Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

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…

A Fix For Insurance Maladies

IF ONE BUSINESS MODEL DOESN’T SUCCEED, throw it out and try another. That’s how Jonathan Bush ’93 and a fellow healthcare consultant, Todd Park, handled their first foray into healthcare. They intended to use their management expertise to develop birthing centers that would be family-friendly and improve the quality of the experience for all concerned. With…

How To Succeed in Business By Napping

Will American workers take naps? The success of a new company hinges on the answer.WHEN THE FOUNDERS OF METRONAPS SET UP SHOP IN THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, they were hoping to be noticed. They succeeded beyond any reasonable expectation. MetroNaps has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, in major newspapers, and in national magazines. If…

Voice From Liberty

David Brancaccio ’82 goes out of his way to make a point, hoping to discomfit those on the Right and on the Left.IN LATE JANUARY WE CAUGHT UP WITH DAVID BRANCACCIO ’82 while he was in Liberty, Maine, shooting the opening segment of Now, the PBS show he hosts. Liberty is just off Route 3 as…

Patient Investor

Vice President for Investments Tom Kannam leads Wesleyan’s disciplined approach to portfolio management that has made its endowment a top performer.IN THE WINTER OF 1997, with the stock market booming, Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees adopted a new investment policy that recognized the need for a full-time investment professional on staff if the institution’s portfolio were to…

Museum on College Row

Plans call for turning the unassuming former squash building on College Row into an architecturally noteworthy home for the University Museum. THE BONANG, KOTO, AXATSE, AND TABLA–musical instruments that may be unknown to many people–are crammed along with hundreds of other equally intriguing items from the World Music collection in a locked storeroom smaller than…