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“Where Are They Now?”: An Interview with Former President Colin Campbell

Wesleying finishes off the year by catching up with the presidents who used to run this place.

President Colin Campbell's portrait on the main floor of Olin.

President Colin Campbell’s portrait on the main floor of Olin.

At 35, Colin Campbell was the youngest president in Wesleyan’s history, and after 18 years at the helm, he became one of its longest-serving leaders. Though he wasn’t a Wesleyan alum and has never earned a Ph.D., President Campbell succesfully presided over some of the most immense change in the University’s history, from coeducation to the construction of the Center for the Arts and the Williams Street apartments. Beloved by a wide range of alumni and faculty, Campbell got to hang out with everyone from Joss Whedon ’87 and Michael Bay ’86 to Bill Belichick ’75 in the process. He left academia in 1988, but if you try to schedule a phone interview with him today you’ll learn that Campbell is Wesleyan’s busiest former president: he serves as president of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which is funny considering a lot of Wesleyan alums end up in Williamsburg, but usually not that Williamsburg.

Back in the fall, Wesleying rather ambitiously set out to catch up with each of the three surviving former occupants of South College and give them a chance to reflect on their time in office. We weren’t entirely successful (we couldn’t get President Bennet ’59 to reply to our emails), but President Campbell enthusiastically replied within the hour to express his delight at the idea. pyrotechnics and I called him up one morning in February and chatted about everything from South African divestment to Das Racist to the time he nearly got pied in the face. Oh, and he also told us about the time a young Michael S. Roth ’78 occupied his office in protest in the 1970s. We found President Campbell to be a remarkably friendly dude. Read on for the interview.

Right Freakin’ Now: Doernberg ’13 Films #OWS Anniversary

Happy first birthday, Occupy Wall Street! The movement to repair social and economic equality in America began one year ago today, when the initial occupation began in Manhattan’s Zucotti Park. A small coalition of Wes students was there that first week, with extensive Wesleying coverage appearing here and here. In the year since, Wesleyan has seen on-campus occupations, alumni (and presidential) perspectives, coverage by Ezra Silk ’10 and Rob Wohl ’11, academic discussions, student arrests, aborted Radiohead concerts, and quite a bit more.

Appropriately, a handful of Wes students are in New York right now, joining in the festivities. According to Reuters, over 100 protestors have been arrested, with at least on Wesleyan student reportedly among them. Resident livestreamer and bearded social media journalist Ben Doernberg ’13 has been livestreaming the experience all day, and you can follow along above or on U-Stream.

For more on the #OWS anniversary, here’s ongoing coverage from Slate, The Nation, and the New York Times.

Occupy Wall Street?

This one goes out to everyone who saw this and went “BADASS”

In case any of you out there still thought that jobs were awarded purely on merit, think again! 

Tess Amodeo-Vickery ’07, writing for GOOD (which counts among its associate editors none other than Nona Aronowitz ’06), lays it out for us, stating, “I got my job on Wall Street by making a Father’s Day card” (yeah, I know what you’re thinking).

Her post comes in response to a theory recently posited by Ezra Klein (of the Washington Post) that jobs on Wall Street remain popular among graduates of elite universities because of the “weakness in liberal arts education” (that is to say, that class you took on “Japanese Horror Fiction and Film” did not exactly leave you with a marketable skill set).

In his mind, Wall Street—like the sympathetic, “vampire squid” that it is—soothingly jams its blood funnel into the inner workings of your post-college confusion until you passively submit to the familiarity of its application process (who doesn’t miss the days of the Common App?) and the “practical graduate school” environment it offers (plus, you get to make $$$!—ok, fine, he gives Teach for America a two-line shout-out, too).

First Mass Meeting of the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition

Color-coordinated Eliana Theodorou ’12 writes in to holla:

First Mass Meeting of the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition

Do you care about where Wesleyan’s money goes? Would you rather see our endowment invested in clean energy than in coal and weapons manufacturers? Would you rather see Wesleyan put its money in local banks who would reinvest in the Middletown community than in big banks? And would you like to do all this while maintaining profitable returns on the endowment so we can all continue to get financial aid?

Then come to the FIRST MASS MEETING OF S.R.I.C., the Socially Responsible Investment Committee. We will be discussing plans for the year, including a campaign for investment transparency, plans to partner with the WSA, and an upcoming conference in New York over fall break to learn more about what other schools are doing! There are lots of ways to get involved this year!

Date:   Oct. 6
Time:   4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Place:  University Organizing Center (between Beta and Eclectic)
Jesse:   Eisenberg

Who’s Bad? Capitalism, Morality, and the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis

greed

Max Rodriguez ’10 sends us word of a lecture happening today in Alpha Delt:

Forget everything liberals have told you about greed, morality, and finance capitalism. Morality is for capitalists; Greed is great.

Come join us in the Greene Room at Alpha Delta Phi for a lecture by Professor Jonathan Cutler and ruminate on all things pertinent to big stacks of money.

After the lecture, Professor Cutler will join us for dinner at the Star & Crescent. Anyone is welcome to join.

Sponsored by the Adelphic Educational Fund