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LIVEBLOG: 2018 State of the School Address with President Michael Roth

the smiling face of our watchful overlord, peering over the masses from his perch on the newly redesigned website

President Michael Roth ’78 is holding the third State of School Address today at 3pm in the Memorial Chapel, and Wesleying is liveblogging the whole thing!

As in previous years, the event is co-sponsored by the WSA, the Argus, and the Ankh. It will consist of an hour-long Q&A, moderated by three students—a member of the WSA, a member of the Argus, and a member of the Ankh.  In an email to the student body about the event WSA president Emma Austin ‘19 shared links where students can submit their questions to President Roth or share a comment for student representatives to pass on to the Board of Trustees. After the State of the School there will be a student-only debrief in the Zelnick Pavilion.

Hot-button issues for this year’s State of the School include CAPS staffing, staff and student worker conditions, and, of course, the controversial website redesign.

In her email, Austin shared the history and intention of the State of the School Address:

“This event grew out of students’ desire for more transparency from the Administration. Scheduled at the beginning of the year and days before the Board of Trustees meeting, the State of the School is designed to ensure that student opinions are heard and heeded as they Administration plans for the years ahead.”

For an in-depth recap of the event in previous years check out Wesleying’s liveblogs of Roth’s 2015 and 2016 addresses. (Note: Due to low student turnout, Austin explained that the event was changed from an annual address to a biannual address, which is why there was no address in 2017.)

Read on for our liveblog of the event.

THESISCRAZY2018 (Part 14): Goodbye for Now

A picture of Lila counting cells (her “favorite activity”)

 

Dear Friends,

It has been a wild ride. Reading through all these THESISCRAZY2018 interviews has been a privilege, and I can’t wait to see what next year’s class brings. But today we have reached the end of our time together. Part 14 is the last part of thesiscrazy this year. I am sad. You are sad. But today at 4pm, the seniors are gonna stand on the Olin steps and they’re gonna pop their bottles of champagne, have a drink or two (or ten) with friends, and celebrate their momentous achievement of writing a thesis. But let’s not forget they’re probably a little sad too, and they don’t quite know why. It’s gonna nag them a little, and they’ll be left wondering. And then next week (not tomorrow or this weekend ’cause they’ll be celebrating), they’ll realize. Their thesis, this thing that was on their mind 22/7 for the last year, is finished. Their baby is gone.

We’ve got some great ones by Ali Arminio ’18, Khephren Spigner ‘18, Caroline Deimer ‘18Lila Levinson ‘18, Jackson Barnett ‘18, Grace Wong ‘18, Allegra Ayida ‘18, Emily Kessler ‘18, and Amélie Clémot ‘18. Don’t skimp on these theses.

Read after the jump to catch up on this final installment of THESISCRAZY2018. And if you really need something for some ultra-last-minute procrastination, check out all of this year’s interviews here! We’ll see you on the steps at 4!

THESISCRAZY2018 (Part 13): No Two Theses are Identical

Celina hanging out in the gallery

Welcome back to THESISCRAZY2018! This post is a diamond. So unique. Not one of these thesis writers are doing a thesis in the same department. We have a Studio Art thesis by Celina Bernstein ‘18, an Econ thesis by Aqila Putri ‘18, a COL thesis by Jake Orlin ‘18, a Psych thesis by Ananya Subrahmanian ‘18, a Spanish thesis by Martha Mastrianni ‘18, and a Biology and ENVS thesis by Eric Hagen ‘18.

Check out their theses after the jump!

THESISCRAZY2018 (Part 12): Lord Kelvin, Whatcha Doin’?

Alice’s “murder wall” right now.

Hello friends, we back.

Welcome to the twelfth episode of THESISCRAZY 2018. We’re approaching the series finale of THESISCRAZY 2018, and I gotta say I’m feeling a little sad. These theses have been amazing, they’ve been the perfect way for me to procrastinate on my work, and they’ve given me a window into the lives of a ton of people I’ve never even met.

Go past the jump to read about Alice Markham-Cantor ‘18‘s be-witch-ing ancestry, Eli Sands ’18‘s time travel to 1925 Manhattan, Darci Collins ’18‘s journey with the isotropic helicoid (is it real or nah?), and Sarah Kang ’18 research into Ginseng (medicinal wonder, or magical health fruit?).

THESISCRAZY 2018 (Part 11): It’s Raining Outside but these Theses are Shining Bright

Claire j chillin’ in her thesis carrell.

This THESISCRAZY part ellllleeeeveeeeen. We’re sitting on the cusp of greatness. Tomorrow’s the day. We’ve got a BUNCH of theses in this post (5. that’s a bunch), so make sure to stay tuned till the end. We’ve had a record breaking year of interviews (google forms are truly revolutionary), so we’re gonna be posting until the final moment.

I think the weather outside is like once removed from a tornado, and I know you don’t wanna go out there. So why don’t you pop over to Pi, grab yourself a nice matcha latte, and lounge a little. Read a little. Get to know your peers a little.

Thesising is after the jump

THESISCRAZY 2018 (Part 10): The Residents of 43 Home

The tag on the outside of Gabe’s carrel in Olin

With this 10th installment of THESISCRAZY 2018, we bring you 3 out of the 4 residents of 43 Home. These three dudes are working hard (and playing hard?), and their theses look phenomenal. We’ve got some discussion of the Foucault/Chomsky debate (check it out, or at least thoroughly enjoy Gabriel Kachuck ‘18‘s hilarious description of it), of Hamburg (and hamburgers) by Jack Guenther ’18, and Joel Michael ’18s valiant attempts at resisting the hegemony of the colon in thesis titles.

Theses are after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2018 (Part 9): Knee-deep in the KGB

Dasha filling us in on her thesis

Welcome to the NINTH installment of ThesisCrazy 2018. It’s been a day, with a lot of posts, but I feel the need to emphasize that each of these thesis writers has done a phenomenal job, and we wish each of them the best of luck in these last two days.

Two of the three theses in this post feature our BFF, Russia. Dasha Dubinsky ‘18 is writing a thesis where she gets to shit on Putin, which is definitely a win in my opinion. James Reston ’18 is entrenched in a KGB file about the Jesuits. And Nathaniel Barton ’18 is talking about the Isle of Pines, an Island off the coast of Cuba (more Cuba!).

Get yo thesis on after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2018 (Part 8): Diets, Cuba, and Crete.

Ilana telling us about the linkage between what we eat and how free we are.

In this post we have the lovely ladies Ilana Newman ’18, Hai Lun Tan ’18, and Katie Barnes ’18. They’ve done some amazing thesising about topics both domestic and international, and there was some more travel involved! To Cuba too! You can also do some literary traveling to Crete in 1200 B.C.E. (sadly Katie couldn’t actually travel there. bc 1200 B.C.E.)

Check out their thesising after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2018 (Part 7): Around the World and Back

Sonya filling us in on her world travels, all in the name of research.

This ThesisCrazy installment features three leading ladies with their theses in various awesome majors. Travel to Medieval Spain with Sonya Bessalel ‘18, Italy with Hannah Skopicki ’18, and read some Yiddish folktales with Sophia Shoulson ’18.

I’m in LOVE with the diversity of thoughts, ideas, and peoples in this post. Get your thesis traveling on after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2018 (Part 6): It’s a Film World and We’re All Just Living In It

The members of 128A Church j chillin in the wonderful outdoors.

This ThesisCrazy is a group interview with three dudes, Benjamin Yap ‘18Alex Fabry ‘18, and Matt Kleppner ‘18To be clear, they did not all do their these together, in fact this group interview covers three different theses. However, the three of them do live in the same house, so hit them up at 128A Church!

To check out Part 5, go here.

Dive into their theses after the jump!