This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

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Current Students, Vassar Voices

Want to read more student voices talking about life on campus? Vassar’s Office of Admissions has asked four current students to blog about their daily lives. Bloggers include Kyle Chea ’10, founder of Vassar’s Multi-Racial/Biracial Students’ Association; Casey Gonzalez ’10, editorial director for the student style magazine Contrast; Joe Bubar ’11, infielder for the Vassar Brewers; and Brian Farkas ’10, editor-in-chief of the Misc (pictured). For a sample of their blogging to date, read this March 9 post from Farkas, “Sustainability and Composting at Vassar”:

Vassar, Greenway work to improve sustainability.

“When it comes to sustainability, composting is not a sexy issue. Futuristic wind turbines, shiny solar panels, and anything proceeded by the word ‘green’ seem to take center stage in the national media. But many environmentalists agree that composting is another crucial activity to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Vassar is working hard to close its carbon footprint, and has an extremely strong composting program. Our student government is working to expand that program to the Retreat (one of the most popular dining facilities on campus). As you can see in the video, a company called Greenway, which currently manages Vassar’s composting, did an ‘audit’ there a few weeks ago to study how their system might work in that facility. Students and faculty are optimistic that our composting endeavors will successfully expand within a year.

“To learn more about the college’s efforts at sustainable food solutions, check out the Campus Dining site. And to learn more about Vassar’s academic programs about the world around us, read about our popular Environmental Studies Program.”

In other Vassar news-related news, Farkas has just published a new book with iUniverse titledCovering the Campus: A History of The Miscellany News at Vassar College. “In addition to digging through the paper’s print and microfilm archives,” Farkas says, “the project involved interviewing more than 100 former editors and writers for the paper” — alums from ’37 all the way to ’07. President Hill wrote the forward to the book. All profits, Farkas says, will be donated toward digitizing the archives of the Misc.

April 2009

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