Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A big splash

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...]

The student becomes the teacher

Ted Nesi ’07I 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.

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50 things to do before you graduate

Here’s the ultimate bucket list of what to do before graduating from Wheaton, comprising ideas offered by students, staff, faculty members and alumnae/i. The list was presented to incoming students at summer orientation as a gift and a challenge. How many can you check off? [Read more...]

Spring ahead

Atlantas_Race_May_Day_1930Let’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 quarterly@wheatoncollege.edu. And, if you have a photo of it, please share it.

Photo from the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections