It’s 4/20 and WesFest is over! Here’s what happened when I tried to find out why.
Scenes from WesFest 2009, which narrowly avoided falling on 4/20.
Why is this WesFest different from all other WesFests?
The answer is so obvious you may not have realized it: WesFest began on a Wednesday rather than a Thursday this year and, as per the official schedule, it’s now over. But the weekend is only getting started! What gives?
The issue first came to my attention way back in November, when the Office of Admissions tried pushing WesFest to a Mon-Tues-Wed format and some WSA members registered their discontent. Noticing that 4/20 falls this year on the third Saturday of April (traditionally the last day of WesFest), the reasoning seemed pretty obvious:
As Dean Culliton reminded us yesterday, it’s no secret that the powers that be are a little squeamish about traditional 4/20 proceedings. Add prefrosh to the mix, and it’s an entirely new crisis. This story is well recounted in Jacques Steinberg’s The Gatekeepers, when a student is waitlisted after writing her college essay about getting caught with a weed brownie in high school; she subsequently visits Wesleyan on April 20, 2000, and feels stung by the hypocrisy of it all. The most recent time WesFest fell on 4/20 was 2008, when Director of ResLife Fran Koerting was quoted in the Argus as saying that Admissions would not let the two holidays overlap again. Apparently the problem was that if students were smoking marijuana on Foss Hill, prefrosh might think that “anything goes on here”:
Want to be a totally famous celebrity in the Class of 2017 Facebook group? (I’m not kidding. Just ask BZOD about his experience.) (Well, you can’t because he’s currently somewhere between Quito and Hartford.) Elisa Cardona—or The Artist Formerly Known as Elisa Del Valle—has got the perfect opportunity for you:
The Orientation Program is seeking four interns to assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for the incoming Class of 2017 and the new transfer, exchange, & visiting students. Interns plan both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO) with position responsibilities varying based on specific assignments. As an intern, you will work with professional staff in creating interesting, informative programs and activities for new students.
The internship will be June 3 – September 1, 2013. Compensation is $8.25/hour plus on-campus housing. Interns will work 35 hours/week.
Click here toapply online
Applications are due by February 1st at 5:00 p.m. Students who will be returning to Wesleyan in Fall 2013 are eligible to apply. Selected candidates will be interviewed mid-February and notified before spring break. If you have questions, contact Elisa Cardona (ecardona@wes).
Deadline: February 1 (hey, that’s Big Boi’s birthday)
UOC organizational meeting spurs student group, online statement, brief meeting with Roth, tweet from Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02.
When I broke the news that Wesleyan’s trustees are preparing to alter need-blind admissions practices in the coming budget, I pointed to the 1992 Need-Blind North College Occupation and remarked that Wes students are no longer taking an active voice in the University’s financial aid practices. I spoke too soon.
About 35 students and recent alums met in the University Organizing Center yesterday afternoon to express concerns—in short, to discuss what the 100% need-blind policy is at present, what the shift means for Wesleyan’s fiscal practices, how students should respond and confront the administration (meetings, chalking, and manifestos, oh my), and why the history of need-blind activism at Wes remains significant. For more extensive notes on the meeting or how you can get involved, contact my esteemed colleague A-Batte at abatte(at)wes or Evan Weber ’13 at eweber(at)wes. What follows is a brief rundown on student actions so far (disclosure: this blogger is directly involved) and additional viewpoints. Feel free to comment with suggestions, critiques, or incoherent streams of profanity—but for a more substantial digital discussion of Wesleyan fiscal practices present and future, do consult the comment thread in the original post.