Writing for New Jersey.com, home of The New Jersey Star Ledger, Amanda Simmons ’13 discusses how the news cycle model embraced by virtually all of the mainstream media will quickly jettison hard news to cover anything salacious or involving celebrity. Simmons’ view is from the inside of the news business as she interned during the summer at The Star Ledger and NewJersy.com
Writing for The New York Times OpEd page, Kennedy Odede ’12, a resident Kibera, Kenya, the worst slum in Nairobi, discusses the phenomenon of people from developed countries treating slums as curious tourists destinations. Odede says that while some arrive hoping to better understand the conditions through first hand experience, for most it’s just a curiosity bordering on a bizarre form of entertainment, and then they move on.
In her on-going entries for The Wall Street Journal‘s “Hire Education” blog, Gianna Palmer ’10, says that despite sending out “dozens of cover letters and resumes,” her job search has led her instead to graduate school – an option she hadn’t seriously considered as an undergrad.
Palmer and fellow Wesleyan student (now alumnus) Charles Kurose, blogged for the Journal periodically about their year-long job searches.
In USA Today, Lauren Valentino ’10 discusses the senior thesis paper she wrote on the unintended consequences created by the Federal Department of Labor’s new requirements for college internships. Valentino mentions how liberal arts colleges and universities are by nature different in their approach to internships, and how the new DOL rules can actually penalize students simply because they attend these schools. Valentino also wrote an OpEd for The Hartford Courant recently on the same subject.
Wesleyan’s architecture design class and its Research-Design-Build Studio have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2010 Small Projects Practitioners Awards. They were recognized for the observation platform “Split Frame” they created for the Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary in Portland, Conn., in 2008. The studio and class are overseen by Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art, assistant professor of environmental studies.
Last year the class and studio created the Sukkah on campus as one of their projects.
The Denver Post profiles Jessica Posner ’09 and Kennedy Odede ’11, as they continue to work in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Posner is a finalist for the MTV “Do Something” Awards and the opportunity to raise an additional $100,000 for their school and health center project in the slum. This year to date, Posner and her colleagues have raised nearly $200,000 for the efforts.
Writing for The Wall Street Journal‘s “Hire Education” section, Charles Kurose ’10 who graduated in May with a degree in economics, discusses what it is like to go from the very top of one social system – being a college senior – to the very bottom of a new system: the job market and an entry level position.
Ahmed Ismail ’12 is featured in a profile by The Wall Street Journal of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, a unique all-boys school in Newark, N.J., that focuses on achievement, self-discipline, and an honor code that in part states: “whatever hurts my brother hurts me.” Located in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Newark, the school is known for its code of ethics, minority enrollment, outstanding academic programs, and excellence in sports. More than 95% of the school’s graduates go on to college.