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Film Series: Days of Heaven

1978. USA. Dir: Terrence Malick. With Richard Gere, Brooke Adams. 94 min.

The Tree of Life auteur poetically evokes the fleetingness of time and place with beautiful pastoral imagery. A hotheaded man on the run retreats to the countryside with his girlfriend and sister, finding seasonal work on a wheat farm and opportunistic interest in the wealthy owner. And then come the locusts…

Tonight. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. Free.

Need-Blind Wes Is Back

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This courtesy of Evan Bieder ’15:

After a brief hiatus, Need Blind Wes is back!

For those who don’t know, in 2012 Wesleyan terminated its need blind admissions policy. As a result, the socio-economic status of about 10% of applicants for the Class of 2017 played a role in their acceptance/rejection. Last year, many students pushed back against this new policy (through a banner dropan occupation of a Board of Trustees meetinga homecoming protest, and a number of other actions/discussions archived on the Need Blind website), but the policy was implemented nonetheless.

This discriminatory policy has already impacted Wesleyan’s socio-economic diversity. From the class of 2016 to the class of 2017 the number of students receiving financial aid decreased from 48% to 42%, the number of students receiving grant aid decreased from 44% to 37%, and the number of first generation four-year college students decreased from 16% to 13%.