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’14 Commencement Speaker: Theodore M. Shaw ’76

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About two months ago, President Michael Roth sent out an email to the entire campus announcing the honorary degree recipients for 2014, as well as the commencement speaker for the Class of 2014. This year’s commencement address will be given by Theodore M. Shaw ’76, a leading proponent of civil rights, previous Wesleyan trustee (twice!), and also a prior recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wesleyan. You can read the entirety of Roth’s email below.

Shaw’s dedication and work to civil rights and human rights is indeed impressive. Currently a professor at Columbia University, where he also received his J.D. in 1979, he was previously an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for over two decades. What’s most notable about Shaw’s work—that perhaps most directly affects us as college students—was his involvement in creating University of Michigan Law School’s controversial affirmative action policy in the early 2000s, something that has been controversial again just last month. 

Voting Open for WSA Pres, VP, Senior Class Officer

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Voting is now open for the following elections:

  • WSA President and Vice President
  • Senior Class President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer

Voting will happen at wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting, closing at 11:59:59 p.m. on Friday, April 26.  All class years (including seniors and students abroad!) can vote in the election for WSA President and Vice President.  Only members of the Class of 2014 can vote in the Senior Class Officer election.

Why vote?

The students who are elected to these positions will technically represent the student body or significant portions of it.  They will be taken as the voice of the student body by administrators, outside bodies, and even fellow students.  They will occupy a critical space in dialogue with the administration, faculty, and other members of the community. They will have input on everything from assembly and university policy to budgetary issues, and almost every possible issue that affects students.

An Interview with the Guy Who Sleeps in a Different Place on Campus Every Night

“My lifestyle dissolves fake smiles. It can be heartbreaking if you aren’t ready for it.”

Riel, the wandering vagabond, surveys his options at the Usdan grill. Photo by Rachel Pincus '13.

Riel ’14, the wandering vagabond, surveys his options at the Usdan grill. Photo by Rachel Pincus ’13.

Two or three weeks ago, I entered my apartment around midnight to find the couch occupied by a bearded stranger. He was asleep, sprawled sideways and snoring loudly, and none of my housemates appeared within eyesight. As I reached over his torso to adjust the thermostat, I briefly considered dialing Public Safety. Instead, I located one of my housemates, Carey Gilchrist ’13, and whispered my demand: “Who’s that dude on our couch?”

“Oh, that’s Lina’s friend Riel,” Carey explained. “He sleeps in different places every night or something. So she offered him our couch.” “Oh,” I said. “Wait, that’s pretty awesome. Would he be up for an interview?”

Riel ’14, a junior majoring in Film and Computer Science, was gone from the couch by the time I awoke the next morning, but later in the week I ran into him in Weshop, where he was stocking up on eggs (“I gotta eat at least six a day, need the protein”) and canned beans. He explained that he had adopted something of a vagabond lifestyle at the beginning of the semester, crashing at friends’ places and refusing to make use of his assigned room in 1 Vine. “I’m trying to be the change I need to see,” Riel told me. On most days, he carries around a camping backpack and a sleeping bag. His lifestyle is controversial, but his reasoning has an oddly circuitous logic to it: If he’s already paying all this money for room and board, shouldn’t he be free not to use it?

I asked Riel if he would like to be interviewed for this blog. Sure, he said, just so long as I didn’t publish his last name or a picture of his face. And could he boil some eggs in my stove while we did the interview? I consented to his demands, as he did to mine. This is the conversation that took place.

SEMI-FORMAL BENEFIT: Proceeds Go to SHOFCO & Make-A-Wish

Dress up, dress down, just come have a great time & change lives!
Come after the Slam! We are right next door. 

100% of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation and SHOFCO

When: Friday, April 22nd 10pm-1am
Where: Beckham Hall

Featuring music from:
DJ j666n ‘14, DJ Dubbstep ’14 & DJ Nephesh ’14

A photo booth will be open from 10:30pm-12am. Our own photographer, Andy Ribner ’14, will be taking photos for you and your friends. Photos will be available online after the Semi-Formal.

Tickets are available right now at the Box Office (student account) in Usdan.

Pre-sale tickets are $4 for one, $7 for two
At the door tickets are $5 for one (cash)
OPEN TO ALL YEARS!!! 

*Event is sponsored by the 2014 Class Council

Thank you athletes!

This year, the fall (football, soccer, field hockey, cross country and volleyball) athletes who were on campus early for training helped the Class of 2014 move into their dorms. It was great to see a sea of red shirts help out and welcome freshmen to Wesleyan. The move-in went so much smoother and faster than in previous years.

So I’d like to say again.. THANK YOU & GO WES!

Welcome, Freshmen!

Also, an oldie, but still a favorite:

Unhindered by a curfew and free from parental oversight, freshman Phil Melton, 18, spent his first night of independence Saturday inside his Pennsylvania State University dorm room and was asleep by 11:45 p.m.

“College is going to be awesome,” Melton said moments after threading the wires of his computer speakers through the hole in his new desk and sending a message from his personal e-mail account to his school e-mail “just to make sure” the new address was active. . . .

We Are Wesleyan

Are you Wesleyan?

Do you contemplate infinity for the fun of it? I don’t know how much of us actually do because the administration doesn’t keep stats on it, but there’s plenty they do keep.

The Class of 2014 Profile is out, detailing aspects of those admitted to the Class of 2014 on the front and those enrolled in 2010-2014 for the first year on the back.  Averaging out the Classes of 2011-2014, here’s what the Wesleyan population looks like:

Click here to view the PDF version because the site keeps unformatting the table here.

If you’re too lazy to view the document, it says that the Wesleyan student is a Caucasian female from the Mid-Atlantic who went to public school but is rich enough to pay full tuition.  She’s taken Calc, Bio, Chem, Physics, and 4 years of a foreign language.  She was in the top 10% of her high school class and scored 700 on each section of her SATs.  She is Wesleyan.  Or no, not necessarily.  There’s plenty of people who fit the description on campus, but not necessarily.  Simply skim the PDF to get a better view of the Wesleyan population.

Introducing the Wesleyan Class of 2014

“Everybody ready to Party on Fountain?”

No? Because the Wesleyan Class of 2014 apparently is. Yesterday’s ED admits are out and about on Facebook, ready for you to stalk meet. And with 66 members and rising, the group is going strong. Our future classmates’ diverse passions and interests include . . .

acting, poetry, rapping, song-writing, guitar, existentialism, the history of film, Call of Duty Modern Warfare the best game ever created, nature as both a solitary entity and an environmental issue, politics (especially economics), and fucking partying.

Oh, wait. Those are all from the same kid. Whatever, seems to have the bases covered. There’s also the prefrosh who says ze’s most excited about “the campus-wide downloading network.” Who knew the hub was part of our admissions packet?

Yesterday’s Argus reports that the ED applicant pool had only nine fewer applicants than last year’s 509. The University admitted 237, of which 54% are women.

Bring it on, ’14.