Danzig’s Excellent Wespeak on Trustees

I shall present to you Wesleying’s own Danzig’s current Wespeak as a series of bullets you absolutely must read in response to his meeting with the board of trustees because I think it’s an example of great wespeak writing:

  • “What is it about the job of trustee that precludes moderately successful Wesleyan alumni from serving? Why can the position only be held by higher-ups at biotech companies or Goldman-Sachs management?”
  • “The plan proposes building the school’s academic reputation through the use of “previously unexploited strength in the sciences.”
    • As a science major, I take offense at the view that our departments are a resource to be exploited.
    • “‘a 50 percent increase in the proportion of science and math students,’ they conclude ‘we should be able to staff this increase with our current science faculty.’
      • This semester, with the highest enrollment in introductory science classes in school history; with organic lab so overenrolled that night sections had to be opened which could easily run towards midnight; with organic lecture so overenrolled that the professor couldn’t find enough TA’s to keep the sessions as small as he feels necessary; with dozens of students getting closed out of basic-level math classes like statistics; it seems as though the trustees were unrealistic in their claims.”

      4 thoughts on “Danzig’s Excellent Wespeak on Trustees

      1. Anonymous

        I think your rebuttal needs a little adjusting The trustees that were elected also happen to be incredibly rich and not surprisingly very similiar in terms of opinions concerning social and political issues. Exploitations is NOT great. You try being in an upper level class with 30 kids when the class was supposed to have 18 , being blocked out of ALL your major classes, and then feeling like you’ve been lied to because Wesleyan promised small classes, lab space, funding for research, and a good experience for 46000 DOLLARs. Try that first, then tell us to suck it up. It’d be great if we could hire more professors. The only problem is that WE CAN’T AFFORD IT.

      2. Anonymous

        I think your rebuttal needs a little adjusting

        The trustees that were elected also happen to be incredibly rich and not surprisingly very similiar in terms of opinions concerning social and political issues.

        Exploitations is NOT great. You try being in an upper level class with 30 kids when the class was supposed to have 18 , being blocked out of ALL your major classes, and then feeling like you’ve been lied to because Wesleyan promised small classes, lab space, funding for research, and a good experience for 46000 DOLLARs. Try that first, then tell us to suck it up.

        It’d be great if we could hire more professors. The only problem is that WE CAN’T AFFORD IT.

      3. Anonymous

        Dissenting Opinion: I found Danzig’s WeSpeak unconstructive and misinformed.1. The trustees are not all unbelievably rich. A third of the trustees are alumni-elected and come from various backgrounds. After open nominations, three are elected each year for a three-year term. We all will have the power decide in a few years. The other two-thirds happen to have a lot of money.3. The is good reason for keeping the film major small. It is by far the most publicly esteemed and visible major. Each year, a hundred or more freshmen come here with the intention of studying film. Film Studies already unfairly overshadows most of the departments here at Wes. Increasing faculty, funding, and spots will continue stress a quasi academic-professional major to the complaint of the rest of the faculty. Furthermore, they don’t want to hurt a good thing. (They are hiring a new tenure-track professor next year specializing inTV and Brodcast History and Aesthetics)In terms of funding, I am not entirely sure if they receive $0 funding, however they definitely receive less than most and fundraised independently for the CFS construction. However, they are self-sufficient and are doing just fine. If they have alumni dedicated enough to fully support the department–thats a dream. There is a reason Chair Basinger is the highest paid professor here. She raises money, so the school doesn’t.4. Exploitation is great. Suck it up. There intentions are good.5. Sounds like they need to hire some new professors.

      4. Anonymous

        Dissenting Opinion:

        I found Danzig’s WeSpeak unconstructive and misinformed.

        1. The trustees are not all unbelievably rich. A third of the trustees are alumni-elected and come from various backgrounds. After open nominations, three are elected each year for a three-year term. We all will have the power decide in a few years. The other two-thirds happen to have a lot of money.

        3. The is good reason for keeping the film major small. It is by far the most publicly esteemed and visible major. Each year, a hundred or more freshmen come here with the intention of studying film. Film Studies already unfairly overshadows most of the departments here at Wes. Increasing faculty, funding, and spots will continue stress a quasi academic-professional major to the complaint of the rest of the faculty. Furthermore, they don’t want to hurt a good thing. (They are hiring a new tenure-track professor next year specializing in
        TV and Brodcast History and Aesthetics)

        In terms of funding, I am not entirely sure if they receive $0 funding, however they definitely receive less than most and fundraised independently for the CFS construction. However, they are self-sufficient and are doing just fine. If they have alumni dedicated enough to fully support the department–thats a dream. There is a reason Chair Basinger is the highest paid professor here. She raises money, so the school doesn’t.

        4. Exploitation is great. Suck it up. There intentions are good.

        5. Sounds like they need to hire some new professors.

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