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Now & Then

Now & Then

Hall Ways The more things change, the more they stay the same. Sixty years after their construction, Drake’s Quad residence halls (Stalnaker, Crawford, Carpenter, and Herriott) have maintained both form and function. These architectural jewels, designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, are still home-away-from-home for hundreds of Bulldogs. Renovations have brought the buildings into the […]

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This changes everything.

This changes everything.

$10 million for teaching and learning, enabling students to expand their knowledge and skills outside the classroom. Seniors Joaquin Valdes and Aaron Hermsen launched their bicycle business, Frank’s Fixies, as 2014 participants in the Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery. The competitive summer program provides financial and logistical support to entrepreneurial students. The team says the hatchery helped […]

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Music as Sustenance

Music as Sustenance

Feeding transformation with song. Hear Pablo perform in the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, 9/30/2015. Since before he can remember, music has been a part of Pablo Valladares’ life. His mother was a choir director, his father a pianist. At the age of four, Valladares began playing the piano, learning first the major scales […]

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To the Letter

To the Letter

For assistant professor Sarah McCoy, design is a pressing matter. First, the hearty clank and whine of hand-churned metal. Next, a delicate dab and pat of measured ink. Finally, the momentary hiss as paper meets stained wood. Out of the clamor emerges the finished work, a perfect blend of four simple ingredients first combined in […]

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Young Gladiators

Young Gladiators

Alumna and teacher of the year arms kids with multicultural understanding and a passion for language—and some flamenco dance skills. Standing in front of 30 middle schoolers, Clemencia Spizzirri does something unusual: She tells her students to leave their desks, to not only stand up but also talk, move, and even dance. As a Flamenco rhythm […]

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To Infinity—And Beyond

To Infinity—And Beyond

Greg Ver Steeg studies interactions so small they can’t be seen, with implications so broad they may reach beyond our universe. Somewhere on the campus of the University of Southern California, nestled inside a 9×9-foot black box surrounded by refrigeration units and technology that shields it from the magnetism of the Earth, is a tiny […]

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