Painting the Town Green
On the last day of classes in May, the campus was awash in green, thanks to the traditional decorating efforts of the seniors. The class of ’17 transformed the Science Center into an enchanted forest, complete with a dragon.
On the Road Again
Funded by a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Amal Cheema ’17 will travel the world next year studying how cultural and religious beliefs affect people’s opinions and choices regarding organ donation. Visiting countries as varied as Singapore, India, and Germany, she will delve into a variety of ethical questions: For example, would a Hindu accept an organ from a Christian who ate beef? How does receiving an organ influence one’s beliefs, family, or community? Do different rates of organ donation alleviate or exacerbate tensions among communities?
Squash Moves to Club Status
The Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA) announced this spring that the squash team will compete at the club level beginning in the 2017–18 season.
Blue Squash most recently competed at the club level from 2005 to 2007, prior to being moved to the varsity level. As part of the College’s commitment to reinstate varsity squash at that time, PERA partnered with the Dana Hall School to share in the use of four regulation squash courts, as no viable plans were in place to upgrade nonregulation facilities at the Keohane Sports Center. In addition, a new head squash coach was hired.
The College had hoped that the reinstatement of Wellesley squash as a varsity program would contribute to the growth of the sport at the collegiate level nationwide. Since then, however, squash has failed to gain national championship status through the NCAA, which requires a minimum of 40 varsity programs nationwide. Currently, only 19 of the NCAA’s 451 Division III members sponsor varsity squash.
Wellesley’s club teams include archery, equestrian, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, and water polo. Last year, both the archery and water polo teams competed at club nationals.
Photo by Jane Repetti Chang ’10