It’s that time of year again. And no, I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about Early Decision Season! Children across the country (but let’s be honest, mostly on the coasts with a tiny bit of Chicago sprinkled in) chose to give their souls and their next four years to Wesleyan, and we’ve happily taken (some of) them in. I remember last December all too well and it’s not a time I want to revisit. That’s just me though. Anyway, @prefrosh, congratulations on your acceptance to Wesleyan University’s Class of 2021! Thanks to you guys, I’m only a freshman and even I feel old!
If you’re a prefrosh reading this right now, my advice to you is get ready for a wild ride. You’re gonna get a lot of people asking you, “Didn’t Hillabae go there?” to which you will say “nope”. I won’t lie, 60% of the reason I even applied here to begin with was because Marshall, Ted, and Lily were Wes grads. I’ll save you the trouble and tell you that that’s not the same reason most of my, and probably also your, classmates had for applying.
On Wednesday night, the WSA held a town hall meeting to have a campus wide conversation about Eclectic and the future of 200 High Street, which is currently Music House. According to Director of ResLife Fran Koerting, Eclectic originally lost their program housing status after repeatedly failing to get a 16 out of 21 on the URLC’s housing assessment and being put on probation, with the final straw being the application from last fall.
The meeting was attended by a variety of students, some who are still a part of Eclectic, others who were in Eclectic but have since left, and many students who are not members of Eclectic as well. Ultimately, the URLC voted not to let Eclectic obtain program house status for the 2017-2018 school year. There were 0 votes in favor, 4 opposed, 2 abstentions, and 1 recusal. The future of 200 High will be considered separately by the URLC, and they have said that they will take the wider campus community’s opinion strongly into consideration.
Courtesy of Ginger Hollander ’20
[Update: Thursday, 11/17/16, 11:19AM]
The petition demanding that Wes become a Sanctuary Campus now has over 1100 signatures!!
If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter at some point in the last week, you’ve probably seen a few postings about “sanctuary campuses” popping up here and there. After Donald J. Trump’s presidential win on a campaign platform that heavily targeted immigrants, especially those that are undocumented, there is a significant amount of unease in immigrant communities all over America. Currently, undocumented students have temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that President Obama H’08 put into place. However, Trump is expected to repeal this executive order. What will President-elect Donald Trump’s first move be? Given how often he has changed his mind on policy issues, just how much danger are immigrants really in? How will his policies affect undocumented students? What are sanctuary campuses, and why do they matter here at Wes? Read on after the jump to find out.