Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project, was the subject of an article on Mormons with gay children in the Sept. 12 New York Times. "I saw something very few people saw," Ryan recalled of her work with AIDS patients -- many expelled from conservative, evangelical homes -- in the early 1980s. "This deep, profound connection that superseded dogma and doctrine. I saw the language of the heart."
Soloists in unison
Recordnet.com on Sept. 17 profiled Zakarias Grafilo, alum and first violinist for the Alexander String Quartet. "Once bitten by the chamber-music bug, you never forget. I crave chamber music. Four people are equally vested in playing and interpreting. No one is dictating. All four soloists are collaborators. You wear different hats at the same time," Grafilo said. "For string quartets, there's such a wonderful amount of repertoire. You could play 24/7 together and never get through [it all]."
Ready to travel
Professor of Cinema Jan Milsapps is one of nine American finalists for the Netherlands-based Mars One program to create a colony on Mars by 2024, according to a Sept 23 Next Avenue (PBS) article. "I'm satisfied with the experiences I've had here on Earth, [so] I feel I could leave without regrets. If I were younger, I might wonder what I'd be forfeiting," Millsapps remarked.
Enter the dragon race
A Sept. 23 San Jose Mercury News article mentioned Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Kim Schwartz's participation with a dragon boat racing team. "I've seen the boats out on Lake Merced for years, I've been curious about them and was excited to join when Kim Webb mentioned it," Schwartz said. "It is an amazing core workout, you don't use your arms as much as one might think. Your technique all comes from your torso rotating and de-rotating, while using your legs to give power to your stroke. It really gets your heart rate up and it's amazing fun. A lot of teamwork and a lot of camaraderie. You do your best and that's all anyone is asking you to do."
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