Tom Little’s cartoon “Didn’t Quite Measure Up” (Sept. 29, 1960), above, depicts what was then a new concept: the televised presidential candidates’ debate. In September 1960 millions of Americans watched the first-ever televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. The new medium caught Nixon off guard and showed him in poor contrast to the relaxed, confident and handsome Kennedy. When Nixon ran again in 1968, he carefully controlled his television appearances and refused to debate on air, as can be seen in Charles Bissell’s cartoon “And maybe catch a chill? … Never!”, left.

Mind’s Eye: Quick Draw

Politics and politicians have never been spared the cartoonist’s pen From Charlie Hebdo to the lampooning of U.S. presidential candidates, political cartoons continue to be a staple of editorial pages. While the rise of digital media—and the decline of newspapers—may have reduced their reach, political cartoons remain one of theRead More

Asheeka Desai crossed the Commencement stage May 13 with her bachelor’s degree in communication studies. A native of Greer, South Carolina, she is a member of Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity. (SUSAN URMY)

Asheeka Desai: Communication Studies Major and Head Resident, Hank Ingram House

I’m graduating in May, and while it will be hard to leave Vanderbilt, it will be even harder to leave The Commons. The Commons has been such a defining part of my Vanderbilt experience, and has been my home here since day one.

Recent Books, Spring 2016

Recent Books, Spring 2016

Interactive Writing Across Grades: A Small Practice with Big Results, PreK-5 (2016, Stenhouse) by Kate Roth and Joan Dabrowski, EdD’08 Interactive Writing Across Grades provides a how-to guide for using interactive writing—a dynamic, unscripted instructional method in which the teacher and students work together to construct a meaningful text whileRead More

Spies Like Us: When War Disrupted the Chance of a Lifetime, Two Future Vanderbilt Chancellors Proved Their Mettle

Spies Like Us: When War Disrupted the Chance of a Lifetime, Two Future Vanderbilt Chancellors Proved Their Mettle

World War I marked the beginning of a great adventure that took Harvie Branscomb and Oliver Carmichael from Oxford, England, to Belgium, where they played a vital role in the largest hunger-relief effort the world had ever known.

 

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A cartoon from “The Story of a Boy,” created by the Rockefeller Sanitary 
Commission in the early 1900s to help educate poor residents of the South about hookworm disease. (B. STEPHANY/ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION)

Lessons Learned

In the fall of 1902, Dr. Charles Wardell Stiles, a zoologist with the U.S. Public Health Service, got a hunch that parasites were causing large swaths of the South’s rural poor to suffer an array of debilitating symptoms.

Young Alumnus Pays It Forward with Monthly Gift

Young Alumnus Pays It Forward with Monthly Gift

When Nathan Bird, BE’15, got married at the end of last year and sat down with his wife, Katherine, to plan their first budget together, it was important to him to set aside funds for Vanderbilt.

Pushed to Extremes: Meredith Dolhare, BS’96, Uses the Power of Sports to Help the Homeless

Pushed to Extremes: Meredith Dolhare, BS’96, Uses the Power of Sports to Help the Homeless

Several years after graduating in 1996, Meredith Dolhare found a new passion: running. Dolhare completed several marathons and 12 Ironman triathlons before setting her sights on far more arduous adventures. In 2013 she finished third in the Badwater Ultramarathon—a 135-mile race in 120-plus-degree heat that features a grueling climb from California’s Death Valley (279 feet below sea level) to the trailhead of Mount Whitney (8,360 feet).

Readers’ Letters, Spring 2016

Readers’ Letters, Spring 2016

ADDENDA I have some additional facts to add to the article “A Plan for All Seasons” in the Winter 2016 issue. First, I was surprised to learn that George Kessler designed the 1905 plan for Vanderbilt that was realized only in the case of Furman Hall. As a student IRead More

#Vandygram: Spring 2016

#Vandygram: Spring 2016

Plenty of notable personalities visited Vanderbilt this past spring or showed some love to Commodore Nation on social media—and sometimes both.

Bubble Bonanza: Alternative Spring Break Trip to Jamaica

Bubble Bonanza: Alternative Spring Break Trip to Jamaica

This year a total of 491 Vanderbilt students participated in Alternative Spring Break projects, which spanned 42 U.S. cities, as well as Panama, Nicaragua and Jamaica.

Spies Like Us: When War Disrupted the Chance of a Lifetime, Two Future Vanderbilt Chancellors Proved Their Mettle

Spies Like Us: When War Disrupted the Chance of a Lifetime, Two Future Vanderbilt Chancellors Proved Their Mettle

World War I marked the beginning of a great adventure that took Harvie Branscomb and Oliver Carmichael from Oxford, England, to Belgium, where they played a vital role in the largest hunger-relief effort the world had ever known.

Josh Henderson 
celebrates after sinking an 80-foot shot, which prompted a Sports-Center interview.

Miracle Maker: Henderson Stuns Fans with 80-Foot Shot

The miracle shot was a memorable moment for Josh Henderson, a Roanoke, Virginia, native who has persevered through several serious injuries to emerge as a key contributor during his sixth season at Vanderbilt. Having earned his B.A. in economics in 2014, he’s now working toward an M.Ed. in leadership and organizational performance at Peabody. He is the only graduate student on the team’s roster.

Ro Coleman greets 
fans June 22, 2015, before a rematch 
with Virginia at the 
College World Series.

Big Man on Campus: Coleman ‘Always in The Middle of the Big Moments’

Three years ago Ro Coleman made the unlikely journey from inner-city Chicago to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt on a baseball scholarship.

Reunion 2016 Kicks Off with Leadership Conference

Reunion 2016 Kicks Off with Leadership Conference

One hundred chapter leaders and Reunion chairs came together for the 2016 Reunion Kickoff and Chapter Leadership Conference in February.