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spring2011

Change of Itinerary

Apr. 7, 2011—My study-abroad experience began much like anyone else’s. I spent months preparing personal statements, making travel plans, and preparing for the cultural transition. I would be Vanderbilt’s first, and only, student participating in an Arabic-language study-abroad program at the American University in Cairo, a premier university renowned throughout the Middle East. I could not have...

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Deanne Goodman: Backpack Journalist

Apr. 7, 2011—DEANNE GOODMAN, BA’04 Deanne Goodman calls herself a “backpack journalist”—and she could well be the face of 21st-century journalism. As local editor for AOL Patch in Carlsbad, Calif., Goodman shoots video, takes photos and writes news copy for the hyper-local online news outlet in San Diego’s northern suburbs. Goodman, who totes the electronic tools of...

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Scholarship Honors Alumnus Who Lived Every Moment

Apr. 7, 2011—When one of their own was murdered less than a year after he walked across the stage to receive his diploma, Kyser Miree’s Vanderbilt friends reacted with shock and grief. And then they got busy working on a way to remember the young man who was known for his keen mind and sense of fun,...

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Opportunity Vanderbilt Nears $100 Million Threshold

Apr. 7, 2011—Vanderbilt is closing in on its initial goal of raising $100 million in gifts and pledges by June 30, 2011, for Opportunity Vanderbilt, the university’s initiative to eliminate need-based loans in financial aid packages. At press time donors had contributed $99 million for additional endowed scholarships. The university first announced its commitment to replace need-based...

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Art: Conversations in Between

Apr. 7, 2011—When performance art is bad, it’s really bad, Assistant Professor in Art Amelia Winger-Bearskin says by way of explaining why people seem to hate her chosen art form. Because people know so little about performance art, they don’t feel comfortable deciding whether it’s good or bad, Winger-Bearskin reasons. This makes them unsure of how to...

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Recent Books

Apr. 7, 2011—The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White (2011, Penguin) by Daniel J. Sharfstein, associate professor of law The idea of someone transitioning from black to white, without science or surgery, seems hard to grasp on the surface. Yet, Vanderbilt Law School professor Daniel J. Sharfstein finds that African...

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