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Need Blind Wes: All Chalked Up with Nowhere To Go

#YOHNBAO: You Only Have Need Blind Admissions Once

Though the above picture might appear, at first glance, to be an elaborate illustration of the considerable confusion a freshman might have had, had ze missed yesterday’s building code post, that confusion remains undocumented. In actuality, those scrawls of gypsum mark the debut of chalking for the class of 2016 and the first in what promises to be a series of actions by students opposed to the administration’s proposed changes to Wesleyan’s long-standing need-blind admissions policy (be sure to check out the bottom of A-Batte’s post if you care to read up on the need-blind battle thus far).

An enthusiastic group of 60 or so students assembled last night on Foss (many of them freshmen) to partake in the action, drawing and writing messages from Foss to the Butts. While it remains uncertain whether the chalk was swept away by rain or by the mighty arsenal of power washers that the University retains for such shenanigans, it’s clear that Wes students will not be taking the new admissions policy lying down (unless, perhaps, it involves blocking the entrance to a building).

Many more pictures after the jump.

Chalk University: Back in Action?

“The Chalk and Science Education, Since 1831.”

Chalking is back! I think?

Yesterday, when I posted a bunch of half-naked Michael Roth clones, I mentioned the resurgence of chalking on campus this weekend and alluded to the upcoming tenth anniversary of President Doug Bennet’s 2002 university moratorium on chalking. The president’s official chalking ban followed in 2003, with extensive coverage in the New York Times and NPR among other media outlets. That was nine years ago. Now what?

Chalking—formally a focal point of Wesleyan activist life—has made only a few sparse appearances during my time at Wes, including National Coming Out Day in 2009. When Roth referred to global warming-related chalking as “graffiti” and “a dumb way to articulate [concerns]” in 2007,  he was hit with a veritable shitstorm of comments. But what about the chalk?

It’s back, somewhat, in time for WesFest 2012—bigger and bolder than I’ve seen in the past three years at Wes.

Attention Chalkers: Your Assistance is Needed for the Revolution

What better way to take advantage of the weekend respite from rain than “using the original social media: chalk” (yeah, I didn’t know Facebook and calcium carbonate were equitable, either)? Straight from Zucotti Park comes this urgent message to legitimize the message: there’s no way the “traditional media” could possibly “ignore[ ], ridicule[ ] or demonize[ ]” chalk drawings, right?

As we all know, “nothing is more raw, more visceral than using rock on rock to communicate.” So, chalkers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.

And remember, WesKids, “there’s something about sidewalk chalk that makes every passerby want to take a look.”

#occupy sidewalk