Year in review: Vassar’s top stories of 2019 By Jessica Moss Posted on December 31, 2019 in Uncategorized On Friday, Feb. 1, Vassar’s Africana Studies Program celebrated its 50th anniversary by showcasing a variety of creative student endeavors, including spoken word, poetry, dance, live music and visual arts. Courtesy of Monericka Semeran. Women’s basketball finished a historic season 21-7, and 14-4 in the Liberty League. They ran off one of the most remarkable streaks in Vassar history, winning 16 straight games. VC athletics receives 5,960 donations in 27Brew2 campaign. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. From abandoneddeeceware: “in memorium [sic]: we honor the service you have done, and hope you make it home soon, son.” Poetry accompanies each post on the account. Courtesy of abandoneddeeceware via Instagram. ASA’s fashion show featured a diverse range of colorful fashion sets donned by student models. Some models sported traditional clothing from various Asian cultures, while others rocked outfits inspired by various contemporary interpretations of Asian identity in its manifold forms. Courtesy of Alex Kim ’21. Late Professor Tallon’s detailed digital model of Notre-Dame garners attention from restoration campaign in May. Courtesy of Craig W. Stapert Assistant Chef Benito Vona poses with a bouquet of his aesthetic food artwork. The platter is his original solution to spicing up the food displays, which he deemed too dull. Courtesy of Am Chunnananda. Linda Fairstein’s position as a member of Vassar’s Board of Trustees first came into question when Mari Robles ’21—galvanized by “When They See Us”—started an online petition to remove Fairstein from the Board. In a letter published in June, President of the College Elizabeth Bradley announced that Fairstein had resigned from the Board, effective immediately. Courtesy of إبراهيم الشعيبي and Somedifferentstuff via Wikimedia Commons. A cohort of 18 high school students—all former refugees—painted this colorful mural over in July as the culmination of the New Americans Program. With the aim of acclimating to college life, they also took classes and interacted with student counselors. Courtesy of Qiwen Tan. Plans to construct the Inn and Institute carbon neutral were released following an online petition by Vassar SEED. The new building requires the demolition of Williams faculty house, which currently sits beside the alumni house. Courtesy of the President’s Office, Frederick Fisher and Partners, and Colin Knopp-Schwyn via Wikimedia. “VSA has unanimously voted to no longer consider The Chance Theater as a possible venue for future events,” according to an email from VSA President Carlos Espina on Sept. 22. This decision was made in light of the theater welcoming band Confederate Railroad, whose logo features a steam engine flying the Confederate flag, to perform on Sept. 20. Mack Liederman/The Miscellany News Pi’erre Bourne took center stage at ViCE Fall Concert. Courtesy of Grace Rousell. Vassar joined the global climate strike. All photos courtesy of Grace Rousell. Standing in front of his master plans to combat the school-to-prison pipeline, 24-year-old Joash Ward sought to become the youngest mayor in Poughkeepsie history. His endorsements included the Justice Democrats. Courtesy of Grace Rousell. Students’ tattoos prove deeply personal. Photos by Delila Ames/The Miscellany News. The THs, near the edge of campus, were shaken by a series of crimes in the 24-hour span around Halloween, including multiple break-ins and an armed burglary. Image courtesy of Clara Pitt, edited by Juliette Pope. Charge dismissal delayed for Julissa and Jamelia, two students in the City of Poughkeepsie who survived brutality at the hands of the Poughkeepsie police department. Courtesy of Grace Rousell. Max River ’22 and Jedidiah Christie ’22, roommates and titular “Joss Goths,” showed Assistant Arts Editor Taylor Stewart around a living space as curious as their closet. Alongside friends’ art, their walls displayed playing cards, a plastic arm, and Halloween hangings. Columnist offers a window into the world of Vassar’s nude models. Courtesy of Hindley Wang/The Miscellany News Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) protested a Vassar Organizing Israel Conversations Effectively (VOICE) event featuring Zionist activist Hen Mazzig. Filmed by Grace Rousell, edited by Alexis Cerritos. TH 148, also known as the “arts commune,” hosted an innovative, collaborative concert/party crossover. Featured musical acts included Foz Sharoni, Pander and TOMYMIND. Pander specializes in crowd-pleasing covers. Dean Kopitsky/The Miscellany News We rounded up the stories of some of Vassar’s most appreciated residents: The dogs of Vassar. Courtesy of Janet Song.