Former President Henry Noble McCracken announced his opposition to the college's proposed affiliation with Yale University, citing it as "an ethical breach of trust in the more than 1,000 individual endowments to Vassar College, dating back 106 years to Matthew Vassar's original $400,000 investment."  A month later, in The New York Times, MacCracken charged that moving to New Have would be "a wholesale takeover of an independent institution," casting aside Vassar's independence "for a position alongside a big university.    The Poughkeepsie Journal, The Miscellany News