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The Miscellany News Since 1866 |

September 15, 2011

Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY

Volume CXLV | Issue 2

Changes to Patrol disputed

VC prison programs canceled

Joey Rearick

Bobbie Lucas

Assistant News Editor



Courtesy of Josh Lopez, Tar Sands Action

mid a swirl of competing rumors, Campus Patrol has altered its duties for the new school year, changing its focus from monitoring outdoor areas to making rounds inside dormitories. While administrators contend that the change is intended to foster safety and improve communication among students, speculation that patrollers now have to report other students for disciplinary infractions, such as alcohol consumption, has resounded across campus. The Campus Patrol has long been one of the more atypical employment opportunities available on campus. Founded in the early 1970s, the Patrol boasts an extensive history as a student-run operation that aims to improve security on campus without direct oversight from the College. In the past, Patrol members surveyed outside areas on campus, seeking to prevent or report threats to student safety. Although patrollers are employees of the College and are paid like any other student-employment position, the Patrol’s website boasts that it “functions independently of the college administration.” Patrollers cooperate with Security officers, but do not follow their directives. Patrol, however, requires a large financial investment from the College. In the past, its members worked See PATROL on page 4

SWAT officers arrest Luke Leavitt ’12 and another protestor at a sit-in in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Aug. 26. Leavitt and three other Greens members traveled to the capitol to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Students protest pipeline plan Four Greens members arrested States, from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast. But when he reflects on his brush with the law outside of the White House on Friday, Aug. 26—getting his hands cuffed in zip ties, being escorted by a U.S. Park Police officer to a police van and

Erik Lorenzsonn


Senior Editor

uke Leavitt ’12 had never been arrested prior to his visit to Washington, D.C. to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that may soon span the Central United

waiting in a stiflingly hot processing center for hours on end—he describes it as a casual affair. “The whole arrest experience was less glamorous than it might seem,” said Leavitt, who was See KEYSTONE on page 7

Guest Reporter

ue to changes in the Department of Corrections this year, Vassar will not offer a course that has inspired students for decades. Vassar prison programs offered students and professors a unique opportunity to learn, teach and interact with incarcerated men in two Hudson Valley correctional facilities, Green Haven and Otisville. “The Department of Corrections recently rejected the dialogue programs that have been running for over three decades and demanded a program reformatting because ‘the classes lack educational value for the incarcerated men,’” explained Professor of Africana Studies and Religion Lawrence Mamiya, the program’s organizer. Mamiya still hopes that Vassar’s relationship with local prisons will continue in a different way. When asked if he had any plans for a new program format, he responded, “If the faculty would each teach one of their five courses that comprise their course loads in prison, we could build a new program. We need to fundraise and organize the faculty. Ultimately the ball is now in Vassar’s court.” Vassar now needs to fight for the class and prove why it should be reinstated. For Allison Tilden ’12, who participated in the course twice, the answer is simple: “The dialogue groups cost the Department of Corrections nothSee PRISON on page 4

10 years later, Vassar UCDA awards sesqui web presence remembers Sept. 11 Katharine Austin Senior Editor

Ruth Bolster

Juliana Halpert/The Miscellany News

The Vassar community gathers for a candle-lit vigil to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. A moment of silence was also held in the Peace Garden.

Inside this issue



VSA charters Dining Review Committee


dd one more reason to celebrate to Vassar’s long list of sesquicentennial festivities. The University and College Designers Association (UCDA), the first and only association for professionals involved in the creation of visual communications for educational institutions, accorded Vassar with two Awards of Excellence in its 41st annual design competition: one for the sesquicentennial website,, and the other for the Vassar home page, which changed its design in honor of the College’s sesquicentennial. The UCDA received nearly 1100 entries for their consideration this year from print and electronic media, awarding only 199 of them. Of the 123 nationwide entries in the electronic category, the UCDA gave awards to only five websites. Two of those five went to Vassar. Those responsible for the websites are honored by UCDA’s commendation of their work. “We have been producing very high quality Vassar websites for a long time, and receiving recognition for that is gratifying to say the least,” Director of Web Development Carolyn Guyer wrote in an emailed statement. “I personally am immensely proud of our web experts


Drawings on display at the Lehman Loeb

Courtesy of Vassar College


Assistant Features Editor

here are few days that an entire nation can collectively recall. Over the course of the past 10 years, the date Sept. 11 has become synonymous with the 2001 terror attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. Each year, this date and what it signifies invokes memories of grief, fear and how these horrifying incidents brought out

the best in certain individuals and communities. With Vassar less than 90 miles away from New York City, these events have left their particular mark on both students and faculty alike. During the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, it is not uncommon for people to reminisce about where they were when reality as they then knew it was upended. In September 2001, Jillian See SEPT. 11 on page 6

The award-winning Vassar home page displays a different historical image every day, including the four above, as part of the sesquicentennial celebrations. here. They are top-notch professionals in the field.” The Office of Communication’s Web Development team consists of Guyer, Assistant Director of Web Development Megg Brown, Senior Web Designer Chris Silverman, Web Designer Ray Schwartz, Web Designer Alex Marvar and Web Developer Morgan Gange. “Chris Silverman, the lead designer on the projects—along with all of his colleagues in the web area—is consistently amazing in his creativity and response to the communications challenges he’s presented,” Vice President


for Communications Susan DeKrey wrote in an emailed statement. “One can see his contributions to the College throughout Vassar’s web presence.” The sesquicentennial website’s home page, also known as Vassar 150, offers an array of historical photos that visitors to the site can browse and share in varying ways. The page also provides links to histories of most of Vassar’s departments and programs, written by the departments; a memories section featuring submissions by Vassar alumnae/i; various See AWARD on page 3

Childrens Media Project an outlet for youth voices

Profile for The Miscellany News

The Miscellany News | September 15, 2011  

The first issue of Volume 145 of The Miscellany News, Vassar College's newspaper of record since 1866.

The Miscellany News | September 15, 2011  

The first issue of Volume 145 of The Miscellany News, Vassar College's newspaper of record since 1866.