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Made From Scratch

AS THE CROWD TRICKLES IN TO A TRENDY MANHATTAN NIGHT CLUB, Jahi Sundance Lake ’01, one of New York’s hottest young deejays, lugs two steel crates and a satchel stuffed with LPs up the stairs to the loft where he’ll perform for the next two hours. These 170 records—a small part of his 7,000-album collection—were selected…

What Dot Bomb?

ON AN AVERAGE WEEK you might find Allan Baer ’76 noodling out a proposal in his rural Chelsea, Vt., office, pitching his ideas for telecommunications “beyond the grid” to White House bureaucrats, or out in the field anywhere from Uganda to Venezuela, where he’s bringing telecom capabilities to people in developing countries. The offices of Clay…

Harrah’s Full House

GARY LOVEMAN ’82 WAS HAVING DINNER on the mezzanine level of Harrah’s showcase casino, the Rio in Las Vegas, but unlike the hundreds of people gathered below him at card tables or slot machines, he wasn’t having fun. He’d ordered pasta but didn’t receive a pasta spoon. The waiter, though friendly, forgot to offer bottled water.…

After the Bubble Burst…

AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SOFTWARE FOR SUN MICROSYSTEMS, Jonathan Schwartz ’87 would like to simplify modern life without sacrificing the conveniences of technology. He’d like to use his cell phone to get a Coke at a soda machine. With the same phone he’d like to open his car, his house, and the door to…

Marco Polo: A Photographer’s Journey

MICHAEL YAMASHITA ’71 STARTED TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WHILE “SEARCHING FOR HIS ROOTS” on a trip to Japan after graduating from Wesleyan. What began as a hobby transformed into an ongoing career that combines his two passions of photography and travel. Since 1979 he has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His assignments have taken him to six…

Smoke Signals

ALDOUS HUXLEY AND GEORGE BURNS HAD AT LEAST ONE THING IN COMMON: Both believed a good cigar is essential to happiness. Huxley said a cigar is “much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.” But how should one choose a good cigar? Joyce Jacobsen and Peter Kilby, both professors of…

Who Owns The Past?

KARIN HALVORSEN ’97 HAS NO TROUBLE REMEMBERING AN AFTER-DINNER DEBATE she witnessed as an undergraduate on a dig in Morgantina, Sicily, co-sponsored by Wesleyan and the University of Virginia. The archaeologists around the table were arguing passionately about the so-called Elgin Marbles. Should the British return these sculptures from the Parthenon to Greece, now that the…

Biology’s New Data Mavens

PEOPLE ARE DATA. That’s the mantra for a new breed of biologists who use computers to sort through vast databases comprising billions of bits of information about genes. They are searching for patterns that reveal why one person is different from another, why one person’s genes portend cancer while another’s augur a long, healthy life.…

Out Of This World

MARTHA GILMORE IS GOING TO MARS. Again. In fact, this time she’s not only responsible for helping pick a landing site, she’ll be doing some of the driving on the red planet, too. Gilmore, an assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences who frequently visits colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), has been making…

Food for Thought

DURING HIS 1995 SABBATICAL, PROFESSOR OF GOVERNMENT JOHN FINN did something a bit unusual for a constitutional law scholar of his age and reputation: He went to culinary school. Three days a week for nine months he took the long train ride from Connecticut to the French Culinary Institute in New York City for five hours…