Browsing: Spring 2012


10 x 60 = 1 Million

For the last nine years in a row, Davidson has been one of only a handful of colleges to receive gifts from more than 60 percent of the college’s alumni. This year, a group of four current and former trustees have issued a challenge to Davidson alums: If Davidson achieves 60 percent Annual Fund participation for the tenth consecutive year, the trustee donors will give $1 million to this year’s Annual Fund.


The Varieties of Medical Experience

Wayne Jonas , M.D. ’77 has an inquiring mind, reflected in a favorite quote by psychologist William James (1842–1910): “Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science, there ever floats a sort of dust-cloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always proves more easy to ignore than to attend to.”


Hard Knocks

Can damage increase the value of a piece of art? Associate Professor of Philosophy Paul Studtmann put this question to the test by auctioning a two-by-three-foot painting complete with its badly bowed steel frame. The acrylicon- wood image, “Falling Down Man,” depicts a marionette heaped on the ground, which artist Charlie Spear of Indianapolis intended as a statement about homelessness. The painting was damaged in transit from Indianapolis.


Le Nozze de Time and Talent

Mozart looked ver y familiar under that long, f lowing, white wig sitting at a small table in the wings of Tyler-Tallman Hall. He spoke up only occasionally, narrating his comic opera Marriage of Figaro as student and faculty cast members performed it on the stage. If audience members who filled the hall for two shows of the production didn’t recognize the visage beneath the wig, they certainly recognized the voice and laugh as belonging to Director Emeritus of the Library Leland Park.

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