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Princeton Review released its 2011 rankings. Bard College at Simon’s Rock maintains its place as one of the “Best Northeastern Colleges,” and is listed as one of the top 20 LGBT-friendly campuses in the U.S.

USA Today dug into the Simon’s Rock catalogue to find one entry on a list of “7 classes you would wake up at 8 am for.” Their pick? The Great Outdoors: The History and Culture of Outdoor Recreation

john mcwhorter

Overseer John McWhorter ’81 published a new book, What Language Is: And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be. He spoke about it on WNYC, and found time to write on the New Republic (on Shakespeare), the New York Daily News (on Al Sharpton), and to speak on the Takeaway (on the black middle class)


Junior Sturm Mabie coauthored a research paper with Professor Eric Kramer. “AuxV: a database of auxin transport velocities,” was published in Trends in Plant Science. The paper compares the speed at which auxin, a plant hormone, moves through membranes in 44 different species


Overseer Douglas Ahlers ’77 spoke in post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand about his experience helping to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina and his current work advising cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles on their disaster recovery and resiliency planning.

Filter Bubble

Overseer Eli Pariser ’96’s The Filter Bubble was invoked on theAtlantic to help understand the role of social media in the London riots

New York Times

New York Times quoted Kristin Morse ’84, director of programs and evaluation at New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity, in an article about a huge new initiative to aid young black and Hispanic men.


NPR Music to hear an interview and some new tracks from Plastic Spoon, Shahzad Ismaily ’88’s latest project.

ny magazine foodchain

Bjorn Somlo ’96 was featured in New York Magazine’s “Food Chain”: Each week a different chef describes a dish he enjoyed, and then the chef who prepared that dish responds and picks his own memorable meal. Somlo, who heads the Lenox, MA restaurant Nudel, was lauded for his intense carrot soup. In turn, he celebrated a pork belly and fried green tomato sandwich he recently enjoyed


The Berkshire Fringe Festival, housed in the Daniel Arts Center and helmed by Sara Katzoff ’97 and Timothy Ryan Olson ’95, was live in the studio of WWLP’s Mass Appeal

The Voice

Mike Doughty ’86 performed at a pop-up chapel where 24 same-sex couples were married in New York, the Village Voice announced. Meanwhile, reviewed a recent concert: “An intelligent wordsmith, Doughty presents lyrics that are always a treat to listen to”


Professor Brendan Mathews spoke on NPR-affiliate WAMC about a storytelling and fiction series he curated at the Word X Word festival in Pittsfield, MA.


Sophomore Marne Garretson will present on the genome for the bacterium that causes tuberculosis at the 2011 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in October

Times Union

The Albany Times Union highlighted work that Amy Lavine ’98, an Albany Law School Government Law Center staff attorney, is doing on a new blog that will put a spotlight on New York State public authorities. From Lavine: “Public authorities in New York State alone are responsible for more than $53 billion in annual spending and account for more than $220 billion in debt”

rhody beat

Rhode Island local news source RhodyBeat profiled first-year Darien Khea


Daisy Eagan ’96 (youngest actress ever to win a Tony Award) will perform in the new musical Ghostlight, which will open at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Get the details from

Elmhurst Patch

Elmhurst Patch profiled Nicole Laliberte ’93, who recently returned home from Uganda where she’s working with various NGOs and doing research for a doctorate in Geography and Women’s Studies


Cherie (Hall) Noel ‘85’s The Soldier & the State Trooper reached #27 on Amazon's bestseller list for “Hot New Releases in the Gay & Lesbian Romance”

Onion AVR

The Onion’s A.V. Club tells us that a new documentary will feature musician Martin Dosh ’89 alongside collaborator and indie-rock hard-hitter Andrew Bird