What to Do???

First off, this is my first post ever so HOORAY!

I have been giving a lot of thought recently to the quality of women’s magazines these days, particularly the seemingly go-to magazine for sex, Cosmopolitan. Indeed, whenever I give any thought to this document, I find myself very agitated. You see, Cosmo has this special talent of juxtaposing the “wise words” of psychologists, sex therapists, doctors on different issues with everyday slang, a contrast I feel is indicative of the quality and validity of the information Cosmo puts out there. Take for instance a recent article on why a man may have a low libido and how to react properly… Continue Reading

Domestic Violence in Communities of Color

The Sister Circle has an event coming up! Sister Circle is a discussion group for (but not limited to) women of color which works through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. It meets every Thursday, 7-9 PM:

Hello lovely ladies,

Melissa and Lauren would like to invite you to join us in a discussion about domestic violence against women of color. We will discuss how and why domestic violence awareness, prevention, and stigmas vary between different women of color, and whatever else you all feel is pertinent to add to a sensitive, under-represented topic.

Where: Conference Room, Intercultural Resource Center
When: Thursday, February 26th
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

As always, dinner will be provided, and please invite a friend!

Love always,
Lauren & Melissa

Throwing away nothing

Apparently there are lots of cool eco-friendly blogs out there.  Here is one written by a guy who pledged to throw away as little as possible for a year, and to document what he did with every piece of his trash.  His year ended last month, but it’s really interesting to look over his old entries and see what he did with all his stuff.

Barnard Bike-A-Thon

It’s that time of year again!

Dear Friends,

The Physical Education Department is excited to announce that the 6th Annual Stationary Bike-A-Thon and Community Fitness Fair will be held Thursday, March 5th, 2009, in LeFrak Gymnasium from 11AM-11PM.  Come ride with us as we bring our community together through physical activity to raise money for local charity organizations, directly helping those in need, within the Columbia Community.  This year’s pledge form and team roster are available now online @ www.barnard.edu/fitbear; we ask that you register by Monday, March 2nd.

The event will begin at 11AM as individuals and teams begin competing against each other or peddle just for the cause to accumulate as many miles as possible.  Throughout the day movies will be shown and your favorite music will be played to keep the party going until the end.  Come by in the afternoon and visit with our sponsor Equinox Health Club 92nd St for fitness tips, light massage for riders, free club guest passes, club giveaways, and information about special membership plans for Barnard/Columbia affiliates.

All Riders are encouraged to solicit pledges from friends and family unable to participate, as 100% of all proceeds will be donated to Columbia Community Service, Inc.

Raise or Donate Over $15 to receive a 6th Annual Bike-A-Thon Commemorative T-shirt.

Top Rider/Donor prizes include tickets to a Mets or Yankees game, 30-Minute Massage, Membership to Equinox Health Club 92nd St, and more… www.barnard.edu/fitbear.

If you don’t have time to ride, Sponsor a Friend and stop by to cheer them on.

To register for the event or for more information, please visit www.barnard.edu/fitbear; call (212) 854-6959, or e-mail tcheatha@barnard.edu.

We look forward to seeing you on March 5th as you help support your friends and neighbors.

Tavius Cheatham                         Director of Intramurals & Recreation

A life less plastic

I recently found this fantastic blog about a young woman’s quest to eradicate plastic from her life. From bringing cloth bags to the grocery store to using baking powder as deodorant, she gives really good tips on how to stop using plastic, but without a mightier-than-thou tone: she slips up sometimes, too. I haven’t gotten to the point where I can do everything on her list, but I’m becoming more aware of the enormous amount of plastic I use every day.

13 and 15 year old couple have a baby

The Sun broke the news today that Alfie Patten, 13, and Chantelle Steadman, 15, gave birth to a baby girl:

Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.

He told how he and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.

The shy lad, whose voice has not yet broken, said: “I thought it would be good to have a baby.

“I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10.”

I don’t even know where to begin with this. On one level, this is clearly about choice (to not have an abortion); but on another, it’s also about teen pregnancy education. Patten and Steadman are currently taking steps to becoming responsible parents, but what could the UK have done to improve safer sex education? Also, is it just me, or is the fact that a boy who just hit puberty is having a child extremely disconcerting? Read more (look at the picture of Patten, who looks like a child himself) and discuss!