Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

School of Dreams

The newly opened Green Street Arts Center brings hope to a troubled neighborhood in the North End of Middletown.WESLEYAN‘S CENTER FOR THE ARTS DIRECTOR PAMELA TATGE ’84 and I are sitting in the Tibetan restaurant on Main Street near O’Rourke’s, sharing a late lunch—bowls of steaming noodles—and a conversation about the new Green Street Arts Center.…

The Challenge of Access

Wesleyan’s campaign closed at a cork-popping $281 million, but major challenges remain as the university competes for the best students in the country.WESLEYAN‘S CAMPAIGN SAILED PAST THE $250-MILLION GOAL IN OCTOBER, and when the books closed at year’s end on a historic and celebratory $281 million, the university had raised more than four times the…

A Jazz Talent Emerges

Tierney Sutton ’86 has cracked the Jazz Billboard Top Ten with her latest recording, Dancing in the Dark. Success has not come overnight, but it has come on her own artistic terms, which makes it all the sweeter.IT‘S 7:35 P.M. ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING IN SEPTEMBER, five minutes past the scheduled start time for a concert…

The Search For Vanishing Voters

CALL IT THE PARADOX OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT.Young people are volunteering for community service projects in record numbers yet cannot be bothered to cast a ballot in elections. Ever since 18-year-olds gained the right to vote in 1972, their participation at the polls has gone nearly straight downhill. Jane Eisner ’77, a columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer,…

Washington’s Idea Industry

Think tanks, where battles are waged over policy ideas, have become as much a part of the Washington environment as cherry blossoms.LEN BURMAN ’75 IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. If this news catches you by surprise, you can be forgiven. Burman announced his candidacy on Public Radio International’s Marketplace show, where he also unveiled…

Healing Torture’s Wounds

We hear news reports about the broken survivors of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, Tibet, and elsewhere. Caring individuals, such as Dr. Cynthia Willard ’88, help them rediscover what it means to be alive.CYNTHIA WILLARD ’88 REMEMBERS THE EXACT MOMENT she decided to become a physician. She was walking down a red-dirt path between her dormitory and…

New Ideas Infuse the Curriculum

The Wesleyan campaign has supported an initiative to hire 20 new faculty members who have brought a stimulating variety of new ideas and new courses.BARRY CHERNOFF CAN BE A HARD GUY TO REACH when classes are not in session. His work as an environmental scientist bent on saving ecosystems from destruction takes him to remote areas…

Wesleyan’s Building Boom

IN 1876 WESLEYAN ACQUIRED ITS FIRST LAWN MOWER. The front of North College, formerly a meadow, became a well-trimmed lawn with mature, beautiful trees. From a small collection of brownstone buildings, the campus would evolve toward an environment of open space, walkways, and architectural projects that, in each generation, revealed a great deal about the priorities…

Preventing Fatal Medical Errors

WHEN SUZANNE DELBANCO ’89 WAS 14 YEARS OLD, her cousin Debbie went into a hospital to have a broken nose fixed. An undetected genetic condition predisposed Debbie to react to general anesthesia with a dangerous and sustained increase in body temperature, which led to a coma. Had her doctors recognized in a timely way what…

Chasing the Widow-Maker

ALAN MILLER ’76, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES,was searching for a story that would make readers put down their coffee. He wanted his words to change lives. He had won awards—though not yet the coveted Pulitzer—for his reporting on the Clinton/Gore campaign finance scandal, a story he broke in 1996 and pursued for three…