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Alumni Letter: “Please Withhold Your Alumni Giving to Wesleyan”

“We believe it is is not ethically responsible at this time for us as alumni to financially support an institution that is not willing to properly ensure the safety and respect of its student body.”

Confirming reports from Homecoming Weekend that a significant number of alumni are aware of and unhappy about recent campus controversies surrounding sexual assault and need-blind admissions, Wesleying received the following letter from members of the class of 2010. The note has been circulating via email among recent alums. In it, Anonymous ’10 expresses “serious concerns regarding two recent, unsettling missteps taken by Wesleyan University” and asks hir classmates to pledge not to donate. No doubt this suggestion will be controversial on campus (particularly in the arena of need-blind, where Wesleyan’s meager alumni giving rate is especially pertinent). No doubt it will also grab attention.

Some alumni have already defended their unwillingness to donate in the comments section of recent posts. Wesleying is interested in following up with a longer feature. If you’re an alumnus who won’t donate to the school and want to talk about it—or a caller for Red & Black—please contact us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

Here’s the letter:

BandCampWes: Seretan ’10, The Early Drop Collaborative LP

 Back in February, I posted about New Space, a fantastic collection of measured guitar buildups and stirring drones by homegrown guitar hero Ben Seretan ’10. The Duchampion alumnus recorded the record alone in a friend’s Greenpoint studio during the Superbowl. There was no bass or drums, because who needs bass and drums?

If you need bass and drums, Seretan writes in about In Two, an unsurprisingly stellar collaboration record between The Early, a Portland-based indie rock outfit, and himself. The album features more masterful six-string arpeggios, more emotionally fragile tales of driving cross-country and sleeping on porches—as well as full-band noise flare-ups (“Drive to Michigan”), feedback-laden spoken word (“All Dogs”), and muted guitar pop (“Onion Boy”). Lyrically, its themes include “dogs, Parsifal, stairs, driving around and listening to music, sleeping in places and on things, intimacy, earth cracking.” It’s also a good bit more song-driven and instrumentally varied than New Space, if that’s your thing.

As the album’s press release explains,

America, Occupied: Ezra Silk ’10 and Friends On The Road

From Argus to OWS: liveblogging (and touring) the Occupy movement with Wes ’10-ers.

Thursday, November 17. Two months since the OWS first occupied New York’s Zuccotti Park on September 17. (At Wesleyan, it seems like only yesterday.) The Occupy movement declares a “day of action”—across America, worldwide, and at Wesleyan, where a demonstration in solidarity with the Occupy movement begins at Olin at 4 PM.

Meanwhile, Ezra Silk ’10 takes on the Occupy movement firsthand: the former Argus editor and founder of Big Dog barbershop is is traveling around the country to write about the Occupy Wall Street protests and writing about it on America, Occupied, along with Ashik Siddique ’10, Gianna Palmer ’10, and Ryan Villareal. We’ve blogged about various Wes alums weighing in on the movement, but this is different. Silk writes:

Five Years in New York

Liz Colville ’05 has a lovely post over at The Awl, an open letter to ’10 grads.  She writes about her post-college years – the alien world of temp jobs, online dating, and apartments that make a HiRise seem palatial.  Colville still lives in New York — and take heart ’10 grads: “slowly my temp career was being replaced with a writing career”!

The Awl: Five Years in New York: To the Class of 2010 from the Class of 2005

Tuition Transition Day/Class of 2010 Scholarship

From the Senior Committee:

With Spring in the air, our Graduation is a few weeks away. We have all heard and contributed to the Senior Gift. With a generous gift from the Alums of 2001 we will be able to constitute a Class of 2010 Scholarship to be awarded to an incoming freshman.

This Friday, the Tuition Transition Day, gives us the opportunity to thank our parents and the generous alumni who provide financial support for every student at Wesleyan. Come find the Senior Class Officers and the Senior Gift Managers in Usdan between 12 to 2 on Friday. Learn more about the Class of 2010 Scholarship and pick up your free class t-shirts.

Mocon Gets a Flash Party

Last night the student body kicked off some pre-midterms stress with an awesome flash party at Mocon.  It was very short-lived – Psafe quickly busted the party – but definitely the event of the weekend.  The party brought to mind other spontaneous celebrations like last year’s Exley flash party.  From my (possibly incorrect) perspective, members of the senior class received texts to arrive at Mocon at 11:30, and the word spread to the rest of the student body.  It was one of the those rare nights (recalling maybe Fountain’s golden days? or Election 2008?) where it felt like felt like the campus was united somehow – with the illicit nature of a tomb party but without the exclusivity.

Arriving in Mocon last night reminded me of what a treasure we are losing.  Since I had only been to Mocon as a prefrosh and it was out of view in the back of Foss Hill, I had a tendency to forget about Mocon except for the yearly, crowded Waste Not sales.  I think a lot of the exuberance of the event was from the site itself – which converted nicely into a dancing space. The event was also an example of that ambiguous “Keep Wesleyan Weird” sentiment – an awesome event that would only happen at Wesleyan (and is less controversial and silly than chalking.)

So good job seniors – Mocon has had at least one worthy send-off.  If you haven’t already, join the Save Mocon facebook group.  Alums, trustees, someone – please save Mocon!  Last night showed that the student body does have a connection to the buildingcall it sentimentality, if you will – and the building has too many memories and architectural beauty to just demolish.

Speculate and share your thoughts in the comments.  Dear readers, if any of you have PHOTOS of the event, please email them to staff@wesleying.org.

MOCONAUGHGEDDON!! Mococalypse Now

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Last semester Michael Roth revealed that the Board of Trustees was considering demolition the likeliest option for McConaughy Hall.  But now that it looks like that will actually happen! Soon!

According to Physical Plant VP Joyce Topshe, Mocon is scheduled for demolition this summer, and is already being stripped down for hazardous material this week in preparation for that larger project.

And we are overcome with nostalgia! As a member of the graduating class of 2010, I am part of the last generation of Wes students to remember what is was like to eat in that giant spaceship, and it is so bittersweet. And we’re not alone – the Save Mocon Facebook group, created last week, already has over 500 members.

So, what to do, if anything? On the one hand, pressing financial concerns and logistical issues limit any further usage of the building. On the other hand, there is overwhelming sentimentality calling for… something… to be done.

According to the Argus, Physical Plant’s assessment of Mocon is that it is “unsound for contemporary purposes” – after almost 50 years of use, it fails to meet standards of environmental friendliness, is expensive to heat and cool, and apparently costs up to $20,000 to maintain when in use; it also has more limited accessibility to people with disabilities and a much smaller seating capacity than Usdan.

Which are all valid points – clearly, there’s no viable way to use the space in anything near its former capacity. The administration has written it off because any renovation of the structure would be costly and inefficient, and wants to do away with it sooner rather than later because it “presents a safety risk” if left standing. Eventually, presumably after a lot more money comes through, new student dorms will probably be built on the location.

People have been throwing around ideas for alternative uses for the structure – what about only sometimes, for events? Yes, Mocon was a much better venue for Halloween dances, and Foss Cross, and Queer Prom, and the B’nei Mitzvah party, than Beckham Hall or the hockey rink. But however inadequate those venues may seem in comparison to those who remember, the novelty factor of keeping Mocon around as a sporadically used event space is likely outweighed by the administration’s concern for the bottom line.

Miles Bukiet ’11, creator of the Save Mocon group, suggests that the expense of temperature control is the biggest kink in the works regarding the possible salvation of Mocon – if we find a use for it that avoids the energy issue completely, perhaps saving it would be worthwhile. Maybe so, but it’s unlikely that we’ll figure out such a use without a large groundswell of support from current students and alumni.

In fact, the University has already considered other options for use of the space which might have been acceptable to current students and alumni attached to the building, even drawing up estimates for how much each one would cost.

2010 Commencement student speaker apps open to seniors

For the first tiravid commencementme ever, the senior student speaker at the Graduation and Commencement ceremony won’t just be the Class President – applications are open to all seniors who think they can deliver an excellent speech.

If this moment in the spotlight sounds like something you might be interested in, or you know someone who could drop some amazing oratory on our class on this climactic day, get it together over break and submit an application by the end of January. The guidelines:

Greetings Class of 2010,

As we approach the end of our first semester of senior year we are reminded of how swiftly our Wesleyan careers are coming to an end. Without a doubt our last four years at Wesleyan have left an indelible mark on the university and our accomplishments have been remarkable. Do you think your Wesleyan experience is worth sharing? Then share it!

This year the procedure to select a senior speaker for Commencement has changed. For the first time the opportunity to speak at Commencement has been opened up to the senior class at large. If you would like to share your Wesleyan experience at graduation as commencement speaker here is your chance.

Simply submit a 200-250 word essay answering the following: What has your Wesleyan experience meant to you?

Web designer needed for Senior Class website

Web designers, take note – from Senior President Jonna Humphries ’10:

Want to make some extra cash? Help design the Senior Class Website.

Yes, that means you’ll be helping with Senior Cocktails.

Email seniorclass@wes if you’ve got some web design skill. This opportunity is open to all class years.

Senior Gift T-shirt competition

plain-white-t-shirt-psd21759From Senior Gift Manager Brendan McEntee ’10:

SENIOR GIFT MANAGERS SPONSOR T-SHIRT COMPETITION

WINNER GETS SENIOR COCKTAILS TICKET

You seniors know that 2010 is fly.  It’s just a fact, plain and simple.  Us Senior Gift Managers certainly know it.  We want you, class of 2010, to rep this flyness on a hot T.

The T’s theme this year is: Only at Wes…

  • The design must contain the words “Only at Wes…”
  • Up to 3 colors, you can use the front and back
  • Any design format is welcome (pictures, collages, words, haiku, etc.)
  • No profanities, offensive language, or slurs

The winner gets A FREE PASS TO SENIOR COCKTAILS by us, Johanne Lin, Brendan McEntee, Joseph Nsiah, and Ankur Verma, your Senior Gift Managers and proud supporters of Wes.

Submission deadline: Oct. 12 at midnight.

Designs must be submitted to Anand Satchidanandan ’08 electronically via vtharakad@wes or directly at the Wesleyan Fund Office, located conveniently at 110 Mount Vernon Street.

Don’t forget to make a donation to the Senior Gift (give.wesleyan.edu)!  Your money goes directly to financial aid, supporting future students, and showing just how tight 2010 really is.

CLASS OF 2010 – KEEPING WES HOT SINCE 2006 1831

SENIOR GIFT MANAGERS SPONSOR T-SHIRT COMPETITION

WINNER GETS SENIOR COCKTAILS TICKET

You seniors know that 2010 is fly. It’s just a fact, plain and simple. Us Senior Gift Managers certainly know it. We want you, class of 2010, to rep this flyness on a hot T.

Text Box:

The T’s theme this year is: Only at Wes…

The design must contain the words “Only at Wes…”

Up to 3 colors, you can use the front and back

Any design format is welcome (pictures, collages, words, haiku, etc.)

No profanities, offensive language, or slurs

The winner gets A FREE PASS TO SENIOR COCKTAILS by us, Johanne Lin, Brendan McEntee, Joseph Nsiah, and Ankur Verma, your Senior Gift Managers and proud supporters of Wes.

Submission deadline: Oct. 12 at midnight.

Designs must be submitted to Anand Satchidanandan ’08 electronically via vtharakad@wesleyan.edu or directly at the Wesleyan Fund Office, located conveniently at 110 Mount Vernon Street.

Don’t forget to make a donation to the Senior Gift (give.wesleyan.edu)! Your money goes directly to financial aid, supporting future students, and showing just how tight 2010 really is.

CLASS OF 2010 – KEEPING WES HOT SINCE 2006 1831