Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

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…

Here by Choice

Wesleyan has a historic commitment to maintaining a diverse student body, but recruiting students of color is posing new challenges.ON A BREEZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN OCTOBER about three dozen high school students and parents attended a workshop, sponsored by Wesleyan’s Office of Admission, at Marymount School in Manhattan, a Catholic school for girls located on Fifth…

A Secret Sacrifice

No one knew what to expect from a mysterious Polish man who contacted U.S. officials in Germany.TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 1981 CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA As David Forden ’52 displayed his ID badge to the guards at the entrance gate to CIA headquarters, he was preoccupied by the growing unrest in Poland. Over breakfast he had…

Calculated Risks

Competitive and bold, Alan Dachs ’70 leaves the Board of Trustees having led his colleagues and the institution through ambitious projects.ALAN DACHS ’70, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SAN FRANCISO-BASED INVESTMENT COMPANY FREMONT GROUP, recently concluded 14 years of service on Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees, eight of those as chair. He played key roles…