Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate the planet which we inhabit, Barnard launches its new Sustainability website, or “Barnard Growing Greener”. I really dig this clean, new design that Barnard’s got going on (pat yourself on the back, Communications). More importantly, the sustainability website has a great set of resources for students who are interested in all different levels of involvement. You can just learn more about what Barnard is doing to stay green, or explore career opportunities in the field! My personal favorite is the “What You Can Do” page, which has not only green tips for everyday living, but also a little sidebar with sections like “Calculate your carbon footprint” and “Guide to Greeen Computing”. Lastly, there’s a part in “Student Initiatives” that gives a shout out to the Eco-Reps, our longtime collaborators!

Yep, green is definitely beautiful, but let’s try to make sure that this movement doesn’t just become a fad, okay, everyone?

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BREAKING! The blond polemicist, aka Ann Coulter, is coming to Columbia

This in from Bwog:

Coulter is being brought by the Columbia College Republicans and the Columbia Conservative Forum, with assistance from Young America’s Foundation and the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute (Coulter’s speaking fee is typically $20,000), and will speak at 8 p.m. in Altschul Auditorium in IAB. Her speech will be followed by a signing of her latest book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America. No doubt many measured repartees will accompany the signings.

In celebration of this momentous occasion, let us watch Michaela Watkins’ great rendition of Coulter on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update:
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Also, does anyone remember that we have the College Republicans to thank for this guy coming to campus and instigating a riot?

NY to have same-sex marriage?

This in from Feministing:

It’s about damn time:

Gov. David A. Paterson on Thursday announced that he would introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, drawing on the soaring oratory of the civil rights movement to call on the Legislature to add New York to the four states that have already authorized such unions.Comparing the status of gay men and lesbians with that of blacks, Jews, women, disabled people and other groups who were historically excluded from full political and social equality, Mr. Paterson said he would lead the movement to authorize same-sex marriage in the Empire State. “We have a crisis of leadership today,” he declared. “We’re going to fill that vacuum today.”

More on his announcement here.

Take Back The Night is tonight!

Thursday, April 16, 2009 , 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Category: Take Back The Night March

Barnard College and Columbia University will hold their annual Take Back the Night March and Speak Out on April 16th. We will march from the Barnard gates around the Columbia University campus and Morningside Heights area from 9PM-10PM. Following, we will hold a speak out in LeFrak Gym. Blankets and refreshments will be provided.

Take back the day, take back the night, take back our bodies, take up the fight!

Location (include city and state): Barnard College Gates
W. 117th and Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Coordinator Name: Robin Broder and Linnea Hincks

Coordinator e-mail: rb2336@barnard.edu

Coordinator phone: 818.694.9034

Sponsor(s) Various clubs at Columbia University

For more information on TBTN, visit their national website, takebackthenight.org.

The “Eat Well, Be Well” Dinner is featured on the Barnard website highlights!

I was beyond excited to see that, on the “Highlights” page of the Barnard website, Well Woman and Dining Services were featured as the first story!

Well Woman Peer Educators were on hand to talk to students about the special menu and surveyed students about their food choices, knowledge, and interests. Peer Educators also gave out “food books” they’ve created and hosted a “Pleasures of the Table” dinner discussion at a table reserved for interested students. The Barnard Eco Reps were also present to answer questions about eating locally and sustainably.

The “food books” were made by the food subcommittee of Well Woman. They’re available in PDF copy, so if you want one, please shoot us an e-mail at welwoman@barnard.edu!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Happy April, everyone! Thankfully, this month has got a great deal in store besides showers, flowers, and skirts without tights (if we’re lucky).

So you all know that April is the time for Take Back The Night – on a similar note, to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month, The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program is co-sponsoring an event with the Chaplain’s officeSexual Violence within Faith Communities: Counting the Dialogue.

The event will take place, TONIGHT, April 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM in Earl Hall.  It sounds fascinating (how much campus dialogue actually ties sexual violence and religion together?), so go out and support!

p.s. I’ve been told by a friend that the Columbia men’s peer educators are making a calendar for SAAM, so be on the lookout for that too!

Nancy Meyers’ new untitled film – why aren’t there more recognized female filmmakers?

If you ask me about most of my filmmaking idols, I will most likely name men and only men (Martin Scorsese, Cameron Crowe, Jean Rouch, to name three). Sadly, this is largely due to the fact that female filmmakers are few and far (and if they’re out there, the big guys don’t know how to publicize them properly), so I haven’t had a chance to hear about, much less watch their films. This isn’t to say that there aren’t amazing women filmmakers out there (look at Women Make Movies! Margaret Mead! My old boss!), but I don’t see the corporate moneybaggers looking at women’s names and thinking, “That could be a [INSERT NAME HERE] film”, like Miyazaki or (gulp) M. Night Shyamalan!

But oh, look, there I go naming men again.

Anyway, women need to support women (unless those women are Michelle Malkin or Ann Coulter), and one whom I’d like to give a shout out is Nancy Meyers, director of What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Holiday (but those are only her directing credits; she’s got writing and producing ones too). Why do I think of her now, you ask? According to Filming in Brooklyn:

The Untitled Nancy Meyers Project, starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, and Alec Baldwin, is filming again today in the vicinity of Russell Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Greenpoint.

Nancy Meyers, you are setting a path that someday I may wish to venture into. More importantly, you brought us Jack Black in a dramatic role before Margot in the Wedding did, so thanks for that.