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Malter: Student Task Force is “Moving Forward”

“Given the deep student concern and the significant consequences related to scaling back need blind, I see tackling this issue as my single greatest priority.”

A few weeks ago, we updated you on a post by WSA President Zach Malter ’13 regarding the University’s shift towards need-aware admissions and the concern it has generated among students. Malter argued for more legitimate student input in Wesleyan’s financial decisions: he proposed forming a “Student Budget Sustainability Task Force” to identify areas for cuts and seek alternatives to cutting need-blind. The group would present its recommendations to the administration in November—and, Malter stresses, “no need-blind related decisions should be finalized until then.”

In a new more recent posting, Malter says the task force, which he suggested to President Roth’s office on June 18, will form as planned “within the first three weeks of classes.” Malter managed to speak with President Roth himself about the plan, which Malter calls his “top priority”:

I had several conversations with the President’s office and one with the President himself about the task force. President Roth is willing to work with the task force—to meet with the group, share documents, and answer questions—so they can be sufficiently informed and provide meaningful recommendations.  He will also ask other administrators to cooperate. As a result, we will be moving forward with the task force, constituting the group within the first three weeks of classes.

Donate Extra Points to Middletown Food Not Bombs

Dan Schniedewind ’12 writes in:

Flushed with extra points and about to leave campus? Unlike Middletown Ca$h, this Wes-specific currency does not carry over from semester to semester. Middletown Food Not Bombs, an informal anti-authoritarian network dedicated to the principles of mutual aid and direct action against hunger, militarism and inequality, will convert these surplus points into food for hungry bellies. Simply approach one of the ‘adult’ cashiers at WeShop before it closes on Monday (the 7th) and say you would like to donate to Food Not Bombs. The points will be deducted from your balance and put toward a substantial bulk order to be distributed for free on Main Street over the coming weeks. M-FNB hosts a weekly vegetarian picnic on the corner of Liberty and Main each Sunday at 1 PM. Food is made available to everyone, rich or poor, drunk or sober. Diners serve themselves and anyone can contribute.

Donate some points or, better yet, join us for a tasty, free meal this Sunday 1pm at the Buttonwood on Main Street!

Date: Thursday – Monday
Place: Weshop
Cost: Points

Fourth Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference Seeks Session Proposals

Julissa Peña ’12 seeks your proposals:

Calling all staff, students, faculty, and community members, SJLC wants you! The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is an annual event, hosted by members of the Wesleyan University community, that aims to promote social justice issues and solutions that effect people every day. This year, the conference will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The theme for this year is: Got Social Justice? Individuals or groups that have session ideas that relate to this theme are encouraged to submit this session proposal form. Each session should be no more than 45 minutes long.

The deadline to submit session proposals will be Monday, April 2, 2012 at 4pm. Session proposal applicants will be notified of their acceptance to participate in the conference no later than Friday, April 6, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact me at jpena01(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, or Maurice Hill at mahill(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Deadline: Monday, April 2
Link: link
Contact: jpena01@wes, mahill@wes

Peace Corps Returned Volunteers Panel

This just in! It’s so stinkin’ fresh to my ears! To tell the truth though, I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the Peace Corps digging my lion-surrounded jeep out of the mud of Tanzania. Thank you Peace Corps!

Besides there being an info table in Usdan from 11 AM – 2 PM, you can hear Returned Peace Corps Volunteers speak about their experience service in countries around the world.

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112

Shed It At Beckham: A February Blood Drive

Jennifer Paykin ’12 writes in about a real happenin’ blood drive going down in Beckham this Tuesday and Wednesday. Be sure to sign up for an appointment in advance; more details below:

Wesleyan is hosting a blood drive on February 7 & 8, from 12-4:45, in Beckham Hall. Your donation will provide much-needed blood to local hospitals. To sign up for an appointment, go to the Red Cross website and use sponsor code WesleyanU at least 24 hours in advance. We also accept walk-ins on the day of the drive. Remember to drink water and eat iron-rich foods before you donate!

Date: February 7 and 8
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:45 PM each day
Place: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather (right next to the Alumni Gymnasium)
Cost: your blood versus your blues

Fast-a-Thon Volunteer Meeting, tomorrow!


Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?

1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $14,000 for the local food pantry.
This is the one event on campus that is able to engage nearly half of the student body!

This year’s Fast-a-thon will be even BETTER!

If you’d like to help us with this year’s Fast-a-thon, join us at the meeting for volunteers:

What:   Fast-a-Thon 2011 Volunteer Meeting
When:  Monday, November 8th, 4:30pm
Where: PAC001

Relay for Life Planning Committee Meeting

From Ann Wheeler ’12:

“Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.”

To learn more about Wes Relay, visit our website here.

If you are interested in helping plan Wesleyan’s 3rd annual Relay, come to our first planning committee meeting of the year. Everyone is welcome!

Date: Sept. 28
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Usdan 136
Cost: Nil

Spring Blood Drive

Jennifer Paykin ’12 sends in a picture of Kool-Aid Pitcher’s cousin, also announces dates for this semester’s blood drive:

It’s time again for Wesleyan’s biannual blood drive! The drive will be held on Monday April 11 and Tuesday April 12 from 11:45 – 5:00 in Beckham Hall. To sign up for an appointment, go to the Red Cross website (www.redcrossblood.org) at least 24 hours in advance and search for sponsor code WesleyanU. To find out about eligibility requirements and more volunteer opportunities check out the Wesleyan Blood Drive home page linked to below.

Be sure to drink lots of water and eat iron-rich foods before your appointment, which usually will take an hour. Remember, a single donation can provide enough blood to help three people. Sign up today, or email jpaykin(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or yfang(at)wesleyan(dot)com with questions.

Date:   April 11
Time:   11.45 AM- 5:00 PM
Place:  Beckham Hall

Date:   April 12
Time:   11.45 AM- 5:00 PM
Place:  Beckham Hall

Take Back the Night

From Brenna Galvin ’11:

Take Back the Night is an annual march to raise awareness about sexual violence and show support for survivors. Along the march will be speak-out circles: safe, anonymous spaces for survivors to share their stories with the community.

For an issue that is so prevalent, it is not recognized or spoken about nearly enough to match its high level of incidence. It is an issue surrounded by misunderstanding and victim-blaming. Take Back the Night offers a safe, respectful environment to defy this stigma, a way to come together as a community to break the silence and raise awareness.

Come break the silence! Join the march!