Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer Storage Pick Up for Returning Student

If you used SummerStorage.org for your summer storage needs, their staff will be on campus on Sunday, September 6th from 10am - 2pm.

They will set up along Broadway between 116th and 118th streets, right in front of the Main gates. Boxes will be unloaded and stacked in alphabetical order so you will be able to retrieve your box(es) easily (bring your Student ID!)

The crew will have a small shuttle van to assist students who live at 110th St or Cathedral Gardens in getting their items home.

Should you have a conflict that will prevent you from being able to retrieve your belongings on Sunday, September 6, please contact SummerStorage.org directly at avreda@aol.com or 516-729-5169 to make alternate arrangements.

ID Center open during Returning Student Move-In (Sat, Sept 5, 9am-5pm)

Returning Students: If you lost your Student ID over the summer, the Columbia ID Center (in Kent Hall) will be open on Saturday, Sept 5, from 9am-5pm for replacements.

http://ssc.columbia.edu/loststolen-cards

Monday, August 31, 2015

Music Practice Room Sign Up (starts 9/8)

Student may sign up for Music Practice rooms in the Quad starting on Tuesday, September 8.  Students who are declared music majors may schedule up to 10 practice hours per week and all other students may schedule up to 5 practice hours per week.  Hours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The room reservations are renewed each semester, so if you had a reserved time for Spring 2015, that time is no longer valid, and you must reschedule your practice room time.

Registration for practice room space will take place:

  • Tuesday, September 8 -- 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, September 9 -- 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Thursday, September 10 -- 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Friday, September 11 -- 9am-1pm & 2-4pm

Registration takes place in the office of Residential Life & Housing located in 110 Sulzberger Hall.  If all of the times you were interested in choosing are taken when you arrive, you can sign up for a "non-scheduled user card."  With this card, you can go to the front desk of Sulzberger Hall 15 minutes into any hour (between 7am to 2am) and if no one has shown up for their scheduled practice time, you may use the remaining 45 minutes of that hour.

Students who live in the quad are the only students permitted to sign guests in to use or share their practice hours.  All guest policies apply.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Res Life at housing@barnard.edu or at (212) 854-5561.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Give & Go Green (Sponsored by the Barnard Eco Reps)

The school year is finally coming to a close, and we know you're starting to think about move-out! We at Barnard EcoReps are thinking about it, too! At the end of every school year, Barnard students create a LOT of waste.

Give and Go Green is our initiative to reduce this waste by instead putting it to good use! Every year we throw out perfectly useful clothes, appliances, books, toiletries, and more because we simply can't keep them over the summer. Instead of giving all of that to the landfill, give it to someone in need! Barnard donates your stuff to a couple of great organizations that you can read about below!

WHEN: Collections will begin on Thursday, May 7th - the end of reading week. Collection sites will be set up in each location with signs to direct you where to put things.

*** THE LAST DAY TO DONATE ITEMS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 20TH!!!
(And the deadline in the Quad is 5pm on Friday, May 15!!!)

WHAT CAN BE DONATED:

  • Bagged clothes & bedding in good condition
  • Shoes in wearable condition
  • WORKING appliances, such as fans and lamps
  • Unopened, non-perishable foodstuffs
  • Cleaning supplies (these may be open)
  • Hangers
  • Office supplies, books, pens, etc. 
  • Furniture, decorations, storage containers 
  • WORKING Mini-fridges
WHAT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED:

  • Anything broken or unusable for others
  • Your recycling... your old chemistry notes go in the paper bin in your suite!! 

WHERE TO TAKE YOUR DONATIONS: 
Items in good condition can be donated at a few collection sites around campus through (through Wed, May 20 only, except the Quad):

  • Elliot: 3rd Floor TV Lounge
  • 600's: 616 Lounge
  • Plimpton: TV Lounge
  • Cathedral Gardens: 10th floor Lounge 
  • 110th Street: 12L3
  • Quad: Sulzburger Lobby
    (through 5pm on Fri, May 15 only! After this date, take items to the other locations above)

WHERE IT ALL GOES: 

  • Project Grad Bag: http://www.gradbag.org/our-story/
  • Rock and Wrap it Up: http://rockandwrapitup.org/
  • Goodwill: http://www.goodwillnynj.org/

If you have any questions about GGG, please email the Barnard EcoReps at barnardecoreps@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Summer Storage Options

As you wind down the academic year, we hope that you are able to find a bit of time to consider your possible summer storage needs.  As a reminder, there is no storage space available on the Barnard campus for students to leave their belongs over the summer.

Barnard has worked with a very reliable and responsible vendor for the last 18 years to provide summer storage services for returning Barnard students.  Once again this summer, Mr. Angelo Reda and the staff at SummerStorage.org will be here on campus to assist you with your packing and storage needs.

The SummerStorage.org team will be on campus from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday May 13th, 14th and 15th.  Angelo and his staff will set up with supplies in one of two locations depending on the weather:

  • If it is NOT raining, you will be able to find him and his team just outside of Sulzberger Hall by the steps.
  • However, if it does rain on any one of these three days, he and his team will be set up inside Barnard Hall on the ground floor.

They will have boxes, tape, packing supplies and staff to assist you in moving very heavy items.  Further information can be found on their website, www.summerstorage.org.  If you have any questions regarding pricing or accommodations, please feel free to contact Mr. Reda directly via either email (avreda@aol.com) or on his cell phone at 516-729-5169.  He is very familiar with Barnard's campus, the needs of Barnard students and is a pleasure to work with; we know you will think so too!

In order to best serve each student's individual needs, you are encouraged to send an email to avreda@aol.com containing:

  • Your LAST Name
  • Your Mobile Phone #
  • The number of boxes you anticipate needing

By doing so, the boxes will be pre-labeled and ready for you when you arrive to pick them up!

Please note that there are other vendors and if you elect to choose one that comes to your room/suite to retrieve your items, you MUST be present to meet the person(s) at the front desk and must sign them in as a guest.  No vendors will be given permission to go to your room/suite without your presence.

Thanks & enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015 Summer Housing Applications

Information about applying for 2015 Summer Housing at Barnard is now available online at http://barnard.edu/reslife/summerhousing/.

Housing is available for Summer Session 1 (May 25 - July 3) and Session 2 (July 5 - August 14).  May & August Interim Housing is available for students with Spring and/or Fall room assignments in Barnard housing.

The deadline for Summer Housing applications is 4PM on FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015.  Priority will be determined by date of application.  Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Students must also pay a $50 non-refundable application fee to the Bursar Office (Milbank 015) before the deadline in order for their application to be considered.  Students eligible for College-Subsidized Summer Housing must also submit the required Approval Signatures form before the application deadline.

Note: Residential Life & Housing does not grant approvals for College-Subsidized Summer Housing and cannot answer questions regarding the eligibility of specific positions.   If you will be working for/with an office/program that you believe may qualify you for College-Subsidized Summer Housing, please speak to your supervisor as soon as possible.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Community Safety Inspections (February 15 - March 15)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) from February 15 to March 15.

These inspections are conducted three times per year to ensure the safety of our community.  During these inspections, the RAs will enter student rooms to check for any potential concerns which may pose a danger to the residential community.  This commonly includes fire hazards (candles, extension cords, illegal appliances, etc.) and damages to the room that have not been addressed by Facilities staff (leaks, broken windows, etc.).

While inspecting rooms, staff are obligated to address any violations that they observe.  Each year, the majority of these violations are a result of students possessing items that are prohibited in the residence halls (i.e. microwaves, space heaters, candles, etc.).  We strongly encourage you to review the list of prohibited items here.

If you happen to have items that are prohibited, please be sure to remove these items immediately by either sending them home or donating them to a local charity.  You will want to make sure do this prior to the inspections beginning, as Staff members are required to confiscate any prohibited items they may come across.  Once an item has been confiscated, it cannot be returned to the student.

Any life safety equipment (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.) and/or window stoppers that have been tampered with, disabled, or removed will result in fines and disciplinary action.

We would like to thank you for working with us to make our community a safer place for everybody to live.  Your cooperation and help with conducting the CSIs is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about CSIs, please feel free to reach out to your RA, Associate Director, or the Residential Life & Housing Office.  We're happy to answer any questions that you may have!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Observances / Candles are Prohibited

As the holiday season begins, all of us in Residential Life & Housing would like to send along our best wishes for a successful completion to your semester and for a happy and healthy holiday season.

The holiday season is filled with special occasions and traditions which have an impact on our entire community. We would like for everyone to be safe in their observance of the holiday season.

With this in mind, please be reminded that the possession and lighting of any candles in the residence halls is prohibited. We will do our best to accommodate as many observances as possible providing they are safe for the entire community.

For example, during Hanukkah (December 16 - 24), the lighting of candles will ONLY be allowed in the following locations and during the following dates/times with the supervision of volunteers from Hillel.
  • Sulzberger Lobby -- 5-7pm Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18
  • 616 Lounge -- 5-7pm Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18
  • Elliott Lounge -- 5-7pm Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18
If you would like to request to arrange something for another tradition, please be in touch with housing@barnard.edu so we can assist you. Thanks for your cooperation and we wish you a very happy holiday season!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Preparing for Winter Break

As the semester is winding to a close, here is some important info about preparing to leave campus for Winter Break (or move out of the residence halls).

BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR BREAK...

  • Clean fridges of food that may spoil over break.  Throw out any open food that may attract mice or bugs. 
  • Wash any dirty dishes, pots, etc.
  • Make sure all faucets, ovens, stoves, and appliances are turned off
  • Empty all trash cans.  Take bagged trash and recycling to the designated area in your building
  • Clean suite kitchens & bathrooms
  • Unplug, defrost, and leave the door open to mini fridges only (please leave kitchen refrigerators plugged in and closed)
  • Unplug all appliances (alarm clocks, lamps, computers, etc.) to save electricity.  These items can use a lot of energy if left plugged in, even when turned off!
  • Take any valuables or necessities with you (computer, jewelry, passport, medications)
  • Turn off lights and lock all doors & windows, and lower blinds to conserve heat

ALL RESIDENCE HALLS ARE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK

  • The residence halls are closed from 9am on Friday, Dec 19, 2014, through 9am on Saturday, Jan 17, 2015
  • No one may enter during this period, unless they applied and were approved for Winter Break Housing
  • During this time, College staff will check rooms to address maintenance issues & requests

IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING TO CAMPUS HOUSING FOR THE SPRING...

  • Students must check out within 24 hours of their final scheduled exam *OR* 9am on Friday, December 19, 2014 -- whichever is earlier!
  • Extensions past the 9am Friday, December 19, 2014, check out deadline are unfortunately not available
  • Please complete a check-out envelope at your residence hall Front Desk to return your keys (and avoid fines)

We hope you have a happy & safe winter break! Good luck on your exams!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter Break Housing applications due Wednesday, December 3

This is a reminder that Barnard residence halls are CLOSED for Winter Break starting at 9am on Friday, December 19, and do not reopen until 9am on Saturday, January 17.

In rare cases, students may receive exceptions to remain in housing during this time. However, housing during Winter Break is not guaranteed and approval should not be assumed. Students should plan accordingly in case their request is denied.

The Winter Break Housing Request form must be submitted before 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (note: the original deadline was moved up in order to give the College time to provide a response to students as early as possible).  Students will need to provide a valid reason to be in housing during this time and most students will need to additionally provide supplemental documentation from a supervisor, advisor, coach, etc. using the required PDF form.

From Friday, December 19, through Monday, January 5, PLIMPTON will be the *ONLY* residence hall open for approved students during Winter Break (including extensions).  616, 620, and Elliott will continue to be closed completely until Monday, January 12.  In order for requests to be considered from students whose residence halls are completely closed, they will need to submit the Winter Break Host Room form to show that they would have permission to stay in a friend's room in an open residence hall if their Winter Break request is approved.

For more information about Winter Break, please visit http://barnard.edu/reslife/winterbreak/apply.

NOTE:  The residence halls do not close for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Spring breaks (although most College offices, including Health Services and the dining halls, will be closed for all or part of those breaks).