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JJ’s Place Closed To Barnard?

Bwog has been tipped several rumors that Barnard’s administration and dining services prohibit BC students from eating at JJ’s Place. Apparently, the BC ’17 and ’18 Facebook pages are in uproar about this policy, which has been in effect since 2011, and some students are saying that they currently can’t get into JJ’s after 8 pm. The change is rumored to have gone into affect today as some students were able to eat at JJ’s last night. No notice was publicly given to Barnard students about the change, and many students have not found out about the revoked access until trying to swipe in at JJ’s. However, Barnard students supposedly can still eat at John Jay and Ferris. So far, the Barnard administration has not responded to questions or concerns.

Update 5:07 pm: Bwog received the following message from Director of Marketing and Communications Kristina Hernandez on behalf of Columbia dining:

On behalf of Columbia Dining, this provides clarification regarding the Columbia-Barnard exchange at JJ’s Place.

There has been no change in policy. The Barnard-Columbia exchange includes John Jay and Ferris Booth Commons. It does not include JJ’s Place. Columbia Dining mistakenly allowed Barnard meal plan holders to swipe in to JJ’s Place the first few weeks of classes this year. Once we became aware of the mistake today, we corrected it. To be clear, JJ’s Place was never part of the exchange program.

Update 6:35 pm: In response to questions about whether this policy was different in previous years, Kristina Hernandez added:

If Barnard students were allowed to swipe in at JJ’s last year, it was an error on Columbia Dining’s part. In these cases, neither Barnard Dining nor Barnard students were charged.

An odd statement considering several Bwog staffers can remember Barnardians being able to swipe into JJ’s for at least two years without a problem.

Bwog will continue to update you on this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dining situation as events unfold.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous It wouldn’t be special treatment. CC students don’t have access to Late Night Hewitt hours, and BC students wouldn’t have access to Late Night JJ’s hours. BC students just want the normal hours, 12-8 just like CC students have with Hewitt. It would be equal. All BC students want here is equality. It wouldn’t be “special”, it would be “equal.”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Barnard is not Columbia college, Columbia college is not Barnard; but Barnard college and Columbia College both joined together and was renamed Columbia University. Know your fucking history

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous this person is a monster

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous It’s food. We all like to eat. This has nothing to do with intelligence or what school we got into. It’s sad this always happens even with silly things like swipe access to JJs…c’mon people.

  • BC 2015 says:

    @BC 2015 Wow, who knew that this would be the thing that set off our yearly Barnard/Columbia debate? And so early in the school year too!

  • happy says:

    @happy i like going to columbia.. even if others don’t find it fun. Barnard girls are easy to get with so I think that it is good that it is close by. I don’t mind what they call themselves because I am comfortable with who I am – a rich, good looking columbia student (:

  • good idea though says:

    @good idea though Seriously I gained 30 pounds fresh year primarily cause of cravings to eat this shit, so props to barnard for restricting access.

  • seas says:

    @seas it’s okay, they could do without those calories anyway

  • hungry says:

    @hungry more curly fries for columbia students then!

  • so tired says:

    @so tired of this bullshit. every fecking year the first-years bitch about things like this, and then they get over it (at least most of them). so please, just shut up and move on. the dining halls will change who they let in once again next semester, or next year, and you will all still be shitheads with no social skills and giant sticks up your asses.

  • Do you even go here? says:

    @Do you even go here? Starting to worry when comments on Bwog are worse than comments on Youtube…yikes.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This a stupid issue and should be fixed everyone should be allowed in jj’s. but it reflects how fucked up the whole Barnard columbia relationship is. Seriously no one is happy about how confusing it is. Barnard students OR columbia students.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I am hoping this just a financial issue that needs to be resolved. The more dining options open to the students on campus, the benefit to all. Please remember there are many places all over campus that are cash and flex.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous WTF? Y’all are always waiting for any chance to hate on Barnard. Get over yourselves. You won’t be in college forever. You’re gonna have to go into the real world, and *gasp* eat with people that didn’t go to an ivy league! Does it bother you that much that Barnard girls want to eat with you? “You don’t go here. You didn’t get into Columbia. You can’t sit with us” Bleh, boring.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous ^^I FOUND THE FRESHMAN :D

    1. person says:

      @person *First-year. Do you even go here?

  • Let's be clear says:

    @Let's be clear If Barnard became 100% independent, NO CC/SEAS KIDS WOULD GIVE A FUCK.

    Not true vice versa.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous But same if GS became 100% independent, or any of the grad schools became 100% independent, or if SEAS became 100% independent …. etc.

      If Columbia College branched off and created its own entity, it would carry the prestigious name with it. SEAS is only considered undergraduate engineering top 15 for IEOR. So if SEAS were 100% independent it wouldn’t even be a top 15 school. I guarantee you selectivity would only decrease without the Columbia name. Funny how no one cares about SEAS mooching off the Columbia ranking/prestige/name …

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Except that SEAS is a Columbia School, not just affiliated with Columbia. It’s also well known as Columbia Engineering since how many schools also have created their own SEAS (School of Engineering and Applied Science).

        Also, SEAS is the most selective undergraduate engineering school in the nation, beating out MIT and CalTech.

      2. seas kid says:

        @seas kid That’s not true though. When I submitted my application, it was to columbia university. There was a supplemental essay for those applying to the engineering school (and one if applying to the college), but cc/seas both apply to columbia university. Barnard applicants applied to Barnard College. CC/SEAS even have the same admissions officers. Not trying to rude, but there really is a difference.

  • Everyone, says:

    @Everyone, I propose a petition.

    How are we supposed to believe we are one school if we cannot even eat at all the dinning halls?

  • Um says:

    @Um Barnard is just as much Columbia as is SEAS and GS. So why should it be any different?

    1. NO says:

      @NO No. CC/SEAS are one entity. Barnard and GS, no. Don’t lump SEAS and GS together

      1. Really? says:

        @Really? Then tell me why EACH school has individual graduation ceremonies and one unified convocation for the ENTIRE university? (The key word being university.)

        The fact is, SEAS has to apply separately from CC just like Barnard. Each school also has different requirements, but this doesn’t erase the fact that we all are apart of Columbia.

        1. Seriously? says:

          @Seriously? They are SEPARATE institutions that are closely affiliated

        2. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous then why am i in cc and my roommate is in seas???

          are cc/seas really that separate….

        3. Anon says:

          @Anon SEAS actually does not apply separately from CC, just have to answer an extra question at the end.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Barnard is not Columbia. Period.

      1. BC15 says:

        @BC15 Read the gate motherfucker

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous the columbia gates or the barnard one?

          much like the respective websites, cu gives barnard no biling, and barnard refers to cu a lot.

          or you could just read the respective bylaws.

  • Alum says:

    @Alum To have the best community, everyone’s dining halls should be opened up to everyone at all times.

  • o_O says:

    @o_O Perpetually confused about why people seem to enjoy further social divide between themselves and cute, smart girls…?

    1. Ds says:

      @Ds SEAS girls can still swipe into JJ’s….. Barnard girls are definitely not smart and they look like dogs

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Know what? Bitches get stuff done. -Tina Fey

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “the first few weeks of classes this year”, you mean the past two years?

  • BC Student says:

    @BC Student Can someone from Columbia please why the majority of you are so opposed to Barnard students eating at Columbia dining halls? Because if you’re worried we’ll eat all your food, I can assure you, there is enough to go around. And on that note, why are you so opposed to Barnard students in general? WHY ARE YOU HATING.

    1. dsa says:

      @dsa Because we got into an top 4 ivy league school and you got into a maybe top 50 school so why the hell should we treat you as our equals. If you wanted to enjoy columbia’s facilities fully then you should have come to columbia. I don’t go down to nyu and demand to use their dinning halls because why should I feel so entitled that no one can stop me from eating where I want: I feel the same way about Barnard demanding to use our dinning halls. You choose to go to your small school so stop trying to become part of our school

      1. cc2016 says:

        @cc2016 hey top ivy 4 classmate! how about keeping quiet when you feel like being an asshole? if you’re going to act as if you’re smarter and at a better level, then perhaps you should try writing a post without grammatical errors.

      2. still don't understand the hating says:

        @still don't understand the hating You should treat us as equals because we’re human beings. Unless admittance to Columbia gives you some sort of Godly soul.

      3. anon says:

        @anon HA top4ivy commenter….pretty confident that you’re a fugly CC girl who’s pissed that Barnard chicks get all the guys at Mel’s…..

      4. ??? says:

        @??? Are you a 1-armed competitive ping ponger from bumfuck nowhere? You must be- cause theres no way you would’ve gotten into a “top 4 ivy league school” being such an ignorant fuck otherwise. Xoxo

      5. Anon says:

        @Anon Lol so you go to one of the top 4 ivy schools and you can’t even spell “dining”? Maybe learn to spell before you start hating on another college that is A PART of your university. I mean, you should probably go read the words on the Barnard gate, which in fact say “Barnard college of Columbia University.” Maybe that’ll help you get your facts straight before you go about trash talking the top women’s liberal arts college that I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of. We are a part of Columbia so I’m sorry that you can’t deal with the fact that we are going to be affiliated, and that’s just the way it is, so too bad for you I guess.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous You are an affiliate . . not part of the school. Those gates are OLD and from when Barnard WAS part of Columbia.

          First, you demand independence from Columbia. Now, you guys are so desperate to FEEL like you are going to the same school are we do. We are separate entities that share a community. S H A R E.

  • froshboy having trouble socially says:

    @froshboy having trouble socially Saw some Barnard students denied on my way in. PLEASE LET THEM BACK IT’S A SAUSAGE FEST NOW

    1. empathetic barnard student says:

      @empathetic barnard student OMG this is too real. PLEASE HELP THIS BOY OUT AND LET US IN!!!! you can’t just have sausage you’ll go into cardiac arrest

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous There are other hours in the day that Barnard students can swipe in JJ’s…

    1. anon says:

      @anon Not anymore. I tried today and they said Barnard students cannot swipe into JJ’s anymore.

  • Update says:

    @Update Barnard students go to Barnard, demand full perks of going to Columbia.

    1. anon says:

      @anon CC and SEAS students take Barnard classes too. It goes both ways. It’s not like I love how some classes at my small liberal arts school ends up with 200+ students because Columbia students decide Barnard classes are better which they tend to be)

      1. ... says:

        @... Or easier

        (just saying)

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous just easier ;)

  • anon bear says:

    @anon bear This is a hate crime against my relationship with JJ’s mozzarella sticks.

  • BC '15 says:

    @BC '15 This post is not entirely accurate.

    Barnard students were not allowed into JJ’s Place at all until September 2012, when the policy was changed to allow Barnard students into JJ’s place before 8 PM. The idea was that Barnard and Columbia late night dining would continue to be separate, but before 8 all dining halls would have communal swipe access. The policy has only been in place for 2 years, not 3 like the dining website claims.

    Furthermore, what is most infuriating about this change is that Barnard dining (I called the director of dining services) claims that this has been the policy all along (clearly, from Facebook, it has not been). This abrupt change to Barnard dining policy and restricted access further contributes to the feelings of Barnard’s marginalization by its own administration within the university community. A meal is the way we best connect with our peers and it sucks to have to say you cannot go to a dining hall because you are a Barnard student. Barnard dining restricting that access further contributes Barnard students feel like second-class citizens on that campus, when it at the same time champions Barnard being a part of a larger university community.

    1. You are not a Columbia student says:

      @You are not a Columbia student Why do you deserve special treatment? Columbia students can’t swipe into late night dining either, and we’re not up in arms about it.

      Face it – Columbia and Barnard are separate schools, and the students of both schools aren’t entitled to anything more than what the agreement between the two schools (which Barnard pays $$$ for) allows them.

      1. BC '15 says:

        @BC '15 My point is not that Barnard students should have access to JJ’s place for late night dining and Columbia should not have access to Hewitt for late night dining. That has been standard for a number of years.

        My point is that Barnard dining should not dramatically change its policies on Barnard students (who are all affected because Barnard students all have to buy meal plans). This has been happening since NSOP of this year. Barnard students were not allowed to swipe into John Jay during a portion of NSOP but then were suddenly allowed to at certain points without notice, while Columbia students were given unrestricted access to Hewitt. If there was a “policy” to follow, we would certainly follow it. However, the policy has been changing and administrators on both sides of the street have claimed it is the other’s fault, which leaves students in the middle.

      2. are you kidding??? says:


    2. anon says:

      @anon both barnard and this post are jokes. find your own school and leave ours alone please. #ourblue #golions

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Your dick’s a joke.

        1. anonymoose says:

          @anonymoose I agree in principle with anon, but Anonymous’s comeback is too perfect

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous How can you say that an institution that has been providing an elite education for women for the past 125 years a joke? Learn some respect

        1. dsa says:

          @dsa “elite”

        2. Face it says:

          @Face it If there were an elite institution that provided education for only men for 125 years, you’d be up in arms

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous There was. It’s called Columbia College, and they actually didn’t let women in for 229 years.

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