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Activists promote divestment throughout U.’s history

Sep 16th, 2013

After a year of petitions, rallies and protests to divest Brown’s endowment from the nation’s 15 largest coal companies, President Christina Paxson acknowledged the movement last May but deferred any decision. On a campus known for its political activism, this most recent movement is only one in a past full of student-led campaigns calling for reconsideration of the University’s funding.

Financial aid office posts undocumented student policy

Apr 12th, 2013

Undocumented students have been able to receive financial aid from the University for at least’ seven years. But this fact was not readily available online until March 21, when the Office of Financial Aid updated the frequently asked questions section of its website to include information for undocumented applicants.

Capoeira club fuses martial arts, dance

Dec 13th, 2012

Usually, when two people face off in a circle surrounded by a group of chanting onlookers, something ugly and violent is about to happen. But three days a week, when the still-unofficial Capoeira Club comes together in the Walker Fit Center MPR, it’s t…

Newburgh offers a rich variety of public art for curious visitors with attentive eye

Dec 13th, 2012

There isn’t much to attract Vassar students in Newburgh—at least, not on the surface. But I spent this past Saturday there on a build for Habitat for Humanity. Driving around, I couldn’t help but be awestruck by the stunning architecture and pervasive …

Letters reveal Vonnegut’s inner musings

Dec 13th, 2012

I don’t think that Vonnegut was the kind of writer who constructed new worlds in order to escape his own—the imagined world that permeates his novels seems a brilliant kind of coming to terms with the pains of the reality he experienced. This was achie…

Campus Canvas | Layla Fassa ’15

Dec 13th, 2012

This picture was taken at Croton Point Park on the Hudson River. I used a Nikon F2 analog SLR

Dominik film complicates crime genre

Dec 13th, 2012

When Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) gives his manifesto on how he operates as a hitman halfway through Killing Them Softly, he explains that he likes to kill people from a distance, so emotions can’t get in the way. The rest of the film is spent illustrating…

Music class introduces new frontiers of sound

Dec 13th, 2012

Adjunct Instructor in Music Peter McCulloch wants to change your mind about electronic music—it’s not just dance music. “If you’re gonna use a painting analogy, dance music is to the Mona Lisa as wh…

VCTV unites novice and experienced filmmakers alike

Dec 13th, 2012

Vassar College Television (VCTV), which touts itself as Vassar’s first student-led video production group, started about a year ago. It began as a small group of Vassar students banding together over their shared passion for filmmaking. Now, the unoffi…

Axies president Trujillo draws on blues, soul in own work

Dec 13th, 2012

Shane Trujillo ’13 grew up listening to Motown and classic rock—he was singing Diana Ross and the Supremes before even knowing what singing was. Trujillo had to admit the irony: he is now was pre…

DeMaria leads scholarship in British Lit

Dec 13th, 2012

“This is my first and last job,” Professor of English Robert DeMaria observed. He has taught at Vassar for 38 years, ever since receiving his Ph.D degree at Rutgers University. A well-known expert…

VC not alone in debate over ethics of animal slaughter

Dec 12th, 2012

Over one month ago, the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve (VFEP) alerted all Vassar students to the college’s second culling of white-tailed deer on the VFEP’s land, scheduled to take place during winter break.

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