About 70 first-year students fanned out across the New York City area Sunday night to enjoy intimate dinners generously hosted by alumnae. The latest in a string of activities for the Barnard Constellations, the residence-based social groups to which first-year students are assigned, the dinners took place at various locations—some in hosts’ homes, others in restaurants.
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On a particularly dreary day at the end of February, I was trying to get word about my younger son... When the phone rang, I leaped, positive that it was the emergency room calling with the final diagnosis. Instead, it was my office, informing me that President Obama wanted to give the commencement address at Barnard. What does one say? “Oh wow,” I mumbled. “Sure. I have to get off the phone now.”