Letter From The New Editor


By Ruby Samuels

Allow me to introduce myself: I am Ruby Samuels. I enjoy writing, running, boxing, talking to strangers and long walks on the beach. I also enjoy being part of the Barnard Bite, which I am proud, excited and nervous to announce has elected me Editor-in-Chief.

Whether you worked a 9-5 internship, traveled the world or started a lemonade stand over the summer, the school year has inevitably returned and the Barnard Bite is ready to write all about it. As the new Editor in Chief, I can’t wait to post new articles, meet new writers and reach a bigger audience than ever before.Read More »


A word from the Editor

Hello everyone! 

Barnard Bite has been on a short hiatus in conjunction with finals and winter holidays. This break will continue through January 1st while we rework some things behind the scenes. A few posts may pop up here and there, but please be patient with us while we continue our re-vamping process.

This first semester has been a whirlwind of “new”. We gained new members, new staff, new logo, and new structure. Now that all of that shiny stuff is settling into routine, it’s time to take the blog to the next level.

In the spring semester, here’s what we’re committing to:

  1. At least one EVENT hosted by Barnard Bite.
  2. New site design!
  3. Further efforts for campus outreach. We will be collecting submissions from guest writers more frequently.
  4. Streamlined, consistent feature section.
  5. The return of our active Tumblr and Instagram accounts.

I certainly hope that you’ll stick with us on our journey. I’m immeasurably grateful for the people who helped build our club this semester – staff, editors, readers, and our wonderful club advisor. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot wait to see where we go next.

Stay awesome (and warm),


Editor in Chief


P.S. If you want to join up in the spring, feel free to e-mail us at biteblog@barnard.edu.









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

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

When I first became Editor-in-Chief, I felt a confusing mix of emotions. I was excited for this opportunity to lead a great team of writers and to make my own mark on a wonderful publication. I felt nervous about the task ahead of me – managing the blog on top of my work and other commitments seemed like an enormous project. I also felt honored that the Nine Ways staff believed in my ability and passion to further the blog. I was lucky enough to join the Nine Ways of Knowing when Samantha Plotner, co-founder of the Nine Ways of Knowing blog, was still a member of the staff and so accepting Editor-in-Chief felt like I had a responsibility not only to the staff currently on the board but also to her – to continue the fantastic work she originally put in.

I hope that I have done her and the Nine Ways writers proud. This semester has flown by, filled with homework assignments, exciting opportunities, looming deadlines and the bustle of New York City. Yet amidst the business of college life, the Nine Ways of Knowing blog has remained a calming and inspiring presence in my life. I have absolutely loved being Editor-in-Chief for the blog. I look forward to Sunday nights at 9PM when the Nine Ways staff comes together to share ideas, exchange opinions, and laugh off the week’s stresses. We comprise a wonderful mix of people; we span the four different years, represent a plethora of countries and states, and hold vastly different views on a range of subjects. Our differences are celebrated and encouraged and yet we also are brought together by similarities. I feel a strong connection to everyone on the Nine Ways staff because of our passion to write and to make our opinions heard. We know that we’re a smaller publication than the Columbia Spectator or Bwog but we don’t let that hold us back or intimidate us in any way. We know that we have a place on campus for both Barnard students and the wider community.

I will be studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark next semester and I am sad that my time as Editor-in-Chief has come to an end. I know that Mariah Castillo will do a wonderful job as Editor-in-Chief, however, and that the fabulous Nine Ways staff will continue to push the blog forward. I want to say a huge thank you to Laura K. Garrison for her invaluable help and advice as I took the helm from her, as well as to the Executive and Editorial boards for helping me post articles and for always being enthusiastic and supportive. And to all the staff writers: thank you for being such loyal and passionate Nine Ways members. You all make the blog such a special group of which to be a part and you all have such inspiring ideas that I hope you continue to share with us.

My time as Editor-in-Chief will be a highlight of my time at Barnard and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing group of students. I look forward to reading the blog from abroad and to returning in September to my Nine Ways family!

So much blogluv,

Zoe Baker-Peng

Letter from the Editor and New 9WK Staff

Dear Readers,

Another year at Barnard has come and gone. It seems only yesterday I was stuck in traffic on I-95, trying to make it back to New York for move-in after my cousin’s Labor Day weekend wedding on Cape Cod. As I stare down my last year at Barnard, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on my college experience, what I’ve accomplished and what more I want to do before I don those Columbia blue robes. The Nine Ways of Knowing has been a huge part of that process.

It’s been almost three years since I first stepped foot on this campus as a first-year, nervous and excited, but mostly nervous. As the first student from my high school to gain admission to Barnard, I was literally blazing my own trails. Like many of the people around me, I felt like I didn’t belong, like I couldn’t relate, and worst of all, that I was not as good as my peers at hiding these insecurities. It seems a miracle, in hindsight, that I eventually found my niche amongst the supportive and tight-knit staff of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Anxious to find some foothold on campus, I wandered through the NSOP club fair on Lehman Lawn. I had been involved with a literary magazine in high school and figured my best bet would be at the publication tables. There, I was enthusiastically greeted by a group of students – my future fellow Nine Ways staff members – eager to introduce me to their blog. Though I was unsure of my talent at blogging, it was one of the first times I truly felt welcomed on Barnard’s campus. Little did I know how much The Nine Ways of Knowing would shape my experience at Barnard.

Each Sunday night I look forward to our meetings. Our staff gets together to discuss the important issues at Barnard, in New York, and around the world. We voice opinions, get into debate, and see the world around us in a different light. We may not always agree, but we respect one another and celebrate the fact that we go to a school that encourages this dialogue. As I think my fellow staff members will agree, being a part of The Nine Ways of Knowing has made us better, more confident versions of ourselves. It has been an honor sharing our thoughts and opinions with you.

This year, we will say goodbye to three of our dedicated members and wish them all the best with their future endeavors. While a bittersweet moment, their impending graduation is an exciting beginning to their futures. Olivia Goldman has poured her heart and soul into The Nine Ways of Knowing throughout her time at Barnard, often working quietly behind the scenes to make sure our voices are heard across campus. Ama Debrah has been a constant ray of light over the years, and her characteristic wit and humor has shined during staff meetings and in her writing. Caroline Thirkill has never been afraid to speak up, and her strength to speak out is incredibly admirable. We will miss each of them dearly.

As a chapter closes, a new one begins. I look forward to the upcoming year and the contributions of our new and returning staff members. Our new executive and editorial boards for the 2014-2015 year are below. Over the summer, be sure to keep in touch and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. We will be back in late August with coverage of NSOP 2014. In the coming days, we will publish a summer bucket list to enjoy completing during our time off.

Last but certainly not least, thank you to our readers for your comments, concerns, and loyalty. Whether you are a current student, alumna, or prospective student, we hope our blog has given you a better picture of what Barnard means to us. In our exchange of ideas, we hope that you will let us know more of what you want from The Nine Ways of Knowing in the coming year.

Have a happy, healthy, productive summer!

Executive Board 2014-2015
Editor-in-Chief: Zoe Baker-Peng
Senior Editor: Laura K. Garrison
Contributing Editor: Mariah Castillo
Managing Editor: Katherine Aliano Ruiz
Social Media Strategist: Danielle Owen

Editorial Board 2014-2015
New York Editor: Kiani Ned
Arts Editor: Kiani Ned
Features Editor: Mariah Castillo
Girl Talk Editor: Clara Butler
Opinions Editor: Clara Butler
Politics Editor: Danielle Owens
Photography Editor: Manuela Hiches
Food Editor: open position
Professional Editor: open position

Much blogluv,

Laura K. Garrison
Editor-in-Chief, The Nine Ways of Knowing
Class of 2015, Barnard College

New NWK Staff and a Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The Nine Ways of Knowing started as crazy idea. When we launched in January 2011, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But my roommate and I had a lofty goal. We wanted to create a website by Barnard students for Barnard students that covered the issues and events we cared about, that we weren’t seeing covered anywhere else. Neither of us had any real background in journalism whatsoever but we logged into Blogger and hit the ground running.

It still stuns me how much The Nine Ways of Knowing has grown in the last three semesters. We post with greater frequency, break campus news, redesigned our website, and get more new readers every day. I wish that as Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief I could take credit but I can’t. There is no way this ever would have happened without our fantastic staff and of course, our readers.

I have been the Editor-in-Chief since our launch. It has been fun, stressful, and crazy but, most of all, immensely rewarding. I am so proud of everything this blog has achieved. Whether it is interviewing Gloria Steinem at the Athena Film Festival or befriending some of the most wonderful women I’ve ever met, The Nine Ways of Knowing has been a defining moment of my time here at Barnard. I can only hope that I have given as much to the blog as it has given to me.

As you might have guessed, this is a goodbye letter, of sorts. While I am not leaving the blog’s staff, I am stepping down as Editor-in-Chief. In order for our growth to continue, we needed a new Editor-in-Chief to step in and take us to the next level. Olivia Goldman, who has gone above and beyond as Senior Editor, will be taking the reins this fall. After the break you will find the full list of our new executive and editorial boards.

Have a great summer, we’ll see you in the fall.

Samantha Plotner
Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The Nine Ways of Knowing

The Nine Ways of Knowing Staff, 2012-2013

Olivia Goldman

Senior Editor
Samantha Plotner

Contributing Editor
Alexandra Ley

Managing Editor
Laura K. Garrison

Features/On Campus Editor
Ama Debrah

Girl Talk Editor
Molly Scott

New York Editor
Claire Mathieson

Opinions Editor
Caroline Thirkill

Photography Editor
Sarah Lipkis