Campus Security and Fire Safety Report released
This annual report features statistics about crime and fire safety on Wellesley’s campus in the past three years. The report includes the college’s alcohol and drug policy, as well as legal definitions of terms that are included in the newly revised Sexual Misconduct policy. Resources and advice for students who may be dealing with these issues are listed, as well as information on local support groups. Crime statistics list no instances of most crimes reported in the past three years. The exceptions are sexual offenses and burglary, which totalled 17 and 13 reports in the past three years, respectively. One instance of motor vehicle theft was reported in 2013. A total of 13 judicial referrals for liquor law violations were recorded in the past three years, along with 16 referrals for drug abuse violations. Few instances of on-campus fires are recorded. There was one fire each in 2014 in Bates and Tower Court, which were both caused by cooking. More specific breakdowns of this data by year can be found online, and paper copies of the report are available at the Wellesley College Police Department by the Lulu Wang Campus Center.
Psychology professor Jeremy Wilmer studies attraction
A study by Jeremy Wilmer titled ‘Is beauty really in the ‘eye of the beholder?’ Yes, and here’s why,’ was published in Current Biology. The study gathered information on face preferences of 35,000 volunteers, then gathered the same information from identical and fraternal sets of twins. Wilmer’s study has been covered by organizations such as Time and The Guardian and concluded that attraction and individual preferences are influenced by personal experience, rather than being influenced by genes or family.
Jean Kilbourne ’64 inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame
Jean Kilbourne is an activist and filmmaker whose work focuses on images of women in advertising and the effects of alcohol and tobacco advertising in the media. She has written several books on these topics, including ‘Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel,’ and is a senior scholar at Wellesley Centers for Women. She was featured in the 2011 film ‘Miss Representation,’ a documentary that examined the media’s representation of women and interviewed experts. Kilbourne is also a recipient of a 2015 Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award. The induction ceremony took place in Seneca Falls, New York, the home of the first women’s rights convention in 1848.
Memorial service planned for Roger Johnson
Roger Johnson, professor emeritus of religion, passed away this July. Johnson began teaching at Wellesley in 1959 and continued until retiring in 1998. As President H. Kim Bottomly noted in her announcement to Wellesley College, Johnson was instrumental in transforming the religion department after Wellesley eliminated the Bible requirement in 1968. Professor Johnson was the first Wellesley faculty member to receive the Elisabeth Luce Moore Professorship in Christian Studies and wrote numerous books on religion. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, Massachusetts.