This past winter break, Facilities worked on renovating our studio and office space and putting in new flooring and made the majority of improvements to the office space. However, they couldn't complete the studio renovations because they discovered the presence of asbestos under the carpet, which is a common building material used throughout NYC. The College contracted with a third party to test the air quality in the studio, and they determined the air is safe and poses no threat. The third party's air monitoring statement is available upon request sent to the main wbar email. In order to remove the asbestos, the College would need to close off a portion of the area, including the hallway, which is not possible with the traffic in that intersection (which includes Primary Care). Therefore, the work will be done this summer and the flooring will be replaced for the Fall 2019 semester. After looking at the responses to a Google form we sent out and speaking with several past DJs in person throughout the month of January, we have determined that we will be continuing operations in the studio this semester instead of moving to the office space. We deeply care about the health and well-being of all of our DJs and want to reiterate that the College contracted with a third party to test the air quality in the studio, and they determined the air is safe and poses no threat. Asbestos is a common building material used in buildings built before the 1970s, and abatement work plus flooring replacement will be done this summer to have the studio ready for the Fall 2019 semester. We hope this will not hinder anyone from applying this semester, but we understand if they feel most comfortable making that decision and urge all potential applicants to do what they feel is best for them. We truly apologize for any inconvenience this will cause. If you have further concerns or questions at this point, please contact us directly at wbar@barnard.edu.