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Activist Times Updated Comments Policy

Here at the Activist Times, we are opposed to any and all uses of hateful or libelous speech, including malicious personal attacks, and also to anything else we find offensive. In the interest of fairness, however, we are publishing our updated comments policy. We reserve the right to edit and moderate comments for violating the above policy, or for any of the following offenses:

  • being authored by a member of a fraternity
  • being authored by someone rich
  • purporting to have an interest in “objectivity” or “truth”
  • pointing out our censorship
  • disagreeing with us
  • being authored by a non-vegan
  • being authored by a Republic
  • being authored by a neoliberal
  • being authored by an Econ major
  • containing too much capitalization
  • containing too little punctuation
  • being sent from too close to College Row

We further reserve the right to update this list as we see fit and apply it retroactively to the site.

While we are not responsible for the reader comments that appear on Wesleying, we invite you to contact us with any concerns at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org and we’ll respond if we deem you sufficiently under-privileged.

Ten Other Things We Should Take Away From White Men

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“Sometimes I think there’s nothing harder to be in this world than a white male,” is something an adult once said to me at a pool party. And with the way society has encroached up the humble freedoms of white men in recent years, who can deny the assault on white male privilege? With the growing extinction of white men in mind, we present to you Ten Other Things We Should Take Away From White Men:

Brave Activists Stage Book Burning Of “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters”

41dBiQF2GEL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I cannot sympathize more with my Wesleyan peers who gathered copies of Michael Roth’s new book and burned them all! Those students are so brave. Not only was the book’s presence in Olin creating an unsafe environment on campus, it also contained views that not everyone agreed on.

Students chanted, “burn them all!” for about 20 minutes last night as leaders of the burn poured gasoline siphoned from Roth’s car onto the pile of books. The vibe was a mix between Burning Man (because everyone was on Acid, Molly, PDCH, LGBTQRRRTINS and Horse Testicle Salt) and Kristallnacht.

Students found it particularly offensive that President Roth had the audacity to write a book and appropriate liberal arts culture. Like seriously, do u even go here??! I don’t think so. And now that he wrote about the value of a liberal arts education I’m no longer a fan.

Activists from across campus joined in on the burning, from climate change activists who were offended at the number of trees Roth used to print his book to #whiteguilt activists who felt that the market was already flooded with enough white male authors.

Fall 2015 Class Schedule for the Up-and-Coming Activist

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Disclaimer: I know the Wednesday night class is an FGSS one… because I’ll be a sophomore this fall, I couldn’t add PHIL 115 to my pre-regestration interest list! I don’t know what to do about that. I guess you’ll just have to have the activist initiative to get it solved!

Here at the Activist Times, we encourage readers to pursue a fulfilling life of activism both on their own time and on their parents’ dime! So that’s why we suggest you take your Wesleyan education by storm! Here’s a list of classes you should take next semester if you want to be grow into the activist we here at the Activist Times know you can be!

Representing Race in American Culture (AMST 202): This class will teach you how to view race in America. As an aspiring activist, we cannot stress the importance of this. Now, this class is a junior colloquium for American Studies majors only, so make sure to declare the major this spring while you still have time. You can always drop it after the class! American Studies isn’t important. What’s important is activism.

Introduction to Environmental Studies (E&ES 197): The environment sucks, and when you’re at your next protest about the depleting water in California, it’ll be helpful to have some background knowledge on the topic of environmental studies. This class is a must-have if you ever hope to be of any kind of help at an environmental protest. Don’t overlook it. Environmental activism is very important.

What Do Animals Think? (PHIL 115): This is a FYS, but you could probably pass for a freshman with your activist glow. This is important because PETA protests and various forms of veganism/vegetarianism. You have to know these things. Take this class. The end.

Racial and Ethnic Politics (GOV 239): Another important race class. You can’t have too many of those!

Wow, your semester is going to rock! Let us know in the comments if you have some other suggestions for classes a budding activist should take!

University to Change Problematic Building Names

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In response to recent demands by students, faculty, and the Middletown community, the University has finally made the decision to rename several campus buildings with potentially problematic names. This decision signifies a long overdue step in the difficult process of eliminating oppression, rectifying injustice, and increasing the safety of spaces on campus by removing potentially offensive names.

A Very Activist Times Recruitment

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Hey Readers,

The Activist Times is looking for new staff members! We’re an entirely student activist-run, student activist-funded, kind-of-cultish, heavily skewed campus life blog. We’re looking for people who really like to write about their own opinions (the right ones), and regularly weave in anti-institution agendas into their think pieces.

We are especially looking for people who relate everything they write about to Privilege. If you are Privileged (which, let’s be real, you definitely are!), you must demonstrate how much you hate your own Privilege in your recruitment email. The Activist Times likes to be weird and zany, so you can be as creative as you want here and include some bad Photoshop.

Why you should join the Activist Times:

  1. You can educate your thousands of readers on neoliberal paradigms
  2. The opportunity to interview other anti-republicans
  3. You can purposefully silence dumb opinions that you don’t agree with
  4. Whenever there’s a banner drop, you’re the first to take a picture of it
  5. You can make broad-based claims without having to factually back them up #newmedia
  6. Occasional offers to be at the front of the line during a protest march
  7. You can shed light on the campus issues that you and your friends care about
  8. You learn how to be an activist by blogging about it
  9. Activist Times alums have gone on to authoritatively write about things they don’t actually understand on other Internet platforms (Facebook)

In the immortal words of Activist Times alum Amanda Palmer ’98: “All you need is Internet access, the ability to string sentences together coherently, and an interest in life at Wesleyan as it is, was, and might be, which is WEIRD, WITH LOTS OF CHALKING, FOREVER.”

Keep Wes Weird. And angry. Join the Activist Times.

Drugs at the New York Times: A Reporter’s Challenge

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What’s a young reporter to do when he’s assigned to investigate a newspaper drug scene after a series of overdoses? Try to blend in. astag_rocky realized recently that it’s harder than one might think.

Late last month, 10 New York Times writers were hospitalized for drug overdoses, and a few days later, five employees were arrested on drug-related charges.

As I’ve passed the New York Times building several times in a cab, and have known several people who have written for the Times, my editors decided I should go up to New York, New York to see what I could find out about the drug scene. Since I have an I.D. that says I’m 24, and can grow a beard long enough to plausibly pass for a current Times writer, my editors realized I was the perfect person to gauge reactions from various Times employees and random people passing by on the street.

Ten Points on our Liberal Agenda

Our loyal Wesleying readers all know that Wesleying is super biased. We have, in the past, tried to deny this, but have since seen the error of our ways. Starting today, we’re done with our logically impaired excuses! In the interest of complete transparency, we wanted to publish a list of the top ten points on our liberal agenda.

Feminism (*Misandry): That’s right, friends, we won’t rest until all men are subjugated to their rightful place in society. One specific goal is for men to wear bells around their necks to announce their presence, so that those of us who wish can avoid them completely.

Blind Admissions Policy: Seriously. Totally blind. Admissions officers wear blindfolds, and, for good measure, ear plugs, and throw darts at a wall of applications to decide who goes to Wesleyan. Take THAT, MRoth.

Anti-Authority: Here at Wesleying the Activist Times, we’re very serious about our anti-authority stance. This means that we take care to be opposed to literally everything the administration advocates for.

ugh, please. fuck spring.

Anti-Cultural Appropriation: Any element of culture we don’t have a legitimate claim to must not be used. Of particular concern on this campus are Canada Goose Jackets, as I seriously doubt you are either Canadian OR a goose; construction boots–you’re appropriating this from construction workers… which is CLASSIST too–and plaid flannel, which is historically connected to both Celtic and Gaelic populations, and the most common version of which is named after an Indian city. Come on now.

Ecologically Sound Practices: The environment is incredibly important. In the interest of being more eco-friendly, we suggest Usdan stop providing dishes, utensils or napkins.

Privilege Acknowledgment: Especially at a place like Wesleyan, it’s really important to acknowledge one’s privilege. To facilitate this, we suggest implementing a policy under which everyone is required have a list of all of their privileges prominently displayed on their body at all times. Tattoos are recommended, but not required.

Administrative Transparency: We disagree with them on everything, but we still want to know what’s going on. North and South College should be rebuilt entirely out of glass.

Eradication of Frats: We know, we know, we’ve already succeeded! But fraternity houses are harmful spaces whose very existence can cause trauma. With that in mind, Wesleying advocates that these houses be dismantled and replaced by lots of tents.

Total Repeal of the Chalking Ban: Everything should just ALWAYS be covered in chalk.

Accessibility: Many buildings on this campus are not truly accessible to differently-abled students, despite complying with the ADA. Moreover, university policy regarding closure during storms fails to account for the needs of members of our community who are not able-bodied. Since the administration sucks and is always wrong about everything, we activists recommend the abolition of winter, ice and snow.

So here you have it: the issues on which Wesleying–or, as you can now call us, the Activist Times–is the least likely to be either a reliable source of information or a bastion of “journalistic integrity.” Object to us in the comments below, but watch out! We’re into censorship now, too.

Best of WesMaps: I’m Graduating, Good Luck Assholes Edition

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Pre-reg starts this Monday, and if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t touch that shit with a ten-foot pole. For many Wesleyan students, myself not among them, course registration is a time of thoughtful reflection on academic challenges past and eager preparation for those still to come, none of which I will be performing ever again. As another spring semester draws to its bittersweet close, many of you have begun to think about the mark you want to leave on this university, setting goals I never achieved and making plans to earn a degree that will almost definitely not get me a job. There’s no telling what the future holds, but one thing’s for certain, and that’s my presence anywhere other than this campus.

The registrar recently announced the redesign of a course selection system I can say with utmost certainty I will never use again. It features a new planning page with separate categories for POI requests, courses ranked for scheduling, courses you’re somehow already registered in, and all the classes you would take if you had the guts to pursue your art instead of playing it safe with that Econ major. Students can rank courses in a single column rather than the utterly perplexing two-column setup which, let’s be honest, none of us knew how to use. POI courses no longer need to be ranked, a development that should come as a surprise to all the faculty advisors who never knew they did.

Crime, Punishment, and Justice in the Face of Tragedy

This post is part of a series of reflections on the recent events on campus. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach out to us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.

In a matter of hours after I write these words, students, friends, and members of the Wesleyan community will be seen before a judicial panel somewhere in North College to determine whether or not they will be allowed to stay on campus. I first heard about this from a petition that is being circulated calling on Deans Whaley, Culliton and Backer for “sound judgment and restorative justice” for the students that are facing a hearing over spring break when the majority of campus is away. The petition states, “judicial processes [are] being blatantly overruled” and seems to paint these trials as unusual, suspicious, and unjust.

I wanted to investigate these claims and help spread awareness of how our school’s judicial system actually functions. While much of this information is available in the “Judicial Procedures” section of our Student Handbook, I know few of us actually read or understand these rights and procedures.  This post is my search for truth in face of unfortunate circumstances while recognizing that the Student Judicial Board is so often given a bad reputation due to misinformation. I want to understand how and why these students are being charged and how the University has handled this case.