Media Center | 2003 Spring

In Memoriam: Eliza Kinsey ‘04

Eliza almost didn’t come to Scripps. When she graduated in the spring of 1999, she was all set to go to Stonehill College in Massachusetts. However, after a June orientation she quickly informed her mom that she was not going to that school. She always told us how people in Boothbay teased her that she […]

March 21, 2003

She came to Scripps… the rest is religious history

When Kathleen O’Brien Wicker arrived at Scripps College in 1971 to interview for a faculty position, who would have thought this former nun of 17 years, dressed in a green mini-skirt and white vinyl boots, would transform religious studies at Scripps? No one, perhaps, except everyone who has ever come in contact with this bundle […]

March 21, 2003

Kelly St. John Screens her Astonishing Film

The Malott Commons hosted an evening with Kelly St. John ’96, San Francisco Chronicle reporter and producer of the Emmny awardwinning documentary Forever Fourteen, on March 25. St. John’s film was screened to a hushed audience, as the subject matter is at once shocking and angering and astonishing. Forever Fourteen examines the 1987 rape and […]

March 21, 2003

Trio Takes Top National Honors

Prestigious national awards went to three Scripps students this spring to enable them to pursue their individual areas of academic research. Irene Keliher, Jennifer von Reis, and Allison V. Thompkins have been awarded a Watson, a Fulbright, and a Truman Fellowship, respectively. All three women receive a monetary award to fund independent study and related […]

March 21, 2003

Learning About “Life After Scripps”

During the two-day “Life After Scripps” conference on campus in February, I had the opportunity to mingle with alumnae from around the nation and gain a sense of what it is going to be like once I finally graduate fiom this beautiful, small, comfortable liberal arts college. I learned not to let people take advantage […]

March 21, 2003

M.A.M.A (motherhood at advanced maternal age)

At 38 and an equity partner in one of the country’s top 20 law firms, I had more than achieved the career goals that I’d set for myself when I left Toll Hall in May of 1982. Personal goals had been more elusive in a world where 60-hour workweeks were the status quo. I still […]

March 21, 2003

My Visit with Dr. Hine

Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.? I never go to breakfast. But then, Dr. Darlene Clark Hine, one of the most prominent historians on balck women, doesn’t come to Claremont every day. A a dual balck studies and American studies major, I was thrilled she was at Scripps to deliver the annual Sojourner Truth Lecture. I was […]

March 21, 2003

The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases

On April 1, 2003, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that may have important implications for Scripps College admission and other College operations. The two cases are Grutter v. Bollinger, challenging school admission policies at the University of Michigan, and Gratz v. Bollinger, challenging the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admission […]

March 21, 2003

Beyond Our Borders

While normalcy prevailed—with seniors scrambling to finish their theses and projects, with faculty giving their final lectures of the semester, and with prospective students cramming Admission’s hallways—thoughts and extracurricular activities focused on the war in Iraq and its aftermath. Members of the community struggled with how to best express their own beliefs, and many talked […]

March 21, 2003

In the Classroom with Mildred Howard

Mildred Howard, acclaimed sculptor and installation artist, was Scripps’ first Erma O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2002–2003. As such, she spent hours in the art classrooms, working and talking with students. “Being able to talk to, teach, and learn from students has been wonderful,” Howard said. She believes that it is essential for students to […]

March 21, 2003

Classics Department Stages Greek Comedy as Theatrical Act of Dissent

The Classics Department at Scripps presented Lysistrata, a Greek comedy written by Aristophanes, as a “theatrical act of dissent,” on March 3. The event was part of a worldwide project that involved 1,029 readings of the play in 59 countries. The comedy tells the story of a group of women from opposing states who unite […]

March 21, 2003

Remembering ‘A Very Special Person’

Mary Wig Johnson ’35 died at her home in Laguna Beach, of complications from lung cancer, surrounded by family. She was 89. A celebration of Mary’s life was held for family and friends on March 28 in Laguna Beach. On April 24, the Scripps community gathered in Margaret Fowler Garden for a memorial service. While […]

March 21, 2003

Making a career out of peace building

The staff of the Bulletin has a not so secret asset – our eight student interns. They keep us on our toes, and perhaps most important, give us a student perspective and add enormous humor and good spirits to the office. All are excellent writers who are apt students within this informal journalism “class.” A […]

March 21, 2003

Staff Member Awaits Word From Military

“The military has been good to me,” says Malott Commons assistant Toni Suarez, who has had an impressive and varied 24-year career in the Air Force and Army and is now in the Reserves. “It has always given me opportunities to enhance my current jobs, try other positions, and seek different perspectives. It has taught […]

March 21, 2003

Feminist and New Testament Scholars Create Lively Discourse

The “Global Future of Feminist New Testament Studies” conference this spring brought renowned feminist and New Testament scholars to campus for three consecutive monthly sessions. The scholars, in dialogue with members of the Scripps and Claremont communities, focused on issues facing Christians and feminists in light of the global transformations in Christianity that are having […]

March 21, 2003

Take That! Model Mugging 101

Despite the prevalence of violence against women, only five percent of women take a self-defense course, according to statistics promoted by Zero Hour Self Defense, the organization that offers a Model Mugging crash course to women of The Claremont Colleges. As a recent graduate of the course, I have to say it was both more […]

March 21, 2003

Former Students, Trustees, and Freidns Establish Kathleen O’Brien Wicker Endowment

Kathleen O’Brien Wicker, the Mary W. Johnson and J. Stanley Johnson Professor in the Humanities and professor of religion at Scripps, retires this spring after 32 years of teaching at the College. To honor her as a teacher, role model, scholar, and humanist, a group of former students, trustees, and friends have established the Kathleen […]

March 21, 2003

Talking About Aids with Realism and Hope

The subject was deadly serious. Yet, there was also humor and hope shared at the conference on “HIV/AIDS: Activism and Global Pandemic,” March 6-7, at Scripps. The Humanities Institute sponsored the event as a part of their symposia, “Biopowers: Disease, Ethics, Activism.” Dr. Sheila Tlou traveled from the University of Botswana to talk on “HIV/AIDS […]

March 21, 2003

Gifts beyond measure

I have four children. And no career. Or, rather, a career I’d often envisioned but hardly prepared for. A career of enormous and demanding proportions, each day’s challenge different than the day before, a curious mixture of exhaustion and exhilaration and tragedy and utter delight. My path to motherhood has been long, but ultimately rewarding. […]

March 21, 2003

The Best Three Days of Her Life

At the memorial service for Mary on campus April 24, her son Robert shared a story about his mother that epitomizes her strong sense of self and her joy of life, wherever she was and whatever her circumstances. Here is a brief recounting: Mary and her husband, Stan, loved to explore Baja California and Central […]

March 21, 2003