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A New Era of Media: The Female Gaze

MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | MARCH 13, 2017

An inside look at third wave Instagram-feminism and reclaiming the Male gaze. Featured interview with Bard student Eliza Mozer.

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Media, Truth, and Trump: What the Absence of Fact Does to Democracy

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017

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When Martin Luther wanted to spread his message during the Protestant Reformation, he and his supporters circulated pamphlets with text and images characterizing the Catholic Church as malicious, greedy, and scheming. In China, just a couple of months ago, when government officials wanted to extend the alleged time-frame of the Sino-Japanese war by six years, they edited textbooks to reflect the new dates, all while China’s state-owned, state-led news enterprises criticized Japan for having changed their history books.

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Sanctuary Efforts Hit Bard and the Greater Hudson Valley

ZOE ROHRICH, FEATURES EDITOR | SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017

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With President Trump’s crackdown on immigration making headlines almost daily, the term “sanctuary” has become a movement garnering many supporters. How it is applicable to campuses and cities, though, is still a point of confusion.

Here is how Bard College and the greater Hudson Valley are using the movement to ensure the protection of its immigrants and undocumented residents. Continue reading “Sanctuary Efforts Hit Bard and the Greater Hudson Valley”

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Students Applaud Win For Black Cinema at 89th Annual Academy Awards

MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017

On Sunday, February 27, three primarily black major motion pictures took home Oscars at the 89th annual Academy Awards, a victory for black cinema in light of recent years when the Academy handed the golden statuettes to white actors and directors who participated in black films such as “Creed,” “Concussion,” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

The decision came as a slap in the face to black actors and directors last year and influenced the decision of Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott the 2016 Oscars. The controversy, whether these decisions were made on the basis of talent or bias, gave way to the twitter trend #OscarsSoWhite, which has more than 18 million hits on Google. Continue reading “Students Applaud Win For Black Cinema at 89th Annual Academy Awards”

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From Adderall to Xanax: Prescription Drugs at Bard

by Johanna M. Costigan, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 19, 2017 Adderall: More Than A Study Drug Senior Rory Hoffman was first prescribed ADD medication at the beginning of high school, when she was failing classes as a result of her inability to focus. She has a complicated relationship with the medications she is prescribed, because although she relies on them to get through school … Continue reading From Adderall to Xanax: Prescription Drugs at Bard

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What Do You Know About Aleppo and Syria’s Civil War?

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Many are volunteering and providing humanitarian relief in Aleppo and other war-torn cities in Syria to help refugees…The least students can do is read the news.

NICK JEBSON, OPINION EDITOR | CONTRIBUTING RESEARCH BY MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 12, 2017

As college students, we have an obligation to stay informed about world events. We are, after all, the next generation of policy-makers, reporters, journalists, military leaders and intelligence officials. It is highly likely that we will inherit a contention of failed policy in the Middle East. In light of all this, I, the humble opinion editor of Bard Watch, have a few things to say about the United States’ involvement in Syria that is worth our consideration, at a minimum.

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New York Times: American Universities Must Take a Stand

 LEON BOTSTEIN ON CAMPUS FEB. 8, 2017 Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a threat from government. How is the university to function when a president’s administration blurs the distinction between fact and fiction by asserting the existence of “alternative facts”? How can the university turn a blind eye to what every historian knows to … Continue reading New York Times: American Universities Must Take a Stand

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Bard Students React to US Appeals Court Phone Call

MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 8, 2017 Trump’s immigration executive order has shaken the world since it has been issued, causing chaos at airports–especially JFK last Saturday, January 28–civil unrest and an increased Islamophobic attitude among many Americans. At a liberal school like Bard, many students have already taken action and have spoken out against the order. Dozens have attended the “No ban”, … Continue reading Bard Students React to US Appeals Court Phone Call

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Resisting Racism: Addressing Trump’s Immigration Ban One College at a Time

ZOE ROHRICH, FEATURES EDITOR | FEBRUARY 6, 2017

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Despite moments of chaos and uncertainty for some following President Trump’s immigration executive order, otherwise known as the “Muslim ban,” university and college presidents across the U.S. took stands ensuring safety for their students and made promises to continue to promote diversity.

In a letter to students, faculty, alumni and parents addressing the ban, President Botstein of Bard College wrote, “Bard must sustain its commitment to the principle of non-discrimination by reason of race, religion, or national identity. Bard is part of an international community of students and scholars and it will hold fast to attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff from all over the world.” Continue reading “Resisting Racism: Addressing Trump’s Immigration Ban One College at a Time”

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Medicated Motivation: Downsides of the Cultural Push Towards ADHD Pills

BY SAM COPELAND, NEWS EDITOR | February 3, 2017 When I was a teenager I got tricked into taking an IQ test. I had told my parents that I thought IQ scores were bullshit and that even if they weren’t I just didn’t want to know. Unbeknownst to me, a teacher at back-to-school night had told my parents that she thought I could use some … Continue reading Medicated Motivation: Downsides of the Cultural Push Towards ADHD Pills

Wilt: All Female Bedroom Punk Trio

MICHELLE PENDERGAST | MONDAY, MAY 8 2017

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Wilt, the three-member female band is a friendly and giggly bunch consisting of junior Abbie Jones, senior Boothe Carlson and recent Bard graduate Emily Lyon. While all three members had a strong passion for music before the start of Wilt, which began with Abbie and Boothe who later met Emily on a Bard shuttle, the band has allowed them to explore and expand their musical talents.
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Students Discuss Free Speech on Campus

ZOE ROHRICH, FEATURES EDITOR | TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

Free speech has become a hotly contested topic among colleges across the country, sparking a national evaluation of how much political diversity should be present on American campuses. Bard College is no exception, with a similar controversy currently underway within its community.

Last Wednesday, the conservative commentator Ann Coulter announced that she would cancel her planned speech at the University of California Berkeley due to the loss of conservative sponsorship, as well as for personal safety reasons. In a message to The New York Times, Coulter responded, “It’s a sad day for free speech.” Continue reading “Students Discuss Free Speech on Campus”

Freshman Responds to Fraternity Confusion

NICK JEBSEN, NEWS EDITOR | MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

Freshman Edwar Aviles-Mercedes and five of his close friends have started a club resembling a fraternity called Alpha Theta Kappa. As of February 17th it is an officially sanctioned club, recognized and funded by Bard’s fiscal committee. 

In a statement released via email that day, the fiscal committee explained their reasoning for sanctioning and funding the club. Among the factors cited was the fact that Alpha Theta Kappa would not be permitted, based on Bard College rules, to discriminate based on gender.

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