ON THE COVER: Mount Carmel community leader
Cathy Besser strolls the main street of her hometown.
Photographer: Emily Paine
ABOVE: A chimpanzee in the Issa Valley of Tanzania.
Photographer: Alex Piel ’01
20 Stoking Hope in a Coal Town
Bucknell’s efforts fuel prospects of recovery for an
economically depressed region.
By Susan Lindt
28 ‘A Priest of Literature’
A literary legend pays tribute to his ‘eager teacher,’
John “Jack” Wheatcroft ’49.
By Philip Roth ’54
32 Ape Expectations
In Tanzania, Alex Piel ’01 makes new discoveries
about how primates communicate and survive.
By Michael Blanding
36 The Keys to Creativity
Lady Gaga’s keyboardist, Brockett Parsons ’89,
began scaling the musical heights while at Bucknell.
By Eveline Chao
Inside Volume 10, Issue 4
2 President’s Message
4 Moore Avenue News & Notes
12 IQ Research & Inquiry
14 ’Ray Bucknell Student Life & Sports
16 Legacies Gifts & Giving
18 The Mind and the Muse Books
38 Full Frame
40 Alumni House Opportunities & Events
42 Class Notes Alumni Near & Far
72 Last Word