Barnard Magazine Summer 2010 coverAbout Face

Thank you for another fascinating issue of Barnard Magazine.

One request on formatting: In Memoriam (p. 82) is impossible to read. The names are given the same weight and margins as the dates of death; this made my eyes swim trying to parse them out.

The names of living alumna in Class Notes are bold. The same courtesy should be accorded to the dead.

Indenting the dates would also help increase legibility. Thank you!

—Mary Most ’75

New York, NY

Editors Note: Please note that the In Memoriam names are now in bold type.

Defining Diversity

I am the mother of an upcoming senior at Barnard. I am writing to tell you of a very special experience she has had during her years at Barnard.

My daughter, Allyza is white, Jewish, and from Westchester County. For her first year she was placed in a triple [with a group of women from a] menagerie of backgrounds and cultures and religions [that] added tremendously to their friendship. They all decided to room together in a suite the next year and the next year and here we are—at their senior year and (with a few minor changes) the group is essentially still living together in the Barnard housing. When you see them all together smiling—it is quite a picture . . . a mini United Nations. I just thought that they epitomize the experience of diversity on campus and all of the positive images of a Barnard woman.

Thank you for your wonderful magazine. (I try to read it from cover to cover.)

—Ryna Lustig PA11

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

letters photo fall 2010We come from across the country and around the world, from coast to coast and from one hemisphere to the next. We have diverse ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds, different academic fields, and divergent interests, yet living together over the past four years has been integral in our Barnard experiences. As it turns out, unexpected room placement can lead to deep connections. Differences that could have led to cultural clashes have rather enriched our friendship (often in a humorous way) and have broadened our horizons.

—Allyza Lustig ’11