Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

A Death in Vietnam

FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, JILL HUNTING had never dared to hope that this moment would come. But now she had a map in her hand, an interpreter at her side, and thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the coordinates where her brother, Pete Hunting ’63, had been killed in Vietnam. The interpreter had suggested…

The Race to Cover Politics

For the connoisseur of politics, Robert Allbritton’s Politico.com offers a full-service menu prepared by some of the nation’s most noted journalists.BY WILLIAM HOLDER ’75 · PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BILL BURKHART, LAUREN VALENTINO ’10, NICK RUSSELL ’08, AND STEVEN JACARUSO THE POLITICO, a newspaper best known to ardent fans of politics through its Web site,…

A Brighter Stage For Science

ASK ANY SCIENTIST ON CAMPUS HOW THE SCIENCES AT WESLEYAN STACK UP AGAINST OTHER LIBERAL ARTS INSTITUTIONS, and you will hear an exclamation that our peers aren’t even in the same league. A lot of data exists to support that contention, or at least a more restrained articulation of it. Wesleyan has a huge lead in…

A Voice For Immigrants

Welcome to Tennessee. David Lubell ’98 wants to ensure that message extends to immigrants, but immigration is a heated issue in the U.S. heartland.TOURISTS FLOCK TO NASHVILLE FOR GRAND OLE OPRY SHOWS that have defined the city as the capital of country music since 1925. Downtown, in the Tennessee statehouse, a different spectacle has provoked considerable…

Vineyard Havens

Wine lovers have never had it better, and wine producers have never had more consumers clamoring for distinctive experiences.JEFF MORGAN ’75 POURS A TASTE OF HIS COVENANT WINE at a picnic table in the backyard of his home in California’s Napa Valley. It is an outstanding cabernet, highly rated by both Wine Spectator and the hugely…

Passion for Ideas

By accepting the presidency of Wesleyan, Michael Roth ’78 is returning to an intellectual home that is still very much with him.AT 3:45 P.M., MICHAEL ROTH ’78 WAS HURRYING TO FINISH HIS LUNCH, an orange-colored soup in a plastic take-out container. Finding any time at all to eat had been difficult that day because he had…

Peapod Ripens

Peapod survived an early frost with the tech collapse to emerge as a thriving business.BANANAS ARE THE NUMBER-ONE SELLING ITEM AT PEAPOD, the Internet’s leading grocery service. You might imagine that consumers would want to choose their own bananas to avoid bruised fruit. That they trust Peapod to avoid delivering them black and mashed may say…

The Bennet Style

The Bennets have put an indelible stamp on Wesleyan during the past 12 years, highlighted not only by an impressive list of accomplishments but also by a warm personal style that resonates with alumni and campus constituencies.Students present at Doug Bennet’s inauguration remember the event not for the speeches but for the party that followed. Hours…

Justice at Guantanamo

Just gaining the trust of clients at Guantanamo was a significant hurdle for Steve Oleskey ’64 and Anna-Cayton Holland ’00, who are engaged in one of the most far-reaching legal battles of our time.WHEN STEVE OLESKEY ’64 FIRST WENT TO GUANTANAMO BAY PRISON IN DECEMBER 2004 to interview six clients he had never seen, one of…

Crime After Katrina

Making New Orleans a safer city was a daunting task for District Attorney Eddie Jordan ’74 even before Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the criminal justice system.A MINIVAN TOUR OF NEIGHBORHOODS IN ST. BERNARD PARISH, immediately east of New Orleans, reveals the cruel mirage of recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Neighborhoods once occupied by middle-class homeowners are…