In a much-needed change of topic from all those rankings, let’s see what we have to look forward to on campus.
Here’s an overview:
- MoCon is gone.
- More meal points!
- ResLife is going to introduce Hall Councils…
- The Allbritton Coffee Shop should finally open.
- Moodle is replacing BlackBoard.
- Easier access to (prescription) drugs.
UPDATED dining information from WSA Dining Committee Chair Zach Malter ’13.
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Changes to the Map
- MoCon is gone…
- The top of Van Vleck observatory has been repainted and Roth says it “shines anew atop Foss Hill.”
- The College of the Environment has moved to 284 High Street (where the GLSP used to be).
- The Graduate Liberal Studies Program (GLSP) is now next door to the Admission Office.
- The Investment Office has moved back to North College. If I remember correctly, that’s where it had been until the now infamous Thomas Kannam had it moved away from watchful administration eyes.
- Housing renovations have created 30 40 new ‘beds’ for undergraduates.
- 156 High Street has a brand new suite of 10 beds on the main floor.
- 162 Church Street (which used to be the Community Service Office) and 109 Cross Street are now senior housing. 260 Pine Street is now a 6-bedroom house for seniors.
- Womanist House is moving to 44 Brainard Avenue, and German Haus is moving to 65 Lawn Avenue.
- Dorm buildings now have a new energy metering and monitoring system that will display real time data on energy consumption. Apparently, this means that the Do-It-In-the-Dark program is going to be expanded. Do-It-In-the-Dark is a sort of energy waste reduction program the houses have had, not an excuse for Psi U hookups.
- ResLife is going to try a Hall Council program to encourage community in the dorms, like the WestCo Guidance program. RA’s are going to hold elections for dorm presidents in the beginning of the year.
- The Butts now feature segregated all-freshman and all-sophomore halls.
- New card readers for laundry are being installed.
- Laundry baskets are going to be introduced to help with waiting for available machines in the laundry rooms.
- Meal points have increased 4.4%, although a lot of us will still probably run out.
- The administration is considering changing Summerfields hours to serve dinner from 5:30-9 PM instead of 5-8 PM as well as eliminating the “extended lunch” at Usdan (from 2-3 PM). The two do not necessarily relate.
- The long awaited coffee shop in the basement of Allbritton should finally open.
- M*Link. The M*link bus now stops at Williams Street and High Street six days a week. For $1.25 fare, we can get to the Meriden Amtrak station or various shopping centers. This took effect a couple of weeks before the end of last semester.
- Wesleyan Bike Rental Program (WesBikes) We’ll be able to borrow a bike, helmet, and U-lock at a cost of $15 for 6 weeks or $25 for 10 weeks.
- Hopefully the WSA’s effort to restore E-Squid, the Wes-specific version of RateMyProfessor.com, has come to fruition.
- New Certificates: Writing Certificate, South Asian Studies Certificate, Social, Cultural & Critical Theory Certificate, Middle Eastern Studies Certificate, and the College of the Environment (linked-major/program)
- The deadline to withdraw from a class will be moved to the last week of classes.
- Oversubscription: Every student will be allowed a maximum of 16 credits in a given department irrespective of course level, or whether or not the student is participating in a senior project or thesis.
- Lab computers are going to be upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7, but Macs won’t get an upgrade “until more testing has been done.”
- Bye, bye Blackboard. Moodle is taking over as the classroom management service, although this year is supposed to be a transition period.
Prescription Drug Pick-up
- The SAC is introducing a system where students can have their drugs sent directly to the Wesleyan Student Health Center from CVS.
Of course, since I haven’t been on campus yet, this is all subject to implementation. Malter notes that “the WSA drafted its final year report with the knowledge that some of the information would be modified as the administration assessed policy over the summer.”