“so with Roth it was like there was this new fresh face that seemed to have more empathy? LIKE OBAMA [jk?]”
A photoshop gem from the Sheek era
This is part of our series of Wesleyingiversary interviews. You can find the rest here.
Continuing the ultra-niche content stream of histories of a campus life blog centered around a small liberal arts college in central Connecticut, I caught up with Sheek who ran the site from the founders‘ exit to the Spring of 2010. Sheek crafted a remarkable 999 posts for the greater consumption of Wesleyan Internetters. He once stated that the “agility and catlike reflexes” of Wesleying gives it an edge in the oh-so-amorphous campus media realm.
Anyway, we talked about the blog, Michael Roth being similar to Obama, and the shooting at Broad Street Books that rocked campus in the Spring of 2009, and is likely still a sobering memory for many current faculty and staff who were on campus at that time. More past the jump:
“Got this dank shit from Colorado over break. It’s pretty chill. Can I borrow your baseball mask though? I need to send my mom a selfie”
Incoming class of 2020, you are not worthy. Well into the cyborg age, we are all not worthy. We could never be cool enough to be photographed in sepia. Never. Wes used to be worthy. To see this, one only needs to journey up to the 3A stacks and check out Olla Podrida, Wesleyan’s old yearbook that was discontinued after 147 years in 2009 because I guess people stopped buying them during the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Basically, I was bored and did exactly this. And oh lordt was I rewarded. I was so inspired that I “couldn’t even.” What I could do though was add historically irrelevant captions to every single one of my fave photos from Olla Podrida and compile them into this post for a target audience of #millenial #weskids. Also, found a photo from the 1978 yearbook and we def think it’s Michael Roth ’78 so that’s cool. SEE THE GALLERY:
Or well, you chose it in a poll that we hosted a while back. Here it is, Michael Roth ’78, President of Wesleyan University, in a parallel universe where Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video has multiple Roth dancers.
Sarah Small ’18 wrote a powerful piece on her blog Hapaholla about Roth’s email regarding the Is This Why demands (which you can read here), and she’s given us permission to share it below. If any other students are interested in sharing their thoughts on Wesleying, feel free to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
Small’s piece is after the jump.
This past Wednesday, students of color at Wesleyan released a list of demands to President Roth to address the University’s failure in combating racism and inequity on campus. The demands can be found on IsThisWhy.com here.
Just now, Roth sent an all-campus email about meeting the demands. His email can be found after the jump (note: It’s very long).
Update (11/21/2015, 3:24pm): The students of color who organized the Is This Why movement released a statement responding to Roth’s email on their website. It reads:
The #IsThisWhy movement demanded written statements from the President of Wesleyan University, Michael Roth, and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer, Antonio Farias within 48 hours. Michael Roth has responded within our timeline, but Antonio Farias has failed to do so. President Roth’s response proved him incapable of addressing exactly how the university has neglected each marginalized community on campus both in the past and in the present, and in doing so, he failed to produce a detailed action plan committing to the demands set forth by the #IsThisWhy organizers.
This campus cannot function without the intellectual and emotional labor of Students of Color. As promised, we will be taking further action. We will be demanding more.
We know our power.
we weren’t sure what picture of roth to use so here is an older one from 2009 that we dug out of our media archive. this is just a placeholder until i take a picture of the actual setup in the chapel, okay
Dasha, astag_rocky, and I are here in the Memorial Chapel for the first annual State of the School address! This is mostly a production of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, but we are co-sponsoring it with The Ankh and The Argus.
The format is as follows: the WSA will have a five-minute introduction, then Pres. Michael Roth will speak freely for 20 minutes. The following hour is all Q&A, with the questions having been submitted throughout the past week. After Q&A, the moderators will offer final thoughts and encourage you to eat ice cream and attend the following student-only debrief, which will happen from 9:30-10:30. Out of respect for its student-only nature as well as its role as a safe space, we won’t be liveblogging the debrief.
Tonight’s address will be moderated by Henry Vansant ’18 from the WSA, Hailey Broughton-Jones ’18 from The Ankh, and Jess Zalph ’16 from The Argus. There will be paper in the chapel for people who have questions in real time and members of the WSA will also be monitoring their twitter (@wsanews) for any relevant and pressing questions.
If you still have questions when this event and this liveblog are over, the WSA will also be sending out a form for you to submit questions to the Board of Trustees, who meet on campus this weekend. We’ll keep this post updated with info about that as we get it.
Hey. Are you going to the first State of the School this Wednesday from 8-9:30 PM? Do you have a question, or multiple questions, for Pres. Michael Roth about this here university?
The Wesleyan Student Assembly asked us to help out with President Roth’s first address to the student body, which means that we’re taking your questions! During the Q&A section of the address, moderators from The Ankh, The Argus, and the WSA be asking some previously submitted questions from all of you and I’ll be liveblogging the event.
If you have any questions in real time, the WSA will be monitoring their twitter (@wsanews) for questions to pass up to the mods. (I’ll also be monitoring our twitter (@wesleying), but not that much.) Likewise, during the address, there will be paper for you to write any questions you may have. Bring your laptop or your phone or a writing utensil!
To submit your question(s), please use this Google form! If for some reason that’s not working, send it/them in to us using our tipbox form or email us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org. Questions are due by 4 PM on Wednesday.
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.
Over time, our Tipbox fills up with lots of random website recommendations, music from alumni and other miscellaneous things that we can’t always get to right away. But we promise, we hear you. As pre-finals procrastination sets in (and in preparation for our biennial Procrastination Destination series), we put together a post of some recent Tipbox submissions for you to check out and add to your list of things you’re doing instead of studying.
If you have inside knowledge, consider submitting us some tips!
Undies in Olin, a longstanding tradition to Keep Wes Weird, was on Wesfest Friday around noon. This is what happened, according to Dasha Dubinsky ’18:
The crowd of people that showed up had been standing around for a while, and getting a bit anxious, when the first tour group walked through at about 12:30. While most of the prefrosh and parents seemed confused and unsure of themselves as they avoided eye contact, certain members of the tour group seemed happy with the turn of events. Multiple people reminded everyone that this is in fact a library with screams of “I’m trying to work in here” and much shushing.
Not long after the first tour group walked by, two more also went through with similar reactions. Most memorable was one prefrosh and her mom running through the hall to avoid looking at all the half-naked college students.
After all three of the tour groups left, everyone cheered and erupted into the Wesleyan Fight Song. It was one of the most Wesleyan moments I’ve experienced here and the bond that I felt with everyone else in the library that day was amazing.