Tag Archives: class

So Apparently Wesleyan is “Economically Diverse”

Paying tuition never looked so bucolic

Paying tuition never looked so bucolic

Please put your iPhone back in your Patagonia sweatshirt pocket for a second. Apparently it’s time to rethink the idea that the Wesleyan student body is entirely made up of students from upper-class families, at least according to new data from the New York Times. In conjunction with an article on colleges recruiting from an increasingly diverse set of economic backgrounds, the Times has published a chart comparing the economic diversity of various schools. And Wesleyan has come out at number 13 on the list.

The chart ranks colleges according to a College Access Index, which is based on the percent of the past few freshman classes who came from low-income families (measured by the share receiving a Pell grant) and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families. The data states that 18% of freshman classes arriving 2012-14 have received Pell grants, and that the average cost for low- and middle-income students is $8,700 a year. This gives Wesleyan a College Access Ranking of 1.5, putting us below Amherst and above Williams, for reference.

Students Publish Disorientation Guide to Activism at Wes

 

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So maybe you’re a freshman, nervous and overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about classes, housing, what to bring from home – and are feeling like you can’t even begin to think about bigger issues on campus. Or maybe you’re a senior and feel like you’ve gotten this far and never really involved yourself in any social/political engagement on campus, so now it’s way too late and where would you even begin if you wanted to. Wherever you might stand, activism at Wes can seem like a huge, widespread and unnavigable thing.

Thankfully, some very committed students are trying to change that sentiment and make activism within the Wesleyan world an approachable and cohesive community. This past week, the Disorientation Guide was released through the University Organizing Center site to bring together the wide-ranging issues affecting us into one document. The entire Disorientation zine can be downloaded here, and I strongly recommend that everyone take a look at it.

The Assembly Theater Project Workshop: Class and Poverty

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The deadline on this one is today, so act fast! From CFA Project Manager Erinn Roos-Brown:

The Assembly Theater Project will lead a three-part interdisciplinary workshop examining the nature of class and poverty in the US through research, personal monologues and physical actions. The mission of the workshop is to increase empathy and understanding by humanizing and embodying class divisions.

Follow-up: Classism at Wesleyan

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Classism is complex, no doubt. Talking about money is supposedly tactless — hey oh last weekend’s This American Life — but Americans do it all the time. And even if we didn’t, a person’s wealth or, more accurately, assumed wealth, is presumed through many a factor — where they’re from, what (who) they wear, their skin tone, their manners, their speech, their prior education, the list goes on… Many Wesleyan students feel a discomfort when confronted with issues of class; this discomfort may be born from being privileged in one’s upbringing, feeling a lack of understanding of class issues, or being keenly aware of the difficulty of living on a relatively low income in the U.S — and this is certainly not an exhaustive list of sources of discomfort in discussing class. But however complex, uncomfortable, or delicate the conversation, it’s time everyone at Wesleyan recognizes and becomes sensitive to the fact that Wes is no haven from classism.

As an introduction to wealth inequality in America here’s a video. For thoughts on class at universities, check out this recent magazine article from Yale. Also, this excellent exhibition at Skidmore (and source of the photo above) titled “Classless Society” provides some great fodder for thinking about class.

At Wesleyan, the general concept of classism is usually articulated in relation to quests for social justice on campus. For example, a search of the Argives for “classism” will return Wespeaks and pieces such as this and this. Of course, during the last couple years, issues of classism have become more specific: the elimination of Wesleyan’s “need-blind” label, calls for alumni to halt their giving, and recent USLAC efforts and protests of the conditions under which university employees work (for more on this subject, read BZOD’s great three-part series, or check out this post about the Privilege & Policy forum on classism).

1002588_10151723365390509_1599490200_nOf course, experiences of class difference are not limited to these pretty well-publicized, institutional level efforts. With this in mind, the goal of this write-in was to give voice to some of the more every-day influences of class difference students experience. Many respondents felt the need to start at the beginning:

2013-2014 WesBAM! Instructor Application Now Available

,Renee Dunn ’14 writes in:

Certified and interested in being a member of the WesBAM! team? Take a moment to check out the instructor application, found here.

Applications are due by August 16 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to shoot us an email at wesbodyandmind(at)gmail(dot)com. You can also reach manager, Renee Dunn ’14, directly at rdunn(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Deadline: August 16
Contact: rdunn(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Sage’s Class: A Non-Credit Experience

Sage Ryza ’15, creator of People Watching Club, One Day Marriage, and “Social Experiment Club Society Thingy,” invites you to take her non-credit class next semester:

From the creator of People Watching Club, One Day Marriage, and Social Experiment Club Society Thingy

I am going to have a class. It will meet next semester, once every two weeks for two hours. The first hour will be a lecture and the second will be structured art making based on the concepts discussed in the lecture.

In the art making portion of the class we will think of art as experimentation, as invention, and as a cognitive vehicle for awareness.

WesDEF Presents: What is the “Wesleyan Experience

Carey Gilchrist ’13 writes in:

After President Roth’s announcement about budget allocations, there has been a lot of talk about which aspects of our school should/can be cut and which aspects are essential to maintain the integrity of the “Wesleyan Experience.” This will be a neutral space to deeply explore difficult and personal questions about what the “Wesleyan Experience” means to us.

Everyone is welcome and snacks will be provided!

 Date: Sunday, November 18th
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Place: Room 114, 41 Wyllys
Face: bookSnacks: yes!

BLDNG CDS R CNFSNG

In other news, Baby SQU over here needs a legit name.

Another first day of school, another confusing collection of cryptic and unpronounceable acronyms. Things are far less AWKS when you know where ALLB your classes can be found: click here for the list of building code locations.

There is, of course, a sleek new addition to the list this semester: SQU, referring to the brand new home of the Career Resource Center, Art History, and College of Letters. Thanks, anonymous parent donors! The joint is looking pretty snazzy, but so far carries no name besides its address, 41 Wyllys Avenue. Still, it’s probably the dopest development on Wyllys Ave since they renovated the Alumni Gymnasium.

Anyway, we should probably start a competition to suggest names for the new building—41 Wyllys won’t cut it forever. Throw down your own suggestions in the comments.

On second thought, can we just go with Espressonormative this time?

Pianist and TA Needed For Opera and Oratorio

Wesleyan’s Opera and Oratorio class is looking for a piano accompaniest and TA for the upcoming semester. Duties are very simple, namely accompanying one night a week and leading a TA session one other day. Normaly Wesleying doesn’t post jobs, but this does pay well, or you can take it for credit, and Professor Gale (who is a wonderful professor) is in need of a pianist immediately.

You can read more about the class here on wesmaps. Having done this once myself, I can say it was a lot of fun and wish I could do it again, but senior obligations make that difficult, so if you are at all interested, please contact Professor Priscilla Gale at pgale (at) wesleyan (dot) edu