The Miscellany News, one of the oldest collegiate weeklies in the country, has been the student newspaper of Vassar College since 1866. Produced by over 40 student volunteers, The Miscellany News sets Vassar’s standard for reporting, creative thinking, exemplary writing and journalistic excellence. The paper is distributed every Wednesday evening during the academic year, and thousands of our students, faculty members, administrators, staff, alumnae/i and Arlington readers flip through it over their morning coffee to stay up to date.
Although our staff already boasts over 40 reporters, columnists, photographers, multimedia correspondents, designers and editors, we welcome contributions from all members of the College community. Visit us in Main Building every Sunday night at 9 p.m. in the Rose Parlor for Paper Critique, or contact the Editor-in-Chief at [email protected] to get involved.
Leah Cates ’20, from Omaha, Nebraska, is a junior who is majoring in women’s studies with a correlate in creative writing, thereby rendering herself unemployable upon graduation. Prior to her tenure as Editor-in-Chief, Leah served as Senior Editor and Humor & Satire Editor of the Misc. Besides renouncing sleep on Tuesday nights for the Misc, she enjoys serving as co-president of Generations. She also likes to work out, but doesn’t get why you have to drop off your ID card at the AFC to be babysat by that plastic organizer, and wonders why more people don’t wander out ID-less.
Sasha Gopalakrishnan ’20 is an international student from Delhi, India. She is an International Studies major with a correlate in Women’s Studies and has been a part of the Misc since the fall of freshman year. She is also a part of Vassar Refugee Solidarity and South Asian Students’ Alliance, and she desperately tries to attend more than one meeting a year for VCTV, even as she flaunts it on her resume. You are most likely to catch her at Express, consuming copious amounts of coffee and wearing ~experimental~ earrings.
Noah Purdy ’19 is an art history major with correlates in Ancient Greek and French. He has been honing his eagle eye for Oxford commas since his first year at Vassar, serving on the Misc previously as Arts Editor and Senior Editor. Besides attempting to juggle at least three languages and wandering the Art Library stacks, he is excited to remain a part of The Miscellany News in his senior year.
Frankie is a sophomore English/philosophy double major. They can be found knitting, eating potatoes in their various forms and drinking coffee and tea at all hours. They also enjoy cheesy romantic comedies and songs with witty lyrics.
Steven Park ’19 (he/him/his) is a Cognitive Science major with a correlate in Computer Science. As someone who loves both science and writing immensely, he finds himself reading both scientific papers and teen fiction in his free time. When not working on the Misc, he spends his day buried in schoolwork in the library, researching snake locomotion for his senior thesis, and desperately searching for a good YA novel set in high school that doesn’t use tired tropes and cliché characters.
Humor and Satire
Hannah Gaven ’21 is from Bellingham, Washington and she does have academic interests. When she’s not writing horoscopes, she spends her time dancing with Vass Shakers. Her favorite word is haphazard, which is also how she would describe the current state of her room. If you’re ever in need of some psychic advice, you can always find her in the booths at late night deece making chocolate milkshakes.
Myles Olmsted ‘19, from Amherst, MA, is a political science major with a Hispanic studies correlate (not a drama major, people). When he’s not in class, you might see him around campus leading Admissions tours or on stage with the Woodshed Theater Ensemble. If you don’t see him, he’s probably hiding away watching sports.
Rose Parker ’21 is a computer science major from Westfield, New Jersey. Even though she is a varsity athlete, she still makes the time to fix InDesign crashes and buy R2D2 outfits for her dog, Charlie. She considers herself a very busy person, with attending class and religiously feasting at late night Deece. While she seems sweet, she knows how to wield a sword and has a surprisingly dark sense of humor.
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