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A YEAR OF ACCOLADES FOR WESLEYAN ATHLETES AND COACHES

By Mike O’Brien, Assistant AD for Communications (Photos courtesy Wesleyan Athletics)   As volleyball won its first-ever NESCAC Championship and its second Little Three title (the first was in 1992), Nicole Hilton ’20 was named the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year and Second Team All-American.     The (nearly) unstoppable women’s tennis duo of…

WESLEYAN: APRIL IS ART THESIS MONTH IN ZILKHA

Seniors in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program display their thesis work throughout the month of April in Wesleyan’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, with exhibitions changing weekly. At receptions during the first and second week, viewers spoke with seniors exhibiting their work, including Celina Bernstein, Xhonia Robinson, David Machado, Melissa…

WESLEYAN INTRODUCES SPIN BIKESHARE PROGRAM

Bikes on Demand: Emma Porrazzo ’19 goes for a spin on one of the orange bicycles popping up all over campus as part of the new bikeshare program. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)   On April 12, Wesleyan launched a new bikeshare pilot program for the campus community. Spin, Wesleyan’s partnering company, has placed…

“WHO ARE YOU?” BY ELIZABETH LIANG ’92

“Who are you?” “Where are you from?” “What are you?” When your parents are from neither the same country nor culture nor race, and your identity wasn’t forged in a single geographical “home,” it can be tricky to answer questions like these. As an actor and writer, I created ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey because…

THE POLICY ENTREPRENEUR, BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03

   One federal program provides health coverage to a fifth of all Americans and more than a third of all children. It covers nearly half of all births. It consumes more than $500 billion annually, almost as much as the Pentagon. Without it, many more American women and infants would die or get sick during…

LETTERS

ROLE OF SAYRE (1917) IN AEP ACQUISITION I enjoyed your article on the history of Wesleyan but was disappointed with the rather cursory description of the University’s good fortune derived from the acquisition of the American Education Press in 1949. As you point out, this “sweetheart” purchase was carefully crafted to pay for itself. The…

AMERICA’S LONG, DARK LOVE AFFAIR WITH GUNS: 2017 SHASHA SEMINAR, BY JIM H. SMITH

At this year’s Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns on “Guns in American Society,” John Feinblatt ’73, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization, offered guests an insider’s view of the new politics of gun safety.  As featured speaker at the Friday dinner, he discussed the recent successes of gun…

“POWERFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING”

For this year’s First Year Matters program, incoming new students read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric during the summer before their arrival on campus. Rankine, a noted poet and author, had been on campus for Commencement 2017, when she received an honorary degree and addressed the graduating class. On Sept. 1, Rankine was back…