An OpEd in The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) by Fay Vincent applauded the introduction of Wesleyan’s three-year degree path. The option allows participants to save as much as $50,000 a year. The piece goes on to discuss other measures that can make universities and colleges more efficient an says in part that such “reforms have often been led by the elite schools with high academic rankings.”
In a Wall Street Journal article by Lauren Weber, Wesleyan is cited as one of the nation’s liberal arts institutions that has responded to the difficult economy by expanding opportunities for graduates. Wesleyan’s College of the Environment is named as an innovative academic center that has created new post-graduation avenues. President Michael S. Roth is also quoted in the article.
Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin Fuller Professor of Film Studies, reviews two books on Hollywood starlet Hedy Lamarr: Ruth Barton’s Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in the Film and Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr by Stephen Shearer. Basinger says both books detail Lamarr’s remarkable life and career, which never quite gave her star status in the movies, in part because many in Hollywood thought she was too beautiful to be taken seriously. Lamarr went on to become an inventor with patents to her name, including one for wireless communication.
Basinger says: “Both Ms. Barton and Mr. Shearer acknowledge the power of Lamarr’s image—and concede that her lasting appeal is not as a female Thomas Edison. Ms. Barton provides the more scholarly account, locating Lamarr “within a history of European exiles in Hollywood.” Her book has a feminist perspective but is not a polemic. In “Beautiful,” Mr. Shearer writes with humor and has fun with some of the glorious nonsense of Lamarr’s movies.“
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.
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.
Gianna Palmer ’10 posts her latest blog entry to The Wall Street Journal‘s “Hire Education” section. The feature draws on the thoughts of seven college seniors as they prepare to make the transition from college to the job market and the “real wold.” Palmer’s latest entry involves student loan repayment, which seemed like a far-off concept when she entered school four years ago, but now will be a pressing reality. Palmer is majoring in English and Sociology.
Charles Kurose ’10, an economics major, is also a blogger for the section.
In a piece profiling Ron Bloom ’77, one two Obama administration auto czars, The Wall Street Journal says that Bloom has the varied experience, and the savvy approach, that makes him the right man for a very daunting job.
Brad Karsh ’87 and Michael Sciola, director of Wesleyan’s Career Resource Center, are both quoted in a piece in The Wall Street Journal titled “Graduating with a Major in Go-Getting.” The article discusses a variety of strategies up-coming graduates may want to consider for their first post-commencement job search.
Sean McCann, professor or English, director, Center for Career Development, has an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journaldiscussing the artistic bounty generated during the Great Depression in literature and film that hinged on issues of class differences and thwarted social mobility. McCann wonders if the current economic conditions will yield a similar outpouring from authors and film-makers.