Barnard’s student elections fucking SUCK. I mean, everyone is probably thinking, “haha it’s just a college election they can’t do anything who cares, anyway?” But they can get stuff done. Across the street, Columbia’s student body government has been doing stuff like slowly but surely dismantling the school’s sexual adjudication policies and liberalizing its academic policies and pullings its communications system out of the dark age. The new Columbia College student VP of Policy’s past work is one of the reasons why actual NY politicians today are publicly criticizing sexual assault at Columbia.
Meanwhile, one of the Barnard candidates running for the university senator position (like she’ll be sitting in on meetings with the president of Columbia and faculty and etc.) says on her platform that she wants to help develop a university-wide survey. NEWFLASH IT ALREADY EXISTS LIKE DO YOU EVEN GO TO THIS SCHOOL?
Also, like 90% of candidates make vague references to sexual violence adjudication in lieu of having any, you know, real talking points or a comprehensive platform. I’ve only gone to about half of the anti-sexual violence coalition meetings this semester, but I sincerely doubt they’ve been within 50 feet of them any time.
“addressed the stress culture by promoting mental health awareness through programming such as week-long study breaks that offered free food for students during finals”
l. o. l.
Game of Thrones Purple Wedding Edition, Veep, Mad Men premiere. This is the best Sunday night of television ever.
Wooo, I like this.
Perfect quote is perfect.
Gonna print this out and stick it on my mirror. Keep that shit in check.
Or that one is “GIVING” a voice to a marginalized person. Which is very problematic as well. Having a voice is different to not being heard.
Such highs and lows for today. On one hand I got to exchange thoughts with both friends and strangers on the challenges of kindness when your friends/family are mentally unwell or lashing out on you. We had tomato soup and grilled cheese.
On the other hand I had to skip class to cover a 1-hour event for someone in my e-board who bailed 5 minutes before her shift because apparently it was way more important for her to go to Barnard’s Spirit Week free lunch. Yeah, priorities. I was virtually begging her over the phone to come because no one else could do it. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I’m such a bad person. But I’m graduating and I really want to go to this, you know?”
"I’M GRADUATING, TOO," I nearly screamed. "But you signed up for this and I really think you should honor your commitment. We don’t have time to find anyone else." She said she would consider it. About two minutes after her shift was supposed to start, she called me. "I’m at Spirit Week and I’m not coming. This is horrible. Can I make this up to you?"
Just thinking about this makes me want to pass out from too much incoherent I-CAN’T-EVEN
Legendary psychologist Barry Schwartz, author of the enormously stimulating Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, on our loss of wisdom.
So this day jumpstarts Days on Campus, an elaborate weeklong event of Columbia welcoming new prospies and accepted students, and an anti-sexual assault activist group has planted themselves outside of the main campus building, handing out letters criticizing the administration to the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed prefrosh.
Brilliant. Sheer brilliance.
People are going to be SO MAD.