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About Ted Nesi '07

Ted Nesi ’07, an award-winning journalist, is a digital reporter for WPRI-TV and FOX Providence at LIN Media.

Wheaton College Professor Jay Goodman

50 years of inspiration

Professor Jay Goodman politically engages generations of students

Spring 1968 Wheaton Quarterly

Spring 1968 Wheaton Quarterly

In September 1965, with Lyndon B. Johnson as president and The Beatles topping the charts, a 25-year-old armed with a new Ph.D. from Brown University arrived on Wheaton’s campus to start teaching undergrads the fundamentals of American politics.

The young man’s name: Jay Goodman.

This fall found Barack Obama in LBJ’s place and Taylor Swift in the Fab Four’s. But Goodman was still in a Wheaton classroom—starting his 50th year of teaching at the college. And he seems as surprised as anyone by his own longevity.

“It’s shocking,” Goodman said—in his trademark deadpan—over coffee recently at the Starbucks near his home in Providence, R.I. “No one ever plans this kind of thing. It just happens.”

Planned or not, over the past half-century Goodman has become one of the most iconic and influential figures in Wheaton’s history. With his Einstein-esque shock of white hair and shuffling gait, today he is as much a part of the college as the Dimple or Peacock Pond. An oft-cited statistic estimates more than half of all living Wheaton alums have taken one of his classes. [Read more...]

Combating violence against women

Pictured left to right: Professors M. Gabriela Torres, Stephanie Burlington Daniels, Kersti Yllo and Charlotte Meehan on stage in Weber Theatre, where Meehan’s play What Happens When is scheduled to premiere this spring.

Pictured left to right: Professors M. Gabriela Torres, Stephanie Burlington Daniels, Kersti Yllo and Charlotte Meehan on stage in Weber Theatre, where Meehan’s play What Happens When is scheduled to premiere this spring.

The epidemic of sexual violence on America’s college campuses has garnered growing attention in recent years: President Obama has described the problem as “both deeply troubling and a call to action,” citing federal data that show roughly one in five women will experience sexual assault during their undergraduate years.

M. Gabriela Torres, associate professor of anthropology at Wheaton, said one reason sexual violence is such an important issue for colleges to address is because there is a high incidence of rape for women aged 18–24. “Women are particularly susceptible to being raped in this age group in the United States, regardless of whether they are enrolled in college. However, colleges, because they enroll women in this risk group, may be particularly effective in working to reduce the incidence of sexual assault.”

The Wheaton community’s strong commitment to address sexual assault and how the college deals with it has been ongoing for more than 30 years, including trainings for staff and resident advisors, continual review and updates of related policies, and the presentation of the biennial symposium on Violence Against Women that was begun in 1983. [Read more...]

A delicious surprise

English major runs creamery, wins national cheese award 

39 Crooked Face Creamery012Wheaton’s English majors are frequently asked what exactly they plan to do with their degrees once they graduate. Back when Amy Rowbottom Clark ’06 was a student, though, she’d never have guessed what her answer would eventually be: Make cheese.

“Looking back I realize how natural this whole transition was,” Amy said, “but being a full-time farmer and cheese maker was not in my plan back in college.”

Amy and her husband, Josh, own and operate Crooked Face Creamery, a 200-acre dairy farm in the small town of Skowhegan in central Maine. The high-school sweethearts are already winning recognition just four years after they bought their herd of cows, and now operate their business at a farm Josh’s grandparents had owned for more than a century. [Read more...]

Alums stage spicy theater fun

Siblings Patricia (’97) and Alfred (’99) McKeever

Siblings Patricia (’97) and Alfred (’99) McKeever

Raunchy? Yes. Campy? Yes. Fun? Oh yeah.

That’s what Hidden Valley Ranch, a soap opera take off written by alum siblings Patricia and Alfred McKeever, offered audiences this fall in the Kresge Experimental Theatre.

It was the alums’ dramatic return to campus under the auspices of the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program. The play they wrote featured a cast of 18 Wheaton students, and was one of three college productions last semester that provided more than 40 students with the opportunity to perform on stage.

For Patricia and Alfred, it was a return to Wheaton after more than a decade. After the pair graduated in 1997 and 1999, respectively, they bid farewell to their nearby hometown of Mansfield, Mass., for a destination common among their fellow theater majors: Broadway.

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