Bill Holder

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

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…

EDITOR’S NOTE: SHARE YOUR ‘THIS IS WHY’ STORY

We’ve departed from our usual approach to the cover of the magazine in this issue. The cover, which is devoted to Wesleyan’s campaign and its theme of “This is Why,” does not point to a particular story because so much of Wesleyan magazine always speaks directly to this theme. I think of the magazine as…

Check It Twice

Alan Miller ’76 is a former investigative reporter who decided something has to be done to educate young people about the value of quality journalism—or it will cease to exist.Ten high school seniors in the Facing History School in Manhattan are eyeing David Gonzalez with a show–me look that suggests he doesn’t have long to…

Out of the Park

There’s not much that Jim Dresser ’63 hasn’t done for Wesleyan. He headed the annual fund, led the alumni association, stepped in as a pinch–hitter for the administration when critical positions became vacant in University Relations and Finance, served on the Board of Trustees for 15 years, and concluded a four–year term as chair of…

Ask the Crowd

Jonathan Spector ’78, chief executive officer of the Conference Board, has a story he likes to tell that contains a revolutionary message for American business. A mining company called Goldcorp had worked an area until it appeared to be depleted. Company officials weren’t quite ready to give up, so they took a highly unusual step.…

Microscopic Puzzle

WELL BEFORE CHARLES DARWIN WROTE THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, the concept of “species” seemed clear enough. Put simply, species don’t interbreed. Oak trees beget other oak trees with, at most, minor genetic changes over long periods of time. An acorn does not give rise to a swaying palm tree. There are problems with this point of…