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

Summies Noodle Bowl: Mixed Opinions

Description:

According to Menu: vegan broth with dried shiitake mushroom, ginger, soy, and kombu with baby bok choy, steamed egg, chilis, scallions, nori, and rice noodles served with your choice of pork belly or tofu

In Reality: half-decent broth with some mushrooms, scallions, bok choy, and a hard-boiled egg served with mostly cooked noodles

Review:

The first time I tried the noodle bowl, I was quite disappointed. It was pretty much ramen with a couple of toppings.  The best part was the sweet potatoes fries that came with the meal swipe (well, it was an additional 1.5 points, but they are worth it). The broth is salty, which for me is a plus but for others is a turnoff.  I liked the bok choy, mushrooms, and the eggs; they were a nice addition to the basic ramen.  However, overall, I was not too happy with the results and as a college student with limited meal swipes, thought that it was a waste of a swipe. Afterall, I could make ramen in my dorm for fifty cents and the only con would be the lack of mediocre veggies and soggy protein (both the egg and the tofu).

A week later, I went to Summies and was obviously not getting the noodle bowl, but my friend did. I got the vegan burger (which is an entire separate review in it of itself), and surprisingly, I was envious of my friend with the noodle bowl.  On the one hand, my meal was right on the cusp of edible, so that helped put the noodle bowl in good light.  But I gave it more thought, and upon reflection (as my rage and disappointment wore off and were no longer factors of bias), the noodle bowl wasn’t actually that bad. I mean, there is a reason why everyone loves ramen, and Summies just provided ramen with some extra amenities.

In conclusion, the noodle bowl is worth trying, but don’t expect too much from it. And get a good side so you have something to look forward to/distract you from the fact that you just used a limited meal swipe.

 

 

Clearly my friends enjoyed it…

 

 

Hong Kong Protest Panel: A Test For The Wesleyan Community

“This is why we are at a University,” Prof. Mary Alice Haddad, Chair of CEAS, prefaced at the panel on the Hong Kong protests, which featured Hong Kong students Joy Ming King ‘20, Bryan Chong ‘21, Jeff Cheung ‘21, and Shirmai Chung ‘20. Because similar events have caused unrest and violence on other school campuses worldwide, Prof. Haddad saw this panel as a test for Wesleyan; hoping that we can discuss the Hong Kong protests and equally important topics with mutual respect and awareness.

She drew particular attention to two posters in the High Rise elevator, which were defaced on two separate occasions in the couple of days leading up to the panel. Someone had taken the effort to put “China” next to “Hong Kong” at the end of each panelist’s name and later returned to put the word “gay” next to where “China” had been.

Chong responded civilly and hopefully in a WesAdmits 2022 post that took the high road, writing:

This level of insensitivity and disrespect is disappointing, but not by any means shocking. With every political movement comes discourse, often caustically worded out of anger or ignorance. While we cannot and should not agree on everything, we must be mindful of the manner in which we approach such issues, and the defacing of the posters violates a baseline understanding of respect. The panel began with a brief summary of Hong Kong’s history (which you can read more about in Argus articles 1, 2, and 3) by Prof. Haddad, which was followed by a sincere plea from Prof. Huang, CEAS, for the audience to patiently listen to the panelists’ narratives. 

Star & Crescent Menu: Week of 9/30

       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. Shallot, Garlic & Thyme Marinaded Grilled Flank Steak or Roasted Tofu, Late Summer Succotash(Asparagus, Corn, Mushroom), Garlic Mashed Red Bliss Potato & Cabernet Mushroom Reduction.
DES- Triple Chocolate Cake
TUESDAY-
LUNCH- Grilled Pineapple, Chipotle BBQ Quesadilla w/ Chicken or Tofu, Chipotle Salsa
DES- Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Pad Woon Sen(Glass Noodle Stir Fry) w/ Grilled Shrimp or Tofu.
DES- Coconut Cake
WEDNESDAY-
LUNCH- Gruyere, Caramelized Onion & Green Apple Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon or Soy Bacon
DES- Craisin, Chocolate Chip, Oat & Walnut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Lemon & Dill Dressing. Charred Salmon or Tofu & Gemelli. Grilled Salmon, Asparagus & Thyme w/ Lemon & Chardonnay Cream Sauce
DES- Triple Chocolate Cake
THURSDAY-
LUNCH- Broccoli, Cheddar & Ale Bisque. Garnished w/ House Made Garlic Croutons, Bacon or Soy Bacon. Served w/ Herb Focaccia
DES- Brownies
DINNER- Greens w/ Red Wine Vin. Puerto Rican Rice & Beans w/ Adobo & Sazon Roasted Chicken or Tofu.
DES- Golden Rum Cake