Computing at 212-851-9100.