Ben Harrow ’00, who played lacrosse atWoodberry and West Point, returned to campusto speak to students about his experiences beforeand after a life-changing injury received during adeployment with the US Army’s Special Forces inAfghanistan.
While on a mission, Ben stepped through adoorway and triggered an improvised explosivedevice in 2015. He lost both legs, some fingers onhis right hand, and a portion of his right arm in theexplosion. Ben underwent months of surgeries,including an experimental bone-lengtheningprocedure that helped him regrow a portion of hisfemur so he can more easily use prosthetic limbs.
Ben told current students that he wants them tolearn what he discovered, both from his trainingand service in the Special Forces and his recoveryafter being wounded. “Your comfort zone is elastic.Every time you step out of it, you widen youraperture and expand your comfort zone,” he said.
During the Q and A session after his talk, a
student asked Ben what he wished he’d known
about Woodberry when he was a student.
“How important the structure here is, and how
important it is to be learning your limits and
learning right from wrong,” he said. “In the
Special Forces there is a huge gray area in how we
do our work, and knowing what’s right and what’s
wrong is critical.”
Ben Harrow ’00
Your comfort zone is
elastic. Every time
you step out of it, you
widen your aperture
and expand your
The Baker Gallery hostedthe seventh annual showingof works by a local group,the Firnew Farm Artists’Circle. This year’s theme,“Reflections,” was taken literally by some artists, who paintedsubjects mirrored in wateror glass. Other artists playedon figurative meanings of theword, showing rememberedscenes, for example. Featuredartist Jon Perry painted stainedglass windows representingthe four seasons from AntonioGaudi’s Barcelona basilica, LaSagrada Familia.
Living in the Moment
Tatiana Yavorska-Antrobius exhibited watercolors, oil paintings, and pencil drawings focused onthe human figure. The Ukraine native studied atRussian Academy of Art in St. Petersburg and hasworked in costume design.
U Elements, Leslie Barham, coloredpencil