Vassar Stories

Help for Haiti

Nine weeks after a killer storm slammed into Haiti, more than 80 Vassar students shared a traditional Caribbean Christmas dinner in the Villard Room to aid the hurricane relief effort. Members of the Vassar Haiti Project, the Caribbean Students Alliance, and Jewett House hosted the event, which featured jerk turkey, honey-baked ham, and a Caribbean Christmas fruitcake.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Numbers, Shape, Chance, and Change - A Freshman Writing Seminar

One of Vassar’s few college-wide academic requirements is the Freshman Writing Seminar. First-year students choose from about 50 courses in disciplines ranging from Africana studies to women’s studies. So what do students read and write in a Freshman Writing Seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics? Quite a lot, actually.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Challah for Hunger - Fighting Poverty One Loaf at a Time

Start with some flour, sugar, salt, eggs, yeast, vegetable oil and water. Add cheese or chives, garlic or cinnamon, apples or raspberries, or maybe some marshmallows or chocolate chips. Stir in a healthy serving of social consciousness, and what have you got? Vassar’s chapter of Challah for Hunger, a nationwide student group that’s been baking to fight poverty for more than a decade.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Making the Connections - Science for the 21st Century

Vassar's new science facility, the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, supports collaborations between the sciences by bringing the college’s various science departments and programs into closer physical proximity with shared access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Sonic Cyborgs

This spring, four artists and lecturers—including the world's first officially recognized cyborg—explored the breakdown of boundaries between humans and machines...and art and science.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Kudos to David Means - Hystopia Nominated for the Booker Prize

David Means’s Hystopia is a dark, disturbing, and sometimes surprisingly funny tale of a Vietnam vet who chronicles the mental and emotional toll of the war. The novel was nominated for one of modern fiction’s most prestigious awards, the Man Booker Prize.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Vassar’s All-Americans

All-American status is bestowed on a tiny fraction of college athletes, and this year three All-Americans are from Vassar: Julia Cunningham ’17, Matthew Knigge ’18 and Taylor Vann ’16.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Vassar’s Curiosities - In a Cabinet

A stuffed loon, an invitation to the 1879 Vassar Commencement, some carved African masks, a wallaby skeleton, and a softball trophy. These items, and many more eclectic pieces from the college’s past and present, are what you get when you bring renowned visual artist Mark Dion to the college and have him lead an American and Environmental Studies class on a campus-wide treasure hunt.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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A Movable Concert - The Sound of Space

Over an hour-and-a-half period, the Choir and an audience of nearly 100 people moved to six venues on campus, exploring the acoustics of each space.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Transitions: A Program for First Generation, Low Income, and Undocumented Students

Transitions, a program for first generation, low income, and/or undocumented students at Vassar, begins with a six-day pre-orientation experience and continues throughout the students’ Vassar careers with an ongoing peer mentoring program.

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Posted 12/20/2016

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