May 2013

Jay Tuck '68 just completed an investigative article on drone warfare for the June issue of Playboy magazine (Deutschland), titled “How Drones Have Changed Military Warfare Forever.” In the article, Tuck describes the combat operation of a German Air Force pilot in Afghanistan. “Unmanned aircraft have revolutionized military strategy by targeting individual leaders, instead of entire countries,” he said. “This reduces pilot risks and cuts civilian casualties while shrinking the battlefield to a few square yards. Often run in secret by intelligence services, drone missions can avoid constitutional control, international law and the Geneva Accords.” Tuck is currently writing another article for Playboy on gang graffiti in the Miami Dade prison system.

Johathan L. Thornton '74 recently received the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). The award recognizes a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals.

In April, Richard Socarides '76 wrote an article on the Boy Scouts of America for The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/04/a-confusing-message-for-gay-boy-scouts.html. He also appeared on MSNBC Live on May 20 to discuss a recent gay hate crime in New York City. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpuUYqHmULI

Ellen Stone ’81 has won the 2013 Michigan Writers Cooperative Press chapbook contest. Her poetry collection, The Solid Living World, will be published and available in June. Stone teaches at Community High School in Ann Arbor where she lives with her husband and three daughters. She joined Michigan Writers after falling in love with northwestern Michigan, land reminiscent of the rolling hills and rivers where she grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. http://www.michwriters.org

Athena (Turner) Frederick '82 and Kenneth Frederick '86 were married in April. Their wedding was featured in EBONY magazine’s style section on EBONY.com. http://www.ebony.com/photos/style/black-wedding-style-wild-love-in-the-city-332#

Tony Dallas, a close friend of the College, recently wrote a review of the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays. http://tonydallastheatrereviews.blogspot.com