This morning at around 9:15, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Title IX Officer Antonio Farias sent out a campus-wide email, announcing that the University will be conducting a Title IX policy review this semester in partnership with the Victim Rights Law Center. Three representatives from VRLC – Lindy Aldrich, Amanda Walsh, and Candi N. Smiley – will be on campus February 8-9 to host panel discussions and Q&As with faculty members, class deans, and student representatives (you can view bios of the representatives and a full schedule of the panels here). A full report is expected to be completed and made publicly available by late March or early April.
The news follows several months of high-profile controversy surrounding Scott Backer, the former Associate Dean of Students, whose history as a sexual predator was only made public due to an investigative report by the Boston Globe. Last semester was marked by multiple student protests over how Wesleyan handles sexual assault cases and faculty accountability; at an open forum, students expressed their wish for Farias and President Michael Roth to be removed from office. A number of faculty members expressed their own disappointment at the University’s Title IX policy by sending an open letter to the Argus, demanding that faculty sexual harassment cases required independent review by an outside party.
Read Farias’ full email and more information on the VRLC after the jump:
The world is a scary place right now, but one thing is for certain: we’re going to need a lot of organizing these next four years, and especially these next few months, while there’s still so much momentum for grassroots movements. National groups such as Planned Parenthood and Democratic Socialists of America have already made their intentions to resist against Trump’s proposed policies clear. And however you may feel towards the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches, they did encourage millions to take the first step in any sort of activism: showing up.
Here at Wesleying, we’d like to ask: how do you plan to resist, get involved, protest, sit-in, or show up this semester? Your plans can be as menial as making a few calls to representatives, or as grandiose as organizing a large-scale rally. They can be a cohesive schedule or just a rambling brainstorm of causes you’d like to get involved with. We’re especially looking for ways to help right here in Middletown with local groups, but whatever your cause may be, we want to hear from you!
Share your ideas here, or below. Responses may be recorded anonymously, if you so choose, and there’s also a box to check if you’re okay with your responses being published on Wesleying. Depending on how many responses we get, we’re hoping to post a bunch of them throughout the semester, in the hopes of generating discussion of how others can get involved.
This past December, Wesleyan’s very own Mel Hsu ’13 released her third album, i was a phoenix. It features original jazz compositions and performances by Hsu, who studied music composition at Wes. Her previous record, 2014’s Call Home the Crow, is comprised of her senior music thesis and was recorded in Memorial Chapel.
Hsu dedicated i was a phoenix to Claire Randall ’12, who passed away just before its release. She describes Randall as “the fierce and transcendent force that taught us how to be our most courageous and vulnerable selves– an anchor and a rock of this ensemble who breathed magic into every nook and cranny of this album.”
i was a phoenix is available for CD, MP3, and streaming on Bandcamp.
2016? What’s 2016? What is Aleppo? What’d I miss?
Whatever, it’s done. Gone. Finished. As we wrap up this miserable dumpster fire of a year and head into
2016 Part 2 2017, let’s take a look back at the best and worst that happened these past twelve months.
Or not, because that would be terrible. And besides which, plenty of other, more qualified hubs of journalistic integrity are doing the exact same thing. For now, let’s instead reflect on a much simpler time. Like…2007. Because that’s a totally unique idea.
(Yes, we will eventually be getting to our real 2016 year-in-review.)
To refresh us all on what was going on in 2007, I emailed our former editor and fearless leader Zach Schonfeld ’13. Our time-warping exchange went like this:
I took this as a sign that, during finals week, I was meant to write 1200 words on weird musical anime videos.
Part of the beauty of the internet (for all its ugly features) is how its many oddities and curiosities can exist online and nowhere else, only venturing outside into the real world once they’ve been shared as a meme enough times. But what might be considered just a weird cyber trend in some circles may be a huge cultural phenomenon in others. Take Japanese game shows, for instance. Or, another transplant from Japan: anime music videos.
Oh, so like Gorillaz? Or that Daft Punk movie? Not exactly. Often referred to as AMVs, these videos that can be found all over YouTube are not “official” by any means. They aren’t made or commissioned by Japanese animation studios, nor are they promotional videos for the songs/artists featured in them. By their definition, AMVs are 100% fan-made. And yet, for some, they’ve ascended to the status of high art.
From Lucy De Souza (BA ’16, MA ’17, part of this cast forever):
Another semester, another Rocky Horror!
We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey- a journey through the craziest night in the lives of the newly engaged Brad and Janet. After a flat tire halts their trip to see an old science teacher, the couple stumbles upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle, filled with servants, groupies, party guests, and his very own live experiment. Come see the campiest, sexiest horror parody movie this side of Denton! Absent Toast, Wesleyan’s very own Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast performs the midnight cult classic right in front of the screen, with full audience participation.
Dressing up in your finest corsets, fishnets, and heels STRONGLY encouraged!
Doors Open at 11:00
Pre-Show Begins 11:30
Show Starts Midnight
**FREE and unticketed**
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/353026791720774/
Frank-n-Furter – Ryan McMahon
Janet – Darci Collins
Brad – Elizaveta Kravchenko
Riff Raff – Charlie Barrett
Magenta – Rhea Drozdenko
Columbia – Sarah Jacobs
Rocky – Lucy De Souza
Eddie/Dr. Scott – Kira Stern
Crim – Sivan Basha Piatigorsky-Roth
MC – Anthony Sertel Dean
Trixie – Aliya Shecter
Transylvanians – Lucy Paige Rubin (Director), Olivia Riddick (Director), Aliya Shecter, Ava Biery, Brenda Quintana, Kimberly Hipo, Kylie Moynihan
Date: Friday, December 9
Place: The Ring Family Performance Hall (formerly the CFA Hall)
On Wednesday, Michael Roth spoke to a crowd inside 413 Main Street and announced plans to move the Wesleyan Bookstore to that location by next semester. Construction will begin in December and is expected to be completed by next spring.
“We’re committed to strengthening the ties between campus and Main Street,” said Roth. “Relocating Wesleyan’s bookstore is a major step in the direction, and I am so delighted that R.J. Julia Booksellers, with their phenomenal reputation, will be our partner in this effort.”
The announcement follows an initial proposal by Roth to move the bookstore back in April, in an effort to increase Main Street’s potential as a cultural hub for Wesleyan students and faculty as well as Middletown residents. The new 12,000-square-foot space is designed to host more events than the current Broad Street location, and “will improve first impressions for prospective students and families,” according to a Wesleyan Newsletter post following the announcement.
Bigmouth strikes again.
Where to begin.
It’s been all of ten days since Trump was elected president, and if you’ve made the mistake of being glued to social media like I have, you’ve seen the dozens upon dozens of thinkpieces trying to explain just why an Internet troll was chosen as the most powerful man in the world.
We’re not going to talk about that. We’re going to talk about Sohrab Ahmari, Open House, and how one tweet intended as a brutal takedown of PC culture became the best source of schadenfreude all year. (Well, the second best.) Read on, kids:
Hundreds of Wesleyan students gathered on Friday for a rally and demonstration against the presidential election of Donald Trump. Like many similar college protests across the country, the goal of the “Students Against Trump” rally was to express discontent with the American electoral system, as well as the systematic racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia that led to Trump’s rise to power.
The day saw many students vocalizing their response to the election results, a march throughout campus and down to Main Street, 2 students being detained by Middletown Police, and several students spray-painting “Amerikkka” on an American flag in front of Olin. Read on for photos and videos from the day’s actions, as well as more on what transpired:
“Prereg? Already???” Yes, already. Buckle your seatbelts for the next 2+ weeks, because it’s time for course selection! Even though Wesleyan’s preregistration system got a much-needed update a couple years back (forever immortalized in my favorite Wesleying post), the process of picking out classes for next semester is same as it ever was: convoluted and stressful af.
If you’re like me, you’re probably frantically emailing your professors right now because all your required courses are highly-selective POIs (film major 4 lyfe). If, however, you have one or two free slots in your schedule and have no clue what to take – especially if you’re a frosh – then there’s plenty to choose from within the dark depths of Wesmaps. Here are some of our favorites, available in the spring: