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The Prognostication of Ben Florsheim’s Senior Thesis

Wesleyan ‘14 graduate Ben Florsheim was recently elected as the Mayor of Middletown, thanks to a successful grassroots campaign and good taste in white button-downs. Going up against former Middletown mayor Seb Giuliano, no one could have predicted Ben’s underdog win- no one, that is, except Ben Florsheim circa 2014.

In his senior thesis “The Trail: A Dramatic Series”, Ben Florsheim created an entirely fictional television pilot about a Connecticut mayoral race, that bears no similarities whatsoever to actual events that happened just 5 years later. It should be said that “The Trail” is not like other girls. Florsheim decries The West Wing, Scandal, and Veep for being unrealistic, and instead wants to recreate the gritty realism of The Wire. Per Florsheim, “Its aims… are for grit over polish and for depth, breadth, and a clear link to reality over snappy, self-contained storylines.”

And, much like The Wire, The Trail features an all-white cast and takes place on the mean streets of Central Connecticut. Its protagonist is the entirely fictional “Dan Singer”, a 29-year-old Democratic candidate for mayor of the entirely fictional “Middleburgh, Connecticut”.

Star & Crescent Menu: Week of 11/11

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY-
DINNER- Greens w/ Red Wine Vin. Herb Encrusted Grilled Flank Steak or Tofu, Creamy Cheddar Grits, Sautéed Rainbow Chard, Porcini & Cabernet Reduction
DES- Triple Chocolate Cake
TUESDAY-
LUNCH- Ancho Mole Enchiladas w/ Roasted Chicken or Tofu
DES- Coconut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Panang Curry w/ Chicken or Tofu. Served w/ Jasmine Rice.
DES- Banana Cake
WEDNESDAY-
LUNCH- Gruyere, Green Apple & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon or Soy Bacon
DES- Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Baked Rigatoni Bolognese w/ Beef & Sweet Italian Sausage or Soy Crumble. Topped with Mozzarella & Ricotta & Finished in the Oven.
DES- Mint Chocolate Cake
THURSDAY-
LUNCH- Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque w/ Herb Focaccia. Garnished w/ Toasted Almond & Thyme.
DES- Brownies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Chicken or Tofu Tikka Masala w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan
DES- Lemon Poppy Cake w/ Whipped Cream & Berry Coulis

S&C Menu: Week of 11/04

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY-
DINNER-
TOGOs ONLY!

Caesar Salad, Maple Butter Fall Roasted Veg, Gratin Potato,

Grilled Flank Steak w/ Bordelaise and Roasted herb chicken or Tofu w/ mushroom bordelaise.

DES- Apple spice crumb cake, bourbon caramel, whipped cream

TUESDAY-
LUNCH- Huevos Rancheros. Cheddar & Scallion Scramble, Garlic Black Beans, Bacon or Soy Bacon, Avocado, Fried Tortilla, Chipotle Salsa
DES- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Red Curry w/ Chicken or Tofu & Jasmine Rice
DES- Berry Crisp
WEDNESDAY-
LUNCH- Steak & Cheese or Shroom & Cheese on Herb Focaccia. Caramelized Onion & Green Bell Pepper, Cheddar, Scallion
DES- Salted Double Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Red Wine Vin. Country Style Baked Mac & Cheese w/ Roasted Chicken or Tofu. Gruyere & Cheddar Béchamel, Roasted Cauliflower, Sautéed Sweet Corn & Peas, Toasted Garlic Panko
DES- Chocolate Cream Pie
THURSDAY-
LUNCH- Chicken Noodle Soup. House made Bone Broth, Mirepoix, Egg Noodle & Herbs. Served w/ Herb Focaccia
DES- Blondies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Navratan Korma w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan
DES- Ginger Spice Cake w/ Whipped Cream

Star and Crescent Menu: Week of 10/28

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY-
DINNER- Greens w/ Sherry Vin. Herb Roasted Chicken or Tofu, Cauliflower Purée, Black Wild Rice, Brown Butter & Shallot Sautéed Brussels, Oven Roasted Tomato Relish
DES- Triple Chocolate Cake
TUESDAY-
LUNCH- Grilled Flank Steak or Portobello Burrito. House Made Refried Beans, Roasted Sweet Onion & Poblano Pepper, Spanish Rice, Cheddar & Chipotle Salsa
DES- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Masaman Curry w/ Chicken or Tofu & Jasmine Rice. Potato, Sweet Potato, Sweet Onion, Carrot & Peanut.
DES- Coconut Cake
WEDNESDAY-
LUNCH- Falafel. House Made Chic Pea Fritter, Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion & Lemon Tahini Served Open Face on Pita
DES- Snicker Doodle Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Penne a la Vodka w/ Grilled Shrimp or Roasted Tofu
DES- Funny-Bone Cake(Chocolate Cake w/ Peanut Butter/Cream Cheese Frosting)
THURSDAY-
LUNCH- French Onion Soup. House Made Beef Stock or Vegetarian, Braised Sweet Onion, Sherry, Thyme & Melted Gruyere Baguette
DES- Brownies
DINNER- Channa Masala w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan
DES- Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake w/ Whipped Cream.

 

China Campus = Cancelled

In an all-campus email sent this morning, President Michael Roth ’78 announced that plans for a campus in China have been canceled due to differences in goals with those who proposed the partnership and issues of academic freedom.

The decision appears recent as as the town hall meeting to discuss the China campus with the wider Wesleyan community, originally set for October 30th, has been cancelled.

The email reads as follows:

Dear friends,

I have just returned from a trip to Asia, where I enjoyed stimulating conversations with Wesleyan alumni, parents, prospective students and others in Seoul, Taiwan and Beijing. This part of the world has been on the minds of many here in Middletown recently given the news that Wesleyan had been invited to explore the possibility of opening a campus in China. However, after meeting with those involved in the potential joint venture during my trip, I can now report that we have decided not to look into this opportunity any further.

As I wrote on my blog earlier this month, in considering this possible campus in China, we needed to be sure that the academic work would be in line with the distinctive pragmatic liberal education at the core of Wesleyan’s mission. Further conversations with those who proposed the partnership have made it clear that our respective goals could not be sufficiently aligned—not to mention the questions we had around issues of academic freedom and the implications for our home campus.

While we will not move forward with this particular project, we remain interested in exploring collaborations in accordance with our Beyond 2020 strategic plan. Since there is no decision imminent about any partnerships, we will no longer hold the scheduled town halls on October 30. Instead, we will use upcoming WSA, faculty, and all-staff meetings for broader discussions about the University’s future plans.

Sincerely yours,

Michael S. Roth
President

 

 

Star & Crescent Menu 10/24

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

THURSDAY-
LUNCH- Lentil & Green Apple Soup w/ Bacon or Soy Bacon. Mirepoix, Herbs, White Wine. Served w/ Herb Focaccia
DES- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Tadka Dal w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan
DES- Ginger Spice Cake w/ Whipped Cream

Leaked Documents Reveal New Information on Potential China Campus

Wesleying has obtained access to documents concerning the University’s announcement that it is considering establishing a campus in Hengdian, China. These documents were sent to Wesleying by a student source, and the validity of the documents have been confirmed by the University. 

These documents include a presentation made by the University outlining the motivations behind the joint venture with Hengdian Group, the Chinese corporation that would partner with the University, the costs and benefits of opening the campus, and the financial opportunities associated with the venture. The University seems to still be in the preliminary planning process, and as far as we know, the Hengdian joint venture proposal has not resulted in any concrete commitments as of yet.

The second document included here is a draft presentation by Ernst & Young-Parthenon, a strategy consulting company, detailing the University’s performance in the higher education market. Parthenon, which joined EY in 2014, has been advising in the education industry since 1991.

The last document included here is an email from Heather Brooke, Administrative Assistant to the President, to the members of the Board (presumably the Board of Trustees) sent on September 10, 2019. She mentions that Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, a dean at the Yale School of Management, would be presenting during the first session of the retreat. She directs the email recipients to a series of news articles that Mr. Sonnenfeld had sent along for review prior to the retreat. The materials include an article in the New York Times titled “Don’t Dismiss ‘Safe Spaces’”, “The Coddling of the American Mind” from The Atlantic, and “How Megadonors Could Rescue America’s Universities” from Fortune.

The release of these documents exemplifies a unique instance where we can observe the inner workings of the Administration’s mindset as it looks towards the future. The Hengdian presentation tells us about the University’s interests and goals in regards to this particular venture. Perhaps of greater importance, the EY-Parthenon presentation opens the door to an entirely different conversation, and provides some context as to why the University is considering pursuing the Hengdian campus in the first place.

The EY-Parthenon presentation describes the challenges facing higher education across the board. The information included in the presentation is in some respects unprecedented; it tells us a lot more than what American universities might currently be willing to reveal when it comes to the challenges that they are perceiving in a rapidly evolving world.

In publishing these documents, Wesleying’s main priority is to ensure that the entire Wesleyan community has equal access to information concerning the challenges the University is facing as it sets its sights on future growth. The Hengdian campus proposal seems to be just one example of potentially many new ventures the University will be pursuing in the coming years.

Four documents are included at the bottom of this post. The first is the original Hengdian proposal presentation. The second is an updated version that was presented to faculty on October 15th, 2019. The third is a draft copy of the EY-Parthenon presentation. The last document is Ms. Brooke’s email to the board.

Hit the jump for a summary of the documents.

 

Star & Crescent Menu Week 10/14

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY-
DINNER- Greens w/ Charred Tomato Vin. Grilled Chermoula Spice Rubbed Chicken or Roasted Tofu, Couscous, Roasted Cauliflower, Moroccan Spiced Tomato Sauce. Garnished w/ Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Salad
DES- Chocolate & Cayenne Cake w/ Raspberry Coulis & Whipped Cream
TUESDAY-
LUNCH- Breakfast Quesadilla. Scallion & Cheddar Scramble, Roasted Sweet Onion, Lyonnaise Potato, Red Bell Pepper Coulis, Bacon or Soy Bacon
DES- Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Craisin, Walnut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Thai Basil Vin. Red Curry w/ Chicken or Tofu & Jasmine Rice
DES- Coconut Cake
WEDNESDAY-
LUNCH- Cheddar, Hummus & Avocado Melts on House Made Focaccia w/ Bacon or Soy Bacon
DES- Chocolate Chip Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Spaghetti Bolognese w/ Beef & Italian Sweet Pork Sausage or Vegetarian w/ Soy Crumble Marinara
DES- Pumpkin Spice Cake
THURSDAY-
LUNCH- Potato Leek Bisque w/ Crispy Fried Leeks & Bacon or Soy Bacon. Served w/ Herb Focaccia
DES- Brownies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Aloo Gobi(Potato & Cauliflower Curry)w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan
DES- Lemon Poppy Cake w/ Berry Coulis & Whipped Cream

S&C Menu Week 10/07

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY-
DINNER- Greens w/ Red Wine Vin. Pan Sautéed Herb Chicken or Tofu. Garlic Mashed Red Bliss Potato, Maple Glazed Carrot, Caramelized Shallot Sauce
DES- Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake w/ Bourbon Caramel Sauce & Whipped Cream
TUESDAY-
LUNCH- Ancho Mole Enchilada w/ Chicken or Tofu
DES- Chocolate Peanut butter Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Creamy Cilantro Dressing. Chili w/ Beef & Pork or Vegetarian. Garnished w/ Cheddar, Scallion, Sour Cream & Buttermilk Cornbread. VEGAN w/ Scallion Only
DES- Berry Crisp
WEDNESDAY-
LUNCH- Mozzarella, Pesto, Tomato & Baby Arugula w/ Grilled Chicken or Portobello on Toasted Multigrain
DES- Salted Double Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Farm stand Linguini w/ Grilled Balsamic Chicken or Roasted Tofu. Butternut, Asparagus, Portobello, Summer Squash, Beurre Blanc
DES- Carrot Cake
THURSDAY-
LUNCH- Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque. Mozzarella, Cheddar & American Cheese on Garlic Toast. Garnished w/ Basil Oil & Parmesan
DES- Chocolate Chip, Walnut Blondies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Aloo Gobi(Potato & Cauliflower Curry)w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan
DES- Lemon Poppy Cake w/ Berry Coulis & Whipped Cream