It all began when Wheaton’s varsity swim team didn’t want to stop their activities at the end of the season, and “couldn’t bear to go to dinner for the rest of the year with dry hair,” according to one source. They solved their dilemma by organizing the Tritons in 1941, experimenting with stunts and formations. In April 1942, the Tritons produced their first show, “Marine Magic,” featuring 1890s swimsuits and a routine called “Peacock Pond by Moonlight.” For decades since, Wheaton’s synchronized swim team has made waves—racking up national awards, building camaraderie among student-athletes, and fostering lasting leadership skills generation after generation. In September, the college and the athletics department celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Tritons with a weekend of events on campus that brought together synchro team alums, current students and the local community for networking, a performance by the current synchro team, and other fun activities. Here is a look at the Tritons over the years and more in News and Events. [Read more...]
I was blessed during my time at Wheaton to be taught by a long list of wonderful professors. Darlene Boroviak, Anni Baker, Jay Goodman, Jerry Murphy, Gerry Huiskamp—the list goes on. They were smart and commanding teachers, but generous with their time and knowledge. I idolized them.
So it was a bit surreal—not to mention delightfully flattering—when Wheaton asked me to join their ranks and become a part-time journalism instructor this past spring semester. The English Department’s leaders said they hoped my experiences in my day job, as a political reporter for Rhode Island’s CBS-TV affiliate, would yield some useful insights for the 10 students in my class.
Let’s face it, unless you are lucky enough to live in a sunny, warm location, this has been a tough, (ice) dam winter. With this issue of the Quarterly, we happily cast our gaze toward spring and summer with the hopes that the snow will melt, along with all our bitter memories of shoveling. To get us in the giddy mood for the warmth coming our way, we present this intriguing archival photo of one of Wheaton’s spring traditions. College Archivist Zephorene Stickney tells us that this is a photo of the Atlanta’s Race, an extravaganza presented by students on May Day in 1930. The event included elaborate costumes, and college carpenters even built a stage that looked like the front of the Parthenon, including statues. Think about your time at Wheaton. Are there any spring traditions or happenings that were your favorites? We would like to know. Email us and tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, if you have a photo of it, please share it.
Photo from the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections
By Alexandra Levy ’07
For three years, Katherine Rozakis-Wojciechowski and I lived within one mile of each other on campus at Wheaton, spent countless hours in the same library, and shared laughs with friends at Emerson Dining Hall. Yet, it wasn’t until we left the country to live in London that we would officially meet. And it wasn’t until after we graduated that we both realized the true salience of the Wheaton community.
In 2012 we met in London at a biannual Wheaton alumnae/i event at the home of Monique Lee Bahadur ’80 and developed a close friendship over our common connections. Although our Wheaton experiences were quite different in terms of classes, we both had found an inspiring mentor in Daniel Golden (former dean of career advising at Wheaton), who very much influenced where we are today. Both of our families spend summers in Maine within 10 miles of each other, and we both chose to attend graduate school in London (after spending time abroad during our Wheaton years), a clear divergence from our cozy campus in Norton, Mass. A love of travel and curiosity in other cultures has always been a common thread in our friendship. [Read more...]