March 31, 2009
To take '80s night's place for the time being is Heatwave. The Facebook group (an updated version of the '80s night group) describes Heatwave as "funk disco new wave groove." It's unclear whether or not this will be some sort of combination of '70s and '80s music.
"'80s night is dead. Heatwave is the here and now," says one of the former '80s night DJs.
Check out the new Heatwave, tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 11pm in the Mug. Still featuring DJ Timespace and DJ Levar.
The Vassar connection: Actress Hope Davis is a Vassar alumna and appeared in Synecdoche, New York oppose Catherine Keener, who appears in Where The Wild Things Are. Or: Spike Jonze is dating Michelle Williams who appeared with Anne Hathaway in Brokeback Mountain.
Ok, not the most direct connection, but this just looked too good not to post. We can't wait for this to come out.
March 29, 2009
- Cappy at tonight's VSA Council meeting when asked about the alumnae/i efforts against the English department faculty reductions. She continued to say, "The English Department went immediately to the Facebook group about silencing writers. And that's too bad, because it hurts Vassar in the wider world. It's unfortunate, because if a perspective student sees that Web page, they may decide to go to Wesleyan or someplace else."
See the Misc's liveblogging of the meeting for the full quotation.
Despite some controversy back in December, the new 2013 Facebook group is up and running and growing by the minute.
March 28, 2009
From the email:
"Given the fact that compensation represents two-thirds of the overall expense budget, the main focus of our planning to reach a sustainable level of draw on our diminished endowment must be a reduction in the size of our workforce. The trustees have placed their confidence in the faculty and administrative leadership to develop responsible plans over the next months to reduce overall employment at the college by 10-15%, with reductions in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 budgets."
But the faculty aren't the only ones who are screwed. Cappy also (subtly) stated that tuition will increase by 4.5% to $51,470.
March 27, 2009
If you only make it out to one campus event this weekend, make sure it's the Marina and the Diamonds show! Tonight in the CC MPR at 8pm, hosted by ViCE After Hours.
Here's what some bloggers are saying about Marina:
"We're dealing with a seriously warped mind in the body of a fox." - guardian.co.uk
"One of my favorite artists to emerge this year." - BigStereo
"A singer with musical balls. A Wales lyricist with unapologetic song structure and unconventional vocal style." - That's So Fetch
"Absolutely mad. Refreshingly so!" - Perez Hilton
ViCE After Hours presents Marina and the Diamonds, CC MPR 8pm
Raymond and Strong present the Roaring Twenties, UpC 10pm
TONCA presents Middle School Mug Night, Mug
Matt Carey Comedy Night, UpC 8pm
March 26, 2009
The Chap ("modern pop weirdos from London")
Larytta ("tinker-toy electropop with infectious hooks and soulful vocals from Switzerland")
Tanlines ("upbeat electronic sunshine cutting through slightly salty ocean air")
Tonight at 9pm in the Mug!
March 25, 2009
College struggles to raise money during the recession.
Applications to Vassar rise while peers fall.
Student-founded music label brings artist to After Hours.
The book - which comes in at 304 pages - traces the history of the Misc back to 1866 when it served as a literary magazine. Brian connects the articles and its writers to different events in history. "The Miscellany has seen generations of Vassar College students who have witnessed the horrors of international war, felt the injustices of racial strife, and observed stirring protests unfold on their own campus," states a description of the book. "This narrative history of the Miscellany tells the story of the young men and women writing about their collegiate environment against the grand backdrop of American history."
The book also contains interviews with former editors, personal accounts from Brian, and a foreword written by Cappy.
The book is available on amazon.com.
Update: We just found out that all profits from the book are going to digitally archiving the Misc, as part of an effort by the Alumnae/i Association and the library.
Check it out here!
There will be free champagne and strawberries at 9pm in the CC MPR, followed by '90s night Mug night at 10:30 with DJ Fresh Squeeze and DJ Beatz.
Update: If you don't get your fill of nostalgic irony on Wednesday, you can also check out the Middle School Mug Night hosted by TONCA on Friday.
March 24, 2009
"I thought at least by now I'd be living on the Lower East Side or Williamsburg and, I don't know, have my photo all over PatrickMcMullan.com," Prossnitz told the Post. Instead she is living in Bed-Stuy with "no paying job in sight."
"The stark new reality, of course, is that life is not The Hills. Many Gen Yers now have to settle for a job at odds with their quest for meaning, affirmation, and fun," says the article.
Nice to know what awaits us after graduation!
"Skills Like This has been to over a dozen festivals over the past year, winning the 'Audience Award' at SXSW and 'Best of the Fest' at Edinburgh," one of the filmmakers tells Mads.
SKILLS LIKE THIS TRAILER--FINAL CUT IN HD!
Check out skillslikethis.com for info on ticket sales and showtimes.
March 23, 2009
Big shout out to the University of Tampa where we spent our break. Dooootzt! Now we're back with a tan and a haircut and way too much work to catch up on.
As always, thanks for reading!
Students must contribute an article of clothing for admittance to the event.
Stay tuned for more info on this!
"When: Saturday April 4th 11PM-4AM
Where: Mahoney's Pub on Main Street
- Buses will be leaving campus starting at 11PM and will be doing rounds all night until 4AM.
- Admission is FREE but drinks are on you!
- Special drink prizes ONLY for Vassar Students (we will be handing out bracelets).
- Delicious free appetizers.
Why: Because drunk crying with your friends off campus is SO much more embarrassing (and... fun?).
The event will be completely free for all seniors that RSVP before Friday March 28th at Midnight.
Email the 2009 President to RSVP. No underclassmen. If you plan on bringing someone from off campus (who is of age) include their name in your RSVP email."
March 18, 2009
Perez's party last year included Meiko and Eric Hutchinson, both of whom also performed at Vassar.
Edit: Rye Rye, who opened for M.I.A. at Vassar last year, was also added to the lineup!
March 17, 2009
Here is a message from AirCappella:
"Aircappella is performing on America's Got Talent today (Tues March 17th) at 1 pm in NYC. WE NEED VASSAR AUDIENCE SUPPORT.
Free tickets are available here: http://
The theatre address is on that page. It's on W 34th st."
The audition will be in front of a live audience and the show's judges, Sharon Osbourne, David Hasslehoff, and Piers Morgan.
Click here for more info.
March 16, 2009
Hamburg's mother was the first African American woman to attend Vassar.
Not the most direct connection, but still noteworthy. We'll take what we can get after what happened to Nancy Killefer '75.
Two student performers will be opening.
Friday, March 27th in the CC MPR at 8pm. Check it out!
March 6, 2009
March 5, 2009
March 4, 2009
In case you didn't get the reference, check out Yelle's "A Cause des Garcons" remix video.
March 3, 2009
Our inbox has been flooding with news of an arrest that broke on The Poughkeepsie Journal website earlier today. A 26 year old Vassar graduate student who works on campus was arrested for sexual abusing a female student on February 28th. He is on $5,000 bail and has a court appearance on Monday. The Journal has released the man's name, although we will choose not to here.
According to The Poughkeepsie Journal:
A Vassar College graduate student was arrested today and accused of sexually abusing a female student in her dormitory, Town of Poughkeepsie police reported.
[Name omitted here] 26, who also resides on the Vassar campus, was charged with aggravated sexual abuse in the fourth degree, a felony. He was jailed on $5,000 bail pending an appearance in town court Monday, police said. [Name omitted] is accused of committing the crime in the female student’s room on the night of Feb. 28.
Update: Dean Roellke was quick to address the issue in an all campus email sent earlier this evening. "A member of the campus community has been charged and is in police custody. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police continue to investigate."
Update 2: According to the Mid-Hudson News, the assault happened in Lathrop.
Update 3: According to KISS FM, the student was taken to the Dutchess County Jail. The student is facing 14 months to 4 years in jail for sexual abuse in the fourth degree.
March 2, 2009
"Please participate in our quick survey on what issues are most important to you and provide feedback on what the VSA leadership should be focusing on throughout the rest of the year ... It’s a very short survey, and your participation will enter you into a raffle for 75 Retreat points!"
Click here for the survey.