A Small College Divides Its Village With Unusual Attempt to Revive It

Are Wells and a wealthy alumna improving Aurora, N.Y., or remaking it in kitsch?

In this remote Finger Lakes village where this time of year brings towering snowdrifts and few, if any, visitors, life has stayed pretty much the same for decades.

Aurora is home to rambling lakefront houses, a few dairy farms, and Wells College, a 459-student women's institution near the village limits. Residents know which of their neighbors are old money, but Aurora's well-to-do aren't showy.