Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Staying close and moving forward

Cold Stream Pond in Lincoln, Maine

In the photo, from left to right, front row: Amy Dumont ’09, senior account executive, Pearson; Emily Firment ’11, current Wheaton SGA president; Aarika DuPlissie ’09, administrative coordinator, Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine; Leo Gayne, deputy director of public engagement, Office of the Mayor of Cambridge, Mass. Back row: Jonathan Wolinsky ’10, assistant director of admission, Wheaton; Arian Gower ’09, graduate student, Rosalind Franklin University; Persephone Tan ’09, staffer for New York City council member; Austin Simko ’09; and Zachary Ginsburg ’10, graduate student, King’s College.

A caravan of dust-covered cars barreled down a dirt road. After four miles of bumpy and curving driving, our group arrived at its destination after six and a half hours of traveling from Boston. Here we were, nine Wheaton students and alums soaking up the summer of 2010, alongside Cold Stream Pond in Lincoln, Maine.

We converged on this location—338 miles from Norton and one moose trek from the Canadian border—for a reunion of our Student Government Association Executive Board.

It had been 15 months since we last did business as the governing board of SGA, 115 weeks since taking office, and 840 days since being elected to our nine offices in the spring of 2008. We had come from New York, Virginia, Maine, California and Massachusetts. [Read more...]