Fall2007

  • From Papyrus to Slanguage

    From Papyrus to Slanguage

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Popular Culture: A Convergence of Numbers and Words

    Popular Culture: A Convergence of Numbers and Words

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Film Shorts

    Film Shorts

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Film: Remembering the Chicago 10

    Film: Remembering the Chicago 10

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Upcoming

    Upcoming

    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,… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

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    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Stories Told with Fictional Clay

    Stories Told with Fictional Clay

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Recent Books by Faculty and Alumni

    Recent Books by Faculty and Alumni

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Hip-hop Study Paints a Complex Portrait

    Hip-hop Study Paints a Complex Portrait

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Couch-Potato Tots Need Interaction

    Couch-Potato Tots Need Interaction

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Illegal Immigration Hurts African Americans

    Illegal Immigration Hurts African Americans

    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;… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Breast Implants Linked to Higher Suicide

    Breast Implants Linked to Higher Suicide

    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… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Tumors May Have Fueled Hatfield-McCoy Feud

    Tumors May Have Fueled Hatfield-McCoy Feud

    Winnter Reynolds may have within her body a clue to the legendary Hatfield- McCoy feud. The 11-year-old is a descendant of McCoys who harken from West Virginia and are, according to her grandmother, Goldie, kin to the family known for its long-running clash with the Hatfield family. Winnter… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Steam Could Power Prosthetic Limbs

    Steam Could Power Prosthetic Limbs

    Combine a mechanical arm with a miniature rocket motor, and the result is the closest thing yet to a bionic arm.Vanderbilt mechanical engineers have developed a radically designed prototype as part of a $30 million federal program. “Our design is closer in terms of function and power to… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Call for Board Nominations

    Call for Board Nominations

    The Vanderbilt Alumni Association will soon select new members to its board of directors. Do you know the perfect candidate? Someone actively involved in your local Vanderbilt activities? We need your help identifying fellow alumni to serve your interests on the board. The board includes a minimum of 18 regional… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Vanderbilt Magazine Staff – Fall 2007

    Vanderbilt Magazine Staff – Fall 2007

    Editor, Gaynelle Doll Art Director and Designer, Donna DeVore Pritchett Editorial Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Alumni Volunteers Boost Student Recruitment Efforts

    Alumni Volunteers Boost Student Recruitment Efforts

    This year thousands of alumni assisted Vanderbilt in recruiting topnotch scholars by interviewing prospective students and attending college fairs. The Alumni Interviewing Program (AIP) allows undergraduate applicants to request interviews with alumni who live in their areas. Students contact alumni directly via e-mail to request and arrange for these… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • A Spare Pair in Every Purse

    A Spare Pair in Every Purse

    Take three best friends forever. Let’s make them blonde, with Southern accents. One night over a dinner of martinis and mini-burgers, the trio happens upon an idea that grows into an international success story–Passport Panties.Turns out tiny pieces of lingerie equal big business.You can find them in more than… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Bound for Glory

    Bound for Glory

    In 2005 Katharine Carroll was beginning her career as a professional cyclist. She just missed a top-10 finish in her first race, the Athens Twilight Criterium, and then placed fourth in the Joe Martin Stage Race. Just two years later–a very short time in the cycling world–she won both… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007

  • Knowledge Is Power

    Knowledge Is Power

    Alumni Association News Remember when you were a Vanderbilt student, not quite sure where you would land after graduation or how you were going to make the transition from the classroom to the work world? Wouldn’t it have been great to connect with former students who had at… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007