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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

I know that many readers of this blog are still without power and recovering from Sandy’s rain and wind. We wish you all the best as recovery from the storm continues. We re-start classes tomorrow, and I know that several of our teams are busy practicing for the next rounds of competition. Last weekend the […]

Update (10/30): 9:15 am We didn’t lose power last night, and this morning we can see that cleanup can begin in earnest. Our hearts go out to those still without power or suffering from flood damage. Here are pics I took before and after the storm in the early morning. Before: After: Thanks to all […]

Making Up Your Major

One of the programs at Wesleyan that I’m most fond of is the University Major. This allows students who are pursuing an independent course of study not represented in any one department or program on campus to develop their own field of concentration. When I was a student, I had trouble deciding among philosophy, history […]

Profiles in Academic Innovation

Two of Wesleyan’s many centers of interdisciplinary scholarship have new leaders who are doing exciting things: Jennifer Tucker is now the interim director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Jennifer is a historian with deep interests in the intersection of visual and scientific cultures, paying especial attention to how this intersection […]

Coming Home to Campus

After the “mock vacation” of Fall Break, the campus is abuzz with increasingly frenetic activity. We’ve passed the mid-point of the semester, and that means research projects, performances, exhibitions and exams are rushing upon us. I just came home to campus from a fundraising trip for Wesleyan, and it was inspiring to see the generous […]

Fall Break

Students are winding up midterms, writing papers and preparing for performances. The semester has been growing more intense, and that’s why it’s good to have a moment to catch one’s breath during Fall Break. It’s just a couple of days tacked onto this weekend, but for professors and their students it offers a happy holiday […]

Wes Aims High

Last week a distinguished visiting team headed by Vassar president Cappy Hill came to Wesleyan to provide an evaluation for the reaccreditation process under the aegis of NEASC – the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The committee looked at everything from the physical plant to the finances, from the curriculum to the cuisine. […]

There is a definite nip in the air, and each day the sun seems just a little more apathetic as it makes its way over the Connecticut River Valley. Fall is here. So are political elections, and the air has been ringing with the sounds of…nastiness. As the Wesleyan Media Project has shown, both sides […]