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Commencment 2009

Commencement 2009 had a stormy start, as thunder, lightning and a soaked Alumni Lawn and chairs drove the Class of 2009 into Memorial Gym. The house was packed, and the rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the graduating students and their families. News and photos can be found on the  Vanderbilt homepage; a sample is below (Great job Jenny, Daniel, Steve & John!).

Kudos to the excellent Commencement team on another job very well done.

Congratulations, Class of 2009, and the very best of wishes for what comes next. You were a remarkable class and you will be remembered!

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009

One of the pros behind the VU lens: John Russell

One of the pros behind the VU lens: John Russell

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009

Taylor Stokes

Taylor Stokes

Bring on the strawberries and champagne!

Bring on the strawberries and champagne!

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Senior Day 2009

After what seemed like endless days of rain, the clouds parted this Senior Class Day afternoon for soon-to-be-alumni and their families and friends enjoying Vanderbilt and Nashville as they prepare for Commencement. The festivities are going splendidly, from the always-rockin’ The PARTY, held last night with The Al McKay Allstars who played the happy music of Earth, Wind & Fire, to an excellent Senior Day speech today by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitizer Prize winning author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Many events and parties going on all day and tomorrow, with the big ceremony taking place at 9 a.m. on Alumni Lawn (hopefully! If the weather refuses to cooperate, we’ll be in Memorial Gym). Get the full schedule.

We’re tweeting all this of course and hope you will too – tag all your Vanderbilt Commencement tweets with #VU2009, and go here to see what’s going on so far.

Photos below by our stellar photographers of The PARTY and Senior Day. Hold onto your hats for tomorrow – they’re planning a fantastic shot using Gigapan. Check the Commencement site for that tomorrow, as well.

The PARTY

The PARTY

The Party

The Party

Vice Chancellor David Williams at The PARTY

Vice Chancellor David Williams at The PARTY

Al McKay at The PARTY

Al McKay at The PARTY

Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos addresses the class of 2009 during Senior Day.

Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos addresses the class of 2009 during Senior Day.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about her life as a historian during Senior Day.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about her life as a historian during Senior Day.

The crowd at Senior Day.

The crowd at Senior Day.

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Chancellor taking pay cut

See coverage on WPLN of an event yesterday on campus in which students respectfully presented a letter to Provost McCarty addressed to Chancellor Zeppos in support of low-wage workers at Vanderbilt that called for administrative pay cuts before layoffs of the least paid workers. Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune shared with media that Chancellor Zeppos had already decided to take a salary reduction months before. Dialogue is likely to continue across campus amongst all concerned parties as the university continues to adjust to the global economic downturn.

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Ditching debauchery for do-gooding

Spring break certainly has gotten a bad rap over the years, but this year, as they’ve done for the past 20 years, hundreds of Vanderbilt students will be heading to towns and parks across North and South America to take part in service projects. Four Vanderbilt students came up with the idea of spending spring break doing service and traveling in 1987. Two of those four went on to found Break Away in 1991, a national non-profit that today acts as an umbrella organization for Alternative Spring Break programs at over 100 universities across the country. Vanderbilt sites this year range from San Juan, Texas, to Jacksonville, Fla., to Xela, Guatemala. To read about all of the sites and learn more about this life-changing program, visit http://vandyasb.wordpress.com/.

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Commodore Carnival Queen

Vanderbilt junior Amelie Munro Brown has been selected as the 2009 Mardi Gras Queen of Carnival, WGNO (ABC), WDSU (NBC), WVUE (FOX), and WNOL (WB), New Orleans, have reported. Brown was interviewed for the WGNO and WNOL reports. Congratulations, Amelie!

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Remembering and honoring our nation’s veterans

Photos of the Veteran's Day Iraq War Memorial of 4000 American flags arranged on Alumni Lawn in honor of those U.S. Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the conflict. (Vanderbilt University / Steve Green)

Veteran’s Day Iraq War Memorial of 4,192 American flags arranged on Alumni Lawn in honor of those U.S. Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the conflict. (Vanderbilt University / Steve Green)

Vanderbilt University students hosted a Veterans Day event today honoring those who have served the nation’s military and supporting those who continue to serve. Students placed 4,192 American flags on the university’s Alumni Lawn to honor those who have fallen in the war in Iraq. Throughout the day, donations were collected to benefit the Operation of Enduring Freedom Clinic at the Nashville VA Medical Center. Evert donor was given the name of a fallen soldier and asked to take a flag from the ground.  The students also invited Iraq War veterans to share their stories and experiences from noon to 1 p.m. on Alumni Lawn.

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VU on the election

A round up of VU commentary on last night’s historic election:

EFE (Spain): Obama sella la victoria tras una campaña de masiva movilización de votantes
This Spanish news wire analysis of Sen. Obama’s successful presidential bid credits the campaign’s ability to get out the vote. Erwin Hargrove, emeritus professor of political science, is quoted. Professor Hargrove is also quoted in a related story about the impact of Sen. Obama’s win on Civil Rights-era leaders: Las lágrimas del reverendo Jesse Jackson. (Español)

The Tennessean: Win thrills Nashville-area Democrats
An election-night party held by Metro Councilwoman Megan Barry and Bruce Barry, professor of sociology and management, is mentioned.

The Tennessean: McCain wins Tennessee by wide margin
It was a bittersweet Election Night for party loyalists in Tennessee as John McCain won the state, but Barack Obama won the night. John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

The Tennessean: 2008 election stirs emotions of Midstate voters
Holly Spann, administrative assistant in the pathology department and active member of the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus, is one of the voters interviewed in this election story.

Associated Press: Sen. Lamar Alexander re-elected in landslide
Student Sean Tierney was among the voters mentioned in this election analysis.

NPR interviewed David Lewis, professor of political science, about what comes next now that the United States has elected Sen. Obama to be the next president. The story is available online here.

CNN.com interviewed John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, on the presidential election. The live interview was conducted using VUStar, Vanderbilt’s on-campus broadcast facility.

BBC World News interviewed John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, on the presidential election. The live interview was conducted using VUStar, Vanderbilt’s on-campus broadcast facility.

BBC World News did a live interview with Carol Swain, professor of law and political science, on the presidential election.

Federal News Radio interviewed David Lewis, professor of political science and law, about what to expect during the presidential transition. The live interview was conducted using VUStar, Vanderbilt’s on-campus broadcast facility.

WTVF, Channel 5; WKRN, Channel 2; WSMV, Channel 4; and WZTV, Channel 17, included  reports on Vanderbilt students’ voting turnout at Eakin Elementary School.  WKRN also reported on an election results watch party at The Commons in its report.

Get full Vanderbilt coverage of the election here.

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