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).
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 WesleyingandThe 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 frompyrotechnics 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.
Flattering: Huff Post has placed Wesleyan at number seven on its list of the nation’s best dressed colleges, accompanied by a Method Magazine photo from—wait, is that Zelnick? Anyone know the occasion? A “Party on Fountain” outtake still?
Embarrassing: The attached blurb reads like a 60-words-or-less Idiot’s Guide to Wes-in-the-News Clichés. No, Wesleying Is Not Making This Up:
“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.
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?
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.
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.