Barbara Fenig

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Mary-Jane Rubenstein on Her Most Beloved Bookstores

by Barbara Fenig, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

This week, Professor of Religion and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Mary-Jane Rubenstein sat down with The Argus to chat about her favorite books, philosophy, and her most beloved bookstores.

From Student to Professor: Elise Springer ’90

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Since returning as a faculty member in 2003, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Elise Springer ’90 is no stranger to campus.

From Student To Professor: Henry Goldschmidt ’91

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Professor Henry Goldschmidt ’91 began teaching religion and anthropology on campus in the fall of 2004.

From student to professor: Associate Professor of Film Studies Lisa Dombrowski ’92

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Lisa Dombrowski ’92 majored in film studies but had no intention of becoming a professor. Fast forward to today, and she’s an associate professor. We sat down with her to discuss her time at Wes, both then and now.

Plous Nationally Recognized for Innovative “Action Teaching”

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Psychology Professor Scott Plous is an acclaimed teacher and scholar both within his field and in the broader academic world. This past August, he received the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology.

Peer Advisors Help Students Cope With Academic Stresses

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When students have questions about a paper or test, they can go to the Writing Workshop or to an academic department-based peer tutor. For students who need advice that goes beyond how to re-write a paragraph or solve an equation, however, there is the University’s Peer Advisor program.

Foss Hill Graveyard: Myths and Legends Debunked

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Whenever Friday the 13th rolls around, questions arise surrounding one of the more ominous sites on campus: the Foss Hill graveyard. Erected in 1837, the cemetery has inspired many of the University’s commonly-held myths and misconceptions.

Forged Amidst the Violent ’60s, Willis’ Buddhist Commitment is Recognized

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Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies Jan Willis is at the forefront of history and has accomplished what most can only dream of achieving.

Scattered Across the Globe, Students Watched U.S. Change

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This past fall, during one of the most exciting moments of our generation, students rallied together in Usdan and on Foss Hill. But for some Wesleyan students, the presidential election was experienced in a vastly different environment: from Spain to Ecuador, India and Cameroon.

Writers convene, collaborate at University conference

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For one week last June, a handful of the world’s leading writers and novices flocked to campus for the 52nd Wesleyan Writers Conference. Over 100 people took part in lectures, workshops, readings and one-on-one manuscript consultations throughout the prestigious gathering, exploring the worlds of fiction, poetry, autobiography, memoir, non-fiction, literary journalism and publishing.

Summer journalism program honors deceased Pulitzer-winner

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Picture Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, realizing that he has misplaced his briefcase that contains top-secret contacts and current projects. After abandoning his lecture, a few minutes of hysteria ensues as students and faculty search for the briefcase.

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Picture Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, realizing that he has misplaced his briefcase that contains top-secret contacts and current projects. After abandoning his lecture, a few minutes of hysteria ensues as students and faculty search for the briefcase.

Common Moment

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It’s not every day that several hundred students gather to reflect on climate change through dance and discussion.

WesCeleb: Gitanjali ‘Gitsy’ Prasad ’08

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Gitanjali “Gitsy” Prasad ’08 is so endearing that her residence hall dedicated a Facebook group to her, “Gitsy is the Shitzy!” A self-described “amorphous potato that talks,” Gitsy is also involved with WESTAND and the Tsunami Relief group, and wants to start a revolution to bring back the old campus center as the hub of student life. She loves to discuss her favorite places on campus and in Middletown, so I sat down with her in the Olin lobby, which happens to be at the top of her list.

Alumni reach new “Heights” with Broadway musical

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How often is it that college friends are able to translate a senior thesis project to the Broadway stage? For Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 and Thomas Kail ’99, this was precisely the process for their musical “In the Heights.”

Facebook: Parents utilize Facebook to connect with their kids

by Barbara Fenig, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

When Jen Liebschutz ’11 signed on to Facebook to see a friend request from her father, she was less than pleased. “I was annoyed, because I felt like he was encroaching on a clearly teen only place,” Jen said. Parents cited equally diverse reasons for creating accounts.

Primed for the primaries: an insider’s look at Iowa’s caucuses

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On Jan. 3, 2008, the entire world looked on as Iowans cast their votes for presidential candidates in the Iowa caucuses. For many months prior to the electoral event, politicians courted the state’s voters. From small gatherings in the homes of locals to massive, televised rallies, the candidates struggled to leave an impression on the voting populace of this Midwestern state.

Global meets local in dinner series

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According to Director of International Studies Carolyn Sorkin, an observable tension between international and American students was one reason for the creation of a weekly dinner discussion series which brought over one hundred members of the University community together on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The buzz on the bugs

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From ants to spiders to bees, students have learned to coexist not only with each other on campus, but with the insect world as well. WestCo and Nicolson typically house ants, white spiders and caterpillars, while Eclectic is the permanent residence to a beehive, and the senior woodframe houses have reported house centipedes, hornet nests and animal burrows.

Faculty, staff enjoy exclusive dining facility in Usdan Center

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Students who accidentally wander onto the top floor of Usdan may find themselves confronted with tables strewn with upside down wineglasses and vases bursting with fresh flowers — and not a single person under 21 in sight. Welcome to the Daniels Family Commons, a dining area and lounge on the center’s third floor — a space where professors can wine, dine and even avoid some of the winding lines that are sometimes present in the student’s dining area downstairs.

Cisco keeps out hackers, ITS says

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This year, the Cisco Clean Access Agent was instituted to make Internet access faster and more secure around campus. Around 90 percent of the 2,804 undergraduate students rely on wireless Internet, ITS employees say.

Triples again: even more this year

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Similarly to last year’s campus-wide housing crunch that left ResLife searching to accommodate a flux of students left without on-campus housing, currently 78 freshmen find themselves living in three-person rooms in the Butterfield dorms. This year there are 26 triples, an increase from last year when 22 triples housed 66 students.

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