Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Letter to the editor

I am delighted to see so many Wheaton undergraduates and alumnae/i engaged in great service projects all over the world. And I wonder whether there is a comparable level of interest and commitment to working to improve the quality of life for the poor in American cities, following the example of Judith Garcia ’13, who was elected to the Chelsea, Mass., City Council and was featured in the spring issue of the Quarterly.

While I was at Wheaton, Professor Richard Robbins’s course in “Urban Sociology” sparked my interest in city planning, which then turned into a challenging career in urban education reform. I hope the Wheaton curriculum is still addressing these issues, as the growing gulf between the rich and the poor is the great domestic challenge of our time, while that gulf is narrowing around the world.

I would be delighted to mentor students interested in internships and jobs in Philadelphia, a booming city for millennials, which also happens to be one of the poorest big cities in America.

—Debra “Debbie” Weiner ’67


A show of hands

colorful-reaching-handsRaise your hand if you think that this political season has been one of the most strangely interesting ones that you’ve seen in a very long time. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or an independent—and no matter what your political views are—this likely is the one thing that we can all agree upon.

Of course, the political arena is always a challenging place to be. In this issue of the magazine, we feature a student and two alums who have taken on the challenge and placed themselves right in the center of the action in varied ways.

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Letter to the editor

As a parent of an adult child with autism spectrum disorder, I read with great interest “Understanding autism from the inside out” in the winter issue of the Quarterly. The article on Matthew Goodwin ’98 described how he helped develop a biometric wristband that can track physiological changes associated with challenging behaviors in those who are diagnosed with the disorder.

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Enjoying the view

By the time you read this, fall will be a distant memory. The lovely yellows, oranges and reds of autumn will have been replaced by bare tree limbs and maybe a sprinkling of the white stuff of winter.

This year, I may not mind so much because fall on campus was so absolutely amazing in its display of foliage. For weeks it was as though we were all living in one of those postcard photos where the fall landscape is perfectly mirrored in a lake and everything seems so serene in a blanket of beauty.

The images will keep me happy for some time—at least until our first blizzard. We’re hoping they do the same for you. So, here are some photos of the best of the season for you to hang onto all winter. You’re welcome. [Read more...]