Wes is known for its history of activism. Rage update outlines all public activism that occurred on campus in the past academic year. It seems to have become an every other year sort of thing for us with our first article in 2014, our second in 2016, and now our third in 2018. All articles are definitely worth a read and although 2017 didn’t get an article, it was certainly a year worth remembering so I’ll leave some links to further reading in the end.
Rage update wouldn’t be complete without the words of alt, the author of our first rage update:
You’ve now arrived on campus, and we hope that you find your time here enriching and transformative. In that hope, we feel that it would be ill-advised to allow you to not have at least a foundational understanding of the things that have forced us as a community into dialogue, disagreement, and action.
This is not to scare you or to give you a negative impression of the University. However, we are certain that most if not all of you were told about the “passion” that Wesleyan students have and the issues that we care about on campus are at the forefront of those passions. While there is certainly no requirement to take an activist stance on any of these issues and it is in fact easy to sink beneath the radar on these issues and all the others not covered here, we would plead with you to be engaged in the community that you are now a part of.
Read this, ask questions, and reach out to students and faculty that have been here before you. We hope that as you begin your time here, you fully invest yourself as a community member committed to making Wesleyan as good as it can be for you and for those after you. Caring about Wesleyan does not foreclose critique on Wesleyan and as you read this, and other things like it, we hope you understand that too.
Students march to South College as part of ISTHISWHY Campaign
Content warning: This article discusses issues of sexual assault. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.
This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
For some reason, this post was not included in last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series, even though we had some major student activism occurring during the 2014-2015 school year. Before I link to some of that history and go more in-depth as to some actions occurring this past year, I want to start by quoting alt‘s incredibly well-written intro to the 2014 Rage Update:
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~*~.
Rebecca Brill ’16 writes in:
The Argus is seeking 1-2 students to take on the role of Distribution Manager for next semester.
The job pays $12.50 an hour (to cover for gas) and entails
distributing the paper to various locations on campus every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, usually between noon and 2 p.m. In order to do this job, you must have access to a car.
If you’re interested or have questions, please contact rebrill[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or tdmorgan[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
PSA from Rebecca Brill ’16:
The Argus, Wesleyan’s student paper, is holding its first all-staff
meeting of the semester. Whether you’re a veteran staffer or a frosh
looking to get involved, you’re invited to come chat this semester’s
editors about how to get involved. Pitch articles, get assignments,
share your ideas for improving the paper, or just hang out. Copy
editors, photographers, visual artists, graphic designers, layout
experts, business tycoons, and anyone looking to join The Argus
community is welcome.
Date: Sunday, September 13th
Time: 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108
PSA from Tess Altman ’17:
Julie Burstein, creator of WNYC’s Studio 360, best-selling author, and
TED speaker, will be giving a talk on the power of listening. She will
discuss how her experience as a DJ at WESU sparked her passion for
finding and telling stories, and will reveal the questions that can
allow you to uncover resonant stories, which then become the heart of
your communication with teachers, potential employers, and each other.
Earlier in the day, at 4:15 pm, Julie will be leading a workshop in 41
Wyllys Room 115 on uncertainty and how it can be used to expand your
creativity. The capacity is limited so please fill out this google
form if you want to attend.
Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Place: CFA Hall
Gabriel Rosenberg ’16 writes in:
What matters to students, matters to The Wesleyan Argus. Wesleyan University’s twice-weekly student newspaper covers the issues important to campus: Need-aware admissions, fraternity co-education, Black Lives Matter, divestment, sexual assault, and more.
This Sunday, Feb. 1, we are looking for new writers, photographers, illustrators, web designers, columnists, copy editors, and layout staff to join the largest and most prolific publication on campus. We want new voices, fresh opinions, and inquisitive reporters. Join us in Usdan 108—the snacks are on us.
Date: Sunday, February 1st – today!
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Place: Usdan, rm. 108
From Gwen Rosen ’15:
The Argus is looking for writers, copy editors, social media editors, photographers, layout staff, and members of the advertising committee. Join us at our all-staff meeting this Sunday!
Date: Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Place: The Argus office (above Broad Street Books)
From Gwen Rosen ’15:
Do you have a car? Want to spread Wesleyan news across campus, literally? Then apply to be our new distribution manager! We are looking for two reliable people to deliver the Argus to locations across campus and in the Middletown area every Tuesday and Friday. The position is paid.
Interested/have questions? Email rseidel(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, and grosen(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by August 24.
Deadline: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Contact: rseidel(at)wesleyan(dot)edu and grosen(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
Even before you go to the Super Bowl, come to the super-est recruitment ever. From Miranda Katz ’15:
The Argus is currently recruiting writers, copy editors, social media editors, photographers, layout staff, and members of the advertising committee. Join us at our all-staff meeting this Sunday!
Date: Today, February 2nd, 2014
Time: 5 PM
Place: Usdan 108