For those of you who haven’t been following the buttload of obnoxious college rankings that come out every August/September, you’re in luck: Wesleyan is faring pretty damn well. A couple of the highlights and interesting tidbits:
1. Forbes ranked Wes number 15 on its 2014 list of best colleges in America. Impressive colleges we’re ranked higher than include Dartmouth, Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, and University of Chicago. Cue the awkward moment this summer when I used “So we beat you in the Forbes rankings” as a conversation starter with a current Dartmouth student. Whoops.
Every year on Wesleying, we typically have a very sassy interview with the WSA presidential and vice presidential candidates (a tip of the hat to the venerable frostedmoose and the awesome Roxie for their extra sass-tastic features, which you can see here and here). It’s a shame that we don’t have any other candidates like last year’s dark horse favorite Keith Conway ’16 or the frostedmoose-proclaimed “Vanilla” Zach Malter ’13, but we’re making due.
Read after the jump to meet Grant Tanenbaum ’15, the only person running for WSA President this year (minus a hilarious April Fools’ “opponent”, a prank orchestrated by Kate Cullen ’16 that nearly gave Grant an ulcer). This is the first post of two parts on the prez, so stay tuned.
Yet another year of thesis-ing has come to end, and we have the proof. Dozens of senior thesis writers (and some very, very drunk non-thesis writers) came to the steps of Olin to celebrate with many bottles of champagne and extremely fancy beer in hand.
Cheers to the thesis writers of 2014!
Read after the jump to see some other pics from this most joyous occasion.
Welcome to the third installment of THESISCRAZY 2014, the feature where we interview thesis writers in the midst of their last minute panic (of course it’s a good idea). To see our first two THESISCRAZY features for this year, click here and here. To see previous years of THESISCRAZINESS, click here.
If you’re interested in doing a THESISCRAZY interview, email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org!
From the greatest person you’ll ever meet, Max Owen-Dunow ’15 (no seriously, you need to talk to him if you haven’t):
Let’s Get Ready is a free SAT tutoring and college counseling program that serves underserved high school students from Middletown and Meriden. Our students are from low-income families (they receive free or reduced-price lunches at school) and/or are first-generation college-bound students. Let’s Get Ready aims to equal the playing field by providing low-income students with the same chance at getting into a great school that students from high-income families that can afford expensive SAT prep classes have.
We’re raising money to support our program and we need your help!
From Monday April 7th through Sunday April 13th, FroyoWorld has generously offered to donate 20% of your purchase to the Wesleyan Let’s Get Ready program. It’s the perfect excuse to get froyo three (or ten) times in a week and celebrate the fact that we’re finally, finally getting some good weather.
*In order to make your purchase count, please remember to mention to the cashier that you’re participating in the Wesleyan Let’s Get Ready fundraiser.* If you don’t say anything, we don’t get our money!
Thanks so much for your help! See you on Main St.!
Date: Now through Sunday, April 13th
Time: All the time (for real though, froyo is mad delicious)
Place: FroyoWorld at 386 Main Street
Facebook event: HERE
From Lizzie “Shack Attach” Shackney ’17 and Key “I’m a Boss” Session ’17:
Gather your student group, sports team, house, hallway, and friends to sign up for the WSA Kickball Tournament! It’ll be at the Bacon Field House starting at 12 pm on Sunday, April 6th and it’s totally free. Sign up and get your friends to come cheer for you. There will be music, excitement, and $100 for the winning team, bobble water bottles for the runners up, as well as the pride of being able to say that your student group/friend group/whatever is the best (at kickball).
Sign up HERE by Friday, April 4th.
Date: Sign up by Friday, April 4th (Actual kickball tournament is on Sunday, April 6th!)
Time: 12pm-6pm on April 6th
Place: Bacon Field House
Sign Up: HERE HERE HERE
From Lizzie “Shack Attack”/”Lizzie McGuire” Shackney ’17:
All student group leaders and aspiring student group leaders: Come to this year’s Student Group Leadership Summit this Tuesday, March 4th, at 7 pm in Usdan 108. It’s a great chance to hear what all of Wesleyan’s 277 registered student groups have been up to, and to talk about what’s been going well, not so well, the future of your group, or any issues you may want to bring up. Members of the WSA will be there to remind you of how the WSA can be a resource to you.
There will most def be cookies, coffee, and cross-group collaboration. Bring a younger member from your group because we’re all about ensuring the continuity of student groups.
Date: Tuesday, March 4th
Place: Usdan 108
From SALD Leadership Intern Jordan Gaynes ’14:
Join us for a conversation on positive activism in our community. How can we effectively motivate change? What challenges do we face as movers and shakers, and how can we encourage others to join the cause? Come share your thoughts and learn from the experiences of other student leaders!
Date: Tomorrow, February 21st
Place: Allbritton Room 004
From SALD Leadership Intern Jordan Gaynes ’14:
Join Joanne Rafferty, Associate Director of the Usdan Center, and facilitator for the World of Difference Institute, an Anti-Defamation League initiative. Learn about Joanne’s involvement, and participate in an exercise exploring how hate can escalate in society. We will discuss and think critically about ethnic, racial and religious bias, discrimination, and violence.
Lunch will be provided!
Date: Friday, February 7th
Place: Usdan Room B25
From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the PCSE:
Presented by: Dr. Jack Leonard, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership in Education, University of Massachusetts Boston
America has a long tradition of entrepreneurism, which is admired around the world. The entrepreneurial leadership style is central to our American democratic image as the land of opportunity. And in K-12 schooling, hardly a day goes by without an appeal for entrepreneurial leaders who can “think outside the box.” However, there is also widespread skepticism about entrepreneurism in education, which often implies larger-than-life leaders who are willing to take questionable risks in a fiercely competitive market – hardly the ideal environment for children.