Here is a Letter to the Editor from an alum in today’s Courant about that article:
A Disconnect At Wesleyan
In response to the March 6 article “Students Want Wesleyan To Keep The Weirdness” [Page 1]:
The comments of Wesleyan University’s vice president for public affairs, Justin Harmon, which belittled Wesleyan students, illustrate the growing unfortunate disconnect between the university administration and its student body (of which I am a proud alumnus).
Wesleyan attracts the nation’s elite students to Middletown: the world’s future intellectuals and activists. Yet the underlying message in Harmon’s comment that “students … may lack some perspective” is that they can hardly be trusted with a halogen lamp or toaster because the building will go up in flames.
The valedictorians and newspaper editors I went to Wesleyan with certainly could be trusted with the occasional lit candle. Sadly, the administration lumbers with a bureaucracy befitting a university twice its size and views its students more like widgets than human beings whose opinions are valued.
Why the sudden rush to tax an already overworked maintenance staff with painting over three decades of graffiti in unused tunnels when leaky toilets and burned out lightbulbs go ignored for weeks?
If Wesleyan focused all this energy on improved course selection, financial aid and the like instead of over-parenting by proxy, students would learn to trust the administration and think that it actually had their best interests at heart.
Alden Ferro New Haven