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).

Friday, November 14, 2014

December Room Change Requests

December Room Change request forms are now available to download at barnard.edu/reslife/roomchanges/december/.

Completed forms are due no later than 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger).

If a vacancy opens up in your room / suite for the Spring, you may either recruit another student to apply for a December Room Change to your space OR encourage a student applying for Spring housing (ex. returning from abroad, applying for readmission, etc.) to request your space on their application.  In either case, you would then need to submit a Roommate / Suitemate Request Form (available at the URL above), mutually requesting your friend, before 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Due to the number of anticipated Spring housing applications, it is NOT possible to request to "buy out" a double as a single.  If your current roommate is leaving housing or receives a room change, you will receive a new roommate as a result of the December Room Change Request process or through Spring room assignments.

For more information about the December Room Change Request process, please visit barnard.edu/reslife/roomchanges/december/.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Heat in the Residence Halls

The weather has begun to turn cold and the heating systems in all college-owned residential buildings have been activated.

The heating system (boiler) in your building is set to automatic operation and will turn on to provide heat whenever the outside air temperature falls below 55 degrees.  During the heating season mandated by NYC (Oct – Apr), we try to maintain interior room temperatures in a range of 68-70 degrees.

In buildings with air conditioning (Sulzberger & Tower, Plimpton, Elliott, and Cathedral Gardens), AC is no longer available when the building is in the heating mode.

Please follow these helpful hints to help conserve heat:

  • Close all windows to prevent drafts and heat loss. If you are having trouble closing a window or if you feel air entering around a window, please submit a Work Order (on My.Barnard.Edu) or contact the Facilities Office.
  • Keep radiators clear of furniture, bedding, and clothing to allow unrestricted air flow around your radiator. This helps keep warm air circulating and distributes heat throughout the room.
  • If your room feels cold or a radiator appears not to be working properly, please contact the Facilities Office at 854-2041 (8am-5pm).  After 5pm and on weekends, please call 854-3362 (Public Safety) to report a cold complaint.  A Facilities mechanic will be dispatched to check and address the problem(s).
  • If you live at 601 W 110th St and your room feels cold or a radiator appears not to be working properly, please contact the 110th St Front Desk or dial 0 on your intercom (facilities concerns are handled by 110th St personnel).

Thanks, Dan Davis (Director of Barnard Facilities Services)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Important info about Winter Break

The 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.

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).

Students may not return to or live in the residence halls over Winter Break unless they have been approved for Winter Break Housing in advance.  Only students living in the residence halls for both the Fall & Spring semesters may request Winter Break Housing.

The Winter Break Housing Request form will be available online (barnard.edu/reslife/winterbreak/) starting Monday, November 17, and must be submitted no later than 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  Approval is not guaranteed.

Students who are approved for housing during Winter Break will be charged $400.

From Friday, December 19, through Monday, January 5, Plimpton will be the only residence hall open for approved students during Winter Break.  616, 620, and Elliott will continue to be closed completely until Monday, January 12.

Students who wish to be in housing when their residence hall is completely closed must secure permission to stay in the room of a student whose residence halls is open for approved Winter Break Housing students.

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