Website seeks your opinion of Wesleyan

Alex Gelman ’08, an intern at bystudents.com, writes:

Tired of reading about Wesleyan in Ye Olde Reviewe of Agriculture and Cattle-Rustling Institutes? Well, stop pouting there Pouty Pauline, and do something about it!

Take the bystudents.com Wesleyan survey at bystudents.com/wesleyan, and get your real opinions out there.

Whether you do it to air your own grievances, or just to warn future generations of Wesleyan students that the all-girls “Brothel” hall in the Hewitts isn’t actually a brothel, know that you’re thoughts and feelings on this place that you’ve dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars to over the years will be heard.

18 thoughts on “Website seeks your opinion of Wesleyan

  1. adam

    Hey Wesleying – my name’s Adam Freelander, I graduated wes in 05, and I’m a Managing Editor at ByStudents. I wanted to explain us a little.We’re a startup company entirely staffed by recent college grads. (there are 20 of us here and 4 of us are Wes grads.) We’re building something that doesn’t exist yet, which is a free, massive, online, entirely student-written college guide for high school kids.Right now, all college guidebooks on the market are written by journalists who get all the info about the schools they cover from Admissions and PR departments. The resulting info is usually pretty horrible (whitewashed) and almost never accurately represents the schools it’s talking about. We’re trying to create an alternative to that.While I was at Wesleyan, one of our major concerns as a student body was that admissions and the administration were systematically mainstreaming Wesleyan – that in order to boost their US News rating and their endowment, they were basically trying to make the school less weird with every incoming class. They were basically saying, We reject the school you know and love, and we’re going to use all our power to create a new, whiter, preppier Wesleyan in its place.The goal of our guide is simply this: to offer a resource that explains what colleges are ACTUALLY like, not what their administrations want prospective students to think they’re like. I think it’s a pretty noble goal – and it’d better be, because none of us are making much money from it.I believe in this an incredible amount. Gelman is our intern at Wes, basically charged with spreading the word about our survey, and we aren’t paying him a cent. We’re running on sheer enthusiasm for the project.If ANYONE wants to know more about this, or who we are, or whatever, I’d be happy to talk to you about it. My office phone # is: 646-861-7850. I’m an idiot for giving that out online, but whatev. I’d be excited to hear from any of you. Thanks.

  2. adam

    Hey Wesleying – my name’s Adam Freelander, I graduated wes in 05, and I’m a Managing Editor at ByStudents. I wanted to explain us a little.

    We’re a startup company entirely staffed by recent college grads. (there are 20 of us here and 4 of us are Wes grads.) We’re building something that doesn’t exist yet, which is a free, massive, online, entirely student-written college guide for high school kids.

    Right now, all college guidebooks on the market are written by journalists who get all the info about the schools they cover from Admissions and PR departments. The resulting info is usually pretty horrible (whitewashed) and almost never accurately represents the schools it’s talking about. We’re trying to create an alternative to that.

    While I was at Wesleyan, one of our major concerns as a student body was that admissions and the administration were systematically mainstreaming Wesleyan – that in order to boost their US News rating and their endowment, they were basically trying to make the school less weird with every incoming class. They were basically saying, We reject the school you know and love, and we’re going to use all our power to create a new, whiter, preppier Wesleyan in its place.

    The goal of our guide is simply this: to offer a resource that explains what colleges are ACTUALLY like, not what their administrations want prospective students to think they’re like. I think it’s a pretty noble goal – and it’d better be, because none of us are making much money from it.

    I believe in this an incredible amount. Gelman is our intern at Wes, basically charged with spreading the word about our survey, and we aren’t paying him a cent. We’re running on sheer enthusiasm for the project.

    If ANYONE wants to know more about this, or who we are, or whatever, I’d be happy to talk to you about it. My office phone # is: 646-861-7850. I’m an idiot for giving that out online, but whatev. I’d be excited to hear from any of you. Thanks.

  3. Anonymous

    @12:40:Who calls up a company before completing an online survey?Enjoy the internship!

  4. Anonymous

    @12:40:
    Who calls up a company before completing an online survey?

    Enjoy the internship!

  5. Anonymous

    I called the company before I took the survey to see if it was legit. Cool people. It’s founded and run by 4 recent Wesleyan alums (!) and it’s all recent college grads. They’re creating a website, and they have a book deal, so they’ll publish lots of uncensored student opinions. They said their whole office is 27 y/o and under, and very heavily Wesleyan / anti- the typical corporate view.Seems relatively solid. They were very gung-ho about being uncensored, and printing things students love (and hate), so you don’t see the same neutered view. Also – which I guess is good – they’ll publish student issues, so what we’d usually protest about, they’ll print it and it could get media attention (and maybe that’ll get the admin to take notice …)Dunno. Seemed more worthwhile than most things of this sort. And taking the survey was more fun than writing my paper.

  6. Anonymous

    I called the company before I took the survey to see if it was legit. Cool people. It’s founded and run by 4 recent Wesleyan alums (!) and it’s all recent college grads. They’re creating a website, and they have a book deal, so they’ll publish lots of uncensored student opinions. They said their whole office is 27 y/o and under, and very heavily Wesleyan / anti- the typical corporate view.

    Seems relatively solid. They were very gung-ho about being uncensored, and printing things students love (and hate), so you don’t see the same neutered view.

    Also – which I guess is good – they’ll publish student issues, so what we’d usually protest about, they’ll print it and it could get media attention (and maybe that’ll get the admin to take notice …)

    Dunno. Seemed more worthwhile than most things of this sort. And taking the survey was more fun than writing my paper.

  7. Anonymous

    I gave the survey a shot. It’s basically the same thing as sending a college guidebook publisher an email. Useless

  8. Anonymous

    I gave the survey a shot. It’s basically the same thing as sending a college guidebook publisher an email. Useless

  9. Anonymous

    “Tell us what you really think about Wesleyan. ByStudents is 100% student-written, and 100% uncensored.”How is something they’re going to publish by picking and choosing quites going to be 100% uncensored?

  10. Anonymous

    “Tell us what you really think about Wesleyan. ByStudents is 100% student-written, and 100% uncensored.”

    How is something they’re going to publish by picking and choosing quites going to be 100% uncensored?

  11. Anonymous

    Wow, it seems this guidebook publisher ($) wants us to write for them for free.Hope Gelman’s not getting benefits for being on a company’s “street team”, like most people who talk up corporate websites are. That’d be whoring out your cred for credit.Wesleying, stop posting these ads.

  12. Anonymous

    Wow, it seems this guidebook publisher ($) wants us to write for them for free.

    Hope Gelman’s not getting benefits for being on a company’s “street team”, like most people who talk up corporate websites are. That’d be whoring out your cred for credit.

    Wesleying, stop posting these ads.

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