Sometime between when the Usdan bulletin boards got cleared last night and around 11 AM when one of our editors spotted this, these posters reading “An idle administration is a failed one.” went up. It is unclear whether the administration in question is Wesleyan’s, Trump’s, or some other one, but clearly someone is upset about something. If you have any information regarding the origin or meaning of these posters, please contact us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org or via the tipbox.
[EDIT: 10/1, 1:09 pm]
We received the following anonymous tip in response to this post (cw: sexual harassment/assault, racism):
Earlier today, I received a tip from a friend that yesterday (April 23), a group of older white “protesters” were demonstrating in the 100 block of Washington Street (between High Street and Main) around 2-3PM, and were displaying signs with messages like “White America is the real America.” After I updated today’s post with that information, Wesleying received several anonymous tips confirming that there was indeed a white nationalist demonstration on Washington Street yesterday afternoon.
Those submitting the tips said that they overheard the group of white nationalist demonstrators planning an “anti affirmative action” demonstration outside of the Office of Admission at 9PM tonight. But that’s not exactly how it panned out.
According to multiple Facebook statuses and several posts on Twitter, posters like the one above appeared around campus likely sometime overnight. The posters read: “Illegal immigrants in your town? Do your part!” and figure a white woman stylized as a cartoon and present a phone number for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I’ve blocked out the number above so as to not reproduce this dangerous piece of information. According to accounts that have been circulating on social media, there are other posters around campus referencing “white genocide.”
Several people on Facebook have been calling for these posters to be removed, sharpied-out, and/or posted over by anyone who sees them. I want to reiterate these calls and say that whoever is responsible for these posters is absolute filth. In addition to bystander actions, Public Safety should be actively removing these posters around campus, as they are a threat to students and full time Middletown residents.
It is hard to say whether or not these were posted by a Wesleyan student, especially given the scope of national press coverage of Wesleyan’s sanctuary campus declarations last fall.
Early this morning, posters like the one above appeared around campus, calling out institutional protection of sexual predators. Many were removed shortly thereafter, but as of mid-morning, some remain.
The posters follow increased anger with the administration last semester for a variety of institutional failures. In particular, students and faculty alike have criticized the lack of transparency surrounding the firing of former Associate Dean of Students Scott Backer and, before that, the Title IX complaint filed by Associate Professor of Classical Studies Lauren Caldwell, which states that she was repeatedly sexually harassed by a fellow professor. Last October, more than 200 students at a town hall meeting reached consensus to push for the removal of Vice President of Equity and Inclusion Antonio Farias and University President Michael Roth from their positions at the University. That same month, over 30 professors issued a statement to the Argus, calling for independent review of sexual assault cases at the University.
Earlier today, posters appeared in Fisk calling out various facets of the Wesleyan administration, ostensibly in reaction to the recent revelations about the perpetrator status of Scott Backer. The posters call out University Relations, Michael Roth, and Antonio Farias.
Here are photos of the posters:
For you aspiring politicians or something:
Mariah Reisner ’04, MALS ‘07, Graphic Designer and Director of Samari Studios, will lead a workshop to help students create effective campaigns and event signage. Come with a sign or event poster that you’ve designed to learn how to make it eye-catching, interesting, and more effective. Open to all students (and interested faculty/staff), regardless of experience.
Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, room 114
It’s Thursday afternoon, and WSA elections are drawing to a close. You’re headed home from class, perhaps cooling off from a refreshing jaunt in the Freeman Athletic Center’s spacious main gym. Something about the air today urges you to make a difference in your community, and you resolve to exercise your right to vote immediately upon returning to your dorm. One particular candidate’s catchy slogans, likeable demeanor, and prioritization of social justice really resonate with you, and after receiving extensive campaign coverage via liveblog, you feel prepared to cast your ballot.
But wait! Don’t click that button just yet! Read this excruciatingly long, questionably serious group interview with the candidates first! MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION.
As “someone who has no connection to the WSA and can regard it with some amount of irreverent distance” according to an anonymous peer—let’s call him Zach—I was apparently well equipped to conduct this interview, although I have reason to believe vice presidential candidate Andrew Trexler ’14 knows my cousin. (Trexler and aspiring president Nicole Updegrove ’14 are running against an adorable President-VP ticket consisting of Mari Jarris ’14 and Chloe Murtagh ’15, as well as loose cannon wildcard Keith Conway ’16). Those of you brave souls who do chose to venture on past the jump may consider this interview redundant, long-winded, repetitive, and redundant, but I choose to think of it as EPIC and implore you to do the same.
- Mari and Chloe like trying new things.
- Trexler has already tried lots of things.
- Keith has a lot more friends than I do.
- Nicole has allergies.
If you cowards are discouraged by the impressive length of this interview, just think about how long it would take to conduct and transcribe it. I’m just saying. Seriously think about it. Blogging is a lot of work, but I do it because I love you. Or maybe I just thought you were cute, I don’t know.
Could this be the longest Wesleying post ever? Do I hate myself for writing it? Will you fall asleep while reading? Did I make any typos? Did one of the candidates have sexual relations with that woman? Isn’t the election, like, over already? WHERE ARE THEY?? Find out after the jump!
Last week, a bunch of folks itching to perform Rihanna for a crowd of hungry students were ejected from a palace known as Pine. This week, they make a second attempt to Rihanna their asses off, this time in full Animal House glory. From Sam Ebb ’13, who I had completely no idea blows trumpets (but am not surprised to hear at all):
You. Will. Know. Every. Song. We. Play.
Friday, AFTER Lower Dens (go!), we’re finishing what we started last weekend. We’re going all the way this time. At exactly 12:45 a.m.
Tunes will be spun starting at 12 a.m. to get you in the mood.
They thought the floor would cave in. They tried to shut us down. But you can’t stop the Haters.
Come find love in a hopeless place (? DKE). [Facebook event here.]
DATE: Friday night, Saturday WEE HOURSSS
TIME: 12am (doors), 12.45 am (show)
Who Haters in the Building are after the jump.
Surprise: it’s Finals Week (almost). Wesleying’s here to help—you procrastinate, that is. New day, new procrastinatory link, straight to the bitter end. You’re welcome. [Post ideas? Send ’em: staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.]
Today’s link is awesome, and it’s directly Wes-related. Brendan O’Connell ’08 was really into posters while at Wes. He still is—so much so, he decided to create the Wesleyan Poster Archive, a sweet new blog compiling a fantastic archive of concert posters during Brendan’s time at Wes (many of which he helped organize). Like this Dirty Projectors flier (see: right), advertising a 2005 performance by the then-obscure indie outfit in WestCo Cafe. (Each poster is accompanied by interesting tidbits relating to the show and Brendan’s recollections. Scroll your mouse over the DP poster, if you dare.)
Other highlights from the vault include this Calvin Johnson performance at Earth House (yes, that Calvin Johnson), a Dumpster Diving Workshop series, and the nonexistent (but still purportedly fantastic) Crash Doug Bennet’s House Party. (Dear alumni: please tell me more about this intriguing [non-]event. Thanks.)