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ThesisCrazy 2022 Part 5: Generally Bug Averse Cultures

Tashfia’s amazing healthcare pamphlet for the Bangladeshi community in NYC

Back again! Today we have Megan Levan ’22 talking about BUGS, and Tashfia Jilu ’22 calling attention to the need for better language interpretation in our health care system. Read on below!

P.S. Megan’s interview was done prior to the thesis deadline, and Tashfia’s was done after it

Interviews by saph and maury

ThesisCrazy 2022 Part 3: Fuck Olin (The Guy, not the Library)

I don’t know if Bernays actually said this, but either way it’s a pretty baller quote

Today is the day!!!! Our long collective thesis journey is finally over. Fear not, we’ll have more ThesisCrazy interviews for you after the champagne flows, but today we have Anna Nguyen ‘22 writing a thesis inspired by the WSA and Irene Westfall ’22 discussing the attention-whore who invented PR. Read on after the cut, and I’ll see you on the Olin steps at 4:00!

Interviews by missweazy and Soap

ThesisCrazy 2022 Part 1: Fish Volcanos!??!

Loving the bottle of Listerine in Christina Lu ’22’s carrel

And so it begins! Welcome to the first installment of ThesisCrazy 2022! We’ve got a wonderful variety of thesis writers for you today: we have Ben Filio ’22 talking about his work with zebra finches and stretching data to its fullest, Emma Smith ’22 writing about representations of Latin American jungles and colonialist *hot takes,* and Christina Lu ’22 challenging the Chinese government’s idea of feminism. Read on under the cut!!

Interviews by missweazymaury, and zoomy

Guest Post: Against Oat Milk

A real shirt from Urban Outfitters

The following is a guest post from a member of the Wesleyan student body: 

Oat milk is substance derived from oats blended in water, then strained. Its main advantage over cow’s milk is that it is vegan, nondairy, and more environmentally sustainable. Its main disadvantage is that it is less nutritious, overpriced, and gastronomically thin. The main source of pleasure from consuming oat milk is not the oat milk itself but the ethical pleasures with which it is associated.

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 :)