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NEVER GIVE IN

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Mike Whalen ’83 Brings the fight, fight, fight, back to WesleyanThe young man gave his list to the college counselor; waited while she considered the names of universities where he planned on applying. He was a football player, a wrestler, a big kid with a meaty fistful of athletic accolades. His grades were decent, but…

LIBERAL EDUCATION?

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President Michael S. Roth discusses his new book on a question that’s grabbing national attention.The broad contextual education that Wesleyan and peer institutions offer is frequently critiqued, sometimes even excoriated, by those who accuse it of not preparing graduates for success in today’s world. But that accusation, says President Michael S. Roth ’78 in his…

PUTTING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY INTO ACTION

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Teaching his popular Wesleyan course to a global audience, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous explored new ways to “crowd source the betterment of society.”   One day last summer, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous sat down with a small group of students to discuss the Stanford Prison Experiment, a classic 1971 study regularly covered in…

A HEALTHY APPETITE FOR SCIENCE: MARY ROACH ’81

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  Have you ever wondered why humans prefer crunchy foods rather than mushy ones? How do competitive eaters train to eat 36 hot dogs and is it possible for you to eat yourself to death? Is there any truth to reports that a superworm can survive in a bullfrog’s gut after it’s been swallowed? And…

THE COST OF NOT LEARNING FROM THE PAST

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On Saturday, June 28, 1919, the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the treaty ending World War I was signed at the Palace of Versailles in Paris. And not a minute too soon. The war that was triggered by the archduke’s murder came close to destroying Europe.   In his new…

UNLEASHING THE POWER OF STATS

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There are “number” people, and there are “word” people. Left brains, and right brains. “Quants” and English majors. Or so most of us believe, and Lisa Dierker was no different when she entered Ohio State University in 1986, a first-generation college student paying her own way through school.  “I was terrified,” she says. “I couldn’t…

MARRIAGE IN THE MOVIES

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In her latest book, film historian Jeanine Basinger shares her expert knowledge of movies about marriage, which didn’t always end happily on the big screen.