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Fall 2007

From Papyrus to Slanguage

Nov. 1, 2007—There was a time in the not-toodistant past when educators viewed pencils with erasers as crutches for lazy students. In the following years, other advancements like calculators and spellcheck raised similar concerns. Now a new trend has found its way from the Web into the classroom. Call it “webspeak”or “slanguage” … English purists call it...

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Popular Culture: A Convergence of Numbers and Words

Nov. 1, 2007—It’s easy to imagine that crossword puzzles have existed for centuries–that they were an amusing diversion for crusading knights or monks killing time between illuminating manuscripts. But they’ve been around for less than a century, having first appeared in the New York World in 1913.What started as a fad quickly became an accepted component of...

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Film Shorts

Nov. 1, 2007—Richard Hull, BA’92, is executive producer of the film Daddy Day Camp, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was released Aug. 8. Hull’s previous films include the teen hit She’s All That. Patrick Alexander, BS’00, has won the 2007 Student Academy Award given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Narrative...

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Film: Remembering the Chicago 10

Nov. 1, 2007—The 1968 Democratic National Convention was an iconic event in American history. Young Vietnam War protestors clashed with Chicago police while millions witnessed their battles on live television. Eight protestors were tried for conspiracy in a circus-like atmosphere. A new film about the event, associate produced by Christopher Keene, JD’96, opened this year’s Sundance Film...

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Upcoming

Nov. 1, 2007—Musical explorers the Kronos Quartet will take the stage at Ingram Hall on March 14, 2008, at 8 p.m. as part of Vanderbilt’s Great Performances series to perform Sun Rings, an evening-length, multimedia work in 10 movements that will feature choirs from the Blair School of Music. The piece, commissioned for Kronos by NASA and...

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Nov. 1, 2007—During a three-hour session on the changing relationships between audiences and the arts, approximately 700 attendees of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s conference in Nashville in June were encouraged to blog–right then and there–about what they were hearing. Bill Ivey and Steven Tepper, director and associate director, respectively, of the Vanderbilt Curb Center for Art,...

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Stories Told with Fictional Clay

Nov. 1, 2007—Visual Arts At first glance, the basement of Sylvia Hyman’s home looks much like any other clay artist’s studio. A shelf running along the wall holds jar after jar of oxides, silicates, fluxes and other materials used in the preparation of ceramic glazes. A large kiln sits in one corner, and two long work tables...

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Recent Books by Faculty and Alumni

Nov. 1, 2007—Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches(Pilgrim Press) by Horace L.Griffin, MA’93, PhD’95. “Their Own Receive Them Not cuts through the Gordian knot of homophobia in the Black Church with compelling, substantive arguments,” comments Sylvia Rhue, director of religious affairs and constituency development for the National Black Justice Coalition...

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Hip-hop Study Paints a Complex Portrait

Nov. 1, 2007—In hip-hop music and videos, young black women are consistently portrayed as sexually insatiable vixens willing to debase themselves for the privilege of even the shortest ride on the music industry party train. Despite the lack of respect, young black women play an enthusiastic part in hiphop culture, as do youth of all races who...

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Couch-Potato Tots Need Interaction

Nov. 1, 2007—The toddler entertainment market has exploded in recent years: Infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States watch an average of one to three hours of video media and television programming per day. But new research suggests parents should choose videos with high interactive content if they want their children to be educated as well...

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Illegal Immigration Hurts African Americans

Nov. 1, 2007—Illegal immigration is hurting African Americans, according to research by a Vanderbilt professor of law and political science. In Debating Immigration, a book of essays that Carol Swain edited and contributed to, she says African Americans are losing more jobs to illegal immigrants than other racial or ethnic groups; yet, low-income black workers don’t have...

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Breast Implants Linked to Higher Suicide

Nov. 1, 2007—Women who undergo breast augmentation surgery are nearly three times as likely to commit suicide, according to a study published in the August issue of Annals of Plastic Surgery. This research confirms previously seen links between breast implants and a high risk of suicide, as well as deaths from alcohol or drug dependence. The study,...

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