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STEVE ROLSTON ’80 WANTS TO START A QUANTUM REVOLUTION

By Gabriel Popkin ’03 In 1965, the same year he won the Nobel Prize, theoretical physicist Richard Feynman told an audience at MIT, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” In other words, not even the world’s top physicists fully grasped the theory they had developed to describe reality at the…

BUILDING A PATH HOME AFTER PRISON

Eliza Hersh ’98 was 9 years old when her older brother was sentenced to a Nevada prison on a drug conviction and other offenses. His 14 years behind bars were a life-shaping event for Hersh in more ways than one: It helped shape her career arc. “He was someone who was convicted of felonies, but…

ODDFELLOWS TURNS 40

Each year, on a Friday evening in early August, members of the Wesleyan and Middletown communities line Foss Hill or another Middletown slope with blankets and picnic baskets. They’ve come to watch young performers in the annual Middletown Children’s Circus, a summer program of Oddfellows Playhouse and the City of Middletown Commission on the Arts.…

ARGUS OPINION PIECE SPARKS CONTROVERSY

This fall, Wesleyan students found themselves embroiled in a debate that touched on issues of race, oppression, and freedom of speech, and which generated significant national attention. Fierce at times, the debate also has produced an ongoing exploration of social justice issues facilitated by Wesleyan’s Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development. On September 14,…

DWIGHT . GREENE SYMPOSIUM FEATURES HEADS OF PLAYERS ASSOCIATIONS

At this year’s Dwight L. Greene Symposium, Michele Roberts ’77, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)—the first woman to head a major professional sports union—and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), offered lively commentary on the challenges and rewards of their positions. The two joined moderator…

FOUNDERS CREW ’66: STILL A NEW ENGLAND MAINSTAY

Boston Globe correspondent Bob Ryan celebrated the friendship and dedication of a group of Wesleyan alumni from ’67 and ’68 in a popular Oct. 10 article, “These Wesleyan alumni still rowing after all these years.” Dubbed “The Founders Crew from 1966,” the Wesleyan athletes rowed this year in the Head of the Charles Alumni Eight…

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: WESCONNECTING, FACE TO FACE

I’m often asked the question, “What’s the best way to connect with fellow alumni in my area?” I can point to numerous ways alumni can “connect”—LinkedIn, Facebook, the alumni app—but usually alumni are looking to meet face-to-face. We can help there, too! Wesleyan alumni gatherings—both large and small—occur all the time, sometimes organically. Oftentimes, however,…

HOMECOMING/FAMILY WEEKEND: CELEBRATING SUCCESS

Wesleyan celebrated success at Homecoming/Family Weeekend. Eudice Chong ’18 was honored as the winner of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles; the Wesleyan Baseball team as the 2015 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) champions, and Men’s Basketball as the 2014–15 NESCAC champions. Athletic Director Mike Whalen ’83 (below, right) says, “The half-time presentation…