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Words from the Wise

Mar. 11, 2008—“Never believe the landlord when he says that living next to the ‘el’ train is an ‘urban experience.'” Life After Vanderbilt is a new guide written for new graduates by recent graduates–a collection of advice that the Alumni Association will present as a graduation gift to each member of the Class of 2008. With tips...

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Shiraz, Schumann and Space Cadets

Mar. 11, 2008—Katrina Markoff, BA’95 Alumni who are part of the 37 Vanderbilt Chapters nationwide are staying connected by planning dozens of events each year, from simple get-togethers for ballgames and happy hours to elaborate wine tastings and educational lectures. Here’s just a sampling: The New York and Chicago chapters each hosted a “Chocolate and Cheese Tasting...

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Mentoring and a Meal

Mar. 11, 2008—“Opening Dores allows students to get real-world advice about what they can do with their Vanderbilt degree. And it’s fun for the alumni, who chat about their old classes and professors, sports, and what it means to be a Vanderbilt alum.” ~Kate Stuart “Should I take Italian or Spanish? And please pass the potatoes.” Vanderbilt...

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Early Farming Sowed Seeds of Massive Change

Mar. 11, 2008—Courtesy of Don Hyatt–www.donhyatt.com Anthropologists working on the slopes of the Andes in northern Peru have discovered the earliest-known evidence of peanut, cotton and squash farming, dating back 5,000 to 9,000 years. Their findings provide long-sought evidence that some of the early development of agriculture in the New World took place at farming settlements in...

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It Pays to Advertise

Mar. 11, 2008—Billy O’Steen, BA’89 (left), Betsy Macdonald, BS’90, and Kirk Williams, BA’89 “Kids seem to be the admission ticket for making new friends in strange places,” says Kirk Williams, who figured he was the only Vanderbilt alumnus living in the small coastal village of Sumner, New Zealand, until one day his wife took their children, Ruby...

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Why Do Women Earn Less?

Mar. 11, 2008—Women have made their way into every aspect of the workforce and comprise 46 percent of employees. Yet they consistently earn less than men. In separate research studies a Vanderbilt economist has found a disappointing answer to the age-old wage debate regarding pay inequity, and also has pinpointed which professions are best and worst at...

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Sex, Food, Drugs and a Slugfest

Mar. 11, 2008—Research from Vanderbilt shows for the first time that the brain processes aggression as a reward–much like sex, food and drugs–offering insights into our propensity to fight and our fascination with violent sports like boxing and football. The research was published online the week of Jan. 14 by the journal Psychopharmacology. “Aggression occurs among virtually...

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Copy, Paste, Plagiarize

Mar. 11, 2008—Illustration by Bruno Budrovic A few years ago I taught a non-majors chemistry course at Vanderbilt. I wanted to make the class relevant, so I had the students write a paper about the application of chemistry to everyday things. Students wrote about Dead Sea salts, Gatorade, NASCAR tires, and the chemistry of love. It was...

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Trends and traditions of African American worship to be explored in class; Relevant Religion sessions to be held March 25, April 1 and 8

Mar. 11, 2008—Creative approaches to preaching and worship in African American Christianity will be detailed in classes led by two Vanderbilt Divinity School professors as part of Vanderbilt\'s Relevant Religion Series.

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In the Face of Destruction

Mar. 11, 2008—When Walter Ziffer applied to Vanderbilt University in 1949, he was a 22-year-old man with only six years of formal education and six high school credits on his transcript. Ziffer’s youth had allowed little room for childhood, let alone school. The Nazi war machine overtook his town in Czech Silesia at the start of World...

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Deadly Force

Mar. 11, 2008—Ted Hildreth, BE’89 (standing, right), with Terry Moran, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline. Photo by Sgt. Jack W. Carlson III If North Korea or Iran shot an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the United States, most of us would be blissfully unaware. But for Lt. Col. Ted Hildreth, this “bolt out of the blue” would...

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Classy Chassis

Mar. 11, 2008—Marc Hamburger, BA’64 Photo by Daniel Dubois People who collect stamps or coins have it easy–they can add to their collections whenever their budget allows. But for car collectors like Marc Hamburger, space is always a consideration. Of the seven cars in his collection, those nearest and dearest to his heart are two Pierce-Arrows. One...

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Video: "The Floating Dungeon: A History of the Slave Ship."

Mar. 11, 2008—The annual John William Byrn Lecture presents Marcus Rediker, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Video: “The Floating Dungeon: A History of the Slave Ship.”

Mar. 11, 2008—The annual John William Byrn Lecture presents Marcus Rediker, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Video: Street gangs conference to examine prevention policies

Mar. 11, 2008—Watch video of "Las Maras: Street Gangs and Security in Central America and the United States."

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