Editor’s Note

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…

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…

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…

EDITOR’S NOTE: THE LONG VIEW

Universities often take the long view. The physical structure of the campus endures over generations and lifetimes, faculty carry out research programs that stretch over decades, and the impact of administrative initiatives may require many years to become fully apparent. I thought about the long view in connection with the new book by David Potts…

EDITOR’S NOTE: TWENTY YEARS AND LOOKING AHEAD

I’ve recently completed my 20th year as editor of this magazine. I’ll always be grateful for this opportunity and for Wesleyan’s willingness to entrust me with the assignment when I had never previously edited any magazine. I had a lot to learn in a hurry, and one of the first things I learned was that…

EDITOR’S NOTE: FORMATIVE YEARS

My 40th Wes reunion is fast approaching as of this writing. Perhaps because I work in South College, Wesleyan exists more in the present for me, though I certainly have fond memories of my undergraduate years. But lately I’ve been reminded of that formative time in my own life, which had been preceded by a…

“WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE” IN TANZANIA

One of my favorite departments in Wesleyan is “Letter Home,” the first-person essay from a graduate abroad, telling about daily life and sharing insights that arise from living in another culture. In 2005, Lucy Mize ’78 wrote one of our first, an account of caring for the survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. As…

FOSS HILL TRADITIONS

I came to Wesleyan’s campus as a first-year student in the fall of 1971, when memories of 1970’s big event were still fresh. Alumni who recall that time will quickly catch the ambiguity in those words. As Wesleyan Archivist Leith Johnson points, the spring of 1970 was rife with big events, notably the student strike…

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…