Vassar Stories

Star Wars: Resistance, Rebellion and Death

In “Star Wars: Resistance, Rebellion and Death,” first-year students analyze the Star Wars saga from a postcolonial perspective, investigating the nature of power and exploitation, authority and subjugation.

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Posted 11/16/2017

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Practicing What She Preaches: History Professor Rebecca Edwards Wins Local Seat

History Prof. Rebecca Edwards is an expert on American political history, but she had never run for office before this year’s election. She and her and her team canvassed neighborhoods and ran an upbeat campaign on social media—and won a seat in the Dutchess County Legislature with 53 percent of the vote.

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Posted 11/16/2017

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A High School Zoo?

Zoologist Alan Tousignant ’84 imparts the importance of conservation to high school students.

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Posted 11/16/2017

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Go Take a Hike! Exploring the Valley and Beyond with the Outing Club

Open to everyone from veteran outdoor enthusiasts to beginners, the Vassar Outing Club leads up to a dozen different adventures in the Hudson Valley in any given week and longer trips further afield during fall and spring breaks.

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Posted 11/15/2017

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Just Follow the Yellow Arrows: Aviva Thal ’18 Hikes the Camino de Santiago

Before she began her JYA in Madrid, Aviva Thal ’18 took a little hike—500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, beginning in the Pyrenees in France and walking across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

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Posted 11/14/2017

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Ethan Slater ’14 and Lilli Cooper ’12 Costar in the Broadway Musical

Re-united in a show for the first time since they acted together at Vassar, Ethan Slater ’14 and Lilli Cooper ’12 are headliners of the Broadway cast of SpongeBob SquarePants, a rollicking tribute to the beloved Nickelodeon character who has been entertaining millions of young fans since 1999.

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Posted 10/31/2017

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Keeping Those Wheels Turning: The Bike Shop Reopens

Members of the Vassar community can now get their bikes fixed at cost at the Vassar Bike Shop in the basement of Strong. The shop is back in business thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Office of Sustainability which aims to promote “bike culture” on campus.

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Posted 10/25/2017

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Mapping the Invasion

The emerald ash borer has arrived in Poughkeepsie, and two Vassar students are working with the city and the Vassar Environmental Cooperative to track the damage.

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Posted 10/11/2017

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Supporting Refugee Families

Last year, Vassar students mobilized to greet an expected influx of refugees from the Middle East, but because of the travel ban, very few have been resettled in Poughkeepsie. Further north, however, there are families who need help, and Vassar Refugee Solidarity is rising to the challenge.

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Posted 10/11/2017

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The Adirondack High Peaks: Jake and Sam Kobrin Join the Ranks of the 46ers

Twin brothers Jake Kobrin ’19 and Sam Kobrin ’19 recently joined the elite ranks of the Adirondack 46ers, completing one of the most famous hiking challenges in the Northeast: the 46 highest peaks in the High Peaks Wilderness of New York State.

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Posted 10/11/2017

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Families Weekend

In mid-September, a thousand visitors arrived on campus for Vassar’s annual Families Weekend. Events ranged from the ALANA Center’s Fall Fest to tours of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center to the annual Haiti Project art auction.

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Posted 10/09/2017

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A New Day for the Deece: Vassar’s Main Dining Hall Undergoes a Major Renovation

The All Campus Dining Center (ACDC) has been transformed by a major renovation that demolished walls to create a community space for students, professors, and others to gather and share.

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Posted 09/29/2017

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One Year Out: Brooks English ’16 - Commodities Trader at Gelber Group

Brooks English, who majored in psychology and was a co-captain of the baseball team for two years, works for Gelber Group, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago. He trades principally in currencies but works with other commodities as well, and his day starts early.

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Posted 09/28/2017

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One Year Out - Albin Pepe ’16 - Editor at Flatbush Pictures

One year out of Vassar, Albin Pepe is the top editor at Flatbush Pictures, the film production company of Emmy award-winning director and producer Judd Ehrlich, Vassar class of ’93.

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Posted 09/27/2017

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One Year Out - Alberto Wilson III ’16 - PhD Candidate at the University of Houston

Inspired by Associate Prof. of History Leslie Offutt to pursue a career in academia, Alberto Wilson III ’16 is pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Houston.

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Posted 09/27/2017

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Vassar Welcomes the Class of 2021

The Vassar community extended its traditional enthusiastic welcome to the class of 2021, with dozens of student volunteers and house team members on hand to help first-year students move into their houses and get settled.

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Posted 09/12/2017

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SuperLuminauts: Two Vassar Gamers Launch Their First Game

…because who doesn’t want to be the creator of a videogame that pushes the space-time envelope?

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Posted 09/08/2017

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The Vassar Noyce Teacher Scholar Community: Building Support for Vassar’s STEM Educators

The Vassar Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program has launched 16 careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Noyce scholars and mentors returned to campus in June to begin building an ongoing professional support system for the program’s alumnae/i.

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Posted 08/25/2017

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One Year Out: Yasmine Abbey ’16, Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute

Yasmine Abbey ’16 is a member of a team of researchers at the National Cancer Institute who are testing the effectiveness of various antibodies in combating certain kinds of cancer.

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Posted 06/09/2017

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Embodying American Rituals: A Senior Project by Grace Gregory

For her senior project in American Studies, Grace Gregory ’17 chronicled six uniquely American experiences over a 14-week span, starting with a baseball game at Dodger Stadium.

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Posted 06/09/2017

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One Year Out: Hot Times in the Old Town, Nick Vargish ’16 Goes to Washington

An international studies and Arabic major from Tacoma, WA, Nick Vargish ’16 finds himself, one year out of Vassar, in the midst of the political fray as a staff assistant in the office of Congressman Denny Heck, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Posted 06/09/2017

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Vassar’s 153rd Commencement

Vassar’s campus was a flurry of activity for the 153rd Commencement ceremony, pre-Commencement programs, and academic celebrations that took place Memorial Day weekend.

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Posted 06/06/2017

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