[LIVEBLOG] President Roth’s Second State of the School Address

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President Michael S. Roth ’78 is back in the Memorial Chapel tonight for the second annual State of the School Address, organized by the WSA in conjunction with the Ankh and the Argus. At 8 PM, Wesleyan’s own pioneer of liberal education will answer questions submitted by current students, and all of these questions will subsequently be passed on to the Board of Trustees to be discussed at their next meeting.

Last year’s address was the first time the WSA had done anything like this. Enacted by last year’s President Kate Cullen ’16 and VP Aidan Martinez ’17, the annual event was established in order to promote and facilitate transparent discussion between students and the administration. As described by the WSA:

The intention of this event is to provide students the opportunity to speak face-to-face with President Roth, ask meaningful questions and hear his reasoning behind major decisions. Through organizing this dialogue, the WSA strives to raise the student voice in administrative decisions and inform President Roth on how to make better decisions to meet our needs as students.

Naturally, we’ll be liveblogging. The structure is as follows:

  1. Introduction by the WSA (5 minutes) — intention, history of creation, explanation of purpose
  2. President Roth’s monologue-type address (20 minutes)
  3. Question and answer section (1 hour)
  4. Closing remarks (5 minutes)

A student-only debrief will be held afterward in the Zelnick Pavilion from 9:30-10:30. Click through for our liveblog of the address:

wilk September 21, 20167:41 PM

Any predictions y’all?

wilk September 21, 20167:42 PM

My prediction: there will be lots of talking

wilk September 21, 20167:49 PM

Overheard: “Here to watch the propaganda”

Maya September 21, 20167:53 PM

the tone of last year’s address was pretty reactionary to a lot of different things that happened on campus during the 2014-2015 school year, like black lives matter protests on campus, concerns about the shrinking AFAM department, mental illness resources on campus, sexual violence, and need-blind admissions / financial aid. wondering if these are going to be the main issues again, and how much the rhetoric will change

kitab September 21, 20167:57 PM

we are discussing whether this event is entirely meaningless

kitab September 21, 20167:57 PM

“it resulted in a general malaise last year. no one really felt like it was productive”

kitab September 21, 20167:58 PM

“i feel like this will never be productive, but it will always be a thing that exists. actually no, i can see this not existing after… this year.” “yeah.”

kitab September 21, 20168:01 PM

fun fact: last year we “co-sponsored” this. we don’t know what “co-sponsored” means when we don’t have money but oh well?

wilk September 21, 20168:03 PM

Yeah, everyone, where are you? Last year this place was full

Maya September 21, 20168:03 PM

wtf is this emoji shit

wilk September 21, 20168:04 PM

Roth just entered the building. Don’t know where he went. Wonder if he’s mingling

Aviv September 21, 20168:04 PM

roth lives 2 mingle

kitab September 21, 20168:05 PM

stay tuned for roth pics to “spice this liveblog up”

wilk September 21, 20168:05 PM

Roth is indeed mingling in the front row

kitab September 21, 20168:06 PM

a hush fell over the crowd

wilk September 21, 20168:06 PM

Rebecca Hutman ’17 introducing the talk

Maya September 21, 20168:06 PM

alriiiiiight here we go

Aviv September 21, 20168:06 PM

this turnout is rough tbh

wilk September 21, 20168:07 PM

This event was proposed 2 years ago

kitab September 21, 20168:07 PM

ok honestly i will never understand why it is the “state of the school” not the “state of the university.” did they not learn abt parallel structure?

wilk September 21, 20168:07 PM

Purpose stated: greater sense of collective responsibility across campus

Maya September 21, 20168:07 PM

yeah last year the bottom row was all full, people were protesting, and now it’s like.. abysmal

Maya September 21, 20168:08 PM

RH hopes for a “sustained dialogue btwn students and the administration” as a result

wilk September 21, 20168:08 PM

First we’re hearing from President Roth, then there will be a moderated q&a

Aviv September 21, 20168:08 PM

can’t wait 4 student questions

wilk September 21, 20168:09 PM

THE BOARD IS COMING THIS WEEKEND

kitab September 21, 20168:09 PM

follow up questions can be emailed to wsa@wesleyan.edu or tweeted at the wsa @WSAnews

Maya September 21, 20168:11 PM

acknowledging “all the black bodies being slain through state-sanctioned violence” followed by a moment of silence

Maya September 21, 20168:11 PM

x house is opening the basement at 9:35 as a safe space for students of color

wilk September 21, 20168:11 PM

Roth is just now taking the stage

philosophie September 21, 20168:12 PM

Roth takes the floor

Aviv September 21, 20168:12 PM

note the lack of claps

Maya September 21, 20168:12 PM

“anybody feel like moving up?” aww buddy

wilk September 21, 20168:12 PM

I DO NOT FEEL LIKE MOVING UP I AM RIGHT NEXT TO THE WIFI ROUTER

wilk September 21, 20168:12 PM

Roth, privileging the argus

wilk September 21, 20168:12 PM

oops

wilk September 21, 20168:12 PM

“There is some news” – roth

Aviv September 21, 20168:12 PM

s/o the first years

kitab September 21, 20168:12 PM

“The Argus–Jacob there– has predicted what I am going to say. I am tempted to make up something completely different. But no, it’s pretty good”

kitab September 21, 20168:13 PM

srs will be “bored for a while”

wilk September 21, 20168:13 PM

Looks like Roth might be taking about the thing he hates the most, the media

Maya September 21, 20168:13 PM

apparently he’s going to repeat a bunch of the shit he said last year and i’m not at all surprised

Maya September 21, 20168:13 PM

i pregamed this

kitab September 21, 20168:13 PM

admissions: “an important index for seeing who around the country and the world–what kinds of students–are interested in this kind of education”

philosophie September 21, 20168:13 PM

Roth: Admissions is “an important index for seeing who around the world is interested in the kind of education we have to offer”

wilk September 21, 20168:13 PM

Roth is praising the applicant pool growing by 20%

kitab September 21, 20168:14 PM

frosh r more competitive than us

Maya September 21, 20168:14 PM

“the competition for entering the school […] [bunch of stuff about how great wesleyan is] … ” then he didn’t finish this sentence

Aviv September 21, 20168:14 PM

~~Over 12,000 applications~~

kitab September 21, 20168:14 PM

“my goal is not to reject more students. that is what happens”

wilk September 21, 20168:14 PM

Note: Wesleyan dropped SATs/ACTs 2 years ago and dropped the supplement last year, at the same time that our lord and savior Lin Manuel Miranda blew up

Aviv September 21, 20168:14 PM

but his goal “is not to reject more students who want to be at wes”

kitab September 21, 20168:14 PM

what is this “value”

wilk September 21, 20168:14 PM

WHERE ALL THE APPLICATION FEE MONEY GOING THO?

Maya September 21, 20168:15 PM

goal: “to add value to the diplomas you take away from you when you graduate” // impt “if more and more people from different places want to study at wesleyan”

philosophie September 21, 20168:15 PM

Admission’s goal is not to reject more students but instead wants to add more value to our diplomas.

kitab September 21, 20168:15 PM

probably our “second-to-none” alumni network

Aviv September 21, 20168:15 PM

oy vey how many frickin applicants do they want

wilk September 21, 20168:15 PM

“We are very focused on continuing to expand the application pool”

Maya September 21, 20168:15 PM

admissions are “a vehicle for seeing who recognizes the quality of the education that is offered here”

Aviv September 21, 20168:15 PM

wellesley-wesleyan joke alert

kitab September 21, 20168:15 PM

MRoth so tired of us being confused w wellesley

kitab September 21, 20168:16 PM

but let’s be real wellesley is freaking beautiful

wilk September 21, 20168:16 PM

President Brand talking about Branding

Maya September 21, 20168:16 PM

brands

philosophie September 21, 20168:16 PM

aren’t we all?

Aviv September 21, 20168:16 PM

hong kong, newark, san antonio ?? are apparently places where wes alums r gonna work ??

kitab September 21, 20168:16 PM

“oh that’s a great school, my cousin got rejected there”

kitab September 21, 20168:17 PM

if you want to not be recognized for rejecting ppl stop talking abt rejecting ppl

Aviv September 21, 20168:17 PM

THIS IS WHY CAMPAIGKJSDFKJLSDJKFLDSJKLF

Maya September 21, 20168:17 PM

oh now talkin about “this is why” and how great it is, blah blah, “the reason we called it this is why is bc wes students and alumni hate to be told about wesleyan” okay soooooooooooo what is this then

Aviv September 21, 20168:18 PM

soooo um where’s that $ $ $ $ going then

kitab September 21, 20168:18 PM

THE FIRST RESULT ON TWITTER FOR THIS IS WHY IS A VIDEO OF COWS

philosophie September 21, 20168:18 PM

“Everyone (read: Michael Roth) thinks they know about Wesleyan and has very strong feelings about Wesleyan”

kitab September 21, 20168:18 PM

third result is a tweet abt pizza

Maya September 21, 20168:18 PM

$482 million raised from thisiswhy but where it at mroth? where it at

Maya September 21, 20168:19 PM

“we spend about 4.3% of the endowment. so if i give $1M to the endowment i’m spending $4300 of it every year. but at least it’s every year”

wilk September 21, 20168:19 PM

Roth is talking about the endowment. Read about that particular thing here http://wesleying.org/2015/11/12/endowment-101-and-continuing-the-conversation-on-divestment/

Aviv September 21, 20168:19 PM

apparently we refinanced our debt last year???

kitab September 21, 20168:19 PM

tbt to when obamacare stole thisiswhy

wilk September 21, 20168:19 PM

“How many of you live in Bennet?”

philosophie September 21, 20168:19 PM

Bennet represent!

Maya September 21, 20168:19 PM

in the spring, we refinanced our debt. this is important because.. because of bennet? in senior fauver? “probably many of you have eaten at usdan”

kitab September 21, 20168:19 PM

we luv wes money bc we live in bennet or fauver or eat in usdan

Aviv September 21, 20168:20 PM

“Clark used to be THE DUMP of the school”

kitab September 21, 20168:20 PM

“people fight to get into clark” what

Aviv September 21, 20168:20 PM

apparently “ppl fight 2 get into clark”

Maya September 21, 20168:20 PM

ok but everyone fucking hated president bennet

wilk September 21, 20168:20 PM

Roth: “Probably all of you have eaten in Usdan”

Aviv September 21, 20168:20 PM

lived in clark last yr; can confirm false

Maya September 21, 20168:21 PM

we refinanced our debts for “one. hundred. years. which is a big deal”

kitab September 21, 20168:21 PM

we don’t have to start saving money to pay back our debt
?

wilk September 21, 20168:21 PM

We refinanced debt on a 100 year loan weareallgonnabedeadbeforewesleyansdonepayingayyyyyy

kitab September 21, 20168:22 PM

….ok sorry did anyone complain abt the first floor of fisk

wilk September 21, 20168:22 PM

“Some of those investments will be in the areas where students show the most concern”

Aviv September 21, 20168:22 PM

now that we’ve refinanced our debt let’s “mimic the upper class lifestyle” and go to lunch on the school’s $$$$ farias

wilk September 21, 20168:22 PM

Roth is talking about “full-need” but no “need blind”

Maya September 21, 20168:22 PM

gonna talk to the board abt “my priorities going forward.” talking about financial aid meeting students’ full need

wilk September 21, 20168:23 PM

“We have eliminated loans for the neediest students”

kitab September 21, 20168:23 PM

“look at the pain points for students who are on financial aid now”

Maya September 21, 20168:23 PM

wants to extend the elimination of loans to students up the income bracket. loans have been eliminated for ‘the neediest students’

Aviv September 21, 20168:23 PM

he is walking into the aisle

Maya September 21, 20168:24 PM

lol well finally! mroth finally gets what it’s like to be low income! i have to send my mom money all the time!

Aviv September 21, 20168:24 PM

why is he walking thru the aisles !!!! this is a lot to deal w

kitab September 21, 20168:24 PM

“address the most pain for teh most students” oh yea Roth the Benthamite

philosophie September 21, 20168:24 PM

Roth: Where can we change our formula for giving financial aid so as to address the most pain for the most students?

Maya September 21, 20168:24 PM

talking again about how ~*~diverse~*~ the class of 2019 is

kitab September 21, 20168:24 PM

“most diverse class ever”

wilk September 21, 20168:24 PM

Roth’s job, according to Roth, is to decrease suffering among students on financial aid

Maya September 21, 20168:25 PM

… “at least as we defined their need” ??????? this is a whole can o worms mroth

kitab September 21, 20168:25 PM

“we were attracting great students and meeting their need, well, at least as we defined their need”

Aviv September 21, 20168:25 PM

“more diverse than many other schools” what schools???

kitab September 21, 20168:25 PM

wait I am confused, so 2020 is less diverse, not entirely clear on why?

kitab September 21, 20168:26 PM

but we are investing in diversity

Maya September 21, 20168:26 PM

$5-10M to extend the financial aid budget. now he asks: “should we have more students who are pell-eligible?”

kitab September 21, 20168:26 PM

roth is sorry abt lack of income diversity to his “great sorrow and chagrin”

Aviv September 21, 20168:26 PM

“finite resources” lmao

wilk September 21, 20168:27 PM

Roth is talking about the ultimatum: Do we spend money on attracting more high-need families, or make it easier on middle income students?

Maya September 21, 20168:27 PM

“addressing pain points” where fin aid isn’t adequate for students // wants to attract more low-income students so that the pell-eligible student % is somewhere near 20 in the future

kitab September 21, 20168:27 PM

Roth is asking where to devote money: for more students with greater need? or to students with lesser need but still have pain points?

Aviv September 21, 20168:27 PM

we always need more $$$$$$

Maya September 21, 20168:27 PM

ADDING MORE FACULTY

wilk September 21, 20168:27 PM

Goal: Get our Pell-eligible percentage up to 20%

philosophie September 21, 20168:27 PM

Wesleyan’s student teaching ratio better than 99% percent of schools

Maya September 21, 20168:28 PM

wants to bring profs into the departments with the most student demand

kitab September 21, 20168:28 PM

his goal is “to enable every wesleyan student to do a project beyond the scope of any particular class”

wilk September 21, 20168:28 PM

Roth’s goal: Enable every wesleyan student to do a project beyond the scope of any wesleyan class

Aviv September 21, 20168:29 PM

yeah hiring faculty is gr8 but let’s make sure they’re paid well n can be on tenure tracks : ) ))))

kitab September 21, 20168:29 PM

he wants us to have profs we can think of as colleagues and mentors

kitab September 21, 20168:29 PM

@Aviv yeppppppp

Aviv September 21, 20168:29 PM

namedropped the patricelli center 4 entrepreneurship (still unclear what that is tbh)

Maya September 21, 20168:29 PM

yass @aviv

kitab September 21, 20168:30 PM

tbh roth has been pretty hard on faculty lately

kitab September 21, 20168:30 PM

~~diversity~~ the name of the game

philosophie September 21, 20168:30 PM

Diversify faculty = diversify curriculum

kitab September 21, 20168:30 PM

2/3rds of recent faculty hires have been non-white. that’s “pretty- great”

Aviv September 21, 20168:30 PM

t god he mentioned the fact wes has been firing faculty of color….now let’s do something abt it

wilk September 21, 20168:31 PM

“We need to continue to build application pools of all fields that are attractive to a diversity of people”

Aviv September 21, 20168:31 PM

“MORE ETHNIC STUDIES CLASSES”

Maya September 21, 20168:31 PM

“we need to continue to build application pools for positions of all sorts that are attractive to a diversity of candidates, from physics to english and music. and by doing so, i think we will not only diversify the ppl that you see teaching your classes; we will also over time diversify the curriculum”, pointing to possibly more ethnic studies classes

Aviv September 21, 20168:31 PM

design & engineering classes too????

philosophie September 21, 20168:31 PM

New drinking game: take a shot every time Roth name-drops “diversity” during State of the School.

Maya September 21, 20168:32 PM

talkin about isthiswhy and the Equity Task Force: looks forward to continuing to “find effective ways of diversifying the faculty”

kitab September 21, 20168:32 PM

oh look ethnic studies isn’t dead anymore

wilk September 21, 20168:32 PM

Roth is currently referencing the Equity Task Force and the recommendations from IsThisWhy

Maya September 21, 20168:32 PM

“you can hire a great person who does history, let’s say, who represents an underrepresented minority in her work and department […] what will happen is that person will be offered a better job than wesleyan can offer”

kitab September 21, 20168:32 PM

@philosophie editors are doing this rn

philosophie September 21, 20168:33 PM

Wesleyan lets teachers teach

Maya September 21, 20168:33 PM

yeah i ran out of alcohol tho

wilk September 21, 20168:33 PM

Roth is lamenting Harvard, Inc taking our faculty

Aviv September 21, 20168:34 PM

it’s hard 4 Little Wesleyan™? to compete with the Big Guys like Harvard

kitab September 21, 20168:34 PM

not to mention that faculty of color are disproportionately burdened with informal advising responsibilities, which is really important for students of color. but means that faculty of color have lines out their office doors while also tryna do all their other responsibilities in the face of institutional bias

Maya September 21, 20168:35 PM

yeah so if it’s so important that we’re not doing stuff that pushes faculty/staff of color away, let’s talk about elisa cardona and bulaong ramiz and how they may have felt that they were being unfairly treated as women of color and thus left SALD this summer

kitab September 21, 20168:35 PM

apparently we the students are given “every chance of success”

wilk September 21, 20168:35 PM

President Roth is currently talking about the exit of Elisa Cardona and Bulaong Ramiz from SALD, without referencing their names

kitab September 21, 20168:35 PM

yes roth, our profs are great.

kitab September 21, 20168:36 PM

but prob not thanks to Farias

philosophie September 21, 20168:36 PM

“Wes has momentum in hiring faculty members from underrepresented groups”

Aviv September 21, 20168:36 PM

lmao tru kitab

kitab September 21, 20168:36 PM

roth gonna talk abt things that “came up last year” after the state of the school, including the student resource center that was proposed

wilk September 21, 20168:37 PM

Roth wants to say a couple things about last year’s discussion: Creating a Student Resource Center for underrepresented groups; Roth is convinced that said center will open next academic year

Maya September 21, 20168:37 PM

talking about the student resource center that was proposed last year after his first address: wants to / is “convinced” that it will be open by the start of next academic year, that we will have the time/money to do that in the right way

kitab September 21, 20168:37 PM

we at wesleyan have an “admirable inclination to want to be better than we are”

wilk September 21, 20168:38 PM

Roth: “Here at Wesleyan, we have an admirable inclination to be better than we are”

Aviv September 21, 20168:38 PM

“GOD you wesleyan people you’re so critical of everything”

kitab September 21, 20168:38 PM

immediately starts talking abt donors, who are frustrated by “how critical we are”

Aviv September 21, 20168:38 PM

well maybe we should stop kissing boger’s ass 4 cash????

philosophie September 21, 20168:38 PM

Roth discusses demands for Student Resource Center. Read more about them here: http://www.isthiswhy.com/demands

Maya September 21, 20168:39 PM

roth wants wesleyan to be more “intense and weird”

kitab September 21, 20168:39 PM

“what abt that?” he believes that our demands to become a “better institution, to make this place more just, more inclusive, more equitable, more intense and weird is the antidote to smugness at elite schools”

wilk September 21, 20168:39 PM

He believes that our demand to have a better institution; to make this institution more equitable, intense, and weird is the “antidote to smugness”

kitab September 21, 20168:39 PM

roth is HARDCORE humblebragging rn

Maya September 21, 20168:40 PM

roth says it is the right thing that we want things to actually be decent (“not be satisfied” and try to make the school a better place)

wilk September 21, 20168:40 PM

q&a just beginning

kitab September 21, 20168:41 PM

question about equity task force suggestions re: hiring more faculty of color. referencing elisa and bulaong’s departure

Maya September 21, 20168:41 PM

Q1: summer departure of MANY WOC MEMBERS OF STAFF. going forward, how will you plan to keep these people at wesleyan?

philosophie September 21, 20168:41 PM

Q #1: How can we support and maintain faculty and staff of color?

Aviv September 21, 20168:41 PM

lack of upward mobility in academia

Maya September 21, 20168:41 PM

roth: ‘why can’t we give them the good jobs? usually someone else is already IN the good job’ well is this person an old white man? i’m bitter

wilk September 21, 20168:41 PM

“There’s no place to go in that organization” – Roth on why certain staff members may have left

kitab September 21, 20168:42 PM

wes cabinet has been talking about this, roth wants to make sure people aren’t looking for jobs elsewhere (as opposed to accidentally getting other jobs?)

Maya September 21, 20168:43 PM

mroth wants to “create a position for someone we’re really trying to retain bc we think they’ll serve the university very well” but if we do this too much, we’ll have too much staff we don’t need, with too much Academic Bureaucracy

kitab September 21, 20168:44 PM

“dean mike’s area” “i’m not trying to get them fired, everyone is doing their job well”

Maya September 21, 20168:44 PM

is everyone doing their job well tho?

kitab September 21, 20168:44 PM

honestly starting to space out bc every other word is diversity

philosophie September 21, 20168:44 PM

Roth wants flexible opportunity hires that serve diversity.

Maya September 21, 20168:44 PM

kitab if i had more alcohol i would be so drunk rn

kitab September 21, 20168:45 PM

“i will be meeting with staff of color, as i’ve done, in the past”

wilk September 21, 20168:45 PM

Next question is on historical reparations

Aviv September 21, 20168:45 PM

namedropping ta-nehisi coates 2 prolong answering the question

Maya September 21, 20168:45 PM

question #2 is about historical reparations, mroth subsequently name-drops ta-nehisi coates’s case for reparations but also mispronounces his first name

philosophie September 21, 20168:45 PM

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

kitab September 21, 20168:46 PM

question about reparations, to enslaved people who built some of our woodframes, or the wangunk who we displaced

Aviv September 21, 20168:46 PM

“wesleyan has a very strong commitment to recruit african american students who are, often, the descendants of slaves and the victims–the survivors–of systematic racism”

wilk September 21, 20168:46 PM

Specifically, the question addressed historical reparations for the Wangunk, the indigenous people of Middletown, and the slaves who helped to build wood frame houses

kitab September 21, 20168:46 PM

“i don’t know abt the specificity of people who built specific houses, but i do think the general idea [of not being racist] is important”

Maya September 21, 20168:46 PM

“the general idea of devoting resources for recruiting and supporting [..] afam undergraduates and graduate students is absolutely key”

wilk September 21, 20168:47 PM

Note: No mention of the Native American artifacts that WESLEYAN CURRENTLY POSSESSES and has yet to repatriate

kitab September 21, 20168:47 PM

next question is from USLAC about austerity measures implemented in 2012, which adversely affected workers

Aviv September 21, 20168:47 PM

next q is from USLAC (!!!) – abt budget cuts 4 sun services workers

Maya September 21, 20168:47 PM

question #3 submitted by USLAC: “now that we are no longer in financial crisis, what can the univ do to improve working conditions?”

kitab September 21, 20168:47 PM

“what can wesleyan do to improve worker conditions?”

Aviv September 21, 20168:47 PM

“we are in dialogue w their union”

kitab September 21, 20168:48 PM

hiding behind the fact that we contract with sun services, as usual

Maya September 21, 20168:48 PM

RECOMMENDED READING: http://wesleying.org/2013/06/26/wesleyans-custodial-workers-protest-working-conditions-employee-cuts-outside-roths-house-on-lunch-break/

wilk September 21, 20168:48 PM

Revealed in a question: Last year during WesFest, someone chalked “If you’re low income, leave”

kitab September 21, 20168:48 PM

general q&a format:
q: “what abt this important issue?”
a: “i have, in the past, and plan to, again, talk abt that issue”

Aviv September 21, 20168:48 PM

“IT’S STUPID”

Maya September 21, 20168:49 PM

kitab yeah and this is why (thisiswhy) everyone was so just like.. annoyed after last year’s address

kitab September 21, 20168:49 PM

whoops got lost again, what is he talking abt? has more or less sidestepped the issue of student classism

Maya September 21, 20168:50 PM

finally realizes the low-income student reality of having no way to get tuition money other than by loans

kitab September 21, 20168:50 PM

“i do think, it’s been very helpful to me, and uh, disturbing, i guess is another word i could use, help to me, to see how despite what see to be generous financial packages, aren’t enough”

Maya September 21, 20168:50 PM

dude “patting yourself on the back” is all you do like 75% of the time

kitab September 21, 20168:51 PM

wait now we’re talking about undocumented students

kitab September 21, 20168:51 PM

roth bragging abt how clueless he is

kitab September 21, 20168:52 PM

apparently we, like most schools, were coding undocumented students as international students and therefore weren’t giving them aid

wilk September 21, 20168:52 PM

Oh, so Antonio Farias is getting praised over student concerns

Aviv September 21, 20168:52 PM

“NEEDS” or are they “wants” @farias

kitab September 21, 20168:52 PM

roth: “farias said it first”

wilk September 21, 20168:53 PM

ROTH JUST SAT DOWN ON STAGE

Maya September 21, 20168:53 PM

now roth is sitting?? on the stage?? is this man real

kitab September 21, 20168:53 PM

sitting down on the stairs to seem more ~~relatable~~

wilk September 21, 20168:53 PM

update: he is standing again

Aviv September 21, 20168:54 PM

“there were so many wealthy ppl around” lol there still r bro

kitab September 21, 20168:54 PM

one time last spring i saw a Cute White Boy™ realize that he was privileged and he “had never noticed before” and Roth is doing exactly that

Aviv September 21, 20168:55 PM

“i’m a white guy from long island, so i had a lot of privileges still”

Aviv September 21, 20168:55 PM

q abt students working over 20 hrs a week

Maya September 21, 20168:55 PM

http://wesleying.org/2016/04/11/onthefi/ AYYYYYYY

kitab September 21, 20168:55 PM

THANK GOD someone is bringing up this quote from Farias

Aviv September 21, 20168:56 PM

What’s Going on With the Fight for a $15/Hour Minimum Wage at Wesleyan?

philosophie September 21, 20168:56 PM

Don’t forget that Roth’s just spent 7+ minutes answering one question…

wilk September 21, 20168:56 PM

AVIV LINK THAT ARTICLE LINK IT

Aviv September 21, 20168:56 PM

farias is “devoted to bringing more resources to students”

Maya September 21, 20168:56 PM

“that quotation does not represent the antonio farias that i know, who is DEVOTED to bringing more resources to students”

kitab September 21, 20168:56 PM

lol bro who is the “antonio farias u know” bc everyone I know hates him

Aviv September 21, 20168:57 PM

by resources do u mean lunches @ middletown’s ~fine dining establishments~?

kitab September 21, 20168:57 PM

“we can’t make everyone equal, i mean that’s America”

kitab September 21, 20168:57 PM

“the proof will be in the pudding”

Maya September 21, 20168:58 PM

roth wants to earn our trust back. bro, that shit is so far gone i dunno how much you can do for that

philosophie September 21, 20168:58 PM

Roth wants to earn back student trust

kitab September 21, 20168:58 PM

“what are your plans on ensuring that undocumented students have the resources they need to be successful at wes? there are already documented black and brown students suffering at wes”

Maya September 21, 20168:58 PM

thank you, ankh moderator, for actually telling him to talk specifically about his plans

Aviv September 21, 20168:59 PM

more bilingual materials — oooooh what if we brought back wESL 4 sun services workers?????

kitab September 21, 20168:59 PM

“we are creating more people-specific programs that look out for students who are likely to get lost, without saying ‘hey you’re likely to get lost,’ without making things worse”

Aviv September 21, 20168:59 PM

“have support residentially” yeah so maybe recess house should stay around!!!!!! js

Maya September 21, 20169:00 PM

the office for equity and inclusion has “a detailed plan for that”

kitab September 21, 20169:00 PM

sorry bro i don’t think the office of equity and inclusion has a detailed ANYTHING

kitab September 21, 20169:00 PM

“wesleyan is the best place to be an atheist” ok i’m sorry did you just transition from marginalized undocumented students to marginalized… christian… students?

Aviv September 21, 20169:00 PM

“conservative students often feel marginalized on this campus”

kitab September 21, 20169:01 PM

Maya just drank some of my cheap wine and i am starting to laugh hysterically

Maya September 21, 20169:01 PM

now he’s talking about conservative students who feel marginalized at wesleyan but honestly this does not matter when staff and faculty of color are LITERALLY LEAVING wesleyan because of the way they feel like they’re being treated

kitab September 21, 20169:01 PM

“what do you plan to do with the extra money from the thisiswhy campaign”

Aviv September 21, 20169:02 PM

also idk abt u but i know quite a few ~~out~~ trump supporters here

Maya September 21, 20169:03 PM

$ for facilities improvements: “so why’d you spend money on fisk hall?” well there was asbestos, sure, but “we do feel like this is an old campus” and “we need to invest in the physical plant, and the reason we chose fisk is bc it’s [used so much] by so many students”

philosophie September 21, 20169:03 PM

Make Fiske Great Again

Aviv September 21, 20169:03 PM

yeah the buildings r old but imagine if we restored them to look like their original designs! n not this weird glass shit everyhwere!

kitab September 21, 20169:03 PM

Ok now he is bringing up Fisk. “this is an old campus, the buildings are older than many other campuses, and we chose Fisk Hall because this is a building that many students use”

Aviv September 21, 20169:03 PM

wesleyan renovation aesthetic = bennet lounge-core

kitab September 21, 20169:03 PM

he said something abt “making this transparent” and is that why there are those stupid glass panels hanging down over the Fisk stairs

wilk September 21, 20169:04 PM

n-n-n-n-n-n-n-neoliberalism

Aviv September 21, 20169:04 PM

“we’re not gonna be the most expensive school yet” hahah

kitab September 21, 20169:04 PM

“we’re not going to be the most expensive school again, we’re gonna stay in the 20s or below”

Aviv September 21, 20169:05 PM

q abt international students – socially + academically making them feel at home

Maya September 21, 20169:05 PM

nila ravi: “what are some things we can do better for international students in [terms of] social life and academics?”

kitab September 21, 20169:05 PM

“i think international students have a real variety of needs… and so I think that what we try to do is to make them feel as all Wesleyan students should feel as members of their community”

Maya September 21, 20169:06 PM

just counted and there are MAYBE sixty people here

Aviv September 21, 20169:06 PM

“show interest and respect for the culture they [intl. students] bring to campus”

wilk September 21, 20169:06 PM

ROTH IS BEING ASKED ABOUT ROTH OMFG

kitab September 21, 20169:06 PM

next question is “a chance for you to be a little bit introspective” abt his legacy

Maya September 21, 20169:06 PM

“i don’t usually think about my legacy” u sure bro? u sure??? i’m laughing

kitab September 21, 20169:07 PM

roth has his meaningless liberal rhetoric DOWN

wilk September 21, 20169:07 PM

“I guess, for me the most important thing about my time at wesleyan is creating the resources, both financial and cultural to express the value of a wesleyan education”

Aviv September 21, 20169:07 PM

we’re apparently not tryna be “another NESCAC school” but also not “weirdness for weirdness sake”

Maya September 21, 20169:07 PM

roth: i have no interest — well, some interest — in weirdness for weirdness’s sake

kitab September 21, 20169:07 PM

wesleyan: “not just another wescac school”

wilk September 21, 20169:07 PM

“I have no interest in weirdness for weirdness’ sake. Well…maybe some interest. But not that much”

philosophie September 21, 20169:08 PM

@wilk one of his fave subjects

Maya September 21, 20169:08 PM

hashtag LIBERAL EDUCATION

Aviv September 21, 20169:08 PM

“BECOME A CHAMPION OF LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION” ok but he never thinks about his legacy lmao

kitab September 21, 20169:08 PM

biggest regret: “i didn’t wanna be the president who moved away from needblind, it was heartbreaking”

wilk September 21, 20169:08 PM

“I never expected to be the president who moved away from need blind admissions”

Maya September 21, 20169:08 PM

“i came from an arts school. i never had an economics base. but when i looked at the numbers, it was completely unsupportable”

Aviv September 21, 20169:09 PM

how many times has he said he came from an arts school now???? oy vey

kitab September 21, 20169:09 PM

roth is basically that marilyn monroe quote abt not deserving on their best day someone you can’t handle on their worst

Maya September 21, 20169:10 PM

wesleyan needs to be “sustainably generous” but his regret is that he had to be the guy to make that call not to be need-blind anymore

Aviv September 21, 20169:11 PM

omfg CRYING kitab

Maya September 21, 20169:11 PM

what’s the progress on appointing someone for student diversity leadership? what’s going to happen by fall 2018? roth thinks we’re going to make progress by then, subsequently makes a joke about cookies?

wilk September 21, 20169:11 PM

“Do you think this group wants its cookies now” – Roth referring to the audience

Aviv September 21, 20169:11 PM

q abt $15 min wage

Maya September 21, 20169:11 PM

Q: how can wesleyan decrease the burden of work study?

Maya September 21, 20169:13 PM

congratulations, that’s a vague answer

Aviv September 21, 20169:13 PM

“thank you for coming out”

wilk September 21, 20169:13 PM

q&a just ended

kitab September 21, 20169:13 PM

Maya is vaguely waving their hands around instead of clapping

Maya September 21, 20169:14 PM

“i expected.. just this.” -@wilk

Maya September 21, 20169:15 PM

i’m gonna go home and get more drunk now probably. i feel like i just wasted an hour of my time to hear the same bs i heard last year