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First semester meeting is in PAC 002 at 2:30. Join Us!
NPR has a story this week on how the financial cancer attacking many elite private colleges—that is, more money coming out than in—is affecting schools like Grinnell College, MIT, and, of course, Wes. The focus is on recent struggles over need-blind admissions. Grinnell seems to be an unusual case; despite not being in the same admissions tier as Wes (with an acceptance rate of 43%), it has enjoyed a rosy financial situation thanks in no small part to Warren Buffett sitting on its board. This has allowed it to pay 60% of its students’ costs, which is a higher rate than any other school except Harvard.
Even Grinnell, however, is showing the first signs of trouble, and says it has reached the point where it has had to switch some of its grants to loans.
“We don’t get in a room and say, ‘OK, do we give more aid here or do we give a raise to a professor over here?’ It’s never that stark, but behind the curtain, what’s happening is this tradeoff,” says Kington.
The towering monolith of MIT, meanwhile, told NPR it would never ever ever in a million years end need-blind admissions. “That’s one of our rock-solid principles. It’s sort of built into our DNA,” said MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson. Hopefully we will not have to see the unsustainable financial models and practices of these elite universities bring them, in 10 or 20 years, to the point Wesleyan is at now. NPR says the end of need-blind policies has sustained “some backlash” here—a big understatement.
“Look, it’s the first debate, which many people would argue is the most important of them all.”
The Onion is reporting that Obama is psyched for the very first presidential debate tonight. We’re psyched, too! For another Wesleying liveblog! Now that Wesleying has finally recovered from last Thursday’s sober/drunk/high Vice Presidential adventure, we’ll be following tonight’s debate in real time. We’ll all be sober this time, though. Probably.
If you’re looking to watch the debate online, CNN is a reliable destination. This one will be Town Hall-style, meaning voters will be asking the questions, which might call to mind this classic 1992 debate moment, except not: Slate is reporting that both campaigns have agreed on a restrictive set of debate rules that basically prevent either candidate from having to answer follow-up questions or interact with audience members. As the rule sheet requires: “The audience members shall not ask follow-up questions or otherwise participate in the extended discussion, and the audience member’s microphone shall be turned off after he or she completes asking the questions.” Full memorandum of understanding here. Democracy in action after the jump.
For all the political cool cats out there, Amy Davis ’13 has a message for you:
Internet too slow to stream the debate live? Fear not! The Roosevelt Institute, WesDems, and Democracy Matters are getting together on Thursday at 9pm in 41 Wyllys room 112 to screen the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate. Come watch and discuss, because even if Paul Ryan can’t run a marathon in under 3 hours, this is still a big f-ing deal.
Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 9 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Hello and welcome to the first liveblog of the first debate of the 2012 Presidentiapocalypse! Right now you’re probably asking yourself, “Well, this is awesome! But why is Wesleying doing a liveblog of the presidential debates in the first place?” Good question, insightful reader. Sit down on papa’s lap and I’ll give you an answer.
Wesleying is about all things Wesleyan/college life, right? Right. Some of us here at headquarters were doing some pondering, and we realized: the elections affect students’ lives. And given the reaction to Obama’s victory and 2008 commencement address, Wesleyan students clearly have a part. (Disclaimer: I like Obama.)
We’re here to raise the campus discourse.
We’re here to provide deep political commentary.
We’re here to fucking liveblog the debate.
Note: This post is the first in a series of posts exploring the argument in favor of scaling back need-blind. Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments, and keep it civil.
If you go to Google and type in “need blind,” what shows up (in order) is a Wikipedia entry, a fact or fiction essay from College Insider, and an article about Wesleyan. You would have to be living under a rock not to know about the fiery controversy that started during the end of the spring semester last year. Whether it be banners hung at graduation or chalk marks lining the sidewalks, students are speaking up, and for the most part, they are not happy.
It seems, at first glance, that removing the need-blind blanket on Wesleyan admissions is an elitist leap made to help improve Wes endowment. Increasing endowment has been one of President Roth’s goals for a while, and it’s clear why. And what better way to increase endowment than admitting upper-class students whose parents can afford to make private donations? If Wesleyan can see exactly how much a student needs in aid when applying, you can imagine the ease with which they’d be able admit the rich and ignore the poor. When looking through this narrow lens, removing need-blind admissions is nothing short of an evil scheme to get us on track with the other “little Ivies.”
But the desire for huge stacks of money is not totally fiendish. After all, the cost of running a school is great when you take into account all the expenses that factor into it.
What’s up Wesleying. Trilla Flocka Whateverstein ’13 here. I haven’t live-blogged anything since the 2011 Oscars, but tonight I’ll be walking you through the entire WSA Presidential Debate, which you can attend in person as well on the first floor of Usdan at 6:30. I might even be joined by melodious. And maybe a surprise guest, like dark horse write-in candiate A-Batte. We’ll find out soon.
Check back at 6:30 for the good shit. It’s on.
Arya Alizadeh ’13 vs. current president Zach Malter ’13 vs. the dark horse himself, A-Batte ’13 (who won’t be debating sadly so read this). Another way to look at it: the oddly beardless right now vs. the never been beardless? vs. the dark horse “candidate” Anwar.
Let’s go. Click past the jump for the live-blog.
Care about something, anything, related to student life at Wesleyan? Whether it’s chalking, disability rights, dining, the pet policy, or the DVD racks in SciLi, the WSA President can likely play an influential role in getting things you want done. Aren’t dedicated to a specific issue, but still live/work/study at Wesleyan? Then this is probably important to you too.
Come check out WSA presidential candidates Arya Alizadeh ’13 and Zachary Malter ’13 to find out who’s got what you want. The debate starts at 6:30PM and takes place on the first floor of Usdan. Feel free to bring your dinner down, listen to the spiels, and ask some hard-hitting questions.
Questions about the debate can be directed to the Moderator, Syed Ali ’13 (me), by emailing sali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. More general elections questions can be directed to wsa[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Tomorrow, Monday, 23rd
Place: 1st floor, Usdan
Want to help the student body choose the next President of the WSA? Submit questions for the WSA Presidential Debate to be held Monday, April 23rd on the 1st floor of Usdan.
The President sets the direction for the Assembly, and bears a great deal of influence as the representative of the student voice. Ze occupies a critical space in dialogue with the administration, faculty, and other members of the community. Ze has input on everything from assembly and university policy to budgetary issues, and almost every possible issue that affects students.
Petitions for candidacy are available here and must be submitted Friday at 4:00PM. I, Syed Ali ’13, WSA Information Technology Coordinator and member of the Elections Committee, will be moderating the debate. Feel free to direct any questions about the debate to me by emailing sali(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. More information on the candidates and on the debate itself will be made available soon.
For now, please help your fellow students by asking about the issues that matter:
THIS COULD BE YOU:
Right. So. There’s this email that’s been sent out to the entire campus looking for a Weskid to moderate the upcoming debate (sponsored by the WSA, and I’m not sure if this is true but I heard also Diet Pepsi) between the Democrat and Republican candidates for mayor. It writes:
On Thursday, October 20th, the Wesleyan Student Assembly will be sponsoring a debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for Mayor in Middletown.
If you are interested in serving as the debate moderator, please email a statement of under 150 words of why you would be a good moderator along with your name, class year and phone number to wsa(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. You must send in your application by 11:59 PM this Thursday. You must also sign up for an interview by Friday at noon in the WSA office. Interviews will be this Friday afternoon.
Go for it, folks! Also, I will give you the highest of fives if you actually wear what Colbert’s wearing.