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Hello, Yellow

Following tradition, the class of ’15 was up most of the night on the eve of the last day of classes. No, they weren’t writing papers or finishing problem sets. They were painting the campus yellow—in some cases, quite literally. Pendleton West, which was about to be gutted for renovation, sported brilliant golden designs in tempera up and down its halls. The Science Center was treated to yellow butterflies, the Magic School Bus, balloons, streamers, and much more.

Online Partners

Wellesley, Hamilton College, Davidson College, and Colgate University formed a new consortium in May to promote educational and technological collaboration with a focus on online teaching and learning in the liberal arts. The schools—all part of the edX collaborative, the online MOOC provider started by Harvard and MIT—were among the first liberal-arts colleges to offer MOOCs and experiment with blended learning (a combination of online and classroom learning). The new consortium members will share research and data concerning the educational value and lessons learned from the creation and delivery of online courses, modules, and open education resources.

Speak Out

The Ruhlman Conference—always a showcase of student research—had an added attraction this year. The first annual competition for the Jacqueline Loewe Fowler ’47 Prize in Public Speaking took place during the day, with faculty from the Maurer Public Speaking Program judging. Two seniors took the prize: Elizabeth Kapnick ’15 for her presentation “Freedom or Failure? An Arendtian Analysis of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011” and Sonali Sastry ’15 for “Cracking the Hackers: an Inside Look at the Effects of Security Leaks.”


‘There’s a proof method called “descent to absurdity” and I really feel that just sums up math.’

Madeleine Stern ‘17

By the Numbers /
Dining Services
Cookies produced each semester by Claflin Bakery
Pounds of bananas consumed by students per year
Flavors of ice cream served
Pounds of fresh local fish served during spring semester 2015
Meals served per year
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