LAIRD HAYES ’71, above, made the biggest call of his career when — acting as side judge during Super Bowl XLVI — he ruled that Giants receiver Mario Manningham completed a catch late in the fourth quarter. Hayes, a retired instructor and college coach, has officiated three Super Bowls in an NFL career that spans 17 seasons. Another alum also had an impact on the game: College-scouting director MARC ROSS ’95 had drafted Manningham and other New York standouts. … LIA ROMEO ’03’s new play, Hungry, a comedy that deals with a high-school girl’s struggles with body issues and boy problems, premiered March 3 at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., and runs through March 18. … LESLEY M. WHEELER *94, an English professor at Washington and Lee University, won an outstanding faculty award for 2012 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia — that state’s highest teaching award for faculty at public and private colleges and universities. Wheeler is a poet and scholar of 20th- and 21st-century poetry. ... VIVASVAN SONI ’91, an associate professor of English at Northwestern University, received the Modern Language Association of America’s prize for a first book for Mourning Happiness: Narrative and the Politics of Modernity. ... JAMES McCARTHY *77 was named the ninth president of Suffolk University in Boston. A sociologist, he was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Baruch College in New York. ... Trophy, a novel by MICHAEL GRIFFITH ’87, made Kirkus Reviews’ list of 2011’s Best Fiction. (Also making the list was The Marriage Plot by professor JEFFREY EUGENIDES.) The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World by JOSEPH BRAUDE *98 made the Best Nonfiction list. On Kirkus’ list of the Best Indie books was the novel The House That War Minister Built by ANDREW IMBRIE DAYTON ’72 and Elahe Talieh Dayton.
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