The SGA Senate formed a Vassar Investment Research Committee (VIRC) to create an alternative, socially-conscious stock portfolio. In April, VIRC released a report advocating total divestment from South Africa. It also recommended actions pressuring General Electric to stop dumping polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River.

VIRC further concluded that the current endowment had a “shockingly low” rate of return and that new investments should be made.