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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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A Road That Elicits More Fear Than Rage

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | NOVEMBER 22, 2016

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9G is dangerous. Considering its accident history, its reputation as a danger zone appears well-deserved. It was the site of many fatal accidents; according to Tivoli Fire department president Thomas Crisci, Sr., at least 14 people died at the West Kerley Corners intersection since he started working for the department in 1979.

But Bard without Route 9G is like Oz without the Yellow Brick Road. We need it, and we suffer directly from its danger and mismanagement.

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Teachout on Cleaning Up Politics and the Hudson River

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | OCTOBER 6, 2016

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“Zephyr Teachout.” To the average Bard student, these two words may seem as likely to be the name of an educational event or a foreign disease as they are the name of an important local Congressional candidate. Teachout is, in fact, the woman who may be representing the Annandale population on a national scale.

During her talk at Bard, the 19th district Congressional candidate described the problematic “culture of fear” amongst congressmen. She argued that, as a result of spending between 40% and 70% of their time raising money, they experience pressure to support legislation that is in agreement with the beliefs of their campaign contributors.

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Putin and Russian Civilians Invested in U.S. Election for Different Reasons

ZOE ROHRICH, STAFF WRITER | SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

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This year, not only is the U.S. presidential election being closely followed by those here in the United States, but it is also drawing attention across borders, including interest from Russian civilians due to longstanding frustration with their country’s own electoral process.

“It was fake, it was simulated,” Ilya Lobanov, a 21-year old exchange student from St.Petersburg State University stated bluntly, in response to a question about the recent parliamentary elections held in Russia. Continue reading “Putin and Russian Civilians Invested in U.S. Election for Different Reasons”

Define a Bard Athlete

NICK JEBSEN, OPINIONS EDITOR | SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

Bard’s athletic department has grown considerably in the past five years. 91 students, nearly twenty percent of the freshmen who matriculated this 2016-2017 school year, were recruited to play on sports teams. At dorms such as Cruger and Keene, it is common to encounter Bardians jauntily heading off to practice with Lacrosse sticks or soccer balls in hand, an ironic sight at a college that is notoriously uninterested in athletics.

“No one wins or cares or has school spirit,” said Alexis Landis, a member of the women’s cross country team. A lack of enthusiasm for sports teams seems pervasive. Even Leon Botstein has admitted he has had a low opinion of college athletics in the past. In her article “Portrait Of An Institution,” journalist and Bard alumna Alice Gregory included a quote from Botstein regarding his feelings towards college sports: “It is an embarrassment that so much time, effort, emotion, and money are expended on gladiatorial exhibitions.”

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