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The Impeachment that Exposed the WSA: An Investigation

this article has been the collaborative effort of  sdz,  hen,  fern, and  fos

Late in the evening on Thursday, April 30th, an anonymous student published a blog post on Medium.com titled “On Impeachments & Coverups.” The article alleged misconduct on the part of several WSA members and cited the impeachment of Huzaifa Khan ‘22, who was then running unopposed for the WSA presidency. Until this point, few outside of the WSA had heard about Huzaifa’s impeachment and proximal resignation. The post was disseminated to the student body via the WesAdmits Facebook groups by Fitzroy Pablo Wickham ‘21. Several hours later, Khan issued his own lengthy response via Wes Admits 2023, announcing the end of his candidacy.

These developments came as a shock. Wesleyan’s student government wields far more power than its counterparts at peer institutions (including being directly in charge of over $800,000 in funds), and the members of the WSA are now tasked with leading the student response to an unprecedented global crisis. The last we knew, the WSA was working hard to advocate for students, and its efforts appeared to be running smoothly.

The WSA is pursuing measures to bring aid to Wesleyan students, and many of its efforts have a particular focus on students of first-generation, low-income (FGLI) backgrounds. Alongside the rest of the Leadership Board, Huzaifa took the lead on these initiatives, and was a public-facing advocate for students, both at meetings and on social media. In the eyes of most students, and of this here blog, it seemed that the WSA was fulfilling its duty to represent student interests to the Administration. 

So what went wrong? And why should you care about the wheelings and dealings of our student government? After all, any student group is prone to miscommunications, drama, and other issues, right?

Unfortunately, the Medium post is just the latest in a series of bizarre events we uncovered as we started investigating the impeachment. We learned that Huzaifa was impeached, that he resigned hastily before the WSA could notify the school, that the WSA covered it all up, and that he then ran for president unopposed is nothing less than bizarre. And the fact that this was all happening amidst a moment of not only campus-wide, but worldwide chaos? Well, we were just floored.

It’s true that during this global pandemic, senators have worked tirelessly to distribute funding and critical information. But, these developments raise questions. How did the WSA, an institution meant to represent the interests of the student body, become so entrenched in its own mess? And, how can we trust the WSA to serve students and hold the administration accountable when it seems like it’s struggling to hold itself accountable?

[Editor’s note: a fellow Wesleying editor was personally involved with the people and events detailed in this article. The editor recused herself from this piece.]

 

Click here to see a timeline of the events

Mar. 8 – Mar. 29 – Wesleyan announces suspension of in-person classes and transitions online WSA creates WSA Supplementary Emergency Fund to provide relief to students dealing with COVID 19-related costs.

Mar. 30 – Apr. 12 – Huzaifa messages an applicant for the Emergency Fund via Facebook Messenger. Applicant emails WSA president Justin Ratkovic ‘20 and SBC chair Aditi Shenoy ‘20 informing them of the incident, saying that Huzaifa’s behavior was “outside the limits of professionalism.” Later, Huzaifa sends a message to the applicant apologizing for his behavior.

Apr. 13 – Apr. 19 – Huzaifa decides to run for WSA president. Then-Chief of Staff Adam Hickey ’22 serves impeachment to Huzaifa. Adam and Huzaifa resign. WSA does not continue with impeachment hearings. Two WSA senators withdraw from the presidential and vice presidential elections.

Apr. 20 – Apr. 27 – A haze. Nothing too exciting. WSA elections begin. 

Apr. 28 – May 1 – sdz and hen don’t leave their laptops for 96 hours. Wesleying receives an open letter, and begins working on an article. Three days later, an edited version of the open letter is anonymously leaked on Medium. Following the posting of the letter, Huzaifa suspends his presidential campaign.

May 2 – This article is posted.

 

Guest Post: In the Heights with the Whites– White Students in POC Spaces

This past weekend, from November 21-23, 2019, the musical In The Heights returned to campus after a 20 year hiatus. The show, originally written by Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, featured an entirely POC cast, and was directed by Milton Espinoza Jr. ’22. Demand for the show was incredibly high, and each of the Eventbrite ticket sales (twice a day, once at 12:15p and one at 5:00p) sold out in under 15 seconds. The following is a guest post written by Ricardo Vega ’21 on the events that went down this past weekend.

Unofficial Orientation 2019: Welcome!

it’s crazier than vegas. i promise.

Hiya Class of 2023!

So we’re past the midpoint of summer, reality has set in, and you’ve had the sudden realization that by the end of this month you’re gonna be starting college. At this point before my freshman year, I was counting down the days till I could leave for school and the excitement was literally killing me. The restlessness only got worse once my friends started leaving for their schools, because we start LAST. jk not last. but almost last!

So you’re excited and looking forward to August 28th, but I’m sure you also have lots of questions, such as:

Where are the parties? Where is the dining hall? Is it YOUS-dan or OOS-dan? Where are the parties? Where will you find your music buds? What’s it like living in a communal dorm with a communal bathroom where people of all genders brush their teeth and shower side by side? Where are the parties? Do we even have greek life? Is Middletown a real town? What the fork is RuHo/MuHo/MoHo/WoCoHo? What is Espwesso and why did they not call it Wespresso? What’s a Wescam? Where are the parties?

Because we care, we’re addressing all of these questions (and more!) in Wesleying’s Unofficial Orientation Series! For the next 3ish weeks, we’ll be uploading one post a day about different aspects of life at Wesleyan. We’ll do our best to ensure that you know at least something about this wonderful magical amazing place that’ll be your home for the next four years (which will pass by all too fast but we’ll get to that later).

Also, check out our twitter (@Wesleying) on Monday, August 5th @ 3pm EST for a live twitter chat!

THESISCRAZY (part 8): The Final Chapter

TODAY’S THE DAY!!

GUYS! It’s been good, it’s been GREAT. With our final installment of THESISCRAZY 2019, we want to give the hugest shoutout to all the seniors–who have been cranking out their theses and who have been supporting their thesis-writing friends throughout this whole year. We can’t want to see all of you on the steps :) With that, our last four interviewees have continued this year’s trend of being from SUCH a variety of majors, check it out :)

THESISCRAZY 2019 (Part 7): IT’S THE DAY DO YOU HAVE YOUR CHAMPAGNE

caroline working on her thesis in one of her many carrels

Welcome to the 7th installment of thesiscrazy!!!! This post includes interviews with Will Barr ’18, MA ’19, who is doing an MB&B masters thesis, we have Caroline Kravitz ’19, doing a local history thesis, Tomás Rogel ’19, doing a sociology thesis, and Lindsay Zelson ’19, doing a history thesis! Read past the jump to learn more about these wonderful, amazing, accomplished human beings :)

For past installments of thesiscrazy, click here.

THESISCRAZY (part 5): The Weather Outside Is Frightful But These Theses Are So Delightful

soo close to satisfaction

T-24 hours!! always remember: the world is your oyster and your body is a temple, so do what you gotta do to be as happy and as yourself as you can be in these tiring times. All these theses writers below are in different majors, and the breadth of their topics and knowledge is AHMAZING! check it check it out below for some inspiring plans of champagning and singing all tomorrow!

THESISCRAZY 2019 (part 4): Residents of 43B Home

an actual photo of the residents of 43b enjoying each other’s company

With this 4th installment of THESISCRAZY 2019, we bring you 3 out of the 4 residents of 43B Home (this is kind of a crazy coincidence)! These terrific women have been working hard and playing harder (but not too hard @those floorboards…) and then working even harder. If you’re interested in reading interviews from previous years, look here!

Thesising is after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2019 (Part 3): we stan humanities majors

Seniors: this may be how you feel inside right now. If so, do not forget to indulge in self-care!!!!

It’s starting to be crunch time!!!! Regardless of how much of your thesis is done, GOOD LUCK!! YOU’VE GOT IT!!!!! Buy yourself some ice cream, take a 10-minute walk, look at the stars, watch an episode of a trash Netflix show. You will get your work in, so trust and take care of yourself as much as you can!!!

If reading about other people’s theses helps at all, you can read part one and part two of this year’s series, and past years’ posts here. Click below to look at some more dope theses!  :

THESISCRAZY 2019 (Part 2): Em, Emm & Emma

Things are getting dire in the CSS Lounge: “Send Help” + a very ambitious chapter schedule!

Welcome to the second installment of THESISCRAZY 2019! We had some technical difficulties and lost this post when our site went down (always save your work, friends!!!), but we’re back and better than ever now!

It’s getting close to the deadline (FIVE MORE DAYS AAAHHHHH) and we know you’re looking for an excuse to procrastinate/distract you from the weekend of work ahead. Just know that all of us here at Wesleying believe in you!! You’ve got this!!

In addition to today’s post, you can read part one of this year’s series here, and past years’ posts here.

Today, we have three Emmas who are writing three super-cool theses! Check out their interviews below the jump!