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Yip ’10, Hanna ’09 Fault Obama Admin. Program Cut

Holing Yip and Kathryn Hanna, with help from Shayna Bauchner ’10 and Isaac Maddow-Zimet ’09 wrote an OpEd that was published by The Hartford Courant criticizing a proposal by the Obama Administration to completely cut the funding for the “Even Start” program, which provides services to teach disadvantaged adults and children to read. The four students did extensive research on the Even Start program in Middletown and saw the positive effects first-hand.

Commencement Speeches, Photos, Videos Online

More than 730 students received a Bachelor of Arts degree May 24. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

More than 730 students received a Bachelor of Arts degree May 24. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Wesleyan held its 177th Commencement Ceremony May 24. During the event, 732 students received a Bachelor of Arts; 61 received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies; two received a Certificate of Advanced Study; 31 received a Master of Arts; and 16 received a Doctor of Philosophy. Ten other students will receive a Bachelor of Arts upon completion.

Commencement speeches, photographs and videos are now online in The Wesleyan Connection.
Commencement highlights:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/wesleyan-holds-177th-commencement-ceremonies/

Commencement Address by Anna Quindlen P’07:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/quindlen-p07-embrace-transformation/

President’s Remarks by Michael S. Roth ’78:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/president-roth-asks-class-of-2009-to-help-shape-culture/

Senior Class Welcome by Ravid Chowdhury ’09:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/chowdhury-09-leads-senior-class-welcome/

Honorary Degree Recipients remarks by Jennifer Alexander ’88, Mark Masselli and Azim Premji ’99:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/honorary-degree-recipients-speak-at-commencement/

Photographs of the ceremony:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/a-pictorial-glance-of-wesleyans-177th-commencement/

Video clips of the ceremony:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/commencement-on-video-clips/

Phi Beta Kappa Address by Joseph Fins ’82:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/23/fins-82-delivers-phi-beta-kappa-address/

Ron Bloom ’77, Obama’s Auto Czar

The April 27th New Yorker has a piece that in part profiles Ron Bloom ’77 who is one of two “Auto Czars” appointed by President Obama to preside over the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler as the government attempts to bail-out both companies. Bloom had previous success helping to right U.S. Steel. There is a link to a synopsis of the story here (the full text is subscriber only).