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Winter 2013

The Piano Man

Jan. 21, 2013—PHOTO: Richard Danielpour, standing, rehearses with Blair School of Music Dean Mark Wait at the piano prior to the debut of Danielpour’s Dec. 4 premiere of 12 new piano études. PHOTO BY JOHN RUSSELL   What are the odds a conversation about 12 new piano études will veer off to baseball, the poetry of Maya...

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Questions of Faith

Jan. 21, 2013—The Rev. Mark Forrester, MDiv’83, has been named university chaplain and director of the Office of Religious Life. Forrester has been a United Methodist chaplain affiliated with Vanderbilt’s Office of Religious Life since 1994. He assumed the new role Sept. 1 at a critical point in religious life at Vanderbilt. During the past year, questions...

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Feature: Rescued Hearts

Jan. 21, 2013—BY KATHY WHITNEY HEART PHOTO BY ROBERT CLARK / INSTITUTE   A 53-year-old patient arrives at Vanderbilt University Hospital early one morning for a procedure to open up a blockage in his left anterior descending artery by placing a single stent to his heart via the radial artery in his wrist. That same evening he...

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Roster: The Walk On

Jan. 21, 2013—  Four years ago Marc Panu walked on to Vanderbilt’s football team. He sweated through the sweltering summer training camp. He spent grueling hours lifting weights. He studied game plans and watched endless film. His reward was slow in coming. In 2009 he didn’t play at all. By 2010, though, the coaches started to take...

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Landscape Shadows

Jan. 15, 2013—Most people think of printmaking as a means to multiples, but Nicole Pietrantoni, BS’03, uses the techniques of printmaking—specifically screen printing—as a means to an end. Pietrantoni, who won Vanderbilt’s prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award in 2003, screen-prints on acrylic plates, stacks the plates in various configurations and, by using focused light, creates installations...

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Expertise: How to Tear Down a Dorm

Jan. 15, 2013—ILLUSTRATION BY HARRY CAMPBELL   In May 2012 Vanderbilt broke ground on College Halls at Kissam, two residential colleges that together will house about 660 upperclassmen starting in 2014. Tony Fort considers the project to be among the most ambitious during his 27 years at the university. “This is the single largest construction project Vanderbilt...

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Midnight 911

Jan. 15, 2013—Mia Bransford, a nurse in the pediatric emergency department at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was one of the few trained health care workers on the scene last July when a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., left 12 dead and 58 injured. Bransford, in Colorado for a family reunion, was attending one...

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Same Page

Jan. 15, 2013—ILLUSTRATION BY EDEL RODRIGUEZ   A tradition among first-year students to read and discuss a common text has inspired an effort to foster dialogue about gender and sexuality across the Vanderbilt community. Themes explored in the 2012 Commons Reading, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, is being expanded through an initiative called...

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Open House Today

Jan. 15, 2013—EDITOR’S LETTER By GayNelle Doll   Let’s say you’ve lived for quite some time in a custom-built home you really like and a neighborhood you love. Through the years this house has become a beloved gathering place with great memories in every room. Sure, the place could use a facelift—trim back the voracious English ivy, lose...

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James Patterson, MA’70, Sets His Sights on Cultivating the Next Generation of Readers

Jan. 15, 2013—James Patterson, MA’70, breathes rare air. His books line the walls in airport shops. They’re tucked into beach bags amid the towels and sunscreen. They’re on sidewalk kiosks and bedside tables around the world. In 2010 he sold more books than John Grisham, Stephen King and Danielle Steele combined.

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Collective Memory: Through History’s Lens

Jan. 15, 2013—BY ROB HAMMOND, BA’71 When I was in sixth grade, John F. Kennedy became one of my boyhood heroes. During his 1960 campaign he came to my hometown of LaGrange, Ga., after giving a speech at FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs. The motorcade came through LaGrange on its way to the airport. Students, faculty...

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Birdie Boogie

Jan. 15, 2013—Professional golfer and Vanderbilt alumnus Brandt Snedeker, BA’03, climbed into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time in his career last fall. The Nashville native jumped eight spots to No. 10 after winning the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club Sept. 23. It was his second PGA Tour victory...

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