2017 Issue 3

LETTERS

COULD THIS BE WHY? Looking back at Wesleyan sports over half a century ago, among the NEICAA champions I remember were broad jumpers Ernie Dunn ’59, Jim Thomas ’61, and Dick Huddleston ’60, miler Steve Paranya ’61, wrestlers Charlie Smith ’60 and Al Williams ’61, and golfer Jeff Folley ’60. Some athletes competed at high…

STARBUCKS SELECTS SINGLE BY RHODES ’90

Next time you’re seeking a caffeine fix in Starbucks, keep your ears open for a song by J.R. Rhodes ’90. Hers is a haunting alto voice—with a throatiness and rich, emotional depth reminiscent of Joan Armatrading—and the song, in a minor key, “Your Pillow,” was the first single released from her latest album, I Am.…

FACULTY-STUDENT TEAM DISCOVERS SUPER-EARTHS

A team of scientists from Wesleyan, led by Associate Professor of Astronomy Seth Redfield and graduate student Prajwal Niraula, has coauthored a paper on the discovery of three planets, or super-Earths, transiting around a nearby star, just 98 light-years away. “Super-Earths are slightly larger than Earth, and the three of them straddle the divide between…

ORAL HISTORIES, BY CHRISTINE FOSTER

In the 1960s, Wesleyan began to grow from a small college into a somewhat bigger, more diverse university. Scores of young faculty members arrived during this era and many stayed for decades, building careers, starting families, and shaping the institution into what it is today. More than 50 years later, as these faculty grow older…

JAZZ MUSICIAN SOREY MA’11 WINS MACARTHUR FELLOWSHIP

Tyshawn Sorey MA ’11, who joined Wesleyan’s faculty this fall as assistant professor of music, has been awarded a fellowship—better known as a “genius” grant—from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The announcement was made Oct. 11. The fellowship is a “$625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Across America, groups are enclosing themselves in bubbles that protect them from competing points of view, even from disturbing information. This has always happened to some extent; it’s easier to be with people who share your views. Is it any wonder that in many ways American college campuses have become a symptom of the parochialism…