Hey y’all. So, I don’t know about your dorms, but my super blank walls have been staring me down for months. I was overcome with a desire to create a mural. (Keep in mind, I am not what I would call “artsy-fartsy”)

But, such a dilemma, we are not allowed to paint our walls. Hmm, paint, OH! WAIT! I have blue painter’s tape! which we are totally allowed to put alllllll over the wall. I took the blue painter’s tape that is not actually strong enough to hold up anything and I got creative.

I made a (what I call) beautiful bath tub and shower head around the bathroom door. It adds just a bit more to look at in the hallway, and my suitemates have also decorated some using the blue painters tape medium.

I found it to be extremely relaxing and “productive”.

There are all sorts of outlets for that part of us that just wants to make stuff with our hands. It can knitting, painting, sign language, anything really! Just remember that often times it is not the end product but the process that we need in our lives.


Apple Brownies

With Frankenstorm approaching, Barnard Public Safety has suggested that we stock up on foods that won’t require electricity to prepare if the power goes out. Make some apple brownies to tide you over until the storm passes! They’ve got enough butter to make them feel like dessert, and enough apple to justify eating them for breakfast. What could be better than that?

Be well!


Who’s excited for HalloGreen?!

Cat pumpkin carving!

Cat on a pumpkin from

In need of a serious pumpkin fix? Well Woman and EcoReps have planned you the perfect evening: our annual HalloGREEN party!

Head on over to Well Woman THIS THURSDAY from 7 to 9 PM to:

-Carve pumpkins (or just decorate paper ones)

-Learn about composting at Barnard

-Eat some fresh-baked pumpkin treats (vegan and gluten-free options available!)

-Read a pumpkin zine (complete with our own special recipe for PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES)

-Jam to Beyonce blasted at full volume. What more incentive is there?

Join our Facebook event ( We hope to see you there!

Wise Autumnal Words

In case you hadn’t yet noticed, it is officially fall! And if you’re looking for a way to maintain (or begin) your mindfulness during this season full of change, one easy thing you can do is pay attention to the autumnal processes around you and consider the valuable insight nature can offer. Take a minute to read these words of wisdom:

“When I neglect to care for myself and become totally absorbed in life’s activities, let me see how animals gather sustenance and provide for their winter. Take me inside the caves of those who hibernate and remind me of my contemplative nature.

When I accept only the beautiful and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies, walk me among the dying leaves. Let them tell me about their power to re-energize the earth’s soil by their decomposition and decay.

When I resist efforts to warm a relationship that has grown stale by my indifference or resistance, let me feel the first hard freeze of autumn’s breath and the death that this coldness brings to greening things.

Thank you, god of transformation, for all these lessons that the autumned earth teaches me.”

-Joyce Rupp

Happy fall y’all! Be mindful, be well.

Campus Complicity in Rape Culture


What is rape culture, you ask? In the shortest definition I know how to give, rape culture exists when a society creates the conditions in which rape occurs, and normalizes these conditions, so that sexual violence is not only common but also virtually impossible to prevent. 

On that note, please read Angie Epifano’s account of the rape she experienced while she was a student at Amherst College and the college’s response, here. This is a perfect example of the ways in which victim-blaming and discomfort with acknowledging instances of violence within a community contribute to a culture that normalizes sexual violence. 


While this is a conversation that is always important to have, the current spotlight on this incident of sexual assault is an important time for us to think deeply about what a university community’s role is on campus in an incident of sexual violence. It’s a time where we all need to grapple with whether or not our university policies create an environment that is supportive for students who choose to come forward about their experiences of sexual violence. It is every student’s right to feel safe on campus, and it’s crucial that we consistently re-evaluate how well we, as a university community, put that right into practice.

Thus, it’s an important time for us @ Barnard and Columbia to know our policies and our resources. Know your rights on campus! Make it a point to inform yourself on what support is here for you if you or a friend should ever need it:

Here are the basics:

Barnard/Columbia Policy for Gender-Based & Sexual Misconductthis is long, but important! Make sure you know what BC & CU will NOT tolerate. 

Campus Resources:

The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center: 112 Hewitt Hall (turn right @ the Brooks entrance of the barnard quad)

Peer Counselors are on staff to assist you every evening (except Monday and Wednesday) from 8-11pm. You can call 212-854-HELP to make an appointment or just come by as a walk-in. Remember that even if the center isn’t open, you can call 212-854-HELP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need support.

Student Services for Gender Based and Sexual Misconduct: Make sure you read the policy above ^ to fully understand what behaviors are in violation of university policy. To report an incident of gender-based or sexual misconduct: call 212-854-1717. 

NIGHTLINE (BC/CU’s Anonymous Listening Hotline): 212-854-7777. Peer listeners are on call from 10pm-3am, seven days a week. 

And finally, please remember: you are not alone. The flood of comments thanking Angie for sharing her story and acknowledging that her experience was far from unique, is a painful yet powerful testament to the community of people out there who stand in solidarity with you.

Reach out, support each other, be well.  

Midterms are too serious.

To make things less serious, here is a cat looking concerned and pouring you some tea. Suspend your disbelief at how the cat could possibly lift that tea kettle and just think about how adorable this would be (unless you are allergic to cats, in which case just think about the tea, or some other thing you find relaxing).

Image (from the appropriately named “Funny Cat Blog:”

Anyway, if you need a break from the seriousness of midterm season, the Well Woman office is open 1-4 PM Monday through Friday with staff office hours, then there are Peer Educator office hours from 7-9 PM Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday nights — free tea, massage chairs, chocolate and a person to listen available (cat not included)!