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Q & A with Adeline, Disco Singer Gone Funky

By Allisen Lichtenstein

Q: What is your writing process? Where does most of your writing take place?
A: The inspiration can come from anything—it’s really random sometimes. It usually comes from words. So if I hear a word that strikes me, or if I hear two words put together unexpectedly, I just generally write it down. And I have a long list of random notes on my phone that I always have access to when it’s time to write lyrics. So I just have a bank of subjects that I want to talk about.

The most challenging thing for when it comes to writing a song is finding what that song’s about. I’ll generally work on the melody first once the skeleton of the music is in. For the melody it’s a bit more introspective, I like to be in my own studio and home and it’s generally later in the evening when it’s a little darker at night and quieter, and the melody just kind of flows out. From the melody, very often, some words or sound come out. And I try to make sure that everything sounds good. So very often I try not compromise how the song or how the vowels sound in terms of lyrics. I’m a very intuitive writer, so I try to trust what comes out naturally and not try to fix too many things.

Q: Is there a backstory to your latest song “Emerald”?
A: For that one, it’s part of a body of several songs. Since this is a new project, and it’s me as a solo artist kind of for the first time, I’m writing from the approach that people are going to see me. What do I want them to know about me, and how do I want to be heard?

I think it has to do with our situation, the time and place and year, and what’s going on politically, socially, and the position of women. You know, everybody thinks their time is a special time, but I do think these last two years are a very special time in a good and bad way.

So basically for this song, I wanted to be a song that is very sultry and soft and sexy, but I didn’t want to write just a conventional love song. I wanted to have a deeper meaning behind it like love is not a deep enough subject [laughs]. Basically, the song is about loving someone for who they are not what they have. And it’s kinda of an anti-materialist chant. I just kinda still hear a lot of women who want to find a man who has money who can support them, and I think a big part of gender equality and equal pay is to let women know that they can push themselves to seek their own professional careers and professional success. And that comes with finding a partner too and how we approach love. And it’s basically about how you can’t buy my heart with gold, which is basically what the song says. So emerald is like an anti-title because I don’t need emeralds. Because the purity of the love itself is a jewel. And that’s all I need.

Q: What has helped you find your sound and style as a solo artist? Is this a departure from Escort?
A: With the years, and through performing with Escort, and everything that I learned, the challenge for me was to create a sound that was applicable to the way I perform on stage. And I learned so much working with Escort and performing with so many people, and I basically put all of my influences in the blender and my music is kind of a smoothie—a mix of all the things that define me as an artist and inspire me and things that I listen to.

So my new sound is a bit of a departure from Escort, especially “Emerald” in particular because it’s a lot slower, and a lot less in the disco world. I still have some disco sound, but for my own sound, it’s definitely more on the funk side. The way I like to describe my music is it’s all of the different versions of the different faces of funk music—a little bit slow, a little sultry. I want everything to feel funky, and it’s hard to explain what funk is and what funky is but because I’m a bass player it’s kind of where I live, and it’s just kind of that thing that no matter what the tempo you still make a face when you hear it (laughs) that’s how I describe it.

Q: How are some of your major influences on your solo project?
A: I actually surprised myself with the influences on my solo project. With, for instance, Outkast, they’re one of my favorite hip-hop groups. A lot of my friends told me that “Emerald” sounds a little bit like an Outkast track, and it’s true. Outkast, for me, is one of the funkiest hip-hop groups. I’m highly influenced by Curtis Mayfield. And Chaka Khan and Prince are my dream godparents. I also tried to listen to some more modern stuff because I feel like we’re in a good time for music when there’s really a lot of good stuff out there that came out. I love Daniel Caesar. I love love Anderson .Paak.

I’ve been listening to Little Dragon for a long time too. I’ve been inspired by Little Dragon as a producer myself because they take so much freedom with their production, and they just kind of showed me a different way of approaching a beat or a drum pattern to still make it super groovy.

Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: There are more singles coming. Maybe possibly an album by the end of this year. There’s another video that will be coming out in a few weeks. And we’re playing Afropunk in August. I’m really excited about this solo stuff. The goal is to start taking it on the road next year. I’d love to collaborate with some great artists like Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals.

You see experience Adeline's live performance at Elsewhere on July 24th @ Elsewhere's rooftop for free. RSVP here. She will also be performing at Afropunk August 25th. 

Barnard on Broadway: Come From Away

By Emma Cunningham

Come From Away

*BEEEEEEEP!* It’s 5:30 am on a Saturday. For some people, this means that it’s time to remain fast asleep for another 4-10 hours. For others, this may entail still being awake from the previous night’s festivities. But for a small, small portion of the population, 5:30 am on a Saturday means waking up, bundling up, drinking your body weight in coffee, and getting in line to rush for a Broadway show.

This week, it was not just any Broadway show, but one that told the story of one of the most infamous days in American history, September 11th, 2001. On this day, 38 planes traveling around the world were diverted to Newfoundland, Canada, where the population doubled in size due to these newcomers. It tells the story of each person’s individual experience with 9/11, and how a small town can bond together in a time of need to help their fellow man. Come from Away has been sweeping the globe as one of the most profound and unique musicals of our generation, so you could say I was okay with losing a few hours of sleep to claim those sought-after rush tickets.

Every broadway show has a different rush or lottery system, so it was important for me to learn the ropes before I made my way downtown that day. The box office for Come from Away opens up at 10 am, but because the show was so popular, there were already 6 people in line by the time my friends and I arrived at 6:30 am. Most shows sell about 20-30 rush tickets per day, so we knew our chances were good; at that point, there was nothing for us to do but huddle for warmth and wait for 10 am to roll around. After hours of waiting, attempting to do homework, and taking turns to get snacks and use the restroom, we finally were let into the box office to claim our tickets. Most available rush tickets come with a partially obstructed view, but it’s hard to beat a $38 ticket for one of the most coveted shows in town.

Once we had claimed our tickets, we had the rest of the day to relax until 7 pm, when we headed back downtown to finally see the show. Our view was indeed partially obstructed but since we were in the orchestra, we could still see plenty. The experience was definitely worth the 5:30 am wake-up; the next 100 minutes were unlike anything I had ever experienced before. With a cast of only twelve individuals, each member takes on a number of roles without leaving the stage, keeping audience members alert and engaged. Though it told the story of such an emotional event, the show was a perfect mix of drama and comedy to keep audience members laughing as they reflected on such an treacherous and draining time. There was no main character or star of the show, highlighting the importance of everyone’s individual experiences during 9/11.

As if it wasn’t enough for us to get to experience this amazing show at such a low cost, my friends and I found ourselves on the subway home with Astrid Van Wieren, who played Beulah, one of our favorite characters in the show. Though she was exhausted from the two shows she had performed that day, she eagerly answered all of our questions about the show and even asked us questions about our own lives, which were seemingly boring in comparison! Since she had been in the show since it’s very beginning, she explained to us in great detail how it took them five years to conduct interviews from Newfoundlanders, how they were able to perform the show in Newfoundland itself, and the emotional experience of meeting the woman who her character was based on. She also shared that the show has no intermission because, since many people who attend the show have their own emotional connection to 9/11, the director wanted the audience members to be able to see the whole show before speaking with one another and reflecting on their own experiences.

Though it was not awarded ‘Best Musical’ at the Tony Awards this year, I can confidently say that Come from Away was one of the best Broadway shows I have seen and one that I would love to see again and again (I have actually seen it twice now!). If you have the gusto to wake up early one Saturday morning and brave the cold for a few hours, then rushing this show is an experience you will not want to miss.

 

Don't Kill My Vegan Vibe

By Saskia Ghosh

New York City is expensive, and as a student, money can be sparse. Sustaining a vegan lifestyle in such a setting can be tricky, especially when you’re on a budget. Never fear--listed below are five tantalizing vegan spots you can eat at without breaking the bank. Judged on price, proximity, and previous reviews, these restaurants are sure to become your new go-to eateries.

Red Bamboo

140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

Conveniently located next to Washington Square Park in the West Village, Red Bamboo describes itself as cooking up “global vegan cuisine.” Red Bamboo adds to its menu annually, inspired by dishes from around the world. Take out and delivery are both available for those late night study sessions.

  • Price: $8-$12
  • Proximity: 35 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

http://www.redbamboo-nyc.com/

Buddha Bodai

5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Serving delicious Kosher, Vegan, and Buddhist meals since 2004, Buddha Bodai is located in the heart of NYC’s Chinatown. Lunch specials are just $7.50.

  • Price: $7-$15
  • Proximity: 50 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

http://www.chinatownvegetarian.com/index.html

Little Choc Apothecary

141 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Little Choc Apothecary is located in Brooklyn and specializes in crepes and pressed juices. Gluten-free, vegan, and organic, NYC’s first vegan creperie is a perfect breakfast and brunch spot. The creperie’s chalkboard wall, drawn on by local artists, is a perfect backdrop for artsy Instagram pictures.

  • Price: $10-$12
  • Proximity: 1 hour subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars

https://www.littlechoc.nyc/

Superiority Burger

430 E. 9th Street - New York, NY 10009

Superiority Burger, located in Lower Manhattan, is basically a plant-based Shake Shack. Serving up mouth-watering burgers, fresh salads, and a variety of gelatos and sorbets, Superiority Burger is the perfect place to go for a filling, cheap meal. While most of the items on the menu are vegan, some are vegetarian, so be sure to ask before ordering.

  • Price: $7-$10
  • Proximity: 50 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

http://www.superiorityburger.com/

Cocoa V

174 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

In the wise words of Parks and Recreation’s Donna Meagle, “Treat. Yo. Self.” And what better way to do that than with chocolate? Cocoa V is ethical vegan and certified kosher, serving up truffles, bark, bars, clusters and more. Cocoa V is located in Chelsea and can be ordered online as well. Indulge in a dark cherry chocolate bar or a caramel pretzel cluster during a much-needed study break.

  • Price: $5-$10
  • Proximity: 35 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars

https://www.cocoav.com/

So, if you ever need a break from dining hall salads and mushy vegetables, take a subway down to one of these delicious spots for a cheap, mouth-watering meal that won’t cause you to drain your bank account.





 

Dorm Room Diet

By Collier Curran

As all college students know, eating balanced and nutritious meals and snacks comes with its own challenges, namely money, time, and space. When running off to class or a study session, it can be incredibly tempting to grab a granola bar chock full of added sugar or a bag of chips or cookies to curb hunger. In the spirit of starting off the year on a healthier note, I have compiled a list of a few simple and inexpensive snacks that can be made in a time crunch and easily taken on the go.

1. Apple Pizzas

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While everyone knows about dipping apples in peanut butter, a simple change in shape can make this snack not only more fun, but also more nutritious with great toppings. To make this snack, simply core an apple (which are currently in season, and therefore more affordable!) and cut it into circular slices. Spread peanut butter, or any nut or seed butter of your choice, onto the apple slice and top with whatever you would like, including dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut or dried cranberries. The nut butter makes this a filling snack, while also only containing natural and healthy ingredients. (I'm going to suggest all natural peanut butter, but in order to preserve my journalistic integrity I'll make it known that I eat regular peanut butter and enjoy every second of it.)

Tip: Making these into a sandwich using two apple slices makes them much more portable if you are taking them to class or the library.

 2. Yogurt-Covered Fruit

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Almost every grocery store sells some variety of yogurt-covered food, from almonds to raisins, but these varieties are often loaded with unnecessary added sugar and other ingredients. Making a healthier version is easy, inexpensive, and makes for a great study snack. Simply coat a fruit of your choice (I suggest blueberries or cut up strawberries) in either vanilla Greek yogurt or plain Greek yogurt with vanilla extract added (if you would like to completely DIY this!) and place them in a container to freeze overnight. This way, they are ready to take with you each morning before you conquer the world (or, at least calculus).

3. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are such a versatile ingredient that could easily become a staple in any college diet. Stuffing options range from roasted grapes, goat cheese and honey to turkey and cranberry sauce (Thanksgiving leftovers, perhaps?), but my personal favorite has to be Mexican-inspired, because it is just so easy. Low-sodium or no salt added black beans and corn give the meal (or large snack) great substance while not requiring any cooking besides some heating up. Many online blogs have posted actual recipes, though it is straightforward enough to eyeball. Simply poke your potato with a fork and microwave for about 8-10 minutes, or until it is tender. Then you are free to add any toppings you choose! I would suggest microwaving black beans, corn, chopped bell pepper, salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder for a few minutes until nice and warm, and then adding shredded cheese and plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream. If you’re feeling fancy, some fresh-squeezed lime would bring this over the edge.

And there you have it! These recipes are easy, cost-efficient, and most importantly, delicious! I highly suggest that you try these out when you find yourself reaching for a processed, sugary snack. However, if you’ve been studying all day and just need your chips, I completely understand.

Boston Calling Gets a Makeover

By Lilly Kallman

Boston Calling, a biannual music festival which has grown significantly in recent years, rocked the city for the eighth time this past Memorial Day weekend. This time around, the event moved from City Hall Plaza to the Harvard Athletic Complex in order to accommodate larger crowds and create a more typical festival atmosphere. Harvard's fields became home to three stages, as well as areas where festival goers could relax, get a bite to eat, or even take a ride on a ferris wheel. Spanning over three days, the lineup featured a range of musical genres, from EDM to rap, and everything in between. Although I wasn't able to see every performer, here's a rundown of who I enjoyed and who you can look out for at upcoming festivals this summer...

FRIDAY

Francis and the Lights

 My friends and I kicked off the weekend with Francis and the Lights, who started in 2007 and has been gaining attention recently with his collaborations with artists such as Bon Iver and Chance the Rapper. Francis' upbeat personality and wild dance moves had the crowd on its feet despite the clouds and rain. If you haven't heard any of his music, make sure to check out his biggest hit "May I Have This Dance", both the original version and the remix featuring Chance.

My friends and I kicked off the weekend with Francis and the Lights, who started in 2007 and has been gaining attention recently with his collaborations with artists such as Bon Iver and Chance the Rapper. Francis' upbeat personality and wild dance moves had the crowd on its feet despite the clouds and rain. If you haven't heard any of his music, make sure to check out his biggest hit "May I Have This Dance", both the original version and the remix featuring Chance.

Sylvan Esso

 Sylvan Esso, an indie pop duo from North Carolina, kept the energy high with a set list full of innovative dance tunes. Their latest album, "What Now", came out at the end of April, and they will be touring throughout the summer and fall.

Sylvan Esso, an indie pop duo from North Carolina, kept the energy high with a set list full of innovative dance tunes. Their latest album, "What Now", came out at the end of April, and they will be touring throughout the summer and fall.

Bon Iver

 The sun set as the mood switched from pop and rap to Bon Iver's calm but captivating indie folk sound. It was only fitting that the sky opened up again during his emotional hit "Skinny Love." However, no one seemed to mind the rain and it was as if the sky was crying along with the fans who were moved by the performance.

The sun set as the mood switched from pop and rap to Bon Iver's calm but captivating indie folk sound. It was only fitting that the sky opened up again during his emotional hit "Skinny Love." However, no one seemed to mind the rain and it was as if the sky was crying along with the fans who were moved by the performance.

Chance the Rapper

 The first headliner of the weekend, Chance the Rapper, didn't disappoint as he played hits both old and new, such as the catchy "Sunday Candy" and "All Night." Francis, of Francis and the Lights, joined Chance on stage and the pair performed a choreographed dance to their collaboration "May I Have This Dance."

The first headliner of the weekend, Chance the Rapper, didn't disappoint as he played hits both old and new, such as the catchy "Sunday Candy" and "All Night." Francis, of Francis and the Lights, joined Chance on stage and the pair performed a choreographed dance to their collaboration "May I Have This Dance."

SATURDAY

Oh Wonder

 This alt-pop duo from London injected life and energy into the crowd on the sunny Saturday afternoon. Josephine and Anthony, along with their backing band, brought listeners to their feet with tunes like "Technicolour Beat" and "Lose It." They even announced that they will stop in Boston this fall on their next tour, featuring their upcoming album "Ultralife" (out July 14th). 

This alt-pop duo from London injected life and energy into the crowd on the sunny Saturday afternoon. Josephine and Anthony, along with their backing band, brought listeners to their feet with tunes like "Technicolour Beat" and "Lose It." They even announced that they will stop in Boston this fall on their next tour, featuring their upcoming album "Ultralife" (out July 14th). 

The 1975

 The 1975, an English rock band from Manchester, made its second appearance at Boston Calling on Saturday night. I was one in a horde of super fans all elbowing to get to the front, and I loved every minute of it. Within the one hour time slot, lead singer Matty Healy and the rest of the group captivated the audience with slow ballads and upbeat dance numbers alike. The set started and ended with tracks from the latest album, "Love Me" and "The Sound", and older songs like "Chocolate" and "Girls" were sprinkled throughout.

The 1975, an English rock band from Manchester, made its second appearance at Boston Calling on Saturday night. I was one in a horde of super fans all elbowing to get to the front, and I loved every minute of it. Within the one hour time slot, lead singer Matty Healy and the rest of the group captivated the audience with slow ballads and upbeat dance numbers alike. The set started and ended with tracks from the latest album, "Love Me" and "The Sound", and older songs like "Chocolate" and "Girls" were sprinkled throughout.

SUNDAY

Cage the Elephant

 As someone who is familiar with Cage the Elephant's most popular music, but who has never seen the group perform live, I found lead singer Matthew Shultz's enthusiasm extremely engaging. Shultz worked up a sweat as he ran around the stage, belting out crowd favorites including "Trouble" and "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." He even ran through the crowd towards the end of the set, high-fiving fans and encouraging them to sing along.

As someone who is familiar with Cage the Elephant's most popular music, but who has never seen the group perform live, I found lead singer Matthew Shultz's enthusiasm extremely engaging. Shultz worked up a sweat as he ran around the stage, belting out crowd favorites including "Trouble" and "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." He even ran through the crowd towards the end of the set, high-fiving fans and encouraging them to sing along.

Weezer

 The final headliner of the weekend drew teens and adults alike, due to Weezer's longtime success and plethora of hits. Some listeners stood and danced, while others sat back and relaxed, making this performance a great ending to the festival. The audience showed its love for the group as it belted out the lyrics during "Beverly Hills" and swayed to the summer classic "Island In The Sun."

The final headliner of the weekend drew teens and adults alike, due to Weezer's longtime success and plethora of hits. Some listeners stood and danced, while others sat back and relaxed, making this performance a great ending to the festival. The audience showed its love for the group as it belted out the lyrics during "Beverly Hills" and swayed to the summer classic "Island In The Sun."

If you're a fan of music festivals, make sure to keep an eye out for the Boston Calling Fall 2017 lineup, as well as the post that I'll be writing about Osheaga, a music festival in Montreal, this August!

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The Bulletin's Summer Syllabus

By Lilly Kallman

Summer vacation is well underway, and Barnard and Columbia students alike have tossed aside their textbooks and laptops in exchange for sunglasses and flip flops. But lucky for you, the Bulletin won't be on break this season! This summer, the blog will feature posts about what our contributors are up to, how to make the most of the next few months, and much more. Here's a round-up of what's coming your way soon...

  • Unsure of what to wear for your summer internship or job? Take a peek at some of our contributors' business casual looks and get inspired to make your next ensemble both comfortable and cute.
  • Although we're escaping exams and essays for the summer, we can still enjoy a few beach reads. Check out what's on our summer reading list and maybe take some notes for your own.
  • Hear about your favorite musical artists, and maybe even get to know some new ones, through a series of concert and music festival reviews. We will feature posts about shows in cities such as Montreal and Boston, as well as gigs that you won't want to miss in NYC when we return in the fall.
  • Going on any summer trips? Tag along as we explore new cities, and discover some spots worth checking out yourself. Maybe you'll even acquire a couple of travel tips for your next getaway.

These ideas are just a taste of what to expect from the Bulletin this summer. New ideas and articles are always appreciated, so feel free to reach out through our Facebook page or send an email to lfk2111@barnard.edu. Whether you have a pitch, photos from your unique summer experiences, or a full article, we want to hear from you!

 

"This Was For Y'all:" A Conversation with the V-Day "Access|Ability" Team

By Alicia Simba

 

In one of the most painfully beautiful moments of “Access|Ability”, a young brunette stands on a dark and empty stage and lists the victims of police brutality in a poem, one by one. “On Considering Suicide,” written by Krish Bhatt and read by Viviana Prado-Nunez, is a critique of a society that accuses suicidal people of color for not caring for those around them, whilst actively denying them that very same care. Viviana, a half-Cuban, half-Puerto Rican, freshman from Maryland, starts with the accusatory statement, “You say suicide is selfish.” She then names Jesse Hernandez, Keith Lamont Scott, Sandra Bland, and more before shouting “they’re already trying to kill us, coward, why would you kill yourself?” The scene is jarring, provocative, and emotional – all words that could be used to describe the overall production.

  Viviana in "On Considering Suicide" - YouTube

Viviana in "On Considering Suicide" - YouTube

The beauty of Access|Ability lies in its honesty. It reflects our perceptions of mental and physical illnesses back to us, shocking and comforting us in it’s accuracy. “We tricked y’all,” says director Nadia Naomi Mbonde. “A lot [the audience] came in saying this is not going to relate to me, and by bringing people in to the internal part of disabilities – like the emotions underlining the fear, the fear, the anxiety, the depression—they were able to recognize, “Hey, that’s like me too.””

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In 1996, playwright Eve Ensler penned her iconic “Vagina Monlogues” that dealt with themes like sex, masturbation, and rape, to name a few. Ensler then launched V-Day, a global activist movement that used theatre as a way of combatting violence against women and girls. Columbia University has been holding its own V-Day performances from as early as 2011, but it’s evolution since then has resulted in ample criticism. In 2014, it was announced that the production’s cast would be comprised solely of self-identified women of colour and inevitability, backlash followed. The following year, instead of retelling “The Vagina Monologues,” a new show was created, centering the experiences of LGBTQ students at Barnard and Columbia, entitled “Beyond Cis-terhood.” Last year, they expanded again to highlight the experiences of ableism, mental and physical disabilities, and illnesses on campus in “Respect(ability)”. As an actor in last year’s production, Nadia noticed that something was wrong.

  Nadia in last year's "Respect(Ability)" - Facebook

Nadia in last year's "Respect(Ability)" - Facebook

“I found myself to be the only black cast member,” she recalls. “The pieces were submitted by mostly white students or white passing students.” After speaking to the directors, Nadia wrote her story in a piece that would later open “Respect(ability)” in which she stated bluntly, “I cannot speak for all black people with a mental health illness.”

On a campus where minorities are routinely marginalized, the non-monolithic nature of the experiences of people of colour are rarely discussed, and Nadia’s statement is a particularly poignant one. In fighting for the needs of the collective “us,” our unique experiences are rarely given space, and “Access|Ability” provided some of that diversity.

The first step was getting the stories. It started with a free-write session, followed by a free studio session, where she met her assistant director (and right-hand) Ruguru Karira, a sophomore at Columbia College. They followed that with “Pendulum,” an exhibition on manic and depressive episodes that took place in the fall of 2016. After collecting those submissions, the writers got together to make a collective, and General Studies senior, Daniela Dos Santos was a part of that team.

  Nadia and Ruguru in last semester's "Pendulum" exhibit - Facebook

Nadia and Ruguru in last semester's "Pendulum" exhibit - Facebook

Given the brevity of her dual BA program with Sciences-Po and Columbia, Daniela joined V-Day for the opportunity to do something creative in her final year. Her piece, “The Creature,” was a favorite due to its familiarity through its reflection of life at Columbia. “Unlike the city, you wish you could get some sleep,” narrates an unseen voice, as the small, wide-eyed, curly-haired Eddie Ojo mutely acts out the physical manifestation of the overhead thoughts. “It’s 7 am. The city is alive, but you aren’t,” the voice continues, as the character grows more and more manic and weary, paralyzed by thoughts of depression. The scene ends in sobs and a scream.

  Eddie in "The Creature" - YouTube

Eddie in "The Creature" - YouTube

“The Creature” took some advantage of the multimedia nature of the show, utilizing acting and overhead audio, but “Access|Ability” as a whole included dance numbers, musical tracks, video projection, and all with a specific purpose. “I wanted it to be a multimedia, multisensory experience because people of colour don’t often have words, or diagnosis, or any tangible means of describing what they’re going through,” explains Nadia. As an audience member, the different mediums give voices to the often unspoken and unheard experiences of those battling with disabilities as people of colour.

Another crucial component of the production was its community-style creative process. Daniella reveals, “I’ve never been a writer going in to a room and seeing actors interpret the text,” and writers and actors interacted constantly at every part leading up to it’s final days, effectively displaying the experiences of those who penned them, adding to their accuracy.

  The cast in "Mercy Me" - Kanako Fujioka

The cast in "Mercy Me" - Kanako Fujioka

The show did not come without its challenges though. The first being the dominance of black narratives over other POC identities. “I get very frustrated with POC spaces that are mostly black or specifically African-American,” admits Nadia. “I really wanted to draw out people’s specific identities, and within blackness, there is Africanness, Caribbeanness, Creoleness, there is so much.” They achieved the latter remarkably, evidenced through Nadia herself describing herself as Punjabi Indian, Tanzanian, and Afro-Guyanese and Daniella being having an Angolan/Portugese background. However, the show was still majority black, and they wished they could have gotten more Latinx and Muslim voices, amongst many other demographics. Nevertheless, a mélange of other POC identities was present on stage and this inclusion was intentional – a salient lesson to the predominantly-white theatrical productions that take place at Columbia that make little efforts in racial diversification.

  Sarah Kim in "Embryos & Embolisms" - YouTube

Sarah Kim in "Embryos & Embolisms" - YouTube

An interesting issue that came up during the talk back on the second night was the inclusion of cisgendered men. Although the production team had a mix of different gender identities, they were asked about the presence of cast members Donovan Redd and Chengkai Hu. Their first explanation was that they received a lot of submission from men who had little avenue to talk about their struggles with mental health. Specifically, in regards to blackness, Nadia adds, “How can we talk about black women being tired if we don’t talk about black men and how they step over women?” Daniella points out again how a significant amount of men are suicide victims but “they just don’t talk about it,” and so telling their stories too was necessary.

  Donovan and Chengkai in "The Roommate - Kanako Fujioka

Donovan and Chengkai in "The Roommate - Kanako Fujioka

Finally, getting support from the community was a real frustration. “Respect(Ability)” sold out a week in advance, “Access|Ability” just minutes before. One possible hypothesis was a lack of respect for non-white art gets, demonstrated potentially by the many students of colour who believed that they could just “walk in” to a project that took months to create. “Working with the community when you’re doing community-based work,” reflects Nadia, “and getting them to the theatre, and getting them to open up, by just sitting in the chair to watch the performance, was a challenge.” Daniella ponders further on the how the majority-white audiences navigated the show. “Are they just watching it as art and just something that they’re gonna watch and then sleep? Or are they going to integrate it in their understanding,” she asks. 

  Ruguru, Eddie, and Onyekachi Iwu in "Black Thoughts" - Kanako Fujioka

Ruguru, Eddie, and Onyekachi Iwu in "Black Thoughts" - Kanako Fujioka

So, where do we go from here? Viviana wants students on campus who have perhaps become desensitized to mental health tragedies and dialogues to be more aware of the people around them. She challenges us to “remember and pay attention” to going ons in our communities, to better support one another. Nadia echoes that sentiment, pushing everyone on campus to do more and to explore the topics brought up in “Access|Ability.” “This was for y’all,” she laughs. “We did the work, now we need the community to support.” Taking it in, Daniella wonders, “We’re inscribed in such a tradition now, I hope it will last.” The onus, it seems, is on us.

Staying Local

By Arlena McClenton

When people ask you where you’re going for spring break, do you lower your voice and eyes and mumble, “I’m staying here?” You might be forgetting that “here” is New York City, one of the most vibrant and populated cities on earth. There’s no excuse to Netflix and chill all day when there are so many new things to do around the city. Here are our top choices for things to do during spring break:

1) Do something on your NYC bucket list

Do the thing. You know which one I’m talking about: the one you promised yourself you’d do as a wide eyed first year, but never got the chance to do because you were busy. You’re not busy anymore, so do it! Whether it’s going to a show, giving yourself permission to do touristy stuff for a day, or checking out that cool new bar, do what you’ve always craved in your heart of hearts.

2) Buy (or look) at some antique books

If the Rare Book and Manuscript library is where you find your thrills, The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is where you’ll find some deals. Hosted in the Park Avenue Armory from March 9 to 12, the book fair has over 50 vendors and books of a variety of languages and subjects. Even if you don’t buy anything, $10 student tickets are a cheap way to get your fill of old book smell. If books don’t hold much appeal after suffering through midterms, the fair also hosts vendors of old photographs. Check out the website for the festival’s hours.

3) Take the Staten Island Ferry

Care to do something picturesque? Ride the Staten Island Ferry! While there isn’t much reason to go to Staten Island (besides the Statue of Liberty), the view of the statue, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan from the ferry is breathtaking. And the best part of all is that it’s free!

4) Go to the Cloisters!

Need a safe retreat from the city? When you just can’t stand seeing the skyscrapers through Central Park’s trees, head up to the Bronx to restore your peace of mind. The Cloisters are a branch of The Met that specializes in Western medieval art. The museum runs adjacent to Fort Tryon Park, and sits on a tiny hill that overlooks the Hudson River. Again, it’s completely free, so there’s no excuse for not going and spending an afternoon in quiet contemplation.

Un-FUR-gettable

By Maria Adetunji

Since the previous century and in to the 2000s, everyone has been on the fur train. Now it's 2017, and fur is mostly faux, it's much cheaper, and it's making its way into everyone's must-have list.

The trend is about more than just keeping you warm -- it's about style and swag. Celebrities like KimYe and Cardi B are taking fur fashion statements to the street, and you can rock the look too! 

Where to Shop

Although the trend looks expensive, it doesn't have to be once you know the right places to look. Thrift stores are a great place to start, and New York has loads of options. Urban Jungle (part of the L-Train Vintage family) has a plethora of fur coats and vests, and ponchos in stock. They are affordable for everyone with most ranging in prices from $18 to a $40. They have stores in the East Village and all over Brooklyn, and an online store too. Another thrift option is Buffalo Exchange. They have fewer options to choose from, but their coats are also pretty affordable, starting from $30 and going up.

   Urban Jungle - $75

Urban Jungle - $75

If you prefer to be a first-time owner, there are lots of local options to choose from. Zara and Urban Outfitters are millennial staples, and with the changing weather, expect spring sales! Plus, for those of us who prefer to shop whilst in class, check on ASOS online, and make sure to use that student discount!

  Urban Outfitters - $109

Urban Outfitters - $109

How to Rock It

There are many ways to wear the faux fur look, it just depends on what you are going for. For a casual day look, try pairing it with sneakers, skinny pants and a simple top or sweater that compliments the colour of the fur. Don't be scared to add a chain or a baseball cap for the cool streetwear look.

If you want to go for a more edgy look, pair a coat with some thigh-high boots and distressed jeans. Some over-the-top sunglasses will take the outfit to another level, and some dramatic hair and make-up to top it off. 

For a formal fit, opt to style it with a fancy dress or jumpsuit with some heels. As the weather begins to look more like spring, trade in the coat for a vest and the dress for a simple skirt. 

Have any more tips on the trend? Comment on our Facebook page or hit us up on bulletinedboard@gmail.com

 

Internship Profile: New York Magazine

By Austen Tosone

The Nuts and Bolts: Every Monday and Wednesday, I take the 1 train all the way from 116th Street down to Canal Street to the Hudson Square offices of New York Magazine. This semester I’m working as an Online Editorial Intern and I assist editors across all verticals of the website including The Cut, Vulture, The Science of Us, and Grub Street. 

Daily Grind: One of the tasks that I can often be found doing is transcribing interviews. I’ve gotten to listen in on some cool conversations between editors and people like Chrissy Teigen (model), Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool) and Lyn Paolo (Costume Designer for Scandal). Transcriptions often get split up among the interns so it’s never too much work and seeing a transcription-turned-article go up on the site is a cool feeling. Interns also have the opportunity to attend events or panels that need coverage for the site as well as pitch ideas to editors. 

Fashion Week Is No Joke: The busiest day I’ve had so far was during New York Fashion Week where I was helping The Cut editors by confirming editor’s attendance at shows, printing out tickets, creating schedules in chronological order and running last-minute errands for the team as they geared up for the craziness of the week ahead. 

“Pinch Me” Moment: Last week I got pulled into Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss’ office for a cover focus group. We were choosing the cover for the “Best of New York” issue and I joined a random assortment of editors, managers and writers to offer our insights as to which cover might be best and why. It was awesome they included interns in the discussion and I felt like they really took all of our input into consideration 

Networking With Peers: It’s also been great getting to meet and connect with the other interns who are all living in New York and who have either just graduated or are finishing up school at Barnard, Columbia, and NYU. It’s great to banter with them about 90’s television shows we wish would make a comeback and the latest and greatest trends from the Fashion Week runways. 

Love, Actually: The Columbia Fuccboi

By Claudia Levey

Illustration by Charlotte Voelkel

Scenario: It’s an average Saturday night. You lazily peruse the sea of people before you, the usual midnight Mel’s crowd, searching for a decent male specimen who can buy you another drink.


Suddenly the air grows mysteriously colder, and you shiver. A flash of salmon khaki appears in your periphery. Old Spice’s signature scent, Swagger, fills your nostrils. You hear the whisper of “I just saw your last text, sorry. Wanna come over ;)?” float by you. It was spoken aloud, but you can hear the winky face. Pulse racing with trepidation, you frantically search the dim room until you spot them: outfitted in crewneck sweatshirts and Vineyard Vines shorts, they approach you. A whole herd of them. The fuccbois have arrived.

At this point, you may have a few questions. How can I be sure whether or not I’ve truly encountered a pack of fuccbois? What are the signs? How do I avoid encounters such as these? Dearest reader, to answer all of these questions and more, I eagerly present to you the comprehensive guide to the Columbia fuccboi. I suggest you print out a copy to carry around.
Firstly, not all fuccbois are created equal. Some wear the title proudly, and some slowly reveal themselves to be fuccbois after it’s too late. For our purposes, we’ll call them fuccboi types one and two.

A type one fuccboi is easy to spot. He may or may not be a varsity athlete, but he definitely could “school any one of those clowns” in arm-wrestling. He has at least three names (first, middle, last, probably ending with “the third”). He’ll generally keep a hand on your lower back or waist while he’s talking to you, but with the pressure of someone giving CPR to a goldfish. Because women are mysterious, fragile things, ya know?  He often wears a too-small button down, but only buttons the bottom half (for full sex-appeal). If you make it to his dorm room and it isn’t a suite with a real table, don’t be surprised if he’s turned his bed or a closet door into a pong table. Fuccbois can be very inventive. 

Type two fuccbois are far harder to identify. Any boy has the potential to become a type two fuccboi if put in the right circumstances. A type two may even dress normally, but don’t be fooled by his more casual attire. He’ll lure you in with witty banter and compliments, but then he’ll wait a week to reply to your texts. He’ll do nice things for you, like buy you a slice of pizza at Koronet, but be wary: in his mind, the $4.50 he spent on pizza is an investment. In return, he expects approximately 3 hours of your undivided attention, and then he will kindly say goodbye and wait until he feels ready to text you again.

This leads me to our next topic, the inner motivations of everyday fuccbois.

The first thing that drives a fuccboi lifestyle is a built-in sense of entitlement. A fuccboi, especially a type one fuccboi, is often a product of an upper class family and fancy prep school. He’s not used to being told “no,” and doesn’t normally have to work very hard to get what he wants. This feeling of entitlement has created the social construct you may know of as “the friend zone.” This is a fictional place where boys go when they “deserve” to place out of friend status, but get rejected by girls who believe in the radical idea that being a nice boy does not automatically ensure the possibility of getting lucky. He relies on his boyish good looks, and expects girls to hang on his every word. This makes all interactions with him especially dangerous. Don’t let him buy you things. He may consider that to be enough work, therefore entitling him to treat you like trash.

But what’s wrong with just treating a girl nicely for the sake of being nice? This brings us to their second most common motivation for acting like a jerk: a fear of genuine relationships. The truth is, fuccbois have feelings too. A fuccboi doesn’t want to get hurt, so he tries to ensure that no girl will ever reject him once he’s actually started to like her by maintaining control over all social interactions. If you want to meet up, he may or may not reply. But if he wants to meet up, he suddenly knows how to use his phone again. Don’t feel obligated to follow his weird schedule of when you can and can’t talk. And when he doesn’t reply to your texts, just know that the most likely possibility is that he’s intimidated by a girl who actually knows what she wants.

This does make them hard to deal with, though. You don’t want to be mean, but honestly, sometimes crushing his ego a little bit is the only way to show him that it’s okay to hold a whole conversation without mentioning his workout schedule or what kind of luxury car he has at home. The key to curing a fuccboi is education. He needs to know that genuine interactions can be worthwhile too. Deep down, fuccbois are just insecure. Set him on the right path by making it clear that he doesn’t always get to make all the decisions. Hit him with the two-day-late “sorry just saw your message! We can meet up later if you want!” And once he knows that he can’t treat you so badly, and once he’s actually earned your attention through truly exemplary behavior, then and only then has he started to make the transformation. Only then has his journey begun, from fuccboi, to the elusive title of fuccman.

Your Body is a Wonderland

By Elanie Paredes

Planned Parenthood constantly makes headlines, but especially lately its been a hot topic in political debates. This past summer Planned Parenthood was attacked once again by an anti-abortion group. The attacks were “part of a decade-long campaign by anti-abortion extremists deceiving the public, making false charges, and terrorizing patients and their doctors, all in order to ban abortion and cut people off from care at Planned Parenthood” said a Planned Parenthood representative. Clearly, the intentions of the anti-abortion extremists were to take down Planned Parenthood, thus removing life saving services from people who need it the most. 
            Planned Parenthood serves all people regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, income, or immigration status. Some of their services include cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, contraception, and yes, abortion! Planned Parenthood is also involved with its local communities. They provide education services through their peer educators program, by partnering with schools, and through a variety of initiatives. Lastly, Planned Parenthood is an advocacy organization. With about 7 million activists, donors, and supporters Planned Parenthood “advocates for policies at the federal and state levels that would advance comprehensive reproductive health care and responsible decision making." Planned Parenthood has served more than 5 million people worldwide, with women of color being the largest group served. So next time someone tells you that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, remind them of the life-saving care they would be removing from people worldwide, specifically women of color.
        To clarify, Planned Parenthood is a reproductive health and rights organization not a reproductive justice organization. This means they specifically focus on necessary reproductive health services and gaining constitutionally framed legal protections for those services. Reproductive justice on the other hand “stipulates that reproductive oppression is the result of the intersections of multiple oppressions and cannot be alleviated without strategies to address them all,” according the organization's New York City affiliate. Planned Parenthood is not an RJ organization, but it has taken on the RJ framework to its approaches. This means that different experiences and a variety of identities are taken into account when talking about gaining reproductive justice. If you’re interested in joining the RJ movement and fighting for reproductive health rights, check out your local Planned Parenthood. There are Planned Parenthood health centers located in each borough in NYC.
            Something I’ve noticed after joining the RJ movement is that many people are afraid to talk about their bodies and sex. Of course, this is taboo because for some reason society has labeled the two as “improper” or “forbidden.” If you are this person who is plagued by the taboo of wanting to talk about sex or your body, but you feel that you can’t, I ask you to challenge yourself. If this is something that has held you back, you will only find freedom by embracing your body. Give your body the care it needs, whether that is going to gym, drinking more water, meditating, or taking a trip to Planned Parenthood.
            I learned about sex at a pretty early age, and my knowledge of it was always kept secret from my parents. It was something I just whispered and laughed about with my friends until the day came when I actually wanted to have sex. I was not really sure what to do or who to turn to because I was too afraid to talk about it. I was plagued by the taboo. I needed support and I wasn’t comfortable talking about sex or my body. Needless to say, this is an experience many women go through and is unnecessary.
            Organizations like Planned Parenthood provide us with the platform to have these conversations and to understand our rights. Breaking down the taboo means more people will be able to freely make the right choices for their bodies because they will receive the support they need. You can start to break down this barrier by looking inwards. Self love and appreciation will not only make you happier about embracing your body but others will notice the difference too. Once you show society that you’re no longer intimidated by the social norms they have imposed upon you, others will follow. It takes courage, support, and self love to begin the shift from silence to acceptance. But when it is achieved all people will benefit from a happier and healthier lifestyle. Surround yourself with positive people, take a break from work to watch some Netflix, learn something new, make an appointment at Planned Parenthood for a regular check up. Of course we are all strong, bold, Barnard women and part of that means knowing your reproductive rights and practicing self care, so make the effort and take the extra step.

Models: Imani Randolph, Summer Payton, Jillian Johnson

Photographer: Sharon Wu

Art Direction: Carina Hardy

 

Mad About Matte

By Alicia Simba

You cannot escape the matte trend. You see it everywhere, from the latest red carpet, to your nearest Sephora. Matte-mania came to an all-time high with the release of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit, which sells out online within minutes each time it is restocked. But what is matte? Matte is, most simply, a paint with a non-glossy finish. In make-up terms, matte is cool and fashionable, in a my-brother-in-law-is-Yeezy type of way. Matte lips tend to have a sleeker appearance compared to typical lipsticks and glosses, so they work well with virtually every look. Make-up brands have responded to this trend by providing beauty-fiends with an array of options in application type, hue, and price.


When it comes to a classic lip, nothing is more iconic than red. It suits all skin tones, in all seasons, for all occasions. Be it a night out, like Sofia Vergara at this year’s Grammys, or just an average day, like red-lip icon Gwen Stefani, give Urban Decay’s new “F-Bomb” Revolution Lipstick ($22) a spin. It is bright, fun, and an easy way to boost your look.  


The hue of the season is brown, pulled off best by Dakota Johnson at the How To Be Single premiere and Beyonce at the Grammy Awards. The lip is a throwback to the 90s, but it works really well as an understated replacement for your favorite nude. Nyx’s Lip Lingerie Collection ($7) stacked with liquid lippies that matte when dry, is a great place to start because it has a shade for everyone, plus they will last for hours. Definitely check out “Stone” matte lipstick ($17) from make-up powerhouse MAC. As the name implies, it is a mashup between grey and brown. But beware, this color is very popular and is almost always sold out in stores.


When it comes to lip hues that standout, purple's unconventionality makes is great to stunt in. Plus, matte purples have a particular stylishness to them, but If you do not believe it, check out Viola Davis’ mauve at this year’s SAG Awards. Smashbox is another new addition to the matte trend, offering their Be Legendary Matte Lipstick Collection ($21). Try “Plum Rule,” the gorgeous deep purple bound to turn heads.


One of the baddest shades, yet the criminally slept on, is black. Modern style icon Rihanna had It-Sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid rocking noir lips in her Fall 2016 Puma Fashion Show, and it looked incredibly rocker-chic meets health goth. The Kat von D “Witches Everlasting” Liquid Lipstick ($20) should be your next go-to for a night out, taking the NYC all-black-everything look to new heights.
The great thing about matte lips is that they don’t require the maintenance of standard lipsticks, but if you do want a defined lip look, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil ($20) is a good way to go. Keep in mind that the dryness of matte works best with moisturised lips so make sure you apply plenty of Chapstick.


The internet is filled with lots of tips and inspiration for matte lips, for instance, Pop Sugar and Elle have loads of tutorials and trend updates. In addition, Tumblr and Instagram have hundreds of looks. Search for Maryam Maquillage (@maryamnyc) to find an array of shades and handy how-tos. Beauty Vlogger Tasha Leelyn also stands out with her matte reviews, including Urban Decay products and the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit! Although makeup fads come and go quicker than the seasons, matte lips are quite timeless and seem to be here to stay, which is a beautiful thing.

 

 

 

Internship Profile: Tumblr

By Georgina Ustik

 
The job:
I am an Events Production intern for Tumblr for the Fall and Spring of this year. 

Past experience: I study Art History and Visual Arts, and previously I have interned for various art galleries around Manhattan and the Athena Center. 


How I got here: I got this internship through contacting a former Tumblr intern and Barnard alum, who put me in contact with her previous manager. 


What I do: As the Events Production intern,  I go into work two and a half days a week at the offices in the Flatiron District and I also occasionally have to work weekday nights at events (they’re always really cool events, so I don’t mind!). For my job I assist the Event Producer and Head of Community Outreach and Marketing in producing live music and arts events for the online community. I also do general work for the Marketing and Community departments. These live events have included a Cage the Elephant concert in Nashville, NYFW events, and a House of Cards season 4 premiere party. Most typically my job consists of ordering catering, alcohol, decorations, etc. I also have to research vendors, coordinate deliveries, help to set-up spaces, and sometimes act as a bouncer (this can be really fun). During down time, I work for the Social Media Strategist and go through and reply to fan mail. 


Why I love it: Working for Tumblr is great, because despite it being a social media platform that serves almost half a billion blogs all over the world, it’s a relatively small company (about 250 people). Everyone is incredibly smart and creative and excited to work for a company they love. Being under the umbrella of Yahoo also means that there are very comfortable workplace benefits – paid internship, beautiful office space, free food, etc. There are also some pretty incredible opportunities – I was able to attend fashion week (where I stood next to Lady Gaga for 20 minutes!), see the premier of Pusha T’s “Darkest Before Dawn” short film and meet tons of people from Tumblr’s online community. It’s incredible to work for a place that so many people are passionate about. 


Would I recommend this job?: I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone at Barnard who is into Tumblr! I’m all about community building, whether online or off, and plan on pursuing a Masters in New Media studies next year, so the experience at a blogging platform full of creatives and fandoms has been invaluable. The people are also wonderful – I’ve met many great friends that I will be sure to stay in contact with! 

Here's to You, Bulletin

By Emma Yee Yick

115 years ago, three percent of people ages 25+ had received four years of a college education. 115 years ago, a gallon of gas cost 11 cents. 115 years ago, 89.7 percent of Americans were white. 115 years ago, the automobile was still making its debut on the market, phones had yet to be invented, and the idea of the internet was not yet imagined. It was also 115 years ago, that the Barnard Bulletin came into existence. With this triple-digit anniversary comes an entire century’s work of history left to unravel and remember, thought-provoking and smile inducing articles to read, hard hitting journalism to respect, and dedicated, talented, and innovative Bulletin staff to commemorate. 

Back in the year 1901, the Bulletin began as a weekly newspaper historically covering a wide range of topics from campus events, announcements, and student life to administrative affairs, the Board of Trustees, and relations with Columbia. According to the Barnard archives, “At the time of its launch, Barnard was among the few colleges in the country to print a weekly newspaper.” Spanning through a time period in which the world saw two terrorizing wars, a series of activist movements and societal changes and technological advances, the Bulletin was there through it all—to bear the bad news, celebrate the good, and challenge the questionable. “The Bulletin is where we look, especially through the 60’s and beyond, for a record of student life on campus,” said Martha Tenney, one of Barnard’s Digital Archivists. This sentiment rings true with many, including Charlotte Vostelic, a graduate fellow working in Barnard’s Archives who sees the Bulletin as “one of the most consistent places to find evidence of student life on campus.” 

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With the progression of time, it is no secret that the world has changed in such a way that it is nearly unrecognizable from one century to another. The Bulletin’s evolution as both an organization and a publication, right alongside these macro changes, is a testament to the level of journalistic commitment and devotion to Barnard’s ever-changing student body.

The sheer amount of topics covered over the last 115 years by the Bulletin is incredible. One could spend hours perusing the Bulletin’s extensive digital archives and physical glossy pages alike, trying to place oneself in the shoes of the hundreds of writers who came before, and attempting to imagine the impact that each piece must have had at any given time. The Barnard Bulletin has been there to document pressing, momentous moments in the history of Barnard and of the United States. Three headlines caught my eye while digging through these issues. The first, from a 1945 edition of the then-newspaper reads “No Negro Quota At Barnard, Dean Gildersleeve Declares.” This piece was written in response to various student protests on campus and letters written to the administration in regards to the supposed “race-quota” in Barnard’s selection process. The second, written in 1983 upon the change to Columbia’s admissions policy, from an all-men’s university to a co-educational academic institution, reads “Co-education: Little Effect on BC,” and highlights Barnard’s independence and autonomy as an affiliated equal of her older brother, Columbia. The third, following the tragic events of 9/11, perhaps says the most in the fewest words, with large, 36pt white font detailing simply “11 September 2001.” These are just a few of the groundbreaking moments that the Bulletin has documented ever so eloquently, with poise and class. These titles alone speak volumes and while all vastly different, appeal to the importance of the Bulletin to both Barnard campus life and to the greater, global scope. This is a tradition that has been kept alive over these past 115 years, and can be seen most recently in the Bulletin’s covering of issues such as Barnard’s transgender admittance policy and divestment.  

At the same time, as society has modernized, the Bulletin has followed suit, now mirroring a plethora of noteworthy editorials after making the switch from a newspaper to glossy pages in 2007, now with sections ranging from Politics and Opinion, to Health and Style and Art and Entertainment. It could be said that the Bulletin has, in the very best of ways, taken on a more personal feel —serving as more than just as a source for campus news and events, but instead, as a lifestyle magazine. Despite being accused of having a “secret feminist agenda” back in 2000—which we take as a compliment more than anything—in 2016, the Bulletin stands, cemented by passion and molded by experience. We remain as committed as ever to publishing content that pushes boundaries and speaks to both the minds and hearts of Barnard students. 

So whether the Bulletin is your monthly guilty-pleasure-read between classes, your go-to source for inspiration and motivation, your outlet for occasional writing urges, your link to fond memories of your alma mater, or your second family, join us in raising a glass to the wonderful, Barnard Bulletin. May we, the Bulletin Staff, continue to carry on the legacy and spirit of those who have come before and may we continue to venture into the future by taking risks and adapting for an ever-changing generation of Barnard students. 


Modeled by Charlotte Voelkel, photography by Sharon Wu, art direction by Carina Hardy


Capitalizing on Caitlyn?

By Aiko Suyemoto

After nearly ten months of swirling rumors, Caitlyn Jenner has announced she will release a memoir with the help of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger—an act that raising many questions about how she will use her status as a voice for the transgender community.

Jenner’s book deal comes after a whirlwind year in the public eye. The Time Person of the Year 2015 Runner-Up, Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, got her own reality show, and received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYS. Yet the announcement of her memoir has people speculating if she’s doing the book to capitalize on her celebrity, or if she is in fact taking advantage of an opportunity to help others. 

In an interview with Diane Sawyer, which attracted an astounding 17 million viewers, Sawyer specifically asked Jenner whether her transition from male to female was a publicity stunt. Jenner adamantly replied, “What I’m doing is going to do some good. And we’re going to change the world. I really, firmly believe that we’re going to make a difference in the world with what we’re doing. And if the whole Kardashian show and reality television gave you that foothold into that world, to be able to go out there and really do something good, I’m all for that.”

Those close to Jenner endorse her good intentions, which are admittedly a work in progress, according to members of her inner circle. Jennifer Finney Boylan, an English professor at Barnard and consultant on the show I am Cait, acknowledges Jenner’s privilege and fame can often impede her well-intentioned dialogues. “She can also be exasperating and problematic, at least from a feminist perspective,” Boylan said, “She comes from a very privileged place, and she may not be aware of the bubble she lives in. Likewise, her sense of womanhood seems, at times, to focus on the exterior rather than the interior.

“But,” she explained  “at the same time she is truly dedicated to being a force for good, and for using her curious celebrity, and that of her curious family, as a catalyst for social change. She has a very good heart, and really wants to help people.”

Boylan has developed a lasting friendship with Jenner in the process of becoming a sort of mentor to the star. “It’s been my goal to try to educate her, at least on the I Am Cait show. It’s my role on that program to be the one person who is constantly wagging my finger in her face, telling her to reconsider something she has done or said.” Not only do these dialogues create valuable teachable moments, they also make for compelling reality television. “ You have to admit there’s something subversive about having a show in which the title character is constantly being challenged by the people around her,” Boylan said, “I think it’s fascinating.” 

And when I asked Professor Boylan what she thought Jenner was trying to achieve in releasing this memoir, she replied, “ I think Caitlyn’s very aware that she’s just one person, and that her story is sui generis.  She isn’t trying to speak for anyone other than herself—which is important, because if people think all trans people are like Caitlyn Jenner, we can all just get ready to drink hemlock now.  But her story will be amazing and interesting, and Buzz will do a good job, I’m sure. And that visibility can only help all of us.

Considering this beneficial clarity,  it doesn’t come as a surprise that the book’s author values transparency above all else. Bissinger, who also wrote Jenner’s Vanity Fair interview, emphasizes that the book’s honesty comes first and foremost. He recently told the New York Times, “I made it clear to her before I agreed that everything has to be on the table, nothing can be left out, and I’m going to be interviewing dozens of other people. It’s her book, but it’s going to be reported out to keep her honest. She’s been incredibly open, and I think it has the potential to be a really important book.”

Professor Boylan agrees that the book’s veracity carries a significant amount of weight for the transgender community, as it will no doubt garner much-needed awareness in telling Jenner’s story. “Like my mother always used to say, ‘It’s impossible to hate anyone whose story you know,’” she said.

So it seems Jenner is determined to employ her celebrity for the greater good, despite the distraction of fame and privilege. Ultimately though, as Professor Boylan concluded, “This is one story. We need to hear lots more.”

 

Painting Pollock

By Ariana Busby

When my brother was in elementary school, he made a multi-colored splatter painting which my mom called “just as good as Jackson Pollock.” Though this comment was likely made out of motherly gratitude, I myself could not tell the difference between this school art project and an acclaimed masterpiece by one of America’s most prolific modern artists. This was the attitude I held towards Pollock’s works for many years; sure, his bold, experimental canvases could be overwhelming in scope, but ultimately, Pollock’s art felt haphazard and confusing, and I struggled to respond.

So, it was with some trepidation that I arrived at the Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition “Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954.” I expected to find an exhibit as as audacious and creative as the artist it represented but instead was greeted by a minimalist opening with just Pollock’s name and a few screen prints from his later career. After reading a brief summary of the survey and Pollock’s life, I headed into the first room of the gallery: Pollock’s early work from 1934-1943.

The pieces in this room were colorful, imaginative, and unexpected--all qualities I would attribute to Pollock’s well-known drip paintings. However, these early works were hardly reminiscent of this stage of Pollock’s career. Instead, I saw stormy mythological scenes painted in the style of Mexican muralists such as Jose Clemente Orozco, whose art was highly influential for the young Pollock. Though these pieces showcased an unexpected beginning to Pollock’s famously abstract oeuvre, characteristics of Pollock’s early works foreshadow this artistic future--motifs of eyes and faces, material explorations through scratches and washes on the canvas, and an intentional de-centering of the painting’s subject.

The second room covered Pollock’s transitional work, from 1944-1947, and reveal Pollock’s leanings towards non-representational art. Here, I began to truly appreciate the experience of seeing Pollock’s paintings in person. While lost in prints, the variety of textures employed in the works are truly remarkable: stark black gouache over watercolor, crusts and sculptures of paint, found objects. These structural details, coupled with the artistic narrative running through Pollock’s career, pulled me into the exhibit and made me more attuned to Pollock’s choices and techniques.

By the time I reached the third and final room, which contained Pollock’s mature work (1948-1954), I had an eye for the artist’s intent and intelligence and a growing curiosity as to how he would further expand his vision. Admittedly, these final pieces of Pollock’s career, particularly the “drip” paintings dominating this section of the gallery, remained the most enigmatic for me. However, all the preceding works and information on Pollock’s creative biography had given me a plethora of themes, techniques, and images to apply to to my observation of these pieces, and I certainly enjoyed the drip paintings more than I ever had.

It was with some disappointment, then, that I realized the exhibit had ended. For a survey of an artist so varied and daring throughout his life, I was surprised by the limited scope of the exhibit. The process of tracing the evolution of Pollock’s art had piqued my interest, and when I abruptly reached the doors to lead me back to the rest of the museum, I felt I had only seen a small portion of an artist I had finally started to enjoy. Despite this, I recommend stopping by this exhibit before it closes on May 1st whether you are a longtime Pollock patron or, like me, a more unsure spectator. While it does not give as comprehensive a retrospective as one would expect, it does piece together a fascinating index of the works of a constantly evolving artist, and will certainly leave you wanting more.


Modeled by Caroline Wallis, photography by Sharon Wu, make-up by Nikki Shaner-Bradford and Carina Hardy, art direction by Carina Hardy

6 Organization Tips for Small Spaces

By Austen Tosone

One thing we all know about New York real estate is how quickly our closet-sized spaces can go from super organized to total chaos in a matter of minutes. Since New York can’t get any bigger, it’s time for us to get organized! Here are a few tips that will make your small space feel infinitely less jumbled and give you the motivation to get sh*t done. 

1. Hanging clipboards or magazine holders on the walls to keep your desk clear. You can organize them so you’ll know where to find everything and  prevent clutter of loose papers from taking over your work space. You can even hang an inspiring message on them to stay motivated!

2. Take all of your various pens, pencils and markers and toss them in a mason jar or a coffee mug so they're easy to find. To save even more space, go through and test your pens to make sure they work!

3. I’m a huge lover of Post-Its but they can get out of hand on weeks when I’m especially busy. Keep a calendar or planner nearby so you can quickly write the date time and location of parties, meetings, lunches or study sessions. Even if you add it to an electronic calendar, writing will reinforce your memory so you’re less likely to forget if you’re supposed to be somewhere.

4. Use cookie jars or other cute containers to store beauty products like nail polish, lipsticks and eyeliners. Clear jars are great because you can see everything all at once without having to take everything out to find what you’re looking for. 

5. Hang hats from thumb tacks or command hooks on your wall. You’ll not only create a unique wall display, but also prevent clutter in your closet and be able to grab and go as you’re running out the door! 

6. I love good old fashioned pen and paper, but I’d be totally lost without my phone. To keep cords from getting tangled, use a space organizer to separate chargers for your phone, camera, iPad and more. Take it a step further by labeling them - because after a while they all start to look the same, right? 

We hope these tips have you breaking out your label maker and color-coding your day planner!

Best Dressed: The Oscars

By Ali McQueen

Another Oscars season has come and gone, and once again the red carpet was filled with actors and actresses sporting stunning designs from the biggest fashion houses in the industry. While the night had highs if its own - finally, Leonardo Dicaprio, finally - quite a few of those also came on the red carpet. Here’s a round-up of the night’s best looks!

Daisy Ridley of newfound Star Wars fame stunned in Chanel, outshining others who also sported looks by Karl Lagerfeld. Her sparkling silver dress with a shorter hemline was a stand-out, especially given the fact that she is a relative newcomer to the awards show and wasn’t the biggest name walking the red carpet on Sunday night. 

Margot Robbie also went for a metallic dress, choosing a gorgeous gold sheath by Tom Ford. True, she probably would have been stunning no matter what she wore, but her gold gown was no exception and she still managed to keep the dramatic dress from overwhelming her. Her dress was very fitting for the occasion - she was twinning with the Oscar statues! 

Jennifer Lawrence showed up looking stunning as usual, wearing a gorgeous black and nude Dior dress. It was no surprise that she wore Dior, it is one of her red carpet go-to designers. While she didn’t win the award for best actress for Joy, she most definitely won the red carpet. We’re also still in love with the platinum hair she has been sporting lately, which really upped the glamour factor. 

Jumpsuit in the front, gown in the back - now trending. Lady Gaga rocked an amazingly structured and dramatic white jumpsuit on Sunday night. While her Oscars look definitely stood out from the more traditional gowns on the red carpet, it actually wasn't especially out of the ordinary for Gaga, who was dressed by her favorite designer and long-time stylist Brandon Maxwell and again wore white (as she did last year). Either way, her look was stunning and she had an incredibly powerful performance on the Oscars stage during the show. 

The final standout look of the night and the clear winner of cutest on the red carpet was nine year-old Jacob Tremblay, who starred in Room. While his co-star Brie Larson won an Oscar for her role in the film, it was Jacob, who was also on stage as a presenter, who stood out in his miniature Armani suit and Darth Vader socks (and yes, he did show these off for the paparazzi).