This past Wednesday, students of color at Wesleyan released a list of demands to President Roth to address the University’s failure in combating racism and inequity on campus. The demands can be found on IsThisWhy.com here.
Just now, Roth sent an all-campus email about meeting the demands. His email can be found after the jump (note: It’s very long).
Update (11/21/2015, 3:24pm): The students of color who organized the Is This Why movement released a statement responding to Roth’s email on their website. It reads:
The #IsThisWhy movement demanded written statements from the President of Wesleyan University, Michael Roth, and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer, Antonio Farias within 48 hours. Michael Roth has responded within our timeline, but Antonio Farias has failed to do so. President Roth’s response proved him incapable of addressing exactly how the university has neglected each marginalized community on campus both in the past and in the present, and in doing so, he failed to produce a detailed action plan committing to the demands set forth by the #IsThisWhy organizers.
This campus cannot function without the intellectual and emotional labor of Students of Color. As promised, we will be taking further action. We will be demanding more.
We know our power.
From Giorgia Sage ’18:
The semester has sped by and the time is upon us to select the 5 poets who will make up Wesleyan’s traveling slam team, which will represent our school at regional slams and the national slam, CUPSI.
While scoring poetry and ranking poets is awful, we live in a capitalist world, so it must be done. Come watch it happen.
Our feature will be Neil Hilborn, hailing from Minneapolis, who will also be leading a workshop earlier that afternoon. (Workshop information here.) Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing. He is a founding member of Button Poetry and speaks on issues of mental illness, among others. Watch one of Neil’s performances here.
Date: Saturday, November 21st
Place: Memorial Chapel
From Our Former Dear Leader Zach’s almost name twin Zach Scheinfeld ’16:
On Sunday from 1-4pm Art House will be hosting it’s second crafts fair! The event will feature work in many mediums including drawings, woodblock prints, etchings, zines, and much much more! There will also be several sets of live music and plenty of yummy food.
Remember – sales do not necessarily have to be monetary. Artists will set their own prices; whether their drawing sells for $10, two dinners, a print in return, or any other form of trade is up to them. Come by with friends and a couple of bucks to support our artists and Green St. Arts Center.
We are still taking submissions up until November 20th. Email srenjilian(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. ALL art/crafts welcome!
Date: Sunday, November 22nd
Place: Art House
An ~updated message~ from Zachary Roach ’17:
Burlington, VT pop juggernaut, Madaila, will be making its first appearance at Wesleyan to promote their debut record, “The Dance.”
Date: Thursday, November 19th
NEW Time: 9 PM
NEW Place: Alpha Delt main room
From Sophia Franchi, GRAD:
Award-winning poet Rick Barot will read from his work on Thursday, November 19th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Allbritton Center, 222 Church St, Middletown, CT.
Rick Barot attended Wesleyan and The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He has published three books of poetry, all with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002); Want (2008), winner of the Grub Street Book Prize and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; and Chord (2015). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review.
“[The administration] told someone with a documented anxiety disorder to just wait and chill.”
Author’s note: This article discusses sexual assault and trauma.
You’ve probably noticed by now that household animals are not a totally uncommon sight around Wesleyan. Some people like to keep pets for the fun of it (which you’re technically not supposed to do), but for other students, these animals are helping them cope with and recover from traumatic events and other serious psychiatric illnesses that may arise.
Students with disabilities are allowed to bring an emotional support animal (ESA) to campus to provide emotional support, stability, and other means of help. But as nice as that sounds, the process of getting an ESA approved is incredibly grueling and emotionally draining. It requires a great deal of effort on the part of the student (who is already dealing with a lot) to provide a gargantuan amount of documentation, which can then be denied by the university for any number of reasons.
According to Wesleyan’s ESA policy, this includes, “…1) verification of the student’s diagnosis, including severity of condition, and impact on major life functions, 2) statement on how the animal serves as an accommodation for the documented disability, and 3) statement on how the need for the ESA relates to the ability of the student to use and gain benefit from University housing.”
If a student houses an animal without the approval, heavy fines are sanctioned ($300 for just the first offense), and if the animal isn’t removed, suspension and other disciplinary penalties are put on the table.
From Sophia Franchi, GRAD:
Award-winning writer and artist Gregg Bordowitz will read from his work on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.
Gregg Bordowitz’s books include Volition (2009); General Idea: ImageVirus (2010), and The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003 (2004), winner of the 2006 Frank Jewett Mather Award. His videos and performances, including Fast Trip Long Drop (1993), A Cloud in Trousers (1995), and Habit (2001), have been seen at the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, and other venues. He has also written and directed The History of Sexuality Volume One By Michel Foucault: An Opera, which premiered at Tanzquartier Wien, Austria in 2010.
From Sophie Breitbart ’16:
Interested in doing summer research in the STEM fields? Curious to hear how others found opportunities, navigated the application process, and how it all turned out? Then this is the event for you!
Our four panelists have spent their summers engaging in research spanning from astro to physics to bio to environmental science to molecular bio to biomedical and math fields. They’ve done research at Wes, in the real world, through internships, programs, and more. Now’s the time to start thinking about summer work, so let us help you start! Plus, free cookies!
All genders welcome. RSVP to msnow(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you’ll be joining us.
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Place: Allbritton 311
Facebook event: YO YO YO