Bill Holder

I am director of publications at Wesleyan and editor of Wesleyan magazine.

EDITOR’S NOTE: THE LONG VIEW

*+-Universities often take the long view. The physical structure of the campus endures over generations and lifetimes, faculty carry out research programs that stretch over decades, and the impact of administrative initiatives may require many years to become fully apparent. I thought about the long view in connection with the new book by David Potts…

EDITOR’S NOTE: TWENTY YEARS AND LOOKING AHEAD

*+-I’ve recently completed my 20th year as editor of this magazine. I’ll always be grateful for this opportunity and for Wesleyan’s willingness to entrust me with the assignment when I had never previously edited any magazine. I had a lot to learn in a hurry, and one of the first things I learned was that…

EDITOR’S NOTE: FORMATIVE YEARS

*+-My 40th Wes reunion is fast approaching as of this writing. Perhaps because I work in South College, Wesleyan exists more in the present for me, though I certainly have fond memories of my undergraduate years. But lately I’ve been reminded of that formative time in my own life, which had been preceded by a…

FOSS HILL TRADITIONS

*+-I came to Wesleyan’s campus as a first-year student in the fall of 1971, when memories of 1970’s big event were still fresh. Alumni who recall that time will quickly catch the ambiguity in those words. As Wesleyan Archivist Leith Johnson points, the spring of 1970 was rife with big events, notably the student strike…

LIBERAL EDUCATION?

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*+-President Michael S. Roth discusses his new book on a question that’s grabbing national attention.The broad contextual education that Wesleyan and peer institutions offer is frequently critiqued, sometimes even excoriated, by those who accuse it of not preparing graduates for success in today’s world. But that accusation, says President Michael S. Roth ’78 in his…

RIDING HIGH WITH RYE: SIVAN COTEL ’05

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*+-Down a steep drop on an unimproved road in rural Vermont lies a picturesque 500-acre farm where Sivan Cotel ’05 is toiling with a small group of business partners to build a brand for a beverage most associated with the Roaring Twenties—rye whiskey. Although speakeasies are long gone, rye whiskey is enjoying a comeback in…

EDITOR’S NOTE: DREAM BELIEVERS

*+-On our way to a vacation in Vermont last summer, we took a detour near Middlebury to visit Sivan Cotel ’05, then chief operating officer and chief almost-everything-else at WhistlePig Farm, which produces aged rye whiskey (page 28). It was a hot day. Cotel and a handful of colleagues were working in a converted milking…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S THE VALUE OF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION?

*+-I’ve been musing on the question since President Obama, in his recently announced proposal to rate colleges and link those ratings to federal aid, indicated that the earnings of graduates would figure into the proposed rating scheme. All three of our children attended Wesleyan and two graduated from here. One is a full-time mom, one…