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RIP, Tufts Naked Quad Run

“Even if I did not act now, [Naked Quad Run] would end some day. The only question is whether a student has to die first.”

For a school once known for naked parties, Wesleyan has been rather quiet lately. Ever since the administration shut down Art House (the annual party’s now defunct venue), wes may or may not be living up to its mention in this Wikipedia article.

Elsewhere, university administrators are cracking down on naked celebrations: at Yale and now Tufts, where President Lawrence Bacow recently banned the Naked Quad Run, an annual pre-Finals Week tradition dating back to 1970. (In previous years, NQR participators have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning, as well as broken limbs. Think of it like TDF, but naked.) As President Bacow wrote in an op-ed last spring,

“Given that we can no longer manage the run, we cannot allow this ‘tradition’ to continue,” Bacow said in the op-ed. “Even if I did not act now, NQR would end some day. The only question is whether a student has to die first. We cannot allow this to happen, and the Naked Quad Run will not continue.”

Naked run participants were threatened with a full-semester suspension. Without a WesParty Guy to save the day, Tufts students took matters into their own hands: they held an “Excessively Overdressed Quad Stroll”:

Ex-Amherst Prez, Former Wesleyan Student Marx Arrested for Drunk Driving

Finally, news that can make Wesleyan, Yale, and Amherst look bad all at the same time. Anthony Marx [’81, almost], a former Wesleyan student who transferred to Yale after two years and served as Amherst’s 18th president until earlier this year, was arrested this Sunday on drunk-driving charges “after the library-owned car he was driving backed into a parked vehicle in Upper Manhattan.” The kicker: Marx is currently president of the New York Public Library. And he was driving a library owned car. And his blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal driving limit. And, oh, it was 3 pm on a Sunday afternoon:

According to the complaint, Mr. Marx was driving a 2009 Audi when the accident occurred in front of 10 East 138th Street around 3 p.m. on Sunday. The arresting officer, Alan Cheung, described Mr. Marx as having watery and bloodshot eyes and breath that smelled of alcohol, according to the complaint.

Mr. Marx released a statement on Monday through a library spokeswoman, Angela Montefinise, saying, “I deeply regret embarrassment caused to my family and to the New York Public Library.”

Water Polo Tournament – New England Division Championships at Wes

Ever seen a real live water polo match before? For those of you sticking around over fall break, this weekend is your chance!

This year the Wesleyan club water polo team welcomes teams from Yale, Boston College, Dartmouth, Boston University, and Middlebury to campus for the New England Division Championship Tournament.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Wesleyan has a 12:30 PM match versus Yale and a 3:30 match versus Boston University. Then Wesleyan will play in two more matches on Sunday, depending on the outcomes of those contests. Come down to the pool to support!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Time: 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Place: Wesleyan Natatorium

NESCAC NEWS: Over 50 Colby Students Facing Alcohol Charges

Police chief: “In one room they found about 18 kids and in that room was a wastebasket that they said had about a foot of vomit in it.”

Wesleying is sending its NESCAC solidarity up to postcard-perfect Waterville, ME. More than four dozen Colby students will be needing it after this bust.

In what seems like a nightmarish record in recent college history, 56 Colby students (that’s over 3% of the student body) are facing alcohol charges and on-campus discipline action after on off-campus party Saturday night. The three students living in the party venue, meanwhile—residents of an apartment at 116 Winter St, whose names I’m not including in this post—were arrested and “charged with providing a place for minors to consume.” All 56 are expected to appear Waterville District Court on December 6. As for the leak, these details from the Kennebec Journal:

The summonses were issued after an officer stopped a car on Gilman Street around 8 p.m. Saturday and the driver identified herself as a Colby student, according to [police Chief Joseph] Massey. The officer smelled alcohol on her and asked where she got it; she said she had been at the Winter Street party, Massey said. She was summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, he said.

Men’s hockey upsets top-seeded Hamilton in NESCAC Tourney

Wes men’s ice hockey got its first-ever NESCAC tournament win in a big way this afternoon, heading to Hamilton and rolling past the top-seeded Continentals 5-2. (Hamilton had gone 4-1-4 agains the NESCAC in the regular season (losing only 3-2 at Wes in the season’s second game.) Wes trailed 1-0 before the game was 90 seconds old but forged a 1-1 tie at intermission and held a 3-1 lead after two periods. Hamilton closed to within 3-2 with nine minutes left, but Wes added two goals in the last four minutes for the final.

Tom Salah ’12 (lower-left photo) had two goals, including an empty-netter with 2:37 left that iced the game. Tommy Hartnett ’14, Nik Tasiopoulos ’14, and Geoff Mucha ’12 also scored for Wes, and Matt “Hurricane” Hadge ’13 (lower-right photo) had 33 saves.

This is just the second time in NESCAC tournament history that a #8 seed has upset a top seed; the other came last spring, when men’s lax beat top-seeded Conn. College 6-5 in the NESCAC quarterfinals. (In other recent upsets, 7th-seeded men’s soccer took down second-seeded Williams 2-1 in OT last fall.)

The Cards will take on none other than second-seeded Williams in the NESCAC semifinals next Saturday, as the Ephs were the only higher-seeded team not to fall victim to an upset today. The game will likely be webcast as well. Go Wes!!

Colby Prof Resigns After Revealed as Perv

Wow, umm, I'm sure glad I go to Wes.

You now have a reason to be thankful that Wesleyan doesn’t have a J-term.  This past January, Econ professor Philip H. Brown took a bunch of students to China to “examine the economic, political, and social issues associated with China’s rapid growth.”  What these students didn’t realize (at least at first), however, was that Brown was examining the bodies of female students with a hidden surveillance camera.

According to the affidavit filed by Armstrong, the allegations surfaced on Jan. 22 when two students were writing a blog post and accidentally deleted the entry. The students attempted to retrieve the blog post from the computer’s trash bin “and found disturbing images of a fellow student.”

The student in the photo, a female, was “nude from the waist down.” […] [The medicine box] contained a First Aid kit, medicine container and black box, which Brown said “contained necessary information about the trip.” She said that during the first night in the hotel, Brown placed the containers in the bathroom “and insisted that the containers be kept in the bathroom so everybody would know where they were.”

After the female student confirmed that the photo was of her, she and other students searched the bathroom and found a surveillance camera in the black box. They reported the discovery to college officials and sent the image to Armstrong, who was able to confirm the image had come from a surveillance-type camera.

Hurricane Hadge Makes Landfall at Freeman

Another day, another enormous win for men’s ice hockey. Fresh off the first win over Middlebury in program history, Wes took down defending national champion Norwich, which entered the game ranked third in the country, 5-2, thanks in no small part to 47 saves from Matt “Hurricane” Hadge ’13 (main photo).

After a scoreless first period, Wes was outshot 18-5 in the second, but four of the Cards’ shots found the back of the net as Anthony DePietto ’11, John Guay ’13 (who had the game-winner at Middlebury), Adam Kaiser ’13, and Geoff Mucha ’12 spotted Wes a 4-0 lead at intermission. After Norwich made it 4-1 in the third, Nik Tasiopoulos ’14 answered back 13 seconds later to make it 5-1, before Norwich scored again late.

Wes has beaten Norwich only twice in program history in 18 all-time meetings, having also beaten the Cadets 4-1 in the 2006-07 season. The Cards will look to make it three straight over Vermont foes Saturday when they host St. Michael’s at 3:00.

ED I Applications up 3%

ED I 2010

Early Decision I applications for Wesleyan were due November 15th. So how’d we do? Better.  3% better.  Wesleyan received 515 applications in the ED I cycle, up from 500 last year.  Yeah, 15 isn’t the hugest increase, but a 3% increase is better than any decrease. We’ll take what we can get.

In contrast, Williams went up only 1.3% and Amherst actually experienced a loss of 5.06%, making Wesleyan’s increase the largest of the Little Three.  In the NESCAC, however, Hamilton tops it out with a 24.1% increase.  In the category of “Universities with Binding Early Admission” so far, Lafayette had the biggest gain at 56.32% and Elon had the biggest loss at 14.7%.

In his post on the Times’ The Choice blog, Jacques Steinberg (who wrote a book featuring admissions at Wesleyan) notes what makes Early Decision special:

binding early programs continue to be a lightning rod for families and counselors; an applicant who applies under such a program, and commits to attend if accepted, loses the ability to not only field financial aid offers from other colleges, but also forfeits at least some potential leverage to persuade that institution to sweeten its scholarship proposals.

The chart I’ve extracted above shows the NESCAC results with Lafayette and Elon added in.  Check out Steinberg’s post for information about other schools.

[NYT – The Choice]

Tori Redding ’13, Ruby Hernandez ’11 Named All-Americans

Field hockey goalie Tori Redding ’13 was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) second-team All-American on Monday, adding to her already impressive list of postseason accomplishments. She is the second Wes fall athlete to be named All-America so far, as volleyball libero (and WesCelebRuby Hernandez ’11 was earlier named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable-Mention All-American.

Tori had been named first-team all-NESCAC this season and was also an NFHCA New England West Region First-Team All-Star. She ranked second in the NESCAC with an .826 save percentage and had four 10-save games, including 15 in a 2-1 loss at eventual national champion Bowdoin. She finished the season with a 1.51 goals-against average and averaged 7.27 saves per game as Wesleyan went 10-5 and 5-4 in NESCAC play, its best showings in both departments since 2005 (11-5, 5-4). Tori now has six career shutouts to her credit–including 1-0 wins over Williams and Trinity this past season–and has started all 30 games over her two years here, playing all but 35 minutes in net overt those two seasons.

Ruby, who holds the school records for digs in a match (43), season (580), and career (1,933), earned her second straight AVCA Honorable-Mention All-America honor. She was named second-team all-NESCAC this fall and also received all-NESCAC honors in 2009, having been named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year following both seasons. She repeated as an AVCA all-New England selection and was chosen for the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) all-senior team. Ruby had 30 digs in a 3-1 win over Eastern Connecticut, a victory that gave head coach Gale Lackey her 450th career win.

Tori photo courtesy Brian Katten.
Ruby photo courtesy SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com.