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February 21, 2013 | Meghan Daum
The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for picketing military funerals because God hates a country that tolerates gay people (or something like that), is picketing my alma mater next week. Vassar College, a small liberal arts school in New York's Hudson Valley, is hardly the first school that Westboro's "congregation" (which is really just one large family in Topeka, Kan., led by 83-year-old pastor Fred Phelps) has visited with signs bearing its signature motto, "God Hates Fags. " But Vassar may be the first to pull the jujitsu move of using the demonstration to raise money in support of the very thing being demonstrated against.
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August 6, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Claremont McKenna College on Tuesday announced that it has raised more than $635 million in a fundraising campaign believed to be among the largest for an American liberal arts college. The public campaign was launched in 2008 with a goal of $600 million to support endowed faculty positions, student scholarships, new facilities and building renovations at the small, private college in Claremont, about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The effort was boosted by gifts from several billionaire alumni, including $200 million from philanthropist Robert Day, $75 million from financier Henry Kravis and $50 million from George R. Roberts, a cousin of Kravis.
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NEWS
February 10, 1986 | United Press International
Vassar College today announced the appointment of Frances Fergusson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bucknell University, as its ninth president. Fergusson, 41, a graduate of Wellesley College who received her Ph.D. in art history from Harvard, replaces Virginia Smith, who is leaving to enter private business after nine years as head of the 2,250-student college. Fergusson, who will take over July 1, will be Vassar's third woman president in its 125-year history.
OPINION
February 21, 2013 | Meghan Daum
The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for picketing military funerals because God hates a country that tolerates gay people (or something like that), is picketing my alma mater next week. Vassar College, a small liberal arts school in New York's Hudson Valley, is hardly the first school that Westboro's "congregation" (which is really just one large family in Topeka, Kan., led by 83-year-old pastor Fred Phelps) has visited with signs bearing its signature motto, "God Hates Fags. " But Vassar may be the first to pull the jujitsu move of using the demonstration to raise money in support of the very thing being demonstrated against.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Claremont McKenna College on Tuesday announced that it has raised more than $635 million in a fundraising campaign believed to be among the largest for an American liberal arts college. The public campaign was launched in 2008 with a goal of $600 million to support endowed faculty positions, student scholarships, new facilities and building renovations at the small, private college in Claremont, about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The effort was boosted by gifts from several billionaire alumni, including $200 million from philanthropist Robert Day, $75 million from financier Henry Kravis and $50 million from George R. Roberts, a cousin of Kravis.
NEWS
February 15, 1990 | United Press International
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), the focus of daylong protests by students at Vassar College because of a remark characterized as racist, returned a scholastic honor and a $1,000 stipend Wednesday night. Seventy-five students took over the administration building earlier in the day as about 300 students rallied outside, and later there was a widespread boycott of classes to protest what students said was a broader pattern of racial intolerance on the campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2011 | Hector Tobar
Margarita Lopez grew up embarrassed by how easily she spoke Spanish. As she grew fluent in English and became one of the top students at her L.A. high school, she always considered her native language a reminder of her roots as the daughter of working-class Central American immigrants. Speaking Spanish took her back to sixth-grade remedial English, when she was given books to read "with just four words in them. " She remembered being made to feel dumb. "I was mad at being bilingual," she told me. Of course, she was wrong to think that way. She sees that now, as a 19-year-old freshman at Vassar College in New York's Hudson Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2010
Tom Braly Insurance executive and racehorse breeder Tom Braly, 72, who parlayed success in his insurance business into ownership of thoroughbred horses, notably the 3-year-old filly Evening Jewel, died Friday at his home in Indian Wells, said his trainer and business partner, Jim Cassidy. Braly died after a battle with head and neck cancer, seven years after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He watched Evening Jewel's latest victory Aug. 21 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, a Grade I stakes race at Del Mar's summer racing meet.
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January 30, 2004 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Anita Addison, a producer and director who was one of the first African American women to hold a senior producer's position at a major television network, died Saturday in New York City, said David Byrd, her partner of more than eight years. She was 51. Addison, who lived in Los Angeles, was working on a television series in New York City when she became ill early last week. She was admitted to New York-Presbyterian hospital, where she died. The family declined to release the cause of death.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Jason Blum is a producer whose career took off when the low-budget horror film "Paranormal Activity," which he played a key role bringing to the big screen, became a surprise hit in 2009 and spawned a new Hollywood franchise with annual sequels. After spending most of his career in the independent film world, the 42-year-old has reshaped his business around the "Paranormal" model, aiming to make inexpensive movies with mass audience appeal. He produced April's hit horror film "Insidious," is working on more "Paranormal" sequels for Paramount Pictures and is developing projects under a newly signed deal with Universal Pictures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2011 | Hector Tobar
Margarita Lopez grew up embarrassed by how easily she spoke Spanish. As she grew fluent in English and became one of the top students at her L.A. high school, she always considered her native language a reminder of her roots as the daughter of working-class Central American immigrants. Speaking Spanish took her back to sixth-grade remedial English, when she was given books to read "with just four words in them. " She remembered being made to feel dumb. "I was mad at being bilingual," she told me. Of course, she was wrong to think that way. She sees that now, as a 19-year-old freshman at Vassar College in New York's Hudson Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2010
Tom Braly Insurance executive and racehorse breeder Tom Braly, 72, who parlayed success in his insurance business into ownership of thoroughbred horses, notably the 3-year-old filly Evening Jewel, died Friday at his home in Indian Wells, said his trainer and business partner, Jim Cassidy. Braly died after a battle with head and neck cancer, seven years after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He watched Evening Jewel's latest victory Aug. 21 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, a Grade I stakes race at Del Mar's summer racing meet.
NEWS
February 15, 1990 | United Press International
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), the focus of daylong protests by students at Vassar College because of a remark characterized as racist, returned a scholastic honor and a $1,000 stipend Wednesday night. Seventy-five students took over the administration building earlier in the day as about 300 students rallied outside, and later there was a widespread boycott of classes to protest what students said was a broader pattern of racial intolerance on the campus.
NEWS
February 10, 1986 | United Press International
Vassar College today announced the appointment of Frances Fergusson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bucknell University, as its ninth president. Fergusson, 41, a graduate of Wellesley College who received her Ph.D. in art history from Harvard, replaces Virginia Smith, who is leaving to enter private business after nine years as head of the 2,250-student college. Fergusson, who will take over July 1, will be Vassar's third woman president in its 125-year history.
NEWS
February 11, 1986 | United Press International
Vassar College on Monday announced the appointment of Frances Fergusson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bucknell University, as its ninth president. Fergusson, 41, replaces Virginia Smith, who is leaving to enter private business.
NEWS
September 29, 1993
Edith Meiser, 95, stage and film actress who wrote novels and radio scripts. A Detroit native who attended Vassar College, she made her Broadway debut in "The New Way" in 1923. She appeared in more than 20 Broadway shows over half a century, including "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in 1960. Her films included "The Middle of the Night," "It Grows on Trees" and "Queen for a Day."
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