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spring 2011

How did the director of last year’s critically acclaimed Never Let Me Go discover his passion for filmmaking? It probably started with the Kodak Instamatic his photography-buff father bought him when he was nine, or perhaps it was the darkroom his dad built him when he was 12. But one thing’s for certain: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he saw twice as a boy, was hugely influential. “I was really struck by that film; it really overwhelmed me,” says Mark Romanek ’81. “One day it oc­curred to me that maybe if I borrowed my uncle’s Super 8 camera I could make a story movie rather than just a home movie. When I was about 15 years old, I knew that I would be a film director.” 

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What did you do over winter break? I studied the culture, economics, biodiversity, and history of a country. Oh, yeah—I should mention this educational experience occurred in the country itself. Let me explain. Last fall, I enrolled in the environmental studies course Belize Rainforests, Reefs, and Ruins, which explores the local ecosystems and human impacts on biodiversity. Then, during winter break, students traveled to Belize to experience it all firsthand. If ever there were a class that epitomized hands-on, this is it!

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Anyone who watches pro football, baseball, basketball, or hockey can be forgiven for thinking athletic training is a guy’s gig--so far there is only one full-time female trainer in the NFL, one female assistant trainer in the NBA, and none in the NHL or MLB. But these young female athletic trainers show girls can play, too.

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Five IC students show how they successfully balance classwork, athletics, jobs, clubs, and service.

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After winning the Empire College Wrestling Conference championships, eight Bombers got invitations to the NCAA Division III championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin, more than any school but one.

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