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In the Media - March 2013 Roundup

At Alumnae House, USA Today interviewed screenwriter Owen King ’99 about his debut novel, Double Feature, which centers on generational strife among a family of filmmakers. King—the youngest son of Stephen King, whom the newspaper describes as the “master of literary horror”—used Vassar’s campus as a model for the story’s setting.

Victoria Weil ’91

Victoria Weil ’91, president and founder of Friends of Bogardus Garden, has been the driving force behind the creation of a permanent pedestrian plaza on Hudson Street—between Chambers and Reade streets—in Lower Manhattan. Read about her efforts in the Tribeca Trib.

Women’s Wear Daily features writer Jacob Bernstein ’00 reflected on the life of his mother, writer-producer-director Nora Ephron (1941-2012), in the New York Times. Her final film was Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep ’71.

Photographer and filmmaker Eve Morgenstern ’92 spoke with Newsle regarding Facades of Crises, her collection of original photographs documenting abandoned and foreclosed homes in cities and communities throughout the United States, previously on display at the Bildmuseet, one of Sweden’s finest museums of contemporary art and visual culture. “Home is such a widespread symbol of stability and comfort,” Morgenstern says. “There’s something especially tragic about seeing an empty house.”

Phil Griffin ’79

MSNBC president Phil Griffin ’79 discussed his plans for the future of the left-leaning cable news network in the New Republic. (Viewers may soon begin seeing coverage of entertainment, fashion, food, and sports!) The Huffington Post and Mediabistro detail Griffin’s rise to the top.

BlackandBrownNews.com ran an informational piece from obstetrician and gynecologist Juliet Nevins ’91, who summarizes strategies for avoiding Caesarean sections. Pictured is new mom Coleen Porcher ’90 with her baby daughter, Chloe, to whom Nevins is the proud godmother. Both ladies hope to have another Vassar alumna in the family!

The latest song from Stephen Funk Pearson ’74, titled “Indelibly,” has been uploaded to his YouTube channel. The autobiographical ballad’s opening lyrics are as follows: “Know what I’m after … She’s a girl at Vassar.”

Chronogram magazine (flip to page 120) chronicled a series of abstract, biblically-inspired oil paintings by Cynthia Harris-Pagano ’58. Her Genesis: Creation and Flood exhibit was featured at the Palmer Gallery through March 12.

Michael Kimmel ’72

In honor of Women’s History Month, in a Huffington Post article penned by award-winning actress Marlo Thomas, Michael Kimmel ’72, distinguished professor of sociology at Stony Brook University and founding editor of Men and Masculinities, was named a “male champion of women’s rights”—alongside college founder Matthew Vassar (1792-1868).

The “sunny persona” of Anne Hathaway ’04—both in general and following her recent Oscar win for Les Misérables—was the subject of a New Yorker op-ed.

The New Yorker published a parody of the premiere episode of Downton Abbey’s highly anticipated fourth season. Rebecca Eaton ’69 serves as executive producer of the PBS Masterpiece series.

Ken Levine ’88, co-founder and creative director of Irrational Games, spoke to the New York Times about the company’s newest video game, BioShock Infinite, “an unusually cinematic shooting adventure set in a floating city in which the ultimate goal is to rescue a mysterious young woman.”

Compiled by Jared Scott Tesler

Weil, courtesy of the subject; Griffin, Evan Abramson’00; Kimmel, Stockton Photo, Inc.