In case you missed it, President Michael Roth sat down for an interview with the Argus last week to talk about what he thinks he’s accomplished during his two years in office (budget-balancing, forming A Long-Term Plan) how Wes has changed since he was a student here thirty years ago, and what he plans for the future despite economic pressures.
There’s the typical talk about enhancing financial aid, increasing investment in the sciences, encouraging creativity, and maintaining a distinctive Wesleyan spirit/character/personality/etc.
But there are also the more ambitious goals of launching the “College of the Environment”, a major program which will eventually be on par with CSS and COL, doubling the number of international students attending, and actively encouraging all students to pursue senior capstone projects, which are all pretty big deals – we’ll definitely be hearing more about these in the future.
Roth thinks idealism has always been a constant among Wesleyan students, but apparently the fight song has grown in popularity in recent decades:
I belonged to Alpha Delta Phi and I was very involved with the activities of the fraternity but I’d never heard the fight song—I didn’t even know there was a fight song! Wesleyan students sing it not so much with irony as with glee. Of course, part of the student culture is oppositional and that’s also a very good thing, but I think we express our school spirit more freely today than in the past.
Do we really? How apathetic were students thirty years ago, if our generation represents a high point for Wesleyan school spirit?