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Alumna Shares Documentary

Maria Bissell '06 and her husband, Stephen Tringali, were on campus yesterday to discuss their documentary film, Corridor Four, at an Upper School assembly.

The film tells the story of K-9 Unit Officer Isaac Ho'opi'i, who heroically saved lives at the Pentagon on 9/11, and examines the challenges that Isaac has faced since this traumatic event. Ms. Bissell and Mr. Tringali answered questions from audience members and showed a clip of their film, which is being screened as part of the Washington West Film Festival.

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For Your Nightstand: Raising America's Zoo

Kara Arundel, wife of Tom '90 (and sister-in-law of Peter '75, Wendy '77, and John '81) published Raising America's Zoo. The book tells the story of how Kara's father-in-law, Arthur "Nick" Arundel, traveled from Africa to Washington, DC, with the National Zoo's first two gorillas. Nick Arundel "would fight to make 'America's Zoo' a leader in animal preservation," Kara notes on the book's website.

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For Your Earbuds: Don't Miss "Half-Light," by Rostam Batmanglij '02

Rostam Batmanglij '02 released a solo album, Half-Light, which debuted on September 8. Rostam, who has been profiled by publications including The New Yorker, EW, and Vulture, was formerly a member of rock band Vampire Weekend. As quoted in The New Yorker, Rostam says, "My music is about identity. This album is about identity." In the same article, Rostam reflects on his time at Potomac, and it's revealed that a quintessential May Day tune has made its way into the album: "The first song on 'Half-Light' is 'Sumer,' which is built around a sample of "Sumer Is Icumen In," an Old English round that he loved as a child."

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