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The College Vote: A Waking Giant

By Deborah Bennett, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences

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If the mid-term elections of 2018 taught us anything, it is that the youth vote is seen as a threat to the Republican party. Upending the stereotype of an uniformed, unenthusiastic constituency, a  79% jump in voter turnout amongst youth tilted the scales for Democrats in senate and gubernatorial races in places like Wisconsin, Nevada and Montana.  A younger, more diverse host of candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts inspired young voters in 2018. Two years later, some are asking if 2020 will be the year of the youth vote, while others worry that voter disenfranchisement will put this waking giant back to sleep.

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‘What You’re Supposed to Do’: Finding Success on a Nontraditional Career Path

By Ravi Lad

Album art for the single "Proud" by Ravi

Album art for the single “Proud,” by Ravi

My head was going wild. “Would this be the right choice for me? Am I good enough? Would they approve?” I took a deep breath and clicked “Submit Application.”

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Ella Fitzgerald: Singing, Storytelling, and the Ultimate Creative Entrepreneurial Adventure

By Nanette Perrotte B.M. ’91

Cover art for book Ella Jane the Jazzy CatElla Jane drew the shortest straw. Now she had to step onto one of the most infamous stages in New York City: the Apollo Theater. Would the audience love her? Or boo her?

This is the opening scene of my audiobook and e-book, Ella Jane the Jazzy Cat—An Ella Fitzgerald Fable. The book, written for 6- to 12-year-old students, is a fable based on the life of vocal master Ella Jane Fitzgerald. I also composed an original tune “Ella Jane the Jazzy Cat—Twist, Spin, Jump Jive.”

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