Bard College’s only student newspaper. We print once a month during the academic year, and our coverage includes – but is not limited to – community news, feature writing, campus culture & activities, reviews, opinions & editorials, sports updates, and news from Bard’s satellites around the world.
Our first issue was printed on on March 14, 2000. As mentioned in the Free Press Statement of Purpose, it “was founded by former members of the Bard Observer staff–the managing editor, section editors and contributors both–who were dissatisfied with the quality of student journalism at Bard.” The Free Press and the Bard Observer merged in 2008.
Since its formation, the Free Press has always been entirely student run. We do not have a faculty advisor, we do not accept paid advertising, and we do not charge students, parents, or alumni/ae for paper subscriptions. We have a horrible business model, but that’s okay with us.
The Bard Student Newspaper Archive chronicles the history of student journalism at Bard until 1999, prior to the conception of the Bard Free Press.
Naomi is the kind of person who is the first one in Kline in the morning. She likes to eat two eggs over-easy while doing the New York Times crossword. Back when she was News Editor, she was called the least corrupt member on staff. That is possibly still true. We haven’t checked in a while.
Leela is the one who makes sure we can afford to keep the lights on. Well, that’s not technically true because we don’t pay electricity bills because our office is at the college. But should we have that kind of responsibility, she would be the person who keeps it all in order.
Levi is famous for his Free Press Juice, Trademark. Last year, he wore the same Drake sweatshirt to every production weekend. It was charming. He is in charge of the layout and general aesthetic of the paper.
Akshita always knows about the coolest new clubs and fashions on campus. She’s also stunningly stylish. Also poised. She always brightens our basement office. We’re glad she’s one of ours.
Duncan is best described as “suave.” He’ll casually mention that time he was at a masquerade ball in Vienna. One time we were sent photos of Istanbul and he recognized the street. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of books and history, and keeps tabs on every corner of the Bard arts scene.
Avery and Naomi first met when they were both in elementary school. They went to a summer camp at Hampshire College. Naomi thought his name was Kevin, and she was so embarrassed that she swore never to speak to him again. She decided to make an exception when he turned out to be a damn good editor.
You might remember Connor as the guy who was waving this really cool flag for the Anti-Capitalists Club at Budget Forum. He cares about everything he does. He’s an unstoppable man on a mission.
In her time as Opinion Editor, Anne has developed a real talent for helping people on campus voice their opinions in an effective way. She’s patient and diligent and we really like having her on our team.
Olivia is a badass surfer babe, and she also has an amazing eye for art. She works with artists and photographers to make sure their work is done justice. She has great taste.
Madi doesn’t just like grammar, it’s her passion. She’s one of those rare people who can sit down to a story and find everything that needs fixing. Oh, and her snapchats are hilarious.
All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held in our office, located in the warm and inviting setting of the basement of Tewksbury! You need a swipe card to enter, so you’ll have to come by during our office hours, or contact the Free Press in advance.