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”

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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.

Continue reading “Media, Truth, and Trump: What the Absence of Fact Does to Democracy”

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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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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”

President Duterte: A Perfect Example of Why President Trump’s Character Matters

ZOE ROHRICH, FEATURES EDITOR | FEBRUARY 2, 2017

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Those grappling over whether Donald Trump’s questionable character will play a sizeable role in the White House throughout the next four years should look no further, surprisingly, than the Philippines, to witness an important example of how character and personality can influence policy.

Trump has been criticized on multiple occasions for making controversial comments, often saying what seems to be exactly on his mind. He has fired shots at the media, accusing reporters of taking what he says out of context to purposefully misrepresent him. He has openly discussed his desire to build a stronger relationship with Russia, and he once made headlines for joking about sexual assault. Think this is just another briefing on President Donald Trump? It’s not. Continue reading “President Duterte: A Perfect Example of Why President Trump’s Character Matters”