One anonymous commenter asked what the deal with the firebombing talk on the ACB is about. Surprisingly, this was not about chocolate sauce in various orifices, but rather, an incident that occurred 17 years ago in 1990.
An Argus Article from 2004 described the incident:
On April 7, 1990 at 4 a.m. a fist-sized rock was thrown through the Wesleyan President’s window followed by two Molotov Cocktails. Shots were allegedly fired from an AK-47 in the bushes of Van Vleck Observatory towards South College.
Full article here
The short nytimes article about the guilty plea of the perpetrator (Link) had this excerpt:
Prosecutors said Mr. Ranganathan and Mr. Haddad had planned the firebombing to retaliate for what they saw as the university’s failure to promote the rights of minorities.
From what I can gather, the firebombing was, at least in part, student protest calling for the divestiture of apartheid South Africa. The debate on the ACB shows that there is some disagreement about whether this was actually a legitimate act and whether it was handled fairly.
I just have to say: wow, I never heard about this event my entire freshman year. I mean, between stories about how a certain literary society paid the Grateful Dead to play on Foss Hill in LSD and the fact that Joss Whedeon had sex in the cinema you think someone would’ve mentioned a firebombing that wasn’t just some kid being dumb Clark. Normally, I think throwing moltov cocktails at anything is a bad way to encourage your point in a debate, but i may just not understand power dynamics.
Perhaps my older and wiser fellow wesleying contributors wish to comment?