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Queer Community Open Forum

From José Luis Sánchez ’18:queercommunityforum

We want to hear what you envision the Wesleyan queer community to look like for the 2016-2017 school year. We want to know your expectations and concerns. Queer spaces? Queer parties? Queer events? Come discuss–there will be snacks.

Creating a safe and supportive queer community at Wes requires that we all work together so please invite your friends!

There will be snacks.

Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 6:30 Pm – 8:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311

OPEN FORUM: Middletown Detention Center

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A very important open forum notice from Ashe Kilbourne ’14:

Decarcerate CT (link here) is organizing an open forum to discuss the new juvenile women’s locked detention center being built in Middletown (article here).

Community members and Middletown students are invited to come to the Malcolm X House basement at 5:30 this Thursday to listen to community organizers talk about prison abolition activism in Connecticut and to discuss organizing against the new facility and the expansion of the prison system in our state.

 

Date: Thursday, March 27th
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Malcolm X Basement
Cost: a raising of your consciousness

Concert Committee Forum

The inestimable Chelsie Green ’14 invites you to an open forum at which many topics will be addressed, none of which will be booking Spring Fling:

Concert Committee is holding a forum this Thursday for anyone looking to voice concerns, suggestions, or comments relating to CC’s operation this year. If you can’t make it, feel free to email me at chelsietgreen(at)gmail(dot)com with anything you’d like to let us know.

Date: Today, May 2
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Cost: None

Liveblog: Public Safety External Review Student Session

Have thoughts about recent incidents involving P-Safe? Head to the Daniel Family Commons right now.

As ehc reported less than half an hour ago, two Public Safety officers have just been reported and fired for apparently viewing and possibly videotaping a female student in her residence. This follows on a long chain of recent incidents involving and sparking tensions between students and Public Safety officers this academic year.

Meanwhile, the administration has hired a University Public Safety Review Committee for an independent review of P-Safe at Wesleyan. According to a recent email from Vice President for Finance and Administration John Meerts, “The assessment will explore whether the Office of Public Safety has adopted and implemented an appropriate campus public safety model, based on our environment and campus expectations.” The reviewer is Margolis Healy, a “nationally reputable firm that specializes in campus safety and security” that has “provided similar services for dozens of other universities and colleges throughout North America.”

If you’re a Wesleyan student, “you are cordially invited to meet with Margolis Healy representatives to share any thoughts or questions you might have about Public Safety at Wesleyan in an open student session to be held on April 30 from 7–8 p.m. in the Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Center.” You read correctly: that’s happening right now. Talk about timing. In case you can’t make it, Lesanjuan, Solomon, and I will be liveblogging the proceedings. Click past the jump.

Liveblog: Open Forum on the Endowment

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.

Bookstore Relocation Forum Follow-Up: Photos, Video Statements, and More

Ed Thorndike ’89: “Closing is not something that we view as an option.”

Yesterday I liveblogged an open community forum in PAC 001 regarding the proposed Washington Street commercial development and Wesleyan bookstore relocation. Considering recent controversy, I expected to hear some forceful arguments from community members. My expectations were exceeded. If you missed the 90-minute discussion, a quick glance at the liveblog coverage might hint at the passion with which students, faculty, alumni, and Middletown residents spoke out against the proposal. Some of the major complaints addressed traffic concerns, Washington Street safety, threats to local businesses, whether or not downtown really needs national chains, disregard for historic structures, permanent changes to zoning laws, Red & Black Cafe, skepticism towards the developers’ stated desire for “linkage” and “community,” and, ultimately, the character of downtown Middletown itself. Succinctly put, there’s a lot wrapped up in this proposal.

Inspired by many of the voices expressed at the forum, I stuck around afterwards to interview a few of the more outspoken community members. Some brief video statements appear past the jump. They feature two Wesleyan alumni (both of whom live and work in Middletown) and one current professor.

If my reporting seems one-sided—admittedly, I’m no fan of the proposal myself—it’s worth clarifying that of the 150 or more attendees at this forum, not one spoke up in favor of the development. Nobody seemed to like the idea. Nobody seemed to believe it will provide the “linkage” and “community engagement” it’s supposed to offer.

Roth at the WSA Tonight

Meeting with President RothFrom the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA):

Please join us on Sunday for our weekly General Assembly meeting, guest-starring President Michael Roth. President Roth traditionally joins us the weekend of a meeting of the Board of Trustees, such as this one. As always, all students are welcome to come participate in the conversation.

Note that this meeting will start at 6:00PM, not 7:00PM as the WSA General Assembly usually meets, in order to accomodate President Roth.

Date: TODAY, Sunday, November 16, 2012
Time: 6:00PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 114

Facebook event here.