Cynthia Rockwell

Ten Photos That Shook the World

Jennifer Tucker, an authority on the history of photography, discusses why some photographs become iconic images that capture an event or an era, or change the course of history.The little girl in the center of the photograph is naked. From the news account, we know that she has torn off her own clothes, desperate to…

Inclusive Baking

When it’s as good as home–baked and it’s allergen free, you know you are Home Free.WHEN IS A BIRTHDAY CAKE NOT JUST A BIRTHDAY CAKE? The question sounds like a child’s silly riddle. To Jill Greenwald Robbins ’83, a clinical psychologist and the mother of a child with multiple food allergies, the question is both…

X Marks the Sport

“WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, every kid played on a team,” says Chris Stiepock ’87, former varsity basketball captain at Wesleyan and now vice president and general manager of ESPN’s Global X Games franchise. “Last year, more skateboards were sold than baseball gloves.” In 1994, ESPN hosted the first X Games, the Olympic-style competition for “Extreme”…

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…