In mere hours three students will go before the SJB in a highly controversial hearing on their alleged participation in a political campaign. Alums have sprung into action, drafting a letter in solidarity with the defendants and quickly securing an impressive range of signatories. At the time of this post, more than 211 alumnae from class years spanning 1981-2013 have signed the call from countries all over the world. The full text of the letter and the signatures is below:
We, progressive Wesleyan alumni, are deeply distressed to learn of the mistreatment of current transgender students and allies on campus. We support the brave student activists who responded to their experience of marginalization by expressing themselves through de-gendering the bathrooms.
Transgender people face socially-sanctioned dehuminization and abuse, employment discrimination, threats and violence. Wesleyan’s perpetuation of this behavior is abhorrent and inconsistent with the values that the University fosters among its students, such as social justice, inclusivity, and community. In this and other actions of late we are witnessing an eroding of Wesleyan’s core values, and we are concerned about the current and future climate of a place we once held so dear.
From Beta Theta Pi:
The brothers of Beta Theta Pi cordially invite all Wesleyan students to participate in a discussion about responsible drinking practices. Beta Theta Pi junior Bobby Cunningham has spent this semester putting together an extensive presentation regarding safe drinking habits. He will lead the discussion, focusing on what we can do as individuals as well as a community to encourage and promote sensible alcohol consumption and avoid the consequences of excessive drinking.
Please stop by 184 High Street at 8:30 pm TODAY to find out what you can do to not only better yourself but also improve social responsibility amongst the Wesleyan community. This will be a great opportunity to focus and reflect on responsible vs. irresponsible drinking, learn about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, and adopt smarter, safer drinking habits. There will be fun facts and non sequiturs galore.
We look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday night.
Date: Wednesday, December 4
Time: 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Place: 184 High Street
Willie Zabar ’16 has a way with words:
IT’S THE WESTCO OPEN MIC featuring the WESTCO BATTLE OF THE BANDS wherein Westco’s top bands will wow you and zow you.
But there’s more than just music!
Come, perform, watch!
It’ll be a blast (if you know what I mean).
- DATE?: Tonight. Wednesday, December 4th.
- TIME?: signups @ 9:00pm, show starts @ 9:30pm
- PLACE?: WestCo Café
- FACEBOOK?: Here.
2011. France/Belgium. Dir: Chantal Akerman. With Stanislas Merhar. 127 min.
Joseph Conrad’s debut novel shifts to 1950s Malaysia, where the titular trader desperately unravels in the jungle heat as he tries to raise his mixed-race daughter. Akerman and Conrad make an unexpectedly inspired pairing – Forward.com jokes that it’s a “postcolonial Jewish feminist response to Apocalypse Now.” Presented as part of The Tournées Festival.
Tonight. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. $5.
Last month, an undetermined number of students ripped off gendered bathroom signs around campus, replacing them with paper “All Gender Bathroom” signs. Three students were referred to the SJB for the removal of these signs, despite a lack of concrete evidence that any of them participated in the degendering process. The three students are being tried by the SJB today, where they face thousands of dollars in fines, untold judicial sanctions, and — despite the fact that their guilt remains undetermined — one has already lost their work-study job.
The following press release emerged yesterday and has begun cropping up around Tumblr and other social media websites since then. In addition, an alumni letter calling for solidarity with the accused activists has been making its rounds gathering signatures. The hearing will take place today at 4:30 PM in North College. Check back here to see how it goes.
The full text of the press release, for your reading pleasure.
From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the PCSE:
Hear from nine extraordinary Wes grads who founded or run their own ventures. This inaugural Startup Showcase will include stories about startup life, an unprecedented opportunity to mingle with inspiring young entrepreneurs, and hearty snacks and coffee to fuel your Reading Period work. Registration is strongly suggested!
Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Wesleyan Career Center, and the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society.
Date: Sunday, December 8th
Place: Olson Commons
Read after the jump to see what awesome alumni will be at this event.
From the unstoppable Renee Dunn ’14:
Interested in instructing or simply want to learn more about what it is we do?
Come to a brief, informal information session in which we will explain our mission, operations, and how you can apply to teach or get involved otherwise, followed by a Q&A session. Bring your lunch, bring a friend, and come on by!
If you have any questions, feel free to email rdunn(at)wesleyan(dot)edu!
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: WesWell PHA Office in the Davison Health Center
“Your comment is awaiting moderation…”: an alumni response to Michael Roth
Calls for a boycott of the administration’s capital campaign have re-emerged this week as President Michael Roth continues to solicit donations in the name of financial aid. Alums are refusing to contribute on the grounds that doing so would be a vote of confidence in increasingly reactionary, discriminatory policies. As of now, there remains no plan for Wesleyan to return to need blind admissions.
The following statement was submitted in response to Roth’s latest blog post – where it is still “awaiting moderation” (don’t hold your breath). We are posting it here in the meantime so you can see it. A similar statement has emerged on a Facebook group for recent alumni.
Support Wesleyan — Refuse to Donate!
President Roth mentions twice in his “Giving Tuesday” appeal that we can support financial aid at Wesleyan by donating to the University today.
What Michael Roth doesn’t mention is that 68% of every gift earmarked for financial aid gets drafted into the general operating budget, and only 32% of such gifts actually goes to improving the University’s financial aid budget. This is a dismaying betrayal of trust.
It is brazen for Michael Roth and the Wesleyan PR folks to encourage us to support financial aid at Wesleyan the year after Roth and the Board took unprecedented steps to erode access and decrease spending on financial aid, by ending Wesleyan’s policy of admitting students on a “Need-Blind” basis (wherein students were admitted based solely on their promise as applicants, without knowledge of their ability to pay).
This year’s freshman class, the first admitted under the new “Need-Aware” admissions policy, which actively discriminates against poor students, contains 6% fewer students receiving grant aid, 4% fewer first generation college students, and 3% fewer black students, as well as smaller percentages of students from everywhere outside of New England than the previous year’s class. (Citation)
From our lovely history buff Shannon Welch ’14:
Goodbye Lenin is a tragicomedy about a young man who must recreate East German culture when his mother comes out of a coma after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Come check out the first of many History Department sponsored film screenings with a discussion led by Professor Erik Grimmer-Solem, and free Thai food!
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: PAC 001
Cost: FREE THAI FOOD!