Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

EDITOR’S NOTE

I often hear students refer to the “Wesleyan bubble,” a term meant to suggest that life on campus is somehow apart from the world. In some respects, it is—by design. The opportunity to take a course with no apparent connection to anything practical or career oriented is part of the search for meaning and unexpected…

NO PASSING ZONE: AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE

Casey Dinges ’79 and his colleagues at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) developed a report card that has shaped the nation’s view of the dire state of our infrastructure. Planning a trip to the nation’s capital this year? You may get a firsthand glimpse of our country’s infrastructure problems: overcrowded airports, massive traffic…

MARSHALL PLAN AT 70: DO THE TIES STILL BIND?

Karen Donfried ’84, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, previously served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House, leading the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. She was a recipient of a Distinguished Alumna Award…

Editor’s Note: Expanding Our Vision

When I was a young teenager, I devoured science fiction. I figured that by the turn of the 21st century we would have a colony on Mars, or at least the moon, so science fiction seemed like tomorrow’s news today. My reading habits have long since changed—literary fiction, mysteries and thrillers, and longform journalism, for…

EDITOR’S NOTE: CHOICES IN FOOD AND IN LIFE

We’ve become familiar with celebrity chefs, but a celebrity rancher? As the subject of feature articles in publications ranging from The New Yorker to Modern Farmer, Anya Fernald ’98 is getting noticed for her efforts to redefine what it means to eat meat in America. She appeals to those who will pay a hefty premium…

PORTER ’02 USES BIG DATA TO ADVISE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Dan Porter ’02 knows how you’re going to vote next November. If that’s a shock, then welcome to the world of big data. Google knows what ads to give you, Netflix knows what shows you like to watch, and your credit card company likely knows more about your buying habits than you do. A wealth…

A $482-MILLION FINALE

It’s likely that very few college fund-raising campaigns began at a more inauspicious time than Wesleyan’s THIS IS WHY campaign. The opening bell had barely sounded when financial markets collapsed in the Great Recession, and it was far from clear that Wesleyan’s donors would have the wherewithal to support the campaign’s ambitious goal of $400…

GEOLOGIST TO GOVERNOR: LIVING THE OPPOSITE OF WOE

Irrepressibly optimistic, funny, self-deprecating, at times self-doubting but driven to tackle difficult challenges. These are the qualities that shine through in John Hickenlooper ’74’s disarming autobiography, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics (with Maximillan Potter; Penguin Press, 2016). It was in a moment of self-doubt, or perhaps profound personal insight, that…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT OUR READERS SAY

I was a young reporter for the Middletown Press when it moved from its hole-in-the-wall location on the north end of Main Street to a new building on the south end that would have been the envy of any small-city newspaper. Little did I know that I had seen the paper at its zenith during my…