ESPWESSO WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW (11/02) FROM 9AM – 2PM FOR PARENT’S WEEKEND. Come warm up with some delicious coffee or a London Fog if you’re more a tea-fancier. Bring your parents, come hang out! Cash only.
Also, Espwesso is STILL hiring. Send your applications to jmasand[at]wesleyan.edu by November 5th!
Date: Saturday, November 2 Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Place: Basement of Allbritton (Espwesso)
Friday Night Lights at Wesleyan University on Saturday
I recently thought back to when I first toured Wesleyan. My tour guide, a gentleman that my mother would later refer to as “the hippie,” was a nice fellow who had a lot of great things to say about Wes. One thing that stuck with me, however, was his thoughts on Wesleyan athletics. To paraphrase, he had claimed that Wesleyan’s students, in a place overflowing with school spirit, frequently spent time watching the athletic events on campus.
While I won’t deny his bit about school spirit, I have come to question what the hell he was trying to pull with the whole ‘we like sports’ thing. True – Wes can claim that the athletic events that take place at our campus’s center have an “audience.” False – Wes can claim that this audience is even mildly aware of what sport is unfolding before them, due to A.) utter intoxication or B.) philosophical distraction. Just because Foss Hill conveniently situates its occupants facing the football/baseball field doesn’t mean that its occupants have the slightest comprehension of what’s happening.
“There has been a lot of transparency. There has been a lot of transparency.”
Wesleying wasn’t the only media outlet filming last Saturday’s need-blind protest, in which roughly 50 student activists stormed across the sidelines during the football game, waving a banner proclaiming “DIVER$ITY UNIVER$ITY?” and chanting that “everyone deserves to learn.” Recent grad Nemo Allen ’12, a video production fellow for independent global news hour Democracy Now!, was also at the ready. After filming the protest, Allen stuck around for interviews with engaged students, faculty, and one alumnus who was fiercely involved in the 1982 protests to preserve need-blind at Wesleyan.
But when Allen attempted to interview President Roth, he found himself caught in a bizarre confrontation with the camera still rolling. In the footage, the president walks away from Allen, turns around, insists that “there has been a lot of transparency,” pushes his face close to the camera, grabs Allen’s microphone, grins, continues walking, confronts a police officer, explains the situation, and is asked to return the microphone. (That is not a sentence I ever expected to publish on this blog.) My personal favorite exchange is probably “You have to give that back.” “I don‘t have to!”, but the part where Roth sticks his head into the lens is slightly more conducive to meme-tastic GIFs.
The footage aired towards the end of Democracy Now!’s program this morning. You can also watch it on YouTube (above) as a stand-alone segment. Here’s the full transcript, as narrated by DN! host Amy Goodman:
“We don’t care how much you earn! Everyone deserves to learn!”
When we first reported on definite changes to Wesleyan’s need-blind policy, I marveled at the lack of student protest or even discussion on campus compared to the events of 1992. “This is not the first time that the administration has proposed axing need-blind admissions to cope with a budgetary crisis,” I wrote. “This is merely the first time in recent Wesleyan history that students have permitted the decision to go forward.”
Around 3 P.M. today, between the third and fourth quarter of the Homecoming football game against Amherst, a shouting band of roughly 45 or 50 student activists swarmed the sidelines nearest Foss chanting and carrying a red-and-black banner proclaiming “DIVER$ITY UNIVER$ITY?” Beginning outside Fayerweather and marching across towards Olin, the group chanted “We don’t care how much you earn! Everyone deserves to learn!” in support of need-blind admissions.
Disclaimer: our bloggers have never liveblogged a, err, umm, sporting event before.
Welcome to Homecoming/Family Weekend 2012! Wesleying will be liveblogging the Amherst vs. Wesleyan sports game. Our reporters inform us the sport is the game of football. According to the Hartford Courant, Wesleyan’s football team is undefeated 4-0 for the first time since 1998. This is a big deal! “”Amherst has been in big games before and you know those kids aren’t going to get rattled,” Coach Whalen told the Courant. “They have the experience factor, but we have a lot of kids who have continued to make plays.”
In collaboration with WesPregame, we’ll also be livestreaming the action after the jump. You can follow their webcast online here, or just click past the jump. (The livestream will load automatically.)
Read more to see the livefeed, liveblog updates, and photos.
If you missed Wesleyan Football’s home game against Hamilton College this past Saturday (it was pretty overcast and rainy), you can check out this highlight reel of the game. The Cardinals won 34-14, crushing Hamilton in an epic second half where they came back from the 7-6 deficit. New running back Kyle Gibson ’15was named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his impressive 244 rushing yards on 35 carries. He also scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. You can read more about it here.
For those of you who would prefer to watch the highlights instead of reading about them, definitely check out the video; it was produced by WesPregame, a service that connects students, parents, and alumni with athletics on campus. They have a live show every Monday night at 9PM. You can find out more about WesPregame (and follow more sports!) at WesPregame’s Facebook and Twitter.
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Did you used to work at a food bank in high school? Or maybe you were interested in public policy debate? It doesn’t really matter. Join Pep Band!
Wesleyan’s most fertile pep band, are looking for instrumentalists (especially percussion and low brass). No previous experience required, just show up ready to play and hurl insults at referees. If you’re interested, attend their first meeting , or e-mail us at sggreene(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or cmaclean(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Go Wes!
Date: Sat., Sept. 15 Time: 3:00 PM Place: Usdan MPR (Basement- down the stairs near the ATM and down the hallway to the left)
The situation: as early as 2009, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo publicly supported gay marriage in a Huffington Post op-ed, and has consistently spoken out in favor of same-sex marriage, including speaking out in favor of Maryland ballot initiatives granting same-sex marriage twice (links here and here).
In response, Democratic Maryland state legislator Emmett C. Burns, Jr. sent this letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on August 29, 2012, stating that he finds it “inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo, would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically, as a Raven football player.” The succinct letter goes on to state that such a view “has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement.” Key is the final paragraph, visible past the jump: