Quiet Spaces: The Best Spots to Visit on Campus

During the first few months of school, as students get settled in to the new year, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the chaos. At first, the socializing and meeting new people can seem exhilarating, but after a while, even the biggest extrovert can begin to feel burnt out. One dangerous side effect of living on campus is that there are very few places to hide when you need to be alone. Especially in a suburban campus with residences so close to classrooms, one must sleep next to where they take classes and take classes only steps away from a comfortable and cozy bed. With some students in doubles and triples, even a bedroom might not provide you with the privacy you need. For that very reason, listed below are some of the best indoor and outdoor spots for the moments of quiet and privacy you might need during the next few weeks.

Secluded picnic table in the area outside the New Dorms known as ‘Narnia’.   Photo by Janaki Chadha ’17

Secluded picnic table in the area outside the New Dorms known as ‘Narnia’. Photo by Janaki Chadha ’17

Narnia

Located on the lawn next next to Rothschild, a tree drapes over an ever-changing series of benches and tables. Through out the years, fading and splintered benches are replaced by other seating, which then proceeds to immediately deteriorate. The state of the seating in this particular spot is not its main attraction, but instead the focus is its complete privacy. Especially during the nighttime, those that walk through the lawn on a back road short cut to the street, will often hear mysterious laughter or small crowds playing music. Though these noises seem to come from the trees themselves, in reality, it’s just the sound of people enjoying themselves under its cloak of privacy. When they are not present, take the opportunity to take refugee in its branches. Though it may take some parting of branches and careful navigating to find a sweet spot to settle down in its well worth the journey. The perfect time for this place is early autumn. The summer can be buggy and the tree its is the most beautiful with the foliage is at its peak.

The Wellness Room, located in SLC’s Health and Wellness Center.   Photo by Ariela Brody ’16

The Wellness Room, located in SLC’s Health and Wellness Center. Photo by Ariela Brody ’16

Wellness Room  

For those looking for some year round, VIP treatment, look into the Wellness Room, located at the SLC Health and Wellness Center. Though not perticulalry scenic or spacious, its ideal for those looking for a little more organized stress relief. The wellness room’s exclusivity is due to its part to it’s limited access. To use the facility, you need to make an appointment on the health services website. Once in the room, however, you are guaranteed thirty minutes of peace and quiet. Inside the room are both multiple mindfulness recordings, as well as a full spectrum natural light for those in need of some extra sunshine or light therapy. Light therapy is supposed to help with sleep disorders, mood, improve circulation and give an over all sense of well being. The light therapy can be especially beneficial during the long winter months. Especially cozy as a refuge from the cold, the wellness room is not utilized as often as it should be making appointments easy to come by.

The Spiritual Space, located in Bates, features a library of religious and spiritual texts.   Photo by Janaki Chadha ’17

The Spiritual Space, located in Bates, features a library of religious and spiritual texts. Photo by Janaki Chadha ’17

Spiritual Space

Though individuals at Sarah Lawrence each practice their spirituality in various ways, the spiritual space offer quiet in a different context than the other locations. Meant to help Sarah Lawrence students explore their spirituality and connect with their respective faith, this space is one of the few locations where calm and quiet is almost guaranteed. Located on the 00 level of Bates, it can be reserved for meetings of religious groups but most of the time people use this space for personal religious exploration. Inside the room itself you can find everything from a library of religious and spiritual texts, to faux candles and other ceremonial items. Though the basement location can be a little tricky to access, the best way to find the space itself is entering the door opposite the front of the science center.

Parts of the Bronx River Greenway close to SLC can offer welcome dive into nature.   Photo by Ariela Brody ’16

Parts of the Bronx River Greenway close to SLC can offer welcome dive into nature. Photo by Ariela Brody ’16

Bronxville Walking Path

One of the most extensive options to be alone in the outdoors, the Bronxville walking path, otherwise known as the Bronx River Greenway, stretches 23 miles along the Bronx river throughout both Westchester and Bronx counties. Though these trails are disconnected and not the easiest to access as a whole, there is an easily accessible portion, a 4.6 miles loop next to Palmer Road in Bronxville. This trail is not technically part of the Sarah Lawrence campus, but that fact might make it one of Sarah Lawrence College’s best hiding places. Even better if you have a bike, this trail is also perfectly lovely for experiencing a little peace of nature without the danger of running into anyone. Following along the Bronx River, there are multiple scenic underpasses and wooden bridges to maneuver through.

Ariela Brody '16

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.

Learn How To Treat Yourself Right: Our Guide To Sex Toys

What if I told you that you did not need to go on Tinder or OkCupid for casual sex? That you could have a lot of fun without ever leaving your bed. Sometimes, sex is about figuring out how two different bodies can come together, providing mutual pleasure and exciting new experiences. Other times, a person just needs to get off.

If you are looking for a sexual partner that knows your body, has a lot of experience handling it, and is ready at a moments notice, look no further than straight down, to your left hand, or your right hand, or whatever you normally use. Now, the only problem with being in charge of your own pleasure is that while hands do a great job getting the job done, sometimes we need some variety. That is when you pull out the big guns – the sex toys. Coming in all shapes, sizes, speeds and textures, the arena has changed a lot since the days of the dauntingly sized dildos and the ever-infamous rabbit vibrator.

In the past, buying a vibrator meant wandering into a male-run, seedy sex shop. Now, purchasing your special assistant is as easy as a click of your mouse or an even more enjoyable visit to your closest feminist sex shop. Below are a few specially selected items, for a handful of different scenarios to get your gears going. This guide by no means unlocks all secrets of the sultry world of solo sex, but it can serve as one hell of a jump-start.

Babeland Buzz Vibe  bullet vibrator, $12 via  babeland.com  

Babeland Buzz Vibe bullet vibrator, $12 via babeland.com 

Bullet Vibrators

For those interested in dipping their toes into the sea of sex toys, bullet vibrators are the way to go. Small enough to slip into a pocket or a bedside table, these beauties are perfect for people on the go. As the name implies, this small oval device is the perfect starter toy for those who are not sure yet of what they want. Priced around $12, these beauties are also one of the cheapest options. If you are wondering where to place this vibrating bullet, the answer is anywhere.  Though it is often used for clitoral stimulation, who does not like to add a little vibration to their routine? I can give you a hint: whatever you place this baby against, it will begin to vibrate. This makes it the ideal shared toy for couples as well.

Babeland Orchid G  G-Spot stimulator, $22 via  babeland.com  

Babeland Orchid G G-Spot stimulator, $22 via babeland.com 

G-Spot Toys

Though the prices for sex toys can range widely, the concept for each is the same. Stimulating that special spot inside the vagina dubbed the G-spot can be a tricky bit of business, considering the easiest way to get the job done is through consistent and repetitive pressure. This is where technology steps in—even though your fingers might get tired, these toys will not. Built slightly curved with a large knob at the end, these toys are angled in a way that lets you hit a home run every time.

Babeland Ocean Mini Vibe  quiet vibrator, $70 via babeland.com 

Babeland Ocean Mini Vibe quiet vibrator, $70 via babeland.com 

Quiet Toys

Let us be real for a second: no, this category does not have to do much with parts of your anatomy, but it has a lot to do with being able to masturbate in peace. In our crazy college lives it can often be a race to find that special quiet time to get the deed done, but even when the opportunity arises, the noises from next door can leave one paranoid. Though these toys, such as the ocean mini vibe or the minna ola can be a little pricier, some say it is worth the peace of mind. On that note, I feel the need to put a disclaimer that sex toys can be expensive. That is ok. Even if it means saving up a long time for a decent toy, it is worth it. The reason these toys can be pricy is because when it comes to sticking things inside or around your most sensitive areas, you need to have high quality materials. Trust me, it is worth it.

Babeland Pop Plugs  butt plugs, $15- $20 via  babeland.com  

Babeland Pop Plugs butt plugs, $15- $20 via babeland.com 

Butt toys

When choosing a special toy to add to their collection, people often forget about the back door. Though many consider it taboo, it would be a shame not to try something just because of its location. Though some might assume they are all created equal, whether or not you have a prostate is the real question. Comparable to the female G-spot, the prostate gland is easily accessible with certain angled toys. While the ideal toy for the ladies should be flared at the base, to get the most out of those exterior nerve endings, male anatomy dictates a thin and curved vibrating toy to reach the ever elusive P-spot.

by Ariela Brody ‘16

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.