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All That Jazz

Apr. 5, 2012—Blair Big Band plays from the heart In the practice hall at Blair School of Music, a velvety voice is crooning Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.” Jubilant trumpets, a sizzling beat and funky, thumping bass notes carry joyous noise to hallways and classrooms, charging the air like an electrical current. Blair School...

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All the Right Moves

Apr. 5, 2012—VUPD’s self-defense class empowers women to protect themselves “Block! Snap-kick! Strike! Ready!” The commands are shouted and the moves are executed with swift precision. This isn’t a room full of black belts – it’s the training annex of the Vanderbilt University Police Department. The participants are women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The instructors...

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Common Ground

Apr. 5, 2012—Amy-Jill Levine explores the shared heritage of Christianity and Judaism Amy-Jill Levine was always fascinated by Christianity. She recalls singing Christmas carols in public school in North Dartmouth, Mass.; joining friends to trim Christmas trees and hunt for Easter eggs. Then a schoolmate accused her, “You killed our Lord.” That confrontation was life changing. Levine...

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Editor’s Note

Apr. 5, 2012—For a short time, there was a rumor going around the office that took water cooler chatter to an all-time high. The six dormitories at Kissam Quadrangle would be blown up the day after Commencement to make way for the College Halls expansion. It would take two years to construct the new state-of-the-art residential colleges,...

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Looking Back

Apr. 5, 2012—Vanderbilt alumnus Arthur J. Dyer came from humble beginnings but rose to prominence as one of Nashville’s most influential business leaders. For his senior thesis, Dyer, a civil engineering student, drew up detailed plans for a bridge to span the Cumberland River from the foot of Broad Street. The thesis not only impressed Engineering Dean...

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Kudos

Apr. 5, 2012—Leonard Folgarait, professor of history of art, delivered the keynote address on Mexican photography at the Art History Graduate Student Symposium held at Duke University. Nancy Godleski has been named assistant dean for collections at Central Library. Previously, Godleski was the Kaplanoff Librarian for American History and American Studies at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library. Ian...

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Lindsey Huddleston, What’s Your Story?

Apr. 5, 2012—Sometimes a gust of wind topples a vase and shatters it. Sometimes the wedding officiant is late. Sometimes attendants are uncooperative, family members are estranged, and there are crayon-covered floors or gooey chafing dishes to be scrubbed. Lindsey Huddleston, co-owner of dandyLion alternative event planning, tackles all such wedding-day challenges armed with a ready supply...

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Teach Twice Takes Off

Mar. 1, 2012—Teach Twice shares stories from other cultures to create opportunities for change What do those in developing countries – where poverty is widespread and material possessions few – inherently have that is of value to the rest of the world? How can it be used to improve access to education, and ultimately, lead to a...

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Fresh Air

Mar. 1, 2012—Vanderbilt’s Outdoor Recreation Program offers many ways to enjoy the great outdoors Reach down and trail your fingers through the cool water of the Harpeth River. Feel the spray of Burgess Falls on your face, or the rush of your own adrenaline as you climb Kings Bluff. These are experiences not to be missed, and...

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Great Expectations

Mar. 1, 2012—Prospective parents have a lifeline at the Vanderbilt International Adoption Clinic Late at night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Carol Dunne is huddled over a laptop computer, desperately trying to get an Internet connection. Dunne and her husband are in the final stages of adopting a 17-month-old boy named Binyam, and upon arriving at the orphanage...

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Sex for Life

Mar. 1, 2012—Sociologist Laura Carpenter examines the evolution of intimacy over the lifespan Did you know that sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in retirement homes? How about that some gay men who get the right to marry are apparently more likely to indulge in affairs, with the knowledge and consent of their partners? This is...

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Editor’s Note

Mar. 1, 2012—A friend once told me about a man he met while on a church mission trip to Haiti. A friendship was formed, and the church later paid for the Haitian man to visit America. After a whirlwind tour of shopping malls, amusement parks and all-you-can-eat buffets, the man was asked what he thought about the...

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