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BREAKING: #AFAMisWhy is Marching on Wesleyan

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Beginning at noon today from the Science Library, students have been marching across campus in protest of the administration’s lack of support for African American Studies. This comes at the heels of a massive petition campaign, where other members of the Wesleyan community were encouraged to add their names to a resolution calling for the Provost to prioritize faculty hires in AFAM, to fill the empty lines that are in AFAM currently, as well as demanding a response from President Roth or Provost Ruth Striegel Weissman.

This resolution previously passed the Wesleyan Student Assembly on May 4th, when the WSA decided to suspend their bylaws (in which they are not allowed to vote on a resolution introduced that same day) to vote on the resolution the day of. The resolution passed unanimously and within a week’s time, has garnered over 850 additional signatures from the community.

The March today, entitled “March on Wesleyan,” moved from SciLi into Olin, then across Foss, through Admissions and Usdan, then through North College and ending at South College. Along the way, everyone chanted various phrases, as well as singing the following version of the fight song:

“Wesleyan Thinks Big” Good To Go Post-Spring Break

Last November, I posted on this event voting thing that was going around Facebook. It was called “Best Professors at Wes,” and it was a space that offered the creation of an academic wish list.

The Facebook event, now closed, asked the question: Which Wesleyan Professors would you like to see speak in a ten-minute TED-talk style arena?

Yesterday, following almost four months of quiet, the lineup has been revealed:

Mary-Jane Rubenstein: “Asceticosmologies: Modern Science as Religious Practice”
Matthew Kurtz: “Nature vs. Nurture: the Example of Psychosis”
Richard “Richie” Adelstein: “States without Romance”
Leah Wright: “The Death of Affirmative Action: Rethinking the Debate”
John Finn: “Poor Joshua: Private Space & The Constitution”
Jeanine “Badass” Basinger: TBD

Featuring President Roth as emcee, ready to drop sick beats. (Ten bucks if he beatboxes)

It is set to take place on Thursday, March 29th, from 8.00pm-9.30pm, at the Memorial Chapel.

Tickets will be FREE and available in Usdan during all mealtimes, starting March 26th. If you’re so inclined, you can also friggin’ reserve a ticket online. Hit up the Facebook event here.

Now, why am I posting about this event so damn early?

Simple: given the size of the Chapel, and given my caffeine-filled experience lining up for Scalia, I’m trying to give the organizers a clearer picture of whether they need to involve simultaneous video-casting, or if they need to move the event to a bigger location if interest and demand is high enough. So, if you’re totally into this event, RESERVE A TICKET NOW so that they can rack up the numbers and know where they stand.