February 28, 2011

Betty Will Return To Her Famous Spot

[Miscellany News]
In an all-campus email sent moments ago, VSA President Mat Leonard '11 announced plans for a memorial plaque for Betty Francis to be placed outside of the Mug. 

Class of 2012 President Pam Vogel is organizing the memorial. She is seeking "words or phrases that describe what Betty meant to you," which can be sent to pavogel[at]vassar or elilechko[at]vassar by this Thursday.

Betty was a long time Vassar security guard who passed away in December.

Which Band Calls Vassar The Coolest College On The Planet?

[Prefix]
In an interview published today for Prefix Magazine, Dom calls Vassar "the coolest fucking college on the planet." Here is what the group says about their gig here last May:

Q: How'd that collaboration with Cults come about?

A: We got booked for a show at Vassar College--which, by the way, is the coolest fucking college on the planet--and we went there not knowing what the hell was going on. We'd just played basement shows and parties and stuff [at that point]. When we got there, we saw all these big buzzbands were playing--Screaming Females, Twin Sister, Cults, Washed Out. [Cults] and Twin Sister seemed to be the chillest out of everybody. Everybody else was either too chillwave or something, they got a hipster boner up their ass. I just knew right away that they were down, because we went to their room and they introduced me to a game that they like to play called "Avoid the Knife." Which consists of, pretty much, you stand on the opposite end of the table from somebody and you throw a knife at them, and you have to avoid it, and you just do that back and forth. So I was like, these kids know how to party, these kids are really cool, I like them. After that we just starting hanging out more often, they had us by their spot. We had a friendship.

Professor Baird Taught Natalie Portman

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Today's New York Times quotes psychology professor Abigail Baird because she once taught Natalie Portman.

"'I’ve taught at Harvard, Dartmouth and Vassar, and I’ve had the privilege of teaching a lot of very bright kids,' said Abigail A. Baird, who was one of Ms. Portman’s mentors at Harvard. 'There are very few who are as inherently bright as Natalie is, who have as much intellectual horsepower, who work as hard as she did. She didn’t take a single thing for granted.' [...]


[AskBanner]
Whether as a student in her class or a research assistant in her lab, said Dr. Baird, who is now an associate professor of psychology at Vassar, 'Natalie never once asked for an extension or to be excused from her responsibilities.'


If she was scheduled to appear on the Letterman show, for example, she would finish her paper early. 'She’s sincerely confident and has a good grasp of her strengths and weaknesses,' said Dr. Baird, and she is wise beyond her years. 'One of things she said was: "It’s weird that there are so many people at Harvard who do amazing things outside the classroom. It just so happens that people like to watch what I do."'"

Is This Where The Jane Fonda Legend Comes From?

Last week, The New York T imes debunked the popular Vassar legend about Jane Fonda showing up for tea time wearing nothing but white gloves and pearls. (We also debunked that legend back in 2008). But one Mads reader may have found the source of the myth. According to a post on Jane Fonda's official blog from August 2010:

"My friend Cristina Biaggi, who was at Vassar College when I was and got kicked out for howling naked at the moon is also coming."

So maybe it wasn't Jane Fonda who was reprimanded for appearing naked in public, but her friend Cristina? Who knows.

What Everyone Is Saying About Anne Hathaway

[CBS]
Vassar dropout Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Academy Awards last night and now the internet is abuzz with reviews. How did she do? Let's just say she's no Billy Crysal.

Fox News: “So the Academy hired two young hip actors to host the Oscars. Someone should have told them they also needed to hire writers.

Moviefone: "The 83rd Academy Awards were not so 'young and hip' after all, more like 'geriatric and limping along.'
 
CBS: "Let's be honest: Hathaway's dance of the brown duck didn't really work."
 
Here is the opening sequence. You be the judge.

February 27, 2011

Memo Leaked...Big Changes May Be Coming To The VSA Council

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According to a student in the know, the VSA Council is discussing making major changes to the way it operates. 

One proposed change is for house presidents to no longer sit on Council. Instead, they would elect three representatives, or "Senators." This idea got mixed responses from current Council members.

"I’m just thinking that if we can’t even fill a class council without having some significantly less dedicated members, will we be able to find six consistently awesome delegates for each class along with all of the other leadership going on around campus?" wrote a class president.

Another member, who is an executive officer, thinks the proposed system would be effective: "The new system would open up positions to anyone who is truly interested in student government, and would have a great deal of value in uniting the campus." The student adds, "It’s been proven basically impossible to make the VSA 'more open,' as it stands."

Another executive member: "A House President and a Council Senator would attract completely different people--the former: individuals passionate about the house and residential life, as well as attracted to the role of a figurehead; the latter: those interested in policy with little association to a House or specific population."

Another proposed change is for the creation of a second council body, possibly consisting of the heads of campus organizations. One exec member has a problem with this: "I can quickly see this devolving to organizational power struggles, where certain orgs: such as ViCE, are always pitted against other organizations looking to increase their budgets." The student continues by likening this system to "allowing Corporations a third house in congress."
 
Other ideas for changes include "removing fund applications from the primary duties of the VSA" and getting class credit for positions.

UNICEF Film Screening Tomorrow

Here is a message from Vassar's chapter of UNICEF about a film screening tomorrow:

"Come watch a screening of Invisible Children’s Tony on Monday, February 28th, in Sanders Auditorium at 7:30 P.M. Free pizza will be provided.

Learn about what's going on in Uganda. Akello Babra, a Ugandan woman who lived through the war, will be speaking after the screening. Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore northern Uganda to peace and prosperity.

Merchandise made in Uganda will be available for purchase."

February 26, 2011

Is There An UpC Controversy A Brewing?

We posted a video yesterday from the UpCCafé YouTube channel of two employees fooling around. Commenters on this blog had mixed feelings; someone said it was inappropriate, while another reader thought they were having some good clean fun. Now, however, the video is off the internet, as is the YouTube channel and the tweet asking us to post it.

The clip, called "UpC Under Attack" showed an employee pretending to murder another one, dragging her through the facility as she screams and kicks at merchandise displays, and pretending to stab and possibly shoot her. 

 

So did the employees voluntarily delete the channel, or did they get reprimanded? We spoke to a rep for Campus Dining who said she needed to look into the matter further before commenting officially.

WSJ Takes You Inside "Vassar Voices" Green Room

The Wall Street Journal has a short article online from inside the green room with Meryl Streep '71 and Lisa Kudrow '85 at Thursday's Vassar Voices performance.

February 25, 2011

What's Going On In UpC?

When UpCCafé relaunched this semester, its employees got weird. Real weird. Here is the latest clip posted on their Twitter account. Is this how they should be spending their time?

A Vassar Mom's Review Of "Vassar Voices"

[SimplyStreep]
The Sesquicentennial program Vassar Voices took the stage at Lincoln Center last night in a performance featuring Meryl Streep '71 and Lisa Kudrow '85. Here is a review of the event, straight from the email of a Vassar mother:

"We just got back from the evening. The staged reading was very good - different excerpts from Vassar letters home and Vassar speeches from the beginning up to now. A little long, but very good. Meryl Streep and Lisa Kudrow were wonderful. I enjoyed seeing all of the alumnae/i at the cocktail reception, very refined, very happy to see each other. I spotted Barbara Vogelstein, who was chair of the whole thing and  everyone wanted their picture with her. One older woman, class of '52 spoke with us about her Vassar days."

Click here to see photos from the event.

The Poem That Got Millay Into Vassar

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In 1912, Edna St. Vincent Millay '17's poem "Renascence" came in fourth place in a poetry contest, but when she recited it for a school director named Caroline B. Dow, the woman offered to pay for her Vassar education.

In honor of the alumna's birthday earlier this week, check out the poem here.

This Weekend On Campus...Sinful Edition

There are a few big events going on this weekend, although we had difficult time coming up with an "edition" name because they have little in common. There is just about something for everyone - a classy dance performance, an annual competition, an all-campus party, and more. Here is our weekly list of events worth checking out. Email madsvassar[at]gmail.com for publicity.

Friday
Mr. Vassar, 8pm UpC
Campus Band Showcase, 10pm Villard Room
HEL Show, 11pm Shiva

Saturday
Classic Film Screenings, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm, Taylor 203
Upright Citizens Brigade, 7:30pm, Villard Room
VRDT Bardavon Performance, 8pm Bardavon Opera House
Seven Deadly Sins, 10pm Jewett
HEL Show, 10:30pm Shiva

Sunday
Classic Film Screenings, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm, Taylor 203
VRDT Bardavon Performance, 3pm Bardavon Opera House

February 24, 2011

Vassar's Jane Fonda Legend On NYT Blog

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The New York Times' City Room blog has a post today devoted entirely to Vassar's admissions tours and legends. The post mostly discusses the Jane Fonda story, which claims the actress went to tea time in Main wearing nothing but white gloves and pearls. To the dismay of prospective Vassar students everywhere, the Dean of Admissions admits the story is just a legend:

"Dean Borus, when asked about the episode involving Ms. Fonda, acknowledged that 'tour guides always have favorite stories, some of which are campus legend and some of which are true.' A few years back, he explained, the Jane Fonda story was run by a campus historian, and it was found to be false."

For the record, we debunked the Jane Fonda story back in 2008. And NYT devoted another article to the it back in 1989.

The post also quotes tour guide Cory Epstein '13 about his experiences.

Exclusive Premiere Of "Theory Of Flight" Song

Earlier today we posted about Theory of Flight Project, a collective music effort taking place on campus. Now, we have the exclusive premiere of a new song by Nina Vyedin and the Undergraduates, "Sweet Lazarus."

  
Sweet Lazarus (early production) by Nina Vyedin

What Is "Theory Of Flight Project"?

You may have gotten the quarter-sheet about Theory of Flight Project in your mailbox the other day. So what does it mean? Here is a statement from a student behind the project:

"A group of Vassar students composed of musicians, photographers, web designers and media consultants, organizers and marketers, and passionate fans is building The Theory of Flight - first album of Nina Vyedin and the Undergraduates - from the ground up. The writing, recording, mixing, designing, and marketing are all open to anyone who wants to get involved, help out, or even just listen to the music. Check out www.theoryofflightproject.org, and, if you like the free pre-release song, go ahead and donate a few bucks so you get an album delivered to your mailbox in late March."

The album is currently being recorded in weekly sessions in Skinner. One of the musicians involved describes the style of music as "Joni Mitchell and Franz Schumann's illegitimate child meets Josh Ritter in a British pub. Beautiful things ensue."

February 23, 2011

Everyone Is Reading "The Chronicle"

Despite printing twice as many copies this semester, MICA's Chronicle is almost fully distributed. Here is an exclusive statement from MICA:

"The Chronicle's supply of Issue 2 is down to just 50 copies from our initial run of 1,000 (double that of the pilot issue), having personally handed out about 900 copies Monday and Tuesday in the Retreat, ACDC, and elsewhere across campus.

Thanks, Vassar, for helping to make The Chronicle's resurrection such a success--the next edition will be out in approximately a month's time. In the meantime, those interested in being published in or working with The Chronicle can contact VassarChronicle[at]gmail.com. You can also contact that email address for a copy of the paper."

BREAKING: Dean Kitzinger To Resign

[AskBanner]
Dean of Planning and Academic Affairs Rachel Kitzinger has announced that she will resign from her position at the end of the academic year. Kitzinger is the first and only person to hold that position, which was established in 2007. A committee will begin looking for her successor in March.

In addition to serving as dean, Kitzinger is also a professor of Greek and Roman studies.

February 22, 2011

All College Day Presents "Moments Of Change"

As part of tomorrow's All College Day event, four professors will be hosting a roundtable talk called Moments of Change. According to the flyer:

"All College Day is about dialogue. Here's a great chance to take part! We'll sit down with four Vassar professors and discuss the Vassar community, its past history, present nuances, and future possibilities. Questions, answers, confusions, conflicts, joys, or just an open curiosity -- whatever you bring is perfect."

Tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 23), 5-6:30pm in the Villard Room.

Beach House Is Big Overseas

Victoria Legrand '03's band Beach House sure was unknown when they first performed at Vassar in 2007, but now they're truly international stars. The group's song "Happy" was featured in the latest episode of Skins (the original UK series, not the new MTV one).

The official blog for the television show describes the choice of Beach House: "Another one from the LA hipsters, this song works so well by going against the emotion in the scene. Liv has just necked a bottle of vodka and is far from happy."

It was actually the second Beach House song to be used on the show. The group has also had their music on Gossip Girl.

Which Famous Alumna Turns 119 Today?

[Wiki Commons]
Today is the birthday of one of Vassar's most well-known and successful alumnae, Edna St. Vincent Millay '17. The poet would have been 119 years old today.

February 21, 2011

Want To Teach A Student Seminar?

The VSA is looking for people to teach student seminars (formerly called "mini courses") this semester. If interested, email vsaacademics[at]vassar.edu for an application.

"We are looking for any interested students who are willing to run a student-taught course in any area that will appropriately enrich extra-curricular life at Vassar," the application states.

Past seminars have been things like beer tasting, Scrabble, and knitting.

Exclusive: Second Issue Of Chronicle Available Tomorrow

Our friends in MICA just let us know that the second issue of their newspaper Chronicle will be available tomorrow. More importantly, they tell us the publication will now come out monthly.

Here is an exclusive statement from the organization about the new issue:

"The Chronicle will be tabling Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the Retreat (lunch) and ACDC (dinner) to distribute this year's second edition. Having secured funding from the VSA to resurrect the journal following our success with the pilot edition, we will be able to publish monthly this semester with more content and more copies than before. We are really excited about tomorrow's edition, which features two retrospectives from Vassar alumni abroad in Egypt, Office Hours with Professor Fubing Su, an uncomfortable interrogation of the reasons why we changed our colors from the College's historically symbolic pink and gray, and a look at the new Palmer gallery exhibition with a critical eye toward the loss of Vassar's summer-abroad programs--all part of 20 pages of content. Hopefully it'll spark thought, discussion, and letters to the Editor."

MICA group brought back the paper, a Vassar publication started in 1944, last semester. The return was both successful and controversial. All five hundred copies sold out within a few hours, although an editor had to post a statement on Facebook to defend the publication.

We first leaked that MICA would be reviving the publication in 2009.

February 20, 2011

Police Release Names Of Those In Friday's Shooting

The Poughkeepsie police department has released the names of those involved in Friday's fatal shooting. There is also more information about the gunman, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter.

Over 6,400 people are showing support for the fallen police officer on Facebook.

February 19, 2011

Latest Poughkeepsie Shooting Developments

You've probably heard by now that there was a serious shooting near the Poughkeepsie train station yesterday, which is only a ten minute drive from campus and on Vassar's community shuttle route.

Today there are some new developments. The Poughkeepsie Journal confirms that a 44-year-old police officer who responded to the confrontation is dead. In addition, it was the suspect who fatally shot his wife in the car. The suspect and his wife were not from the area.

This article talks about the scene at Mahoney's at the time of the shooting, which is located right by the train station and has become a popular Vassar hang out with events like Meet Me At Mahoney's.

We've put together a timeline of the event, which unfolded in only five minutes:
  • 1:07PM Police officer responds to a report of gunfire from a parking lot at 56 Main Street. The officer is stationed a block and a half away. A man had shot his wife in a car.
  • The policeman confronts the suspect and removes a 3-year-old child from him. Childless, the suspect flees towards the train station.
  • More police arrive. A shoot-out takes place on Railroad Avenue, during which the initial officer is shot in the head, the suspect is shot, and a second officer is injured.
  • The officers are taken to Vassar Brothers Hospital. The first officer is in critical condition. The second officer dislocated his shoulder.
  • The suspect is taken to Saint Francis Hospital.
  • 2:10PM The suspect is dead.
  • The first officer is dead.
  • Main Street and the train station are closed for several hours.
The child is in custody of the police. A second press conference is scheduled to begin in half an hour.

CNN has the story here, although it doesn't have any new information. Same with CBS, here. New York Times here.

February 18, 2011

Quote Of The Day

"This is a tragic day in the City of Poughkeepsie for our citizens and for our uniformed personnel."

-Pougkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik during the 4pm press conference regarding the shooting that has left at least two dead.

Video From The Vassar/Vaasa Quidditch Game

Below is a clip from the Vassar/Vaasa quidditch game, which we dominated. Click here for more coverage.

BREAKING: Fatal Shooting On Main Street (UPDATED)

Director of Safety and Security Don Marsala just sent out an all-campus email about a shooting in downtown Poughkeepsie.Apparently police are everywhere. "Please avoid that area until later in the day," Marsala writes.

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, a cop was shot, the suspect is dead and three other cops are injured.

Routes 44 and 55 and Main Street are all largely inaccessible.

Update 3:59PM: The shooting was on lower Main Street, the PoJo reports. Main Street is closed, as is access to the train station. A press conference will begin at any minute at City Hall.

Update 4:05: No message about delays or closures on the Metro-North website. Wall Street Journal coverage here. The shooting happened at 1pm in a parking lot by the train station at 56 Main Street.

[Google Maps]
Update 6:16: The PoJo is now reporting that the police officer is not dead, but in serious critical condition after being shot in the head. That officer is 43-years-old and has 20 years of experience. A second officer dislocated his shoulder. The suspect and his wife are dead.

"The suspect was holding a 3-year-old child when confronted by police. The child was handed off to a witness and is now in the custody of police. A woman sitting in a car nearby during the incident was shot dead."

The entire ordeal unfolded in five minutes.

The train station is now open and trains are operating on schedule.

This Weekend On Campus...Recovery Edition

The campus is still recovering from last weekend's major 100 Nights party (have you seen the door in the men's bathroom by the MPR?) so don't expect anything too crazy for tonight and tomorrow. There are lots of comedy shows, as well as film screenings, a Mug night, and the annual intensive NonCon festival. Here is our weekly list of everything worth checking out. Email madsvassar[at]gmail.com for publicity.

Friday
NonCon, Begins 5pm College Center. Continues all weekend. See website for schedule.
Tournées Film Festival, 6pm Rosenwald (Drama and Film Building)
No Offense Sketch Comedy, 9pm Sanders
Improv Show, 10pm Taylor
Indecent Exposure Stand-Up Show, 10pm Rocky 300

Saturday
FWA Cabaret, 8pm Aula
No Offense Sketch Comedy, 9pm Sanders
VJU's Everyone Loves A Jewish Kid Mug Night, 10pm Mug

A Thursday Night Open Letter

Dear Male Bartender at the Dutch,
If you're going to be rude to everyone, don't expect a tip. Especially when the initial purchase costs one dollar. Saying "You better put a dollar down" isn't going to help your cause.

Sincerely,
A loyal customer

February 17, 2011

French Magazine Interviews Vassar Style Author

A French magazine called Hell's Kitchen interviewed Rebecca Tuite about her experience researching Vassar style from the 1950s for her upcoming book. Here are some excerpts:

On the beginnings of a unique Vassar style:
"Immediately the Vassar student became the focus of an unprecedented amount of media scrutiny, with her hairstyles, her fashion choices, her professional and personal aspirations all becoming fodder for the national press. And this was in the nineteenth century; this was the root of the 'Vassar Girl' as a cultural entity, and the Vassar Look as a popular style inspiration... National newspapers and early periodicals are littered with long stories dedicated to how Vassar students dresses, and these laid the groundwork for people to look at Vassar as a place where a very particular style of dress was cultivated within the community."

 On using menswear to pursue a feminist agenda:
"Many young women enjoyed being able to dress in a style similar to that of their Ivy educated brothers. To experience purchasing a college wardrobe somewhere like Brooks Brothers would have been, up to that point in their lives, something that their brothers and fathers had enjoyed. So menswear did hold a level of status: it was another outward affirmation that they were academic equals to the Ivy men in their families and in society."

On how changing Vassar styles paralleled a changing society:
"It was as though the Vassar look of the 1950s captured every aspect of transition: attitudes towards jobs, careers, marriage, independence, men, equality. There is a mix of old and new, a mixture of tradition and innovation in the way that menswear mixed with traditional preppy womenswear, but that the girls still evoked old-time, 1950s glamour and dresses on formal occasions."

On why the look of the '50s Vassar girl changed:
I think that what really spelled the end for this look was the start of co-education at Vassar: the balance on campus changed, this was a new era in Vassar’s, and America’s history.

Click here for the full translated interview.

February 16, 2011

Vassar Dominates Over Vaasa In Quidditch

According to the International Quidditch Association, Vassar dominated Finland's Vaasa team in a match tonight, 110-20. USA! USA!

This was the first intercontinental game of Quidditch in history.

Art History Professor's Firm To Work For MoMA

[AskBanner]
Tobias Armborst, Assistant Professor of Art History, is quoted on the New York Times' "Arts Beat" blog today in a post about his architecture firm. The firm, Interboro Partners, will redesign MoMA's courtyard for its outdoor music program this summer.

Newest Campus Crush: Ira Glass

[Vassar]
Well, one thing is clear after perusing Twitter this morning: Vassar students are now obsessed with Ira Glass. Here is what people are saying:
  • "Got to watch Ira Glass speak today. Had a total NPRgasm."
  • "Saw Ira Glass speak at my school tonight. He's pretty awesome. He had music and everything."
  • "I came into the lecture with a childhood grudge against Ira Glass and came out thinking its the best lecture I've seen at Vassar."
  • "IRA GLASS is the greatest."
  • "Every time Ira Glass giggled, I wanted to take another piece of clothing off. Also p.s. best lecture I've seen at Vassar"
  • "ira glass at vassar. it was pretty dope"
  • "Ira Glass at Vassar. #fuckyeah
  • "Kind of have a huge crush on ira"

And those who didn't make it to the lecture are expressing their dismay:
  • "can't believe I missed Ira Glass speak. also can't believe I didn't know who he was until today.
  • dammit. sorry i missed it!"
  • "I wish I wasn't such a walking biological weapon right now so I could go to this awesome lecture"

Meanwhile, Vassar students aren't the only ones talking about Ira Glass today...

Update: We just got this email and picture from a reader: "For the person who posted about stripping as Ira giggled, here's a picture I took of Ira giggling last night. Pretty adorable."

Feeding An Injured Deer Is Actually Against The Law

We just received word from Director of Safety and Security Don Marsala in response to our previous post about VARC's call for students to feed an injured deer. It turns out that feeding deer in is strictly prohibited in New York State and punishable by jail time.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation's policy on "Deer and Moose Feeding":

"In New York, it is illegal to feed deer and moose by putting out any material that attracts them to feed. The rule was issued in response to the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) being introduced into New York. The nature of CWD requires prompt and extraordinary actions to address the threat posed by this disease. The purpose of this rule is to prevent the introduction of this disease into New York, to restrict those activities that may increase the risk of the development or spread of CWD in New York and to protect the health of wild white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and wild moose (Alces alces) in New York."

The penalty for feeding deer illegally is a fine of up to $250 and 15 days in jail for each day of the offense.

So what can students to do help the injured deer? The DEC says to contact them.

Update: Just heard from Don Marsala again: "Yes, we're aware of the plight of the deer. We can't imagine a rehab effort would be successful considering the trauma a deer experiences when live trapped or tranquilized.  We're awaiting a reply from Dutchess County as to whether or not they can/will intercede. Clearly she has a front leg injury however she is quite mobile and we see her in various parts of the campus. The fact is, that in cases like this the conservation authorities usually take  a 'let nature take it's course' stance."

It Was A Big Day For Ira Glass

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As Ira Glass mentioned in his lecture last night, yesterday was a big day for him and his program, This American Life. He not only spoke at Vassar, but he also got international coverage for apparently revealing the secret recipe of Coca Cola. 

TAL apparently came across the recipe in a 1979 article of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but according to the L.A. Times, Coca Cola denies that it is the true secret recipe.

L.A. Times also reports that the TAL website was down for some time yesterday, possible because of all the traffic. They also could not get in touch with a rep - because he was busy at Vassar!

More coverage: Yahoo News, Huffington Post, CBS, Gawker.

Hey, if there's one thing Vassar likes, it's a good Coca Cola scandal.

Injured Deer Needs Your Help (UPDATED)

The Vassar Animal Rights Coalition sent out an email last night to its members about an injured deer on campus:

"There is a deer on campus right by the admissions building. She broke her front right leg and needs help. People should help to refill her orange-red bucket of water with WARM water. It keeps turning to ice, so make sure you make the water sort of warm. Also giving her fruits and veggies is a good idea. We are working on getting her deer feed and hay."

Update: Director of Safety and Security Don Marsala tells us that feeding the deer is actually against the law. Read more here.

February 14, 2011

Spotted: EMS Called For Quidditch Players

The Quidditch team held a practice on icy Joss Beach yesterday in preparation for the first Intercontinental Match of Quidditch next week against a team from Finland. But things took a turn for the worse when the team had to call EMS for an injured player. According to the Butterbeer Brooers official Twitter page, Captain Camila Delgado '13 hyperextended her knee.

Professor Condemns Executions In Iran

Sociology professor Farzin Vahdat is one of many academics who signed a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon condemning the recent wave of executions in Iran. "We abhor any violation of human rights in Iran and demand unequivocally for the complete halting of the chain of the executions and human rights abuses," the letter states.

It's common for Vassar professors and administrators to sign pledges of support for liberal causes like this. Back in 2008, Dean Roellke signed a controversial document in support of Bill Ayers, a political activist and former Vassar visiting professor who became connected to Obama.

Valentine's Day Brings The Heat

Things sure are heating up today for Valentine's Day. In case you haven't left your dorm room yet, you can leave the winter jacket behind. It's currently 52 degrees and sunny (although tonight it should drop to 9 degrees). The thaw has finally arrived and it will be 63 degrees on Friday!

February 13, 2011

Last Night's DJ Thinks Vassar Is Dope

Unlike the DJ from last semester's Circus party, the 100 Nights DJ tweeted about how much fun he had.

DJ EZ also re-tweeted two pictures of the event from his friend's perspective.


February 12, 2011

Gawker Takes Dig At Vassar's Gender-Neutral Housing

Vassar got a mention on Gawker today for our gender-neutral housing policy:

"It used to be a funny/boo joke to be like 'Zooey Deschanel is indie boy jack-bait of the highest order and her poor sister is stuck on The Bones on Fox.' Now they'll both be stuck on the Fox and the indie boys will be reduced to borrowing their girl roommate's (it's pretty progressive at Vassar) Blu-Ray copy of Black Swan. The world advances and retreats. Remember when Parker Posey did this? It did not end well."

February 11, 2011

Roellke Talks About Last Night's Game

Dean Roellke, the most enthusiastic player in last night's second annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game, just sent out an all-campus email about the event.
[Facebook]

"I would be remiss if I did not extend sincere congratulations to the students on a well deserved overtime victory over OLD SCHOOL last night," Roellke writes. "It was a great night and I want to thank everyone who participated and contributed to the evening's success. Already looking forward to next year!"

The game was tied at the end of the fourth quarter, but the students pulled through to victory in the 3 minute overtime.

February 10, 2011

This Weekend On Campus...Keeping Busy Edition

The weekend definitely begins on Thursday this week, and oh what a weekend it will be. Here is our weekly list of events worth checking out. Email madsvassar[at]gmail.com for publicity.

Thursday
Late Night at the Lehman Loeb, 5pm FLLAC
Reading from The Intimates, 5:30pm Sanders Auditorium
The Vagina Monologues, 8pm Shiva
Student-Faculty Basketball Game, 8pm doors/8:30 game, Walker
Vassar and Marist 100 Days Celebration, 10pm Mahoney's Irish Pub & Restaurant (21+ only)

Friday
The Vagina Monologues, 8pm Shiva
Middle School Mug Night, 10pm Mug
DayGlo Toga, 10pm College Center Atrium

Saturday
Tournées Film Festival, 5pm Rosenwald Theater, Drama & Film Bldg.
The Vagina Monologues, 8pm Shiva
Senior Class Champagne/Cocktail Toast, 10:30pm Library (Seniors 21+ only)
100 Nights, 11pm Villard Room

No, Taylor Swift Isn't Coming

Posters went up all over campus this week advertising a Taylor Swift concert, hosted by ViCE. But after speaking to two reps for the org, we can confirm that the event is a hoax.

The posters read "Taylor Swift: The No Makeup Show" and feature a picture the pop/country singer without makeup. The event is advertised for April 9th on Noyes Circle, the site of ViCE's spring concert in 2009. The official ViCE logo is on the poster.

No word yet on who is behind the bogus posters. Maybe it's an a cappella or comedy troupe performance, although the only event on the Campus Calendar for that night is the annual Roaring Twenties party.

February 8, 2011

All College Day Needs Participants

Here is a message from the Campus Life and Diversity Office and the Campus Life Resource Group about the upcoming All College Day event:

ALL COLLEGE DAY 2011
Sesquicentennial Perspectives
Wednesday, February 23
College Center and Villard Room
10am - 9pm

"All College Day is coming----featuring the traditional Mural Project, a Soup and Substance Discussion at noon, the afternoon community gathering with table exhibits by campus groups and offices, a faculty panel on Sesquicentennial perspectives to highlight Vassar's history, and a 7pm All College Day Jam in the Retreat South Atrium.

Want to participate? Participants are needed for the lively All College Day Jam at 7pm!  Artistic presentations, song, dance, readings, and more.  What can you contribute in the way of expressions that contribute to our 11th All College Day? Each participant will have 5-7 minutes to show their stuff. Contact gabeckwith[at]vassar.edu to sign up.

All College Day originated in 2001 after a racial incident involving offensive language and is meant to bring the campus together as an expression of community and collective work to build an affirming and respective campus.  We hope that you will join us in this effort.  A full schedule of All College Day will be posted soon.

Sponsored by the Campus Life and Diversity Office and the Campus Life Resource Group. Click here for more information."

Meryl's New Role

Pathé has released the first photograph of Meryl Streep '71 in her latest role. (We mean in an actual movie, not another Sesquicentennial promo.)

[Popeater]
Vassar's most famous contemporary alumna is playing Margaret Thatcher, the conservative Prime Minister of Britain in the 1980s. The Iron Lady is currently filming and will be released this year.

To think it's already been almost three years since the first photos of her as Julia Child leaked.

February 7, 2011

This Year's Founder's Day Theme Is...

The organizers of this year's Founder's Day just announced on Twitter that this year's theme will be... Vintage Vassar.

Past themes have included Nickelodeon, Nintendo, and Candyland.

February 6, 2011

Letter To NYT About Laptops In Vassar's Art 105/106

Students who bring laptops to Vassar's most popular class, Intro to Art History, are under fire in a letter to the editor in yesterday's New York Times. In response to an article on the causes of stress for college freshmen, Louise Dufresne '13 writes that she thinks social media is to blame. She writes:

"Pay a visit to any college campus and I guarantee that you will find students wrapped up in their digital social lives. For too many students, the Internet is a blank canvas with which to paint a new, more exciting identity. But our infatuation with social media increases both social pressure and distractions, creating all-too-tempting alternatives to learning.

It’s not fair that my art history lecturer must compete with Facebook for attention. Northern Renaissance art will always lose to the seductive temptation of social media when computers are allowed in class."
 
Click here to check out the full letter. You can also check out Louise's YouTube channel, The Daily Louise, to hear her opinion on more topics.

P.S. This teacher would probably agree with her.

Last Chance For Founder's Day Theme

Voting for this year's Founder's Day theme ends tonight at midnight! Vote before it's too late!

More On Snooki's Visit

Ok, we promise not to do too many more posts about the Snooki book signing in Poughkeepsie yesterday, but here is the Poughkeepsie Journal's coverage of the event. More here. And here.

"Wearing black stilettos and a sleeveless, short dress, Polizzi was much more reserved than the booze-guzzling, fist-pumping partygoer seen on Thursday nights on MTV," one article says.

Snooki's book is on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Here is our clip from the event:

February 5, 2011

Live Blogging The Snooki Book Signing

We're at the Poughkeepsie Barnes & Noble awaiting the Princess of Poughkeepsie herself, Jersey Shore's Snooki. We'll be live blogging what promises to be an eventful afternoon. Scroll to the bottom for the most recent update.

1:55PM Eating at the DC and just got word of the book signing. On our way!


2:20 Arrived at B and N. The parking lot is a nightmare and the line inside the store is at least 200 long. Everyone has to buy Snooki's book, A Shore Thing, in order to get a bracelet and wait in line. We're told she isn't here yet and will stay until 4PM.

2:40 An employee is explaining how to present your book to Snooki to make it easiest. A few Vassar students are in line. The crowd is pretty mixed - mostly middle school girls and their parents.

2:50 Chapter titles include "That New Guy Smell," "You've Got Some Shell On Your Boob," "Vin Diesel Is Hotter Than Jesus," "Penises Look Bigger Underwater."

3:00 She's here and wearing a pink shirt, according to the ten-year-old girl in front of us.

3:20 Minutes away! Can't really type or breathe.

3:23 She's stationed right between the Romance and Sci-Fi sections. That somehow makes sense.

4:13 Back at Vassar and starting to come down from the euphoria. Here is how our conversation with Snooki went down:

Mads: PARTY'S HERE!
Snooki: (sarcastically)Yeah...
Mads: Welcome back to Poughkeepsie!
Snooki: Thanks.
Mads: Vassar College loves you! 
Snooki: Oh, great.

She looked really...normal. No poof, no crazy tan, just a normal small pretty girl. It only took about an hour and a half of waiting in line. The B&N staff and a few policeman did a surprisingly impressive job of keeping the crowd moving.


4:30 Here is the Poughkeepsie Journal's pre-coverage of the event.

February 4, 2011

Shiva Rave In Pictures


Click here to check out more photographs from this semester's Shiva Rave, taken by Madeleine Little '12.

More About Last Night's Cake Winner

[AskBanner]
The winner of last night's Sesquicentennial Cake-Off student who likes baking things for friends' birthdays. Jessica Leng '11 wants to pursue a career in baking and pastry arts after Vassar and even has a website, Cakes by Jessica, devoted to her craft. You can even order cakes from her website, which run as high as $60.

Why do Vassar students like baking cakes so much?

Kudrow Talking About Vassar On "Conan"

We haven't seen the clip yet ourselves, but lots of people are tweeting that Lisa Kudrow '85 spoke about her Vassar Commencement address last night on Conan.

Update: Here is the clip. Check it out before it gets taken down. She talks about Vassar at 4:54.


Some of you may remember that Kudrow mentioned Conan a lot in her speech because the two of them were once in an improv troupe together.