Chalking was so 2013. Bold saboteurs took to the rear wall of South College over the past weekend to tag the words “Need Blind Now!” to the brownstones. The writing, which appeared Sunday morning, represents an escalation in casual chalking graffiti to spray paint, which is virtually non-existent on this campus; it also represents a break in the relative silence on campus around need-blind.
One passer-by reported the smiling face of Michael Roth, who called down from the president’s office window to the group of students discussing the graffiti underneath. He told them the University would “restore need blind as soon at it can.” Don’t hold your breath.
The administration did not have an official response to the graffiti, though it was promptly removed.
Chalking was officially banned on Wesleyan’s campus in 2002, when President Douglas Bennet ’59 declared a moratorium on the practice. The need-blind movement has previously used chalking (most notably in fall 2012) as a means to raise awareness and protest Wesleyan’s getting rid of need-blind. In October 2012, students attempted a legal chalk-in but were thwarted by President Roth.
If you walk by South College you can still see a hint of red spray paint on the edge of the building.
See our past coverage on chalking here.