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  • Beowulf's DNA

    When was Beowulf composed? When was the heroic tale first committed to manuscript form, thus preserving it for a millennia and eventual re-release as a Hollywood blockbuster? The short, easy answer is that no one knows. Nevertheless, theories abound. Professors Michael Drout and Barbara Brennessel and two students, Amanda Shorette and Jacob Korzun, are investigating […]

    When was Beowulf composed? When was the heroic tale first committed to manuscript form, thus preserving it for a millennia and eventual re-release as a Hollywood blockbuster?

    The short, easy answer is that no one knows. Nevertheless, theories abound.

    Professors Michael Drout and Barbara Brennessel and two students, Amanda Shorette and Jacob Korzun, are investigating a novel way to settle the debate. Their idea: extract DNA from the skeepskin parchment on which Beowulf was written down and then sequence the genetic material to pinpoint the time and place from which the poem was written down for posterity.

    The research group is testing the feasibility of the idea in the lab. Not only is the approach ingenious, it's also a good example of the interdisciplinary nature of Wheaton's curriculum.

    The new episode of Wheaton In Focus takes a close look at the project. Check it out.

  • Casting call

    The Wheaton in Focus team (http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/InFocus/) is beginning its next episode dedicated to Wheaton dorm rooms. We’re looking for a wide variety of rooms from all corners of campus, and we’re hoping that you want us to showcase your room in our next video. Don’t worry about cleaning your room or hiding the week old […]

    The Wheaton in Focus team (http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/InFocus/) is beginning its next episode dedicated to Wheaton dorm rooms. We’re looking for a wide variety of rooms from all corners of campus, and we’re hoping that you want us to showcase your room in our next video.

    Don’t worry about cleaning your room or hiding the week old dishes, we want to see the room as it is, when you’re the most comfortable. So whatever the condition or style of your room, we want to hear from you!

    The owners of the rooms we select will be entered into a raffle for four $25 Lyon’s Bucks prizes.

    So if you want your room to be a part of our next episode, (or if you’re just running low on Lyon’s Bucks), please send the following information to mazzola_elliott@wheatoncollege.edu by February 16th (Monday).

    Name
    Campus address
    Contact number
    Why your room? (approx 25 words)
    AND/OR a photo of your room

    If you have any questions, please email kwan_siuon@wheatoncollege.edu

  • Now playing: Lyon's Den

    If you have visited Wheaton and you didn’t get a chance to drop in at the Lyon’s Den, you missed a great spot. Now in its tenth year of operations, it’s got the authentic vibe of a student-run coffeehouse because it is just that. And a comfortable hang-out most nights. Regardless of whether you have […]

    If you have visited Wheaton and you didn't get a chance to drop in at the Lyon's Den, you missed a great spot. Now in its tenth year of operations, it's got the authentic vibe of a student-run coffeehouse because it is just that. And a comfortable hang-out most nights.

    Regardless of whether you have hung out at the Den, you can now get a sense of what it's really like by watching our latest episode of Wheaton InFocus.

    The whole production team enjoyed filming at the Lyon's Den--the coffee, the food, the music. Several of us also appreciated learning about some great-tasting, locally-roasted, organic coffee that you can buy from Ron Carlson, a.k.a as the Kilted Coffee Roaster. (You can see him in some of the shots during this episode.)

    Special thanks to the Lyon's Den managers Andrew Malone, Ruby Solomon and Brian Sonnenstein, as well as all the folks at the shop, for helping to make this video possible.

    If you haven't done so yet, join Wheaton In Focus on Facebook. Give us suggestions for new stories, talk to us about what you’re seeing and get an early notice about the next video, when it goes online.

  • Service Nation

    Episode 2 is now playing online! This segment tells the story of the summer internships of Sarah Mielbye ’09 and Christopher DiFranco ’10, who worked for the organization Be The Change, Inc. Their job: help plan the national summit on service in New York City that was attended by presidential candidates Barack Obama and John […]

    Episode 2 is now playing online! This segment tells the story of the summer internships of Sarah Mielbye '09 and Christopher DiFranco '10, who worked for the organization Be The Change, Inc. Their job: help plan the national summit on service in New York City that was attended by presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain as well as a host of celebrities, politicians and leaders.

    Sarah Mielbye and Chris Di Franco at the Service Nation Summit

    When Sarah and Chris returned to campus, they brought the program with them. They planned some events to get students ready for the National Day of Service on Sept. 27, and they hooked up with Wheaton's own Season of Service program.

    The new segment shows some of what happened to Sarah, Chris and other students on campus.

    So, tune in now.

    And when you are done, join Wheaton In Focus on Facebook. Give us suggestions for new stories, talk to us about what you’re seeing and get an early notice about the next video, when it goes online.

  • Open mic

    The next shoot for Wheaton InFocus will take place at the Lyon’s Den. We’re still working out the details, but it looks as though we’ll be visiting the coffeehouse during an upcoming open mic night for students. I’m looking forward to some good music and lots of java.  The cool thing about the Lyon’s Den, […]

    The next shoot for Wheaton InFocus will take place at the Lyon's Den. We're still working out the details, but it looks as though we'll be visiting the coffeehouse during an upcoming open mic night for students. I'm looking forward to some good music and lots of java. 

    The cool thing about the Lyon's Den, though, has more to do with how it came to be and how it's run. Nick Langman and Mike Bettencourt, members of the class of 1998, put forward a proposal to renovate an old diner the college owned on the edge of campus and turn it into a student-run coffeehouse. They made a compelling case. Wheaton not only agreed but also kicked in some support for the renovation. Nick and Mike made the business their senior project in economics. 

    Ten years later, the Lyon's Den is still running strong, entirely on student initiative.

  • Now showing: Twisted Sisters

    The first installment in the Wheaton InFocus video series just went live. The video covers the creation of Twisted Sisters, a sculpture created by the artist Patrick Dougherty with help from more than 40 Wheaton students. You can watch it at http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/InFocus/ And you can join Wheaton In Focus on Facebook. Give us suggestions for […]

    The first installment in the Wheaton InFocus video series just went live. The video covers the creation of Twisted Sisters, a sculpture created by the artist Patrick Dougherty with help from more than 40 Wheaton students.

    You can watch it at http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/InFocus/

    And you can join Wheaton In Focus on Facebook. Give us suggestions for new stories, talk to us about what you're seeing and get an early notice about the next video, before it goes online.

  • Taking credit

    So, I previewed the first episode of Wheaton In Focus for a group of Wheaton trustees today. When the segment ended, the room burst into applause, and I received many compliments for the good work of the entire team. It was great to see the enthusiasm for this project.  I am looking forward to launching […]

    So, I previewed the first episode of Wheaton In Focus for a group of Wheaton trustees today. When the segment ended, the room burst into applause, and I received many compliments for the good work of the entire team. It was great to see the enthusiasm for this project.  I am looking forward to launching the site on Sunday, and letting everyone see what's been accomplished so far.

  • Coming soon

    Filming for the first segment of Wheaton In Focus finished up last Friday. The footage is being edited right now, and I hope we’ll be online by Oct. 1.

    Filming for the first segment of Wheaton In Focus finished up last Friday. The footage is being edited right now, and I hope we'll be online by Oct. 1.