2015 Issue 2

KEVIN SANBORN’S LEGACY LIVES ON

Campus leader. Curious student. Activist. Celebrator extraordinaire. Generous friend. These are just a few of the phrases friends use to describe the late Kevin Sanborn ’87. Sanborn, an active member of the Wesleyan campus, served as a resident adviser, head resident of West College, and as a member of several gay rights organizations and the…

WESLEYAN WELCOMES SIX NEW MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Phoebe C. Boyer ’89, P’19 Boyer is president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Aid Society. She came to Children’s Aid from the Robertson Foundation, a $1 billion family foundation that takes a targeted approach to supporting critical national issues, including education reform. She also served as the executive director of the Tiger Foundation,…

JUST PUBLISHED

Richard Beach ’67, Chris M. Anson, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, and Thomas Reynolds Understanding and Creating Digital Texts Rowman and Littlefield, 2014 The book provides secondary and college English language arts teachers with activities and classroom examples for using a range of different digital tools—blogs, wikis, websites, annotations, Twitter, mapping, forum discussions, etc.—to engage students in creating…

SCHOLAR ATHLETE ANDREW YIN ’15

Community is important to Andrew Yin ’15. Whether he was laying down a bunt to support his baseball teammates, or as resident adviser, chatting with a first-year student, he always focused on the larger whole. Additionally, he was a member of the Student Judicial Board and appointed a head resident as a senior. “I was…

HISTORICAL ROW: HENRY BACON’S IMPRINT ON WESLEYAN

Henry Bacon is known today primarily as the architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated in 1922. Before his death in 1924, he designed a number of prominent public buildings and monuments. He also played a critical part in shaping Wesleyan in his role as, in the words of Wesleyan historian David Potts…

BETWEEN THE LINES: MY CHARACTERS, MYSELF

In her latest novel The Listener (Pegasus Books), Rachel Basch ’80 considers how individuals conceal and reveal their identities. Her novel centers around a student and a therapist whose lives become surprisingly entwined, and Basch discusses her creation of these two characters.In her essay “Revision as Creation,” May Sarton wrote, “… what is the value…

TWEETS REVEAL PRIORITIES IN CONGRESSIONAL POLITICS

Twitter use has become virtually universal among members of Congress. Democrat and Republican, young and old, urban and rural, nearly 95 percent of members use the platform for constituent outreach and to take positions on important issues. For Assistant Professor of Government Logan Dancey, who studies congressional politics, legislative behavior, elections, and public opinion, Twitter…

A SPARKLING WORK OF SCHOLARSHIP

The late Stanley Lebergott was a longtime professor of economics at Wesleyan with a towering reputation for his work in labor statistics. He also delighted in using data to both illuminate significant cultural trends and puncture faulty reasoning. Among his lasting contributions was Pursuing Happiness, recently reissued by Princeton Legacy Library, which provides on-demand paperback…