Put on a funny costume. Make people laugh. Fire up the crowd to cheer on the team. Sounds easy, right? Try doing it beneath a blanket of fake fur. That’s what those who volunteer to be the Wheaton mascot, the Lyon, have to do. Paul Fineman ’11 tried it for one event, and Jacob LeBlanc ’06 was the Lyon his freshman, sophomore and senior years at more than 75 athletic games and 100 other events. So, what’s it like be the Lyon?
A Wheaton education can take one in unexpected directions. Just ask Rebecca Harvey ’08.
When Harvey arrived at Wheaton as a freshman, she was planning to pursue a career in dentistry. Today she is an ecological manager at the Squam Lakes Association in New Hampshire, where she monitors water quality, researches environmental issues and leads educational outreach for the nonprofit conservation group.
Growing up in southern Maine, Harvey had never considered such a career, although she had volunteered for an animal refuge and enjoyed her AP chemistry class. An internship helped change her mind.
Wheaton had awarded her a Trustee Scholarship, which includes a stipend to pay for a summer experience. During Harvey’s sophomore year, biology professor Barbara Brennessel suggested to her that she use it to intern at the Cape Cod National Seashore, where Brennessel has done research. [Read more...]
It’s common knowledge that rugby is one of the world’s toughest and grittiest contact sports. At Wheaton, it’s also synonymous with one of the most close-knit groups on campus.
Founded in 1998, the Men’s Rugby Club now has about 30 members who play the game throughout the school year. The club is both a competitive athletic team and a student-run group, which means the players themselves are responsible for everything from planning logistics and buying equipment to hiring coaches.