If, in the midst of enjoying your spring break (or laboring away on your thesis…), you find yourself wondering what Wes was like 138 years ago, never fear. I checked out the March 11, 1876 issue of the Argus and found a variety of interesting, amusing, and/or bizarre tidbits.
Unless you shut yourself off from the world this past week, you probably read, or at least heard mention of, The Atlantic’s feature story on fraternities and their dangers, which highlighted Wesleyan University and Beta Theta Pi. The article explores the role of fraternities on campuses, especially in the crafting of party culture and the rise of sexual assault. The article is long, but well worth the read, and has reopened space for dialogue on these issues.
After Homecoming weekend’s attempt to chalk peacefully ended in a much-talked-about altercation, Wesleyan students tried once more to get their voices heard… er, seen. On Friday, October 26th, a group of students organized a massive legal chalk-in on Church Street in front of Exley Science Center. The event’s legality was its key component: the sidewalks outside of Exley are owned by the city and not the university, and students had made proper contacts with the city government to confirm that chalking students would not receive punitive action.
Starting mid-afternoon, students were marking up the sidewalks with crates of chalk provided by the UOC. The operation centered around the main Exley entrance, but student designs quickly filled sidewalks up to the intersection of Church and Pine, down past Shanklin Hall, and the sidewalks in front of Olin on the opposite side of the street.
What was on the sidewalks? Photos, videos, and more after the jump…
“We believe it is is not ethically responsible at this time for us as alumni to financially support an institution that is not willing to properly ensure the safety and respect of its student body.”
Confirming reports from Homecoming Weekend that a significant number of alumni are aware of and unhappy about recent campus controversies surrounding sexual assault and need-blind admissions, Wesleying received the following letter from members of the class of 2010. The note has been circulating via email among recent alums. In it, Anonymous ’10 expresses “serious concerns regarding two recent, unsettling missteps taken by Wesleyan University” and asks hir classmates to pledge not to donate. No doubt this suggestion will be controversial on campus (particularly in the arena of need-blind, where Wesleyan’s meager alumni giving rate is especially pertinent). No doubt it will also grab attention.
Some alumni have already defended their unwillingness to donate in the comments section of recent posts. Wesleying is interested in following up with a longer feature. If you’re an alumnus who won’t donate to the school and want to talk about it—or a caller for Red & Black—please contact us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
Here’s the letter:
Last month the New Yorker “Cartoon Lounge” blog poked fun at Das Racist’s Wesleyan roots in a facetious analysis of “Pizza Hut Taco Bell”.
Well, DR’s Victor Vazquez ’08 was not amused. Or, was amused enough to challenge cartoonist Farley Katz to a cartoon duel:
Dear Farley Katz,
While I appreciate you taking the time to blog about our viral art-rap song, I’m sorry to say your journalistic approach lacked vigor. When referring to our alma mater, you mentioned “the dean of Wesleyan’s twin monocles,” when it is a highly-publicized fact that Dean Charles Peyton Randolph Cottonbaron has three monocles. I have no idea how this got past the fact checkers. This is lazy journalism, pure and simple. I notice you’re a cartoonist and a gentleman with a history of dueling. I challenge you to a cartoon-off.
The challenge? Each combatant drew a day in the life of a rapper, a day in the life of a cartoonist, and a futuristic utopia where racism does not exist.
You be the judge:
A film about the tragic story of Vincent Chin; blamed for causing Caucasian-American job-losses and murdered for his race, the story of Vincent Chin is just one example of many horrible acts of racism in America. Watch Curtis Chin’s film on the incident and engage in a conversation about the struggle of racism in America, with the producer.
Date: Friday, October 31
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: Shanklin 107
The serendipitously named town of Obama, in the Fukui Prefecture of Japan, is throwing its support behind our homonymous presidential candidate:
Which is a nice gesture, especially when his opponent’s campaign is fueled by sentiments like these in our own country:
Yesterday at lunch, there was a student protest that was declared to be a “response to the Sean Bell verdict, its public reception, and its relation to past racist events that have occurred on campus with Public Safety, Middletown Police, the Ride, and the student body.”
Are you angry about yesterday’s protest and frustrated you couldn’t walk up the stairs easily to get lunch? Furious at our so-called justice system for acquitting murderers? In support of police relying on their own judgement no matter what? Do you think the Sean Bell verdict has racist implications that extend beyond itself and even to the Wesleyan campus?
Regardless of the views or opinions that you have, Stephanie Quainoo ’10 invites you to attend a forum being held to “discuss the issues of the case, the reactions to the protest and to answer any questions regarding those events on campus cited on the platform of the protesters. This is important as we would like all members of the student body to come together to engage each other in a constructive dialogue that will allow us to build a safe community at Wesleyan through much-needed debate and discourse.”
When: Tonight, Tuesday May 6, at 7 pm
Where: Fauver Frosh Lounge
Yum: Food and refreshments will be provided.
For those of you who haven’t heard, there has been tremendous controversy surrounding the recent acquittal of the three cops involved in the death of Sean Bell, an innocent black man who was to be married the next day – read the NYTimes summary of the events to get caught up. The incident has been labeled an act of police brutality and an act of racism by many activists.
Stephanie Quainoo ’10 sends us some info about a Wesleyan student reaction, to take place tomorrow during lunchtime:
On Monday, May 5, 2008 at 12 pm we will be taking a course of action in response to the Sean Bell verdict, its public reception, and its relation to past racist events that have occurred on campus with Public Safety, Middletown Police, the Ride, and the student body. This event will occur at Usdan and we encourage everyone to participate! We need people to help put up fliers, hand out info cards and most importantly, filling up the main staircase to the Marketplace at noon! After our protest at Usdan, we will be marching to the Public Safety office to bring attention to our demands. Your physical presence is paramount to our success, so if you are interested, please wear all black and join us tomorrow!
If you have any questions, join the facebook group here (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17019604531) and message one of the admins.
What: Student reaction to the acquittal of the cops who killed Sean Bell
When: Monday (TODAY) at noon
A panel discussion with Wesleyan alums and faculty, about U.S. immigration policy:
(Broken) Promises: Asian Americans and the Face of US ImmigrationDaphne Kwok ’84 is the executive director of the Angel Island Foundation and will speak about some of the issues behind the recent push for comprehensive immigration reform. Indira Karamcheti, professor of English and American Studies, will be speaking about the role of South Asians and US immigration. Eric Byler ’94 is a filmmaker (“Charlotte Sometimes”; “Americanese”) and has been documenting the struggle over anti-immigrant legislation in Prince William County, Virginia.
Place: Usdan 108
Check out part of Eric Byler’s documentary, featuring a bigot trying to explain to protesters why they should learn to speak thamselves some English: