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Barnard Celebrates its Spirit Day with Fireworks at The Vag

Today is BC Spirit Day, and this afternoon, over what was reportedly a less-than-enthralling fireworks display, Barnard announced the new name of the Nexus, its new ominous-sounding student center. The Nexus’ new moniker? The Vagelos Center—the name was kindly spelled out in fireworks for all to see.

“We’re going to go to THE VAG,” said one exasperated Barnard sophomore.  

UPDATE: Today’s ceremony featured the word “Vagelos” spelled with fireworks, sending mixed feelings of anger and bemusement throughout the Barnard crowd. According to an official Barnard source, the fireworks honored the family of Diana Vagelos, who has been the project’s largest donor. Barnard has also previously stated that the namesake of the building will come from its major donor—hence the natural assumption that the fireworks spoke to both donor and new name. However, as of yet, it’s not been set in stone. (Pun intended.)

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  • 08 grad says:

    @08 grad So, I know this is a bit delayed … but I was on campus recently and was thus reminded of the Vag.


    To my fellow alumnae and all the classes below us, keep the Vag alive and healthy.

    For those of you other Barnard girls with your heads up your vags, give it a rest!! Stop taking yourselves so goddamn seriously.

    Viva la Vag.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous i go to barnard and i think this is hilarious. i’m just saying…

  • Femnst Arch. Student says:

    @Femnst Arch. Student Too Many Buildings Look Like the Penises. VIVA LA VAG

  • from wikipedia says:

    @from wikipedia Pindaros Roy Vagelos better known as P. Roy Vagelos or Roy Vagelos (born 1929 in Westfield, New Jersey) was president and chief executive officer (1985) and chairman (1986) of Merck

  • 333333300 says:

    @333333300 Will CU ugrads have access to this building?

  • annoyed says:

    @annoyed This is the most immature article I’ve ever read. I can’t believe there are so many students who think making fun of someone’s name is amusing.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Can we all please be respectful of the fact that this couple just donated $15 to our school, in hopes that this building would improve our experiences here? We should be thanking this family, not making fun of their last name.

    1. uhh says:

      @uhh this couple either 1) knew this was coming or 2) are so stupid we should feel no obligation to respect them!

  • vag says:

    @vag you’re a tool. barnard is such a better school than columbia and you’re just jealous you couldn’t get in. and consequently, you’ll never get into the vag.

    1. really? says:

      @really? how can you say that barnard is a better school than columbia with a straight face? have you taken a class there?

      1. yes. says:

        @yes. plenty of people have taken classes on both sides of the street. in my experience, and many others, I have had multiple amazing educational experiences and classes at Barnard. Columbia has been just okay. How many Barnard classes have you taken?

  • Architect says:

    @Architect This building has some problems and might sag with age and use

  • yyyYESssss says:

    @yyyYESssss I was so concerned they were just going to name it ‘The Nexus’.



    barnard is such a joke!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hmm says:

    @hmm I heard they’re building a new lounge for graduate students called the “G-Spot” but it’s gonna be really hard to find.

    1. jake says:

      @jake ROFL, that was awesome!

  • one more says:

    @one more Any truth to the rumor that a new International Undergraduates Division will be located deep inside the new building?

  • Sprinkles says:

    @Sprinkles I love this.

    Thought “The Temple of Artemis” could be a way for Barnard to save face.

  • 12312312311 says:

    @12312312311 Lerner is “Alfred Lerner Hall.”

    Vag Hall?

  • every says:

    @every now and again christmas comes in a mid-april to a jew as it has today.

    praise the lord for the vag – i love you barnard.

  • XJE says:

    @XJE Talk about life imitating art. The BC administration is lifting a concept that CUMB outlined in the Orgo Night script of May 2007.

    [third main joke, immediately below “She Blinded Me With Science]

  • someone says:

    @someone better buy me a kevlar vest.
    you should always wear protection when entering the Vag.

  • why are says:

    @why are school houses red?

    you would be too if you had nine periods a day!

  • think about it says:

    @think about it It may be true that the building isn’t officially named, but it might as well be at this point. I mean cummon. They set the name Vagelos on fire with pyrotechnics. Seriously? Seriously…

    And, why didn’t Judy mention the fact that the building hadn’t been named yet in her remarks? It certainly would have saved me walking away in utter disbelief/hysterical laughter…

    vag or but vag or but… decisions decisions…

    1. fire says:

      @fire the vag was on fire, eh?

      somebody must have left the yeast out in the kitchen

  • booyah says:

    @booyah i’m going to go leave a rooster in the vagelos center, and a bag of peanuts in butler.

    cock in the vag, nuts in the but

  • are they says:

    @are they going to paint the walls red for a week every month?

    1. Seriously says:

      @Seriously Ew. Gross.

  • shit says:

    @shit I just read a story about vaginas for class.

  • oh wait says:

    @oh wait yeah i get it. that’s not funny. i was hoping for a pun that related to vaginas. because, you know, vaginas are funny.

  • i mean says:

    @i mean the “set in stone” pun. i get the vag thing, obvi.

  • wait, says:

    @wait, i don’t get the pun.

  • dear bwog says:

    @dear bwog please summarily delete all references like the above


  • hmm says:

    @hmm VACHiNA?

    (get your permanent markers ready!)

  • There says:

    @There will be a green space on the roof. The question is, will the lawn be neatly manicured, or will they put bushes?

  • red says:

    @red That was a very stupid display. Fireworks should be set at night, not in the middle of the day like demolition explosives.

  • Barnard Senior says:

    @Barnard Senior I’m proud of our Vag =)

  • FYI says:

    @FYI There used to be a college in PA called Beaver College…They later changed the name to Arcadia University

  • lolz. says:

    @lolz. this is just too great…

  • there is says:

    @there is already a building on campus called the Vagelos Alumnae Center, so they are trying to figure out a different name for the Nexus.

  • come on people says:

    @come on people Come on people, do your research. Let’s set the record straight:

    The name of the DONOR is Vagelos, but the administration has made it very clear that the center itself HAS NOT been named yet.

    They understand what the implications of naming it the “Vagelos Center” would be, and are trying to come up with a suitable and appropriate name.

  • oh no... says:

    @oh no... damn. and here i was thinking i was going to get a leg up on the Vag…

    Bwog goes and takes the carpet right out from under me…

    I feel queef coming on.

  • my question says:

    @my question is why someone who’s probably been mistakenly called Vagina her whole life would want a building named after her.

    At the least, I hope it’s not overrun with douche bags.

    1. sigh. says:

      @sigh. Don’t be thick, her HUSBAND’S last name is Vagelos. He is also the president of Merck.

      1. Aloe Nickel says:

        @Aloe Nickel You must mean the president of Merkin

    2. what about says:

      @what about Alfred Lerner? I’m sure he got made fun of his whole life, and now his name’s etched in stone.

  • meh says:

    @meh you are all putting this vag on a pedestal.

  • eventually says:

    @eventually once its complete, youll be able to enter milbank either through the Vag, or slip in the back door

  • Jip says:

    @Jip Wait, I just google this, and apparently the Vagelos Center already exists…it’s an alumnae center @ Barnard. Sadly, the Bwog might be wrong on this reporting…

    1. there are says:

      @there are a couple barnard buildings/rooms named after diana vagelos

    2. sadly says:

      @sadly this is true

  • you know says:

    @you know Now we have options… We can either do it in the Vag or do it in the But.

    1. WINNER says:


  • 'narded says:

    @'narded “i am going to be the iron chef of pounding vag.” – superbad.

  • M arcus says:

    @M arcus If one goes from the Heyman Center to the Vag, one must be sure to wear protection.

  • concerned student says:

    @concerned student wait… did anyone notice that vagelos sounds like vagina

    1. Definitely says:

      @Definitely My favorite post so far

  • shit says:

    @shit is this really true? I don’t know what else to say

  • just says:

    @just a few questions:

    1. will they have monthly cleanings of the Vag?

    2. will there be like a landing strip leading up to the Vag?

    3. are they only letting women into the Vag, or can men enter as well? Is there a requirement on size?

  • owned says:

    @owned At least now there won’t be anymore disputes about the biggest vag at barnard.

  • nutter says:

    @nutter there’s a tasti-d-lite in the vag

    1. well says:

      @well it wont be the only live and active cultures in the vag.

  • do you think says:

    @do you think we can expect a bit of the in out in the vag? maybe followed by some ludwig van?

  • cokboi says:

    @cokboi It’s awfully dry in the vag

    i’m for sure bringing my grandma to the vag

  • tour guide says:

    @tour guide “…and if you step through those labia, er, i mean doors, right there, you’ll see the…”

  • vagabond says:

    @vagabond i thought that place smelled like fish

  • V-day says:

    @V-day Bet none of y’all have ever seen a vag this big!

  • vag says:

    @vag i really have not laughed this hard in a long time!

    i’m a little disappointed, though. new york magazine had been reporting in september that Victoria’s Secret had the #1 bid on the name for the Nexus.

    but then again, the VAG is a WAY better name than the Victoria Secret Student Center. each have their own fabulous ironic twists, but i’m a fan of the vag…

  • Vagtastic voyage says:

    @Vagtastic voyage oh man, what’s the vag going to look like in 50 years?

    how many janitors to clean out this vag?

  • Vag says:

    @Vag Right now the Vag is just a hollowed out orifice in Barnard’s campus. Soon, it will be an edifice.

  • vagaries says:

    @vagaries will the carpets match the shades?

  • dude says:

    @dude seriously, barnard? april fools was 2 weeks ago

  • 33 Soul says:

    @33 Soul Don’t put too much pressure on the Vag guys, you don’t wanna rub it the wrong way.

  • cc09 says:

    @cc09 its not like i dont go into barnards vag every weekend already

  • this says:

    @this is amazing!!! i

  • Tobias Funke: says:


  • barnard women says:

    @barnard women The Vag, with its steel frame and glass walls, is strong and beautiful

  • Any VA students? says:

    @Any VA students? This is the logical continuation of Diane’s Vagina.

    Diane’s Vagina can sneeze with its eyes open.

  • Vanessa says:

    @Vanessa I heard there’s going to be lots of carpet at this place.

    1. More importantly says:

      @More importantly Will the carpet match the drapes?

  • BC: says:

    @BC: ITS THE DIANA!!!!!!!

    1. Nah... says:

      @Nah... (Also BC)
      I think we should embrace it. I think this pretty much makes up for the ridiculously long and inconvenient construction process.

  • Fireworks? says:

    @Fireworks? I guess it was a Vagsplosion.

  • I wonder... says:

    @I wonder... T’what do we owe the name Vag? Did someone Snatch up all the better names?

  • Jack says:

    @Jack How many fing-er, people, can the Vag fit? Is it structurally sound? Prone to leaking? Nasty smells emitting from the area? Tight spaces or very spaced, tight territory?

    I’m no architect, but I have questions.

  • ha ha ha says:

    @ha ha ha this has to be a joke; it’s too perfect.

  • My high school says:

    @My high school had the following buildings

    The Wood building

    The SAC (Shimada athletic center)

    The Fannie Cox Center for S&M (science and math)

  • seriously now says:

    @seriously now let’s get something straight:

    the name of the DONOR is diana vagelos. they HAVE NOT named the building yet.

    i refuse to let it be called “the vag”. if we get a say in it, i vote “the diana”.

  • Shaking head.... says:

    @Shaking head.... And the fod court in the Vag will be called Va-John-Jay….
    This must be some horrible pun by someone with too much money.

    1. Wouldn't says:

      @Wouldn't it be better if the eatery inside the Vag was called Va-JJs place instead of Va-John-Jay?

  • The King of Spain says:

    @The King of Spain The Vag does have severe camel toe in that picture there.

  • Do you need says:

    @Do you need a CUID to get into the VAG? or can anyone enter?

  • Why?? says:

    @Why?? Oh, you enter the Vag through those wide double doors.

    I lost my pen in the Vag.

    Why are all those boys going into the Vag?

  • HAHAHAHA says:

    @HAHAHAHA that is too amazing! Thank you Barnard for giving us the VAG!!!

  • News says:

    @News There will be a library devoted to Kant in the Vag

    1. Anchor Nobler says:

      @Anchor Nobler Kant in the Vag is redundant, now some Balzac in the Vag could be kinky.

  • UGH says:

    @UGH i’m transferring.

  • MAN says:

    @MAN I didn’t get into Barnard, but I will be the first to enter the Vag

  • Heh says:

    @Heh This is simply too good… YES! Yes to The Vag!

  • I see says:

    @I see I thought that was like automatic weapons firing or something. Jesus.

    Also, did they really name it the Vagelos Center? Jesus, they had to know what that would lead to.

  • oh and btw says:

    @oh and btw re: the fireworks display

    i was completely and utterly enthralled.

  • WTFOMGZ says:

    @WTFOMGZ i love THE VAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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