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A Holler Back from Music City

Mar. 16, 2009—Being on tour and missing life at home is nothing new for Stokes Nielson, BS’00, and Ryder Lee, BA’00, of the fast-rising country band The Lost Trailers. But on New Year’s Eve, the day of Vanderbilt’s historic victory in the Music City Bowl, it was especially painful to be alumni 250 miles away. “We would...

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Etc.

Mar. 16, 2009—One of the most influential photographers of the last half-century, William Eggleston, ’61, has helped define the history of color photography. William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2008, an exhibit at New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art from November through January, was rated one of the top 10 art exhibits of 2008 by...

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Films That Break Down Barriers

Mar. 16, 2009—From a recent Russian adaptation of Hamlet to a 1928 French silent classic about Joan of Arc, from a South Korean film influenced by Hitchcock’s Vertigo to a documentary about the lives of gay, lesbian and transgendered Muslims produced jointly by the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Australia—those looking for a cinematic experience outside the...

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Visual Arts: Prints Abound

Mar. 16, 2009—In 1956, Vanderbilt’s Permanent Collection was founded by a generous gift from renowned art collector Anna C. Hoyt of Boston. Hoyt, who had been a print curator at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, had a particularly fine eye for prints by the Old Masters. “They’re some of the better things we have in our print...

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Accolades: Rick Hilles

Mar. 16, 2009— Rick Hilles, acclaimed poet and assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt, was named one of 10 recipients of the 2008 Whiting Writer’s Awards given for “writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career.” Author of the award-winning poetry collection Brother Salvage, Hilles received a $50,000 prize from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, based in...

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Books and Writers

Mar. 16, 2009—Transformative Literature When Ann Neely, faculty director of the Ingram Scholars program, went to Cape Town, South Africa, last July to visit three of her students involved with a Vanderbilt service-learning project, she never dreamed that she would be inspired to create a new service-learning course of her own. During spring break this year, the...

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From the Editor: Person to Person

Mar. 16, 2009—Last fall I had lunch with a friend whose only child is a sophomore at another university that we refer to around here as one of our “peer” schools. “Oh, Ethan seems happy, and his grades are good,” my friend replied when I asked about her son. “But I hate that he’s not going to...

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Contributors for the Spring 2009 Issue

Mar. 16, 2009—David Carlton David Carlton, associate professor of history at Vanderbilt, has devoted his career to studying the industrialization of the South. He is the author of Mill and Town in South Carolina, 1880–1920, which is still in print after a quarter century. More recently, he was co-author, with Peter A. Coclanis, of The South, the...

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Letters to the Editor

Mar. 16, 2009—Nocturnal Naughtiness Regarding Vanderbilt panty raids, I disagree with Paul Conkin’s statement [Fall 2008 issue, Collective Memory, “Boys Gone Wild”] in his final paragraph: “Never again would such a raid take place at Vanderbilt. The last panty raid [occurred] in 1959 … .” In reality, pages 34–35 of the 1964 Commodore yearbook chronicle the nocturnal...

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Vanderbilt Magazine Staff – Spring 2009

Mar. 16, 2009—Editor GayNelle Doll Art Director and Designer Donna DeVore Pritchett Editorial Associate Editor and Advertising Manager Phillip B. Tucker Arts and Culture Editor Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81 Class Notes and Sports Editor Nelson Bryan, BA’73 Production and Design Assistant Director, Photography Services Daniel Dubois Photographers Steve Green John Russell Assistant Designers Deborah Brewington Chris Collins...

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The Truest Eye

Mar. 16, 2009—I knew Neil Brake was a remarkably gifted photographer as soon as I saw his portfolio. From the day he came to work at Vanderbilt eight years ago, he dogged the campus like it was his beat and as if he were competing for a front-page hot spot. Years of working as a newspaper photographer...

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Sky’s the Limit

Mar. 16, 2009—At 1:16 p.m. on an unseasonably warm Middle Tennessee Saturday in late December, the page goes out to the crew of LifeFlight 1, which is based in Lebanon, Tenn.: “ADULT LVL ONE: SCENE: Vanderbilt LifeFlight 1: ETA 10: 18 yom c/c MVA, pt is ett’d poss head inj. BP109/57: HR110: SA02 100%: Unresponsive.” Pilot Greg...

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Janus Rising

Mar. 16, 2009—Clarksville, Tenn., a city of 125,000 on the Tennessee–Kentucky border, is best known for its proximity to the sprawling Fort Campbell Army Base. The town takes pride in attracting new industry and bills itself as the “Gateway to the New South.” But Clarksville is also a place that “represents the perfect circle of classical studies,”...

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Manna Falls on La Chureca

Mar. 16, 2009—For outright squalor and heartbreak, the city dump of Managua, Nicaragua, where 1,500 people live daily on rotting scraps, could serve as a global image of hopelessness. When Lori Scharffenberg first encountered the dump in all its stink and chaos, she saw unspeakable human struggle. But not hopelessness. “Unless you are there to smell the smells...

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1,000 Words

Mar. 16, 2009—Talk about pent-up demand—Commodore fans have been waiting 53 years for a scene like this. Head Football Coach Bobby Johnson gets a dousing during the final moments of a nail-biting Music City Bowl game on New Year’s Eve. The 16–14 win over Boston College capped Vanderbilt’s first post-season football appearance since 1982, and its first...

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