Dec. 14, 2012
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
You can’t live in Middle Tennessee and not have seen our terrific Game Changer television spots. First class. Many people love the music on those spots and have written, wanting to know more about it. Here’s the skinny: this is original music called “Change is in the Air”, done by Unleaded Music in New York, composed by Joe Hudson, produced by Ann Lee Diamont with soloist Billy Cliff and rapper Frank Nitti.
Psst…psst…Commodore Nation…your pride is showing. Collegiate Licensing Company reports that royalties for Vanderbilt licensed products are up a hefty 18 percent from a year ago (when it also reported an increase). This report concluded in September so sales during football’s winning streak, pre-bowl game run-up and the holiday season are not included and should be strong. It is invigorating to wear the Star V mark and see so many others doing the same.
Along with the upbeat royalty data is news that our new bookstore, Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt, is also doing well. For example, on Family Day Weekend, the store was second to Harvard in merchandise sales over all other collegiate bookstores in the country.
As we write this week, our Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl ticket sale stands at approximately 17,000 and growing daily. Thank you, thank you to the thousands of Anchored Down Commodores that not only will cheer on our team but helped us in the future by purchasing their tickets through our box office. Let’s keep that total growing.
If you missed Ryan Schulz’s interesting article on unique Vanderbilt athletic success, check this out. You will have new ammunition for the next water cooler debate!