Hey dudes. I did not want to be the one to post this because I’m the one being interviewed in it, but we got a nod in today’s Hartford Courant.
The article’s about something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time–the decline of the unique Wesleyan personality at the expense of…well, at the expense of a lot of things. There is no singular reason why Wesleyan is losing its “weirdness.” It’s been the death of a thousand tiny cuts. The unhippiezation, if you will, that trustees and marketing and financial experts thought would bring bigger alumni donations and grants. It’s tiny institutional changes that have sacrificed our tiny little freedoms for the sake of public safety and security. It’s the copy and pasting of other institutions’ policies into ours. It’s the hiring of professional staff members who seem not to care about the culture that past generations have been cultivating here for the sake of homogeneity with other schools.
And I could get into a lot of different concerns I have about the current college climate here and across the nation, but to bring it back home, the biggest concern I have is the sterilization of Wesleyan in the here and now. It’s not about who is to blame or what is to blame, it’s more about deciding for ourselves who we as an collective student body want to be recognized for. Part of the trouble with that is we need to be a collective student body first. That’s one of the biggest reasons Xue and I started Wesleying. We wanted make the campus smaller for everyone in one of the only spaces not governed at all by the administration but where most students spend a considerable amount of their time. To put it this way isn’t nearly as eloquent or earthshattering as one might hope, but this is our effort, what’s yours?