MICHELLE PENDERGAST | MONDAY, MAY 8 2017
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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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”
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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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”