This courtesy of Evan Bieder ’15:
After a brief hiatus, Need Blind Wes is back!
For those who don’t know, in 2012 Wesleyan terminated its need blind admissions policy. As a result, the socio-economic status of about 10% of applicants for the Class of 2017 played a role in their acceptance/rejection. Last year, many students pushed back against this new policy (through a banner drop, an occupation of a Board of Trustees meeting, a homecoming protest, and a number of other actions/discussions archived on the Need Blind website), but the policy was implemented nonetheless.
This discriminatory policy has already impacted Wesleyan’s socio-economic diversity. From the class of 2016 to the class of 2017 the number of students receiving financial aid decreased from 48% to 42%, the number of students receiving grant aid decreased from 44% to 37%, and the number of first generation four-year college students decreased from 16% to 13%.
From Jordan Gaynes ’14:
Interested in consulting? Wondering how you can ace the case interview? Intrigued by learning a new approach to solving problems? Participate in our case interview workshop to figure it out! Join Deloitte and the Wesleyan Consulting Group this Thursday night!
Date: Tomorrow, October 17th
Place: PAC 002
Brent Packer ’15 wants to give you fundz:
The Green Fund is flush with ca$hmoneyz and is eager to give you a bushel for your campus project.
Submit (link here) your clearly defined idea that will advance Wesleyan’s commitment to sustainability & conservation by Friday, November 15th. Feel free to reach out to any of the committee members with questions or suggestions. We’re quite charming.
When: October 15th – November 15th
How: Submit through online form
From Micaela Kaye ’16:
Come to “Does Money Buy Education?” presented by the WesDEFs! Through interactive activities and discussion we aim to raise awareness about the role money plays in education. We will look at how money is allocated in high schools as well as how money (and class) plays a role in college admissions.
Date: Wednesday, October 9th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 112
If you’ve seen a lot of festive-looking red curtains obstructing your route through Olin lately, Jennifer Hadley can explain:
The remaining books from the library book sale are still on sale Saturday evening and all day Sunday in the center part of Olin
Library, first floor (follow the blue trail). Prices: $5 per bag or box (what a bargain!), or $2 for individual hardcovers, $1 for
paperbacks, or freewill donation. Payment is on the honor system. Please put payment in the black box on the shelf outside Smith Reading Room. Enjoy the books! The remainders will be picked up Monday morning to be sold on consignment or donated to other groups.
Date: Today, May 5
Time: All day
Place: Olin Library
Cost: $1 or $2
Summary: Mark Davis ’96 from University Relations, Brett Salafia from the Investment Office, and Corey Guilmette ’13 of the Committee for Investor Responsibility all gave presentations followed by open questions. Most of the conversation centered on endowment performance, alumni participation, and the question of divestment. There was also some delicious food. Get your fill (of liveblog) after the jump.
“A Kendrick ticket alone at a normal concert is going to cost about twice this price, so it’s a good steal.”
In a move that has pissed off a few students and stunned no one, Spring Fling Committee has begun charging money for guest passes, which have been bumped from $0 to $20 faster than you can say “Cooper Union’s tuition.” The news matter-of-factly popped up on this blog last Tuesday, in a post by killofrights (who, I should disclose, is a member of Spring Fling Committee):
Guest passes for non-students are now on sale at the Usdan box office. Tickets cost $20, and there is a limit of one guest ticket per student. You can charge it right to your student account. Get ‘em while you can, because guest passes will sell out.
Readers were quick to point out that no one has ever had to pay for guest passes in previous years, a fact slyly obscured by the committee’s announcement, and besides, Spring Fling Committee is just a bunch of evil hipster goons who probably wear sunglasses indoors. Everyone knows that.
According to co-chair Dylan “Dreamhost” Bostick ’13, the committee had to go above and beyond its original budget to snag this year’s lineup.
The official theme for their capital campaign is “#THESISWHY.”
Tired of capital campaigns yet? Too bad. Making movies is expensive, and #thisiswhy thesis filmmakers Gus Vita ’13 and Dema Paxton Fofang ’13 (otherwise known as The Artist Formerly Known as Bamenda) are asking for your help in the form of a Kickstarter and an IndieGogo campaign, respectively. Vita’s asking for $3,000 and Fofang’s asking for $1,000, which comes to $4,000 total between the two of them, which still only amounts to .016% of the budget of Michael Bay ’86’s next $25 million opus (and that’s not counting the extra millions for advertising), so throw them a bone, will you? (At any rate, both of them have raised substantial funds towards their goals as of this posting—but they need more.)
You’d be right in assuming that filming is complete for both movies, so why raise money now? As Fofang explains it, “both of our projects were shot on 16mm, and the post-production process for that format is quite expensive. I’m currently spending long hours each day editing the film on a Steenbeck, and prepping for the final stages of post-production.” A cursory glance at Fofang’s own fundraising campaign reveals in detail where the money’s going: hiring a negative cutter to assemble the final cut, hiring a professional sound mixer to optimize the soundtrack, answer prints, color correction, telecine, festival distribution fees.
Wait, festival distribution fees? For real? If you donate, that means you can take credit when one of these films becomes the next Beasts of the Southern Wild and shows up on Oprah and gets problematized by The New Republic or whatever. Click past the jump for a bit more information on both films.
From Alicia Gansley ’15:
Money in Politics: A Discussion with the Roosevelt Institute and Democracy Matters
This week the Roosevelt Institute will be partnering with Democracy Matters for a discussion on campaign finance reform. Most Americans believe that the influence of big corporate money on American elections and public policy is a problem, but what is to be done about it? Is it, in fact, a problem? How do we make American elections more just, and how do we make our democracy more “by the people”?
You can learn more about the influence of money on politics at Democracy Matters
For more information, email aedavis@wes (Amy Davis from the Roosevelt Institute) and/or agansley@wes (Alicia Gansley from Democracy Matters).
Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Usdan couches
From the lovely/fiscally responsible Nicole Brenner ’15 and the WSA Student Budget Committee:
Attention Student Group Leaders,
The Student Budget Committee meeting times have changed. This change will go into effect starting next week, February 13, 2013. Meetings will no longer be held on Mondays.
The new time for Student Budget Committee meetings will be Wednesdays at 6pm.
Meeting Sign-ups will be available from 9:00am – 3:15pm on Wednesdays.
Please email sbc(at)lyris(dot)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions.
Date: Starting Wednesday, February 13th and so forth (NO MORE MONDAYS)
Place: Usdan 104D