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An Accent on Fiction

An Accent on Fiction

Photo by John Rosenthal If you’re having a conversation with Elizabeth Spencer, MA’43, the first thing you’ll notice is her accent. It’s one that is increasingly–and sadly–rare these days. To say that it’s Southern is merely scratching the surface. It is old-fashioned, to be sure. Sophisticated. Educated. And certainly notRead More

The Art of Accompaniment

The Art of Accompaniment

Photo by John Russell To many musicians the piano accompanist is the equivalent of a second-string player, a backup to the real star. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Accompanying provides the definitive service to musicianship. It is an art form unto itself. Daphne Nicar is amongRead More

Students Dance in First-Ever Residency

Students Dance in First-Ever Residency

Rehearsing and performing with the José Limón Dance Company was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Vanderbilt Dance Program students. Photo by Steve Green For a university that doesn’t offer a dance major or minor, Vanderbilt attracts its fair share of dancers. In fact, more than 800 dancers from the Vanderbilt andRead More

Where Leadership Counts More Than SAT Scores

Where Leadership Counts More Than SAT Scores

Fifteen years ago Michael Ainslie, then president and CEO of Sotheby’s Holdings, learned about an effort to help inner-city kids succeed in college. “It was so simple and so beautiful and so obvious,” he remembers thinking. “Young people coming from some of the worst high schools to some of theRead More

Middle College High Schools Offer a Second Chance

Middle College High Schools Offer a Second Chance

Terry Grier, superintendent of 71,000-student Guilford County, N.C., Schools (which serves Greensboro/High Point), doesn’t claim to have solved the dropout problem, but he is making headway–and earning national attention for his efforts. Grier, EdD’83, has made keeping students in school his top priority, instituting a number of innovative dropout-prevention programsRead More