Talks of Cutting WestCo??

The Undergraduate Residential Life Committee (URLC) has been talking for the past several weeks about cutting one or more buildings from the West College program and opening those spaces up to General Room Selection (GRS) – the URLC has been considering ways to increase access to Foss Hill. The reasons for considering downsizing WestCo included a failure to attract enough sophomore applicants to fill rooms and WestCo’s inability to attract Students of Color. The Committee will reach a decision on Tuesday, but as of the last meeting, the members of the Committee were split on the issue.

“Honestly, these reasons don’t justify removing a building,” said Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Chair Mike Pernick ’10, who co-chairs the URLC with the director of Residential Life. “WestCo saw a one-year drop in the number of sophomore applicants – there were 105 applicants last year and only 81 this year – but my impression is that it is a one-year trend.” (WestCo needs to fill 57 spots with sophomores each year.)

The proposal elicited a strong response from the WestCo community.

“What we’ve been talking about is what we think will be a demoralizing effect on the community,” said Sarah Leitson ’11, one of the five WestCo presidents. “The decision doesn’t take into account the vibrant community life that does exist in WestCo.” Leitson also noted that the WestCo community has acknowledged the validity of some of the concerns brought forth by the URLC and is looking at ways to improve upon these problems.

Pernick met with the WestCo Presidents and residents at WestCo’s weekly meeting, Guidance, to discuss the issue. “I’m going to stand up for the student body and do what I can to ensure a building isn’t removed,” he said. “Removing a building would be a demoralizing and inadequate response to the problems the community has faced.”

If the proposed cut passes the URLC, it is then referred to the Student Life Committee for a final decision. “Wesleyan’s bureaucracy is a convoluted mess, but it allows students to effectively impact the University’s decisions and even decide many University policies,” said Pernick. “Students have a majority on the Student Life Committee.”

Note: Special thanks to Mr. Pernick for letting everyone know what’s up.

22 thoughts on “Talks of Cutting WestCo??

  1. Anonymous

    WHO CARES if there are no blacks in west co? Its a cultural thing, not a racial thing. there are no white in x-house or oppression house. that doesn’t seem to be a problem.

  2. Anonymous

    WHO CARES if there are no blacks in west co? Its a cultural thing, not a racial thing. there are no white in x-house or oppression house. that doesn’t seem to be a problem.

  3. Anonymous

    about time they got rid of that pot smoking, flag burning, good for nothing, terrorist training camp they call westco.

  4. Anonymous

    about time they got rid of that pot smoking, flag burning, good for nothing, terrorist training camp they call westco.

  5. Anonymous

    there are no black people in eclectic either (because westco kids graduate directly into eclectic)but if you shut eclectic down, no more dance parties

  6. Anonymous

    there are no black people in eclectic either (because westco kids graduate directly into eclectic)
    but if you shut eclectic down, no more dance parties

  7. Anonymous

    even if one building were removed from westco, there’s no reason to believe there’d be any change in the racial make-up of the building.lets hope the administration gets their head out of their ass, listens to the WSA, and keeps westco the way it is.

  8. Anonymous

    even if one building were removed from westco, there’s no reason to believe there’d be any change in the racial make-up of the building.

    lets hope the administration gets their head out of their ass, listens to the WSA, and keeps westco the way it is.

  9. Anonymous

    I like the approach they were describing in terms of tackling existing problems without removing any buildings. It’s true that racial diversity is an issue, and I think it’s one that needs to be addressed, but there are other ways to do so besides cutting the building numbers.

  10. Anonymous

    I like the approach they were describing in terms of tackling existing problems without removing any buildings. It’s true that racial diversity is an issue, and I think it’s one that needs to be addressed, but there are other ways to do so besides cutting the building numbers.

  11. Anonymous

    westco doesn’t lack “almost any racial diversity” it just lacks members of the black community. yes, that is a major issue, but don’t ignore all the other minorities that are living in westco at this very moment. i believe westco is 80% white, by the way

  12. Anonymous

    westco doesn’t lack “almost any racial diversity” it just lacks members of the black community. yes, that is a major issue, but don’t ignore all the other minorities that are living in westco at this very moment. i believe westco is 80% white, by the way

  13. Justin

    I don’t know. WestCo promotes a certain kind of student culture, whether explicitly or implicitly. Just like Womanist House, or Sign House, or Chinese House. If these other houses are in the ResLife fold, as I think they are, why can’t WestCo be allowed to cater to a certain culture, too?(That’s an actual question, I’m not arguing in support of a position because it’s not all that important to me, heh.)

  14. Justin

    I don’t know. WestCo promotes a certain kind of student culture, whether explicitly or implicitly. Just like Womanist House, or Sign House, or Chinese House. If these other houses are in the ResLife fold, as I think they are, why can’t WestCo be allowed to cater to a certain culture, too?

    (That’s an actual question, I’m not arguing in support of a position because it’s not all that important to me, heh.)

  15. Anonymous

    Even though reslife says that they’re considering this move because of fewer applicants, open your eyes, folks, they’re doing this because WESTCO LACKS ALMOST ANY RACIAL DIVERSITY! i’ve been involved with reslife in the past and we have discussed this. You would realize it’s a problem if you were aware enough to think about this. -a white person

  16. Anonymous

    Even though reslife says that they’re considering this move because of fewer applicants, open your eyes, folks, they’re doing this because WESTCO LACKS ALMOST ANY RACIAL DIVERSITY! i’ve been involved with reslife in the past and we have discussed this. You would realize it’s a problem if you were aware enough to think about this.
    -a white person

  17. Anonymous

    if westco is made smaller does that mean the applicants to eclectic will be fewer the following year?

  18. Anonymous

    if westco is made smaller does that mean the applicants to eclectic will be fewer the following year?

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