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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Fornax at the Frick. @ 2:10 PM

This post come from a guest blogger, Jodie Chiang!

There are worse things than spending an hour learning about the18th century London elite and their scandalous lives. Especially when you’re receiving the information via very British men in bow ties. At the (very much free) College Night at the Frick, my friends and I wandered about the museum, taking in the enormous collection of artworks at our leisure. Highlights of the evening included apple juice and teddy grahams, hipster art students, awkward swing dancing to anachronistic 60s music, and of course, the absolutely gorgeous paintings and sculptures. Every 15 minutes, there was a lecture in one of the beautiful rooms of the Frick Manor. In the dining room, one of the aforementioned British men in bow ties pointed out the secretly judgmental looks of the ladies in Gainsborough painting of The Mall in St. James’s Park. In another, we learned about the challenge master artists accepted to interpret the Greek myth of Nessus and Deianira. Every few minutes or so, we’d wander back to fountain at the center of the manor for more graham goodness. Not too shabby for a night out. Oh, and did I mention? We got free posters, too.

photo via// www.wikipaintings.org

Monday, September 26, 2011
Recap: Paint Party! @ 9:15 PM

Last Friday, September 23rd, was our first Fornax event of the semester! Paint Party was likely the inaugural event of the newly redesigned Altschul Atrium, so we thought it fitting to have some creative time in a creative space. So a little past 7 PM, I was joined by some of my lovely stars, and we got painting right away. Each student was given a canvas strip; one side was to express themselves freely (poetry, quotes, patterns, abstraction, etcetera), and the other side was to have each artist's name and room number.

These strips will be hung around the eight floor hallway like a banner, and the idea is that passersby will notice a piece that they like, find out who the artist is, and seek them out for a conversation! A collective project for a collective effect.

I will put up pictures of the completed banner as soon as everyone paints their piece!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
organize life. @ 8:57 AM

There's about a billion tools out there that are supposed to help make your life more organized, help you not procrastinate, help you be successful, etcetera -- everything from planners, to calendars, to apps that block Facebook. Throughout the year, I will be sharing tips and tricks that I've picked up since my first day of classes so that figuring out what works best for you will, hopefully, be a little bit easier.


WorkFlowy is one of my favorite tools to use. It's basically an ever-expanding outline list that makes it possible for you to organize your life down to the minutest detail, just like you would organize a paper. Moreover, you can also share parts of your outline with others; for instance, when you are working on a group project and want everyone's contribution in one place. You can also use hashtags, just like on Twitter, to prioritize when things will get done: #today, #soon, etcetera. Clicking on the hashtag will give you a task list for the day or the week.

I use WorkFlowy to organize everything from my class assignments to my grocery list and the projects I am working on at my internship. It's easy and free to set up an account, and the best part is, you can access it from any computer or phone with web-browsing capabilities!

sunny days, rainy days: fornax loves ny. @ 8:28 AM

Welcome to the your first first day of college, Fornax! It makes little sense to me how it could be so dreary out today when it was beautiful yesterday, but alas, the ways of Mother Nature are a mystery. Thankfully, though, Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day, which made our Barnard Loves NY trip quite fantastic!

After oooohing and aaaahing at all the cool creatures of the underseas at the NY Aquarium, we went to the beach (thank you for the suggestion, Sophie)! And thank you to all you lovely Fornax stars for making Constellation leading super fun!

Our next event will be around the end of this month, so watch out for an email/fb notification/flyers around the floor.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011
packing madness. @ 5:41 PM

(Yes, I did sleep on the floor in my sleeping bag last night because there was too much stuff on my bed.)

A friendly suggestion as y'all are getting ready to move in: PACK LIGHT. I moved into Barnard with two suitcases that had everything I needed including all my clothes, shoes and bedding. Now, as I am entering my final year, I have three large suitcases of clothes, one large suitcase of shoes, two boxes of books, one HUGE box of kitchenware, a bike, a sleeping bag, TONS of artwork and posters, a couple of lamps, and goodness knows what else... Going through college, it's almost impossible not to accumulate things, and packing and unpacking from year to year will get increasingly more difficult and tiring. So spare yourself the madness, at least for your first move, and pack only the bare necessities. If you find out you're missing something, during NSOP week you will have the chance to board a shuttle bus from campus to Bed, Bath and Beyond and back to get that extra something that will make your room perfect.


Sunday, August 21, 2011
about fornax. @ 5:41 PM

Fornax may be the designated name of our Constellation, but it has a long and interesting history that goes all the way back to the Ancient Romans!

Fornax (originally Fornax Chemica) was formed by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1752 in honor of his friend, the great chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, who is the father of the Metric System, modern chemistry and Fornax -- the combustion furnace. Of course, naming his combustion furnace Fornax was no accident; in Latin, fornax means 'furnace.' The constellation is located in the southern hemisphere and lies in a bend in constellation Eridanus, the celestial river. If you are interested in Astronomy, this website gives very specific information about each of the stars in Fornax, including the location of its stars in the sky and nearby galaxies.

In ancient Rome, the festival Fornacalia was held in honor of the goddess of bread and baking, Fornax. During the festival, which was held in the Forum and led by the Curia Maximus, the leader of the ancient unions of kinsmen, corn was baked in ovens of the ancient fashion.

Fornax is also part of the scientific name of a species of butterflies found in the souther hemisphere, from northern Argentina to Mexico: the Hamadryas fornax. There are two subspecies; the Hamadryas fornax fornax is generally found in mainland South America, and Hamadryas fornax fornacalia is mostly located in Mexico and parts of Central America. These butterflies, part of the Nymphalidae family, are brightly colored (think orange, like fire) and are strong fliers. As you can see, there is a clear linguistic connection between the species' names and the original Latin word. If you are interested in learning more about the etymology of the word fornax, take a look here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
welcome! @ 10:24 AM

Constellation Fornax, welcome to Barnard! My name is Sevan Gatsby, and I am one of the Constellation Leaders of this year's inaugural program. I cannot wait to meet you all and get to know each of you better in the upcoming weeks and semester. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please don't hesitate to post them as comments so everyone can benefit from the discussion. But if you'd prefer, I am just as happy to communicate via email.

I hope that you all are enjoying the last days of summer! Cheers!