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

The Misc’s 2008-09 Executive Board from left to right: Emma Mitchell '09 (senior editor), Brian Farkas '10 (editor-in-chief), Alexandra Matthews '11 (senior editor).. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of The Miscellany News

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On August 25, The Miscellany News announced the debut of its brand new, interactive website. The site boasts a number of new features, including allowing readers to respond to articles and debate the key issues facing Vassar. Readers will be able to submit Letters to the Editor online and see them printed in the next week’s issue. Users can request to have summaries of weekly issues or breaking news emailed to them directly. An RSS feed allows readers to view the Miscellany News through services such as Google Reader. The website also has tools to allow readers to share articles through email, or via Facebook, Blogger, or MySpace.

Another new feature of the site is The Miscellany News Guide to Poughkeepsie. The guide includes a variety of resources, including restaurant reviews and information on local attractions.

The newest version of the site is the product of more than five months of coding. “We studied about 100 college newspaper sites from peer institutions across the country,” said Editor-in-Chief Brian Farkas ’10. “And I have no doubt that The Miscellany News website blows them out of the water, both in terms of functionality and in terms of user experience.” Farkas sees the site as an important mechanism for keeping alumnae/i connected with the campus. “Last year, we received several Letters to the Editor from graduates, which I think brought an interesting angle to our coverage. Now it will be even easier for alumnae/i to interact. I hope that this new website will serve as a forum for discussion and information for all members of the Vassar community — past and present.”

October 2008

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