On Wednesday, the Faculty voted overwhelmingly to approve a proposal for a new college, the College of Integrative Sciences (CIS), to join the College of Social Studies, College of Letters, College of the Environment, College of Film and the Moving Image, and the College of East Asian Studies. Students in CIS would have pursue a CIS Linked Major to complement an additional primary major in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM). According to the proposal, the new CIS aims to “offer Wesleyan students a curricular and research framework that enables new ways of thinking at the frontiers of science.”
The sun’s shining, birds are chirping, and there’s music playing. Finals are coming up quick, but maybe you just want to relax, take a breather. Why not rock out to some good music with hundreds of your fellow Wesleyan students? Spring Fling is that opportunity.
Every year, we have one day—just one day—to all be together and do nothing but listen to music and hang out. And now, that day is under threat of going away. The Educational Policy Committee of the University, which sets the school’s academic calendar in five-year increments, is considering removing a day dedicated to Spring Fling.
In response, the WSA passed legislation at its five-hour meeting this Sunday titled “Resolution 6.34 Resolution on Reading Period and Spring Fling.” The resolution notes that we are already pretty stressed about finals with only four days each for Reading “Week” and Finals “Week,” and this would just make things worse. Students have been pretty insistent that they need more time to study, not less. We’re already evicted just hours after finals end, leaving little time to pack. There’s explicit concern about students’ health expressed in the resolution. As a member of the WSA, I voted for the resolution and have to say, this is not good for academics, not good for campus spirit, and not good for health.
Read the full resolution here. Email wsa[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you want to reinforce the point, and share your thoughts in the comments here too.
Do you want academic minors at Wesleyan?
Please join the WSA and the Educational Policy Committee today, December 6, at 7:00 PM in PAC 002 to discuss the faculty and student proposal to establish minors at Wesleyan. In the current proposal, a minor would consist of five to seven courses within one or more departments and include a limit of three curricular distinctions (combined majors, minors, and certificates) per student. This is your opportunity to make suggestions, ask questions, and contribute to the proposal to introduce minors to Wesleyan.
- Date: Tuesday, December 6
- Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Place: PAC 002