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A Feb. 1 article in the Hartford Courant about “Little Pink House,” a book about the landmark Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London, called Fred Paxton, Brigida Pacchiani Ardenghi Professor of History, a “Cassandra” who fought the idea to demolish homes for the sake of development.

John Schaeffer, systems and network administrator at Connecticut College, was quoted Feb. 5 in the SC Magazine cover story about malicious software that can invade personal computers and steal information.

Middletown Press reported Feb. 5 that attorney Deborah Dickson Shapiro ’72 was appointed the new executive director of the Middlesex County Historical Society.

An article in The Bulletin (PA) Feb. 12 discussed “Abraham Lincoln: A Life,” by Professor Emeritus Michael Burlingame.

Feb. 12, World Magazine interviewed Professor Emeritus Michael Burlingame about why Abraham Lincoln continues to have a hold on the nation’s heart.

Michael Burlingame was one of several experts on Abraham Lincoln who were interviewed for an hour-long documentary that premieres on PBS stations across the country

Connecticut College’s own Amelia Piano Trio - Rieko Aizawa, Anthea Kreston and Jason Duckles – was interviewed and performed music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Chopin on National Public Radio, Feb. 13

In his weekly column in The Day Feb. 14, Chuck Potter wrote about an art show in Norwich juried by Professor of Studio Art Barkley Hendricks in celebration of the NAACP’s 100th birthday. The column described sophomore Christina Burrell’s photograph “Kaleidoscope of the Heart,” which won an honorable mention. Burrell and Penney Jade Beaubrun ’11 submitted photographs of their diverse group of friends at the urging of Michelle Dunlap, associate professor of human development.

In a column in Austin American-Statesman (TX) Feb. 15 Sheryl Yeary – who coached tennis at Connecticut College for 31 years and was inducted into the Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 – talked about her start playing tennis at an Austin playground and picking up balls for 50 cents an hour.

Tyler Bradford ’00 was interviewed in The Sunday Oregonian Feb. 15 about how he went from an undergraduate degree in religious studies to a job in computer repair.

Boston Globe said Connecticut College women’s hockey team was “striking fear into its New England Small College Athletic Conference opponents” in an article Feb. 15. Several players were mentioned and coach Kristin Steele was quoted.

In a Feb. 15 opinion piece in The Day, Claire Gould ’10, managing editor of The College Voice, offered advice about how New London can get more students downtown.

Feb. 15, The Berkshire Eagle featured Emily Mason ’09, who plays back-to-back sports at Connecticut College.

A blog entry on Feb. 15 about how car rental companies are starting to offer services similar to Zipcar, mentioned that Zipcars are at Connecticut College.

An article in Providence Journal Feb. 15 mentioned the publication of Professor Emeritus Michael Burlingame’s book, “Abraham Lincoln: A Life.”

A cover story in the February 2009 edition of Grace: A Magazine for Women featured Michelle Dunlap, associate professor of human development and winner of the 2008 Ernest A. Lynton Award for Scholarship of Engagement. Dunlap told Grace that nothing thrills her more than being able to help a young person experience something new.

Allison de Fren, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ammerman Center, dished about The Stepford Wives, the sex-doll industry and the “perfect woman” in a cover story in The New London Times about her upcoming lecture “Disarticulations of the Artificial Woman.” A screen shot from “The Sandman,” a digital short directed by de Fren, was used for the cover’s art. Andrea Wollensak, co-director of events at the Ammerman Center, was quoted about the concept behind the center’s colloquia series. The article was also printed in The Lyme Times and The Waterford Times.

A WVIT-TV Channel 30 (NBC) segment Feb. 16 about Connecticut schools competing in Recyclemania called Connecticut College a “perennial recycling superpower.”

A news segment on WTNH-TV Channel 8 (ABC), Feb. 16 and 17 and article highlighted the College’s environmental and sustainability efforts. Tyler Dunham ’09 was interviewed about the College’s participation in the national RecycleMania competition. Amy Cabaniss, campus environmental coordinator, was interviewed about the College’s efforts to offset energy usage.

A cover story in the Hartford Advocate Feb. 17 about a number of school building projects on ice around the state, mentioned that Connecticut College was still moving ahead with its new fitness center, to be built to LEED silver standards. The article was also printed in the New Haven Advocate and Fairfield Citizen.

Trustee Ted Chapin ’72, president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, joined National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” Feb. 17 to discuss a new recording of the almost-forgotten musical Allegro.

The New London Times announced Feb. 18 that Heather Day ’09, Sunil Bhatia, associate professor of human development, and Ulysses Hammond, vice president for administration, were honored, along with a local seventh-grader, with the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award.

The author of the blog Savor It wrote Feb. 18 that after dropping some food on the floor and shouting “five-second rule,” he/she went home and Googled the rule and found that in May 2007 Connecticut College students found that food could remain on some surfaces for up to 30 seconds without obtaining harmful bacteria.

Heather Day ’09 and Sunil Bhatia, associate professor of human development, both winners of the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, were interviewed live on Fox 61 WTIC-TV Feb. 18 about the work they do in communities from India to Southeastern Connecticut. Bhatia has helped to raise $40,000 to build sanitation facilities for underserved communities in India and Day organizes hip hop workshops to reach out to youth in the community. announced Feb. 19 that Lauren Mathews ’96 was promoted to associate professor of biology and biotechnology and awarded tenure at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Alex Marcus ’10 was quoted in a story on Feb. 19 about Humans vs. Zombies, an adult game of tag being played on many college campuses, including Connecticut College.

A feature article in Watertown Daily Times Feb. 19 about Billy Karis ’09 – a standout basketball player at Connecticut College – quoted coach Tom Satran, who called Karis a model student-athlete.

In a letter to the editor in The Day Feb. 20, Claudia Shapiro, who was an assistant in the office of former college president Claire Gaudiani ’66, mentioned the positive things Gaudiani brought to Connecticut College.

An article on Feb. 20 discussed an open letter from Roger Brooks and good luck charms sent to Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins, who was nominated for his role as a fictional Connecticut College professor.

The Flanders Recorder Quartet, coming to onStage at Connecticut College, was featured on the front page of the “Daybreak” section of The Day, Feb. 20. Rob Richter, director of arts programming at Connecticut College, was quoted about the quartet’s upcoming recorder workshop at the Dual Language Arts Academy in New London.

Feb. 20, Southern Maryland Newspapers featured Kathy Tollerton ’58, who went straight from Connecticut College to the staff of Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy, who was then gearing up for a run at the presidency.

AASHE Bulletin, the online newsletter for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, announced Feb. 23 that Connecticut College had purchased wind renewable energy certificates to compensate for 100 percent of the College's annual electricity consumption.

Laurie Norton Moffatt ’78, director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, was interviewed in The Manhattan Mercury (KS) Feb. 22 about Rockwell’s influence on American culture.
The Day mentioned that Connecticut College is one application ahead of where it was last year in an article Feb. 23 about an increase in college enrollment.

In a Q&A published to Feb. 25, Peter Siver, Charles and Sarah P. Becker '27 Professor of Botany, explained why he chose to study the world’s tiniest organisms, revealed the best piece of advice he ever received and discussed what he would rescue if his lab caught fire.

Several public relations web sites announced Feb. 25 that chairman-elect of the Board of Trustees James Berrien ’74 would lead management of the new environmental news and information Web site Mother Nature Network.

A Feb. 11 article on that quoted Stuart Vyse, professor of psychology, about superstitious behavior in times of economic uncertainty, also appeared on Feb. 25.

Men’s hockey coach Jim Ward was quoted in a Boston Globe article Feb. 26 about Sean Driscoll ’10. He said when it’s crunch time on the ice, he can count on Driscoll to score the goals they need.

As far as the national RecycleMania competition is concerned, Tufts may be better than Harvard, but there’s no beating Connecticut College, said the Tufts Daily Feb. 26.

The Day’s Feb. 26 entertainment section included a photo and article about a performance by the Flanders Recorder Quartet as part of the onStage at Connecticut College season and called their music “pretty amazing.” An article and photo about the quartet were also printed in The Westerly Sun.

A photo and article in The New London Times, The Lyme Times and The Waterford Times Feb. 27 highlighted an upcoming Connecticut College student production of “HAIR.” The Westerly Sun also included an article and photo in its weekly entertainment guide.

Steve Matthews, who received his master’s degree in teaching from Connecticut College in 1977, recently became the first independent school librarian elected to the executive board of the American Library Association, according to an article in Hiram College News (OH) Feb. 27.

Hartford Courant mentioned Feb. 27 that about 140 Connecticut College students would travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a four-day climate and energy conference that would culminate with a rally on Capitol Hill.

Feb. 27, The Denver Post featured an article about Dance Department Chairman David Dorfman’s “underground,” a dance/theater piece that raises the question of whether violence is ever justified. Dorfman was quoted as saying that the notion of dualities is becoming “yesterday.” mentioned Feb. 28 that freshman Tim Walsh won the 100-yard and 50-yard backstrokes and junior Grant Moryan took the 50-yard freestyle at the NESCAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships at Wesleyan University.

Pensacola News Journal (FL) mentioned Feb. 28 that world-renowned woodwind artist Chris Vadala, who received his master’s degree in clarinet from Connecticut College in 1973, would perform at Pensacola Junior College. Vadala has five gold and two platinum albums, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy to his name, among others.

Charles Roberts ’76, owner of Wonder Book, Inc., was interviewed about life in the used book business on CSPAN-2 March 1. Roberts praised his liberal arts education at Connecticut College for helping him to know “a little bit about a lot of things.”

Jeff Benedict called former Connecticut College President Claire Gaudiani ’66 the “charismatic leader” behind the New London Development Corporation in an opinion piece March 1 in The Day about his book “Little Pink House,” the story behind the landmark Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London.

March 1, for Barbie’s 50th birthday, The Sunday Journal-Sentinel (WI) quoted Allison de Fren, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, who said that she’s always been fascinated by the way that Barbie blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.

John Gordon, professor of English, was quoted in The Day March 1 about the 50th anniversary of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style.” Gordon said the book, while no longer assigned by most English professors, continues to map “the path to perdition” for writers.

In an article about a recent snowstorm in The Day March 3, Justin Goot ’10 said that while most students had the day off, a few professors still held classes. Other students borrowed trays from the dining hall to sled at the arboretum, tried making snowmen or played football on the green, he said.

Antonio Diaz-Gonzalez Salas '12 was featured on Sports Illustrated's Web site,, March 23. The freshman squash player was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and awarded first team All-NESCAC honors following his 24-2 campaign.

March 16, 2009