To say it’s been a wild year would be an insult to things that deserve the title “wild.” But, here we are, a month into reflecting and trying to understand what even happened in 2018, publishing this article to try to find some sense. And what other than to write about a year at an institution that makes no sense during any given year?!
Yes, friends, I am going to try to review this very confusing year––and bonus: I wasn’t even on campus for half of it! Because I am perpetually on the Internet, I have been filled in on the ~happenings~ last semester and will try my best to give 2018 the little justice it deserves.
Disclaimer: this is a subjective process, and things change at Wesleyan sometimes very quickly, but also sometimes veeeeery slowly. If I’ve missed something, let us know at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org. Send us your funny moments, your important moments…just all the moments.
Because this year was just…a lot…I’m going to do my best to organize this information as effectively as possible.
If you want to procrastinate because it’s been a week of classes, here’s some old content: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
From the College Confidential forums and personal contacts, we have received notice that Wesleyan’s Early Decision 1 results were released on Saturday, December 8 (likely between 2:45 and 3:00 PM, based on the College Confidential posts)!
I was accepted ED1 to the class of 2019, so you bet I’m feeling old right now! I vividly remember getting free Krispy Kreme donuts with my friends after school on December 12, 2014 (there was some sort of promo that day) and getting the news (which I subsequently posted about because I’ve always been #ExtremelyOnline lol)
Before I start I’d like to note that this article contains information about the redesign mixed with my own personal opinion all in one beautiful logo stew. If you’d like to read an article that keeps opinion at bay I recommend you check out this article from our friends over at the Argus first.
So Wesleyan got a new logo. You’ve probably heard about it. You probably also saw the all-school email President Michael Roth sent out where he described the redesign as, “Putting forward Wesleyan’s best self.” Needless to say, there weren’t many around who would agree it achieved that goal.
This redesign is so big there’s no clear place to start. So maybe we can start by noting how Roth told the school in the state of the school address that he doesn’t consider it a logo.
Earlier today, over 100 Michael Roth clones were spotted tiptoeing up the steps in Olin Library just before 12:30. Incoming reports suggest that these clones were birthed last night in the basement of 269 High Street in a 400 year old pagan ritual of excess. Or something like that.
These clones entered the library just before the noon WesFest tours were to make a stroll through, at which point they stripped down to their underwear and probably read The History of Sexuality or On the Interpretation of Dreams. We’ve got visual evidence:
“Did Lin Manuel Miranda really breathe on these admissions brochures?” – Someone at WesFest last year probably
Real news alert: according to an Instagram post from Wesleyan Admission, regular decision admissions letters were released to the Class of 2021 today at 3PM. Excitement! If you’re a current student, this means several things: (1) We’re old, really old, (2) We’re that much closer to WesFest and thesis deadline and 4/20?, and (3) many reflections on the cyclical nature of things, in times like these, in places such as right here.
There’s no word yet on our acceptance rate for this year, or whether we came close to meeting last year’s record of 12,000 applicants. I can confirm, however, that someone is predicting the Christian apocalypse to occur in 2021 and, according to several futurist blogs, male birth control is likely to be made widely-available by 2021 and Greenland is likely to move toward full independence.
But yeah, hello, prefrosh! Consider this your alternative acceptance letter:
“The numbers are always underwritten by the real struggles against classism and the impactful activism of low-income students.”
[Updated 1/24/17, 9:45AM] The infographic has the minimum wage at Wesleyan listed as $9.60. This was the wage for 2016, but the state of Connecticut raised the wage to $10.10 effective Jan. 2017. Many thanks to Noah Kahan ’19 for catching this.
For countless cycles of matriculation, prospective Wes students have been concerned about our reputation on College Confidential. TBT amirite? This worry soon goes away (hopefully), for a variety of reasons. Despite our Forbes ranking of #9 in the country last year, I’d say most of us still don’t put much stock in college rankings.
The Forbes ranking system focuses on present value and return on investment. Basically, they tend to prioritize student satisfaction rates and alumni earnings, among other things. This system countered US News’ prioritizing of prestige measures like endowment size and “quality” of applicant pool (think SAT scores). In a similar vein to Forbes, the New York Times just released a host of rankings based on, you know, what you can actually expect to gain (financially) from college. Their rankings were released last Wednesday and focus on measures of upward mobility.
The rankings come from a study by The Equality of Opportunity Project in which the authors construct what they call “mobility report cards” for every single college in America. These report cards tracked student and parental income data from 1999-2013. The Times published some great interactive data visualizations from the study, searchable by college. As you can tell from the headline, we were curious about how Wesleyan stacked up. Let’s break it down:
If you are a current student and were around campus at all yesterday, you likely saw hundreds of posters in Exley, a performance installation outside of North College, and/or the interruption of campus tours.
The multitude of actions occurring yesterday came in concert with October Open House, a yearly event put together by the Office of Admission. Yesterday’s open house (and the next one on November 11th) comes prior to Wesleyan’s November 15th deadline for Early Decision I, and is intended to give prospective students a more in-depth view of Wesleyan life than the normal Admissions programming.
A number of students have been organizing in response to conversations that happened at last week’s WhoRunsWes town hall, where more than 200 students reached a consensus to push for the removal of Antonio Farias and Michael Roth from their positions at the University. The intent of these actions was to highlight administrative failures, disrupt the Wesleyan brand, and make visible the pain students have experienced due to the institution’s shortcomings.
Read past the jump for more on what transpired, images and a video from today’s actions.
Hi so Regular Decision notifications went out today. This year, Wes set its record for the highest number of applications received, a 22% increase from last year. If you check the Wesleyan thread on College Confidential (yikes), not only will you be wondering why you are there, but you will also know that I’m not bullshitting you, the decisions are actually out.
And guess what! President Roth tweeted about it:
Well folks, for the past four years, I’ve been Wesleying’s dedicated Early Decision Correspondent, and alas, the time has come for me to make my last Early Decision acceptances post and pass the torch on to some other bitch who likes combing through Wesleyan’s College Confidential threads (Lord help that poor soul).
Today, admissions sent Early Decision letters to the class of 2020. That means that the majority of these lil prefrosh were born in 1998, and a couple were born in ’99 (maybe even one or two in 2000?!?!?!). DAMN. WE’RE A BUNCH OF ARCHAIC MOTHERFUCKERS.
Yo, Wesleying’s Senior College Ranking Fuckery Correspondent is here and reporting for duty. Last week The Economist told us we’re #623, and now Business Insider is proclaiming that Wesleyan is #40 on their list of top 50 smartest colleges.
What absurd criteria did BI use for calculating their rankings? They went with a very fun and very biased, classist, racist, awful thing called standardized test scores (I think even frosh in intro soc can explain how this is problematic).
Here’s my favorite quote from BI about why they decided that using SAT/ACT scores was a fab idea: