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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.

by Margaret Nilsson

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.

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.

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?

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Staff Member Awaits Word From Military

While Toni believes that two years in the military is an experience that would benefit every 18-year-old, it is not easy for her to see young people go off to war. "I feel bad that there are young soldiers being killed on the front. I would gladly trade places with them. As a soldier of the Armed Forces, I am obligated to defend the American flag and the freedom it stands for."

The Best Three Days of Her Life

At the memorial service for Mary Wig Johnson on campus April 24, 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.

Special Section

In Memoriam: Eliza Kinsey ‘04

Eliza Chamberlain Kinsey, a Scripps junior from Southport, Maine, died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism on Friday, February 21, after being stricken in Browning Hall. A memorial service was held on campus on February 27. The following eulogy was written by her closest friends and classmates: Meghan Powers, Brigitte Callahan, Sarah Springer, Amanda Brewster, and Lisa Schechtman.

From the President

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 policy on the grounds that, by explicitly permitting the award of 20 points of a possible 150 points for racial diversity, the University's policy violates the 14th amendment to the Constitution.

by Nancy Bekavac

Alumnae Speak

Gifts beyond measure

My path to motherhood has been long, but ultimately rewarding. It has been a path earmarked by delay and disappointment, by arduous and painful medical treatments, by workdays fractured by endless doctor's appointments, and by tears, both of sorrow and of joy.

by Greta Pang '83

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

I could not have the life I have now if I'd done this at 28. Was starting a family in our 40s easy? No. Was the struggle and the wait worth it to have the life we have? Ahhhh, yes.

by Serena Schourup Carlsen '82

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 black women, doesn't come to Claremont every day.

by Jennifer Francis '03

Browsing Room

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 a direct impact on the politics of nations, as well as in the lives of individuals and communities.

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 O'Brien Wicker Endowment to continue in perpetuity her interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to feminist biblical studies.

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.

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 award-winning 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.

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 from this beautiful, small, comfortable liberal arts college.

by Risa Mongiello '03

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 terrifying and empowering than I could have anticipated.

by Allison Ryan '05

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."

by Morgan Clark '05

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.

Editor's Page

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.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett