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November 4, 2009
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Breast cancer awareness
One facu ty member s story inspires others to show support
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With more than 40,000 new cases of
breast cancer this year in the United
States alone, survivors and students
celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness
Month at Wesleyan, "pinking out"
volleyball and soccer matches and
collecting contributions for research.
Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, associate
professor of history, is one of those
survivors and one of the reasons for
supporting the cause. Her battle be-
gan almost 10 years ago.
In 2000, at age 53, Alexander said
she found a lump in her breast. After
a battery of scans, it was recommend-
ed that she see a surgeon. The lump
was removed along with 19 cancerous
Two more surgeries were ordered
to help clear the margins and ensure
that the cancer was gone. With exten-
sive lymph node involvement, more
scans were ordered to see if the cancer
Alexander said she had just accept-
ed a position as a full-time professor
of history from her adjunct professor
position when she received news of
She began chemotherapy and con-
tinued teaching her classes.
Realizing her prognosis may mean
only a few more years together, Alex-
ander said she and her husband of 30
years made changes to ensure they
would have more time together.
"He stepped down from a stressful
job, and we began to travel and do
the things we had always wanted to
do," Alexander said.
Having a surgeon for a husband,
Alexander said she knew what the
doctors were saying when they pre-
sented the results.
"Having a lobular cancer is chal-
lenging," Alexander said.
Alexander said only 6 percent of
women get this, a spider-web type
of cancer that is not easily diagnosed
with a mammogram.
Dr. Elizabeth Alexander and Head Coach josh Gibbs commemorate Breast Ca
soccer game Oct. 29.
She said that during her treatments
she suffered a heart failure from one
of the chemo drugs, but made it
through seemingly unscathed.
A typical side effect of the treat-
ments is hair loss. Alexander said this
was a good sign, and she had com-
"Along with 13 others, those that
had permanent hair loss, we all sur-
vived the cancer," Alexander said.
"More research is being done now
to see the correlation between the
levels of radiation/chemo that kill the
cancer and not the hair," Alexander
Alexander said one of her daugh-
ters worked for the Susan G. Komen
Foundation and needed some survi-
vor models for a new campaign.
Alexander said she agreed to do a
photo shoot, and after several months
she started getting calls from people
seeing her picture in magazines such
Conner Howell I Rambler Staff
ncer Awareness month at the women's
as O and Glamour.
"Then I saw myself on a sign at the
airport - it was very surreal," Alexan-
She said being the face for a tragic
disease didn't change who she was.
"I am very lucky," Alexander said.
Alexander said even though the
long-term prognosis is unknown
concerning the effects of the treat-
ments, "I feel great, and I am enjoying
Pink ng Out
Students at Wesleyan
got involved last month in
promoting breast cancer
Jacqueline Wittman, a ju-
nior psychology major, s a
resident assistant at Wesley-
an Village and s responsi-
ble for event programming.
"We try and keep it in-
teresting and do relevant
things >r the students/' she
At the suggestion of Bea-
trice High, resident coordi-
nator, she scheduled Shan-
non Armstrong, a cancer
survivor, as a guest speaker.
Armstrong and her moth-
er, Zee Champion, are
founders of the Pink Out-
law group. Armstrong trav-
els and shares her story at
seminars and special ap-
pearances, and Champion
began a blog on their Web
for survivors to vent their
frustrations and encourage
those who are losing hope.
Wittman, and Zeta Phi
Beta, sponsored a dollar
raffle on campus for two
tickets to a Mavericks game
to support the Pink Out-
laws group. Wittman said
the event raised more than
$200 and the money went
to the Pink Outlaws to buy
DVD players and Pods for
people going through can-
"It's very important to
raise awareness and get
people involved to help
those who are fighting for
their lives," Wittman said.
"It's a great cause and
needs continuous support."
Bashin' it up
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Students fill the SUB for the second annual Monster Bash Oct. 30. he bash provided a
gaming area equipped with 1 00 foot screens featuring Guitar Hero, a live DJ, a haunted
hallway and free pizza. People flowed back and forth dressed as sailors, pirates, vam-
pires and even the Mario Bros as the party went on until 1
'arving the ace o charity
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Students , faculty and staff alike participated in the first annual pumpkin carving contest
held in the EJW library Oct. 29. People could vote on their favorite pumpkins by drop-
ping money into the designated cup (top). From left to right, first place went to Taylor
Peters, Kesha Carter, Jessica Ross, Jasmine Hatcher and Damon Miller for their pump-
kin hamburgers; second place was awarded to the school of education for their "Miss
Penelope Pumpkin reads to the pumpkinettes;" third place was given to Karina Olade,
Juanita Olade and Veronica Munoz for "Glitter the Kitty" pumpkin; and an honorable
mention was given to the brary staff for their "The Night Owl Book Club" pumpkin.
More than $100 was raised through the contest, which will be donated to the local Boys
and Girls Club.
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