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“POWERFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING”

For this year’s First Year Matters program, incoming new students read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric during the summer before their arrival on campus. Rankine, a noted poet and author, had been on campus for Commencement 2017, when she received an honorary degree and addressed the graduating class. On Sept. 1, Rankine was back…

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…

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…

SCHOLAR ATHLETE: SU PARDO ’16

Su Pardo ’16, pitcher for the Wesleyan softball team, is majoring in classical studies and economics. “I’d taken four years of Latin in high school,” she explains. “Economics, however, was a foreign concept, but I really liked how applicable it is in the world today. I’m also very math-oriented, so I like synthesizing data and…

WORLD-CLASS BOULDERING

Tyler Landman ’13, who just earned a spot on the U.S. National Bouldering Team, explains that his sport is different from the sort of climbing that involves ropes. “Bouldering comes down to short bursts of really difficult movement more than endurance. With bouldering you’re able to hone in on the most difficult and complex movements.”…

LETTER HOME: THE SUDANESE OF AMMAN

My biggest culture shock when returning back to America from Amman, Jordan, was seeing pictures of Za’atari Camp in Jordan all over the American media. Countless people asked me about Jordan’s Syrian refugee camps and were surprised when I told them about the crisis facing another group of refugees in Jordan: the Sudanese. Jordan is…