Cynthia Rockwell

Help Needed

Fighting poverty in New York City is much more than just a job. Those who respond to this calling can transform the lives of individuals, but breaking poverty’s grip on society is harder.MUZZY ROSENBLATT ’87 IS NAVIGATING THE STREETS OF LOWER MANHATTEN IN HIS VAN ON A SUMMER MORNING. We are stopped at a red light…

Breaking the Grip of Poverty

Call it the ultimate in community service—alumni who devote their careers, nearly their every waking moments, to helping the disenfranchised gain better lives.IN THEY DAYS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA, many were shocked by the depth of poverty in New Orleans. To others who were already fighting its effects in America’s inner cities, the unfolding story of…

Main Street’s New Buzz

For those who remember Middletown as one of New England’s ailing small cities, Main Street has a big surprise.ON A BRIGHT EARLY-AUTUMN SATURDAY AFTERNOON, pedestrians fill the central block of Main Street, which has been closed to vehicles for “Middletown Dances.” A dance team from Middletown High School teaches “Hand Jive” on a temporary stage near…

Charting A Rough Course

Marc Waxman ’94 and his wife, Gianna Cassetta, have learned that founding a charter school is an opportunity for high aspirations to run smack into the hard realities of dealing with a large and bureaucratic educational system in New York.MID-JUNE, 2004: IT‘S 7:30 A.M. On the second floor of a brick school building in Harlem, Marc…

Politics @ Grassroots

WHEN HOWARD DEAN‘S CAMPAIGN FLAMED OUT, John Kerry’s deputy fundraising director called Jonah Sachs ’97. “Now are you ready to work with us?” she asked. Sachs and his 13-person firm, Free Range Graphics, had helped establish the potency of the Internet in political campaigning while producing Internet ads for the Dean campaign. Having declined a previous…

Murder Will Out

Attorneys Bill Devereaux ’75 and Kevin Bristow ’79 played key roles in unraveling a horrendous miscarriage of justice.THE 7 A.M. MONDAY MORNING PHONE CALLdidn’t surprise attorney Bill Devereaux ’75. He often gave his home number to clients as a trial approached. But it wasn’t one of his clients on the other end of the line.…

Common Song for An Uncommon Film

ON A JUNE EVENING IN 2002, ethnomusicologist Tim Eriksen M.A. ’93 got a call that changed his life. He and his wife, fellow ethnomusicologist Mirjana (Minja) Lausevic Ph.D. ’98, were living in Minneapolis. She was a professor at the University of Minnesota. He had a solo singing career and was lead singer/guitarist in a folk-punk…

Who Owns The Past?

KARIN HALVORSEN ’97 HAS NO TROUBLE REMEMBERING AN AFTER-DINNER DEBATE she witnessed as an undergraduate on a dig in Morgantina, Sicily, co-sponsored by Wesleyan and the University of Virginia. The archaeologists around the table were arguing passionately about the so-called Elgin Marbles. Should the British return these sculptures from the Parthenon to Greece, now that the…

What’s Eating Us?

“A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK EATING DISORDERS are based in vanity,” says Professor of Psychology Ruth Striegel-Moore. “Bulimia is ‘the stupid thing vain women do.’ But they’re really disorders of identity.” That crucial insight lay well in her future when Striegel-Moore, as an undergraduate, accompanied her mentor on a visit to a hospital ward for patients…

Playing Politics

YOU MIGHT THINK THAT BRADLEY WHITFORD ’81, award-winning actor on NBC’s The West Wing, could take a lunch break that lasted as long as he wanted. But his beeper goes off and immediately he’s due back on the set, despite the half-eaten tuna sandwich in front of him at the WB commissary (a linen-napkin-and-fresh-sliced-fruit sort of…