This year’s annual Barnard Block party, a barbecue organized by the College Activities Office, as always celebrated the first day of classes. This year the event marked two additional noteworthy occasions: the party’s return to Lehman Lawn from the Quad, and the official opening of the walkway reuniting the north and south ends of the campus. With the Diana Center nearing completion, the wall that surrounded the building site has been removed, and once again, there is an outdoor on-campus corridor joining the Lehman Walk with the Milbank Courtyard. In addition to the block party’s tasty array of comestibles, class deans were on hand to greet students, answer questions, and hand out Barnard tote bags. “Lehman Lawn was wonderful and quite festive,” said Vivian Taylor, vice president of community development and chief of staff. It was a spirited beginning to the academic year.

-Photographs by Martina Szarek '08