Film studies major Zachary Valenti '12 is creating a documentary featuring eight female breast cancer survivors for the Middlesex Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center and the Center for Survivorship’s "Project Pink" event on April 14.
Film studies major Zachary Valenti ’12 understands how cancer can devastate a family. The disease claimed two grandparents – his father’s mother and mother’s father – as well as a stepfather. As an adolescent, Valenti was already aware of the risks of male breast cancer. He suffered from gynocomastia, the abnormal development of breast tissue in men.
For the past three months, Valenti has combined his life experiences and film studies skills for a project that raises breast cancer awareness in the local community.
Valenti is creating a documentary featuring eight female breast cancer survivors for the Middlesex Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center and the Center for Survivorship’s “Project Pink” event on April 14. Project Pink is a makeover and fashion show event to help breast cancer survivors feel “as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.”
The volunteer project required Valenti to interview, film and edit the women’s stories.
“I’ve never been so conscious of my gender as I have talking to these women
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Kennedy Odede '12 is president of Shining Hope for Communities.
Kennedy Odede ’12 will be a featured panelist at the fourth annual meeting of former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), which will be held at the University of California – San Diego on April 1-3. Odede is one of three participants on the panel; the other two are Clinton and actor Sean Penn.
“This is very exciting and a tremendous honor for me, and for my foundation, Shining Hope for Communities,” Odede said.
The CGI U is part of the former president’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) foundation. According to CGI’s website, CGI U “challenges students
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At left, Kumail Akbar ’12 and Ali Chaudhry ‘12 stand outside the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland where they participated in the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) conference March 12-18.
Ali Chaudhry ’12 and Kumail Akbar ’12 participated in the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) conference March 12-18. Chaudhry and Akbar currently serve as co-presidents for the Wesleyan Model United Nations Society.
The conference took place at the “Palais des Nations,” the United Nations Office at Geneva (previously the Headquarters of the League of Nations). Meetings were held in rooms used by United Nation committees with journalists and interpreters in attendance. The students dined in the UN cafeteria.
“It felt like we were living the life of a diplomat,” Chaudhry says. “We were walking around conducting negotiations and overseeing resolution writing, while having lunch with real diplomats.”
Chaudhry served as the chairperson of the Historical Security Council and Akbar
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- Charlotte Cottier ’12, at right, bikes through rice paddies in Mai Chau, Vietnam during the Cities in the 21st Century Program in December. Cottier spent 17 weeks studying the development of the world’s cities.
During the fall semester, Charlotte Cottier ’12 set a lofty goal: “I wanted to pop the Wesleyan bubble and become a citizen of the world,” she says. “I wasn’t quite sure what this meant, but I knew that growth, challenge, and change would be necessary.”
Cottier applied for the Cities in the 21st Century Program, coordinated through the International Honors Program (IHP). For 17 weeks, she and fellow student scholars had the opportunity to examine how the structure of a city enhances or impedes growth on a world-wide tour. She observed the effects of urban sprawl in Brazil, witnessed revitalization in Detroit and studied how wealth has influenced society in Vietnam.
“Students on the program examine the intentional and natural forces that guide the development of the world’s cities,” explains Erin Deegan, university relations manager at IHP. “It combines an innovative urban studies academic curriculum with fieldwork involving public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs and grassroots groups in important world cities where exciting changes are taking place.”
Cottier’s journey began last August with a two-week stint in Detroit, Mich., a city known for its devastation and rebirth. She observed how “incredible” community organizing and social entrepreneurship can thrive amongst inefficient leadership,
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Rachel Cross '12 and Alicia Castagno '12 speak during the Critical Mixed Race Conference Nov. 5.
(submitted by Ella Doo P’12)
Rachel Cross ’12 and Alicia Castagno ’12 participated as panel members in a session of the Critical Mixed Race Conference sponsored by dePaul University in Chicago Nov. 5-6.
The conference was attended by academicians and students (primarily graduate students) from across the country. Cross and Castagno co-taught a Wesleyan student forum on mixed race last year and were on a panel discussing the development and teaching of this topic as students. In the question and answer period someone asked how many student-taught classes on mixed race there were in the country. A member of the University of Washington group said that as far as they could find out, only the UW and Wesleyan had student-taught classes.
Members of the audience were impressed that Wesleyan had an established structure for students to teach their peers.
Both Alicia and Rachel are studying in South America (Peru and Ecuador, respectively) this semester and traveled back to the U.S. to attend the conference.
Craig Malamut ’12 helped photograph the Easter Island solar eclipse July 11 as a participant of the Williams College Eclipse Expedition. The composite image brings out the correlation of structures in the sun’s inner and outer corona.
On July 11, Craig Malamut ’12 photographed a pacific solar eclipse 2,500 miles west of South America.
As a Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium Summer Fellow, summer exchange student, Malamut had the opportunity to travel to Easter Island with a group from Williams College. The last time an eclipse occurred over the island was in 591 A.D.
The expedition was led by Jay Pasachoff, the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College and chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses. This was Pasachoff’s 51st solar eclipse study; it was Malamut’s first.
“Before getting this position, I was thinking my first total solar eclipse would be the 2017 eclipse that runs across the entire United States from Oregon to South Carolina,” he says. “I never in a million years thought I’d be going to Easter Island to see the 2010 eclipse. It was one of the least viewed total solar eclipses in recent history due to the fact that most of the path of totality went over the Pacific Ocean.”
Before the eclipse, student researchers Malamut
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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 percent of the school’s graduates go on to college.
Clare Colton '12
Beth Kenworthy '09
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited Wesleyan Soccer players Clare Colton ’12 and Beth Kenworthy ’10, both playing this summer for the New York Athletic Club, to a reception at the Mayor’s Gracie Mansion June 9 as part of the World Cup Kick-off.