Black Stage; White World



By Ruby Samuels

The National Black Theater may be small in both reputation and stature compared to the Broadway giants a few miles to its south, but NBT has an important role to play on a national stage that is crowded by white people who constantly hire each other.Read More »

Editor Spotlight – Allison Yeh

Give a warm welcome to our wonderful Lead Editor for the Features section, Allison Yeh!


Allison is a junior majoring in English! She also really likes donuts (if we were to use the above photo as any indication).

Allison is normally known for rad puns (in which she means bad puns), napping, and spending 90% of day thinking about food. Grandma status (including Eileen Fisher garments, reclining chairs, and books) is her current aspiration as well as writing an essay the day it is assigned, not the day it is due.

-Check out some of her articles below-

Before You Didn’t, Now Junot

An Open Letter to the Man-Bun Gone Wrong

Editor Spotlight – Priscilla Maccario

Hello everyone!

Barnard Bite has been working very hard this semester to transform our brand and bring our readers quality content. Over the next several days, we’ll be showing you the faces behind the blog.

We so, so appreciate the time and effort they put into the club. We couldn’t have come this far without them and look forward to their work in the future!

Without further ado, meet Priscilla Maccario, our Lead Editor for the Opinion tag.

What? She has a churro? We’re jealous!

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Pink Lemonade – A Vulnerable Project

By Jessica Gregory

Nadia Naomi didn’t know she’d be making Pink Lemonade.

She is a woman of multiple homes, including East Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. At Barnard, she is an Africana Studies Major with a minor in Dance, which she uses to explore, in a word, ‘blackness’. In addition to using her major and minor to navigate the black political sphere, she uses her art – dance, poetry, and photography – to process the world around her.

Photography: Michael Millington  Hair: Danyelle Karin   Make up: Annya Serkovic


Around the time Beyoncé’s groundbreaking Lemonade came out, Nadia went through a breakup which, similar to the subject matter of the visual album resulted from her partner’s infidelity. Nadia saw the music video and began to think about the concept of processing unfaithfulness through art.

A couple of weeks later, with her braids a brilliant pink, she took a selfie and hashtagged it #pinklemonade. In this way, a beautiful project was born.

The project itself is a set of ten pictures, each coupled with a poem. The pictures are set in sequence to the ten stages of recovering from infidelity, and were a means for Nadia to find a new way to be herself.

Photography: Sugal Sutter Hair: Danyelle Karin

When asked what her favorite part of the project was, she said “I guess, the organic nature of it.” She never specifically reached out to others to participate (except for the group shoots, which were staged). There were lots of impromptu photography sessions. In fact, some of the photos were taken at a fountain with her friends while they were playing around with a camera.

In terms of challenges, Nadia referenced her vulnerability. She questioned if she really wanted to share this much of herself with the world, and thought carefully about how she’d navigate respectability politics. In addition, real life complications caused an increase in this vulnerability, so her conscious choice to continue with the project seemed to me like an act of bravery and resistance.

What she produced is a beautiful representation of self-love, healing, and forgiveness.

Watercolor painting: Ornella Friggit – Poem inspired by Morgan Russell’s words in the Barnard Vday 2016 Production “Respect(ability)”

To those who wish to start a similar project, Nadia says, “Start with yourself, don’t worry too much about gathering resources. Talk to others about your ideas and people will gravitate to you.”

Thanks to Nadia for allowing us to share your beautiful work!

If you want to see more of what she’s up to, check out her social media

Instagram @all4love247

Jessica Gregory is a senior at Barnard and Editor in Chief for Barnard Bite




Photo Friday Week 2


Week 2 of Photo Friday features a beautiful shot by Manuela Hiches.

Don’t we all wish we were walking down a sandy beach with a gorgeous ocean view, away from our papers & midterms?

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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