WPI Journal

Winter 1996


Coming Home: Al Sacco says the 16 days he spent in space last year were the most exciting of his life. The experience also helped him see the world and his life in a whole new way. The only hard part was returning to Earth.
by Michael W. Dorsey
The Case of the Purloined Goat's Head: Last fall, WPI brought back the traditional Goat's Head rivalry. A new goat was cast and plans were made for a big kickoff at Homecoming. But a few light-fingered seniors decided to get things going a little early.
by Joan Killough-Miller
Digital Drama: Computers are invading the world of theatre, as everything from script writing to set design is entering the digital age. A new program at WPI is preparing students for careers in the brave new world of theatre technology.
by Amy L. Plack '96
Hey, Joe!: For 50 years, Joe Gale's been a mentor to students, an ambassador for WPI athletics, and a friend to everyone he meets. And in the words of one student, he's got more memories than you can shake a stick at.
by Ray Bert '93
Letters Use Plan as Model for Medical Education; "Travels" Disappointing; Facts Wrong on Tatum and Olmstead
Innovations A Decade at the Frontier
by Carol Garofoli
Final Word The Normandin Sisters Thrive in a "Man's World"
by Ruth Trask

On the cover: Al Sacco enjoys an out-of-this-world view from the space shuttle Columbia's flight deck. A member of the crew of STS-73, Sacco was deeply moved by the sight of Earth from space. Even photographs as spectacular as our back cover shot of the Kalihari desert in Namibia, Africa, a photo taken from STS-73, can't capture the beauty of our planet, he says.
Entire contents ©1996, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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