I have a nasty voice in my head that tells me to procrastinate by any means necessary. This voice reminds me that while I’m out partying and enjoying myself to a Bacchanalian extent, there are a lot of people cramped indoors, crying little sad weepy tears over their midterm study sheet, each droplet of salty depression only seeming to say, “I wish I was having fun right now, or doing whatever Q is doing.” Fear not, for through the power of an iPhone camera and blurry memories, even as you sit in a small nook in SciLi, tirelessly working toward your second case of carpal tunnel syndrome, you can still live vicariously through my stories of this magical “weekend” that you’ve been hearing so much about. Here’s Q’s weekend in review.
For anybody who was a fan of the bunny in the Nics last year or a certain cat on Home this year, a search through the Argives (Argus archives) has unearthed something for you. A short hop up to floor 3A in Olin revealed that in our past, pets were a welcome part of the Wesleyan community. In a series of articles and opinion pieces between 1973 and 1975, Argus writers covered not only the changes to the school’s pet policy but also the student outrage after the changes were made during summer break.
By the 1974-1975 academic year, having a pet was looked down upon by the administration. In the words of Dean Edgar F. Beckham, “when pet behavior is not carefully monitored and controlled, Wesleyan becomes a bad environment for many pets and a much worse environment for man members of the community.” Perhaps we can forgive the gendered language as a sign of times past.
The first article, “Beckham Defends Pet Policy” by Chris Mahoney ’76, exposes the controversy that would surround the pet policy for weeks. At the end of the 1973-1974 academic year, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) and administration refused to implement a new pet policy because they thought it would be “‘inappropriate’ to take such action over the summer without campus discussion.” Then, over the summer, the school asked the SAC to vote on proposed new pets restrictions via mail during the summer recess. The restrictions included a $30 registration fee and tags for all uncaged animals. The SAC members voted in favor of the proposal.
Graduation is in sight. This panic-inducing update has been posted to Wes’s FB page. Underclassmen are tryna secure those senior week jobs or find a hard-working friend to mooch off of. But HEY, HOLD UP, WE’VE STILL GOT TWO MONTHS.
We want your suggestions of adventures for us Weskids to partake in before graduation. Ready… set… GO!
Some suggestions from your one and only Wesleying staff:
-Skinny-dippin at Millers [sidenote: that's a pretty unsanitary idea, for sure]
-Visit Holyland in Waterbury, CT
-Order the least-popular item at Summerfields
-Give every member of the Usdan staff a hug
P.S.: You may have, like me, failed to create a Wesleyan bucket list that went beyond the places you wanted to have sex before you graduated. Let’s go beyond just those, folks.
P.P.S. I’ve been slacking this semester with the write-ins, but have no fear, WE’RE BACK.
There are new developments from the ongoing controversy around President Roth’s denunciation of the American Studies Association’s recent resolution supporting the academic boycott of Israeli universities. Alums began circulating a still-growing petition earlier this month expressing support for the ASA decision and criticizing Roth for poor argument and hypocrisy.
Current Wes students, it seems, have followed suit. A separate petition has been making the rounds on email and social media in recent days and has already garnered over fifty signatures. Echoing the alumni declarations of support for the ASA’s boycott, the document also calls on the WSA to divest its own holdings from ”companies that directly profit from or materially contribute to the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories”.
Unless you shut yourself off from the world this past week, you probably read, or at least heard mention of, The Atlantic’s feature story on fraternities and their dangers, which highlighted Wesleyan University and Beta Theta Pi. The article explores the role of fraternities on campuses, especially in the crafting of party culture and the rise of sexual assault. The article is long, but well worth the read, and has reopened space for dialogue on these issues.
This is another installment in our series of interviews with student groups at Wesleyan.
I sat down last week with Ari Ebstein ’16 and Yael Horowitz ’17 to talk about the Middletown Potluck group. With a big fundraiser underway and an upcoming potluck (today from 6-8pm!) we had much to talk about with regards to social justice, sharing food, and funding a homeless lockers campaign.
Middletown potluck is a group dedicated to building a community between Middletown residents and Wesleyan students. Based strongly out of 200 church, the group began spring semester of 2013. Since its inception the group has already hosted six potlucks, each with a certain theme. Ari explained choosing the themes, ”In the beginning we didn’t really have any community connections so the first ideas we had were ours. But since then we have really tried to get the Middletown community involved in deciding. It’s about being able to facilitate dinners and themes that emerge from the community.”
This is another installment in our series of interviews with student groups at Wesleyan.
For this interview, I sat down with Rama Al Nakib ’16, co-founder of Westitch, to talk about the group’s history, how it is currently structured, and the creative process.
What is Westitch?
Westitch is a do-it-yourself collective. We teach sewing, knitting, and clothing construction from scratch material or old items. My partner, Nicole Roman-Johnson ’16, handles the knitting part of the group.
How was Westitch founded?
Over the summer I was going through the list of extracurriculars because I wanted to join clubs. I’d already been sewing and like cutting up my own clothes really low key since high school but I really wanted to make it a thing that people would do here, because I know a lot of people are interested. So I signed up for a table at the club fair. We applied for funding through the WSA, which we used to buy machines, fabric, and lots of other supplies.
Now that you know how to network, it’s time to put those skills to the test. Spring break is quickly approaching, (in t-minus 2 weeks?!) so it’s time to get searching. Lucky for you there are lots of WesSpecific resources to help you strategize. Don’t worry, Matt Donahue ‘14 (aka mister career center) and I have got you covered with another fun list of resources.
The Big Three
1.) MyCC – MyCC is a sophisticated (?) job/internship board exclusively for Wesleyan students. This isn’t one stop shopping by any means (sorry Trader Joe’s fans). It’s more like a farmers market–you may find what you want (if it’s in season) or you might just find lots of turnips, radishes and brussel sprouts (aka opportunities that turn you off/not that we have anything against brussel sprouts). But fear not! You can shop at bigger stores as well (more on that soon).
Cardinal Internships – Cardinal Internships are select opportunities offered by Wes alumni/parents seeking to hire Wesleyan students to intern for their company or organization. These opportunities give Wesleyan students a competitive edge in the recruiting process. New internships are posted regularly and a full-list of opportunities can be found on your MyCC homepage under the Cardinal Internship one-click search. Current Cardinal Internship Host Companies: Beats by Dre, The MINDS Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Sustainable South Bronx (etc…)
Do you ever get the feeling Wesleyan is having a little bit of an identity crisis?
There’s a good chance that my ‘ideal’ Wesleyan doesn’t look exactly the same as yours; our concerns and tastes are different, as are our experiences here. But it is likely that the things you love most about Wesleyan are unique to it, are not quantifiable, and are not things that are in step with success as defined by any rankings algorithm. I’m serious about Wesleyan dropping out of college rankings like US News. Reed College president Colin Diver explains in a 2005 Atlantic article that “one-size-fits-all ranking schemes undermine the institutional diversity that characterizes American higher education…(as) The urge to improve one’s ranking creates an irresistible pressure toward homogeneity, and schools that… strive to be different are almost inevitably penalized.” In my opinion, Wesleyan students have been struggling against that subtle pressure in different ways for years now.
It’s been a month since this semester started, but it’s felt like ‘forever’ since we’ve been at school. However, it wasn’t too long ago that I was hearing the same about winter break’s length. Why are our breaks so long? I’ve wondered about this since freshman year when I realized that, by the last two weeks of winter break, I didn’t have many ‘home’ friends left to hang out with because they’d gone back to school.
So I did some research to figure out why we have so much vacation time and found that the creation of our academic calendar is more complicated than I had anticipated. It’s created through a years-long process that involves a wide variety of stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, and students. Vacation days aren’t the only thing that must be taken into account; we need to have enough time for class meetings and exam prep, with a balance that makes everyone content. The reality is that there are many complex interests involved in the process and striking the right balance is difficult.
Making the Calendar
Academic Affairs and the Education Policy Committee (EPC) (a committee comprised of six faculty members, two WSA members, and one graduate student) update the academic calendar every five years—most recently last year. This process usually begins a couple years before the year it is updated.