Cynthia Rockwell

STARBUCKS SELECTS SINGLE BY RHODES ’90

Next time you’re seeking a caffeine fix in Starbucks, keep your ears open for a song by J.R. Rhodes ’90. Hers is a haunting alto voice—with a throatiness and rich, emotional depth reminiscent of Joan Armatrading—and the song, in a minor key, “Your Pillow,” was the first single released from her latest album, I Am.…

THERE’S NO APP FOR A GOOD SWING DANCE

In Alive and Kicking, the Lindy Hop documentary from which this still is taken, writer/director Susan Glatzer ’87 created an experiential high-energy film—and included Magen Jennings ’04 and film studies alumni Zoe Broad ’14, Andrew Cohen ’14 , Jana Heaton ’14, Amanda Marks ’88, and Gabriel Urbina ‘13 on her crew. Alive and Kicking, a…

DIALOGUES ON THE CRISIS OF MASS INCARCERATION

Members of the Wesleyan community here and across the country are engaged in exploring, ameliorating, and solving the crises that surround the mass incarceration—and disenfranchisement—of a vast segment of the American population. This year on campus, a confluence of programs—from the First Year Matters Common Reading, to a Course Cluster, to the annual Shasha Seminar…

SYLVIA RYERSON ’09: RADIO FOR THE INCARCERATED

Restorative Radio offers longform audio pieces that broadcast the sounds and voices of home to those behind prison walls. “By design, prisons are the most censored institutions in the country. Letters are screened, phone calls possibly tapped, visitation time is restricted, but radio can penetrate prison walls,” says Sylvia Ryerson ’09, who spoke at this…

PRISON UNIVERSITY PROJECT AT SAN QUENTIN

“The crisis of criminal justice we are facing is a problem of dehumanization,” says Jody Lewen ’86, co-founder and executive direct of the project. Education, she says, transforms the lives of those incarcerated—but she seeks something further. NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDAL Pictured: Jody Lewen ’86, together with her colleagues (and former PUP students) Pat Mims and…

TELLING TIME IN ANTIQUITY

Colleagues across campus collaborate with Professor of Classical Studies Christopher Parslow to unravel the mystery of a small piece of silver plated bronze, shaped like a prosciutto, that had been buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Some ancient Romans relied on a curious object to tell time: a fist-sized sundial in the shape of…

SCHOLAR ATHLETE: SU PARDO ’16

Su Pardo ’16, pitcher for the Wesleyan softball team, is majoring in classical studies and economics. “I’d taken four years of Latin in high school,” she explains. “Economics, however, was a foreign concept, but I really liked how applicable it is in the world today. I’m also very math-oriented, so I like synthesizing data and…

WORLD-CLASS BOULDERING

Tyler Landman ’13, who just earned a spot on the U.S. National Bouldering Team, explains that his sport is different from the sort of climbing that involves ropes. “Bouldering comes down to short bursts of really difficult movement more than endurance. With bouldering you’re able to hone in on the most difficult and complex movements.”…

SCHOLAR ATHLETE: HANNAH PLAPPERT ’16

Ask Hannah Plappert ’16, a tri-captain of this year’s field hockey team, to name one of her greatest accomplishments and there’s no hesitation: “Last year our team had one of the highest GPAs in Division III field hockey. It shows we’re working for common goals—to win games and to thrive at college. I’m definitely proud…