Cynthia Rockwell

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…

New York Recovers

SEPTEMBER 11 WAS A DAY OFF FOR NICK MALTER ’87, a New York City firefighter assigned to ladder company 113 in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jill, were listening to the police scanner after the World Trade Center was attacked when they heard an unprecedented announcement: the recall of all off-duty firefighters. More than anything…

Stages of Our Lives

KARL SCHEIBE ARGUES THAT WE NEED A NEW PSYCHOLOGY useful in our daily lives. The language of the theater best illuminates this study of ourselves, he says, offering us the possibility of transformation. I remember my first meeting with Karl as dramatic, because it radically transformed my perspective. More than a decade ago, when my youngest…

Musician Heal Thyself

The afternoon sun slants into the West End Avenue apartment, bringing out warmth in the parquet floors, the mellow gold of hardwood cabinets. On top of the piano, the pencil–written score of David Leisner’s newest chamber music piece, Vision of Orpheus, awaits the composer’s attention. At the moment, Leisner’s rapt focus is on his student. His…

Field Hockey Wins ECAC Again

For the second year in a row, Wesleyan field hockey won the Eastern College Athletic Conference, New England Division III tournament. Carlin Aloe ’01, named tournament MVP, scored the winning goal with 5:08 remaining in the second overtime to lift Wesleyan to a 2–1 victory over Clark. Wesleyan also tied its team record for wins…