Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

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…

The Comeback Drug

Martha Stewart may wish she had never heard of ImClone, but the publicity-battered company is back on its feet and prospering under the guidance of Chief Executive Officer Daniel Lynch ’80.VISITORS LOOKING FOR THE HEADQUARTERS OF IMCLONE would do well to keep the address in hand because the exterior of an aging building in lower Manhattan’s…

The Next Global Plague

The possibility of an anthrax attack is frightening, but that’s not what keeps public health officials awake at night.THE DEATH IN SEPTEMBER 2004 OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD THAI GIRL never would have made international news if her mother and her aunt had not become ill, too. Only when the older women were diagnosed with the feared avian…

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…