Welcome Back from the E-Board

Welcome back, Barnard students!

The suffocating humidity of summer is almost over, and the school year is well underway. Shopping is complete, dorms are mostly decorated, and club sessions have begun!

Like numerous other campus groups, Barnard Bite (formerly known as The Nine Ways of Knowing Blog) has returned with a new plan for a new year.This year, we are in the process of re-branding from our old name and revitalizing the club with fresh points of view, so it’s the perfect time to jump in and get involved!Read More »

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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: 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. ❤

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.

Senior Snapshot: Rachel Katz

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: Rachel Katz
Hometown: Mendham, NJ
Major:Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

What are You Involved In?
I am a Well-Woman Peer Educator, an IIJS Fellow (Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies), and member of CU Krav Maga Club.

Guilty Pleasure?
Chipotle

Favorite Memory from Barnard?
I’ll just pick a couple of my many favorites. Freshman year, my friends and I had some intense crab-walk races on my floor ending up in giggles, rug burns, and some embarrassing videos.
Judith Shapiro’s Reacting to the Past class, where I met one of my closest friends (Lafayette) and we bonded despite her betrayal of us Jacobins.
Helping with costumes for Ancient Drama Group’s production of Ion.

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
Graduating in three years because I knew I wanted to go to grad school after!

What Will You Miss?
The magnolia tree in bloom and Hewitt tuna melt sandwiches

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
Doing a Master’s at Cambridge!

Senior Snapshot: Claire Bouchard

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: Claire Bouchard
Hometown: Oyster Bay Cove, New York
Major: Philosophy of Language

What are You Involved In?
RA, Speaking Fellows, Senior Interviewer with Admissions

Guilty Pleasure?
Coffee. All of the coffee.

Biggest Leap of Faith During College?
There comes a time for every college student where they have to decide on a major. As a sophomore, this seems like the biggest decision of our lives and something that can dictate how the rest of our professional careers manifest themselves. This was also the time where I decided to create my own major: Philosophy of Language. Barnard encourages it’s students to unapologetically follow their dreams and for me, academically, that meant deviating from the status quo.

What Will You Miss?
The incredible conversations that occur on this campus and the amazing people with which they happen.

What Won’t You Miss?
The stress to always appear put together…

Favorite Place On or Off Campus?
Anywhere with coffee

In 5 Words or Less, What’s Next?
Time to see the world.

Midnight Breakfast or Orgo Night?
Midnight Breakfast. Always.

If you were a Morningside Heights Bar or Restaurant Which Would You Be?
I’d say Joe’s, but I don’t think that I’m hipster enough to pull that off.

The Bears of Barnard

by Manuela Hiches

Imagine coming home to him every night.

Women of Barnard! That’s a catchy and often-heard phrase ain’t it? A lot of strong and powerful women probably come to mind, right? But why doesn’t anyone ask about Millie? Millie the Dancing Bear has the backs of all Barnard women. That’s why they’re all so awesome! Why don’t we give a shout-out to the bears of Barnard? There’s no shame in having a stuffed animal really. It’s a fortress and a companion that sticks with us through the worst of times. Here are the stories of a few bears who have helped keep a smile on the faces of Barnard women.

Vivianne Reynoso’s Penguin, Pablito
“I have a stuffed penguin. And I haven’t named him yet because he’s so cute. But for now I will call him Pablito. He’s my homeboy. I love him to death because my little sisters gave him to me 3 or 4 years ago. It’s one of the few things I’ve not thrown away along my way of moving from California, to Rhode Island, and to New York. It’s the only thing that makes me feel at home and when I’m stressing out or having a bad day, seeing Pablito makes it better. Always. It’s not entirely the fact that he’s adorable and amazing, but it’s the fact that he holds the sisterly love that he embodies. I love him!”

I think Millie is a little jealous.

Jess Gregory’s Teddy Bear, Gundy
“Her name is Gundy. She was originally a guy. I got her about two days after I was born, from my aunt. At about that time, we were the same size because I was a pretty small baby. She went everywhere with me, (no joke, class, park, plane, wherever) and she still does. I did and cannot sleep properly without her. When I was two, I decided to perform a sex change ceremony on her which included me tying a bowtie around her neck, taking said bowtie off, and tying it around her ear like a regular bow. From that moment on, Gundy was a girl. She has braved the washing machine (from my toddler antics getting her dirty), and according to my mom I refused to let anyone touch her, while the rest of the animals in my collection were fair game… I also used to ask her questions then poke her stomach. If she fell right, that meant yes. If she fell left, that meant no. If she tipped backward, it meant ‘go ask mom.’”

Emma Arett’s Puppy, Sarah Charlotte 
“My stuffed puppy is named Sarah Charlotte. I got her for my sixth birthday, when I went to Build-A-Bear with my friend and got to pick out any animal I wanted. Sarah Charlotte has literally been through everything with me… She’s been dropped on roads, mailed home from summer camp, left in the dryer… She’s my little pup! I snuggle her and she reminds me of home.”

“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine.”

Autumn Austin’s Panda, Squishy
“I have a stuffed panda that is named Squishy. Squishy was made by my (male) best friend who gave him to me because I fell in love with Squishy. My (female) best friend since the second grade now fixes him every six months because he tends to get holes. (I have a plan to ship him to Chicago every six months for his repairs). He’s made out of old t-shirts which means he is especially soft and soooo squishy (hence the name). I love him, even though he falls apart regularly… Squishy travels with me everywhere – I am that eighteen year old carrying a large stuffed animal in the airport. Who needs a pillow when you have a panda? Even though Carlos (my best friend) is back in New Mexico, I still have a piece of him with me, because I have Squishy.”

No matter where you’re from or how old you are, there is no shame in having a stuffed animal because they are just that awesome. If you’re standing in Toys-R-Us debating whether to get that stuffed toy, just get it! (But only at a reasonable price of course. :P) Because if you don’t get it then you might miss out on the greatest friend you could ever ask for. They’ll be with you no matter what and won’t deny you a hug. Just like Millie.

Manuela Hiches is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Manuela Hiches.