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:
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Saturday, November 3rd
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: The dirt lot at the intersection of routes 9, Randolph Rd.
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!
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: PAC 104
Submission Deadlines: Tuesday, October 30 (first draft) and Tuesday, November 13 (final content)
Amanda Kenyon of the Rockfall Foundation writes in again:
The Rockfall Foundation hosts its first Eco Night at the deKoven House on 10/26. Try to save the world, green your power supply, grow some trees, or just make some risque green jokes. Drinks and snacks will be served! Games on hand include Catan: Oil Springs, Evolution: Climate, Wilted Green, Power Grid, Photosynthesis, Moai, Winds of Change, and Wildcraft. Email email@example.com if you have other game ideas.
Date: Friday, October 26th
Time: 6-10 PM
Location: The DeKoven House. 27 Washington St., Middletown.
Amanda Kenyon of the Rockfall Foundation writes in:
Join Meet Your Greens at Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook with Judy Preston, the Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator at Connecticut Sea Grant, who will be discussing the health and well-being of the Sound. A carpool will be leaving at 5pm from deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington St., Middletown, to drive down. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for carpool. Or, meet us at Penny Lane Pub on the second floor.
Meet Your Greens: Middletown Green Drinks is a monthly event that provides networking opportunities for anyone who is interested in making connections and exchanging news about emerging environmental issues to help keep Lower Connecticut River Valley communities green and growing.
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook
For five days we fought. For five days we did not let go. To that logo we threw every meme they had. With every drop of spit in their bodies we shouted at the top of their lungs, not for a second pulling away from the mission at hand. And on the sixth day Roth declared it no more. No more would the logo loom strange over us. Our old friend the “W” reinstated once again.
SO LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN! Let the second wave of memes spread across the land. The message has indeed been received, and with it we remember the power of our voices. We mustn’t stop now though.
Please remember that $1 million was still spent on this redesign. Even though the logo is being reverted back it doesn’t mean there are issues still on this campus that the $1M would have much better served. Don’t let this little victory distract from the greater issues that loom large over our experience here both as current students and soon to be alums.
In exciting news, however, Roth, in his all school email announcing the retirement of the “new” logo, stated the administration anticipates opening up the process to accept student designs. This is incredibly exciting news, and as stated in our article that came out yesterday, may actually cause the new design to be an accurate representation of the way we as students feel about our school.
Find out more about the ongoing progress here.
Before I start I’d like to note that this article contains information about the redesign mixed with my own personal opinion all in one beautiful logo stew. If you’d like to read an article that keeps opinion at bay I recommend you check out this article from our friends over at the Argus first.
So Wesleyan got a new logo. You’ve probably heard about it. You probably also saw the all-school email President Michael Roth sent out where he described the redesign as, “Putting forward Wesleyan’s best self.” Needless to say, there weren’t many around who would agree it achieved that goal.
This redesign is so big there’s no clear place to start. So maybe we can start by noting how Roth told the school in the state of the school address that he doesn’t consider it a logo.
Wes is known for its history of activism. Rage update outlines all public activism that occurred on campus in the past academic year. It seems to have become an every other year sort of thing for us with our first article in 2014, our second in 2016, and now our third in 2018. All articles are definitely worth a read and although 2017 didn’t get an article, it was certainly a year worth remembering so I’ll leave some links to further reading in the end.
Rage update wouldn’t be complete without the words of alt, the author of our first rage update:
You’ve now arrived on campus, and we hope that you find your time here enriching and transformative. In that hope, we feel that it would be ill-advised to allow you to not have at least a foundational understanding of the things that have forced us as a community into dialogue, disagreement, and action.
This is not to scare you or to give you a negative impression of the University. However, we are certain that most if not all of you were told about the “passion” that Wesleyan students have and the issues that we care about on campus are at the forefront of those passions. While there is certainly no requirement to take an activist stance on any of these issues and it is in fact easy to sink beneath the radar on these issues and all the others not covered here, we would plead with you to be engaged in the community that you are now a part of.
Read this, ask questions, and reach out to students and faculty that have been here before you. We hope that as you begin your time here, you fully invest yourself as a community member committed to making Wesleyan as good as it can be for you and for those after you. Caring about Wesleyan does not foreclose critique on Wesleyan and as you read this, and other things like it, we hope you understand that too.
This post is an updated version of Sam’s update which was an updated version of wilk’s Eating and Drinking orientation article.
Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. This year Wesleyan is ranked #7 in college food on Niche out of all the colleges in the U.S. so you know it’s going to be good. Wes has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. We’re even ranked #2 by One Green Planet for Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges. There’s a plethora of awesome vegan food and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.
This is the part of the orientation series where we remind you to eat your veggies.