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End of the Beginning

May. 1, 2012—The Ingram Commons’ first class graduates On a bright spring day four years ago, Jeremy Williams had a choice to make. His college decision had come down to two schools – Vanderbilt or Harvard – and he was stepping onto the former’s Nashville campus for the first time. “My mom and I visited some of...

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A Way With Words

May. 1, 2012—Senior Nate Marshall’s passion for poetry helped him find his voice – and his calling Nate Marshall is all about the words. He started writing poetry in grammar school, and in the eighth grade, when a poem he wrote got him detention, Marshall realized two things: His words could have an impact, and he’d have...

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Making the Moment Last

May. 1, 2012—Video of Senior Day with Tom Brokaw and of Commencement will be streamed live on the Vanderbilt homepage. Three days of activities enrich the Commencement experience For many graduating seniors, Commencement passes in a blur of gowns and camera flashes and choreography. Add emotional parents, excitement – and not a little trepidation – about the...

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Idea Guy

May. 1, 2012—The Owen Graduate School of Management’s David Owens examines why some great innovations fail “Creative people must be stopped!”  We may not actually hear these words spoken aloud in the weekly staff meeting, but sometimes it feels like an underlying corporate message. In many work groups, innovative ideas are aggressively shot down, quietly undermined or...

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Rocky Alvey, What’s Your Story?

May. 1, 2012—Around the time Rocky Alvey turned 52, he decided he was going to write one song per week for a year. So he did. Mostly in his truck. Commuting usually isn’t the most rewarding part of anyone’s day, but Alvey’s journey between home and Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, where he serves as director, has proven to...

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Changing Landscape

Apr. 5, 2012—College Halls at Kissam is building a better campus learning environment Updated June 1: Scroll down to watch video of the first dorm being demolished. Vanderbilt’s Commencement, scheduled this year for May 11, marks the traditional end of the academic year. But come the following Monday, things will really get started on campus. That’s when...

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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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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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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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