Unless you have the misfortune of a Friday class, the end of the first week is near. If you're still recovering from senior night, here's what you need to know for your Thursday.
- If you think your double is bad, try living in a room with three other people—that's what some Barnard first-years are being forced to do. A high matriculation rate this year forced Barnard to convert the study lounges on the third through eighth floors of Sulzberger and Reid halls into four-person dorm rooms. This is just the latest in a series of Barnard housing issues in recent years, and it may be a sign of worse things to come when this larger-than-normal class of first-years enters the housing lottery come spring.
- Remember when the deans of the four undergraduate colleges said Fall Bacchanal “was never officially scheduled or approved?” That doesn't quite match up with the University Events Management site, which shows Low Plaza and the Sundial being booked for Fall Bacchanal on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. The event's status on the calendar was marked as "tentative—pending event review."
- Barnard students beware, all classes are not actually cancelled for Monday's convocation ceremony. Over the summer, Dean Avis Hinkson had announced that there would be no class on the day of Barnard's convocation—which this year is a bigger deal than usual due to Barnard's 125th anniversary celebration. But an email to students earlier this week—and later confirmation by Barnard SGA—clarified that only classes during the time of convocation (4:30 to 6 p.m.) can be cancelled, and even then, it's at the professor's discretion.
Outside the bubble
- The New York Times wrote a (surprisingly long, especially given the topic) piece about Barnard's rebranding. You may be wondering, “What were the two design concepts that Barnard passed over in choosing its new crest?” Or, you may often ask yourself, “What is the history of Barnard’s seal?” If so, read the article, because it was basically written for you (and truly, only for you).
- For those following the U.S. Open, late last night (technically in Thursday's early morning hours) Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in four sets to advance to the semi-finals.
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Around the Ivies
- “Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: A Memoir” is exactly what it sounds like. Written by Andrew Lohse, a 2012 graduate of Dartmouth, and on sale since Tuesday, the book describes—in detail—the less-than-pristine activities of Dartmouth’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. So what's the take-away according to Lohse? “[Fraternities] are old, antiquated institutions,” he told The Dartmouth. “And I personally don’t see them as having a place in the 21st century, least of all at such a prestigious and amazing school.”
- Cool data visualizations are all the rage these days—or so we hear—especially when the data is about the makeup of the newest class of first-years. The Yale Daily News and the Harvard Crimson both sent surveys to their respective school's class of 2018 to gather information about demographics and admissions. Check out the results of those surveys, in the format of pretty-looking web pages. (The Crimson) (Yale Daily News)
What’s happening today
- The 2013 film “Quai d'Orsay (The French Minister)” will be screened on Low Plaza tonight, beginning at 7:30 p.m. It is part of the Films on the Green Festival, which is being organized, in part, by the French Embassy.
- New York Fashion Week begins. Check out the schedule of events online.