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Randolph College

Randolph College is a private liberal arts and sciences college in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman's College, it was renamed on July 1, 2007, when it became coeducational; the college offers 32 majors. Undergraduate degrees offered include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts. Randolph offers two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Randolph College is an NCAA Division III school competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference; the college fields varsity teams in eight women's sports. The coed riding team competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association; the recent decision to close the Riding Center leaves the fate of the team unclear, however. Notable alumni include author Pearl S. Buck, who won the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize, former U. S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley. Randolph is a member of The Annapolis Group of colleges in the United States, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

The college was founded by William Waugh Smith, then-president of Randolph-Macon College, under Randolph-Macon's charter after he failed to convince R-MC to become co-educational. Randolph-Macon Woman's College has historic ties to the United Methodist Church. After many attempts to find a location for Randolph-Macon Woman's College, the city of Lynchburg donated 50 acres for the purpose of establishing a women's college. In 1916, it became the first women's college in the South to earn a Phi Beta Kappa charter. Beginning in 1953, the two colleges were governed by separate boards of trustees. Main Hall, built in 1891, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In August 2006, only a few weeks into the academic year, Randolph-Macon Woman's College announced that it would adopt coeducation and change its name. Former Interim president Ginger H. Worden argued that, the college is embarking on a new future, one that will include men, yet that original mission, that dedication to women's values and education, remains.

The fact of the marketplace is that only 3 percent of college-age women say they will consider a women's college. The majority of our own students say. Most come despite the fact. Our enrollment problems are not going away, we compete with both coed and single-sex schools. Of the top 10 colleges to which our applicants apply, seven are coed. All who transfer from R-MWC do so to a coed school; these market factors affect our financial realities. The decision to go co-ed was not welcomed by everyone. Alumnae and students organized protests which were covered by national media. Many students accused the school of having recruited them under false pretenses, as the administration did not warn new or current students that they were considering admitting men. Lawsuits were filed against the school by alumnae, it was renamed Randolph College on July 2007, when it became coeducational. The ensuing period of integration was unsurprisingly, difficult; the first full-time male students saw their mailboxes and doors vandalized, were polarized.

The last class to have the option to receive diplomas from Randolph-Macon Woman's College graduated on May 16, 2010. Over ten years has eased the tension, the percentage of male students has increased. While there is no animosity towards current male students from their female counterparts, some have noted a less-than-favorable treatment from recent alumnae. Randolph College is named after John Randolph of Virginia. Randolph was an eccentric planter and politician who, in his will, released hundreds of slaves after his death and once fought a duel with Henry Clay. Bradley Bateman, 2013–present John E. Klein, 2007–2013 Ginger H. Worden'69, 2006–2007 Kathleen Gill Bowman, 1994–2006 Lambuth M. Clarke, 1993–1994 Linda Koch Lorimer, 1987–1993 Robert A. Spivey, 1978–1987 William F. Quillian, Jr. 1952–1978 Theodore H. Jack, 1933–1952 N. A. Pattillo, 1931–1933 Dice Robins Anderson, 1920–1931 William A. Webb, 1913–1919 William Waugh Smith, 1891–1912 Randolph College's Maier Museum of Art features works by outstanding American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The College has been collecting American art since 1920 and the Maier now houses a collection of several thousand paintings, prints and photographs in the College's permanent collection. The Maier hosts an active schedule of special exhibitions and education programs throughout the year. Through its programs, museum studies practicums, class visits, the Maier Museum of Art provides valuable learning opportunities for Randolph students and the community at large. In 2007, there was some controversy when Randolph College announced that it would sell four paintings from its collection; the rivalry between'odd' and'even' graduating classes is the lynchpin of many traditions at Randolph College. The groups are distinguished based on whether their graduation year is an odd or number, hence the names; as students spend four years earning their undergraduate degrees at Randolph, there are always two odd'sister-classes' and two even'sister-classes'. These groups participate in certain celebratory events together

Babbitt, Minnesota

Babbitt is a city in Saint Louis County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 1,475. Saint Louis County Highway 21 serves as a main route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 106.72 square miles. The city grew out of the formation of a taconite mine built by the Armco and Republic Steel starting in 1944; the company town was built near the eastern edge of the Mesabi Iron Range. The city of Silver Bay was built along Lake Superior, connected by train, for transportation of iron ore to cities along the Great Lakes. Babbitt is named after Judge Kurnal R. Babbitt of New York City. Judge Babbitt, who died on February 15, 1920, was general counsel for and a director of several mining companies. Before removing to New York in 1908, he practiced law in Colorado at Aspen, Cripple Creek, Colorado Springs. Babbitt is surrounded by the Superior National Forest and has wild animals like deer and wolves within the city limits.

In the summer black bears are sighted. Babbitt enjoys being the hometown to national celebrity Buzz Schneider. Schneider's claim to fame was being on the 1976 Olympic hockey team and the 1980 Olympic gold medal hockey team. Schneider, known as the "Babbitt Rabbit", scored the first goal against the Soviet Union in the most renowned game of hockey played. Babbitt is home to a few NCAA division one hockey players, most notably: Buzz Schneider - University of Minnesota, Steve Schneider - Notre Dame, Greg Woods-Denver University and Mike Krensing - University of Minnesota Duluth. Schneider played on two national champion hockey teams at Minnesota. Babbitt is home to the 1976 State High School Baseball Champions; the Babbitt Knights were the first Class "A" High School Baseball Champions, as champions before 1976 were 1 classification. The Babbitt-Embarrass school colors were white; the school song was "The Ranger Song" from the musical comedy Rio Rita, a 1929 RKO Picture starring Bebe Daniels and John Boles along with the comedy team of Wheeler & Woolsey.

The film is based on the 1927 stage musical produced by Florenz Ziegfeld. As of the census of 2010, there were 1,475 people, 707 households, 435 families living in the city; the population density was 13.9 inhabitants per square mile. There were 818 housing units at an average density of 7.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.1% of the population. There were 707 households of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 38.5% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.60. The median age in the city was 51.1 years. 17.1% of residents were under the age of 18.

The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,670 people, 735 households, 530 families living in the city; the population density was 15.8 people per square mile. There were 801 housing units at an average density of 7.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 98.86% White, 0.12% African American, 0.30% American Indian, 0.12% Asian, 0.60% from two or more races. 20.0% were of German, 16.6% Norwegian, 15.1% Finnish, 6.8% Swedish, 5.8% English and 5.2% Irish ancestry. There were 735 households out of which 21.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.8% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.67. In the city, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, 28.7% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $33,229, the median income for a family was $37,137. Males had a median income of $38,214 versus $24,531 for females; the per capita income for the city was $18,853. About 3.6% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under the age of 18 and 1.9% of those 65 and older. Mayor Andrea Zupancich Councilor Terry Switajewski Councilor Richard Huovinen Councilor Jim Lassi Councilor Glenn Anderson Clerk-Treasurer Cathy Bissonette Media related to Babbitt, Minnesota at Wikimedia Commons City of Babbitt, MN – Official Website

Daniel Epstein (pianist)

Daniel Epstein is an American pianist. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Epstein received international recognition when the conductor, Eugene Ormandy, invited him to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973; that year, in the wake of President Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, at the insistence of the American government and the Philadelphia became the first American orchestra to tour China. Ormandy chose Epstein to accompany him on this cultural mission. Before their departure, in an appearance at Saratoga Springs, Epstein gave the American premiere of Yin Chengzong's arrangement of the Yellow River Piano Concerto, one of the works which the Chinese had requested the Americans to play on tour. In doing so, Epstein contributed to the first American performance of music from the pen of a Chinese composer working in the Western classical tradition, they received a positive reception in Beijing. On their return from China, Epstein teamed up with Ormandy and the orchestra again to record the Concerto on an LP album.

In 1976, Epstein founded the Raphael Trio, with whom he has performed the entire piano trio repertoire in the three decades of the ensemble's existence. He appears as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras and has collected such honors as the Kosciuszko Chopin Award, the National Arts Club Prize, the Prix Alex de Vries in Paris, the Concert Artists Guild Award. Since 1997, Epstein has taught piano, chamber music, music history at the Manhattan School of Music and, in 2001, was appointed to the piano faculty. Daniel Epstein personal website Performance history of the Yellow River Concerto Faculty biography from the Manhattan School of Music