Wilt: Bard’s 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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Bard 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 “Bard Students Discuss Free Speech on Campus”

New Fraternity Founder Responds to Club Controversey with Much-needed Clarity

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

In a move that has sparked controversy, fear, anger, and intrigue,  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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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”