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Fall 2018

Chancellor’s Letter: The Vanderbilt Way

Nov. 19, 2018—Ten years ago we launched one of the nation’s boldest financial aid programs, Opportunity Vanderbilt, which replaced need-based loans with grants and scholarships. Our goal was to attract more and more supremely talented students to take part in our cherished undergraduate experience, regardless of their economic circumstances.

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Open Secrets: How views of public and private life have shifted in America

Nov. 19, 2018—In an age of Cambridge Analytica, uncanny Facebook algorithms and NSA wiretapping, it seems every time we turn around, there is a new assault on that once most precious of commodities: our privacy. In reality, however, what we choose to reveal and what we keep private has long been a source of debate.

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The Goldfather: With David Williams’ retirement, a golden era of Commodore athletics ends

Nov. 19, 2018—As 70-year-old Williams nears the end of a 15-year run leading Vanderbilt athletics—and his 27th year as a senior administrator in higher education—he is ready to hand over leadership of a department that has made enormous strides during his tenure.

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‘We Remember’: Preserving the memory of Holocaust survivors

Nov. 19, 2018—John Pregulman, BA’80, has spent the past five years taking photographs of Holocaust survivors. To date, he has photographed 679 survivors in 33 cities in the U.S., as well as in Krakow, Prague and Tokyo.

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The Value of a Dollar: How a simple pricing idea launched the retail giant Dollar General

Nov. 19, 2018—In this excerpt from his memoir, Cal Turner Jr., a 1962 Vanderbilt graduate who was Dollar General’s CEO from 1965 to 2003, discusses the breakthrough concept that helped launch a small-town family business toward national success.

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Hope Shattered: Memories of a brief encounter with Robert Kennedy on campus

Nov. 19, 2018—A little more than two months after he spoke to nearly 11,000 people at Vanderbilt’s 1968 student-led Impact Symposium, presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy was assassinated in California. Frye Gaillard writes about serveing as Impact’s chairman and Kennedy’s host at Vanderbilt.

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From Conspiracy to Conservation: Television News Archive marks 50th anniversary

Nov. 19, 2018—Although legal and copyright issues continue to hinder access, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive—a repository of television news recordings from the past 50 years—is a national archival treasure.

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Record Highs: Q&A with Mitch Glazier, JD’91

Nov. 19, 2018—Glazier discusses the evolving business model of the music industry—one that’s gone from selling tens of millions of CDs in thousands of stores to now getting billions of streams from just a handful of companies—and what music listeners can expect on the horizon.

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Mind’s Eye: New Perspective

Nov. 19, 2018—Works by Middle Eastern women artists build bridges of understanding Stereotypes are hard to escape when pondering the Middle East, especially those applied to women. Misconceptions about the hijab and abaya, the head scarf and black robe that many women wear, and about the status of women in Islamic culture pervade the West’s understanding of...

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Transforming Community: Nyree Ramsey, BS’97, MEd’00, and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, BS’96

Nov. 19, 2018—When Nyree Ramsey visited New Orleans in 1995, three words came to mind: “This is home.” “I loved the culture, the food, the sense of community—all things intergenerational,” she says. “My father was a musician, an immigrant from Jamaica, and my mom comes from a close-knit artistic family in New York. I understand that sense...

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Return to Form: Jan Hildebrandt, BE’79

Nov. 19, 2018—Hildebrandt retired from competitive swimming the day her senior season ended at Vanderbilt. Or so she thought. Nearly 40 years later, she found herself competing in the U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals, a long-course pool meet featuring the best amateur adult swimmers from across the country.

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Top Tribute: H. Rodes Hart named Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus

Nov. 19, 2018—The Vanderbilt Alumni Association has named H. Rodes Hart, BA’54, the recipient of the 2018 Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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