“And just like he said, I coulda told ya / M. Roth, the holder of a boulder, the money folder.”
Michael Roth and Professor Kari Weil, notorious cutest couple of Arguses past, have opted to donate $100,000 to Wesleyan’s endowment for financial aid. Repeat for emphasis: President Roth and Professor Kari Weil have opted to donate $100,000 to Wesleyan’s endowment for financial aid. Special thanks to the Wesleyan Connection for the tip, and slightly specialer thanks to Roth and Weil for, err, the 100 grand. Seriously: thanks, you guys! This is grand stuff. As Trustee-in-Chief Joshua Boger ’73 wisely put it,
I can’t thank Michael and Kari enough for their generosity. Their gift represents the kind of ‘stretch gift’ that we are frequently soliciting from other alumni and their families, and I hope that all members of the Wesleyan community will follow their lead in making Wesleyan a philanthropic priority.
According to the Connection report, Wes is spending $47 million on financial aid this academic year. (In 2011, you may recall, Wes raised $37.74 million, nearly half of which went towards aid. At the time, Roth spoke hopefully about strengthening the university’s “economic foundation” and minimizing the need to hike tuition again, as Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees voted to do a year ago this week.)
In other Roth-related updates? Well, there’s a new blog post about creativity at Wes. Roth references Saturday’s Jubilee event in Crowell, as well as Aaron Peisner ’12’s senior thesis concert in the Chapel, which he calls “a labor of affection, intelligence and joy.” It’s all about enhancing student creativity, the president surmises. Whether that objective requires a 10,000-freaking-word report by a Director of Strategic Initiatives or a $100,000 presidential donation or just a megaphone and some freakish bird costumes is honestly anyone’s debate.