NEVER GIVE IN

Coach Whalen focuses on Wesleyan’s tradition of excellence to build a winning team. The young man gave his list to…

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LIBERAL EDUCATION?

The broad contextual education that Wesleyan and peer institutions offer is frequently critiqued, sometimes even excoriated, by those who accuse…

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NEVER GIVE IN

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The young man gave his list to the college counselor; waited while she considered the names of universities where he planned on applying. He was a football player, a wrestler, a big kid with a meaty fistful of athletic accolades. His grades were decent, but his SATs weren’t stellar. Now, in the fall of 1978,…

LIBERAL EDUCATION?

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The broad contextual education that Wesleyan and peer institutions offer is frequently critiqued, sometimes even excoriated, by those who accuse it of not preparing graduates for success in today’s world. But that accusation, says President Michael S. Roth ’78 in his sixth and latest book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press,…

PUTTING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY INTO ACTION

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  One day last summer, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous sat down with a small group of students to discuss the Stanford Prison Experiment, a classic 1971 study regularly covered in social psychology courses to examine how situational factors can cause ordinary people to commit unspeakable acts. The class had the unusual opportunity to analyze…

A HEALTHY APPETITE FOR SCIENCE: MARY ROACH ’81

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  Have you ever wondered why humans prefer crunchy foods rather than mushy ones? How do competitive eaters train to eat 36 hot dogs and is it possible for you to eat yourself to death? Is there any truth to reports that a superworm can survive in a bullfrog’s gut after it’s been swallowed? And…