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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 “People take Adderall for partying and last minute studying; they blow out blue snot in class because they snorted it in the bathroom,” senior Rory Hoffman said in an interview with Bard Watch. “It’s not smart. I always hear people say, ‘I’m so tired, I just need some … 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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Should Trump’s Executive Order Remain Suspended? Bard Students React to US Appeals Court Phone Call Tuesday

MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 8, 2017
maeve-headshotTrump’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, No wall protests in Poughkeepsie and in New York City; Bard Muslim Student Organization, MSO, organized a panel discussion with Q&A; individuals have published opinion pieces about the order; and countless others are furiously sharing news links on Facebook. Many have expressed deep concern about what this means for Muslim immigrant and refugee students from the seven Muslim-majority countries targeted—at Bard and colleges across America. Continue reading “Should Trump’s Executive Order Remain Suspended? Bard Students React to US Appeals Court Phone Call Tuesday”

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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

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Anti-Defamation League Condemns Treatment of Hannah Arendt’s Grave

SAM COPELAND, NEWS EDITOR | FEBRUARY 21, 2017 On February 21st Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti Defamation League issued a statement condemning the treatment of Hannah Arendt’s grave at Bard College saying, “Hannah Arendt was a great Jewish scholar and survivor of the Holocaust. The fact that college students are putting their breasts on the grave and conducting mock-seances is an utter disgrace.” The student … Continue reading Anti-Defamation League Condemns Treatment of Hannah Arendt’s Grave