Vassar Student Association

Organizations

Vassar boasts more than 170 unique student organizations, ranging from comedy troupes to debate teams. Organizations are entirely student-run, and manage their own annual budgets. Below, read about each of our organizations and begin reaching out to organizations that interest you. Groups are always looking for new members. Are you involved?

You should take a look at Preliminary Organizations too! Pre-orgs are fully recognized by the VSA as Student Organizations, we just keep closer taps on them ensure that they get off to a great start!

Vassar Alliance of Women in Foreign Affairs

vawfa.vsa@vasar.edu

Vassar Alliance of Women in Foreign Affairs (VAWFA) is an on-campus resource for women and non-binary femmes. We define foreign affairs broadly, including topics such as international politics, domestic social climate, and environmental challenges. VAWFA provides a nurturing space for discussing a range of issues, from reproductive rights to foreign aid. Through holding events and workshops, we aim to increase female representation in foreign affairs at all levels. We offer continued support throughout college, early employment, and future careers, linking members to our extensive alumni network. It is our goal to build a community that endures beyond our years at Vassar, to empower others to achieve their aspirations, and to work toward eliminating gender disparities in professional fields.

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Vastards

vastards.vsa@vassar.edu

Co-ed acapella group est. 2002 specializing in nostalgia pop! Good people, good tunes, and good times.

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Challah For Hunger

challah.vsa@vassar.edu

Challah for Hunger?s mission is to raise money for local and international charities that mainly take on the cause of hunger and food insecurity, whether on a local or global scale through the weekly selling of traditional challah bread. Currently, half the money made is donated to Dutchess Outreach and half to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. While achieving this goal, Challah for Hunger also strives to unite people that are passionate about not only advocacy, but also baking. Our goal is to be a community where people are constantly learning from each other ? a group in which our commitment and responsibility for helping local and international charities goes hand in hand with getting to know one another and contributing to each other?s Vassar experience. Though Challah for Hunger is essentially a fundraising organization and a baking club put together, it is greater than the sum of its parts. It is up to us to define how this takes shape, how what we do on a regular basis and the relationships we forge in so doing can be used in a collaborative effort to make not only an entertaining, but also meaningful contribution to the campus community. Whether it be through our commitment to provide an open, fun and safe environment for all our volunteers, or through pointing us in the direction of something happening in the world that needs our attention ? initiatives will be cultivated, never stifled.

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Choir Council

choircouncil.vsa@vassar.edu (please make sure that this email address forwards to mioosterhout@vassar.edu)

As the VSA branch of the Vassar Music Department Choirs, Choir Council is dedicated to representing the students of all the department choirs. In addition to fundraising for choir trips, Choir Council organizes several parties, events, and other bonding opportunities for its student members every semester.

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Indecent Exposure

indecentexposurevc@gmail.com

Indecent Exposure is Vassar's best all-women and non-binary comedy troupe. Founded in 2004 by Heather Trobe, the group was created in response to a very serious lack of women comedians on campus. Not only does it provide a space for women & non-binary comedians to come together and share ideas, but also to create smart, unusual, innovative, and hilarious shows. Performing two sketch shows a year as well as a smattering of stand-up and community collaborations, IE is a busy group consistently laughing in the face of the myth that "women aren't funny."

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PHOCUS

phocus.vassar@gmail.com

PHOCUS, Vassar's photography club, provides valuable resources to photographers and photography enthusiasts in the Vassar community. Whether you're an experienced photographer or new to the field, PHOCUS will provide you access to cameras and a fully equipped darkroom. We also hold critiques, lectures by photographers and workshops throughout the year, for students who are interested in learning more about their cameras or the dark room process. In addition, we publish an annual photography journal called "FIX".

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PHOCUS

phocus.vassar@gmail.com

PHOCUS, Vassar's photography club, provides valuable resources to photographers and photography enthusiasts in the Vassar community. Whether you're an experienced photographer or new to the field, PHOCUS will provide you access to cameras and a fully equipped darkroom. We also hold workshops throughout the year, for students who are interested in learning more about their cameras or the dark room process, and photo critiques to get feedback on our work. In addition, we have a website, which provides students numerous photography resources and the opportunity to share their photos.

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Vassar College Ballroom Club

vassarballroom@gmail.com

Ballroom Club is a fun, low-level dance group, where we meet twice a week to learn several different ballroom dances, such as salsa, swing, waltz, and more! Any level of experience is welcomed, so come out and learn some cool moves with us!

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The Night Owls

nightowls.vsa@vassar.edu

The Night Owls are one of the nation's oldest all-women's a cappella group. They were founded in 1942 when students were quarantined to their dorm rooms to contain a Polio outbreak. A few intrepid young women, dressed in all black, snuck out of their dorms, met in the basement of the library, and traveled all around campus to serenade their ailing classmates. The Night Owls still dress in all black for each performance to commemorate the founding women. The group performs a variety of music, but they are known for their arrangements of jazz standards and jazzy renditions of more contemporary songs. Membership is by audition.

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Beauty and the Beats

beautyandthebeatsvc@gmail.com

We are Vassar's premier Disney A capella group! We sing songs from all disney media, along with some juicy mashups with other popular songs.

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Majors

niruggeri@vassar.edu (still need a VSA one)

Majors is an auditioned, SATB choral ensemble that performs choral music across many time periods and genres. Membership is open to all Vassar students by audition. In addition to on-campus concerts, Majors performs in the greater Poughkeepsie community and tours yearly.

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Measure 4 Measure

measure4measure@vassar.edu

Measure 4 Measure is one of Vassar's all-female/non-binary a cappella groups. Measure has at least one concert each semester, although they often have more than one? usually inviting other schools to sing at these functions. Their repertoire includes classic favorites as well as newer artists. They sing often and well, and are occasionally paid to do so! Membership is by audition.

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Quidditch (The Butterbeer Broooers)

quidditch.vsa@vassar.edu

Quidditch is a coed, contact sport played entirely on brooms. No prior athletic experience necessary! Our goal is to have a fun, chill time. Practices are on Joss Beach (field in front of Joss) on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 3-5pm. We also play at intercollegiate tournaments. Come whenever you want! We welcome new players year-round.

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Vassar College Democrats

democrats.vsa@vassar.edu

The aim of the Vassar College Democrats is to promote the ideals of the Democratic Party, to further political discourse and diversity, and to empower young citizens through organized activism. Through discussion, activism, canvassing, programming, debates, and GOTV efforts, the Vassar Democrats work transparently, passionately, and honestly toward the adoption of progressive policies. Our organization responds to and reflects the ideologies and priorities of the members of the Vassar College Democrats.

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Vassar Muslim Student Union

vmsu.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar Muslim Students Union aims to provide a supportive network, space, and community for Muslim students to enhance, maintain, and embody their faith to whatever degree they choose, as well as provide an environment that enables and encourages dialogue of issues pertinent to being Muslim in the 21st century. We also seek to serve the needs of anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, who is interested in learning more about Islam through the works of VMSU. In addition, we aim to raise awareness against detrimental stereotypes against Muslims around the world and work towards the inclusion of the Muslim identity in wider campus discussions.

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Vassar College Equestrian Team

equestrian.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar College Equestrian Team offers all Vassar students the opportunity to take horseback riding lessons, whether they are experienced riders or complete beginners. We strive to make the team as open and inclusive as possible, including providing free transportation to and from all events and lessons. We also hold events on and off campus for members and the larger campus community, including fundraisers, horse shows, and horse rescue volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the team participates in Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Zone 3 Region 3 horse shows, where we strive to represent Vassar College athletics in a competitive intercollegiate setting. This also gives Vassar students the opportunity to meet riders from other schools. We play a vital role in supporting our zone, including co-hosting a horse show every year. The equestrian team fills a crucial niche for those who wish to ride in college and would not be able to do so on their own, as well as introduces new students to the joys of horseback riding in a safe, supportive, and fun environment.

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Raymond House

raymond.vsa@vassar.edu

Ray ray, all day. The best House Team and residents on the block.

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Vassar Card Sharks (pre-org)

vassarcardsharks@gmail.com

Card Sharks is Vassar's only org completely devoted to the art and fun of playing card games! From President and Mao to Bridge and Hearts, we meet casually once a week to play and learn classic card games.

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The Vassar Devils

devils.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar Devils were started in the fall of 1987, and are now one of nine a cappella groups at Vassar. The Devils are known for their tight harmonies, polished sound, complex arrangements, and infectious sense of fun. In addition to performing a number of informal concerts for the Vassar community, the Devils also hold a winter final concert and spring final concert every year! Most recently, the Devils released a professional studio album, Coming Alive!

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Black Students' Union

blackstudentsunion@vassar.edu

It is the mission of the Black Students' Union (BSU) to help create and maintain an uplifting and productive environment for the Black-identifying community of Vassar College. BSU promotes proactive leadership, scholarship, community outreach and student empowerment. BSU takes pride in working to develop a lasting appreciation of social, moral, intellectual, and most of all, cultural values that will elevate the Black student in their pursuit of academia. We are dedicated to eradicating ignorance toward the plurality of black identities, and also to promoting positive change through education, motivation and advocacy for Black students at Vassar. BSU membership is open to any Vassar student who is strongly committed to the mission of the organization.

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The Listening Center

tlc.vsa@vassar.edu

The Listening Center is an anonymous and private peer listening service. We are trained in active listening and intend to provide nonjudgemental empathy and support to all Vassar students. We are knowledgeable about Vassar?s resources and are able to provide referrals. We are available online every night during classes from 8pm-12am via www.7cups/p/thelisteningcenter (password: Vassar). To talk, click ?Chat now? with our online listener. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to get updated information about all campus events.

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Vassar Unitarian Universalists

unitarianuniversalists.vsa@vassar.edu

Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal, non-creedal religious tradition. With UU values in mind, the Vassar UU group seeks to explore spirituality, discuss social issues, and build a safe, welcoming community open to all. The group holds weekly meetings of worship and/or discussion. Examples of meeting activities include meditation, drawing, and singing. We also intend to combine faith with fellowship and social action.

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Vassar College Television

vctv.vsa@vassar.edu

VCTV is Vassar's only student-run on-campus production studios! VCTV produces a variety of projects each year, including a year long narrative webseries, collaborations with other student orgs, and a variety of internally generated shorts. Students can be involved in each stage of creating - anywhere from development, writing, production, direction, editing, or performance. VCTV strives to make creative media making available to all students, stories, and voices!

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Vassarion

vassarionyearbook@gmail.com / vassarion.vsa@vassar.edu

Vassarion is Vassar's annual yearbook. Published each spring, the Vassarion covers academic departments, campus life, athletics, the senior class, and student organizations and coordinate student volunteers to participate in layout, photography, and editing. It's a wonderful way to connect to Vassar traditions and make a lasting impact on Vassar students' experiences.

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Vassar Business Club

vcbusinessclub.vsa@vassar.edu

VBC's mission is to help students learn about diverse careers and prepare them for internships and jobs in the careers they find most fulfilling. We work closely with the Career Development Office and Office of Alumnae/i Engagement to organize alumnae/i panels, host lectures and other events. By sharing career and life experiences through our club, Vassar alums help students develop career plans and life skills. Our events offer insight on both unusual and established career paths, along with networking and mentoring opportunities. Our goal is to help our peers gain exposure, find opportunities and explore varied interests early on in their Vassar career. Students may contact us at any time with a field of interest and we do our best to share resources to explore the industry.

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Vassar Finance Club

vcfinanceclub.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar Finance Club promotes financial literacy on Vassar?s campus in order to support those students interested in pursuing careers in the investment banking, financial services and strategic consulting sectors. We try to create a space for students to seek help and collaborate for their professional development in quantitative, financial and management consulting careers. We aim to foster an educational environment that encourages the sharing of information, financial news and investment strategies among the entire Vassar community. The Finance Club also encourages collaborative learning by conducting skills workshops, consulting and case interview working groups, technical interview preparation material and can sponsor subscriptions for news and other materials.

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Ceramics Club

ceramics.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar Ceramics Club provides students with an interest in the clay arts with the means and resources to pursue their work. The club has studio space at Art Centro in downtown Poughkeepsie, which includes access to wheels, tools, and an electric kiln. Students with all skill levels are welcome. Workshops and hand-building events are also held.

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Vassar Greens

greens.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar Greens pursue environmental and social justice through action-based campaigns. We seek to establish an empowering community by building leadership among our members and through meaningful collaboration with other student organizations and the Poughkeepsie community. We emphasize the connection between social justice and environmental sustainability and we strive to pursue consensus-based goals that incorporate multiple perspectives on the issues that our generation is facing. General body meets every week, campaigns meet separately, and new faces are always welcome!

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BAM

bamacapellavassar@gmail.com

BAM is a co-ed acapella group that performs all styles of show-stopping music, from Broadway classics to top 40 hits (and everything in between).

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Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union

vclu.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union (VCLU) represents all right-of-center political thought at Vassar College. The organization dedicates itself to conservative and libertarian thought, politically independent from the liberal mainstream on campus.

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Vassar Voices for Planned Parenthood

actout.vsa@vassar.edu is current, but we would love to change it to vvpp.vsa@vassar.edu if possible

VVPP aims to foster support for and connections with Planned Parenthood and reproductive justice by promoting direct action, advocacy and activism. We encourage students to become motivated to not just support Planned Parenthood but stand up for it, organizing events in which students can become directly involved with the fight for reproductive justice and facilitating direct connections between the student body and Poughkeepsie?s PP office.

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The Vassar Mahagonny Ensemble

mahagonny.vsa@vassar.edu

The Mahagonny Ensemble seeks to establish a presence for contemporary and modern classical music on Vassar's campus, performing classical compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to become acquainted with an under-represented genre of music, the vital musical techniques it requires, and the experiences for diversification of performance that it affords. Since its premiere performance of Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel in the Spring of 2000, the Ensemble has saught to share the beauty and artistic merit of modern classical music with the rest of the Vassar community. The Mahagonny Ensemble is also dedicated to the continuation of the tradition of classical music, giving a platform for student composers of the Vassar community, alumae/i composers, and composers from the surrounding area to have newly composed works performed for a public audience.

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Primary Care Progress

frvelcani@vassar.edu

PCP is an effort of health care providers, public health activists, and students to raise awareness about the current state of the US medical care system. Here, at Vassar, we?re looking for a way to help inform administration policy on issues related to health and wellness here at Vassar from a data-driven student perspective. Our goal is a year long foray into the health behaviors of Vassar Students with the goal of working with the administration about developing policies that are informed by the lived realities of the students here at the college.

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Relay for Life

frvelcani@vassar.edu

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We engage the Vassar and Poughkeepsie community in various fundraisers by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money counts towards helping save lives and celebrate life. Our team attends the Poughkeepsie Relay for Life at the end of the year as a conclusion to a great year in which we remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and continue to raise money to help the American Cancer Society.

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Generations

frvelcani@vassar.edu

The Mission of Generations is to facilitate communication and positive exchange between members of the Vassar College community, and local residents of senior care facilities. Through regular visits to the Vassar-Warner Home, and through the provision of activities and resources to the home and its residents, Generation seeks to expose its members to issues in the geriatric population, while facilitating relationships and connections that can prove meaningful to both Vassar students and the individuals living in these communities.

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Vassar Filmmakers

vcfilmmakers-l@lists.vassar.edu

Vassar Filmmakers hosts weekly screenings and film workshops as well as producing several shorts each semester. Members can choose which activities and events to participate in, providing a very stress-free environment.

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Aircapella

aircapella.vsa@vassar.edu

AirCapella is Vassar's premier all-whistling a capella group.

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Vass Shakers

shakers.vsa@vassar.edu

Vass shakers is a non-audtion based campus dance ensemble that welcomes anyone and everyone to come dance with us! Our pieces are student choreographed and our styles range from jazz to contemporary to whatever the choreographers are feeling that semester. We have members of all levels and experiences and we all work to put on a show every semester! Come shake with us!

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Vassar On Tap

ontap.vsa@vassar.edu

Vassar On Tap is Vassar College's only tap ensemble. We have classes for all levels and each level rehearses once a week for an hour. At the end of each semester, we have a show with a student jazz band. No prior tap experience is necessary for joining On Tap, and we will provide tap shoes to those who don't have any!

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Woodshed Theater Ensemble

woodshed.vsa@vassar.edu

we would like to keep the old description!

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CHOICE

choice@vassar.edu

CHOICE stands for Campus Health Organization for Information, Contraception, and Education. We are an entirely student-run organization whose mission is to facilitate the safer sex practices of students by speedily distributing free condoms, latex gloves, dental dams, lubricant and other prophylactics through an anonymous ordering system. Recognizing that safer sex and sexual health education are integral to creating a sexually healthy and informed student body here at Vassar, we also distribute educational pamphlets about STIs, pregnancy, and contraception and we invite guest speakers annually to come engage with our student body about these important matters. Our most updated menu of safer sex supply offerings may be found on our Facebook page - Choice at Vassar. Students may email choice@vassar.eduto order free safer sex supplies (please include your mailbox number) and to confidentially ask questions relating to sexual health and safer sex practices. Meetings are held every Sunday in the LGBTQ center at 6pm. CHOICE is a confidential and nonjudgmental organization.

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Vassar Haiti Project

vhpuber@vassar.edu

The Vassar Haiti Project is a registered 501C nonprofit primarily run by Vassar College students in partnership with a community named Chermaitre in Northwest Haiti. The project is on its 17 year fundraising through Haitian art sales for our initiatives; water, health, reforestation, education, and a women's cooperative.

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HYPE

hype.vsa@vassar.edu

HYPE exists to create an open, creative, and diverse space for hip-hop dance and dancers who are passionate about this art form. This performance group benefits the Vassar community by bringing hip-hop culture, as well as other styles of dance that inspire or inform hip-hop, in the form of dances, classes, events, and performances. Regardless of past experience or previous exposure to dance, this group provides equal opportunity for anyone interested in dancing, performing, and/or hyping the presence of hip-hop on campus.

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Queer Coalition of Vassar College

qcvc.vsa@vassar.edu

QCVC is an organization formed in order to meet the needs of Vassar?s queer community. QCVC strives to provide a space for dialogue surrounding queer issues and concerns on and off campus, as well as encourage community building and individual self-growth for Vassar?s LGBTQ+ students. We use the word ?queer? to recognize and affirm a plurality of sex, sexuality, and gender difference as well as wherever an individual may be in the process of understanding the breadth of their identities. Though QCVC focuses on queer issues, we do acknowledge that a person?s queer identity intersects with all other aspects of their identity. As a result, we collaborate with other organizations in order to sponsor events related to topics surrounding sexuality, gender, class, dis/ability, etc.

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WVKR

wvkr.vsa@vassar.edu

Vassar College's Independent Radio Station

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Vassar Outing Club

outingclub.vsa@vassar.edu

The Outing Club encourages and facilitates participation in and appreciation for outdoor recreation. We promote low-impact/Leave No Trace usage of the wilderness. We provide trained, reliable, and safe outdoors leadership, and offer specialized outdoors equipment and knowledge to the Vassar community. Come get dirty with us!

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Council of Black Seniors (CBS)

councilofblackseniors@gmail.com

The Council of Black Seniors are seniors of color committed to providing programming that expresses the diversity of the senior class. This includes pre-professional programming as well as social events.

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Big Night In

bignightin.vsa@vassar.edu

Our goal is to foster an inclusive and dependable community for all Vassar students. We do this by providing substance-free programming every weekend! All of our events are interactive, some being on campus, and once a semester off campus! Some of our past events include laser tag, baking night, escape the mug, and Blodgett hide and seek. To be added to our email list, please email bignightin.vsa@vassar.edu

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VOICE (Vassar Organizing Israel Conversations Effectively)

jstreetu.vsa@vassar.edu

VOICE (Vassar Organizing Israel Conversations Effectively) aims to support Vassar students who believe that the Jewish people have the right to self-determination in a Jewish State in Israel. We fulfill this goal by engaging in and encouraging academic discourse on topics including, but not limited to, Israeli politics, history, society, and culture.

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The Vassar Political Review

Chronicle@vassar.edu

The Vassar Political Review is an online political publication that seeks to raise the level of political discourse at Vassar, provide a platform for all ideologies and detoxify politics for the average student to make it a part of regular discourse. Previously called the Vassar Chronicle, the Political Review will use new media strategies such as a stronger social media presence, more digestible article lengths (300-1600 words), rolling publishing, an open and transparent submission process and a larger variety of unique articles such as point/counterpoints and infographics. Students not involved in the Political Review are still encouraged to submit their writing for publication. We want everyone's voices to be heard.

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Vassar College Entertainment (ViCE)

vice.vsa@vassar.edu

We organize content and events for the Vassar student body. ViCE consists of ViCE Music -- responsible for large all-campus concerts, ViCE Weekly -- responsible for smaller shows every other week, ViCE Film -- responsible for hosting screenings and bringing film-makers, producers, and the like to campus, and ViCE Outreach -- responsible for publicizing, promoting, and representing ViCE as a whole.

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Vassar Christian Fellowship

christianfellowship.vsa@vassar.edu

The Vassar Christian Fellowship is a chapter of InterVarsity Fellowship/USA (IVCF) , a national campus ministry that seeks to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed. We are open to people of all ages, Christians of all backgrounds, non-Christians, seekers, regardless of race, color, sex, ethnicity, nationality, political or sexual orientation, marital status, or able-bodiedness.

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Southeast Asian Student Alliance

seasa.vc@gmail.com

no need to change our current description

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Camerata

camerata.vsa@vassar.edu

The Camerata Ensemble?made up of a Choir and Orchestra?is dedicated to providing opportunities for those who wish to perform and hear early music from the years 800-1800. The ensemble is entirely student run, and consists of a small group of dedicated singers and instrumentalists who rehearse weekly during the academic year. Camerata gives one concert a semester in Skinner Hall, and also provides the opportunity to bring our music out of Skinner. The ensemble is available to perform for special events on and off campus, such as faculty and school-sponsored functions. We are not audition-based, and welcome singers and instrumentalists of all musical backgrounds.

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