Full disclosure: I’m a member of USLAC and one of the proponents of the resolution discussed in this feature.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the resolution that passed at Sunday night’s WSA meeting
but probably not because the only WSA-related things we hear about are Argus controversies with its ~concise, catchy~ title, “Resolution to Raise the Minimum Wage for Wesleyan Students.” All jokes aside, that’s exactly what it aims to do. The resolution, proposed by a group of WSA members working with members of student groups United Student/Labor Action Coalition (USLAC) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), seeks to address the issue of overworked students and their low wages.
Our alternative title was going to be “0P3N L3TT3R$: An Open Letter to All the Open Letters About Other Open Letters”
Back in September when the original Argus/WSA conflict exploded across campus (and in, like, all 50 states), the editors of Wesleying decided not to comment on the situation, mostly due to that fact that A) we were half-dead at the time (but we have arisen!!!!!!), and B) we weren’t really interested in taking a “side” as an ~institution~.
But then there was a development in the latest installment of Gossip Girl: Argus v. WSA: Open letters. Open letters about open letters. Open letters about open letters about open letters. In the words of hermes’ late Grandma Evelyn (may she rest in eternal peace), oy gevalt.
It appears that the Wesleyan Argus and the Wesleyan Student Assembly are in yet another kerfuffle over a steaming pile of fuckery, so Mama Wesleying is here to decipher it all.
Here it is, folks: The latest Argus/WSA conflict, ~*~EXPLAINED~*~.
Combating classism has been a major topic on campus for quite some time now, and the WSA is looking to do something about it.
Below is a “press release”/statement from Aidan Martinez ’17, Vice President of the WSA, talking about a new resolution that hopes to provide stipends to students on financial aid who participate heavily in a particular student group. If you want to discuss the program with the Assembly, they’ll be meeting this Sunday, January 31st, at 6:30pm to 41 Wyllys Room 114.
And as always, if you have affirming/dissenting/random thoughts and opinions on this issue and wish to have them put on Wesleying, feel free to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
Aidan’s statement is after the jump.
From the folks in the Wesleyan Student Assembly:
Do you wish to make an impact on the Wesleyan community? Are you interested in helping Wesleyan pursue its sustainability endeavors or improve its academic programs? Do you want to help student groups communicate with each other and encourage a lively campus atmosphere?
If so, consider joining the WSA! Right now, we have 4 open positions on the following committees:
- Academic Affairs Committee (1)
- Communications Committee (2)
- Environmental Sustainability Sub-Committee (part of Student Life Committee) (1)
For more information about the committees, please check out their descriptions on our website.
The deadline is Thursday, October 1st (that’s today!), by 5 pm.
~click through~ for information on how to apply and who you need to talk to if you have any questions.
we weren’t sure what picture of roth to use so here is an older one from 2009 that we dug out of our media archive. this is just a placeholder until i take a picture of the actual setup in the chapel, okay
Dasha, astag_rocky, and I are here in the Memorial Chapel for the first annual State of the School address! This is mostly a production of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, but we are co-sponsoring it with The Ankh and The Argus.
The format is as follows: the WSA will have a five-minute introduction, then Pres. Michael Roth will speak freely for 20 minutes. The following hour is all Q&A, with the questions having been submitted throughout the past week. After Q&A, the moderators will offer final thoughts and encourage you to eat ice cream and attend the following student-only debrief, which will happen from 9:30-10:30. Out of respect for its student-only nature as well as its role as a safe space, we won’t be liveblogging the debrief.
Tonight’s address will be moderated by Henry Vansant ’18 from the WSA, Hailey Broughton-Jones ’18 from The Ankh, and Jess Zalph ’16 from The Argus. There will be paper in the chapel for people who have questions in real time and members of the WSA will also be monitoring their twitter (@wsanews) for any relevant and pressing questions.
If you still have questions when this event and this liveblog are over, the WSA will also be sending out a form for you to submit questions to the Board of Trustees, who meet on campus this weekend. We’ll keep this post updated with info about that as we get it.
Hey. Are you going to the first State of the School this Wednesday from 8-9:30 PM? Do you have a question, or multiple questions, for Pres. Michael Roth about this here university?
The Wesleyan Student Assembly asked us to help out with President Roth’s first address to the student body, which means that we’re taking your questions! During the Q&A section of the address, moderators from The Ankh, The Argus, and the WSA be asking some previously submitted questions from all of you and I’ll be liveblogging the event.
If you have any questions in real time, the WSA will be monitoring their twitter (@wsanews) for questions to pass up to the mods. (I’ll also be monitoring our twitter (@wesleying), but not that much.) Likewise, during the address, there will be paper for you to write any questions you may have. Bring your laptop or your phone or a writing utensil!
To submit your question(s), please use this Google form! If for some reason that’s not working, send it/them in to us using our tipbox form or email us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org. Questions are due by 4 PM on Wednesday.
PSA from Martin Malabanan ’16:
Come join the WSA and members of the Greek community in discussing
Greek Life at Wes, the challenges and repercussions of having
student-run spaces at Wes shut down, and some solutions and steps
moving forward. The event will take place in a town hall format in the
Usdan Cafe area, and we invite all members of the Wesleyan community
to join in this discussion.
7-9pm Discussion of Greek Life and Student Run Spaces
-Quick overview of WSA changes, introduction of leadership, meeting
format, ground rules, community standards, goals and intentions for
II. Lack of administration transparency and communication to students
in major decisions
III. Success and challenges of coeducation process
IV. Weekend social life and the future of student run spaces
V. Open discussion, additional questions, etc.
VI. Steps forward
9pm Other announcements, WSA issues, etc.
Date: Sunday, September 13th
Time: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Place: Usdan Cafe
From Kate Cullen ’16:
Voting is now open until 11:59pm Friday for WSA General Assembly Members and 2015 Constitutional Changes!
To learn more about the Constitutional Changes Kate Cullen ’16 and Aidan Martinez ’17 proposed with help of various student group leaders, friends and current WSA members, click here.
The above graphic would be the new structure of the WSA if you, the students, vote to pass these changes!
Deadline: Friday, May 1st @ 11:59PM
This week’s elections for President and Vice President come at a strange and controversial time for the Wesleyan Student Assembly. After a February meeting about a resolution for low-income and first generation students (proposed by Aidan Martinez ’17, himself a candidate) ended in tears, low-income and first generation students opened the debate about whether the current institutional structure of the WSA is viable, effective, or even helpful. Martinez’s “Shut. It. Down.” campaign called for the complete dissolution of the WSA’s constitution in order to rebuild it completely.
Today’s debate features Kate Cullen ’16 and Aidan Martinez ’17 on one side and Madison Moore ’16 and Victoria Hammitt ’17 on the other.
Martinez and Cullen are running the RefreshWes campaign, designed to turn the WSA and its institutional structure inside-out. Cullen has been a member of the WSA for two years, while Martinez was on the WSA from 2013-14. Moore and Hammitt are running to “make all associated institutions responsible to students.” [EDIT: Moore is a two-year member of the WSA while Hammit has never been on the assembly.] More information about all four candidates can be found here, on the WSA website. Elections are open until Friday, April 17.
Can’t make it to the debate but have questions you wish you could ask the candidates? We can be your proxies. Email them to staff[at]wesleying[dot]org or tweet them to @wesleying.
From Kate Cullen ’16:
Open meeting for anyone and everyone interested in discussing a new WSA structure!
Come for as long or short as you can to give your personal experiences, opinions and suggestions for a new inclusive, representative and accountable WSA. We want to hear from everyone–those who have felt silenced and excluded, those who have left the WSA, those who are currently on it, and those who may love it.
We’ll share what we have in the works so far and what a big change could conceivably look like.
~~~~We will have desseeeerts!~~~~
Don’t worry, if you can’t make it we’ll have another discussion next week!
Feel free to email/message/stop on the street
President Candiate: Kate Cullen (saltemuscull@wes)
VP Candidate: Aidan Martinez (ajmartinez@wes)
Time: [EDITED] 6:30 PM
Place: UOC 190 High Street