Bardians can be Respectful Smokers too??


This past semester, students and faculty members have been brainstorming ways to show Bardians that smokers and non-smokers can live in peace and harmony. Spear-headed by Amii LeGendre along with representatives from Health and Counseling Services, the Respectful Smoking Campaign aims to show smokers on campus that their presence is indeed desired just not right in front of every main entrance on campus. 10926258_869416373109039_4232964551076285635_oThis campaign is part awareness and part urban design. Buttons with “Respect” were given to every student at check in. Informational posters, ironically designed like cigarette packs, are everywhere on campus explaining the 25 ft. NY state law,  community awareness, and respect for your fellow community members. Furthermore, blue picnic tables are going to be added near major entrance ways around campus such as the one current on the north side of the Campus Center. There will be signs designating these smoker friendly tables with the appropriate cigarette butt receptacles. The first day the Campus Center received their blue picnic table immediately smokers were naturally using this great new space. Everyone is happy! There are future plans for many more picnic tables, the possibility of covered areas, and even a smoking-free L&T campus!

Respectful Smoking Campaign: Will it work?

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Written by SPARC Event Planning Interns based on personal observations
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Senior Class Council Fall 2014 Recap

The Senior Class Council (SCC) has had some bad- well more like very little rep this year. In previous years, the SCC was an entity no one knew about, a secret underground society of top secret and selected members. This year, this super secret society is coming out of the caves and becoming more transparent. Every year juniors who are active and involved on campus, both academically and extracurricularly, are recommended by faculty and staff members to be part of the SCC. Come fall of the following year, they get to work. The primary goal is to raise money for the Senior Class Gift this includes Phone Banks, letter writing, and hosting fundraising events like Pub Night and Senior vs Faculty/Staff Basketball game.


The SCC will be fundraising all year long for the senior class gift: to create a multimedia lounge that would enable printing capabilities for students living on North Campus, a Multicultural Club Room space for student groups to meet and to enhance the coffee house. SCC also organizes special events during commencement such as the Bachelorette, Senior Dinner, and Tent Party.

If you feel so inclined, please donate to the Senior Class Gift here!


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What are you most looking forward to for Spring Semester 2015? - pick your top 2!

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There is no doubt about it but this campus is still buzzing about the excitement over the ISO (International Student Organization) Cultural Show. If you didn’t make it, you certainly did miss THE event of the year. The ISO Committee, all the performers, SoundCrew, and the MCs went above and beyond this year by making drastic changes to the organization of the Show. This year the Committee decided to completely scratch the intermission and simply power through the 2.5 hour show! Additionally, the after dinner was organized in a completely a different way and the number of rehearsals were even increased. How did these changes compare to years in the past? SPARC wants to know your thoughts!

How can the ISO Cultural Show improve for next fall? (Pick up to 2 answers)

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This show took dedication from all participants. From administration figures to SoundCrew, this event would have not been so successful if it was not a time honored tradition here at Bard. The success of this show also proved why it is such a highly attended and valued event. This year, there were almost 150 individual performers and the enormous camaraderie between them was seen both on and off the stage. There were even on-lookers who had to see the show from the outside of Olin through the large windows. This shows that when Bard students collaborate to accomplish something big, they set the bar and exceed it. The result is an amazingly entertaining show and many fire code violations.


And who is to blame for these violations: The ISO Committee because they put on an amazing show! Stay tuned for the official release of photos and videos from the Cultural Show on their Fb page here and be sure to tag them in your own Cultural Show pics on instagram: @iso.bard


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This past weekend, Bardians hailing from Suminski Inski to Sands House put on their best-kept wigs, acrylic face paint, and a few blood splattered cardboard cut outs to get into the wicked/spooky vibe. But isn’t Halloween for children to run around the darling houses of Red Hook and collect sweet treats from neighbors? Not at Bard: Halloween has reached a whole new level: evening reaching to a Spring Fling degree of attendance! (Thank you Freddie Gibbs) Every single night of the weekend (Wednesday at 4:20pm through Monday at 4:20am), Bardians were found celebrating the holy holiday through a plethora of events: movie screenings, fire shows, costume contests, pub nights, pumpkin carving, and live musical performances galore. Entertainment Committee hosted two amazing nights at SMOG, WXBC had a super successful SpookFest, Root Cellar has a very Noisey Saturday and there was even a collaborative Funkfest in DTR! SPARC literally ran out of space for all these amazing events hosted by students. Even “alternative” events were a big hit: from Edgar Allen Poe Readings to LARPing through Olin classrooms. A good time was had by all! It was an amazingly successful weekend for SPARC and the student body. But what exactly makes Bard students go crazy for Halloween? Share your thoughts through our new poll: 

Why are Bardians crazy for Halloween?

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Not only was this one of the most eventful weekends at Bard this semester but it was also one of the safest. With all the worry about 9G no horrific instances were reported from the college (and thankfully no emails from Ken Cooper or Leon Botstein), that deserves a round of applause considering. So keep it up Bardians!


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The LowDown: Check Requests and Purchase Orders

Now that all clubs have money…. how do you spend it?   Check out this charts that will help you filling out your check requests and purchase orders! Check it before you stop by the office next time!

CR Flow chart



PO Flow Chart


Welcome Back!


Summer is winding down, students are invading campus, and the inevitable Club Head Day is around the corner. Student Government will provide all the answers you need about club funds and regulations and you will be introduced to Student Activities who will help inform about planning events on campus.

Before coming to Club Head Day in the MPR on Saturday September 6th @ 11 AM, please register your club here:

This must be done before 5PM on Friday September 5th!!If your club is not properly registered, you will receive no budget from the Student Government.
Special Shuttle for Club Head Day:  Saturday, September 6
Red Hook pick up (municipal lot) @ 10am
Campus Center drop off

Tivoli pick up (Pine Street bus stop) @ 10:30am
Campus Center drop off




Urban Cowboy!

Live music, mechanical bull, southwestern fare, vegan chili and bottled root beer! Need we say more? Ironic western wear encouraged.

Club Head Day

Welcome back to campus! I bet all club heads have new and exciting ideas and events they would like to do this semester.

Big reminder: CLUB registration is due by 5pm today!!! All clubs MUST be registered by using the Club Registration Form.

Club Head Day is tomorrow at 11am in the MPR… attendance is MANDATORY for returning and new club heads.


See you soon!


Tips for Running a Club Meeting

As club heads you might have started to have club meetings and for some of you, this may be your first time heading a club. Here are a few tips for having a successful planning meeting for an event.

Before your meeting make an agenda of the things you would like to discuss with regards to your event so that you don’t spend the meeting time trying to come up with points.

1) Send email/ text reminders a day before and or day of the meeting to the members of your club reminding them of the meeting time and place.

2) Once the meeting begins, do a quick check-in/ a fun ice-breaker activity with the members of your club. By doing an activity you will hopefully get everyone’s energy levels up and also bring in their focus to discuss the agenda.

3) Ask your club members to suggest ideas for the event such as what event you would like to have, possible theme, venue, date and time.

4) Discuss the components of your event and the logistics required to have those components happen.

5) Go to SPARC to reserve the location for the date and time that you would like to have your event and also get your event registered.

6) Finally delegate the responsibility of different tasks to members of the club

For example: If you want a DJ to perform at your event- has the DJ been contacted? Is a contract in place where you agreed on date, time and price? Have you taken the contract to Julie Duffstein or Brian Mateo in Student Activities for it to be reviewed? Has the DJ filled out a W-9  tax form?Have you submitted a check request (with the W-9 and contract attached) for payment a week ahead of when you need the check (check requests are due by Wednesday 5PM for checks needed 9 days after).

Will you need to go shopping to buy supplies for your event? Will you need to submit purchase orders for food? Have you thought about publicity -SPARC publicity interns need at least a week to prepare your posters.

By delegating different tasks you as the club head are not left with all the work and also the club members get to feel like they are taking an active role in the planning and execution of the event.

Each club meeting will look different depending on what the purpose of your club is but this is a guide to help you make your meeting environment more productive and also help you to use your meeting to plan an event.

For more tips click on the Club Resources tab on our website or stop by the SPARC office for a handout.

Keep planning the awesome events that make each weekend at Bard unique!



Clubs, Clubs, Clubs

Henna Club giving tattoos to interested members at Club Fair 2012 (Gracie Brandmaier and Jaya Griscom shown)

Congratulations to Club Heads on going through the budget process. Now its time to move on to the next step- Getting members to join your club! Tomorrow, September 18, 2013 will be Club Fair which will be held outside Kline on the walkway starting at 6 PM followed by Budget Forum at 8 PM on Ludlow Lawn. Now as a new club head, you might be wondering what Club Fair is all about. Well its a great way to showcase some things your club will do and get other Bard students who are interested in joining to sign up. First you need to go secure half of a table outside Kline. Then once you have done that the rest is pretty straight forward. So say you are the Dance Club, you might want to get speakers and demonstrate the type of dance you will do. Or if you are the Red-Yellow-Upside-Down-Flying-Candy-Makers (totally made that one up!!!!!) you might want to let others know exactly what it is that you do or plan on doing.  If you are a returning club head you might want to show some posters or pictures showing activities you have done in the past. Then of course you should have a sign up sheet!

At 8PM move on over to Ludlow for Budget Forum where Club Heads will have the opportunity to get more money for their clubs (some find very interesting ways to ask for money which has been very interesting in the past). Budget Forum also gives you the opportunity to get involved in Student Government and Campus Life.Then start planning your events!!! After  this fun-filled day of getting  interested members and attending Budget Forum, you should come in to SPARC (once you decide when your meetings will be ) to reserve a space to have said meetings/ events, and to place them on the SPARC calendar (this will help FISC Comm check if you have been meeting/ hosting events throughout the semester and may help you get a better budget next semester). Once you start spending your budget come into SPARC for help with purchase orders, check requests and reimbursements.

Let the club-ing begin and may the odds be ever in your favor!!!