Bill FisherNovember 8, 20131min
A neuroscience major who is also pursuing the writing certificate, Rama Nakib '16 comes to Wesleyan from Iraq. Around campus, she is a monitor in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, performs slam poetry, writes for the student-run blog Wesleying, and is known for her sewing and tailoring skills, which she shares with other students. After graduation, Rama wants to pursue a medical career while remaining involved in activism for women's rights in the Middle East. Watch this video and more on Wesleyan's Video @ Wesleyan site. #THISISWHY  

Olivia DrakeSeptember 16, 20131min
Hannah Norman '16 spent five weeks this summer participating in a Fiona Ayerst Underwater Photography internship in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. The internship program introduces aspiring wildlife photographers and videographers to the art of underwater photography. As an intern, she received special training and career guidance on how to develop from an enthusiastic amateur level to a professional level, capable of producing professional work and making a paying career out of this niche. She explored the Manta Reef, a popular diving destination, and tidal flats near Inhambane, Mozambique. She also attempted to photograph whales and dolphins on an ocean safari. View…

Olivia DrakeApril 22, 20131min
Wesleyan's WESlam team placed 13th out of 59 college teams from around the country in the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, held April 3-6 at Barnard College in New York City. Five students, Evan Okun '13, Lily Myers '15 , Zachary Goldberg '13, Cherkira Lashely '15 and Markeisha Hill '16 competed on the team and Emily Weitzman '14 coached. Lily Myers won the award for best love poem. "'Most moving' was the response Wesleyan got from community ," Okun said. "We were complemented for our creative manner in which we resisted the typical 'slam-poem-formula' that is often over dramatic and…

Brian KattenJanuary 25, 20134min
Three Wesleyan women's soccer players, two of whom are graduates of Newtown (Conn.) High School, took part in  Soccer Night in Newtown Jan. 7 as Newtown continued to heal from the tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14. Team quad-captain Jen Brewer '13 of Sandy Hook, Conn. and Madeline Keane '16 of Newtown, Conn. were joined by Kaylin Berger '13 of Farmington, Conn., at the Newtown Youth Academy Sports and Fitness Center for the festivities. Nearly 50 major professional soccer players, including Major League Soccer (MLS) stars Landon Donovan and Kenny Cooper, women's national team standouts Kristine Lilly,…

Olivia DrakeAugust 30, 20127min
(NEW! Arrival Day video!) At 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, Lorin Ferris '16 of Bellevue, Wash. arrived on Wesleyan's campus in a rented Jeep, packed with her West Coast belongings. "I brought my entire closet," she says, standing among disheveled heaps of half-unpacked suitcases and boxes in her Butterfield Residence room. "Most of this stuff is clothes and jackets … also bedding, sheets and towels. I did some shopping here (in Connecticut), but I brought a lot with me, too." "You couldn't have brought anything more," says her father, Frank. Lorin, who plans to major in mathematics, was one of…

Olivia DrakeAugust 30, 20121min
Sixty-four international students hailing from Algeria to Zimbabwe joined the Class of 2016. International Student Orientation began Aug. 26. The program is designed to introduce international students to campus life at Wesleyan and ease their transition to the United States. Students took campus tours, went shopping, learned about writing programs, health matters, counseling and psychological services, performed a skit, and attended a workshop on managing U.S. academic and Wesleyan culture. The international students transitioned into New Student Orientation on Aug. 30. Photos of International Student Orientation are below: (more…)