Fueling, I’m 60% sure, what will become a descent into a student-vs.-administration back-and-forth in the comments, President Roth just posted about the incident on Fountain Ave. in an article titled “Disturbing Semester’s End” at his blog, Roth on Wesleyan:
I had anticipated writing a happy “Finals Are Over!” blog entry at the end of the week. Instead, we are dealing with the aftermath of the disturbing events that happened as law enforcement officers broke up a student gathering very early Friday morning.
… Mike Whaley (VP for Student Affairs) and I have received dozens of reports from eyewitnesses. I’ve spoken with some police officers and the Chief of Police. We are piecing together the most reliable account possible to understand what went wrong and why. We are reviewing all this information, and I will be meeting with Middletown authorities to follow up on the many complaints our students have made about the use of force. We will also be reviewing our own policies as well as the behavior of some members of the Wesleyan community.
I do not intend to host a debate on this blog about who was at fault. We continue to gather information, and I will consult with student, faculty and Middletown leaders about our findings. By better understanding what went wrong this week, we can greatly improve the chances that an event like this will not happen again in our community.
Regardless of his position on the issue right now (which makes sense to me, as an observer), kudos to President Roth for providing some insight into the administration’s position, over and above the standard University announcement that was sent out yesterday.