Thursday, October 12, 2017

Community Safety Inspections (Oct 15 through Nov 15)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) from October 15 through November 15, 2017.

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 available at http://barnard.edu/reslife/policies/prohibited-items.

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!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Music Practice Room Sign-Ups for the Fall

This email is to inform all residential students about the use of the Music Practice Rooms located in the basement of Sulzberger Hall. Three rooms have been outfitted with pianos and music stands to provide residential students with a dedicated space in which they can practice their instrument or rehearse for upcoming performances without disturbing their neighbors.

Fall Semester Sign-Ups for the Music Practice Rooms will take place on the following dates in the Res Life office (110 Sulzberger):
  • Tuesday, September 5, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, September 6, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Thursday, September 7, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Friday, September 8, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
The room reservations are renewed each semester, so if you had a reserved time for Spring 2017, that time is no longer valid and you must schedule a new practice room time.

Declared music majors may reserve up to 10 practice hours per week in any one of the 3 practice rooms (i.e. scheduled hours must all be in the
sameroom). All other students may sign up for up to 5 practice hours per week in one of the rooms.

Practice hours are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Time slots go fast, so the earlier you sign the more options there will be for available hours!

If all of the times you were interested in choosing are taken when you arrive, you can sign up as a Non-Scheduled User -- this would allow you to use a practice room if the scheduled user has not shown up 15 minutes after the hour (between 7am to 2am), i.e. you could use the remaining 45 minutes of the timeslot.

Practice Room #4 will be reserved for first-come / first-served use 7 days a week between 5-10pm. Students must either have a Scheduled or Non-Scheduled User Card to show to the Sulzberger Front Desk in order to check out the key.

Some important information about use of the music practice rooms:
  • Students must show their Scheduled or Non-Scheduled User Card and leave their Student ID at the Sulzberger Front Desk in order to check out a practice room key.
  • Only residents of the Quad may sign in non-student guests to share their practice hours.
  • All College policies apply.
  • Food & drink are not permitted in the music practice rooms.
If you have any questions, please contact Res Life at 212-854-5561, or stop by our office (110 Sulzberger).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Give and Go Green

Every year during move out, Barnard students donate unwanted items (clothing, kitchen supplies, nonperishable foods, etc.) at locations in each dorm to be sorted by student volunteers and donated to local charities.

Students are welcome to take any items that have been donated but must put the station back in order after looking through donations.

This year, Give and Go Green will donate items to Goodwill, Project Grad Bag, & Hour Children.

START DATE:

  • Thursdays, May 4

END DATE:  

  • 12noon Thursday, May 18 (i.e. Senior Check Out Deadline)

TIME:      

  • 10am-7pm only

LIST OF DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

  • Cathedral Gardens 10th floor TV lounge
  • 110th Street, area outside 1st floor apartments
  • Plimpton TV lounge
  • 616 TV lounge
  • Elliot 3rd floor lounge
  • Quad 6th floor kitchen lounge (do *NOT* take items to the lobbies)


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 or building!!

If you have any questions, please email barnardecoreps@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Summer Storage

As we approach the end of 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, the College is unfortunately not able to provide any storage for returning students' belongings over the summer.

For the past 20 years, Barnard has worked with SummerStorage.org to facilitate storage options for returning students.

The SummerStorage.org team will be on campus from 10am-4pm on Wednesday-Friday, May 10-12, 2017, and will be set up outside of Sulzberger (or inside Barnard Hall if it's raining).

They will have boxes, tape, packing supplies, and staff to assist you in moving very heavy items.  For information about prices and other questions, please visit http://www.summerstorage.org, email the owner Angelo Reda at avreda@aol.com, or call 516-729-5169.

Students who plan to make use of the SummerStorage.org service are encouraged to email the following information to avreda@aol.com as soon as possible:

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

By doing so, empty boxes will be pre-labeled with your name and ready for you to pick up from them during the date/times above to pack your belongings!

Please note that there are other vendors who provide summer storage services 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 & must sign them in as a guest.  No vendors will be given permission to go to your room/suite without you being present.  A list of some additional summer storage vendors is available online at http://barnard.edu/reslife/services/storage.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Summer Housing Applications (due 4/28)

Information about applying for 2017 Barnard Summer Housing is now available at http://barnard.edu/reslife/summerhousing/.

Housing is available for Summer Session 1 (May 21 - June 30) and Session 2 (July 2 - August 11).  May & August Interim Housing is also available for students with Spring and/or Fall room assignments in Barnard housing.

The deadline for Summer Housing applications is 4PM on FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017.  Priority will be determined by date of application.  Late applications cannot be accepted.

Students must 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 or Summer Research Institute (SRI) Housing must additionally submit the required Approval Signature Form before 4pm on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017.

Students who may need a housing accommodation for a disability or chronic medical condition must submit a Disability Housing Request before 4pm on FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017.  Students are required to re-apply for accommodations each summer, even if they have received an accommodation in the past (or have already submitted a request for the following academic year).

NOTE: The Res Life office does not grant approvals for College-Subsidized or SRI 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 or SRI Housing, please speak to your supervisor as soon as possible.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Social Justice House Applications (due 12noon, March 6)

Social Justice House applications for 2017-2018 are now available at https://goo.gl/forms/AVtOo3N6McImb4NY2.

The Social Justice House is a unique opportunity to take an active role in immersing yourself in Barnard College and New York City through the lens of justice, inclusion and activism. Members of the Social Justice house are dedicated to creating educational opportunities for awareness about problems and solutions in local and global communities. Students will learn to make a difference by engaging in theory and practice of social justice and interacting with peers, local activists and policy makers.

If you have an interest in social justice, activism and civic engagement, we encourage you to apply! Applications are due by 12noon on Monday, March 6th.

This opportunity is open to Barnard rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who are in good standing with the college and are willing and able to live in the Social Justice house (616 suites 5A and 5B) for the entirety of the 2017-2018 academic year.

For more information, please check out http://barnard.edu/reslife/social-justice-house and/or email ljaramillo@barnard.edu.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Spring Room Change Requests (due Jan 26)

Spring Room Change Request forms (for upperclass students) are now available online and are due to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) before 4pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

For full information about the Spring Room Change Request process, please visit http://barnard.edu/reslife/roomchanges/spring.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sign Up for Spring Music Practice Room Times

This email is to inform all residential students about the use of the Music Practice Rooms located in the basement of Sulzberger Hall.  Three rooms have been outfitted with pianos and music stands to provide residential students with a dedicated space in which they can practice their instrument or rehearse for upcoming performances without disturbing their neighbors.

Spring Semester Sign-Ups for the Music Practice Rooms will take place on the following dates in the Res Life office (110 Sulzberger):

  •   Tuesday, January 17 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)
  •   Wednesday, January 18 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)
  •   Thursday, January 19 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)
  •   Friday, January 20 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)

The room reservations are renewed each semester, so if you had a reserved time for Fall 2016, that time is no longer valid, and you must schedule a new practice room time.

  • Declared music majors may reserve up to *10* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 practice rooms.
  • All other students may sign up for up to *5* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 rooms.

Practice hours are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Time slots go fast, so the earlier you sign up the better your chances are for choosing desirable hours!

If all of the times you were interested in choosing are taken when you arrive, you can sign up as a "non-scheduled user" -- this would allow you to use a practice room if the scheduled user has not shown up 15 minutes after the hour (between 7am to 2am), i.e. you could use the remaining 45 minutes of the timeslot.

NOTE: Students who live in the Quad are the only students permitted to sign guests in to share their practice hours. All College guest policies apply.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Preparing for Winter Break / End of Semester

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 if you're not returning for the Spring).

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).  You will *not* be able to retrieve items during the break.
  • 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 23, 2016, through 9am on Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
  • Students may NOT enter during this period, unless they are approved for Winter Break Housing or Early Winter Return (so please make sure you take important items with you that you will need over the break!)
  • During this time, College staff will check rooms to address maintenance issues / requests.  Any prohibited items will be confiscated.   Any fire safety equipment or windows stoppers that have been tampered with will result in fines & disciplinary action.
IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING TO CAMPUS HOUSING FOR THE SPRING...
  • Please make sure that you cancelled your housing for the Spring!
  • You must finish moving out before 9am on Friday, December 23, 2016.  Extensions are *not* available (because the res halls are closing for Winter Break).
  • Complete a check-out envelope at your residence hall Front Desk to return your keys (and avoid fines)
For more information and/or copies of the Check-Out Reminder Signs that RAs posted on room/suite doors, please visit http://barnard.edu/reslife/winterbreak/.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reminder: Hewitt Dining Hall open over Thanksgiving Break

Hewitt Dining Hall will be open during Thanksgiving Break on the following modified schedule:
11am-1pm - Buffet Bunch
5-7pm - Buffet Dinner
Nov. 24-27, 2016
The Diana Cafe & Liz's Place will be closed during this time.

All dining facilities will return to their regular schedules on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Note: A special Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served on Thursday, November 24.

If you have any questions, please contact Al Sobera, Director of Barnard Dining Services, at asorbera@barnard.edu.