In this week’s lead story, former Eye Editor in Chief Rikki Novetsky writes that women “loving women, whether there was an explicitly sexual element to the relationship or not, was a regular and open part of Barnard College life” at the turn of the century. Utilizing the amazing Barnard Archives, Rikki traces the emergence of the “crush”—those flutters in your stomach, lump in your throat, starry-eyed feelings—and how it influenced the way that Barnard women navigated their social lives and interpersonal relationships. From concerned parents, to peer rivalries, and much more, there’s a rich history which Rikki explores and makes relevant as we consider what it means to be a “women’s college”—and what it means to be queer (although this is not the focus of her piece) at a “women’s college”—in the contemporary context. These are exactly the kinds of questions we should be asking on Barnard’s 125th anniversary. Enjoy the read!