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.
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).
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)
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