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Mount Vernon: Town that time forgot

  Campus Digest  

President Les Garner added references to Cornell and Mount Vernon during his debut with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra last April narrating "The Young Lutheran’s Guide to the Orchestra."

"Tonight’s performance is made possible by special arrangement with Cornell College in Mount Vernon,” he began. Mount Vernon, the little town that time forgot. Home to Bauman’s menswear, where charge accounts are always open and a pair of 56-long overalls is waiting or you. Also home of the Lincoln Cafe. Honest food, honest prices. But no valet parking. If you can’t f ind a parking space in Mount Vernon, you’re not looking. Mount Vernon, where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children are above average.”

Garrison Keillor wrote the script and commissioned Randall Davidson ’75 to compose the music. Davidson, who spoke at the Cedar Rapids performance and at an alumni pre-performance reception, is one of a few modern composers to have written an orchestral staple”—" The Young Lutheran’s Guide” has received over 250 performances by such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic.

Garner is president of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Foundation and past-president of the symphony’s board of directors.

Academics by the numbers

Average class size........................................................14
Faculty-student ratio.................................................1:11
Most classes capped at...............................................25
Number of full-time faculty.........................................78
Percent of tenure-track faculty who hold
the highest degree awarded in their fields................91
Percent of Class of 2001 graduates
who finished in four years or less ............................92
Percent of Class of 2001 who had a
double major or a major and a minor.........................66

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