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New Wesleyan Website

wesleyan new homepage

So the Wes homepage (including “About, Academics, Campus Life, Alumni, Parents, and Offices & Services pages”) got a major makeover. It launched today, and it looks . . . different.

Some semi-coherent observations from the ACB:

I appreciate the efforts to revamp the website, and totally respect the amount of time and work that went into making the changes, but those “Are you Wesleyan?” “surprise-ending” questions…yeah….pretty effin hysterical.


Worse is the front page, where it says “the liberal arts university” (with “the” in italics) next to a picture of kids in a science class laughing and using the latex safety gloves like balloons.

It might as well say “don’t respect us” (with “don’t” in italics)


Wesleyan Website Redesign

If you haven’t heard yet, the Wesleyan website is getting a redesign, and they’re looking to get lots of feedback from students. In addition to meeting with a student focus group (which I am part of), they’ve set up a blog where you can comment on the old site and where they’ll put updates and other things.

As far as the actual update goes, the homepage will come first, with the understanding that the rest of the site will need to follow. Some of the main things we discussed when the focus group met were the search engine, overall site organization, and the need for maintaining cohesive and updated sub-pages. If you have comments on those or other issues specifically please go comment on the redesign blog and not here so that the people who need to be reading your comments actually can.

Help Redesign the Wes Homepage

The Wes homepage is being redesigned – join the WSA focus group to get involved in the process:

A collaborative effort between University Communications and the New Media Lab in ITS is currently underway to realize a new web presence for Wesleyan, including making changes to Wesleyan’s core website design and content.

In effort to maximize the inclusion of student voices in this process, the WSA is forming a focus group of diverse representatives from the student body to provide feedback as well as new ideas. The focus group will meet approximately once monthly for the rest of the fall semester and the entire spring semester to view and provide comment on work in progress.

If you are interested in serving as a member of this focus group, please apply with the following information no later than MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at 11:59PM to wsa@wesleyan.edu:

  1. Your name and class year
  2. Your extracurriculars (sports, theater, publications, etc.)
  3. Your on-campus place of residence
  4. Your reasons for wanting to serve on the focus group
  5. An example of something on the current Wesleyan homepage that you think “doesn’t work” and why

The Wesleyan Student Assembly
Organization and External Affairs Committee

Wes-related stuff people have sent in lately

More interesting summer time-wasting tidbits:

  • Remember IraqTheVote, an online petition (but a legitimate petition!) started by Wesleyan psych prof Scott Plous? It has a simple idea: let Iraqis vote on whether the American military should get out of Iraq or not. Jon Golbe ’06 (Jewno, Chicks in the City) points out that IraqTheVote was references in the New York Times economics blog, Freakonomics:

    They came up with a great name: IraqTheVote.org. They’ve gotten 3,000 people to sign their petition so far. Strangely enough, 1,500 of these are professors, including Nobel Prize winning economist Kenneth Arrow.

  • RadarOnline had an article yesterday on its front page trying to determine “just how far a famous name will take you.” One scenario involved creating a fictional person – the son of Mr. Quiznos, of Quiznos Subs – and having him try to arrange special tours and the like at Wesleyan. They have two pages of a phone conversation with a Wes admissions officer:

    His SAT scores are a bit lower than the median there. You don’t have a minimum cutoff, do you?
    We don’t. It depends on what he or she can bring to the class.

    A 1,620 out of 2,400. It’s a bit below the median, and his grades have been uneven throughout his high school career. And the other serious thing is, he had some shoplifting issues about a year and a half ago that haven’t come up since then, but they were over the course of several months. Is it worth his applying—the low grades, the low SATs, the shoplifting, do those things disqualify him from the start?
    I don’t think they necessarily disqualify him off the bat. Is this someone who’s able to show redemption? The admissions process is a very holistic process. We look at you from your grades to your recommendations to what you’ve shown that you’re capable of doing. We don’t see it as a one-factor kind of thing. If you want to say, “I want a second chance to prove that I’m a better person than what my records show,” then I think they’re willing to look at you in that sense and say, “Okay, we’re gonna give you this chance.”

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    All in all, his treatment doesn’t sound that different from most students’; the admissions office always wants lots of people to apply (even if they’re underqualified) since it increases their yield. Sad but true. Except for the whole private tour and meeting with President Roth thing.

  • Erik Underwood ’09 wants to let us know that “At least four Wesleyan Students were at the Obama rally tonight in St. Paul. Names include Erik Underwood, Adam Paulson, Oliver Utne and a couple others. Wes We can!!!”
  • Alex Levy ’08 brings to our attention that “there are FINALLY new pictures on Wesleyan’s homepage!! After seven years, they’ve updated the slideshow.” Recognize anyone?
  • Jenn Cheng ’11 tells us about the Hewitt Award, named after Hugh Hewitt (relation to Joseph Hewitt of Wesleyan dormitory fame unknown). It’s an award to honor “the most egregious attempts to label Barack Obama as un-American, alien, treasonous, and far out of the mainstream of American life and politics” and reserved for “those that border on hilarious extremity.”
    An example is found in Gregg Polowitz criticism of Obama last night:

    U2’s “Beautiful Day” is playing at the Barack Obama rally. No Americans write music Obama likes?

  • MGMT is *everywhere.* I’m not going to post everything Wesleying readers have sent in, but coverage about them is in JUICE Singapore (“the MGMT two have amassed a collection of Technicolour-ed daydreams that appropriately sparkle with a wild ambition and imagination”) and TheMusic.FM; their music is found playing in television commercials and in malls, and their “Electric Feel” video is sometimes linked from the promoted videos section on Youtube. Seriously, they’re everywhere.