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Help Save Macdonough Elementary School



On Monday, a petition was created by Waterbury resident, Precious Price, in order to prevent the closure of Macdonough Elementary School. Macdonough Elementary School is a vital part of the Middletown community, and provides education for 240 students in kindergarten to fifth grade. The closure was proposed by the Ad Hoc School Closure Committee in order to resolve budget issues. However, members of the community have expressed their fears that the loss of Macdonough will have a negative impact on local children and families who rely on the close proximity of the school to their homes.

Fall Break Dining Hours

wesolinThe weather remembered it’s fall, your midterms are (possibly) taking a brief hiatus, and football-loving alumni will soon be flooding the campus, reminiscing about carefree days of yore. If you’re staying on campus this break, you’re in luck! There are actually more on-campus dining options open than is usual during fall break. Perhaps this is to make up for the fact that they have apparently given up entirely on posting break hours of operation on the university website. Lucky for you, Wesleying is on it (and Bon Appétit posted the hours outside of Pi). Usdan heard my wordpress-draft pleas and posted the schedule here. If you are for some reason opposed to the university website, however, check after the jump for the schedule.

President Roth Sends Yet Another ‘Campus Update,’ on Transparency, Title IX, Equity and Inclusion

8Over the past few weeks, students have been calling for the removal of President Roth and Dean Antonio Farias. This afternoon, Roth sent an all-campus email with subject line “Campus Update,” asking hard-hitting questions like, “What can we do? What will the administration do?” and seeming to once again expect students to provide him with answers. The email makes no mention of calls for his removal, but does identify three areas of concern: transparency, Title IX processes, and the results of the Equity task force created last spring in response to the IsThisWhy campaign. He calls for more student input on each topic, because the administration can “only do so much.”

Many survivors have been expressing their pain with strength and eloquence, and Roth apparently acknowledges that. His response, however, is yet another call for others to take on much of the work necessary, work that will somehow, inexplicably, lead to “real results.” Full text of the email can be found after the jump.

Davison Sends Out Public Health Announcement Regarding E. Coli Cases


Earlier this evening, Thomas McLarney, the medical director at the Davison Health Center sent out a public health announcement regarding a confirmed case of E. coli infection and one case pending verification.

The particular strain of E. coli that was detected has potential affects on the kidneys and circulatory system in those who contract it. McLarney asked anyone working in food service who might have symptoms to stop working until a full evaluation is performed by the health center. Any questions can be answered by calling (860) 685-2470. Read after the jump for the full text of the email.

If You Want Your Event Posted to Wesleying, Read This!

A lot of this is recycled text (thx Maya) from recycled text from two years ago (thx Samira), but here are some tips and guidelines for submitting your events!



Did you know that we post events? Wondering if you should submit your event? Well, you should! Wesleying gets anywhere from 1,000 to 7,000 views per day as of late. Submitting your event to be posted here is good for ~exposure~ and also a way to reach different audiences than those reached by Facebook’s weird algorithm that somehow never made “A WesAdmits Haunting – Back2(Pre-)Frosh ’17 Simulacrum Spook” appear in my newsfeed.

We love posting your events, but we get a lot of them. If you want your meeting/audition/application deadline/concert/thing posted to Wesleying on time, please use this form here. This time of the year is especially busy which makes our inbox quickly burst at the seams, so it helps if you submit your event at least 4 or 5 days in advance.

Much of this is elaborated from our event submissions policy, but here are some things you can do to make life easier:

The ITS Help Desk Playlist: SONGZ 2 BUMP

Want some sick jamz? We got ’em, courtesy of the help desk DJs.


JohnCarlos Lunardini ’17 and Jonah Toussaint ’17 at the ITS help desk, pumpin’ jamz

You ever have to print something by that awkwardly-placed Exley printer next to the ATM that had dozens of checks with Michael Roth’s salary on them a couple days ago? While waiting for said printer to work, do you ever wish you could just be kilt by the beat?


Some folks at the Student ITS Help Desk have answered our call to be saved from the mundane, and are gracing the Exley lobby with the chillest tunes from 2016 (and other years too, probably). For those of you who don’t know, the ITS Help Desk is located right next to the printer that I was talking about, and gets students to help other students with their Tech. You can learn more about them and find their hours on their website.

Anyway, when I walked in, it wasn’t to get my rose gold iPhone connected to AirWes. I walked in and asked Jonah Toussaint ’17 for the ITS Help Desk playlist, mainly so that I could manipulate my personal Spotify Discover Weekly algorithm by adding better music to my account. But also to post here. So, here are the SONGZ 2 BUMP:

ResLife Calls for New Program House Proposals


The former Turath House

It’s official: ResLife is looking to create new program houses. This happens every couple of years, for one administrative reason or another. In 2008, ResLife called for proposals for new houses, and in January of 2009, Music House and Farm House were approved. Calls for proposals also occurred in the Fall of 2012, which led to the creation of Art House.

Lizzie Shackney ’17chair of the WSA Student Life Committee and co-chair of the Undergraduate Residential Life Committee (URLC) explains the general process:

Students or groups of students will fill out a proposal that includes a series of questions that we’ll all approve ahead of time. They also submit a list of 30 potential residents with contact information.

After that, URLC reviews the proposals, and students will have the opportunity to present their house ideas to the committee. We then deliberate and come to our decisions, which are informed by conversations with students and an understanding of the role that current program houses are playing on campus.

Additionally, current program houses will be given the opportunity to move to new locations. Program house proposals, for the most part, should be open to any potential residence and there’s no option to specify location.

Not that, in this process, completely new houses can be formed and existing houses can move to new spaces. The addresses being opened up for this round of proposals are 202 Washington Street (currently Recess House), Turath House (on Pearl St.), 34 Lawn Avenue (formerly Chinese House), and 230 Washington Street (currently Art House).

“Wesleyan Student Starter Pack” Memes: A Compilation

I forgot to include "I have an all male team for my thesis film and the department is paying me money to do it"

I forgot to include “I have an all male team for my thesis film and the department is paying me money to do it”

On Monday morning, I woke up to find that a meme I had created had been posted to WesAdmits.

Labeled “Wesleyan Film Bro Starter Pack,” it was a compilation of ~quirky~ attributes and personality traits of male Wesleyan film majors, including plaid shirts, a Letterboxd membership, and a text I may or may not have once actually received: “I have a projector in my room want to come over”.

I was flattered by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to it – especially from film students, of all genders – and terrified that I might now be on Jeanine Basinger’s Most Wanted list. But the meme made its true debut a week ago, when I posted it to the semi-secret Facebook meme group, We$ Hookupz 2020.

Yes, you heard that right: if you didn’t know already, there is a semi-secret Facebook meme group called We$ Hookupz 2020, dedicated to Wesleyan-centric memes, and it’s where my drag of the Wesleyan Film BroTM was born. What’s more, my creation is just one of many “Wesleyan Student Starter Pack” memes that have been posted in the group, a trend spearheaded by three of We$ Hookupz’s admins: Aviv Rau ‘19, Angel Riddle ‘19, and Camilla Lopez ‘19.

So, with the permission of the creators, here are some of the other Wesleyan Starter Packs available on the Internet. First off, a familiar *~aesthetic~* from the loud side of Usdan…

Prefrosh Open House: A Day of Student Protest


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.

Guest Post: An Open Letter to President Roth

“You have no obligation to protect Scott Backer’s reputation. You instead have an obligation to support our community’s uncountable survivors, and they deserve to know the character of the man who judged one of their most painful experiences. They deserve to know, from you, how Wesleyan intends to do better.”

Roth at the forum on Monday

Roth at a forum on need-blind admissions in November 2012.

The following is an open letter from Andrew Trexler ’14 to university president  Michael S. Roth in the wake of campus turmoil caused by recently released information about the firing of former Associate Dean of Students  Scott Backer. The views reflected here are the writer’s own.

Michael et al.,

Wesleyan assures us that nationally recognized auditors “found nothing amiss” in Scott Backer’s handling of student conduct and sexual misconduct hearings. Although I am skeptical that Pepper Hamilton was able to thoroughly review years of case files in so short a time, this report is not unexpected. The reality is that the national standards for campus adjudication of sexual misconduct are, in the most delicate terms I can accurately put them, very very fucked. It is therefore no surprise at all to learn that Scott Backer’s handling of these cases meets national standards.

The truth of the matter is that the flaws I witnessed firsthand in three years as a process advisor for students and survivors—constant victim-blaming, hostile questioning practices, inconsistent training of panelists, acceptance of character witnesses, to name a few—would not, I suspect, be of interest to Pepper Hamilton. They were not of interest to Wesleyan’s Title IX Officer when I raised them at the time. The “checks and balances” and sparse appeals system are no help to a survivor who’s told her rapist gets to stay on campus because she was wearing a pretty dress that night and his buddy says he’s a good guy.