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John Spike ’73

April 24, 2014

Favorite Course:

Art History 101

Favorite Professor:

Samuel Green & Heinrich Schwarz

This is Why Story:

Work began on the Center for the Arts while I was an undergrad. We never saw any part of it finished, but, in keeping with Wesleyan’s penchant for the exotic and barely practical, we felt proud that it was projected to have an entire building dedicated to just the gamelan orchestra. My professor… more

Laura Fraser ’82

April 22, 2014

Favorite Course:

State and Society

Favorite Professor:

Richard Ohmann

This is Why Story:

I went to Wesleyan knowing I wanted to be a journalist, even though I was warned that Wesleyan didn’t teach classes in journalism, much less have a major—it was a liberal arts college, and basically taught you how to think. So while I set my sights on journalism, and was an editor at the… more

Steve Badanes ’65

April 17, 2014

This is Why Story:

Architect/designer Steve Badanes began his stint at Wes in 1961, took some time off, and graduated in 1967 as an art major. In 1972, he co-founded the eclectic Jersey Devil design/build firm. One popular project produced by Jersey Devil is The Fremont Troll (built in 1990), a piece of public art in… more

Bruce Fergusson ’73

April 7, 2014

This is Why Story:

Wesleyan took a chance on me, a high school football jock from upstate New York who wanted to write novels someday. I only played freshman year--illness wiped out my sophomore season--and after that I discovered Wesleyan's rugby team. But the writing has never stopped. Wesleyan is a big reason why I… more

Noumaan Ahmed Shamsi ’10

April 1, 2014

Favorite Course:

CHIN103 Elementary Chinese I

Favorite Professor:

Xiaomiao Zhu

This is Why Story:

As an international student from Pakistan, Wesleyan gave me the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel and live abroad, to meet people from a surprisingly diverse set of backgrounds, to engage difficult problems and tackle critical issues, and to see the world through a completely different lens. From… more

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