2014 Issue 1

LITTLE THREE CHAMPS

Wesleyan students, parents, alumni, and friends who attended Homecoming/Family Weekend festivities witnessed a historic moment on November 2, 2013, when the Cardinals claimed the Little Three football title for the first time in 43 years. The Little Three is a rivalry between Wesleyan, Williams, and Amherst, which dates to the late 19th century. The Cardinals…

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…

FELLOWSHIPS FOR PEREL-SLATER ’11

Max Perel-Slater ’11 has won an Advancing Leaders Fellowship from World Learning for the Tanzania-based project, The Maji Safi Movement (“maji safi” means “clean water” in Swahili). Maji Safi is focused on disease prevention and health promotion and particularly aimed at empowering rural communities in their efforts to combat water-borne and water-related diseases. The Movement…

CFA RECIEVES DORIS DUKE FOUNDATION’S GRANT AWARD FOR ADAPTABILITY

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts is the recipient of a $400,000 grant recognizing the CFA as an innovator and leader among arts organizations. The unsolicited gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is one of five—totaling $3.5 million—given to arts centers around the country. It recognizes these centers for their “adaptability” to changing conditions in…

BETWEEN THE LINES: CITY PLANNER AS AGENT OF CHANGE

Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania Press), the fascinating story of a visionary city planner by Gregory L. Heller ’04, had its genesis as a Wesleyan senior thesis. It all began in the summer of 2002, between my junior and senior years at Wesleyan. I was researching for…

NEWS LITERACY PROJECT LAUNCHES ONLINE CURRICULUM

By Matea Gold. When former Los Angeles Times reporter Alan C. Miller ’76 launched the News Literacy Project in 2008, he told colleagues he had a bold goal for the nonprofit start-up: someday, he hoped to offer schools all across the country a curriculum that taught students how to be discerning consumers of news and information. That…

LETTERS

REMEMBERING FRANKLIN REEVE As an underclassman at Wesleyan, I experienced mostly terror. Every day, I was afraid I wouldn’t measure up—who really knows to what standard. Something fabricated in my head, something exotic and Eastern compared to my Midwestern roots. My answer to all that fear was to bluff my way through, loudly. My teachers…