Over 100 Vassar students went to Central Park in New York City to protest alongside 250,000 others at a rally held by the organization Not In Our Name (NION). NION was holding demonstrations across the U.S. to “protest the war on Iraq, detentions and roundups of immigrants, police state restrictions, and the erosion of civil liberties.” Vassar College President Frances Fergusson encouraged this activism in her fall convocation address which she gave shortly before the NYC protest.