With the controversies surrounding the Washington Street development, whether Wesleyan students should vote in Middletown, and other issues, we often wonder as a student body how we fit into the larger fabric of Middletown and the greater local area. Other than living, studying, and working here, there are other ways that one can get involved. The Office of Community Relations reports that “Over 50% of Wesleyan students are involved with community service activities during their four-years on campus.” You might already know about Green Street and Traverse Square, but did you know about the Community Health Center or Housing and Hunger?
There’s a lot going on at the Center for Community Partnerships and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the new ENGAGE initiative tries to bring them to light. In this Q&A with Civic Engagement Fellow Dana Pellegrino ’12, she tells us how ENGAGE started and how we can get involved.
1. What is ENGAGE and where does the information come from?
The elections for WSA President, WSA Vice President, and Senior Class Officer are now decided. Your representatives for the 2013-2014 school year are:
- Wesleyan Student Assembly
- Senior Class Officers
The Elections Committee offers our full congratulations to the winners and thanks all candidates and voters for their participation. The full results are available at wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting. The winners’ email addresses are linked above; you should contact them about any concerns or questions you might have now or in the future. Please hold all office holders accountable throughout their terms.
All the best,
Syed Ali ’13, Nicole Brenner ’15, Wayne Ng ’16
WSA Presidential & Senior Class Officer Elections Committee
Nicole Okai ’14 has got one delicious invitation for you:
International House’s 2nd Annual IHOP Fundraiser for LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), Relay for Life and Food not Bombs! It’s gonna be this Saturday and it’s gonna be delicious!Come and enjoy awesome delicious, Beyonce-approved (not legally but spiritually) pancakes from all different cultures:
Chinese scallion pancakes
Dutch pannekoek pancakes
Jewish potato latkes
American rainbow flapjacks
Korean kimchi pancakes
Ramadan al-qatayef pancakes
**Tickets are still selling in Usdan Friday during lunch and dinner times, and will be sold at the event too! $3 or a canned good for a ticket. Proceeds go to the 3 charities!***
Co-sponsored by: The Bayit, French Hall, Community Service House, Open House, Japanese Hall, Turath House, Relay for Life, LiNK, ResLife
Date: Tomorrow, April 27
Place: Usdan Courtyard
Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? Then don’t miss out on this election!
Elections for WSA President, WSA Vice President, and Senior Class Officers will close TONIGHT at 11:59:59PM. Please vote immediately at wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting if you have not already done so.
The winners of these elections will claim to represent the interests of the Wesleyan student body or a significant segment of it, whether or not you vote. Therefore, it is crucial that you vote so that your voice accounted for. Administrators, outsiders, and fellow students will take the words of these students to represent the views of the student body as a whole. These representatives will have critical direct and indirect input on everything from the handling of the Tour de Franzia to need-blind admissions to SBC allocations. If you care about pretty much any student issue, you should vote.
Please note that you can vote in these elections even if you are studying abroad or a current senior (Class of 2013). Seniors should note that although they won’t be here next year, they should feel invested in Wesleyan’s future. Perceptions of their alma mater will continue to follow you after graduation.
The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL) is hosting thesis presentations by those who have done theses regarding the study of public life. We have 13 student presenters and there will be lunch provided with an accompanying talk by visiting CSPL professor Steve Fuzesi regarding his course titled “All the News That’s Fit to Post: Issues for Content Creators in the New Global News World.” The presentations will run from 10am-2pm and people can come and go as they please.
The complete speakers list can be found after the bump.
Date: Tomorrow, Friday, April 26
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Voting is now open for the following elections:
- WSA President and Vice President
- Senior Class President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer
Voting will happen at wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting, closing at 11:59:59 p.m. on Friday, April 26. All class years (including seniors and students abroad!) can vote in the election for WSA President and Vice President. Only members of the Class of 2014 can vote in the Senior Class Officer election.
The students who are elected to these positions will technically represent the student body or significant portions of it. They will be taken as the voice of the student body by administrators, outside bodies, and even fellow students. They will occupy a critical space in dialogue with the administration, faculty, and other members of the community. They will have input on everything from assembly and university policy to budgetary issues, and almost every possible issue that affects students.
Come see your favorite presidential and vice presidential candidates verbally battle it out! Questions from any and all are welcomed throughout the debates (and in advance by email).
The President and Vice President set the direction for the Assembly, and bears a great deal of influence as the representative of the student voice. They occupy a critical space in dialogue with the administration, faculty, and other members of the community. They have input on everything from assembly and university policy to budgetary issues, and almost every possible issue that affects students.
Sunday, April 21st, 5:30PM–1st Floor of Usdan
Moderated by current WSA President Zachary Malter ’13, this debate will be a showdown of the three current candidates: Keith Conway ’16, Mari Jarris ’14, and Nicole Updegrove ’14. Join the event on Facebook.
Vice Presidential Debate
Monday, April 22nd, 5:30PM–1st Floor of Usdan
Moderated by Elections Committee member Nicole Brenner ’15, this debate will be a showdown of the two current candidates: Chloe Murtagh ’15 and Andrew Trexler ’14. Join the event on Facebook.
Also, show that you’re voting by joining this event.
Corey Guilmette ’13 wants you to get back on the hill:
Music! Friends! Foss! The Earth! Student Groups! Jorts! Trivia! More Music!
When you out to Foss Hill on Sunday 4/21 (like you do every beautiful Sunday) be prepared to celebrate Earth Day like you’ve never celebrated Earth Day before
2PM: Robert’s Don
4PM: Blackbird and the Cherry Tree
Andrew Trexler ’14 and Michael “President” Roth ’78 want to know what on Earth you’re doing here. Want to let them know? Your chance is tonight.
“As an elite liberal arts institution, Wesleyan can often look very similar to its peers (whoever they are). And yet, we at Wesleyan generally believe that Wes is unique, is the best. What is it that distinguishes us from our peer schools? What are our comparative strengths, and what are our comparative weaknesses? In other words, why Wesleyan? And how can we improve?” We hope that you can join us and give your recommendation for Wesleyan’s future.
Attendance at events like these proves to administrators that students care and want to have a voice. So if you have the chance, prove it.
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Place: PAC 002
Want to make an impact on the Wesleyan community? Elections will be taking place from Monday, April 22, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013 for WSA President, WSA Vice President, and Senior Class Officer.
WSA President & Vice President
2014-2016 can run; 2013-2016 can vote
“It is a lot of work, it is a lot of time, and it is a lot of responsibility,” said Michael Pernick ’10, who served as WSA President for two years. ”But at the end of the day, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you’ve had an impact – even if it’s a small impact – which makes life better for other students. The President and Vice President do more than merely run the operations of the WSA – they have a responsibility to serve the best interests of the student body as if it were an institution in and of itself.”
Senior Class 2014 President, Vice President, Secretary, & Treasurer
Only 2014 can run and vote
Serving as a Senior Class Officer also involves time commitment and thick skin, says Adam Rashkoff ’13, Senior Class Vice President. ”Being a Senior Class Officer is a great opportunity for any student who wants to gain experience with large-scale event planning, or simply for anyone who wants to give back to their class by facilitating ways for it to bond as a collective.”