An Ode To The Boys Who Love Barnard

By Aliya Schneider

Photo by Aliya Schneider

Photo by Aliya Schneider

The Columbia Kingsmen, an all male acapella group, announced their new members by posting a photo on Facebook of the singers happily crammed into a Barnard Hall restroom. Clearly, the Kingsmen are part of the many Columbia men who know where Columbia University’s best treasures lay: Barnard College.

Austin Dean, president of the Kingsmen, confesses, “I like a lot of things [about Barnard].” He “really appreciate[s] being able to reserve Barnard space as a Columbia student group.” After explaining how it is nice to have more dining hall options, and using the word “fantastic” to describe Barnard’s dining halls, he realized that he has not yet been to one this semester. “Allowing students to register for classes at both campuses allows for bigger departments and more interesting classes for everybody.” Barnard “expands the community.”

An anonymous Columbia College male student was welcomed with open arms into his significant other's floor event, where he had the opportunity to watch Ocean’s 8, eat pizza, and get a complimentary face mask, which provided a nice bonding activity for the night. His favorite locations on Barnard’s campus are “def[initely] the Arthur Ross Greenhouse” and “[of course] Mille and Diana.” He reps Barnard with his Barnard 2020 sweatshirt and taught me that the greenhouse above Milbank has a name.

Julien Reiman, CC ‘18, transferred to Columbia and found the campus emotionally “cold” with a “grey impersonalness,” that was not necessarily bad, but the “pseudo-student spaces” were not nearly as warm as the spaces he found across the street on the Barnard campus.

“I started realizing that things were different there,” he said, speaking of the time he spent hanging out and eating in Diana and studying in LeFrak. He felt like he could greet or talk with anyone, and that he just felt “so much better all the time,” being welcomed in, even as a “cis white male.” He noted that while Columbia has many opportunities for creating small communities, they require seeking out or creating niches, while at Barnard, “the whole place is its own niche.”

Reiman spoke of his experience living with four Barnard women in Barnard housing his senior year, saying that despite how liberal he sees himself, he still has “inborn male privilege” that he learned about from conversations with his roommates (along with frequent kale deliveries from CSA). Reiman misses Barnard a lot, particularly Diana pizza and LeFrak. He added, that the Milstein Center “looks really cool,” and that he is “jealous [he] didn’t get to hangout there.”

From Reiman’s interest in former Barnard student Joyce Johnson, and the beatniks at Columbia such as Kerouac and Ginsberg, to his favorite professors and challenging courses as a history major, he could talk for hours about Barnard. “Being a history professor at Barnard would be a dream come true.”

Whether through Varsity Show plots or Buy Sell Memes, our kosher dining options or Urban Studies department, student leaders or insightful professors, our classic crewnecks or swanky buildings, self-care tips or patriarchy-smashing acuities, CC, GS, and SEAS Columbia students would live in agony without our college on a hilltop.