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In the Media

Rachael Yamagata

The Daily Tribune (CA) and the Columbian (WA) wrote about singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata ’96 (pictured) and her success breaking from the major record labels. The San Francisco Examiner and the Seattle Post Intelligencer wrote about her latest album, Chesapeake.

The Chronicle of Higher Education talked with college president Jamshed Bharucha ’78 about Cooper Union’s finances, transparency, and the prospect of charging tuition. The Chronicle also named Vassar among the nation’s top Fulbright-producing colleges. (For more information about this year’s Vassar Fulbright recipients, read the press release.)

The Wyoming County Press Examiner (PA) quoted Ian Saginor ’01, natural science professor at Keystone College, about the Virginia earthquake felt up and down the Eastern Seaboard earlier this year. 

The Boston Herald quoted Leonard Steinhorn ’77, political science professor at American University, in a story about GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Also, the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Steinhorn in an article about Texas Governor Rick Perry. Meanwhile, The Atlantic gave a nod to Steinhorn’s proposal for American colleges to declare Election Day a vacation day.

The New York Times featured Patrick Martins ’94—founder of Slow Food USA, Heritage Foods USA, and now, Heritage Meat Shop—in a story about “The Lost Art of Buying from a Butcher.”

Reuters talked to Russ Cohen ’78 about the banner year it’s been for mushrooms in the Northeast, thanks to long stretches of wet weather … and the rise in poisonings that has gone along with it.

David Felix Sutcliffe

PBS featured the world premier of Adama, a documentary by David Felix Sutcliffe ’02 (pictured) about a Muslim teen detained by the FBI.

The New York Times featured Vassar’s student-run Tree City Coffee, a mobile coffee cart featuring “ethical coffee” from three major growing regions around the world, in a slideshow story about on-campus entrepreneurs.

WBAI’s The Next Hour interviewed English professor Amitava Kumar about the Occupy movement and Occupy Writers.

The Intelligencer Journal (PA) featured a WWII exhibit co-curated by history professor Maria Hohn.

US Weekly talked with Ethan Zohn ’96 about coping with his recent cancer recurrence. Not one to be held back by challenges, Zohn also appeared in Fox’s Good Day New York to talk about his experience running in the New York City Marathon.

The Whidbey Examiner (WA) wrote about swimmer Lily Doyle ’14.

IndieWire named Shored Up, a documentary by Ben Kalina ’98, its recent “project of the week.”

Rick Lazio ’80 appeared on Al Sharpton’s PoliticsNation on MSNBC talking about stimulus and the state of the economy.

Meryl Streep

The Telegraph (UK) reviewed The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep ’71 as Margaret Thatcher, calling her “splendid, giving a detailed, authoritative performance that goes way beyond accurate impersonation to evoke Thatcher’s spirit.” Watch the full-length trailer on the movie’s UK website, or at IMDB.

Women in Academia Report noted that four women—professors Katherine Hite, Maria Hohn, Jodi Schwarz, and Patricia Wallace—were named to endowed chairs at Vassar.

Kiplinger named Vassar #7 in its list of “10 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges.”

The New York Times featured photographer Terry DeRoy Gruber ’75 and his role in preserving the lost art of the banquet photo.

The Huffington Post, radio station WGCI, and the Black Youth Project all covered an in-the-works documentary by Cyrus Dowlatshahi ’04, which offers a raw look at life on the south side of Chicago.

Publishers Weekly reviewed Dust to Dust, a new memoir by Benjamin Busch ’91, calling it a “haunting, humorous, and poignant journey.”

Compiled by Peter Bronski

Rachael Yamagata photo by Laura Crosta, courtesy BBGun PR. David Felix Sutcliffe photo courtesy the subject. Meryl Streep photo by Alex Bailey, courtesy Pathe Productions.