Best of 2013 Web Stories: Alumni Profiles
December 19, 2013 By Mariel Smith and Cindy Long
As 2013 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics. (To view the entire 2013 web archive, click here.) Here are the top three web stories about Centre alumni:
1. Matthew Arnold ’96 writes and produces Siberia television series
Siberia is unique in that it blurs the line between scripted drama and reality TV. Sixteen contestants are left in a remote location in Siberia with little more than the clothes on their backs. In this daunting, virtually uninhabited forest, they're faced with a series of potentially life-threatening challenges — think Lost meets Survivor — for the chance at the ultimate prize of $500,000. "I want to challenge viewers' expectations about what is real and fake in television," Arnold explains. "Our show is a true hybrid and a first of its kind for the genre."
Sundy Best on the way to country music stardom with Nashville record contract
2. Folks not following Sundy Best on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram are missing out on an amazing ride, as country music singers Kris Bentley '09 and Nick Jamerson rocket from being a local cult favorite to, dare we say, country music stars? While the duo describes its sound as "ranging from country, bluegrass, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues," it is in the world of country music where Sundy Best seems to be finding its niche.
3. New outdoor classroom honors Donald Buchanan ’83
Centre's campus is home to a host of both modern and historic structures, the newest of which is the Donald Davies Buchanan Memorial Classroom. The outdoor classroom is located between Young and Nevin Halls, nestled under the trees that keep it in shade most of the day. Designed by Hastings and Chivetta, the same firm that designed several of Centre's newest buildings, the classroom is an elegant, inviting space and a fitting tribute to a beloved Centre alumnus.