Over the past few weeks, students have been calling for the removal of President Roth and Dean Antonio Farias. This afternoon, Roth sent an all-campus email with subject line “Campus Update,” asking hard-hitting questions like, “What can we do? What will the administration do?” and seeming to once again expect students to provide him with answers. The email makes no mention of calls for his removal, but does identify three areas of concern: transparency, Title IX processes, and the results of the Equity task force created last spring in response to the IsThisWhy campaign. He calls for more student input on each topic, because the administration can “only do so much.”
Many survivors have been expressing their pain with strength and eloquence, and Roth apparently acknowledges that. His response, however, is yet another call for others to take on much of the work necessary, work that will somehow, inexplicably, lead to “real results.” Full text of the email can be found after the jump.
PSA from Joel Michaels ’18:
The Committee for Investor Responsibility is hosting a panel open to all Wesleyan community members that will address the University’s endowment. Panelists will discuss how ethical considerations factor into investment decisions and choosing external managers.
President Roth will introduce the event and discuss the role of Wesleyan’s endowment in supporting academic programs and financial aid. The panel will feature Anne Martin, Wesleyan’s Chief Investment Officer, alongside Gil Skillman, Wesleyan Professor of Economics, and Noah Markman ’13, a Wesleyan alum who now works in the area of responsible investing. After presentations by the panelists, the space will be opened for questions from the audience.
Date: Thursday, November 5th
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: PAC 001
Just call it Skillman v. Glenn and get your popcorn ready.
Last Thursday after class, I moseyed over to Shanklin 107 (stirring fond memories of freshman year Biodiversity class) for what I took to be a faculty panel discussion on “Transparency, Admissions Policy, and Financial Aid”—more succinctly, need-blind. When the discussion began, Professors Lim, Rouse, and Long, representing varying views, also seemed to interpret it as a cordial panel discussion on the issues surrounding need-blind. Seated at the far end of the panel, though, Professors Glenn and Skillman took it to be a full-throttle, boisterous debate—sparring over the meanings of a need-aware policy, university transparency, and whether or not Wesleyan can afford to remain need-blind (Glenn says yes, Skillman no). Both presented articulate and passionate positions (taking opposite positions), and both got pretty riled up. Suffice it to say audience members (my estimate would be 40 or 45 students) benefited from witnessing this direct confrontation of competing narratives.
Continuing Wesleying’s recent tradition of ‘Posting Videos of Important Shit Filmed By Ben Doernberg ’13,’ we’ve got video footage of the entire conversation below or on the YouTubes. Scroll past the jump for a more detailed rundown on who said what.
As Professor Glenn opened his remarks, “I guess reasonable people can disagree.”
Wesleying’s daily “Livestreaming a Discussion That You Were Too Lazy To Go To Thanks To Ben Doernberg 13” feature continues today with “Who Are We Helping?,” a professor panel conversation on transparency, admissions policy, and financial aid. The discussion is about to begin right now in Shanklin 107 (you can still make it if you run), and Professors Lim, Rouse, Skillman, Long, and Glenn are seated and furiously reading over their notes. As organizer Em Trambert ’14 just noted, “These professors are not experts on the new policy, but are here to help us think more critically about this new policy.”
Can’t make it? Watch the livestream above or on USTREAM.
Em Trambert ’14 goes out on a Lim:
While this semester has been filled with debates, discussions, and protests about the impending change to a Need-Aware admissions policy, the impacts of this change—both positive and negative—are enmeshed in much larger issues. These include the financial health of our university, the value we place on welcoming a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on this campus, administrative transparency with both faculty and students, and access to a Wesleyan education. Dr. Glenn, Professor Lim, Professor Long, Professor Rouse, and Professor Skillman will help us think critically about what a Need Aware policy might mean. The goal of this panel is not to propose an “ideal policy” but to create a foundation on which further conversation can be had. Feel free to come and engage these professors in conversation, or just sit back and listen!
If you have specific questions for the panel, feel free to submit them to ProfessorPanel@gmail.com. See you there!
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: Shanklin 107
Some of life’s greatest mysteries are beautiful. What the WSA has been up to all year doesn’t count as one of life’s greatest mysteries, but it’s still pretty awesome, in my humble opinion. Check out the greatest hits version above (or as a PDF). If you want to know what else, check out the WSA End of Year Report, which gives a comprehensive overview of our activities for the year. Broken down by committee, the report outlines what each has been working on. For the SBC report, for example, you can see every single allocation given this year. The document also includes every resolution the WSA has passed this year, from changing the sign at 190 High in the fall to advocating for a changed financial aid policy for music lessons in the spring.
If you have any questions, email us at wsa[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, comment on our blog, post on our Facebook, send us a tweet, or stop us in the street.
Want to keep up with the WSA but don’t have much time? Starting today, the WSA will publish a weekly one-page newsletter to let you know the highlights of what we’ve worked on for the week and what we’ll discuss at our Sunday meeting. The extensive committee reports listing our full activities will still be available online.
Note that the WSA is meeting in Freshman Fauver Lounge tonight at 7PM in an effort to be more accessible. Drop by!
A note from the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition:
Where is Wesleyan’s endowment money invested? At the last report, our endowment was invested in some scary companies, like Raytheon (weapons manufacturers?!?!), coal mining (destroying our beautiful earth?!??!!!), and more.
But at the present, there is no transparency about where our money could be invested. It could be anywhere.
If you want to know where Wesleyan’s money is invested – the first step in moving our endowment toward socially responsible investment – join the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition and sign our petition calling for endowment transparency here in support of the recently passed WSA Resolution on endowment transparency. Make your voice count – let our Board of Trustees know that Wesleyan cares where our money is invested.