“What happens when a prep school’s black student president mocks her white male classmates?” a recent BuzzFeed article asks.
Well, she gets ousted as school president and then attends Wesleyan.
Maya Peterson’s tenure at Lawrenceville School, a prep school in New Jersey, focused on bringing awareness to diversity issues, whether that was trying to ease implicit racial tensions or bring gender neutral bathrooms to campus. The trouble started when she and some of her friends posed with their fists in the air in a “black power” photo in their yearbook. After some students complained to the principal about this, Maya instagrammed a photo of herself as a typical “Lawrenceville boi,” teasing her main critics, with hashtags like #romney2016,” “#confederate,” and “#peakedinhighschool.”
“You’re the student body president, and you’re mocking and blatantly insulting a large group of the school’s male population,” one student commented on the photo.
“Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians,” Peterson responded. “If that’s a large portion of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before…”
From Molly Steinfeld ’15:
Waste Not!, Wesleyan’s beloved annual yard sale, is looking for volunteers for this fall! Move into school early (August 26th), help sell donated items, and hang with great people! Fill out the application below and send it to either of the Waste Not! coordinators: Molly Steinfeld (msteinfeld[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) and Michael Ortiz (mortiz01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).
Application here or after the jump:
Greg Faxon ’14 asked members of the class of ’14 “where do you see yourself in 20 years?” the day before graduation. Answers ranged from “studying medicine” to “pondering my first career.” See for yourself where other recent grads see themselves in two decades.
Leave a comment below if you want to answer Greg’s question! Between graduating and turning 41, Wes alums have gotten married, traveled the world, and had successful careers in basically any field you can think of.
From Emily Brown ’12:
This week marks the last screening in our Connecticut at Work Film Series with 1950′s Summer Stock, a lighthearted musical starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. The film will be introduced by Marc Longenecker, programming and technical director of the Film Department.
Date: Thursday, June 19
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies
Milk & Choreo presents: An awesome Wes rendition of Pharrell’s “Happy,” one of the most unavoidable and Orwellian songs of the year.
From Emily Brown ’12:
On campus for the summer? Missing the Film Series? The Connecticut at Work Film Series will be screening this classic film about women on the homefront during World War II, starring Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, and a teenage Shirley Temple. The film will be introduced by Jeanine Basinger, chair of the Film Studies department and founder of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives. Come on out, escape the heat, and enjoy this beautiful 35mm print!
Date: Thursday, June 12
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies
By the fall, Wesleyan will have a mix of new all-gender single-use and gendered multi-use bathrooms. After the trans* activism in the fall, when gendered bathroom signs were taken off most campus bathrooms, new all-gender bathroom signs popped up in many campus buildings (Exley, Usdan, North College, 41 Wyllys are the ones I noticed firsthand). By the end of this summer, “a new all-gender bathroom will be created on the ground floor of Olin, next to the existing men’s and women’s rooms,” according to University Librarian Pat Tully. “It is being created out of an existing custodial closet, which will be moved just down the hall.”
Physical Plant has gradually installed new bathroom signs across campus, and they committed to complete the installation before the end of the summer. Vice President for Student Affairs Dean Mike Whaley pledged to publish a list of the all-gender bathrooms online once the installations are done. According to him, “We actually have quite a lot of single-use all gender restrooms across campus, but awareness about where they are located needs to be better.”
On a related note, the fines paid by the trans* activists for taking down the original signs only represented a “tiny fraction of the total cost” of the new all-gender signs, according to Dean Whaley. And instead of paying fees, some of the activists worked to install the new signs. The gendered multi-use bathrooms will also have new signs that indicate where the location of the nearest all-gender bathroom is.
Below is the full memo by Dean Whaley and the WSA (originally drafted 11/20/13) outlining plans for de-gendering bathrooms and posting new all-gender signs. These plans should be completed by the end of the summer:
If you’re moving out in the next few days and have a bunch of stuff you don’t need or want anymore, donate them to Waste Not! or to Goodwill so they’re not wasted. There’s a group of Waste Not! student volunteers sticking around this week just to collect your cool armchairs, lamps, printers, TVs, didgeridoo, etc.
The official Waste Not! collection will be on Monday, May 26 (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), but until then you can put your clothing and linens into Goodwill bins around campus. The locations of these bins are marked in green in the map above.
The locations of Monday’s Waste Not! sites are as follows (they’re different from what’s marked above), courtesy of Sustainability Intern Ari Lewenstein ’16 :