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Huffington Post Blogger Applications

HUFFPOSTFrom Eliza Sankar-Gorton ’15:

Do you have what it takes to write for a major 21st century news outlet? Here’s your chance! Represent yourself and Wesleyan as a blogger for the Huffington Post. Liza Sankar-Gorton ’15 and Scott Ellman ’15 are Editors-at-Large for HuffPo and are looking for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to contribute to one of the most widely read news sites in the world. If you’re interested please fill out this brief questionnaire. There will be an information session in the near future. The deadline for applications is 5 PM on Monday, April 7th.

If you have any questions please email Liza (esankargorto[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Scott (shellman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).

Deadline: Monday, April 7

News Coverage Round-up: Former Student Files Lawsuit

If you have no idea what I’m referring to then you might want to read this first. Or this. Or this, or this, or this. Also this. And maybe this, too.

Anyway, the point: this story has been getting a good deal of news coverage, all the way from Wesleying and The Argus, to the Hartford Courant, to HuffPost, Salon, and more. In addition to this post on the coverage, keep an eye out for a more substantive post from pyrotechnics this weekend. Round-up with brief sketches of coverage below:


BuzzFeed is the first source to challenge some of the contentions of the lawsuit, in particular the campus identity of Beta Theta Pi as a “Rape Factory.” BuzzFeed contacted several current and former students, including our very own Zach, to inquire after the use of this particular term around campus. Some commenters on our earlier piece questioned its use, as did many quoted in the BuzzFeed article, but most do note a stigma around Beta that isn’t exactly positive. All in all, BuzzFeed seems to have done some proper research before writing, taking the time to discuss Beta’s historical image, Beta’s relationship with the University, and some of the confusion surrounding events of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Giant Joint Hits Deutschland?

Or, “Ich Bin Ein Deadhead”

So, turns out Wes isn’t the only place with a near-mythical interest in gigantic physical manifestations of marijuana culture (freshpersons: click and learn). This one’s technically a plant, all dressed up for the holidays and no place to go.  Huff Post reports today on a German man who decorated a six-foot tall marijuana plant in his home with traditional Christmas ornaments and planned to put presents under it. Unfortunately, our hero’s festive mellow was harshed pretty hardcore when policed discovered the fantastical case of Puff the Magic Christmas Tree and arrested him on drug possession charges:

“The marijuana plant had been put in a Christmas tree stand and decorated with a string of lights,” officers said in a statement, according to the AFP. “When asked, the hashish fan told the perplexed officers that he had intended to add more decorations to the ‘tree’ and place the presents under it, according to tradition.” Times Live reports that 150 grams of marijuana had been found in the man’s home in Koblenz before the tree was discovered.

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow. I’m not sure what my favorite of the many reader comments is, but for now I’ll call it a tie between “Brilliant and environmentally conscientious … using a renewable plant” and “See, Europe can be as stupid as America.” Merry Christmas, all.

[Huff Post]

Michael Roth is Probably Thankful for the Huff Post

for providing him with a blogging platform in which to expound on a brief list of things he’s thankful for. This is heartwarming. Wes-related excerpt:

Meaningful Work: I am so fortunate to work at something I really love to do. As a teacher, I see young people whose capacity for discovery and transformation is extraordinary. As someone leading a university, I marvel at how faculty and staff go beyond the call of duty to devote long hours to create a context in which students with diverse interests and backgrounds can find the best path for their own education.

Aww. We’re thankful for you too, President Roth.

Please have an appropriately academic Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for today?

Wait. Actually. Don’t answer that. Go eat. Here are some recipes I recommend.

HuffPost Spotlights Green Street Director

In keeping with its recent Greatest Person of the Day series, which each day profiles an “exceptional individual who is confronting the country’s economic and political crises with creativity, generosity, and passion,” HuffPost today spotlights Jessica Carso, Managing Director of Middletown’s own Green Street Arts Center. Founded as a Wesleyan University projected in 2005, the community-based organization makes arts education available and affordable for Middletown youth, holds community events, and employs and involves a significant handful of Wes students in the process.

Carso discusses her involvement with the organization:

Serving area students in grades 1-12, Green Street provides affordable, quality arts education, working to ignite the creative spark in young people and helping them to identify and nurture their individual talents. My work at Green Street has taught me many things, one of the most significant of which is the importance of being an advocate: an advocate for the arts, arts education, community collaboration, partnership and access to all.

Read the full profile here, and read up on GSAC’s history and mission over here.

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Roth on HuffPost: “Remember the Maine Elections”

Spoiler alert: Michael Roth doesn’t like systemized discrimination any more than you do. And he’s not afraid to say it.

In a powerful new piece on the Huffington Post, President Roth responds to Maine voters’ repeal of gay marriage this week:

When two people in love decide to tie the knot, the community around them is filled with joy and support, right? But then on Election Day the voters of Maine decreed that Joan and Mary shouldn’t be able to save the date, plan the meals, send the invitations, hire the band, and join with family and friends in affirming their commitment to one another. On Election Day, under the paranoid banner of defending marriage, the voters of Maine decided that Joan and Mary were not welcome to come with family and friends to the beautiful coastline. Maine voters would protect marriages between men and women in their state by excluding my friends who thought to bless their own union on Maine soil.

Say what you will about HuffPost, but I’m giving kudos to Roth for putting a personal face on the people who are, y’know, actually affected by gay marriage. When a state as historically progressive as Maine still can’t embrace equality, then these stories clearly aren’t being broadcast enough.

Read the whole thing here.