January 31, 2008

This Weekend On Campus

Here's a look at events worth chcking tomorrow night.

Modfest - VRDT performances
6pm and 8pm, Theater at Kenyon

Lunar New Year Festival
7pm, UpC

Improv Show
9pm, Taylor Hall

Film Leauge showing of "American Gangster"
7pm, Blodgett Auditorium

CLICK HERE for Vassar's official calendar of events. If you'd like publicity for an event, email us at madsvassar@gmail.com

JJ "Speaks"

On The Cover

Finally a new Misc!

On the cover: "College bookstore to move off campus." Nice photoshopping!

January 30, 2008

Shiva Rave Details

According to VT's minutes from a meeting last week. Saturday night's rave will have a Valentines Day theme.

Also, the DJs have been announced: Sam Burnstein, Connor Marx, Matt Wise, and Roo.

VT is also having ANOTHER rave on February 23rd. The theme for this will be "Draft Punk" and there will be two kegs. "The beer will lure them in, and then we'll trap them on the dance floor with our delicious funky beatz," records VT's Chairon in the minutes.

By Word Of Mouth

Inside sources tell us that Mathew Leonard, Cushing's Freshmen Rep, will be impersonating Matthew Vassar for the upcoming Mazel Tov Matthew event in late February.

2010 Announces Gift

The Class of 2010 gift was announced this evening...

V-Card swipers for the vending machines around campus.



"If she tries to pick a fight with me I'll stick a hot poker up her ass."
Haveagood this morning, referring to a woman she worked with at the DC over the summer.

New Poll

Super Tuesday, when 24 states will be holding primaries, is now less than a week away. We're interested to see who Vassar students support, so please vote in our newest poll.

We think it's pretty safe to narrow it down to those five candidates. Edwards and Giuliani are both expected to drop out today.

January 29, 2008

Hot Item

A new book, "Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus" by Sociologist Kathleen A. Bogle, explores college relationships in the context of a new "hookup culture".

In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, the author provides details from her book.

"On campus hooking up has replaced dating as the primary means for students to meet and form sexual and romantic relatinoships...The 'date' still exists among college students, but it is couples who are already in an exclusive relationship who do it," Bogle says in the interview.

Bogle even touches on the "walk of shame." This "refers to a college student, usually female, walking home the next morning after a hookup encounter in the same outfit he/she was wearing the evening prior," says the author.

Thanks to Wesleying.

Get Focused

On Thursday, Vassar and 1,600 other institutions, will participate in the nationwide event, "Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions For America ."

Three lectures will be held in Rocky 200 throughout the day:

Panel Discussion on climate change solutions for local communities.

Information session on climate change research, misconceptions and challenges.

2:30 - 3:30
Panel discussion regarding science and technology's abilities and limits in addressing global climate change.

Then, at 6:30 in the Villard Room come to "A Road Map or Hudson Valley Climate Action."

Get involved and informed!

CLICK HERE for more information on the national event.

New Letter From UK President


We got our hands on another letter from University of Kentucky President Lee Todd.

From: President Lee T. Todd, Jr. [BE-President@email.uky.edu]
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 5:27 PM
To: **********
Subject: Dr. Judy "J.J." Jackson named VP for Institutional Diversity

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Judy "J.J." Jackson has agreed to serve as the university's first vice president for institutional diversity.

I am thrilled that Dr. Jackson has accepted our invitation to join us here at the University of Kentucky. In addition to her academic interest in diversity and her administrative experience, she has successfully developed and implemented diversity programs throughout her career - at Vassar College, New York University, MIT, Cornell University, Babson College, and Bucknell University.

Dr. Jackson will officially assume her UK administrative duties on July 1, 2008.

Since 2004, Dr. Jackson has been dean of the college at Vassar College, a highly selective, residential, co-educational liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A range of departments at Vassar reports to her, including multicultural services, disability services, equal opportunity and affirmative action, and many other units that focus on student services. Dr. Jackson received her doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy, with a concentration in higher education from Harvard University; her master's in interdepartmental study involving Francophone literature, geography, and foreign policy from Bucknell University; and her bachelor's in French language and literature from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Kentucky Praises JJ

Kentucky.com put out another article today on JJ's move to UK. Here's what certain Kentuckians had to say about our dean:

J. John Harris III, a co-chair of the search committee, said Jackson has an "exuberance of energy" and exemplifies how academic excellence and diversity go hand-in-hand.

Jackson has "high character, uncompromised values and an unfailing commitment to the issues of diversity," said Harris, a professor of leadership studies and scholar in the African American Studies and Research Program.

Lynda Brown Wright, chairwoman of educational and counseling psychology, described Jackson as having "a presence about her ... a certain genuineness about her, a down-to-earthness" that makes her appealing to a wide range of people.

Brown Wright said Jackson will "galvanize the leadership -- vice presidents, deans -- to promote the issues of inclusiveness and diversity."

Several at UK have said they see Jackson as a future president of some institution.

January 28, 2008

Kentucky Speaks

Kentucky.com just announced "breaking news" of JJ's move to UK.

The article quotes UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. as saying "he was thrilled that Jackson will be coming to UK." The article also states, according to a public relations rep for UK, JJ will "receive an annual salary of $210,000."

"In her new post, Jackson will be UK's senior administrator responsible for promoting efforts among faculty, staff and students to improve diversity."

The University of Kentucky also made the announcement just moments ago. JJ is quoted as saying, "I look forward to joining the UK family and the concerted effort toward the university's greater success."

JJ's Opponent

The other candidate for the position of Vice President of Institutional Diversity at the University of Kentucky was a man by the name of Overtoun Jenda.

Jenda is Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Auburn University in Alabama.

JJ and Jenda faced off battle royale style - on two separate occasions. JJ held an open forum for UK students and faculty on January 9th. Jenda addressed students and faculty on January 17th.

Do you think she sang?

*Breaking News* JJ Stepping Down * Exclusive Letter From UK President

"JJ" Jackson has just announced that she will be going to the University of Kentucky.

Back in December, an insider forwarded us the following email from Lee Todd, President of the University of Kentucky. We were told to keep it quiet, but now here it is:

From: President Lee T. Todd, Jr. [BE-President@email.uky.edu]
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 9:38 AM
To: *********
Subject: Vice President for Institutional Diversity Candidates

I am pleased to announce that two outstanding finalists for the position of Vice President for Institutional Diversity will be visiting the campus in January.

An open forum has been scheduled for you to meet Dr. Judy "JJ" Jackson, Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Education at Vassar College, on Wednesday, January 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 209 Main Building.

Dr. Jackson received her B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, her M.A. in an Interdepartmental Study involving Francophone Literature, Geography, and Foreign Policy from Bucknell University, and her Ed.D. from Harvard University. Her doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of engineering faculty productivity to provide empirical grounding for improving faculty development and assessment programs. Her papers and publications are on the topic of faculty diversity. From 1989-2000 Dr. Jackson held various positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ranging from Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, Director of Minority Education, to Special Advisor to the Provost on Faculty Diversity. She has also worked at Cornell University College of Engineering in student support capacities. In her current position as Dean of the College at Vassar, Dr. Jackson is responsible for a broad array of offices that assist students with both their academic and non-academic lives.

VW Drops Debut Tomorrow

Vampire Weekend's highly anticipated debut album comes out tomorrow. The self-titled album is being released on XL Recordings.

Track List:
1. Mansard Roof
2. Oxford Comma
3. A-Punk
4. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
5. M79
6. Campus
7. Bryn
8. One (Blake's Got A New Face)
9. I Stand Corrected
10. Walcott
11. The Kids Don't Stand a Chance

CLICK HERE and HERE for short clips from the group's performance at Vassar earlier this year.

Separated At Birth

Left: Portrait of Philip Melanchthon by Albrecht Durer, 1526

Right: Owen Wilson, 2007

January 27, 2008

University Quiz

We just took the "University Quiz" and apparently we should be at the University of Florida. Hmmm.

You're the University of Florida!

For you, life is just a day at the beach, even though you're nowhere near the coast. You like sunshine, Disney characters, and orange juice. Though you're relatively young, people always make jokes about you being old and retired. And while you're expected to know better, you still secretly can't tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. When teachers shorten your name, you think they're informing you that you flunked.

Take the University Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Girl Talk To Perform!

There have been rumors for weeks, but we finally have confirmation!

Girl Talk will be performing/DJing the upcoming ViCE Special Events party on February 15th. The contract has been signed and hopefully all will go according to plan.

This is big! Thanks ViCE!

Vassar A "Tour" Stop For Springsteen


We spoke with Nate "The Natural" Silver '10 who gave a private tour to Bruce Springsteen and his son at noon on Friday.

So what was it like?
"They are a normal father and son," Nate tells us. "Bruce asked all the fatherly questions like, 'What's Poughkeepsie like?' 'What do most people do at night?' 'What's the biggest difference between high school and college?' "

The Boss was also impressed with the fitness center, according to Nate, and said it had a "great layout."

Students Vs. Faculty

Around 1:30am the female history professor who lives in the house by the path to the TH's was heard yelling, "You're all so immature!" Apparently a bottle was thrown into one of her windows. The professor used one of the BlueLight phones to call security, who showed up minutes later.

Venus Of Vassar

January 26, 2008


A police car was spotted at 8:50pm by the parking lot behind Jewett. A black S.U.V. was pulled over. Drama!

Vassar Moves Up On Forbes List

Forbes released its updated list of most expensive colleges on Wednesday. A year ago Forbes listed us as #5. Now we've moved to the #4 position.

The Five Most Expensive Colleges (not including room and board):
George Washington University, $39,240
Kenyon College, $38,140
Bucknell University, $38,134
Vassar College, $38,115
Sarah Lawrence College, $38,090

One Week From Tonight...

The return of the SHIVA RAVE!

One of our favorite events from last semester is back!
Hosted by VT

PoliSci For Romney

Multiple sources tell us the Political Science department collectively believes Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States.


January 25, 2008

NY Times Endorses Hillary

The New York Times put out an editorial today entitled "Primary Choices: Hillary Clinton," endorsing the candidate.

The Times's editorial board strongly recommends that [voters on February 5th] select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2008 presidential election.

Mr. Obama has built an exciting campaign around the notion of change, but holds no monopoly on ideas that would repair the governing of America. Mrs. Clinton sometimes overstates the importance of résumé. Hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America’s big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience.

CLICK HERE to read the editorial.

Collegeview Gets Stumped

Back in October we wrote about the plans announced in the Misc for "definite landscape changes," which involve removing all of the trees along the Collegeview Ave. fence.

Well, plans are well underway, seeing as every tree has now been reduced to a stump.

Back in October, a rep for Buildings & Grounds said the removal of the fence and trees is in an effort to "provide a pleasant transition from Vassar into the business district."

We thought Vassar was supposed to be known for its trees, not stumps.

UPDATE: A more recent article in the Misc reads:

In order to prepare for the reconstruction, many of the trees on the north edge of campus along Collegeview Avenue will be cleared, and Central Hudson will begin relocating power cords and utility poles.

Thank You!

Mads reached 60,000 hits today!

Thanks for reading!

That's Not Him!

^ Not Bruce Springsteen on the 2:30 tour this afternoon.

Celeb Sighting

We received multiple tips that Bruce Springsteen was spotted on a tour with his son this morning.

He was supposedly spotted on a tour and in the Retreat. Admissions could not confirm to Mads that he was there, and told us they have to keep the lists of prospective students "confidential."

We can also confirm that the Boss was not on the last tour of the day, which ended at 3:30. When asked, one Retreat staff member said he had not seen him.

Want More Aussie Party Kid?

From a felon, to a YouTube phenomenon, to a pedophile, to a professional.

Remember the Aussie Party Kid video? BBC News did a follow-up today titled "Australian Party Teen Turns Pro."

CLICK HERE if you're interested.

Overheard At Vassar...

"I got kicked out of Hebrew School. But now I'm a Jewish Studies major, so joke's on them."

By Word Of Mouth

NoViCE Mug night was pretty baller. The music was a nice change to that of typical weekend Mug nights. It got a little repetitive by 1am, but all in all a job well done.

Some drama went down involving broken glass. Betty was running around with a flashlight by the bathrooms, but she refused to comment.

January 24, 2008

ViCE Returns

NoViCE Show
Tonight, Mug, 9-12
Featuring San Serac, DJ Krames, and Olmec

Film League screening of "The Ten"
Friday and Saturday, 7pm Blodgett Auditorium

January 23, 2008

Celeb Sighting

Vassar alumna and icon Priscilla Morgan was spotted at the Retreat today around 1pm.

She was recently praised in Vogue as a "grande dame of New York's cultural circles."

We wrote about her last week.

UPDATE: After lunch, Morgan spent some time at Special Collections in the library, according to inside sources.

Sent In To Mads

Below is an email sent in to us by two Mads readers:

Dear Mads,

according to this blog I read today, the 18-29 year old segment of the population represents a measely 13 percent of the voters in the democratic primary so far. I think it would be stupid of us to overlook our collective influence on the process here at Vassar. We can't let the older generation make decisions for us. As someone who runs a blog that reaches a lot of people here, I encourage you to think about using your blog not just to reflect the trends on campus but also to occasionally ask something more of your readers.


We just sent in our absentee ballot, and we encourage you to do the same. First, you need to apply for one by contacting your local board of elections. Do it soon - your state's primary may be coming up.

Vice Magazine Down With Scantily Clad

A photo from Scantily Clad made its way to Vice Magazine! It appears under the "DOs and DON'Ts" category...as a DO. The caption under the photo reads:

Here's to the few partyers out there willing ot raise the bar from getting razed at the bar to renting some kind of giant war machine and having nude fights until someone gets seriously injured.

CLICK HERE to see it!

Fill In The Blank

My first day of classes can best be described as _____________.


Who Rocked The Packing Peanuts Better?

Packing peanuts - the new Facebook Profile Pic necessity.

By Word of Mouth

According to insiders, the theme for the upcoming ViCE Special Events party will be Paparazzi/Fallen Celebrity. The event will be on February 15th to coincide with the Class of 2008's 100 Nights.

There's an even bigger announcement to be made about the event, but that info is still hush-hush.

January 22, 2008

Actor Dies Of Overdose

Actor Heath Ledger passed away this afternoon from a drug overdose.

At this time his death is being considered accidental. According to TMZ, Ledger was found dead in his apartment at 3:35pm. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

Ledger received an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his role in "Brokeback Mountain," starring opposite Ann Hathaway, a Vassar dropout. He was twenty-eight years old. He most recently played a Bob Dylan-esque character in "I'm Not There" and will be playing the Joker in the upcoming "Batman" film.

First Event Of The Semester

The first event of the semester is 3 Poets, 1 Mic.
Tonight at 7pm-9pm

CLICK HERE for descriptions of the poets and HERE for the Facebook event.

By Word of Mouth

According to insiders, the theme for the upcoming ViCE Special Events party will be Paparazzi/Fallen Celebrity. The event will be on February 15th to coincide with the Class of 2008's 100 Nights.

There's an even bigger announcement to be made about the event, but that info is still hush-hush.

Freshmen President Returns From Hibernation

Freshmen Class President Joseph Redwood-Martinez was spotted in Lathrop last night sporting a new thick beard. He must be attending Bearduary.

Serenading '07 Throwback

Check out our clip from Ben Lee's performance at Vassar earlier this year.

ViCE Was Right

The December issue of Rolling Stone mentioned both Vampire Weekend and Jaymay, two acts who performed at Vassar last semester.

Jaymay is listed as #5 on the Hot List for editors' favorites. Of her song "Sea Green, Sea Blue" the editors write, "This superwistful breakup song from the rising New York singer-songwriter is so cryptic and detail-packed that it could almost be a gender-flipped outtake from Blood on the Tracks."

Vampire Weekend is given the #67 Best Song of the Year for "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa." Of the group, the magazine writes, "New York prepsters take Eighties revivalism to a logical, if not previously forseen, conclusion, biting off a big chunk of Paul Simon's Graceland for an indie-Africa fusion.

CLICK HERE for Rolling Stone's full list of the Best Songs of the Year.

Now we're waiting for Tu-Phace to grace the covers of Nylon.

Naps Sells Out

What's with the new Naps boxes?

January 21, 2008


Mads has returned to campus. It's good to be back!

UPDATE: Lathrop 4th floor had a party. It was broken up by security at around 11:30pm. One attendee tells us a security guard told him to "run."

January 20, 2008

Vassar Library Exhibit In Vogue

You may recognize the above illustration from those brochures in the library. An article praising Vassar alumna Priscilla Morgan was featured in Vogue's December issue. The article described Morgan as a "grande dame of New York's cultural circles." The exhibit on her life, currently at Vassar's library, is mentioned.

Drawing on her newly bequeathed archives, it offers an intimate portrait of a life lived inside the creative process. "Priscilla has observed, influenced, and shaped a great swath of the cultural terrain," says Frances Daly Fergusson, Vassar's president emerita.

UPDATE: Vampire Weekend was also featured in the issue.

Going Back

So dorms are officially back open, and classes will begin in just a few short days. According to our poll, most of you have had enough of home and feel ready to go back. We couldn't agree more. While finals certainly left us fried, five weeks at home gets kind of boring. Sleeping through the afternoon, playing Nintendo 64 classics (in an ironic way), and going to high school parties gets tired.

In other words, we're very excited to return to school. There are so many things to look forward to! What will Hot Mess do next? Who will be spotted roaming the Quad at odd hours? Will Alex Elder come to visit? Plus, Main, Jewett, ViCE, VJU/Cushing/Davison, and VT are all throwing events in the near future.

Remember to keep sending in tips and videos to madsvassar@gmail.com.


It's roughly the fourth anniversary of...

He kind of fell of the map, didn't he?

What We're Listening To

This may be heresy, but...
"See You Again" is the new "Piece of Me."

January 18, 2008

Campus Dining Gets Updated

Mads spoke with a rep for Campus Dining who announced the new menu items to be offered at ACDC this semester.

The rep tells us "great new vegan entrees" will now be available. Whirled noodles will be offered Tuesday-Thursday. In addition, free range chicken will be offered at the Home Cooked station. Finally, smoothies have been added to the options at the dessert station.

Further efforts have been taken to make the dining experience more eco-friendly, we're told. All paper products, except for the 32oz. cup, are now compostable.

January 17, 2008

What We're Watching

1/19 UPDATE: He was arrested for child pornography earlier this week.

Next Year's Housing Crunch

Andrew Bennett, the Master Planning '09 Rep, has responded exclusively on MadsVass to housing concerns for next year.

All sophomores (current freshmen) except student leaders will be in doubles. Large singles of over 150 square feet will be turned into doubles to accommodate the freshmen and sophomores in doubles.

Juniors and seniors will be largely unaffected.

Seniors will have the opportunity to live in new 5-person THs as long as the units are completed on time. Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to apply for new coop housing at the THs.

No room will be turned into a triple...

Davison WILL be taken offline next year. The building will not be open due to extensive renovations to the infrastructure and interiors. Plans are in the process of being finalized and will hopefully be put on display in the near future.

No sophomores, juniors, or seniors will be in one-room triples. As I said before, no rooms will be converted into triples. Moreover, the new Davison will not have any triples.

The new THs are up against the clock to be built in time. Unlike with the quad steps, however, B&G is on top of the TH construction and we are using a trusted contractor. It might appear that nothing is happening for a while since we are using panel construction. Much of the construction will occur off-site.

Some seniors will indeed be living in the dorms and others will move off-campus, as with any other year. Since the largest singles will be converted into doubles, seniors will probably not have rooms as large as in previous years. Still, seniors in the dorms will get the first pick of rooms.

Feel free to email me (andbennett at vassar dot edu) with questions!

January 15, 2008

Main Building Praised

Main was mentioned in The New York Times' Education Supplement last week, as the noted beautiful and historic "epicenter" of Vassar.

The article reads:
Just about every historic campus has an Old Main, usually a musty warren of registrars' and deans' offices. Once they were the epicenter of campus live. Vassar's Main housed dorms, classrooms, the dining hall, the chapel, the art gallery and the infirmary. Its wide corridors could be used for exercise in wet weather. The college's president and 'lady principal' lived in the central pavilion, the better to keep an eye on students...
Main embodies the intention of Matthew Vassar to establish a college for women on a par with Yale and Harvard.

January 13, 2008

On Campus?

There is a severe weather alert for Poughkeepsie from 10pm tonight to 5pm tomorrow.

If you're on campus stay warm!

January 10, 2008

Vassar '12 Update

Update: The Vassar '12 Facebook group now has 133 members.
We wonder how next year's housing crunch affected admissions.

January 9, 2008

More Blogs To Check Out

We've been using GoogleReader lately, getting feeds from several blogs, including some from other colleges.

Here are our favorites:
Check out Wesleyan's and Middlebury's.

Do you know of any others?

January 8, 2008

HOT Item

Most Expensive Colleges

In case you're curious...

Vassar is considered the fifth most expensive school in the country, according to Forbes, most-expensive.net, and CNN.

January 7, 2008

Celeb Sighting

Jimmy Fallon was spotted by a group of Vassar students at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City on Monday night. He bounced before anyone could ask for an autograph or picture.

Poll Results

Scantily Clad: 23 votes (21%)
Moulin Rouge: 11 votes (10%)
Halloween Dance: 29 votes (27%)
Shiva Rave: 8 votes (7%)
Other: 34 votes (32%)

"Other" won, followed closely by the Halloween Dance. So what did we forget to include? Blackout?

January 4, 2008

Guess The Face

What Class of '71 student is this?

What's With All These Crazy Kids (And The Parents Who Tape Them)

Modfest Coming Soon

Vassar just put out a press release for the sixth annual "Modfest," beginning January 25th. The two-weekend event is a series of concerts and performances by student and professional music ensembles, poets, and artists. The release states, "Modfest will once again offer an exciting mix of music, dance, poetry, and art of the past hundred years to the community – including performances, workshops, art exhibits, lectures, and conversations with artists."

Grades Are Up

We hate to disrupt the holiday bliss, but...
First semester grades are up on AskBanner.

CLICK HERE to access them.

January 3, 2008

Don't Tase Me, Bro!

The Campus word has just announced "Don't Tase me, bro!" the quote of the year.

In case you haven't seen the video, back in September, University of Florida student Andrew Meyer was Tasered by police at a John Kerry speech.

CLICK HERE for the Campus Word article.
CLICK HERE to watch the video.

January 1, 2008


We just put up two short clips from Vampire Weekend's performance from earlier last semester.

Click HERE and HERE to check them out.

Happy New Year!