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Q & A: Assessing the Campaign Impact

The Wesleyan Campaign is about to embark on its final year with $210 million in gifts and pledges raised toward the $250-million goal. Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for university relations, says the campaign has transformed the culture of giving in the greater Wesleyan community.   Q: What difference has the campaign made to Wesleyan?  …

Student Voice

I started writing for the Wesleyan Argus about a year ago. Now I am a syndicated columnist. Well, one paper in Massachusetts has agreed to pay me $12 a week, but I’m ecstatic.  Who knows where this will lead, but here’s how it began.   Last October I started writing a column in the Argus,…

Embedded

THE BROAD OUTCOME OF THE WAR IN IRAQ may not be known for years, but in one aspect the results are already clear. The long-standing antagonism between the military and media over war coverage is dramatically changed. The Pentagon’s experiment with attaching an unprecedented 775 reporters to military units has been so widely hailed by both…

View From One Year Out

GRADUATING FROM WESLEYAN MADE JIMIN LEE NERVOUS.A few days before Commencement 2002, she sat on a chair in front of Klekolo World Coffee near Main Street. The afternoon was sunny and warm, Middletown teenagers lounged in packs across the street, and Lee, a biology major with a backpack still stuffed, expected her family on campus…

Made From Scratch

AS THE CROWD TRICKLES IN TO A TRENDY MANHATTAN NIGHT CLUB, Jahi Sundance Lake ’01, one of New York’s hottest young deejays, lugs two steel crates and a satchel stuffed with LPs up the stairs to the loft where he’ll perform for the next two hours. These 170 records—a small part of his 7,000-album collection—were selected…

PICK OF THE SYLLABUS: A World Made New

Stephen Angle, Associate Professor of Philosophy, selects A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Mary Ann Glendon Thriller, biography, learned analysis, and polemic—A World Made New is all these and more. Mary Ann Glendon takes us back to a brief period of possibility after the end of World War II and…

AUTHOR ESSAY: Tales of Rhinestone Cowgirls

In Rodeo Queens and the American Dream (Public Affairs/Perseus Books, 2002), Joan Burbick ’76 chronicles the lives of white and Native American women who worked in professional rodeos in the Pacific Northwest from the 1930s to the 1990s. She talks about what she learned from listening to their stories. I am now called a writer. Before, I…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. AMANDA DAVIS ’93 Wonder When You’ll Miss Me (HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2003) In this heartbreaking coming-of-age debut novel, Davis tells the tale of 16- year-old Faith Duckle, a rape survivor who runs away to join the circus after committing a violent act of revenge.…

The Friend Is More Important Than the Ask

The phone rings and it’s a classmate–maybe a close friend or maybe someone you barely knew who was in your philosophy class–asking you to contribute to the Wesleyan Annual Fund. Sometimes this happens when you are in the middle of dinner, or checking your children’s homework, or relaxing with a book or television. Most of…

Q & A: One of Hollywood’s Top Agents

In Hollywood today, the most powerful talent agency is CAA and the most powerful person at CAA is Rick Nicita. (Rick would modestly duck that statement. He once said, “Agents don’t have power in themselves. Their power is ceded to them by their clients.”) Nevertheless, Rick is at the top of the top. He understands…