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 Homecoming 2005

                       Both students and alumnae/i shared their          Wheaton’s newest Homecoming tradition, a
                       experiences at academic forums.                   bonfire, rallied athletes and s’mores lovers.

                       Laura Jeppeson ’68 (center) and the Boston Museum Trio performed a concert of period
                       music in the Cole Memorial Chapel.

                       Professor Mike Drout spoke about Tolkien, Wagner and Beowulf.                   Students presented hair-raising art at 44 Howard Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fred Viebahn
                                                                         Poet Rita Dove delivered a Ruby
                                                                         Lecture and signed books.
Students, parents and alumnae/i found plenty to cheer about.

Wheaton’s Dance Company previewed its February performance.    Miniature golf and a crafts fair helped visitors beat the rainy weather.

                                                                                                                                          Photos by Michael Dwyer, Scott Kingsley and Nicki Pardo

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  Wheaton mobilizes Katrina response
  In true Wheaton spirit, the college commu-
  nity has mobilized to join the nationwide
  effort to support those affected by Hurricane
  Katrina’s devastation.
     Wheaton’s tradition of service was the
  theme of the college’s opening convocation
  on August 31, two days after the hurricane
  hit the Gulf Coast. “Each of us has the power
  to do more than just make ourselves wealthy
  or successful,” SGA President Alex Dewar
  ’06 said. “We all have the power to make
  the world better in ways large and small.”
  President Crutcher later invoked Dewar’s
  words in calling upon the entire campus
  community to respond to the tragedy.
     The following week, students, faculty and
  staff gathered in the Balfour-Hood Atrium
  to explore ways to take both immediate and
  long-term action to support the relief efforts.
  Volunteers soon began organizing a variety
                                                    Nadège Genèbre flips crêpes at a benefit party hosted by the French Club.
  of fundraising projects, while others inves-
  tigated service opportunities in the affected
  regions.                                          of Rushlight, assisted by Professor of English      tions center in Dallas. More than 50 students,
     Campus fundraising efforts have mined the      Sue Standing. The evening was topped off            staff and faculty have expressed interest in
  artistic, entrepreneurial and even culinary       by a musical appearance by Professors Earl          possible service projects during January and
  skills of the community. Maggie Astolfi ’07        Raney and Matthew Allen, who played New             spring breaks. And two Wheaton students
  organized a T-shirt sale, enlisting a local       Orleans-style jazz on trumpet and guitar,           will study and serve in New Orleans next
  business to donate the production costs and       respectively.                                       semester through a program called “Social
  to match the sales proceeds dollar for dollar.       The arts departments have banded togeth-         Life after Hurricane Katrina,” coordinated by
  By mid-October the project had raised some        er to form ARK—Arts Relief for Katrina. The         New England College. Katibeth Pratt ’07 and
  $5,200. Students and faculty in the Science       centerpiece of their efforts this semester was      Molly Hislop ’08 will earn sociology credits
  Center sent classroom supplies, first aid ma-                                                          as they explore New Orleans culture and
  terials and letters of support to Rob LoPiccolo          “We all have the power                       society, social inequality and social action. A
  ’95, who teaches 10th grade science at a                to make the world better                      service component, determined by students’
  Baton Rouge high school that has taken in               in ways large and small.”                     interest and community needs, will be a
  students and teachers displaced by Katrina.                                                           central focus of the program.
     People lined up to buy crêpes at a benefit      an art show and sale at Homecoming, featur-            As a sociology major looking ahead to her
  party hosted by the French Club. “It was          ing more than 50 works by students, faculty         senior thesis next year, Pratt says she is ex-
  an unexpectedly amazing success,” said            and staff. Many other projects have con-            cited about the coursework and the research
  club president Nadège Genèbre. “I had to          tributed to the cause, including a dodgeball        opportunities the experience will present.
  prepare more batter three or four times, and      tournament, a car wash by the field hockey           “Another great benefit to the program is the
  one member of the club had to go to the su-       team, and a mug sale by the Eco Club, with          community service aspect,” she adds. “I
  permarket to buy more ingredients and top-        proceeds to go toward mitigation of the envi-       had been trying to figure out a way to help
  pings.” The event raised more than $300.          ronmental damage caused by Katrina.                 with the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in a
     In September, students, faculty and staff         Wheaton people are also giving of them-          big way, and spending a semester in New
  gave a reading of works by New Orleans            selves by volunteering to serve in the Gulf         Orleans helping to rebuild is definitely more
  and Gulf Coast writers at the Lyons Den.          Coast region. Loren Simmons ’05, now a              of an opportunity than I had ever hoped
  The reading was organized by Annie Belz           Wheaton admissions officer, spent a day              for!” Q
  ’06 and Amber Gailitis ’06, the co-editors        manning the phones at an emergency opera-                                        —Hannah Benoit

Alumnae/i stories from the Gulf Coast

In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina unleashed its force on the        the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to send out a request
Gulf Coast, the Quarterly has heard from several alumnae/i living      for housing via the diocese’s e-mail network. A dozen people
or volunteering in the region. Their stories put a human face on       contacted the diocese to offer to take in evacuees, and others
the tragedy that has touched so many lives, causing enormous           got in touch with Slemmer at the Red Cross. The diocese also
suffering yet also spurring compassionate action.                      helped Slemmer put out the call for volunteers to serve at the
   M. Preston Clarke ’03 volunteered in New Orleans at the             Armory shelter and at the Red Cross headquarters in D.C.
height of the flooding, six days after the hurricane hit. In a single   “Those e-mails produced a significant core of our new volun-
day, he and his companions rescued 40 to 50 people and gave            teers,” Slemmer told the Washington Window, the diocesan
food and water to another 75 or so who refused to leave. They          newspaper.
also shared in the grim task of transporting the bodies of those
who didn’t survive, as he recounted in his online diary:                                                •••
   “It is extremely eerie driving through a pitch-black city. I look   Dan Lauricella ’98 endured some hard losses in the hurricane.
up to sky-rise buildings that have no lights on. I can’t see any-      A New Orleans resident since 1999, the musician and carpen-
thing that isn’t illuminated by our truck’s one working headlight.     ter had restored two historic properties in the city’s downtown.
We move slowly through the flooded streets. A few blocks away           Lauricella told his story to Boston Globe reporter Bella English in
we can see the light coming from the refrigerated truck and a few      September. Although he got out of New Orleans before the storm
police cars waiting for us. We back our truck up to the refriger-      hit, his houses and possessions, including his musical instru-
ated truck and I begin to help offload the bodies. When we get          ments and record collection, were ruined. Stunned by his losses,
to the last few, I can’t handle it anymore, and ask the people in      Lauricella was unsure of his future in New Orleans, yet firm in
charge of moving them to go in and move the last few…. Never           his conviction that “the city is so unique that it will never die.”
in my life could I imagine I would be helping remove dead bod-            “You just can’t take people from New Orleans and put them
ies from a disaster area. We finish moving the bodies out of our        somewhere else. It’s not going to work,” Lauricella told the
truck and start thinking of the safest way out of the city.”           Globe. “New Orleans is a completely different world, with
                                                                       its own social etiquette, its own food, its own music, its own
                                                                       climate, its own architecture. It truly has a mind of its own like
                                                                       no other.”

                                                                       Animals are sometimes the forgotten victims in a disaster, but
                                                                       Betsy Dribben ’67 was among those working to save the many
                                                                       creatures stranded by Katrina. Dribben, the chief European
                                                                       representative for Humane Society International, spent a week
                                                                       volunteering at the Lamar-Dixon temporary animal shelter in
                                                                       Gonzales, Louisiana, whose rescuers evacuated nearly 700 ani-
                                                                       mals in three days. Dribben wrote:
                                                                          “By day 2, I was on the front lines … the lost pet desk. We
                                                                       heard stories of people losing their pets or being forced to sepa-
                                                                       rate from them. Some tales were so agonizing we would have to
                                                                       step away from the desk and catch our tears…. I dealt with bikers
                                                                       in full leather, Iraqi war veterans still in uniform, ATF agents,
M. Preston Clarke ’03 in then-flooded New Orleans.                     housewives with bouffant hairdos, teenagers, doctors, street-
                                                                       wise guys, straight-arrow sheriffs, shy children…. Despite all
                                                                       their hardship, the Louisiana evacuees, almost to a person, were
                                •••                                    unfailingly polite, each waiting their turn in line to tell their story
Amy Whitcomb Slemmer ’86 played an active role in moving               and seek help.
evacuees out of a temporary shelter in the District of Columbia           “When owner and animal found each other, we were ecstatic
Armory into the homes of local host families. As director of           at the front desk. Off went the professional decorum—we hugged
policy and change management for the American Red Cross                them or gave them high-fives! We averaged about 30 to 50
and a parishioner at a local Episcopal church, Slemmer asked           matches a day.” Q

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  Student-centered focus wins                                              lected Wheaton to be one of
                                                                           16 institutions that will serve
                                                                                                                    University in developing a pro-
                                                                                                                    gram to improve undergraduate
  Wheaton several honors                                                   as pilots for integrating global         teaching. The award allows
                                                                           studies into the curriculum. The         a group of Brown graduate
                                                                           initiative—“Shared Futures:              students to bring their expertise
  Four organizations recently        of social responsibility and in       Global Learning and Social               to Wheaton classrooms while
  honored Wheaton for its com-       preparing students to be leaders      Responsibility”—asks col-                gaining valuable teaching expe-
  mitment to students, placing the   through public service careers.       leges to work together over a            rience.
  college at the forefront of U.S.   The foundation’s executive            two-year period to use global               Lastly, Project DEEP
  colleges delivering a uniquely     secretary, Louis Blair, presented     learning goals as an organizing          (Documenting Effective
  collaborative learning environ-    the college with the award            principle for general education          Educational Practice), an initia-
  ment.                              during opening convocation. In        programs and to prepare stu-             tive that examines the everyday
    The Harry S. Truman              presenting the award, Blair cited     dents for citizenship in a world         workings of educationally effec-
  Scholarship Foundation named       the college’s “stunning record”       of global change and interde-            tive colleges and universities,
  Wheaton College one of four        in having produced five Truman         pendence.                                named Wheaton as one of the
  Truman Scholarship Honor           scholars in the last four years          The Andrew W. Mellon                  top 20 schools in the nation
  Institutions for 2005. The award   and eight since 1988.                 Foundation awarded Wheaton               that fosters student success. The
  recognizes the college’s suc-         The Association of American        a $50,000 grant to continue              project was featured in USA
  cess in promoting the values       Colleges & Universities se-           its partnership with Brown               Today in August. Q

  progressives join                     “We want to take Wheaton—
                                     as an active think tank—and use
  national student                   the resources we have here to
  think tank                         make significant changes that
                                     will affect the work we already
  At a meeting of the Roosevelt      do,” Watson said. “We want
  Institution, the ideas are big,    to show students that the work
  certainly typical of any large,    they do outside the classroom,
  national think tank: foreign and   such as tutoring at local schools
  domestic affairs and security;     or rebuilding homes in New
  international development,         Orleans, is directly related to the
  social issues. But the freshest    policy process.”
  discussions on these topics           The chapter was up and
  aren’t taking place at Brookings   running last spring, when the
  or Heritage; they’re happening     students developed five policy         Roosevelt Fellows Kristen Perez ’06, Alice Kellogg ’07, Caitlin Mitchell ’08,
  in Balfour-Hood.                   centers on campus—foreign and         Genevieve Scoville ’08, Mike Zwolinski ’08, Tommy Watson ’06, Erin
     Wheaton students were           domestic affairs and security; in-    Allgood ’07, Sara Lonardo ’06 and Rose Jackson ’06.
  among the first in the na-          ternational development; social
  tion to form a chapter of the      issues; diversity/opportunity;        where groups from nearly 30              William Jefferson Clinton, jour-
  Roosevelt Institution (RI), the    and environment, education,           chapters met for two days of             nalist Tom Brokaw and Professor
  country’s first student-run think   science and technology. Within        workshops on networking and              Cornel West.
  tank dedicated to advancing        these centers, students focus         policy planning. Students came              “Our students will have op-
  public policy on progressive       on creating dialogue between          from as far away as Georgetown           portunities to collaborate with
  issues. Founded at Stanford        students and faculty, prepar-         University and Dartmouth                 other students from across the
  University in November 2004,       ing individual research projects      College to participate.                  nation on their specific top-
  RI “provides an infrastructure     for publication, creating group          Creating a national network           ics,” Watson added. “Wheaton
  where students can share their     projects, as well as educating        is key to the organization, said         students will then be able to
  ideas and make them part of        students on current issues.           Watson, who attended the insti-          connect and network with
  the public discourse,” accord-        In November the Wheaton            tution’s Four Freedoms Award             undergraduate and graduate
  ing to chapter President Tommy     chapter hosted the first               Ceremony in Hyde Park, N.Y.,             students from different schools,
  Watson ’05.                        Northeast Regional Retreat,           where he met former President            backgrounds, disciplines.” Q
The Middle Ages, illuminated                                                                   The Gates artists to
                                                                                               visit campus
The Art History and Classics departments team up to acquire
a stunning piece of 15th-century history.                                                      Christo and Jean-Claude, husband-
                                                                                               and-wife artists best known for
                                                                                               their large-scale public art installa-
                                                                                               tions, will visit Wheaton in April as
                                                                                               part of the college’s Visiting Artists
                                                                                                 The couple has collaborated on
                                                                                               outdoor environmental art since
                                                                                               1961, when they created Dockside
                                                                                               Packages, Cologne Harbor, 1961,
                                                                                               by covering stacks of oil barrels
                                                                                               and large rolls of industrial paper
                                                                                               with tarpaulins. They’ve gone on
                                                                                               to install many other notable and
                                                                                               often controversial pieces, such as
                                                                                               Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin
                                                                                               Counties, California 1972–76; The
                                                                                               Pont Neuf Wrapped, 1985, and last
                                                                                               year’s The Gates in New York’s
                                                                                               Central Park.
                                                                                                 At Wheaton the pair will lecture
   If there were such a thing as a New York Times bestseller list in the late Middle Ages,
                                                                                               in the Hindle Auditorium on April
   the Book of Hours would top the list of books purchased by the laity. The handwrit-
                                                                                               21 at 7 p.m. For more information,
   ten and hand-illustrated illuminated manuscripts, used in personal devotion, often
   were the only book a family might own.                                                      visit the college’s Web site. Q
       Today Wheaton joins the circle of ownership. With support from the Adra M.
   Newell Endowed Fund, the college purchased the DuBourg Book of Hours last sum-
   mer and now students from several disciplines will have opportunities to study the
   15th-century text.
       “There are several reasons why this purchase is so wonderful,” said Art History
   Professor Evie Lane, who oversaw the acquisition with Classics Professors Joel
   Relihan and Nancy Evans. “Although we have a splendid collection of works of
   art, we do not own many medieval works. When I recently talked to the curator of
   manuscripts at the Boston Public Library, he congratulated us on the acquisition, say-
   ing it was a ‘real coup.’”
      Although there are many different types of medieval manuscripts that were pro-
   duced in the Middle Ages (breviary, psalter, bestiaries, genealogies, gospel books and
   bibles), the Book of Hours was the most popular. Of the many thousands that were
   created, each one is unique, handwritten and hand-illustrated with painted pictures
   called miniatures on vellum or parchment. The images often sent messages about
   the way one should behave or ways one could be comforted in times of distress. It’s
   believed that this text, with its 27 illuminates, was probably made in Tours, France,
   in the workshop of Jean Charpentier in the late 1400s.
      “This book provides us with a wonderful opportunity to teach our students about
   the history of manuscript illuminations from a variety of methodological perspectives,
   but it also enhances Wheaton’s curriculum, which requires students to take courses        Christo’s The Gates became a Central Park
   connected across disciplines (classics, religion, history),” Lane said. Q                 cultural phenomenon last year.

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   Boren Fellowship
   takes alum to Middle
   East for research
   Wheaton alumnus Chad Pasha ’01, a graduate student at
   the University of Chicago, was awarded a National Security
   Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate
   Fellowship to study democratization in Lebanon and to attain
   Arabic fluency.
     Pasha’s project, “The Impact of Civil Society on
   Democratization in post-Conflict Lebanon,” first took him to
   Damascus, Syria, in August for five months of research and
   language study. He will then travel to Lebanon for seven            Extreme philanthropy
   months to conduct major thesis research. He expects to com-
                                                                       They don’t call it “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for nothing.
   plete his master’s in social sciences in 2006.
                                                                       When ABC’s hit television show came to Massachusetts to build
      “Lebanon is touted as having the most open, vibrant and
                                                                       a new home for a Medfield family, Wheaton students were there
   pluralist civil society in the Arab world,” Pasha explained.
                                                                       to help tear down the old structure and furnish the new one.
   “During the 25 years of civil war, civil society organiza-
                                                                       Under the direction of Alison Whitla ’07, daughter of builder Stuart
   tions provided services to the population in the absence of
                                                                       Whitla of Whitla Brothers Builders Inc., 11 students worked on the
   a central government, thereby developing a high degree of
                                                                       project at least one day—some worked two days and attended the
   autonomy. …The theoretical literature supports the view that
                                                                       “reveal”—by participating in the demolition, carrying furniture
   because Lebanese civil society has been so vibrant and now
                                                                       into the new house, and cleaning up, like juniors Larry Nussbaum,
   increasingly autonomous after the Syrian withdrawal, civil
                                                                       Trey Helms, Whitla and EC Michaels (above). The episode was
   society should be spearheading democratization and increas-
                                                                       scheduled to air in late November or early December.
   ing the voice of the Lebanese people in public affairs. I plan
   to argue that this formulaic understanding is flawed and the
   reality is much more complex.”
     Pasha was also the winner of a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate            Wheaton’s newest class
   Fellowship as well as a Jane E. Ruby Graduate Scholarship
   from Wheaton. The Boren Fellowship enables U.S. gradu-              The Class of 2009 arrives at Wheaton with an impressive list
                                                                       of accomplishments. Here are a few things you should know
                                          ate students to pursue
                                                                       about Wheaton’s newest students.
                                          specialization in area
                                          and language study           First-year class                      Family ties
                                          or to add an interna-        Applied                  3,692        Mother                    15
                                                                       Admitted                 1,642        Grandmother                9
                                          tional dimension to
                                                                       Enrolled                   440        Sister                     6
                                          their education. Boren
                                                                       Merit scholars             157        Brother                    9
                                          Fellowships support
                                                                                                             Aunts/Cousins             37
                                          students pursuing the        Top five states
                                          study of languages,          Massachusetts             146         Top five academic interests
                                          cultures and world re-       New York                   63         Psychology
                                          gions that are critical to   Connecticut                49         Biology
                                                                       Maine                      48         English
                                          U.S. national security
                                                                       New Hampshire              28         Political Science
                                          but are less frequently
                                          studied by U.S. gradu-       International students     26
                                                                                                               Relations (tie)
                                          ate students. Q              Countries                  26

Middle East historian joins faculty                                                                Lou Ann Daly joins
Assistant Professor of History Yuen-Gen         students bring so much enthusiasm to the           board of trustees
Liang brings a wealth of knowledge in           classroom.
Spanish and Middle Eastern history as he           “Students are very smart to realize that
joins the Wheaton faculty as the college’s      the popular media only gives limited infor-
only tenure-track hire this fall.               mation on the beliefs, values, worldviews,
   Liang earned his B.A. at the University      lifestyles, politics, etc., of Middle Easterners
of California, Berkeley, and went on to         and Muslims,” he said. “Students want to
earn a Ph.D. at Princeton University. He        seek out a different picture and it is very
also studied Arabic at the Institut Français    satisfying for me as a teacher to see them
d’Études Arabes in Damascus, Syria, on an       in my classroom eagerly absorbing all the
IIE-Fulbright scholarship.                      information I can give them. What I hope
   “My research focuses on the early mod-       students will learn from my class is to study
ern Spanish empire (15th–17th centuries),”      this part of the world with an open mind           Executive coach Lou Ann Daly ’76
Liang explained. “Spain constructed an          that leaves preconceived notions behind.”          promises to bring her vast experi-
empire in this period made up of many              This year Liang will teach courses on           ence in helping organizations transi-
different peoples in faraway places and I’m     the Spanish imperial world, early Islamic          tion through growth to her new role
fascinated by how these diverse and diver-      societies, the development of modern               as Wheaton Alumna Trustee. She
gent elements came together to form a com-      Europe and “Colonialism, Nationalism,              was elected to the board of trustees
munity. I’m drawn to this area of history       and Globalization in the Modern Middle
                                                                                                   on Homecoming Weekend.
because in some ways the                                            East.” In the future, he
                                                                                                     Daly is an executive coach and
Spanish empire reflects and                                          hopes to develop several
                                                                                                   the CEO and co-founder of the
provides insights to some of                                        new courses, including
the issues and opportunities                                                                       Organization for Life Architecture
                                                                    “Muslims, Jews, and
that challenge our multicul-                                        Christians in the Spanish      and Design, Inc. (OLAD). She works
tural and globalizing world                                         and Ottoman Empires”           with individuals and leadership
today.”                                                             and “The Model Arab            groups to help them achieve their
   Liang says he enjoys                                             League,” a student-run         potential.
teaching Middle Eastern and                                         simulation similar to the        “I believe the Alumnae/i
Islamic history because his                                         Model U.N. Q                   Association is a treasure chest of
                                                                                                   wisdom and experience that is
                                                                                                   largely untapped by many of its
Search for new provost to begin                                                                    constituents,” Daly said. “I would

In September Provost and Professor of English Susanne Woods announced her retirement,              love to help unleash the stories and
and the college has started the process of forming a search committee to hire her successor.       shine light on the connections of
   Woods is retiring after 41 distinguished years in higher education. A Milton scholar,           our graduates in order to support
Woods came to Wheaton seven years ago from Franklin and Marshall College in                        the professional development and
Pennsylvania, where she served as dean and vice president of academic affairs. Prior               life transitions of all of us in the
to that she served as associate dean of the faculty and professor of English at Brown              network.”
University, where she was among the founders of the Women Writers Project, a landmark                She holds a B.A. from Wheaton
text-encoding initiative that made original texts searchable                                       and a Ph.D. in sociolinguistics
online. She is the author of several books on Milton and                                           from Georgetown University. A
English poets. Milton will play some role in Woods’ retire-
                                                                                                   former chair of communication
ment as well.
                                                                                                   arts at Salisbury University, she
   “I hope to finish the Milton book I set aside some years
                                                                                                   also served on the faculty of the
ago, and expect to continue with my writing, do some
                                                                                                   School for Managing and Leading
traveling, and enjoy the water,” Woods said. “But first there
is much to do this year, and I look forward to working to                                          Change and of the Lesley School of
establish the new strategic plan for Wheaton. Truly, this is                                       Management. She currently is work-
a special place that will remain close to my heart.” Q                                             ing on a book about leadership. Q

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                                                                            someone struggling with life.        TM: Jesse is a scientist, and

 The theory of                                                              The good parts, bad parts, bor-
                                                                            ing parts, everything. The song
                                                                                                                 Drew sells women’s shoes. I’d
                                                                                                                 like to think of our jobs as “hob-

 music evolution                                                            “Carnivore” is about the darker,
                                                                            more opportunistic, deviant side

 “Carnivore” by PCR (Post Colonial Records, 2005)                           of a man. I guess we thought it      Are you chasing a career in music?
                                                                            would be cooler to name the al-      JC: I would be happy to work
 Ask 10 people what they hear when they listen to PCR’s latest CD,          bum after a man standing on his      solely on music. It is more a
 “Carnivore,” and you’ll get at least 10 different answers. That’s to       feet than the same man grovel-       matter of making it happen. I am
 be expected, say James Chiarelli ’02 and Tom McKnight ’01, the             ing in the dirt.                     planning on sustaining myself as
 Wheaton half of the Boston-based band. Founded in 1996 with                TM: Most of the songs on the         a studio engineer, as well as con-
 friends Drew Fincke and Jesse Norris, PCR set out to embrace their         new album are about or from          tinuing to make my own music, a
 wide influences—from the Zen-like precision of Steely Dan to the           the point of view of the victim.     la Daniel Lanois. It irks me to this
             unpredictability of mid-’90s punk—and grow more                “Carnivore” is a somewhat dif-       day that there was no “Rockstar”
             balanced, focused and mature. With their second CD             ferent song because although         major at Wheaton. They need to
              completed and plenty of gigs in Boston and New                the song is about a predator, he     get on that.
               York, Chiarelli and McKnight discuss what’s next.            is also a victim, in a psychologi-   TM: I think we’d all love to do
                                                                            cal way. The rhythm of the song      this as a career. I’ve actually
 I just listened to “Carnivore” and I   In general, though, I think that    was described to me as being         been pursuing a career in music
 can’t identify a song I don’t like.    when artists or musicians tell      “sexy,” so I tried to make the       ever since I had my first drum
 James Chiarelli: We worked             you who their influences are,       lyrics the opposite. It’s a dance-   set at the age of four. It was a
 hard to make the group of songs        you tend to start hearing those     able, funky beat with somewhat       Muppets drum set with a picture
 cohesive as an album, yet not          influences instead of hearing the   cynical lyrics. I think that con-    of Animal on the bass drum
 repetitive. We also started as a       band you’re listening to. I want    tradiction of ideas works well.      head, and there’s a photo of me
 party band. Our original songs         us to sound like PCR, which—                                             playing it in my Smurfs pajamas.
 would be peppered in among             fortunately for us—sounds noth-     You guys have day jobs, right?       If we ever make it big, it will be
 familiar covers. We learned            ing like ABBA.                      JC: Yes, Tommy and I teach, and      the first thing I sell on eBay. I re-
 to make music people could                                                 I am currently interning at a stu-   ally enjoy teaching, but it can be
 quickly like, and then spend           What’s “Carnivore” mean to you?     dio and am pursuing recording        difficult to play a show, get home
 more time with.                        JC: After we had finished the       professionally. We have a record     at 3 a.m., and then try to teach
 Tom McKnight: It’s amazing             CD, we realized that it was         with another Wheaton alum,           the Pythagorean theorem with a
 how much work goes into writ-          a collection of songs about         Dan Miller ’01, in the pipeline.     hoarse voice the next day. Q
 ing a three-minute song. I think
 that we’ve created our own
 sound on this album, one that is
 hard to categorize.

 Who exactly are your influences,
 musical or otherwise?
 JC: I was raised in a house
 where no musical genre was
 discounted. I remember being
 a kid and my dad listening to
 Steely Dan, The Killing Joke,
 Miles Davis, Talking Heads,
 James Taylor, The Band, Led
 Zeppelin and Monk. It was a
 hodgepodge and that has had
 an impact on me.
 TM: The four of us listen to a
 wide variety of music. I listen to
 everything from Radiohead to                                PCR is James Chiarelli ’02,
 ABBA, although I should prob-                               Drew Fincke, Tommy
 ably keep the latter a secret.                              McKnight ’01 and Jesse Norris.


Faculty                                           Associate Professor of Psychology Gail
Associate Professor of Religion Jonathan          Sahar co-wrote “Is the personal always po-
Brumberg Kraus contributed “What Is               litical? A cross-cultural analysis of abortion
Religious About Ethics?” to Volume 69, Issue      attitudes” for Volume 27, Issue 4, of Basic
2, of The Reconstructionist, 2005. His “‘Real     and Applied Social Psychology.
Eating:’ A Medieval Spanish Jewish View of        Associate Professor of Sociology A. Javier
Gastronomic Authenticity” is slated to ap-        Trevino published “Parsons’s Action-System
pear in the proceedings of the 2005 Oxford        Requisite Model and Weber’s Elective
Symposium on Food & Cookery.                      Affinity: A Convergence of Convenience”
Assistant Professor of Theater Stephanie          in Volume 5, Issue 3, of the Journal of          Messes and I’m All Dressed; all are written
Burlington played Maria in Shakespeare’s          Classical Sociology.                             from a child’s perspective by Harris and all
Twelfth Night this past summer with               Provost and Professor of English Susanne         are illustrated by Nicole Hollander.
Industrial Theatre Company. She also              Woods wrote the essay “Inventing English         Mary Kennard McHugh ’50 delivers a
directed Chekhov’s The Proposal for the           Verse,” which is slated to appear in             tongue-in-cheek view of marriage in her
Experimental Theatre Festival in Tiverton, R.I.   Early Modern English Poetry: A Critical          latest “how to” installment in How to Ruin
Professor of Chemistry Herbert Ellison’s          Companion. She also wrote the essay              Your Marriage. McHugh provides proven
“Enthalpy of Vaporization by Gas                  “Abdiel Centers Freedom,” which will ap-         tips and quips to make any spouse snap to
Chromatography. A Physical Chemistry              pear in Center or Margin: Revisions of the       attention.
Experiment” appeared in the 2005 July issue       English Renaissance.
                                                                                                   California writer and graphic artist Mary
of the Journal of Chemical Education.             Professor of Psychology Gerald Zuriff            Ames Mitchell ’73 published The Man in
In September Associate Professor of               published his “G.E. Behaviorism Makes it         the Purple Cow House and Other Tales of
Computer Science Michael Gousie pre-              Debut: A Review” in Issue 83 of the Journal      Eccentricity, a personal narrative that grew
sented his paper “Digital Elevation Model         of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.        out of Mitchell’s search for her father. It
Error Detection and Visualization” at the                                                          offers glimpses into a youth, sometimes
fourth Workshop on Dynamic and Multi-             Alumnae/i                                        golden, spent in Southern California in the
dimensional GIS, held at the University                                                            1950s and ’60s.
                                                  Newbury Award-
of Glamorgan, in Pontypridd, Wales, UK.
                                                  winning author                                   Mary Yeager Moore ‘61 published The
His paper is published in the conference
                                                  Jean Fritz ’37 has                               Successful Library Trustee Handbook,
                                                  published well                                   training manual for library board of trustees
The Primer: Journal of the Massachusetts          over 35 biogra-                                  members. Moore is an independent library
Reading Association features Associate            phies for young                                  consultant, trainer and facilitator with more
Professor of Education Mary Lee Prescott-         readers, and this                                than 40 years of experience.
Griffin’s peer-reviewed journal article           year she and il-
                                                                                                   City College of New York and City
“Writing Partnerships: Building Strategies        lustrator Hudson
                                                                                                   University of New York Professor Susan
and Independence Together” in its spring          Talbott add The Lost Colony of Roanoke
                                                                                                   F. Semel ’63 co-authored with Rutgers
2005 issue.                                       to the list. In four chapters, Fritz discusses
                                                                                                   Professor Alan Sadovnik a book chapter on
                                                  the English exploration of the region, the
Professor of Sociology Hyun Sook Kim                                                               Wheaton’s experience with coeducation
                                                  settlement on Roanoke Island, the mysteri-
contributed her article “Decolonizing the                                                          in the forthcoming Going Coed: Women’s
                                                  ous disappearance of the colonists, and the
Self and Other: Black, Postcolonial and                                                            Colleges and Coeducation, 1950-2000
                                                  conjectures, hoaxes and evidence that have
Transnational Feminist Theories” to The                                                            (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006), L.M.
                                                  fueled speculation about the colony for 400
Handbook on Feminist Research: Theory                                                              Miller-Bernal and S. Poulson, eds. The
and Praxis, scheduled for release this fall.                                                       chapter, “Coeducation at Wheaton College:
She also co-edited Gender & Society’s spe-        A new series of children’s books by author       From Conscious Coeducation to Distinctive
cial April 2005 issue on “Gender-Sexuality-       Robie Harris ’62 designed to help parents        Coeducation,” analyzes Wheaton’s transi-
State-Nation” as well as contributed her          and youngsters survive the preschool days        tion to coeducation and concludes that the
article “Conceptualizing Gender-Sexuality-        debuted this fall. The “Just Being Me” series    college is stronger today in terms of enroll-
State-Nation: An Introduction” to the issue.      includes I’m So Mad, I’m Not Sleepy, I Love      ments, finances, and selectivity. Q

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  Sidell Stadium to Cincinnati
  It’s a home run for Chris Denorfia,              great moments that stick out are the couple
  who makes his major league debut                 of promotions I received and the oppor-
                                                   tunity to play in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
                                                   Several of my old teammates, friends and
                                                   family who hadn’t gotten to see me play
                                                   were there. That was a very special time.”
                                                      Denorfia has experienced a multitude
                                                   of memorable moments since signing
                                                   with the Reds in June 2002, but probably
                                                   none bigger than what he’s witnessed
  It’s good to be Chris Denorfia.                  this year. Starting out with the Double-A         promotions and successes at every stop,
     Often referred to as the dog days of sum-     Chattanooga Lookouts, where he batted             including his appearances on ESPN’s
  mer, last September the sun shined a little      .330 with 40 runs, 26 RBI, 17 doubles and         “SportsCenter” and “Baseball Tonight”
  brighter, the sky appeared a little bluer and    seven home runs, Denorfia was promoted             for a tremendous outfield catch made at
  the grass looked a little greener for the 2002   to the Triple-A Louisville Bats in May and        Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the former Division
  graduate, who received news that many            hit .310 with 61 RBI, 50 runs, 13 homers,         III All-America outfielder has managed to
  Little League baseball players only dream        12 doubles and six triples.                       stay grounded and even keeled when play-
  about. After three successful seasons in the        While playing for Louisville, the              ing next to and against some of the greatest
  minor leagues, Denorfia was called up to          Southington, Conn., native entertained            baseball players on the planet. That’s a qual-
  the Cincinnati Reds, joining a small but         family and friends in July at Pawtucket’s         ity he attributes to his family and friends.
  proud group of Division III alumni in the        McCoy Stadium in a return to New England              “They’re always really quick to not let me
  major leagues.                                   for the first time since playing in a col-         get out of line,” he said. “My parents and
     “This has been an amazing year for my         lege all-star game in Fenway Park. Despite        brothers would be the first people to put me
  family and me,” Denorfia said. “Some of the       his travels up and down the East Coast,           back in my place. I know I’m just a small
                                                                 Denorfia has enjoyed the             part of something that’s been going on for
                                                                 company of his parents, Tony        over 100 years. I’m lucky to be here, and
                                                                 and Debbie, on more than one        all the little things that got me here I have to
                                                                 occasion, including the Reds’       stick to. I always count on my friends and
                                                                 September weekend series            family to remind me of that.”
                                                                 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in       Denorfia is also quick to point out the
                                                                 Cincinnati.                         importance of maintaining a daily regimen
                                                                    The Denorfias couldn’t have       and preparing each day both mentally and
                                                                 had better timing than Friday,
                                                                 Sept. 9, when they watched
                                                                 their son crack a home run
                                                                 over the right-field wall for his
                                                                 first Major League hit in just
                                                                 his second at-bat. And Chris
                                                                 couldn’t have been any more
                                                                 thrilled to have his parents in
                                                                    “Having your family be a
                                                                 part of something like that         Denorfia autographs a baseball for a young fan
                                                                 is what you dream about,”           after this summer’s Pawtucket game.
                                                                 recalled Denorfia. “When I
                                                                 crossed home plate, I looked        physically, tasks that even the most gifted
                                                                 up into the seats and saw that      athletes can often times struggle with.
                                                                 they were all jumping up and           “One of the most difficult things I’ve had
                                                                 down. It was a special feeling.”    to learn while playing professional baseball
                                                                    Despite all his travels,         is the grind,” Denorfia said. “Playing every

day for six months, it’s important not to
lose your focus. Having a daily routine
prepares me for what I have to do each day
both mentally and physically, whether it’s
eating the same meal or taking a certain
number of rounds of swings.”
   A 19th-round draft pick in 2002,
Denorfia is the first player from the Reds’
class that year to make it to the majors.
Not a bad run, as it took Denorfia longer to
earn his double major at Wheaton than it
did to reach the big leagues. At Wheaton,
where Denorfia is among the program
leaders in several statistical categories, he
was not highly scouted and therefore not
considered a top prospect.
   “I think there’s a sense of an underdog
feel to it,” Denorfia said about his moti-
vation. “That’s kind of the story of my base-
ball career. Playing at Wheaton, we were
always the new guy, the smaller school.
I’ve learned to play with a chip on my
shoulder because there’s always something
to prove. I think that’s a good quality to
have when you’re playing baseball, as it
helps you not lose your hunger.”
   At the conclusion of the Reds’ season,
Denorfia was selected to play for the Mesa
Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
Despite the quick rise by the former Reds
farmhand, Wheaton head coach Eric
Podbelski isn’t the least bit surprised by
Denorfia’s recent success.
   “The chance to play at the professional
level is something Chris has aspired to
since he arrived on Wheaton’s campus,
and probably well before,” Podbelski said.
“The fact that he is experiencing success is
of no surprise to those of us who saw him

                                                                  Louisville Bats photos by Tim Morse; Reds photos courtesy of Cincinnati Reds
play at Wheaton. However, nothing is ever
assured in professional baseball, as you’re
only as good as your recent performance
until you have established yourself over a
number of years.”
   “When you’re playing in the minors you
have to remember you’re not just there to
play minor league baseball,” Denorfia add-
ed. “Your goal is to make the big-league
squad, to stay there, to post solid numbers
and make this your profession. It wasn’t be-
yond my wildest dreams by any stretch, but
it’s exceeded my expectations.” Q
                                 —Scott Dietz

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                                                WINTER 2006 17

 DECEMBER                               JANUARY                                       10                                            Weber Theatre, 8 p.m. Call (508)
                                                                                      Wheaton Jazz Band | A concert in              286-3575 to reserve tickets.
 1                                      30                                            celebration of Black History Month.
 Les Liaisons Dangereuses | Under       Eros/Logos | Seven regional artists           Balfour-Hood Atrium, 9 p.m.                   23–25
 the direction of Ariana Balayan ‘06,   working in a variety of media come                                                          Trybe Gala | The student-run dance
 Wheaton actors present a tale of       together to explore a common                  15                                            ensemble features a variety of dance
 lust, seduction and betrayal. Runs     theme in the Beard and Weil gal-              Senior Alumnae/i Dinner |                     styles. Weber Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
 through Dec. 3; call the Watson        leries. Runs Monday–Saturday,                 Members of the Class of 2006 are
 Box Office at (508) 286-3575           12:30–4:30, through Feb. 24.                  invited to attend one of three Senior         24–25
 to reserve free tickets. Kresge                                                      Alumnae/i Dinners. Sponsored by               Trustee Weekend | Contact the
 Experimental Theatre, 7:30 p.m.        31                                            the Alumnae/i Association. Also               President’s office for more informa-
                                        Oral Moses | The baritone performs            on Feb. 16 and 20. RSVP required;             tion (508) 286- 8244.
 1                                      a recital of Schubert’s song cycle            contact Leslie Carbone at (508)
 Student Recitals | Woolley Room,       Winterreise. Cole Chapel, 7:30 p.m.           286-3426. Faculty Dining Room,                27–March 4
 Mary Lyon Hall, 5 p.m.                                                               Emerson, 6–8 p.m.                             New Plays Festival | New student
                                                                                                                                    works will be showcased. Kresge
 4                                                                                    16                                            Experimental Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
 Southeastern Massachusetts Wind                                                      Major Connections in French |
 Symphony | Music Director and
                                                                                      Four young alums discuss how they
                                        Guy Urban Recital | A piano recital
 Conductor Earl Raney leads the en-                                                   apply their French major to life after        MARCH
                                        in the Faculty and Friends Music
 semble in a performance of holiday                                                   Wheaton. Woolley Room, Mary
                                        Series. Weber Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
 favorites. Tickets at the door: $5                                                   Lyon Hall, 5:30–7:30 p.m.                     2
 general, $4 students/seniors, $10                                                                                                  Ruby Lecture—Percival Everett |
 families of four or more. Weber        7                                             16–18                                         The author of 12 novels, two
 Theatre, 3 p.m.                        Take 6 | The Grammy-winning a                 Wheaton Dance Company | Under                 collections of short fiction and a
                                        capella group presents a gospel               the direction of Assistant Professor          children’s book will speak. Holman
 4                                      concert. Cole Chapel, 7:30 p.m.               of Theatre Cheryl Mrozowski.                  Room, Mary Lyon Hall, 7:30 p.m.
 Holiday Vespers | The Wheaton          Call (508) 286-3300 for tickets.
 Chorale, under the direction of
 Assistant Professor of Music Tim
 Harbold, continues a Wheaton
 tradition. A reception follows in
 the Balfour-Hood Atrium. Cole
 Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

 World Music Ensemble | Associate
 Professor of Music Matthew Allen
 leads the group in music tradi-
 tions from Brazil, India, Africa and
 Ireland. Weber Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

 Ann Hamilton | The Evelyn Danzig
 Haas ’39 Visiting Artist will speak
 about the visual arts. Hindle
 Auditorium, 7 p.m.

 Wheaton Jazz Band | The ensem-
 ble, led by Director and Conductor
 Rick Britto, performs a concert

                                                                                                                                                                                Tim Morse
 in a “jazz club” setting. Kresge
 Experimental Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

 10                                     Men’s Basketball                               Women’s Basketball                               M/W Swimming and Diving
 The Great Woods Chamber                Home games in Emerson Gym                      Home games in Emerson Gym                        Home meets in Balfour Natatorium
 Orchestra Winter Concert | The         Dec. 6   Connecticut        7 p.m.             Dec. 3   Tufts              1 p.m.               Dec. 9    MIT                  6 p.m.
 ensemble, conducted and directed       Dec. 10  Endicott           2 p.m.             Dec. 7   Salem State        7 p.m.               Jan. 14   Connecticut/Trinity 1 p.m.
 by Earl Raney, performs Johannes       Jan. 7   MIT                2 p.m.             Jan. 10  WPI             5:30 p.m.               Jan. 21   Bentley              2 p.m.
 Brahms’ Variations on a Theme          Jan. 10  Springfield     7:30 p.m.             Jan. 14  Mt Holyoke         2 p.m.
                                        Jan. 17  Tufts              7 p.m.             Jan. 21  Babson             2 p.m.               Synchronized Swimming
 by Haydn. The program will also        Jan. 28  Clark              3 p.m.             Jan. 28  MIT                1 p.m.               Home meets in Balfour Natatorium
 include festive works by Handel,       Feb. 7   WPI                7 p.m.             Jan. 31  Wellesley          7 p.m.               Feb. 18   Wheaton Invitational TBA
 Bizet and Khachaturian. Tickets        Feb. 14  Coast Guard     7:30 p.m.             Feb. 2   Newbury            7 p.m.
 may be obtained at the door: $10       Feb. 18  Babson             3 p.m.             Feb. 14  Coast Guard     5:30 p.m.               W/M Indoor Track-and-Field
 adults, $15 families, $5 students/                                                    Feb. 18  Springfield        1 p.m.               No home meets scheduled
 seniors. Weber Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
                                        All times Eastern; schedules are tentative. For schedule updates and results, visit www.wheatoncollege.edu/athletics.


                                                                                      Marshall joins                        helping students earn degrees
                                                                                                                            on time, about what graduates
                                                                                      Berkeley Rep                          do with their degrees, and how
                                                                                      The Berkeley (California)             satisfied students are with their
                                                                                      Repertory Theatre reported this       college experience.”
                                                                                      summer that former Wheaton
                                                                                      President Dale Rogers Marshall
                                                                                      has joined its board. One of this
                                                                                                                            Balance teaching
                                                                                      country’s top-ranking profes-         and research
                                                                                      sional resident theatre compa-        Professor of English Paula Krebs
                                                                                      nies, Berkeley Rep won the 1997       wrote in the Chronicle of Higher
Tom Kates

                                                                                      Tony Award for Outstanding            Education that “research and
                                                                                      Regional Theatre.                     teaching are complementary in
                                                                                                                            higher education…but many col-
             History Professor                   more years, almost three times       College: beyond                       leges could benefit from empha-
                                                                                                                            sizing research more. …Research
             Alex Bloom                          as long, to get to the same
                                                 point where the significant
                                                                                      the price tag                         and publishing should be pro-
             discusses war                       number, almost 60 percent, of
                                                                                      In the August 8 edition of
                                                                                      the Boston Globe, President
                                                                                                                            moted unapologetically at small

             protest on “The                     the American people are now
                                                 saying the war is a mistake,”
                                                                                      Ronald A. Crutcher criticized
                                                                                                                            colleges as part of the institu-
                                                                                                                            tion’s mission statement, formal
             NewsHour”                           Bloom explained.
                                                                                      Congressional attempts to gauge       departmental goals, and annual
             Saying that Americans have                                               the effectiveness of higher           faculty-evaluation forms.”
             been three times as quick to
                                                 Miers, baseball                      education solely by its cost to
             protest the war in Iraq as they
                                                 and the court
                                                                                      students, writing that “most
                                                                                      Americans remain unaware that
                                                                                                                            A summer in
             were to criticize the Vietnam
             War, Wheaton College History        In early October the Bangor          very few students actually pay        Istanbul
             Professor Alexander Bloom           (Maine) Daily News published         full tuition.”                        Abigail Russell ’05 was featured
             provided the historical and cul-    philosophy professor Stephen             “The congressional proposal       in a September edition of the
             tural context for a discussion of   Mathis’ op-ed about the              to construct a college afford-        Norwell (Mass.) Mariner for
             protest on “The NewsHour with       nomination hearings of Harriet       ability index as the sole mea-        her work at Robert College last
             Jim Lehrer” on Sept. 26.            Miers and of Chief Justice John      sure of whether an institution        summer. A theatre and women’s
                Bloom appeared on a panel        Roberts’ comparison of judicial      is well-managed and delivers          studies graduate, Russell taught
             to discuss last weekend’s pro-      thought to that of a baseball        value is the kind of one-size-        theater for Turkish students aged
             tests for and against the Iraq      umpire.                              fits-all solution that everyone        8-14. She told the paper that she
             war. Guest host Gwen Ifill              “A better job must be done        can understand but no rea-            “worked with the kids on their
             asked Bloom, author of the          interviewing Harriet Miers for       sonable person would want             singing and their dancing, and
             forthcoming The End of the          the U.S. Supreme Court than          to support,” Crutcher wrote.          taught them some of the funda-
             Tunnel: The Vietnam Experience      that which was performed with        “Unfortunately, there has been        mentals of set design. She also
             and the Shape of American Life,     Chief Justice John Roberts,”         little discussion of this plan,       guided them through a big sum-
             a study of the way in which         Mathis wrote. “Roberts offered       which represents just one small       mer project, in which they cre-
             the Vietnam War has shaped          up very little about his judicial    section of the Higher Education       ated a large play that addressed
             American life since 1975, to        philosophy during his confirma-       Reauthorization Act snaking its       some of the disparate cultures of
             clarify how significant these        tion hearings, and what he did       way through Congress.                 the world’s many English-speak-
             protests are today and have         say received very little scrutiny.       “If the cost of college tuition   ing countries, ranging from Fiji to
             been in the past.                   To my mind, though, his com-         were the only thing that mat-         Scotland.”
                “One of the things I think       parison of the Chief Justice’s       tered, this would be a reason-
             that’s striking is the degree to    role to that of an umpire in a       able plan. The reality is more        You go, CosmoGirl
             which Americans are increas-        baseball game was particularly       complex. Most college students        October’s CosmoGirl magazine
             ingly thinking of the Iraq War as   revealing. Unfortunately, his        and their families also care          named Wheaton one of 50
             a mistake, that it’s been much      comments say more about our          about an institution’s reputation     “coolest” colleges in the country.
             sooner in this process than it      political system and our society     and the quality of its educational    Wheaton made the grade for
             was in the Vietnam War time         than they do about Judge             programs. They also care about        opportunities through the Filene
             when it took actually many          Roberts.”                            how successful colleges are in        Center for Work and Learning. Q

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