It’s not unusual for alumni to air grievances about controversial administrative decisions. It’s also not uncommon for famous alumni to pay tribute to their Wesleyan experience, either in words or financial donations. But for a hugely distinguished alum to publicly criticize a major administrative decision (i.e., MoCon demolition) feels strangely unique.
Matthew Weiner 87 (or someone pretending to be him), best known as creator of Mad Men, left the following comment on a recent Argus article detailing MoCon demolition plans. Scroll through the full comments for some further compelling alumni perspectives.
Another building we will see in books and wonder how could it ever have been destroyed.
It’s shameful that this is happening at Wesleyan. It shows such a supreme disrespect for the arts. How fascinating that a building of that architectural significance has to justify its financial value.
And on that note, what an interesting message to Donors: “Wesleyan has no memory, no respect for the arts, and no desire to keep its promises to the very patrons of its monuments.”
I went to Wesleyan during the Reagan years and we spent a lot of time having to prove the value of art. We were constantly under attack to justify it financially. I’m disappointed to see the same business Darwinism and specious logic of “the marketplace” applied to what is clearly an architecturally significant structure.
And what I find the most fascinating is that it’s considered a childish weakness to have an emotional attachment to this building.
Who decided MoCon was worthless? Who decided it wasn’t art? Who decided this was progress?
Whomever they were, they obviously forgot that a University’s true financial health is related to its standing in the mind of its graduates.
And yes, that is emotional.