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Matthew Vassar Channel on YouTube

Vassar now has a home on YouTube. Launched September 20 on the video-sharing website, the Matthew Vassar Channel offers a glimpse at student life through the camera lens. Editorial Director of College Relations Julia Van Develder initiated the channel. “We’re creating videos of what student life is like at Vassar, mainly for prospective students but also for alumnae/i to see what Vassar is like now,” said Van Develder.

Van Develder had been collecting Vassar-related videos on her own YouTube site, when she decided to create the channel as an easy way for curious prospective students and alumnae/i to find the videos. In addition to compiling all the independently made videos, the channel features videos produced by College Relations. The office’s small library includes shorts about the Shared Bike Program, a rugby match, and the African Students Union fashion show.

The channel links to roughly 45 independent videos that have a range of videographers and subjects. One video is an artful look at the idiosyncrasies of student life, set to music. In another, a 1951 graduate says hello to her classmates. Interestingly, the channel’s most viewed video is a five minute-long clip of a student having his hair cut by a hallmate.

The Matthew Vassar Channel currently offers light-hearted fare, but Van Develder said it may become more academic, with video lectures, down the line. The channel is accepting submissions from students and alumnae/i, as long as they relate to Vassar.

November 2007

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