This afternoon, the Argus broke the story that the Wesleyan chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon is planning to sue the university for discrimination and deceptive practices. The suit, brought by DKE in collaboration with their alumni chapter, the Kent Literary Club, and two Wes sophomores, details DKE’s interactions with the university since the co-education decision of last September before making charges associated with DKE’s recent loss of program house status for the 2015-2016 school year. After the jump are excerpts from DKE’s press release, courtesy of the Argus; statements from a Wesleyan spokesperson, and a brief summary of the lawsuit.
In case you missed it, Daniel Handler ‘92 (aka Lemony Snicket) came to Wesleyan last week to speak in promotion of his new novel We Are Pirates. Handler’s visit has been covered by multiple campus publications, and the discord surrounding his visit, in other words, the racist joke he made last year when he was presenting the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature to Jacqueline Woodson, has been dissected endlessly by the press and members of the Wesleyan community. This includes Sonya Bessalel’s ’18 measured and nuanced defense of Handler in this week’s edition of The Argus (seriously go read it).
Provided here are selected questions from Handler’s Wesleying interview with astag_rocky before his lecture in the Chapel (scroll down for these). In addition, we will share one tense moment from a meeting Handler attended with students at Downey House earlier that day:
From Gwendolyn Rosen ’15:
Wesleyan’s student-run newspaper, The Argus, is looking for a new Business Manager. Not only is it a great opportunity to develop your finance, management, communication, and organizational skills, but it is a paid position and you get to hang out with the wonderful members of The Argus. The new manager will be briefly trained and then expected to take on the position independently in the spring.
The role includes:
- Planning semesterly budgets
- Submitting budget proposals to the SBC
- Meeting with the WSA to review Argus finances
- Communicating with the Argus production staff
- Managing weekly timeclock submissions
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Andrew Hove (ahove(at)wesleyan(dot)edu), Rebecca Seidel (rseidel(at)wesleyan(dot)edu), and Gwen Rosen (grosen(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) with a few sentences describing why you are qualified for the position.
As you may know if you read the Argus or are just generally more well-informed than the slackers over at The Wesleyinger, the WSA recently passed a resolution advocating for an end to the chalking ban that’s been in place since 2003. Read the article itself for a quick-and-dirty history of the events that inspired the 25-2 vote a couple weeks ago. You can see the resolution itself here, courtesy of sponsor and WSA member Scott Elias ’14, until the WSA uploads it to their website, but be warned – there’s a prominent date error at the top of the document that may or may not irk you. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see the typical format for WSA resolutions, by the way, you may find the writing here amusing, infuriating, or both. Oh well!
WSA resolutions, if you’re wondering, have no binding “legal” force on the University, but as presented to administrators often are used to further discussions or enact real policy changes in accordance with the resolution (yes, real changes do actually happen because of resolutions). So, y’know, optimism and all that. Check out some words from Elias (you may recognize the style) on why this matters to some people (continuing under the cut):
I think most students when they hear that there is a chalking ban think its insane. So our purpose was to create a consistent communications policy that won’t preemptively restrict student speech, that will be more consistent with our institutional priority of advancing social justice, and that will put an end to the exorbitant cost of enforcing a broad ban– an easy and logical way to curb costs in an era of austerity in which we terminated need-blind admissions.
It is incumbent upon the Wesleyan Student Assembly to reflect the fervent desire of many for a more inclusive campus culture and improving areas in which we, as a community, have fallen short. And our policy on chalking is one example of an area in which we can improve. So it will be interesting to see what kind of leverage this resolution will have with the administration. I’ve met with various administrators and they definitely understand where we are coming from, but they fear that past concerns will manifest again, which, as I understand it, is their main reservation. But let’s not kid ourselves. The chalking ban isn’t the last bastion of social justice the university wants us to think it is. It brushes oppressions and micro-aggressions that occur at Wesleyan under the rug and is thus inconsistent and antithetical to our university’s institutional goal of advancing social justice.
Professional soccer champion Alex Wilkinson ’13 has got a proposal for you:
The Argus Magazine is Wesleyan’s only publication focused on long-form journalism. We want to publish your long-form nonfiction, especially journalistic works: profiles (of places and/or people), interviews, investigative reporting, memoirs—we’ll take them all! We are looking for submissions that are 1500 words or longer, but we’ll consider shorter pieces too. Send your submission(s) to argusmagazine(at)gmail(d0t)com; we look forward to reading!
Deadline: April 5
As I was sitting in Olin at about 8:05 on Sunday night, minding my own business—which was, at the time, a Physics problem set—a loud, authoritative voice broke the usually monastic silence of the second floor. Initially, I was pretty annoyed. I’m having enough trouble applying Kepler’s laws of planetary motion without your help, you selfish jerk. Come on—THIS IS A LIBRARY!
As I stewed in my anger, I realized that this wasn’t a case of a couple of idiots talking too loudly—this was something serious. I got up and walked over to the door from the second floor stacks to the stairwell, where the commotion was. When I saw a group of three or four Public Safety officers standing over a young man in a chair, I stopped worrying that my laptop would be stolen in my absence, and my Wesleying blogger’s instinct took over: I started eavesdropping.
The officers were grilling the guy who, at this point, I thought was a student. They wanted him to take them to his car. However, the man seemed to have ‘forgotten’ where he had parked it. Then, they started to ask about a silver digital camera. Apparently he had been taking pictures of something he shouldn’t have been. By now, the man, an average looking guy, was hunched over in his seat. When he spoke, his flat, unexpressive voice delivered short, terse sentences. He sounded trapped.
Want to humiliate your friends in the gooey-eyed Valentine’s Day issue of the Argus? Of course you do! Miranda Katz ’15 will tell you how:
Have your eye on a devastatingly sexy single? Green with envy over the school’s cutest couples? Nominate them to be featured in the Valentine’s Day issue of The Argus! Send all names (full names and class years, if known) to mdkatz(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or akeller(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Deadline: February 10, 2013
Contact: mdkatz(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, akeller(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
Claire Bradach ’15 invites you to audition for the Argus staff’s production of Newsies:
Looking for an on-campus job? The Argus is looking to hire a paid distribution staff member to deliver copies of The Argus from the Argus office to locations around campus once a week. Like Newsies, but with less singing. Or with the same amount. Your call.
(Note: must have car or access to one.)
Please email argus(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you are interested!
Update: The position has been filled.
A. R. Gus ‘1867 needs your help doing businessy things:
The Argus is looking for a new business manager! So if you want to manage our business, please email argus@wes with a few sentences about why you would be qualified for the position.
Here’s what our business manager does:
- Create/reviews the Argus budget
- Coordinate Argus workers getting paid
- Work to keep track of Argus finances and ensure that people get
- Meet with the SBC to organize the Argus’ budget allotments each year
If you have no idea what I’m referring to then you might want to read this first. Or this. Or this, or this, or this. Also this. And maybe this, too.
Anyway, the point: this story has been getting a good deal of news coverage, all the way from Wesleying and The Argus, to the Hartford Courant, to HuffPost, Salon, and more. In addition to this post on the coverage, keep an eye out for a more substantive post from pyrotechnics this weekend. Round-up with brief sketches of coverage below:
BuzzFeed is the first source to challenge some of the contentions of the lawsuit, in particular the campus identity of Beta Theta Pi as a “Rape Factory.” BuzzFeed contacted several current and former students, including our very own Zach, to inquire after the use of this particular term around campus. Some commenters on our earlier piece questioned its use, as did many quoted in the BuzzFeed article, but most do note a stigma around Beta that isn’t exactly positive. All in all, BuzzFeed seems to have done some proper research before writing, taking the time to discuss Beta’s historical image, Beta’s relationship with the University, and some of the confusion surrounding events of the 2010-2011 academic year.