Editor’s Note

EDITOR’S NOTE: MY FAREWELL COLUMN

William Holder ’75, editor.

Lately I’ve been exploring the devilish complexities of Medicare as I approach my 65th birthday and a time of change in my life (see end of this column). After a good deal of reading, I’ve come away wondering how anyone without good resources navigates this complex system. By all accounts, many people don’t. They run…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHY DID WESLEYAN ABANDON COEDUCATION IN 1909?

I thought I knew the answer, and in my mind this odd twist in the history of a progressive institution arose from antagonistic feelings harbored by male students who felt threatened by the academic prowess of their female peers. Men were certainly antagonistic and the small number of women at Wesleyan then were academic achievers,…

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Illusory Bubble

I often hear students refer to the “Wesleyan bubble,” a term meant to suggest that life on campus is somehow apart from the world. In some respects, it is—by design. The opportunity to take a course with no apparent connection to anything practical or career oriented is part of the search for meaning and unexpected…

Editor’s Note: Expanding Our Vision

When I was a young teenager, I devoured science fiction. I figured that by the turn of the 21st century we would have a colony on Mars, or at least the moon, so science fiction seemed like tomorrow’s news today. My reading habits have long since changed—literary fiction, mysteries and thrillers, and longform journalism, for…

EDITOR’S NOTE: CHOICES IN FOOD AND IN LIFE

We’ve become familiar with celebrity chefs, but a celebrity rancher? As the subject of feature articles in publications ranging from The New Yorker to Modern Farmer, Anya Fernald ’98 is getting noticed for her efforts to redefine what it means to eat meat in America. She appeals to those who will pay a hefty premium…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT OUR READERS SAY

I was a young reporter for the Middletown Press when it moved from its hole-in-the-wall location on the north end of Main Street to a new building on the south end that would have been the envy of any small-city newspaper. Little did I know that I had seen the paper at its zenith during my…

EDITOR’S NOTE: THE LONG VIEW

Universities often take the long view. The physical structure of the campus endures over generations and lifetimes, faculty carry out research programs that stretch over decades, and the impact of administrative initiatives may require many years to become fully apparent. I thought about the long view in connection with the new book by David Potts…

EDITOR’S NOTE: TWENTY YEARS AND LOOKING AHEAD

I’ve recently completed my 20th year as editor of this magazine. I’ll always be grateful for this opportunity and for Wesleyan’s willingness to entrust me with the assignment when I had never previously edited any magazine. I had a lot to learn in a hurry, and one of the first things I learned was that…

EDITOR’S NOTE: FORMATIVE YEARS

My 40th Wes reunion is fast approaching as of this writing. Perhaps because I work in South College, Wesleyan exists more in the present for me, though I certainly have fond memories of my undergraduate years. But lately I’ve been reminded of that formative time in my own life, which had been preceded by a…

“WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE” IN TANZANIA

One of my favorite departments in Wesleyan is “Letter Home,” the first-person essay from a graduate abroad, telling about daily life and sharing insights that arise from living in another culture. In 2005, Lucy Mize ’78 wrote one of our first, an account of caring for the survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. As…