Last semester, students campaigned against Eclectic’s history of enabling racism and sexual violence with images like this.
NOTE: Updates are provided at the bottom of the post.
Thursday night, we received knowledge that Fran Koerting, Director of Reslife has reached out to the residents of Music House offering the program house the space of 200 High Street, home to Eclectic Society since 1906, for the 2016-2017 academic year. Koerting confirmed this at 12:15PM today and said that an announcement email will be sent around early this afternoon.
The residents of Music House, after discussion, decided that they would accept Reslife’s offer for the space, which the University has owned since the 1970s when Eclectic alumni sold the house to Wesleyan for $1. When asked about offering the space of 200 High Street, Fran Koerting stated:
Following the University’s placement of the Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon on probationary housing status for the rest of 2015, as well as banning all social activities at the fraternity, and Psi U’s Wespeak in January announcing their plan for coeducation, the fraternity’s program housing status has been suspended for the entire 2015-2016 academic year, according to an all campus email sent this afternoon by President Roth and Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley. In addition, the property has been deemed off limits to Wesleyan students for the duration of the suspension, similar to the sanctions placed on Beta Theta Pi last fall.
Psi U was the only remaining single-sex frat on campus whose national chapter allowed co-education, and the fraternity concluded its first co-ed rush at the end of the school year, with plans to fully co-educate by the three year timeline President Roth set in September. We will update with more info as it comes in.
This afternoon, the Argus broke the story that the Wesleyan chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon is planning to sue the university for discrimination and deceptive practices. The suit, brought by DKE in collaboration with their alumni chapter, the Kent Literary Club, and two Wes sophomores, details DKE’s interactions with the university since the co-education decision of last September before making charges associated with DKE’s recent loss of program house status for the 2015-2016 school year. After the jump are excerpts from DKE’s press release, courtesy of the Argus; statements from a Wesleyan spokesperson, and a brief summary of the lawsuit.
In a Wespeak published in the Argus today, the Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon announced its plans to hold its first co-ed rush on February 7th. It’s the first residential frat on campus to become co-ed after the Board of Trustees and President Roth announced in September that all residential frats must become fully-coed in the next three years. This decision was alongside other hard stances the administration took on fraternities last semester, including suspending Psi U from all social activities this year, prohibiting freshmen from pledging, and making Beta off limits to students. Psi U is the only single-sex frat on campus whose national chapter allows co-education, which allows them to make this move more easily than DKE or Beta.
We’ll update with more info as it comes in, but the real question here is, will you rush?
Here’s the full Wespeak:
Guys, here’s the deal. We’re all feeling really old again because 2014 is over now, and that’s what happens each time you celebrate another year having come and gone. But before we can settle into 2015, which a previous year tried to warn us about (????), it’s time for your annual Wesleying Year in Review. Frosh writers astag_rocky, Caro, and Jackson put together the ten biggest moments on campus (#tbt style), links to relevant Wesleying posts that help you brush up on each of those topics, and lots of fun honorable mentions.
Some really weird, interesting, amazing, magical stuff happens at Wes, and this post serves to remind us to take those memories with us as we go forward. (Looking at you, “New Year, New Me” people.)
Now, a disclaimer: Not everything that happened this year is covered because even with help, frosh only get some of the things right some of the times. Feel free to leave your personal favorite/weirdest/coolest Wesleyan moments in the comment section. Also, note that the events that do get covered are not placed in any particular order of importance or severity.
Read after the jump to see who wore it best.
c/o Rosy Capron
It’s not just radical student groups who can use banner drops for activism. Two large banners were hung outside of DKE today, promoting a pro-fraternity message: “Frats Not Fiction” and “276 High Street: DKE Owned/Operated For 147 Years…And Counting”.
It is not clear if this was done by current students or perhaps returning alumni. Either way, it is clearly timed to get attention during Homecoming, when there are many alumni, though not necessarily a whole lot of students, on campus.
In addition to these signs hanging from DKE, a small plane flew over the football field during the Homecoming game, carrying a banner that read “Wes Picks Our Bros? Fascism. Look it up.”
Safety of fraternity spaces on campus, relative to other spaces:
19% say fraternity spaces are safer
31% say fraternity spaces are equally safe
47% say fraternity spaces are less safe
On April 18, the WSA sent out an all-campus email asking for student opinions about Greek life, safety, and gender equality. From April 18 to April 21, the WSA collected data. Within that time, there were 796 responses, which were close to representative of campus in terms of gender, class year, and Greek membership. A comprehensive breakdown of the survey are available here, on the WSA blog. The full set of survey results, complete with the number of people who answered each question and the questions asked, is available here: Sexual Assault and Greek Life Survey Results.
While I will be posting an FAQ post explaining Resolution B and the related resolutions later today, a few interesting excerpts of this right now, presented without comment:
From Marjahn Finlayson ’15:
The brothers of Psi U would like to invite you over for dinner. The ladies and gentlemen of Women of Color House and Womanist House would like to dine and discuss women and Greek life at Wes.
Why not join the conversation?
Come to Psi U on Tuesday to talk women, fraternities and Greek life in general. How can we make women feel safer in frat houses?
Date: Tuesday, October 8
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: Psi U
No, not Weiner. Beta Theta Pi has formally signed Wesleyan’s revised housing policy and will rejoin the university in the fall as an on-campus program house. This concludes a year of particularly icy Beta–administration relations—culminating last February with the announcement of a housing policy widely interpreted as a threat to student liberties. Time, how it flies.
Here’s the announcement in full:
We are pleased to announce that Beta Theta Pi, 184 High Street, has agreed to join Alpha Delta Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and Psi Upsilon as participants in program housing beginning this fall. As such, Beta has been formally recognized by the University.
The agreement, that all of the historic Greek houses have recently signed, clearly outlines expectations for both residents and for University officials.