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”

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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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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”

Students React to Anti-Trump Protests

ZOE ROHRICH, STAFF WRITER | NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Thousands marched and chanted outside of Trump Tower Wednesday night, November 9th, kicking off the first wave of similar protests and rallies held all weekend at various places in New York City, as well as across the country.

Many students participated in the march up Broadway from Union Square to 57th street, stopping traffic at points, and chanting phrases like, “Not my president,” and “Love Trumps hate.” Five students attending Bard programs in Annandale and New York City agreed to share their personal views on the response taking place through mass demonstrations.

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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”