Over the weekend Barnard College bumped New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson from her spot as 2012 commencement speaker for a better offer—the trump card in the commencement bookings game, some might say: President Barack Obama.
It’s surprised no one that President Obama had zeroed in on the Manhattan women’s college for a spring speech. Facing a slate of pro-life GOP rivals and a Congress thrown into old school culture wars over his contraception-mandating health care bill, the President has publicly allied himself with women’s interests groups.
A Columbia student noshing in the Barnard cafe spotted an incongruous addition yesterday–Sarah Jessica Parker. Campus student centers are not known for their fine cuisine, and our source did not ask Ms. Parker what, exactly, she was doing so far uptown from Barneys. Whether Ms. Parker was researching a “college years” installment of Read More
“The engravings on the bench are kind of sassy,” said Virginia “Jinny” Wright. She was discussing a Jenny Holzer bench–until recently in her possession–that she’d donated to Barnard’s Morningside Heights campus.
“At the age of 82, I’m thinking about where some of these pieces should end up, and I thought Barnard would be the perfect Read More
At the beginning of Gregory Smithsimon’s post-Election Day urban studies class this week, the Barnard professor asked his students a question: “Anyone have wait times over an hour?”
Nobody raised a hand. From the class’ field research Tuesday surveying voting conditions at 30 polling places in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, wait times weren’t that bad Read More