Earlier today, Evan Bieder ’15 and A-Batte, the two students documented by Public Safety in last Saturday’s confrontation with President Roth over “legal chalking,” received confirmation that their actions were totally kosher and not in violation of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct. In celebration, Daniel Plafker ’15, the student who filmed (part of) the incident, invites you to chalk about the passion up and down Church Street sidewalks, with no fear of disciplinary action. Facebook event here, more info below:
Wesleyan rejoice! This Friday, a massive legal daytime chalk-in will take place on the Church Street sidewalks outside Pi Cafe at 12:30 pm. Join your community for a carnival of free-expression, resistance, and art. Demonstrate that administrative intimidation won’t silence student voices being exercised in a civil, legal manner, on public streets where chalking is not banned. Wanna protest the lack of administrative transparency, give a shout-out to that cutie in your Anthro class, oppose class discrimination in our admissions process, do a lame Banksy imitation, raise questions about our rapidly crumbling relationship with this city, get high and draw flowers? Let’s do it together! Let’s make Church Street beautiful!
This is not about any single cause or issue. This is about reclaiming the right to shape our public space democratically as a community.
Chalk will be provided. Bring it if you got it.
I thought chalking was banned? How is this legal?
Wesleyan policy states only “chalking is prohibited on University property.” Church Street and its sidewalks are public streets. Middletown allows chalking on its sidewalks. This has been confirmed with the city government.
What about those kids from Parents’ Weekend? Weren’t they written up?
Anwar and Evan were both documented by P-Safe but because their actions were not in violation of the code, no SJB charges were filed. The Dean’s office has confirmed that chalking on public city streets does not violate the code.
But isn’t chalking vandalism?
Chalking is innocuous and temporary. It either gets worn away in a matter of days by footsteps or washed away as soon as it rains.
So how do I preserve my masterpiece?
Never fear! Got Instagram? Simply snap your handiwork and tag it with the hashtag ‘#chalkwes’, and it will be preserved for posterity.
Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Place: Church Street sidewalks, near Pi
For a very brief rundown on the history of chalking at Wes, click here. Too bad those kids in ’02 didn’t have Instagram.