Wes is known for its history of activism. Rage update outlines all public activism that occurred on campus in the past academic year. It seems to have become an every other year sort of thing for us with our first article in 2014, our second in 2016, and now our third in 2018. All articles are definitely worth a read and although 2017 didn’t get an article, it was certainly a year worth remembering so I’ll leave some links to further reading in the end.
Rage update wouldn’t be complete without the words of alt, the author of our first rage update:
You’ve now arrived on campus, and we hope that you find your time here enriching and transformative. In that hope, we feel that it would be ill-advised to allow you to not have at least a foundational understanding of the things that have forced us as a community into dialogue, disagreement, and action.
This is not to scare you or to give you a negative impression of the University. However, we are certain that most if not all of you were told about the “passion” that Wesleyan students have and the issues that we care about on campus are at the forefront of those passions. While there is certainly no requirement to take an activist stance on any of these issues and it is in fact easy to sink beneath the radar on these issues and all the others not covered here, we would plead with you to be engaged in the community that you are now a part of.
Read this, ask questions, and reach out to students and faculty that have been here before you. We hope that as you begin your time here, you fully invest yourself as a community member committed to making Wesleyan as good as it can be for you and for those after you. Caring about Wesleyan does not foreclose critique on Wesleyan and as you read this, and other things like it, we hope you understand that too.
For the fifth or tenth or maybe even twentieth year in a row, hundreds of students gathered on Foss Hill at 4:20 on April 20 to submerge the Middletown skyline in a sea of smoke as potent as any since the Grateful Dead serenaded Foss in 1970. Only this time Dean Rick Culliton gave the practice a name. He called it “protesting existing marijuana laws.” Did you have a civically engaged weekend?
Leave it to students to give it a hashtag:
Once again, the weather was quite a bit friendlier to 4/20 than it’s been to Spring Fling in recent years, and members of Public Safety harshed some students’ mellow by tramping around with video cameras and stamping out joints left and right.
It’s springtime. The birds are flying, the butterflies fluttering, the trees blooming.
As usual, the trash is proliferating. In the illustrious words of Dylan Nelson ’15:
The state Foss is left in sometimes is just absurd. I’m just baffled by the amount of bottles and trash that can be strewn across it come 5:30 on a Saturday. It just irritates me to no end that people can walk away, leaving their cans and other waste sitting there. I guess people figure one can can’t hurt, but when everyone operates on the same mentality, it all adds up. No one except your fellow students will be coming up behind you to clean. It’s not very difficult to walk all of 200 feet to the garbage bins at the top of the hill. A few friends and myself picked up a vast majority of the bottles and cans left behind the other Saturday, and total it took us maybe all of twenty minutes. Not long at all to keep a central feature of Wesleyan clear of trash. Just walking around with some empty beer cases that had been left behind, filling them with empties, and then emptying them into the recycling bin at the top. That’s cleaning other peoples garbage, across the entire hill. If everyone were just aware of their own waste and dealt with it, there’d be no issue, and the responsibility of clearing it wouldn’t fall on just the people who apparently care enough to be bothered to pick up a few empties.
So before you go off to your Save-The-Whales Awareness Meeting, do something immediately helpful for the environment and clean up. Please. Foss is our communal space and should be treated as such.