Year in review: Vassar’s top stories of 2019

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.
VC athletics receives 5,960 donations in 27Brew2 campaign. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
Late Professor Tallon’s detailed digital model of Notre-Dame garners attention from restoration campaign in May. Courtesy of Craig W. Stapert
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.

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