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Wesleyan Connection Posts Yarrow Pics, Accidentally Publicizes SJB Controversy

Over at the Wesleyan Connection, Cynthia Rockwell has posted coverage of folk singer activist Peter Yarrow’s singalong appearance in Zelnick Pavilion last Wednesday, including a new gallery of photos. The link even appears on the main page. Unsurprisingly, the photos are fantastic, with one particular clutch shot of Rotbot holding hands with Yarrow. (Way to go, Adam!) As the caption reads:

Yarrow offered slightly tongue-in-cheek advice from his experiences: “If you’re going to get arrested, it’s good to have a few members of the clergy with you.” He movingly recalled being on the platform in Washington, D.C., with the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement when someone asked the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Tell us about your dream, Martin,” and the Rev. Dr. King began his famous speech.

More notably, the Connection includes a video clip in its coverage. It’s the same one Ben Doernberg ’13 shot, which has since been edited to comment on recent attempts by the University to squash nonviolent protest efforts at Wesleyan. Considering Yarrow’s singalong revolved around protest music and peaceful protest, it’s a pretty fitting touch:

Trustee Occupation Aftermath: SJB Charges, “Roth on Wesleyan” Shout-Out

Trustee: “Students barging in is a long and time-honored tradition at Wesleyan.”

On Sunday, a coalition of about 40 students occupied a closed Board of Trustees meeting in support of need-blind with a sign reading “BRING US INTO THE CONVERSATION.” The action was brief, it was respectful, and—most impressively—it resulted in a pretty thoughtful exchange between occupiers and occupied, all caught on video. “Just to be clear, students barging in is a long and time-honored tradition at Wesleyan,” one trustee opines about six minutes into the footage. “Some of us did it ourselves!” another chimes in. (Maybe even during the myriad of need-blind protests that took place in 1992, if any of them are on the younger side.) (By “younger side” I mean under 46.)

Turns out the Student Judicial Board isn’t quite as enamored with the time-honored Wesleyan activist tradition. According to tips, at least five students have received SJB notices in association with the 15-minute occupation. These students were captured on Public Safety’s camera (in the video, one P-Safe officer calmly asks students to exit the doorway and not “disrupt the meeting”), and their actions  have been described as “failure to comply” and “disruptions.” It’s a pretty harsh follow-up on a protest that spurned more thoughtful dialogue than it did mutual resentment, but who’s surprised? Here’s what the charges look like: