Lawrence Biemiller is a man on a mission, a mission that brought him to Beloit this past week.
A reporter with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Biemeiller is traveling the country by car to meet people and see campuses the Chronicle doesn't often get to visit. In addition to filing stories for a new Postcards blog, he's going to be preparing a larger story for the print edition next month, and is taking back to Washington a list of story ideas.
He arrived in Beloit on Nov. 6 and spent several days looking around and meeting with Beloiters. In addition to the activities chronicled in his blog postings, Biemiller broke bread with Natalie Gummer, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Initiatives program, and husband John Watrous, a classics instructor at Beloit; heard first hand from Jeff Adams, professor of economics, about his work supporting the city’s downtown revitalization; and toured campus (and the archives) with archivist Fred Burwell, among other things.
We also fed him, several times: he wrote about the nuances of the supper club, a perennial favorite on the Wisconsin dining scene (what differentiates a supper club from a regular restaurant? He's pretty sure it has something to do with the pickled herring) and enjoyed the community built around a common love of quality food during a dinner with the new slow foods co-op.
A third post detailed Beloit's "cube of curiosities" housed in, of course, the Logan Museum of Anthropology.
You can follow Biemiller on the rest of his journey (and see how we stack up against schools like Central Michigan University and Grinnell) at the Chronicle's Postcards blog.