Yik Yak is Not the New SLC Anon

Watercolor painting by J. Schur 

Watercolor painting by J. Schur 

The latest in a stream of new apps designed for young people has swept the Sarah Lawrence campus: Yik Yak. Explained by many as “sort of like Twitter, but not really,” Yik Yak was designed by developers in Atlanta specifically for college students. Yik Yak users can post anonymously within a certain geographic radius from where they are standing. Other users within that radius can either comment, “upvote” (“like), or “downvote” (dislike) Yik Yak posts or yak comments. On the home feed, users can select to see yaks based on either how recently they are posted or by the number of upvotes that they have received from the community.

Users are incentivized to post content that garners positive engagement from the community via a system of “yakarma” points: for every upvote that you give another post or upvote/comment that you receive on one of your posts, you receive a yakarma point. At big universities where hundreds of yaks fly through the airwaves an hour, yakkers vie for the highest number of yakarma points. Yakkers from around the world can “peek” into other yik yak communities to see what is trending in other places, but may only interact and post in their own respective Yik Yak communities. Yik Yak even sets up themed topic rooms where the best yaks from around the world under that topic are featured.

Yik Yak is fun because it is totally anonymous. Users can post anything from awkward moments to secret crushes to embarrassing confessions all without having to worry about their peer group judging them for it (or at least judging them personally for it). By that same token, the anonymity that app allows for sometimes shifts the conversation in a nastier direction. Users can write whatever they want, and comment whatever they want, just so long as no specific names are used (Yik Yak users are compelled to protect their own anonymity and the anonymity of others); however, leave it up to college students to figure out a way to be as unambiguous as possible while still maintaining anonymity. Some feel that the Yik Yak developers have not integrated filters that are calibrated well enough to truly screen out all of the rule-breaching content that gets posted to the public feed. 

Director of Student Activities Joshua Luce likes to stay up to date on ‘what the kids are up to’ on social media, and he made a Yik Yak months before the app became even as widely used as it is today on the SLC campus. He was concerned about the app’s anonymity, and detrimental effects that could have on the virtual SLC community.

 “Yik Yak can be a fun and entertaining forum, but anytime you open a venue for anonymous comments, there will always be a handful of people who take the conversation to a negative place.  We've seen this with SLC Anon in the past and I am sure we will see it on Yik Yak,” Luce said. “My hope is that students will encourage their peers to communicate on more transparent social media outlets and keep conversations as civil and respectful as possible.”

Where Yik Yak compensates for potential cyber bullying that may occur is in the upvote/downvote system. Any post or comment on the forum that receives a yak score of -5 is immediately removed from the forum. In this way, users can anonymously band together to remove content that is either inappropriate or offensive in some way. Of course, if content is really bad, users also have the option of reporting it. 

Most Sarah Lawrence students see Yik Yak in much the same way that Luce does. Anna Nemetz ’17 said, “I think [Yik Yak] is so silly. It can be super hostile at times but ultimately I see it as all in good fun, unless the people being hostile are actually serious. Which, in that case, it’s dumb.” Chris Kelly (’17) added, “I think [Yik Yak] is both really fun and a little frightening. It’s funny when people are just using it to joke around and find out about stuff on campus, but when people start sharing sexist and racist things then I think it starts to make people feel unsafe. A couple nights ago I saw a yak that read, ‘this app makes me feel really unsafe on campus,’ or something to that effect, and that sucks.” 

Shy Adelman (’18) acknowledged that the anonymity factor makes it harder to filter out negative content, “I think it can be nice because you can write funny things that you can’t put on Facebook and then later tell your friends you wrote it,” she said, “but it also makes me get this urge to talk shit and it’s unhealthy.”

Something that perhaps not all SLC users take into account is that it is not just members of the SLC community that are in on the conversation; due to the 10 mile radius of the app’s geotag, many inhabitants of Yonkers and Bronxville and lumped in with our campuses feed. Posts can sometimes strike a dissonant chord when communities collide.   Where Yik Yak becomes truly interesting is when different communities come together and find common ground anonymously, in digital space. 

Be warned, Yik Yak is not for the faint of heart. It is unrated, and posts regularly contain triggers. Download at your own risk.

by Wade Wallerstein ’17

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.

Artist Profile: Sarah Lawrence’s Number One Wizard

Sarah Lawrence tends to create ubiquitous characters that stand out in anyone’s experience at the school. Each year these characters change; they even change depending on who you talk to. Next semester, SLC will lose one of these characters at graduation; there are few as well-known or beloved as Thornton Wheatcroft Blease (‘15), referred to by those who know him as Thor. One of the biggest advocates for SLC, Blease has an unadulterated love for the community that has become his family.

Blease posing with his camera as he shoots one of his films.

Blease posing with his camera as he shoots one of his films.

I came to know Blease, as most come to know him, when he attempted to kill me outside of the Pub. Blease has a tendency—which some find endearing and others find insufferable—to “cast spells” on them. An avid “Harry Potter” fan, Blease’s biggest joke is coming up behind people and surprising them with the killing curse, “Avada Kedavra”, or, if you are lucky, the non-fatal “expelliarmus”. One day, as I sat quietly eating my chicken tenders, Blease grabbed my shoulders and shrieked his classic curse at me. While many find this sense of humor loathsome, in fact it is one of the biggest reasons why Blease can be misunderstood by his classmates, I thought it was absolutely hilarious (despite nearly choking on a piece of fried chicken).

“A friend gave me ‘Harry Potter’ when I was 5, to read when I grew up more, but I didn't wait,” Blease explained of his discovery of the series. That spark grew stronger over time, as Blease started going to every midnight book release and movie opening that he could and took a special Harry Potter class offered at Montclair State University in his home state of New Jersey. Unable to choose just one, his favorite installments of the series are “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” “Two words describe my love for ‘Goblet of Fire,’” Blease started: “Hungarian Horntail.”

There are more than just stories of magic and adventure in the “Harry Potter” series—there are also valuable lessons about character and morality. Luna Lovegood, the quirky, moon-eyed mystery of the second half of the series, was an inspiration to Blease: “My favorite character is Luna Lovegood,” Blease said, “because she doesn't let anyone influence her. She lives her life to meet her goals. I found myself identifying with Luna in my own life.”
His passion for the series led him to attend a fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall, where J.K. Rowling did a reading alongside John Irving and Stephen King. Surprisingly, “John Irving, by far, did the best reading of his material,” Blease said. “His voices inspired me to do voices at readings and Open Mics when I read my own work.” After the reading, Blease sent his stories to Rowling, which was pretty brave considering he was only 11 years old at the time. “She actually sent me a letter encouraging me to keep on writing,” Blease continued. Sadly, Blease has since lost that prized piece of correspondence.

Blease grew up in Stewartsville, N.J.—a small town in a rural area of the state close to the Pennsylvania border near Bethlehem where his father owns a small veterinary practice. It followed that Blease began to develop a relationship with animals. When his nose wasn't deeply buried in a “Harry Potter” book, Blease was at the stable. He was only two years old when he started riding horses, and entered his first show when he was two and a half. One of the first things that Blease talks about when he meets new people is his horse, Sequel, which he stables at Elk Brook Farm near his family’s home. Though living on campus, Blease still gets to spend quality time with Sequel because his internship with Lou Reda Productions brings him home on weekends and gives him enough free time to ride.

Thor stands next to his beloved horse, Sequel. 

Thor stands next to his beloved horse, Sequel. 

Here at SLC, Blease is like most SLC students in that his studies have encompassed a cornucopia of topics: creative writing, screenwriting, filmmaking, ancient medieval history, biology, chemistry, psychology, and literature. He loves to write, which is fitting since Blease was named after Thornton Wilder. But, it is Blease’s drawings, not his writing, that he is known for around campus. Keeping it simple with vellum paper and markers, Blease’s ironic comics of dragons and conference week monsters decorate the doors of buildings across campus, providing encouragement to students struggling to get their work done. “I place my drawings wherever I can,” Blease said. “I hope that people like them, but when they got removed from McCracken, I wondered if that was true.” As it turned out, this removal was not malicious: maintenance removed them to clean.

One of Blease’s other biggest passions is filmmaking. He uses a Panasonic AVCCAM AG-150 to make his movies, many of which feature Sequel. He once showed me a hilarious Star Wars parody featuring himself and Sequel, with funny speech bubbles and over-the-top special effects layered to create a comic book effect similar to his drawing style. This makes sense, because Blease told me that most of his cartoons come from characters that he has dreamed up for children’s stories that he is working on. After graduation next semester, Blease wants to pursue an MFA in children’s writing and screenwriting. “I think that to stay fresh in publishing, you have to be as imaginative in promoting the book as the stories that you write are,” Blease mused about the potential children’s books, graphic novels, and fairytale storybooks that he wants to create.

But, Blease is admittedly a bit more nervous about graduating than he is excited—he really loves SLC, and will be sad to leave the community that has embraced his kooky sense of humor. Blease reminisced: “When I visited, I just knew that Sarah Lawrence was honestly my only real college choice. Once on campus, I felt vibrant and alive. I felt that Sarah Lawrence was a place where I could be myself, and thrive. I was 100% correct.”

With just two more conference weeks to go before he is out of here for good, Blease imparted some final advice on the hellish ordeal that all SLC students are subjected to: “to be honest conference does not frighten me. If you start your conference work from the beginning of semester, and work at  it in small bits and bites, conference work is not impossible. If you pick a subject you love, such as ‘Horses in Ancient Albion,’ you can lose yourself in the pleasantries of research and creativity. So the best advice I have is: Don’t procrastinate now, you can procrastinate later. In other words, the only good procrastination is procrastinating procrastination.”

by Wade Wallerstein ‘17


all images courtesy Thornton Blease

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.

SLC builds community through funny social media pages

Post by hannah gottlieb-graham '17 on the pub rediscovered Facebook page.

Post by hannah gottlieb-graham '17 on the pub rediscovered Facebook page.

The Sarah Lawrence community has not always been known for its sparkling sense of humor. Nevertheless, there is a pretty funny bunch of kids who call this campus home. Over the years a number of absolutely hilarious web pages have cropped up, pioneered by students both in the spotlight and anonymously.

The most most popular page to develop recently has been The Pub Rediscovered. Created in light of recent architectural and procedural changes at the short-order dining hall in the Siegel Center, this public page started out as a place where students could go to share their favorite new menu items, tips and tricks to get the best bang for your buck, and warnings against absolutely inedible options. But, quickly turned into a raucous forum talked about all around campus.

Though Stephanie Permut (‘15) created the page, Chase Hawley (‘15) quickly rose as the page’s shining star. Permut pinned a post at the top of the page that describes this sentiment: “To clarify: I made this page but Chase is decidedly the better administrator.”

@xoxobates never fails to keep us posted on all the dining hall happs

@xoxobates never fails to keep us posted on all the dining hall happs

Some other posts of note on this page include photos of a razor (“pub artifact”) found above an exit sign in the Pub, recipes for the best make-your-own sandwiches, lamentations about the lack of easily accessible mayonnaise, honey mustard, and ranch dressing, and lively debates about the best breakfast items. Not only is The Pub Rediscovered a hoot-and-a-half, but it’s also oddly useful.

Another account created to honor the culinary institutions of SLC is Twitter account @xoxobates. This user elatedly describes the best options at Bates, urging people to “TRY THE APPLE CRISP” or letting them know, “Soup smells good and potatoey but is pretty eh. Potatoes were big in the kitchen this week.” This anonymous user claims in their bio that “this is not a joke,” and the seriousness of their tweets holds true to this statement. @xoxobates tweets honestly and passionately about anything and everything Bates dining hall—and often has some pretty valid commentary.

One of the more well-known pages that has lasted throughout the years is overheardatslc.tumblr.com. This Tumblr account, which like @xoxobates is operated anonymously, follows in a trend of “OverheardAt” pages that take submissions from any eavesdroppers of funny things heard in passing. This page’s description reads “eavesdropping at SLC has never been so fun,” and then proves it with some of the most laugh-out-loud quotes ever. A few recent favorites include, “see, for a long time I thought porn was satire,” “my record of pizza bagels eaten in one sitting is 17,” and “I don’t know how you confused ‘fellatio’ with ‘cannibalism.’”

One of this week's posts on overheardatslc.tumblr.com

One of this week's posts on overheardatslc.tumblr.com

Despite all of the ha ha’s that this page delivers, some serious stuff sometimes comes up. Not only does this page post submissions from users, but also answers questions and posts wider community questions submitted by users. For example, just last week OverheardAtSLC did a whole thread devoted to transfer students and the transfer student process. These posts were not just informational, but also described the community and how welcoming SLC students are of transfers. Overall, the effect was pretty darn heartwarming. You can submit to OverheardAtSLC by submitting on their tumblr page, or by using the hashtag #OverheardAtSLC on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

sad, poetic posts like this one are typical of tumblr account, slcmissedconnections.tumblr.com

sad, poetic posts like this one are typical of tumblr account, slcmissedconnections.tumblr.com

It demonstrates that Sarah Lawrence students, who at times can be pretty awkward, can make connections online. Another tumblr page that capitalizes on this uncomfortable truth is SLCMissedConnections.tumblr.com: “Because we’re too awkward to talk to each other IRL.” This page allows visitors to anonymously submit their SLC crushes on campus. For example, the most recent post reads, “Anonymous asked: The kid who I opened the door for twice in one day in MacCracken. Once one way; later, the other. I commented on your painted nails.” Though it does not overtly express this, the point of Anonymous is that they have a crush on the person for whom he/she opened the door.

a Post from november 2011 on the raunchy  titsworthslc.tumblr.com

a Post from november 2011 on the raunchy  titsworthslc.tumblr.com

Like OverheardAtSLC, anonymous submissions of crushes are not the only option for page visitors. It is also possible to anonymously respond to other posts and give more detailed information about the person in question. For example, another recent post described a particular individual, and a response to that post named him. Maybe the original anonymous poster will now have the guts to talk to him!

Some other funky sites have come and gone through SLC’s cyberspace. TitsworthSLC.tumblr.com was a place where students could anonymously submit pictures of their breasts/nipples. Most pictures on this site are from 2011, however there are a few more recent ones (the last post was from February). Submitters generally submit these nude pictures with portions of their SLC ID cards showing, to protect their identity, but also prove that they are indeed SLC students and not random people from the Internet.

THe newest unofficial slc page: @slc_party, has been the talk of the student body

THe newest unofficial slc page: @slc_party, has been the talk of the student body

In the past few weeks, a new page has popped up on the social media platform Instagram called @SLC_Party. This, also anonymous, user posts cryptic pictures with messages to the location of various parties around campus. This account is private, so to follow this user one must be approved by the administrator (whoever that may be). For a while this account was unused, but, just last weekend they posted the location of a party in Rothschild that was actually pretty poppin'. Too bad Public Safety got the tip too and the festivities were broken up before 1 a.m.

Each year, around conference week, a forum called SLCAnon pops up in some random, free message board online, usually engineered by sneaky upperclassmen. While the other SLC pages are generally fun, inclusive and empowering, this page is gossipy, divisive and mean. Students post rude messages about people, share dirty secrets, and just generally pass judgment on others, anonymously. In past years, the Administration has actually found and shut down SLCAnon forums, but not before they’ve done some damage first.

In an age when cyberbullying runs rampant through virtual communities, it is pretty cool to see people actually coming together in a really positive way online—with SLCAnon as the rare outlier. For all of those naysayers who say that SLC lacks a strong sense of community, hit the web and get involved!

by Wade Wallerstein '17


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.

Ask an RA: Ray Schechter answers your burning questions about living at SLC

Ray Schechter '15 is not only a superstar RA, but also one of the most hilarious people you'll ever meet. Here, she answers the questions incoming first-years are dying to ask.

Ray Schechter '15 is not only a superstar RA, but also one of the most hilarious people you'll ever meet. Here, she answers the questions incoming first-years are dying to ask.

Despite all of our guides about first-year life that we have published, there are a lot of questions that I’m sure we were unable to answer. The list goes on and on of worries for that first day of college. So, in order to answer some of your burning questions, The Phoenix has recruited the help of veteran RA and senior Ray Schecter to get you in the know for the vague scenarios and issues that you might have.

Nervous First-year: How can I make move-in day run as smoothly as possible?

Ray Schecter: Move-in day is the most exciting event all year for the residence life staff. They look forward to it all summer so everyone you interact with will most likely be shitting sunshine anyway. To make the day go even smoother, you should take a deep breath, kiss your parents goodbye, and internalize the fact that this is the first day of the rest of your life.

NF: What do I do if I catch my roommate masturbating? Alternatively, what do I do if I have to masturbate?

RS: Masturbate! You’re in fucking college you can do whatever the hell you want.

NF: How infrequently can I shower and still be socially presentable at SLC?

RS: I had a friend tell me once, “it’s been six whole days since I’ve showered.” This was NOT during conference week, it was just a regular day during the semester. I remember looking at him and thinking, “damn, your individuality is sexy as hell.” Maybe this means six days is the limit, I’m not sure. Interpret this story as you will.

NF: What do I do if I hate my roommates?

RS: Here is a short list of procedural steps for the situation that is NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK:

a.) Voice your opinion. If you don’t say anything about a problem you’re having with your roommate, how will you solve anything?

b) After talking about your points of conflict decide on specific things you can both do to prevent these problems.

c.) If your roommate is not receptive to your angelic voice or your rooming problems, TALK TO YOUR R.A. They have many hours of training in this exact situation. Use this resource as your guiding light.
    d.) If your R.A. isn’t receptive for some weird reason, the next step is to talk to the director of residence life.

e.) You’ll be fine (by the way). Worst comes to worst, if you have a roommate you don’t get along with, residence life will help you find a new one. Remember everything is temporary. You’ll be FINE.

NF: Ugh I got a triple room -- is it possible for me to coexist with two other people?

RS: Um triple? Can you say THREESOME? No, no just kidding I wouldn’t endorse having a threesome—this causes undesirable tension in the living space (learned that one from experience). If you get a triple, or even a double for this matter, make sure to voice your opinion on things that are important to you in your living space. This is the only way your roommates will be on the same page as you to set the vibe of your room.

NF: I’m a neat-freak but my roommate is a pig. What do I do?

RS: This question I seem to have answered already. If you have a strong opinion about the standards of your living space, voice it in the beginning of the year. If it is a shared space among many young peeps, it’s tricky but you got it. Make your opinions strong and clear. Remember compromise is your friend. Listen to your roommates just like they will listen to you. DO NOT WORRY!

NF: Where’s the best place on campus to get a cup of coffee?

RS: Your own kitchen.

NF: Will upperclassmen make fun of me if I ask them for directions?

RS: Upperclassmen won’t make fun of you in general. They are looking for friends just as much as you are. When I stepped onto SLC campus as a first-year I asked two juniors how to get to Hill House. They walked me across campus to my apartment and I continue to be friends with them to this day. Give the kindness you think you ought to receive. That is just general advice. You’re welcome.

NF: How do I get the key to my room on the first day of school?

RS: You will receive your key when you check-in at the library on the first day! Don’t lose it. It [costs] money for a replacement.

NF: How do I make friends?

RS: Just be yourself! If you came to Sarah Lawrence to study and learn, you will make friends here. There are also a lot of crazy clubs and sports here to spark interest in things you might have in common with other people. If you feel like you’re not making friends and you’re anxious about it, you should check out Health Services. They have a lot of ears there and a lot of time to listen.

NF:  How do I make friends if I’m super super super shy/weird/awkward?

RS: Coming from the shyest person on campus, I can say I’ve experienced this at SLC. I know a crazy senior who is a redhead. She can help you. Find her and say “I Want friends.” She will point you in the right direction.

NF: SLC is supposed to be super-hip and trendy. What should I wear? Will people judge me if I don’t look cool enough?

RS: Secret to being cool: you are cool. Wear whatever you want! Be who you are! People will follow.

NF: Everyone at SLC is so artsy. What if I don’t write/sing/act/dance/paint?

RS: Do something you enjoy. This makes you artsy.

NF: Real talk, which dining hall is the best and what should I eat there?

RS: There’s only one dining hall that is truly a dining hall, making it the best and worst dining hall on campus. Bates. My suggestion is to get creative. But it is good in the beginning of the year, so you’re fine.


Ray Schechter '15 interviewed by Wade Wallerstein '17
rschechter@gm.slc.edu & wwallerstein@gm.slc.edu

Registering for classes is a snap with this how-to guide

Heard about interviewing but not really sure how? Here's a how-to guide to interviewing, registering, and re-interviewing for your Fall 2014 classes.

Heard about interviewing but not really sure how? Here's a how-to guide to interviewing, registering, and re-interviewing for your Fall 2014 classes.

If you have accepted your invitation to attend Sarah Lawrence College, chances are you already have an idea of what things are like around here. We do not do anything traditionally here, and our class registration process is no different. As a first-year (or first-semester transfer student), trying to navigate the confusing academic waters of the interviewing system can be challenging. This guide is meant to help you know exactly what to do and how to do it on your quest to get the perfect class schedule this semester.

In order to sign up for a class, Sarah Lawrence requires that you “interview” for it. Don’t be nervous, it is not you who will be interviewed—instead, you get to interview your professor! This is your chance to ask any and all questions that you might have for the semester to clear up any doubts you might have about the class’s workload and course material. Why get stuck in a class that you hate for a whole semester or even a year? The interview process aims to get you into classes that are right for you and, generally, serves this function. While one-on-one interviews with professors might sound a little bit intimidating, most professors are really easy to talk to and will give you all of the information that you need to make an informed decision come registration day.    

In order to sign up for an interview, you must schedule a time slot with the professor of the class that you want to learn more about. Most professors provide a sign-up sheet on the door of their office where you can write your name down for a specific time slot. Other professors, especially professors who are teaching high-volume lecture classes, will hold group interview sessions where anyone can come, listen to a short talk about the class, and ask any questions that they may have. Signing up for interviews is the hardest part of the interview process since it requires that you roam around the school looking for professor offices, which are sometimes quite hard to find.

So, how exactly do you find your professor’s office? Never fear—on move-in day you will be given a full course catalogue as well as a list of all of this year’s professors and their office door numbers. In order to make this process go smoothly, make a list of all of the classes that you are interested in signing up for. As first-years, you will only be able to choose two classes (since your first-year studies course occupies one, year-long course slot), so there’s no way that you will need to go on more than three to seven interviews. If you chose only semester long classes, you will interview a second time in the beginning of the spring semester. Since your first-year-studies course is year long, you will be in the same boat with the number of interviews you will have.             

Once you have your prospective course list written out, cross reference with the list of professors that you will be given and write down their office number next to the class name. Once that’s done, grab a friend, grab a map, and head out on a scavenger hunt for their offices. Reserve some time to do this—it may take you a few hours as offices are spread out far and wide across campus. Do not be afraid to ask faculty members or upper classmen for help if you cannot find something. Sarah Lawrence is a friendly place and people are usually quite helpful.

Make sure that you sign up for time slots that are not too close together, and that you do not double-book interview times. You will want enough time to get from one interview to another. Advice: do not forget about any of your interviews—it makes a bad impression on the professor who have a say in whether you get into the class or not.

So, now that you have your interviews all scheduled and ready, what actually happens during the interview? You will want to prepare a list of questions to ask your potential professors. You can compile a list of general questions that apply to all interviews, and some course-specific questions as well. Professors get grumpy and bored answering the same questions all day long, so try to make your questions as class specific as possible. Here is a list of some general questions that you can build off of:

    How much reading is assigned per week? Per night?

    Are there quizzes or exams in this course?

    Besides conference work, how much writing will there be per week/per night?

    What have students done for their conference work in the past? What will conference


work be like this year?

    What books will we read in the course? How many of those texts are required (aka

how many books will I have to buy)?

    How many students will be in the class?

    Will there be any collaborative work or group projects?

    What is your teaching style? How much hands-on work will we be doing?

    How much of the class is discussion based?

With a proper list of questions to ask your interviewed professor, you should be set to get all of the information that you need in order to make an informed decision about choosing classes.

Once your interviews are done, you have to do a little bit of logistical planning before you can actually fill out your registration paperwork. Check the class’s time slots. You must be available at those times to attend class, and no other class may overlap. Often times, you will be barred from taking a class simply because it overlaps with your year-long FYS. Checking class time slots will help you narrow down how many interviews you will have to conduct.

When you have everything sorted and your registration paperwork all filled out with your first, second, and third choices, it is time to register. Registration occurs in the Esther Raushenbush Library, and, basically, you just have to wait in line until it is your turn to register (do not worry, registration is usually pretty quick). After that, it is just a waiting game to see if you have been accepted into the classes that you want. Usually decisions are posted the next day on MySLC. By logging in online using your student ID number and password and clicking the “My Courses” tab, you can see which classes you were accepted into.

Due to small class sizes and high demand for some courses, you might get bumped from a class. While this is definitely a major bummer, it is not the end of the world. You will be able to tell if you got bumped if only one or two courses appear on the “My Courses” page. The last weekend of orientation week is round two interviews. If you are bumped from one or more classes, this is your time to sign up for more interviews based on the list of remaining open classes. Usually, the selection is much much smaller on second-round interviews, but you can generally find something that will interest you. After repeating the interview process, you will be asked to list three options for each open slot in your schedule. While you are asked to list in order of preference, you are not guaranteed your first or second choice.

And there you have it! All of the tools that you will need for a successful interview week. Remember that faculty and upperclassmen are super helpful, so do not be afraid to ask for assistance if you need it. Our system can be quite confusing at times, but is easy to latch on to once you get the hang of it. Good luck interviewing this semester, and welcome to Sarah Lawrence.

by Wade Wallerstein '17
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Welcome to your new home! Take a tour of SLC's residence halls

photo courtesy Ellie Brumbaum '17

photo courtesy Ellie Brumbaum '17

One of the most annoying things that Sarah Lawrence fails to inform incoming students about is dormitory situations. They tell you what room you will be living in and how many roommates you will have, but there is no real way to see the space that you will be living in. Never fear! The Phoenix is here with a photo tour of Sarah Lawrence residences! We've included photos of as many of the dorms that incoming students will occupy as possible—many of which have students in them to help you visualize yourselves in your new homes. Welcome to SLC, folks!

Hill House

Hill House dorms are apartment style. All have kitchens, bathrooms, and multiple bedrooms. While some have common rooms, some do not. 

New Dorms (Rothschild, Garrison, & Tweed)

New dorms are closer to the traditional dormitory style of most college campuses. These buildings are modern with rooms lining both sides of long hallways. These rooms are non-adjoining and have their own closets. While Rothschild has apartments similar to those of Hill House with their own bathrooms, Garrison and Taylor have communal bathrooms at the end of each hallway.

Old Dorms (MacCracken, Titsworth, Dudley Lawrence, & Gilbert)

It's hard to capture the charm of these residence halls. They are old, but full of stories. Each room is a slightly different shape. The pictures above come from Titsworth, the all female building, but Dudley Lawrence, MacCracken, and Gilbert (substance free housing) are similar. Unlike the new dorms, theThere are no hall bathrooms in these buildings: instead, rooms are paired together with bathrooms that connect them. This means that you only share a bathroom with your roommates and the residents of the room next to yours. 


Ellie Brumbaum

Ellie Brumbaum

The residence hall in Westlands has some of the most unique rooms on campus. They feature all wood floors and funky architecture that makes for cozy corners and excellent study spaces. This hall is substance free, quiet housing and has communal hall bathrooms.


Lynd is, in my opinion, the most beautiful dorm on campus. Many of the rooms used to shelve books for the mansion that Lynd was converted from. This dorm is famously known as the "Yoko Ono Dorm" because she lived here during her time at SLC. It has beautiful mahogany wood paneling and flooring, and is right across from Sarah Lawrence's green house.

by Wade Wallerstein
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