Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Shedding light on community

Luminarias line the campus for the annual Vespers concertIn November, Leslie Gould ’15 sat at a table in Balfour-Hood with markers, methodically coloring a white paper bag with wide stripes of purple, green and orange. It was a simple decorative act, but it carried a powerful message: Wheaton is about diversity, community and acceptance of all.

The bag was one of 1,200 luminarias used to line the campus for the annual Vespers concert. Each year, Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership and Residential Life collaborate to place luminarias for the evening event.

Decorated luminariasIn the past, the bags have been plain white. However, an incident last semester in which anti-Semitic graffiti was written at the Jewish Life House prompted resident advisors to add value to the luminaria experience this year by initiating a community-centered response.

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Covering the bases

Seminar takes on all-American pastime

The game of baseball, says David Fox, is a microcosm.

“There’s a goofy T-shirt that says, ‘Baseball is life’—and there’s some truth in that,” says the Wheaton theatre professor. “Baseball is a lens on the world. And the human stories that come out of it are very, very compelling.”

Last fall, Fox and 18 freshmen explored some of the game’s most memorable stories in a new First-Year Seminar titled “Curses, Cornfields, and Called Shots: Baseball as the Stuff of Myth and Legend.” Fox, a lifelong Red Sox fan, organized the syllabus into “innings” that explored themes such as baseball as romantic fiction, race and gender in baseball, and baseball’s rough side (subtitled “business, bitterness and scandal”).

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A minute with…

Lindsey Powell ’13Lindsay Powell ’13

Lindsay Powell, a sociology major who is minoring in political science, is preparing for a career in international human rights policy. During her time at Wheaton, the Student Government Association president and Posse Scholar has gained a great deal of valuable experience in the ways of the world through her travels.

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Students conserve centuries-old statues

Wheaton Blackamoor figuresJosephine Johnson ’13 and Lindsay Koso ’15 practice a craft that is most successful when its results are invisible. As art conservators in training, their job is to subtly conserve a piece of art to its original appearance—bringing it back to life without adding to or subtracting from it.

“It’s a funny field that way,” said Koso. “The work that you’re doing is not supposed to be acknowledged. People are not supposed to be able to tell.”

“If someone can tell, you’ve done the wrong thing,” added Johnson.

Continuing conservation efforts that first began in 2011, Johnson and Koso have been working together for months to conserve two Italian blackamoor figures that had stood for years in the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library.

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