July 16, 2012

Volume 6, Issue 47 July 16, 2012
The Fountain

Lakum Duckum cleanup project update – mysterious note found!

Lakum Duckum empty, being cleaned out with bulldozer

Work continued last week on the Lakum Duckum cleanup project, which will leave this special campus landmark refreshed and algae-free. A front-end loader scooped out truckloads of “muck,” which were deposited at Welcome Table Farm, which farms organically using compost and natural soil amendments.

Landscape Supervisor Bob Biles ’74 reports that the crew “finally found an item of interest” at the bottom – a plastic bag weighted down with a rock. Inside was a hand-written note that said, “To whoever finds this…” But that was all that could be read. The rest of the note was saturated and the ink ran. So, it’s a mystery. Did you write it?

After the lake bottom was cleared, crews pressure-washed the rocks and pond side walls. The project will continue through July. This week they expect to wash the entire surface and follow that with what Biles calls “a little more fine cleaning.” The waterfall pump is being repaired, and the aeration equipment should arrive in a few days. “Once all of that is in place we will fill’er up,” Biles says.

Lakum Duckum dry, being pressure washed

Faculty news brief

Lakum Duckum empty, being cleaned out with bulldozer

James Winchell, adjunct assistant professor of foreign languages, recently published a new article in Tablet Magazine. Titled “The Healing Power of Jew-Love,” the article examines the concept of “philosemitism,” or love of Jews, as recently promoted by historian Gertrude Himmelfarb as a potential remedy to anti-Semitism in literature. Winchell focuses specifically on George Eliot’s 1876 novel Daniel Deronda.


KUJ radio interview rescheduled

The KUJ radio interview of Noah Leavitt, assistant dean of student engagement, has been rescheduled. The interview was originally planned to air last Friday, July 13, but is now scheduled for this Wednesday, July 18. Tune in at 7:30 a.m. on 1420 AM to hear Leavitt and host Jim Bock discuss the $235,000 grant awarded to Whitman last month to create the Sherwood Trust Internship Endowment, as well as other topics related to student engagement.


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

While most of us slow down our physical exertion on these hot summer days, the young ladies of The Summer Dance Lab on campus are pushing themselves in ways few of us can imagine! Full size.


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Lakum Duckum
Faculty News Brief
KUJ Interview
Parting Shot

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