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A Passion for Learning

The only thing Erin Fry doesn't like about Scripps is that she can't get mail on Saturdays. Other than that, the effervescent senior has been bragging about Scripps for more than four years straight.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Art for Change

Andrea Wolf unlocked the ceramics studio door, sat down at her favorite wheel, dipped her fingers into a bucket of murky water, and began to shape a lump of clay. Ultimately, the lump would become one more bowl in "1,000 Bowls," her contribution to the Scripps College senior art exhibition, "Absence and Excess."

by Pauline Nash

Boot Camp for Thinkers

According to Marc Katz, associate professor of German, Scripps faculty teach in the Core not because they have to, but because they want to. "Core literally is the core of teaching at Scripps."

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Building Bridges

Most women in the United States are familiar with the terms "breast self-exam" and "mammogram." But what do these words mean to a 14-year-old girl? How do young adults cope when someone they love is diagnosed with breast cancer? Nicole "Nikki" Silverman had to figure it out on her own.

by Lindsey Galloway '07

Challenging Assumptions

I have a confession to make. When I was asked to describe the Core program in 700 words or less, I balked. Core has meant so many different things to me, I was afraid I'd do a disservice if I couldn't mention them all. And frankly, I haven't fully realized the implications of Core quite yet.

by Ashley Boothby '07

Eyes on the World

Pany Jraige and her friends find it amusing when they use a word from their Core classes that no one but a Scripps woman is likely to understand.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Music of The Mind

What began as an empty page and a desire to put Sara Teasdale's poetry to music is now a four-piece movement beautifully sung and played by six friends and fellow musicians and conducted by composer-conductor-singer-pianist Amy Baer.

by Margaret Nilsson

She Can Feel it in Her Bones

While Scripps prepared her well for a medical career, Elizabeth Whitlock also values the fact that she hasn't had "her head in a petri dish" for the past four years. She completed a music minor for "closure," knowing that she wouldn't be pursuing a career in piano.

by Margaret Nilsson

The Authentic Self

"Colombia is always part of my personality," says Alejandra Velez, proudly. Moving to Washington State at age 10 changed a lot in her life, but, as she explains, "being an American citizen doesn't mean I have to lose my culture or change who I am."

by Allison Ryan '05

Unfinished Business

Combining college, teaching, and family life has been a tough balancing act for Martha Arguello, who credits her family for their enormous support.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Vintner in the Making

Was it fate that led Chelsea Karsten to plan her future around wine?

From the President

Making the Best Decision

Mark Felt's disclosure that he was the Deep Throat of the Watergate scandal has reawakened old arguments and old warhorses. Pat Buchanan grumbles "Shame!" and Chuck Colson wonders why Felt didn't tell his boss, Patrick Gray, and then go to confront Nixon. But is there something here for the rest of us to learn?

by Nancy Y. Bekavac


Insatiably Curious

Eyebrows were raised on the faces of my faculty colleagues. Math? At Scripps?

by David Sadava, Pritzker Family Foundation Professor of Biology

Trusting Your Voice

It wasn't just the casualness with which the trustees discussed tens of millions of dollars or the realization that I was sitting in a room full of influential and intelligent people who one day may have a building at Scripps named after them. It was the understanding that I have my work cut out for me.

by Misha Kalan '05

Alumnae Speak

Let’s Give Ourselves a Hand

Throughout my career, I've always felt lucky because mentors "appeared" to guide me through rough spots and inspire me to next steps. Today, mentoring and coaching are core aspects of my consulting process.

by Diana Ho '71

Browsing Room

A Novel Approach

"Describe the villain's side of the story in a popular fairy tale," says sophomore A'Quila Ettien to the other members of Working Title, the new creative writing club at Scripps.

by Lindsey Galloway '07

Politics of Memory

Amelia Hight '05 joins an elite group of 50 students nationwide selected to conduct independent research projects abroad on a Thomas J. Watson fellowship.

Special Performance

This spring, Susan Seizer, associate professor of anthropology and gender and women's studies, celebrated the publication of her first monograph, Stigmas of the Tamil Stage.

by Pany Jraige '05

Post Scripps

Inspiration Follows Disaster

I went to Sri Lanka only a few weeks after the December 26 tsunami. I was on the emergency rotation with Oxfam Great Britain, a large international relief organization. This means that we were the first team in.

by Karen Deutsch '97