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Wesleyan Responses in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death

Since George Floyd’s death just two weeks ago on May 25th, an outraged America (and world) took to the streets in an outcry against the racism that remains deeply ingrained in American society. Through protests, which in parts of the country have escalated to the point of violence, people are attempting to have their voices heard in a system that refuses to acknowledge them. In this article, Wesleying collects some of the responses from the Wesleyan community, both from students and the administration so that voices can continue to be heard today and in the future as we fight to make our country better for everyone living in it.

Thesiscrazy!!!: Maxine Go

Maxine Go wrote a graphic memoir! In it she outlines the changes she underwent leaving home and coming to the United States and Wesleyan.  Keep reading to learn some sage advice, unrecommended sleep schedules, and how to get your own copy of Maxine’s memoir.

China Campus = Cancelled

In an all-campus email sent this morning, President Michael Roth ’78 announced that plans for a campus in China have been canceled due to differences in goals with those who proposed the partnership and issues of academic freedom.

The decision appears recent as the town hall meeting to discuss the China campus with the wider Wesleyan community, originally set for October 30th, has been cancelled.

The email reads as follows:

Dear friends,

I have just returned from a trip to Asia, where I enjoyed stimulating conversations with Wesleyan alumni, parents, prospective students and others in Seoul, Taiwan and Beijing. This part of the world has been on the minds of many here in Middletown recently given the news that Wesleyan had been invited to explore the possibility of opening a campus in China. However, after meeting with those involved in the potential joint venture during my trip, I can now report that we have decided not to look into this opportunity any further.

As I wrote on my blog earlier this month, in considering this possible campus in China, we needed to be sure that the academic work would be in line with the distinctive pragmatic liberal education at the core of Wesleyan’s mission. Further conversations with those who proposed the partnership have made it clear that our respective goals could not be sufficiently aligned—not to mention the questions we had around issues of academic freedom and the implications for our home campus.

While we will not move forward with this particular project, we remain interested in exploring collaborations in accordance with our Beyond 2020 strategic plan. Since there is no decision imminent about any partnerships, we will no longer hold the scheduled town halls on October 30. Instead, we will use upcoming WSA, faculty, and all-staff meetings for broader discussions about the University’s future plans.

Sincerely yours,

Michael S. Roth
President

 

 

Unofficial Orientation Series 2019: Wes Music Scene

This is an update of un meli-melo’s update of wilk‘s update of Maya‘s update of their post from 2015Q wrote about this in 2013 and 2014. Some things have changed, but the scene here is still ‘unique, zealous, and sweaty.’

 

This is part of our 2019 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post with links to the rest of the articles in this series here.

The more I talk to college kids at other schools, the more I realize how much the music scene at Wesleyan sets itself apart. Though we have them, we are not confined to house parties and bars — there’s music nearly every day, all week. Often, there’s so much music that you can’t possibly go to it all, but you try anyway.

Once things get going, there are 3-5 concerts every weekend, sometimes even multiple shows a night. I’ve seen more bands than I have the energy to count with more variety than I can quantify simply by wandering around at Wesleyan on a given weekend. The folks who book shows at Wesleyan work very hard to bring in all kinds of groups, well-known or just emerging, from punk to dance, and usually put one or two solid student bands on the list.

Many student bands have gone on to greater things, like OvercoatsHeems (Himanshu Suri ’07) of Das Racist (Suri and Victor Vasquez ’06), Novelty DaughterAmanda Palmer ’98the RooksHenry Hall ’14 of Grand Cousin (RIP), AND MORE.

Seriously. It’s very special. What’s even better is that 95% of this stuff is totally free.

If you have questions like “How do I find out what’s going on?” or “How do I find people to play music with?” or “Where can I go to concerts?”, this is the post for you.

 

Unofficial Orientation Series 2019: First Year Classes

This is an update of un meli-melo’s post which was an update of Jackson‘s post from 2015, which was an update of skorn‘s post from 2014. Which was an update of DaPope‘s post from 2013. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or some shit like that, right?

 

This is part of our 2019 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Take a nice deep breath in, at this point you’re either on-campus or just days away.  The excitement is tangible, new campus, new room, new people.  Before you get too wrapped up in your new freedom let’s talk about the real excitement: Your courses, the splendid garden that is Wesmaps, and what this year might be like academically.

I myself remember being confused by the process of choosing and then actually signing up for that class during my first semester so hopefully, this post provides a little clarity in the whole subject (and not the opposite).  Worst comes to worst just remember that most first-year classes are fairly big and your chances of getting into them are pretty high.

On that happy note, let’s dive right into this abyss!

Editors Respond to Our Mroth78 Post

A week ago, we published Michael Roth’s “What do I do” tweet minutes after it was posted. We did so because it represents something that traveled rapidly around campus, and we found humor in the fact that something like this could happen. At that moment it felt crazy that we were seeing this on the public Twitter account of our president. All sorts of theories and ideas were flying around the room, was it an accident? Maybe it was on purpose?  How do you accidentally send a tweet?

We watched Twitter very closely from the moment the tweet was posted, and with every new reply to Roth’s tweet, there was something new to chuckle at or think about. It took the better part of half an hour for the tweet to finally be deleted with an explanation from Roth himself.


Since Sunday, the editors of Wesleying have thought deeply about our publication’s role in this situation. We don’t all agree, so we decided to publicly share some of our insights to offer a transparent view on why we did what we did, and what that means for Wesleying as a blog. Read on for these perspectives:

Douglass Canon Makes Reappearance in Dean Mike Email (On Campus!)

In a fun turn of Halloween events, an email from Dean Mike Whaley graced the inboxes of the Wesleyan student body with a message from seven hooded figures posed around our old friend the Douglas Cannon.  Dean Mike also took the opportunity to plug Wesleyan’s now two-month-old video about the Cannon.

There was no indication of who this group is but the picture was taken at the Labyrinth plaque which is right by the Skull and Serpent Tomb. The secret society has been up to some wacky things in the past few years so why not take a walk down memory lane and check them all out here.  It is worth noting this may be the Mystic Seven as there are Seven people in the picture, but it seems unlikely.  Who knows who it is really, all that matters is that they have this beloved artifact of Wesleyan University (but also if you know who it was and want to reach out please do so, we can have a little conversation about it all).

Hike Mattabesett and Reservoir Loop Trails

Amanda Kenyon of the Rockfall Foundation writes in:

Join The Rockfall Foundation for a 2.6 mile hike on the Mattabesett and Reservoir Loop Trails in Middletown. Traverse around a beautiful reservoir plus a spur to several rocky overlooks. Moderate terrain at a fast pace, with a few steep rock scrambles. Must be comfortable with rocky ledges and hand-assisted scrambling.

Free. Non-members welcome. Experienced hikers only. No dogs, please. Bring sturdy hiking boots/shoes, snacks and water. Steady rain cancels.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the dirt lot at the intersection of routes 9, Randolph Rd. (route 155), and Coe Ave. (GPS: 41.534419, -72.617770). We will then carpool to the trailhead a mile away.

RSVP encouraged but not required to hike leader amanda@rockfallfoundation.org

Date: Saturday, November 3rd
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: The dirt lot at the intersection of routes 9, Randolph Rd.

Submit to Midriff Magazine!

From the editors of Midriff Magazine:

Submit to Wesleyan’s only womxn-centered publication! If you identify with womxnhood or femininity in any way, we want your writing (of all kinds), art, and anything else you can think of! Our meetings are Thursdays at 8 in PAC 104! Contact Steph (sades[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or JR (jatkinson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) with any questions, pitches, etc.! First draft deadline is 10/30, and final content deadline is 11/13!

Date: Thursdays
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: PAC 104
Submission Deadlines: Tuesday, October 30 (first draft) and Tuesday, November 13 (final content)