Editor’s Note

“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…

FOSS HILL TRADITIONS

I came to Wesleyan’s campus as a first-year student in the fall of 1971, when memories of 1970’s big event were still fresh. Alumni who recall that time will quickly catch the ambiguity in those words. As Wesleyan Archivist Leith Johnson points, the spring of 1970 was rife with big events, notably the student strike…

EDITOR’S NOTE: DREAM BELIEVERS

On our way to a vacation in Vermont last summer, we took a detour near Middlebury to visit Sivan Cotel ’05, then chief operating officer and chief almost-everything-else at WhistlePig Farm, which produces aged rye whiskey (page 28). It was a hot day. Cotel and a handful of colleagues were working in a converted milking…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S THE VALUE OF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION?

I’ve been musing on the question since President Obama, in his recently announced proposal to rate colleges and link those ratings to federal aid, indicated that the earnings of graduates would figure into the proposed rating scheme. All three of our children attended Wesleyan and two graduated from here. One is a full-time mom, one…

EDITOR’S NOTE: SHARE YOUR ‘THIS IS WHY’ STORY

We’ve departed from our usual approach to the cover of the magazine in this issue. The cover, which is devoted to Wesleyan’s campaign and its theme of “This is Why,” does not point to a particular story because so much of Wesleyan magazine always speaks directly to this theme. I think of the magazine as…