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
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
ZOE ROHRICH, FEATURES EDITOR | FEBRUARY 6, 2017
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”
PHOTOS BY GUS ARONSON | FEBRUARY 4, 2017 Continue reading Bard Students Protest Muslim Ban Amongst Hundreds in Poughkeepsie Saturday
Presented by the 100 Days Initiative, human rights project, CCE, and Council for Inclusive Excellence
JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 2, 2017
MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 2, 2017
The First 100 Days, a college-wide initiative combining civics and public media to track Trump’s first months as president, was launched last night, Thursday February 2. The event was called “Trump Abroad, Trump at Home: Declaring the New War.” President Botstein and journalist and professor Mark Danner had a conversation about Trump’s role as a domestic orator and international representative of America. They covered the extensive action taken by the President over the last two weeks–from wrongfully omitting multiple pages from the whitehouse.gov website to threatening to cut funding for UC Berkeley after its students protested his immigration order.
MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Bard Muslim Student Organization members spoke at a discussion panel on Wednesday the 1st about Trump’s Immigration executive order that banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. From left to right: Abiba Salahou (U.S), Ugur Pece (Turkey), Renad Bdair (Palestine), Timur Celebi (Turkey), Humam Al-Rubaye (Iraq). On Wednesday, February 1st, Bard Muslim Student Organization (MSO) rushed to … Continue reading Bard Muslim Student Organization Discusses Trump’s Immigration Order, Religion and Identity
MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | January 30, 2017
In a statement on Monday, President Trump claimed that his temporary immigration executive order was not a “Muslim ban.” When he began campaigning in 2015, he called for a “total and complete shutdown of the entry of Muslims to the United States.”
Trump’s immigration order, which was issued on Friday, is inarguably a religious test– a clear violation of the American constitution. The ban has drawn concern from agencies such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security.