Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wellesley College students came out to support Boston Marathon's runners with signs and screams.
Yesterday, through the @Wellesley and @WellesleyNews's social media, the college announced they would hold a vigil today, April 17, at 12:30 p.m. Just a few hours earlier, the same social media was talking about one of the College's marathon traditions: The Scream Tunnel. Wellesley College has been doing this for years. The Scream Tunnel is an ongoing tradition which, according to our Wellesley College Patch Blog may be as old as the marathon itself. It is a quarter-mile stretch, where students come out to support runners with signs and screams. Patch Blogger Krista Perry, wrote about her Marathon experience yesterday. Despite stomach pains at about mile 10, it was the Scream Tunnel that pushed her forward: Then…Wellesley College. …
Monday, April 15, 2013
At Wellesley, students essentially get to pick their speaker.
Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett will address Wellesley College's Class of 2013 at graduation exercises next month. Jarrett is Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Unlike many other colleges and universities, Wellesley's commencement speaker selection process is student-driven. According to students, Jarrett is an ideal choice to address graduates of a leading liberal arts institution known for its remarkable track record of introducing women's voices into traditionally male-dominated spheres of power. Senior Class Co-Presidents Vivian Hu '13 of Bellaire, Texas and Anoush Youssoufian '13 of Boston, Mass. said, "We are incredibly excited to host Valerie Jarrett as our …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
New book from Wellesley College professor Katharine Moon examines deteriorating ties between the United States and South Korea.
A Wellesley College professor probes the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea in her new book. Professor Katharine Moon challenges the notion that South Korean youth were swept up in a wave of anti-Americanism and nationalism in the book "Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S. Korea Alliance." “It’s easy to blame nationalism or generation gaps for issues that arise between countries when there’s a change in the relationship. It was especially easy to do so at a time when much of the rest world was expressing anti-US sentiment over the invasion of and war in Iraq,” Moon said in a Wellesley College press release. “Others jumped on the bandwagon, and assumptions became truth by default.” She argues that the drifting between …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Newhouse Center bringing science fiction writers, experts and films to Wellesley College this weekend.
This Weekend, a science fiction convention is coming to Wellesley. It will be at Wellesley College and will focus on literature, although there may not be costumes. The event kicks off Friday night with a keynote speech, and panels and programs continue all day Saturday and into Sunday. The screening of "Cloud Atlas" is also on the slate. The theme of the conference, according to a press release from the college, is dystopia, utopia and how those are used nationally in literature. "Science fiction has become increasingly a global genre in the sense that deep down, in our imagination of the future history, no nation could stand alone,” said Mingwei Song in the press release. Song is Assistant Professor of Chinese, and one of the …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Wellesley College gives their alumnus, Callie Crossley of WGBH, an achievement award.
This year's 2013 Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award goes to WGBH contributor Callie Crossley. The celebration for the 2013 Alumnae Achievement Award recipients was held Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28, in the school's Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall. From the Wellesley College Alum page: Crossley is widely acclaimed as a model for the highest standards of journalistic engagement. Colleagues note that she brings “a sharp intellect, a formidable work ethic, a warm personality, and a genuine interest in people,” and observe that she consistently seeks out those with new and different points of view. Also receiving awards this year, surgeon Diana Farmer, Wellesley class of ’77, author and philanthopist Barbara Lubin Goldsmith, class …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Cecile Richards, who heads up Planned Parenthood is coming Wellesley College next month. She will talk about domestic policies on reproductive health, and the political climate, as well as the global context of her work. According to a Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) press release, the local president Martha "Marty" Walz will also be talking at the event. From the press release, "Since 2006, Richards has expanded PPFA’s advocacy for access to health care both in the U.S. and globally, ensuring that Planned Parenthood plays a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women." The presentation will be at Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall on March 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Crew team creates their own take on the "Harlem Shake" internet meme.
The Harlem Shake meme, which has been sweeping the web is getting a little closer to home. The Swellesley Report regrets to inform us that "The Harlem Shake" has struck Wellesley--as the Wellesley College Crew team has put together their own take on the meme sweeping the internet. This style of meme take its name from the artist Baauer’s song “Harlem Shake,” which is played in the background. The videos feature a lone person dancing, usually in a crowd, and then a smash cut to the entire group dancing--not always together. Funny costumes are common additions. The New York neighborhood for which the meme is named is not impressed by the viral videos sweeping the web, however. The term "meme" refers to a style or behavior that gets …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Plan to build and teach program on sustainable goat management wins Student Inspiration Award from UPenn, sets Wellesley College on course for Haiti.
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine recently gave a $25,000 award to Wellesley College Alum Nikki Wright and a classmate of hers, Lisa Gretebeck to launch a program in Haiti aimed at improving their goat farming practices. “For the most part in this country we tend to think of veterinarians as doctors for our pets, and often times we think of our pets as family members,” Wright shared in an email to Wellesley College. “For the people of this part of Haiti, animals are far more than pets, they are a critical asset for the family. They may be the only chance that a family has to raise enough money to send their children to school and to put food on the table, even merely once a day.” With the assistance of, and a plot…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Wellesley College graduate Jenny Lu speaks with Boston.com about her upcoming around-the-world trip won with a YouTube video.
One Wellesley College alum is making her way around the world, thanks to a network of couches. Couchsurfing.org is a website through which members can offer their couches for people to sleep on, or look for couches to sleep on themselves while traveling. It is a cheap alternative to booking a hotel or even a hostel. Through the site, Jenny Lu, class of 2012, entered their "get inspired" video contest--and won, Boston.com's YourCampus Wellesley reports. Lu told YourCampus, in an e-mail interview, that she connected with the Deaf communities in the countries she has visited more than the hearing communities--and that she relied heavily on International Sign Language to communicate. See the full interview on Boston.com.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Each year during the month of January, a select group of Wellesley College students attend classes to learn about important topics from prominent speakers, including Wellesley faculty, alumnae practitioners, and thought leaders from outside organizations.