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February 18, 2008

The Los Angeles Times reviewed “A Very Grand Guignol Christmas,” a play directed and produced by Debbie McMahon ’93, on Nov. 30, 2007. The cast included McMahon and Jeremy Guskin ’96, and Josh Pritchard ’94 served as the stage manager.

The Stamford Advocate announced on Jan. 8 that William Rieders ’87 has been appointed executive vice president at Cengage Learning, a Stamford-based company that delivers customized learning solutions for universities, government agencies and corporations around the world.

A Jan. 15 story in The Day reported that the Connecticut College’s men’s basketball team beat the Coast Guard Academy in overtime with a score of 53-46. It was the Camels’ first win over their top rivals in four years. “This just shows the resiliency that we have this year,” guard Christian Mosley ’08 said.

David Canton, assistant professor of history, was quoted by ABC News Jan. 15 about an ongoing investigation of several big name hip-hop music stars who may have used performance-enhancing drugs. “This reflects society’s obsession with body types,” Canton said of the alleged drug use. “LL Cool J always had a physique that was popular with female consumers. There is a relationship between his body type and buying albums.” At Connecticut College, Canton teaches a class on the history of hip-hop culture.

On Jan. 21, The Hartford Business Journal announced that Tauheedah Muhammad ’00 has been named the new director of operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. “I want the organization to be able to serve more kids and do a lot every day to provide [for] their needs,” Muhammad said.

A Jan. 22 Hartford Courant story about how few schools will be able to follow the lead set by Harvard and Yale and drastically cut costs for families earning in the low six figures mentions that Connecticut College is expanding its financial aid program by substituting grants for half of the loans to students of families earning between $50,000 and $75,000. Martha Merrill, dean of admission and financial aid, is quoted.

Stuart Vyse, professor of psychology, was interviewed about his new book, “Going Broke: Why Americans Can’t Hold On To Their Money,” by a number of media outlets, including, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, CBS Radio Network and Traders Nation Radio, as well as a number of other radio stations. Vyse was also quoted in a Feb. 9 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about the many people who plan to use their tax rebates to pay off debt and in a Jan. 29 Hartford Advocate story about the results of a recent poll, which found that more than a third of Americans believe high-ranking officials either helped commit the 9/11 terrorist attack, or at least allowed them to happen.
On Jan. 24, the Waterford Times published a story about Connecticut College’s new Science Leaders Program, which seeks to increase the number of women and minority students graduating from the College with a degree and research experience in the sciences.

Connecticut College was mentioned in a Jan. 25 Chronicle of Higher Education story about how college admissions offices deal with all of the mail that pours in during the January crunch. The story also quotes Martha Merrill, dean of admission and financial aid.

James McNeish, adjunct assistant professor of music and Connecticut College recording engineer, was profiled by The Day Jan. 25. McNeish, who runs the College’s recording studio and teaches a course in recording technology, says studying the guitar is a lifelong pursuit with infinite rewards. The story was also reported by Newsday, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, Waterbury Republican American, and Stamford Advocate.

The New York Times published a feature article about art professor Barkley Hendricks on Jan. 27. The article says Hendricks, whose painting style mixes pop art, photorealism and black nationalism, is “one of this state’s most gifted but least-known artists.” Hendricks’ traveling retrospective of oil portraits also made Vogue magazine’s January 2008 list of top 25 cultural highlights.

An article in the Jan. 27 Connecticut Post mentioned that Attorney Diane C. Polletta ’96 recently joined Shipman & Goodwin’s Stamford office as an associate practicing in the area of litigation. Polletta, who holds a law degree from Yale University’s School of Law, was previously a law clerk for a U.S. district judge for the District of Connecticut.

President Leo I. Higdon Jr. published an opinion piece in the Hartford Courant Jan. 28 about the value of a liberal arts education and the critical role liberal arts graduates will have as leaders in the future workforce. “Because liberal arts institutions teach students how to think, not what to think, liberal arts graduates will be the ones who adapt best as the pace of change accelerates,” Higdon wrote.

On Jan. 28, the History News Network published an opinion piece by James Downs, assistant professor of history, about how the history of the noose has enabled the media to define racism.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News (WFSB-TV) covered the opening of Connecticut College’s “Light and Image: The Object In View” exhibit on Jan. 28 as part of their “town-by-town” segment. The exhibit, which includes photographs, installations, sculptures and films by eight contemporary artists, will be on display through March 1. 

A Jan. 29 story in The Day mentions that Connecticut College is one of nearly 1,600 schools and colleges across the country participating in “Focus the Nation,” a national environmental awareness event to inspire action to address climate change. “This is the issue of our generation,” said Sarah Berkley ’11.

A list of reasons to love Connecticut in the February 2008 edition of Connecticut Magazine mentions that Connecticut College is one of many institutions contributing to the state’s exceptional higher education.

Fashion designer Peter Som ’93 was quoted in a Feb. 1 Wall Street Journal article about the need for greater ethnic diversity on fashion runways. “I do not want an all-white cast,” Som said about his fashion shows. “But there’s always room for improvement.”

Jefferson Singer, professor of psychology, was quoted in a Feb. 2 story in The Day about the idea of “perfection” and how it relates to the New England Patriots' quest for a “perfect” season.

Jack Tinker, director of recruiting and associate director of the College’s career center, was quoted about how to prepare for a job interview in a special advertising section published Feb. 3 in the Tribune Daily Newspapers, which include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant.

Film producer Todd Traina ’91 was profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle Feb. 5. Traina, named last fall by Variety in its annual “10 Producers to Watch,” owns Red Rover Films and frequently partners with Arnold Rifkin and Chris Eberts on projects.

Three Connecticut College students were quoted in a Feb. 6 Hartford Courant online article detailing Connecticut’s presidential primary. The article quoted Hayley Bentley ’09, Jeff O’Neil ’09 and Emily Rosenfeld ’09, who were working at the Connecticut College Democrats table in the student center, reminding students to vote. Two other Connecticut College students, Adrian Stover ’08 and Bethany Boles ’08, were quoted in a similar article in The Day

A Feb. 9 story in The Day announced that the Connecticut Board of Education recently granted full approval of Connecticut College’s teacher certification program.

Eric J. Kaplan ’85, interim dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a Feb. 12 Boston Globe article about how admission officers have become wary of essays that may have been written with too much adult help. “We definitely encounter essays that seem too good to be true,” Kaplan said.

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