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The Outlier

PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 CHARTS AN UNCOMMON LITERARY COURSE. PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 has always seen things a little differently. When she recently met Abby Solomon, a 21-year-old with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from eating more than a few bites at a time, she didn’t focus on Solomon’s striking thinness, as many do. Instead…

GEOLOGIST TO GOVERNOR: LIVING THE OPPOSITE OF WOE

Irrepressibly optimistic, funny, self-deprecating, at times self-doubting but driven to tackle difficult challenges. These qualities shine through in John Hickenlooper ’74’s autobiography, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. IT WAS IN a moment of self-doubt, or perhaps profound personal insight, that Hickenlooper chose Wesleyan over Princeton in 1970. He confesses now…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Gone are the days of plastic trays and mystery meat Mondays, of limited choices and uninspired institutional fare. Today’s college campus is a place where reusable to-go containers and water stations are as commonplace as the soda and slushie machines of yesteryear; where food preparation is an art; and where food service providers take everything…

CREAM OF THE CROP

For Ronnybrook Farm Dairy owners Kate Osofsky ’94 and her father, Rick ’66, farming is both a second career and a return to their roots. Established in 1941 and located in Ancramdale, New York, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy has provided all-natural milk, yogurt, and other dairy products to Wesleyan since 2012, as part of Bon Appetit’s…

GAME ON

Senior Devon Carrillo ’17 steps adroitly through a sea of Williams purple en route to a three-touchdown performance and 110 total yards. The Cardinals posted a record-breaking 59-14 victory over the Ephs in Williamstown and claimed the Little Three crown.

FAMILY WEEKEND

Athletic contests, tailgating, the 24th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, the 40th Annual Navaratri Festival, exhibitions, WESeminars, performances and more—and a 39—10 Cardinal football victory over Bowdoin—all made for an exciting weekend with 1,300 families attending. Photo by Olivia Drake MALS 08.

CONVERSATION WITH A FILM CRITIC

What does a film critic really do? Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies Jeanine Basinger talks with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott P’18 about why we need film critics. A popular event during Reunion & Commencement 2016 was the WESeminar with Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, and A. O. Scott P’18, Distinguished…

Mapping the OBESITY EPIDEMIC

William H. Dietz ’66, MD, PhD, director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University, is one of the leading experts on obesity. In 1997, as the director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dietz’s maps…

America’s Most Innovative Rancher

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 Anya Fernald ’98—dubbed “The First Lady of Livestock” by Modern Farmer—is changing the way we think about carnivorous pleasures, with restaurants featuring cuts beyond ribeye and a cookbook capturing the warmth of traditional cooking experiences. Fernald draws from a wide range of ranching techniques and fully owns her farm-to-butcher shop supply…

BREAKFAST WITH BRIAN

A Wesleyan alumnus from Chicago. A faculty film aficionado. A martial arts teacher and that teacher’s teacher, a 10th-degree black belt visiting from Germany. Four elementary school students, here as a reward for good deeds, along with their principal and school nurse. This is breakfast at O’Rourke’s, and the scene this morning is a lot…