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New Horizons Supply Donation Drive

From Owen Christoph ’18:

Open House x Light House x Unity Group are doing a supply drive! All supplies will be donated to New Horizons, a domestic violence support organization which serves the Middletown community.

New Horizons is looking for:
– rain jackets (kids & adults)
– umbrellas
– art and craft supplies
– cell phones

Please stop by Open House on April Fool’s Day (Saturday, April 1st) and drop off what you might have!

Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 9-11:30AM
Place: Open House (154 Church St.)

Tipbox: Donations in Memory of Claire Randall ’12 and Petunia’s new EP

Claire Randall Love is accepting donations in memory of Claire Randall ’12 to her memorial service and provides information about how to donate to organizations that support causes she believed in.

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This is a sort of two-part tipbox post. First, John Ryan ’14 of Petunia sent us this email a couple days ago:

My name is John Ryan (2014 graduate), I live in Philadelphia and my newest EP as Petunia has just come out: https://petunia.bandcamp.com/album/funny-talk

I’m donating all the digital sales of the EP to https://www.clairerandalllove.com/ and Everytown for Gun Safety. Just wanted to make wesleyan people aware in case they want to listen and/or donate.
Claire Randall ’12, an incredibly talented musician and music educator, was killed in a horrific act of gun violence this past December. Her family has set up Claire Randall Love to accept donations to the family for her upcoming memorial service this spring. You can donate here. On the website, there are also links to donate in her memory to three organizations she believed in: Sanctuary for Families, Camp Surefire, and Resonant Motion. More information here.
For those of you who want to listen, this is the new EP by Petunia:
If there’s ever anything else you want to let us know about, email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org or submit an anonymous tip here.

Students Petition President Roth to Change Financial Aid Donation Policy


A little under a week ago, I posted a video in which Josh Krugman ’14 took the microphone at a senior class reception and, immediately following speeches by University administrators exhorting members of the senior class to donate to Wesleyan, asked his fellow seniors to not donate in protest of the University’s abandoning of need-blind admissions and alleged fiscal irresponsibility. The post generated a debate over whether alumni should give to the University – informed in part by a recent letter from alumni who withheld donations on “Giving Tuesday” due to the University’s financial aid policies.

This post was followed immediately by a post by pyrotechnics about the 68% figure referenced in Josh’s speech. This post shed light on a serious problem with the way the University deals with financial aid donations:

There is currently no way for donors to increase the amount of money the University plans to spend on financial aid. Given the budget cap, there is no such mechanism for that right now, confirmed to me by President Michael Roth himself. (Again, note that there is a way to decrease the amount of money spent: not donating.) This is something I (wearing a different hat) am currently working on fixing with University Relations, with tentative support from both President Roth and Barbara-Jan Wilson.

In response to this and the fact that the number of students on grant-based matriculation aid fell this past year, Benny Docter ‘14, Danny Blinderman ’14, and Josh Krugman ’14 presented a letter to the administration calling for a revision to the financial aid donation policy. This letter, cosigned by WSA leadership, campus group leaders, student fundraisers, Greek-life presidents, and others, makes two simple demands on the administration:

1) Donors should be able to specify that 100% of their gift goes to increase financial aid for the following school year; 2) Donors should be able to specify that 100% of their gift goes into the endowment for financial aid, to be drawn at a rate equal to the annual draw rate of the endowment as a whole, and could be spent only on permanently increasing the number and quality of financial aid packages that the University offers.

The idea is that any donation made in this new manner would result in an increase in financial aid spending proportional to the size of the gift – as opposed to the current system, where all donations received are already planned for in the financial aid budget. The letter does not call for a boycott on donations to financial aid, nor does it ask for a return to need-blind admissions. Rather, it demands that the University allow those who donate to financial aid to increase financial aid spending as a total portion of the University budget in the same way that alumni donations to athletic programs or academic departments do not result in a corresponding decrease in the funding those programs receive from the University.

The 68 Percent Figure: Where Did It Come From?

I have been pleasantly surprised to see a few comments on recent articles asking for a source on the 68% figure that has been flying thick and heavy around need-blind conversations lately. For context, here is an excerpt from a recent controversial speech about donating to Wesleyan:

“Did you know that 68% of any donation earmarked for financial aid gets swept into the general operating budget, and that only 32% of such donations goes to improving the financial aid budget?”

That 68% figure was first circulated in a document produced by Need Blind Wes and distributed during Homecoming Weekend. It is profoundly shocking that the majority of a specified donation would somehow be weaseled into unrestricted funds, isn’t it? Isn’t that illegal?

Well, yes, that would be illegal — except the 68% figure is just flat-out false as described. Incorrect. Inaccurate. Wrong. Or, at the very least, incredibly misleading.

Need Blind: Alums Withhold Donations on Admin’s “Giving Tuesday”

“Your comment is awaiting moderation…”: an alumni response to Michael Roth

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Calls for a boycott of the administration’s capital campaign have re-emerged this week as President Michael Roth continues to solicit donations in the name of financial aid. Alums are refusing to contribute on the grounds that doing so would be a vote of confidence in increasingly reactionary, discriminatory policies. As of now, there remains no plan for Wesleyan to return to need blind admissions.

The following statement was submitted in response to Roth’s latest blog post – where it is still “awaiting moderation” (don’t hold your breath). We are posting it here in the meantime so you can see it. A similar statement has emerged on a Facebook group for recent alumni.

Support Wesleyan — Refuse to Donate! 

President Roth mentions twice in his “Giving Tuesday” appeal that we can support financial aid at Wesleyan by donating to the University today.

What Michael Roth doesn’t mention is that 68% of every gift earmarked for financial aid gets drafted into the general operating budget, and only 32% of such gifts actually goes to improving the University’s financial aid budget. This is a dismaying betrayal of trust.

It is brazen for Michael Roth and the Wesleyan PR folks to encourage us to support financial aid at Wesleyan the year after Roth and the Board took unprecedented steps to erode access and decrease spending on financial aid, by ending Wesleyan’s policy of admitting students on a “Need-Blind” basis (wherein students were admitted based solely on their promise as applicants, without knowledge of their ability to pay).

This year’s freshman class, the first admitted under the new “Need-Aware” admissions policy, which actively discriminates against poor students, contains 6% fewer students receiving grant aid, 4% fewer first generation college students, and 3% fewer black students, as well as smaller percentages of students from everywhere outside of New England than the previous year’s class. (Citation)

Thesis Filmmakers Need Your Help Affording Quvenzhané Wallis’ Salary

The official theme for their capital campaign is “#THESISWHY.”

Tired of capital campaigns yet? Too bad. Making movies is expensive, and #thisiswhy thesis filmmakers Gus Vita ’13 and Dema Paxton Fofang ’13 (otherwise known as The Artist Formerly Known as Bamenda) are asking for your help in the form of a Kickstarter and an IndieGogo campaign, respectively. Vita’s asking for $3,000 and Fofang’s asking for $1,000, which comes to $4,000 total between the two of them, which still only amounts to .016% of the budget of Michael Bay ’86s next $25 million opus (and that’s not counting the extra millions for advertising), so throw them a bone, will you? (At any rate, both of them have raised substantial funds towards their goals as of this posting—but they need more.)

You’d be right in assuming that filming is complete for both movies, so why raise money now? As Fofang explains it, “both of our projects were shot on 16mm, and the post-production process for that format is quite expensive. I’m currently spending long hours each day editing the film on a Steenbeck, and prepping for the final stages of post-production.” A cursory glance at Fofang’s own fundraising campaign reveals in detail where the money’s going: hiring a negative cutter to assemble the final cut, hiring a professional sound mixer to optimize the soundtrack, answer prints, color correction, telecine, festival distribution fees.

Wait, festival distribution fees? For real? If you donate, that means you can take credit when one of these films becomes the next Beasts of the Southern Wild and shows up on Oprah and gets problematized by The New Republic or whatever. Click past the jump for a bit more information on both films.

1000 Crane Project

From Yuki Ohmori ’13:

Come to Usdan to fold origami cranes, learn about the current natural disaster situation in Japan, and donate to the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief.

In Japan, there is a story that whoever folds 1000 origami cranes will have their wish granted.  It is a tradition for Japanese people to fold cranes when they have a big goal they want to accomplish, or to make them for someone who may be sick.

In light of the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, there will be an ongoing project to fold 1000 cranes throughout the end of March and the month of April during lunch and dinner time at Usdan.

In exchange of $1, you will be given one piece of beautiful washi origami paper to fold a paper crane. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to fold one, because people at the table can teach you :) You are also welcome to write your name, a message, etc. on your crane.

All proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross, which has already started taking action in Japan to aid those who have been impacted by the earthquakes and tsunamis.

After we complete the project, we will be sending the cranes to Students Rebuild, an initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation. The organization will be matching $2 for every crane they receive to support Architecture for Humanity’s plan to support the rebuilding efforts of Japanese architects.

Date:   March 24 – April 29
Place:  Usdan Cafe Area


BECK Book Drive

I’m loving all these opportunities to help out lately! This one comes from Aditi Shivaramakrishnan ’12 for PANGEA:

PANGEA, Wesleyan’s international student organisation, is helping to organise a Book Drive for the Bursary for Economically Challenged Kids. BECK provides financial assistance to academically-talented children in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe who lack the means to attend primary and secondary school.

As a means of generating money for the BECK Donation Fund, Portia Chipendo ’09 and Akosua Nti ’09 are collecting books from various schools, which will be sold on Amazon. Profits from the sales of these books will go directly to funding the
tuition of children in BECK.

You can drop off your books at conveniently located boxes throughout the campus. All the best with finals and we look forward to your contributions!

Date: Dec. 11 – Dec. 18
Time: 12:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Place: Boxes are at Usdan, Sci Li, Olin, outside Pi, Weshop, PAC lab, Fisk (LRC Lab), Summerfields, Clark, Fauver

Here’s the facebook event. Keep up the good work, Wesleyan!