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Roth OpEd: This is the Cynical Season in Politics

In an opinion piece for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth says that this may be one of the most cynical election cycles ever, a mood abetted by the recent Supreme Court ‘Citizen’s United’ case that allows for more special interest group advertising. But while cynics are ‘no fools,’ cynicism in general does not lend itself well to positive change or progress. It also can lead to withdrawal from the political process.

Undefeated 1969 Football Team Won in Tense Era

The Hartford Courant profiled the undefeated 1969 Wesleyan Football Team and discussed the heady social and political environment on campus and in the U.S. back then. The perfect season came complete with protests against one opponent, Army, as well as a bomb threat, war protests, and racial unrest. Despite all the turmoil, the team became a unifying force on campus. The 1969 team will have a reunion on the night of Saturday, Oct. 23, as part of HomeComing/ Family Weekend. The team has also been inducted into the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame.

Zilkha Exhibit, Ho Bynum’98 on ‘Where We Live’

A new exhibit at the Zilkha Gallery titled “Connectivity Lost” was featured on a recent broadcast of WNPR’s ‘Where We Live.’ The exhibit examines the disconnects in modern society between people and their surroundings.

‘Where We Live’ also featured Taylor Ho Bynum ’98, a jazz musician who is currently on a 1,000 mile tour – using his bicycle as his sole mode of transportation. Bynum said the tour is a combination of his great loves: music, biking, and experimentation.

Four Alumni Win Emmy Awards

The following alumni received Emmy Awards at the 62nd annual Emmy Awards  on August 29.

Bruce McKenna ‘84—Co-Executive Producer, Outstanding Miniseries, The Pacific. The Pacific received 8 Emmy Awards, more than any other program.

Matthew Senreich ’96—Executive Producer, Writer, Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program, Robot Chicken.

Matthew Weiner ‘87—Executive Producer, Mad Men, Outstanding Drama Series; Writer (with Erin Levy), Mad Men, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat”. Mad Men received 4 Emmy Awards.

Bill Wrubel ‘85—Co-Executive Producer, Modern Family, Outstanding Comedy Series. Modern Family received 6 Emmy Awards.

A complete list of nominees from the Wesleyan community can be found here, and a complete list of all Emmy winners can be found here.

Palmer ’10: Job Search Leads to Grad School

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.

Valentino ’10 on Liberal Arts Colleges and Internships

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.

Several With Wesleyan Ties Nominated for Emmy Awards

The following Wesleyan Alumni received Emmy nominations recently. The Emmy Awards will be presented on August 29.

Sasha Alpert ’82   Project Runway – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Sasha Alpert is a producer with the show. Project Runway received two nominations.

Carter Bays ’97  and Craig Thomas ’97  How I Met Your Mother –  Outstanding Music and Lyrics. Thomas and Bays are co-creators and writers. How I Met Your Mother received four nominations.

Marc Levin  ’73, P’05   Brick City – Exception Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking – Marc Levin is executive producer

Bruce C. McKenna  ’84 The Pacific (with Robert Schenkkhan) for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special – Part Ten. The Pacific received 24 nominations.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14 The New Adventures of Old Christine – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Matt Senreich ‘96  Robot Chicken – Outstanding Short-format Animated Program – Senreich co-created the show with Seth Green. Robot Chicken has 2 nominations.

Paul Spillenger   P’13  – Life – Outstanding Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. Spillenger, Producer for the Discovery Channel show was also nominated. Life has 6 nominations.

Matthew Weiner  ’87  Mad Men – Outstanding Drama Series. Weiner is creator, writer, executive producer — he is nominated twice (co-writer) for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Mad Men received 17 nominations.

Posner ’09 Wins $100,000 Do Something Award

Jessica Posner ’09

Jessica Posner ’09 was declared the top world-changer among all Americans under 25 by the Do Something Awards, at a live broadcast on July 19  from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1. She received $100,000 for Shining Hope for Communities, an organization she co-founded that last August opened the first free school for girls in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum.

A Denver resident, Posner was selected among five finalists by voting on the Internet.  She also has started a gardening program, a library, an Internet-ready computer center and introduced ecologically friendly latrines. In August, Shining Hope will open Kibera’s first accessible community health center.

Read more in the Denver Post.

See also: (Video) “Shining Hope for Communities: The Kibera School for Girls”

Posner ’09, Odede ’11 Bring Hope to a Living Hell

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.