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About Us

Note: If you were redirected from our “history” page, we apologize. We are currently writing a more extensive history of The Chronicle‘s development and role at Vassar. If you would like to learn more about The Chronicle‘s past, see the Vassar Encyclopedia’s entries on The Chronicle: “The Chronicle” and “The Chronicle of the 1970s.”

The Vassar Chronicle was founded in 1944 as an alternative newsweekly for Vassar College students and the local Poughkeepsie community. The Chronicle of the 40s and 50s featured an extensive opinions section with editorials on campus politics and significant issues. The revival of The Chronicle in 1974 by politically active students marked “a return to commitment to action” of individual students, faculty, staff, and friends in the greater Vassar community. Towards the end of its 70s run, the editors of The Chronicle shifted their focus from a sustained dialogue on campus issues to literature, the arts, and culture. (For more on The Chronicle‘s history, see here). The current Chronicle does not report the news, but serves Vassar’s community as a nonpartisan journal of thought and politics. Though founded by members of the Moderate Independent Conservative Alliance in 2010, since then the Vassar Student Association has granted The Chronicle certification as an independent organization. We publish at least twice a semester, and include pieces on everything from campus discourse to international affairs. The Chronicle does not associate with any particular strain of political thought, but rather seeks to publish solid intellectual arguments grounded in serious thought and research. We strive to spark meaningful discussion across Vassar’s community of students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and employees.

For information about our current Executive and Editorial Board, see the masthead.

To read our Constitution, which includes our organizational structure and operating policies, see here.