about this issue
On the covers
This past summer, when
Cathy Tollefson and I were in the library looking
through the archives for items we might photo-
graph for this issue, we asked Library Director
Jane Carlin for photocopies of a few of the things
we saw. And she then asked summer-work-study
student Connor Jones ’13 to do the chore.
By the time he returned we were telling Jane
about our idea to photograph current students,
one for each decade of the college’s 125 years,
and maybe put a group shot on the cover. We’d
heard the archives had a few items of clothing
from the old days—freshman beanies and cheer-
leader uniforms and such. Jane showed us what
she had, but there wasn’t nearly enough to dress
a dozen models, never mind in the specific eras
or in the variety of sizes we’d need.
Sometimes the Puget Sound planets align. It
turned out that Connor is a theatre major and
art minor, and costuming is one of the things
Not only that, but he is a fastidious re-
searcher and an accuracy freak—perfect! So we
asked him: Would he be our Cecil B. DeMille for
this photo shoot?
It’d be fun, he said. And so we let the students
who would be our subjects take control of the
cover for this issue of the magazine.
It was a very good decision. Connor re-
searched to the nth detail the costumes, recruited
12 student actors to model, and then took the
many hours required to find period-correct
clothing that would fit them. And when we say
“correct,” we mean
correct, right down to
the undergarments—a couple of women in the
photo are wearing corsets—and Connor and
Rachael Surbaugh ’13 spent hours getting ev-
eryone’s hair just right. To give you an example
of how obsessed Connor was, there were a few
old university sweater emblems in the archives,
but they were too fragile to use, so Connor cop-
ied one using new felt—the “P” on the actor at
the far right. After he made it, though, Connor
thought the “P” looked unacceptably new, so at
about midnight on the night before the shoot he
dyed the felt to make it appear more like some-
thing from the ’30s. Wow.
Then there were the logistics: Try finding a
date midsemester when a dozen busy students
all can get together at the same place and time.
Factoring everything in, November 10 was the
one and only day we could pull it off. Morning
broke, and incredibly the sun shone for the first
time in a month. Precisely at noon we started
making pictures. Lots of them. It took about an
hour and a half, what with experiments for ex-
posure and lighting, and several retreats into the
building because it was
After a good deal of fun we had the three-
panel photo you see on the cover.
The models are, from left on the front cover:
1960s: Loring Brock ’15, a theatre arts major.
1890s: Maddie Faigel ’15, history major. 1950s:
Will Putnam ’15, theatre arts major. 2000s: Bri
Bolton ’16, hasn’t picked a major yet but recently
was in the starring role of the theatre depart-
ment’s smash production of
1620 Bank Street.
1970s: Asha Sandhu ’13, international political
economy. 1910s: Chloe Nord ’13, theatre arts.
1990s: Hayley Hilmes ’13, theatre arts. 1980s:
Jordan Moeller ’15, undeclared major. 1920s:
Paige Maney ’15, politics and government. 1900s:
Michael Armstrong ’13, theatre arts and eco-
nomics. 1940s: Meg Anderson ’13, theatre arts.
1930s: Andrew Kittrell ’13, theatre arts and com-
munication studies. We can’t say enough about
their talent and good humor.
The photo you see on this page was taken at
the end of the session as a subtle reminder, or
as subtle as umbrellas on a sunny day can be, of
the One [of a Kind] campaign for Puget Sound,
which, as we celebrate 125 years, has a goal of
$125 million. That’s Connor in the middle,
laughing like crazy. Truly one of a kind.
The great huge long panorama on the
side front cover
may look a little desolate, but
an empty beginning is why it is remarkable. The
photo was created from a series of eight panels