There is a general feeling of unrest on campus and the sense that the stasis may be ending. The paint on the tunnels wasn’t even dry before tagging started back with a vengeance. The Keep Wesleyan Weird facebook group reached nearly 700 members within 24 hours of its creation (right now it’s at 720–that’s 25% of the student body). The very next day, news came via RAs that the administration would not be continuing its work in the tunnels because off the backlash.
And no one really knows why all this is happening now. The general sentiment is “Fight for ol’ Wesleyan”, but in a time when none of the undergraduates were here for chalking’s heyday and when the past few years have been so quiet…We’ve all been such good little children.
There’s a fear that the administration has taken the bait for the prestige game, the old anxiety about “mainstreaming”, ten thousand buzzwords, etc., and while painting the Butts tunnels hasn’t woken any sort of sleeping giant, it’s set some strange gears into motion.
This is not a call to action for any righteous cause; No one is under the impression that they are starting a revolution. But the fact is that Wesleyan is not a Little Ivy, not a Little Three, not a Small Idyllic Liberal-Arts College In The Northeast. Wesleyan is Wesleyan, and as one tagger in the tunnels wrote, “There are decades under this.”
Bennet is leaving, the university is in transition. We’ve gotta get serious about this shit.