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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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Glass Ceiling—Shattered

Glass Ceiling—Shattered

A career of firsts leads alumna to new heights. Pedal to the metal, Judy Bradshaw, AS’88, GR’92, has three patrol cars on her tail. She pushes the car’s speedometer ever higher, swerving left and right as a cloud of dust billows in the rearview mirror. It’s a bit of role reversal for the former Des […]

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Art of Improvisation

Art of Improvisation

For this experimental alumnus, life is an adventurous composition. During the first decade of the new millennium, Hasan Hujairi’s résumé read like a self-contained success story: bachelor’s degree in finance from Drake, master’s in economic history from Hitotsubashi University in Japan, and a comfortable job in his native country of Bahrain as an accountant for […]

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