I thought that when us 2010ers graduated, all the “do we publish this crazy thing about Mytheos or not, because if we don’t we’re ignoring a topic of genuine interest, but if we do we’re just feeding his egocentric love for campus drama” fuss here at Wesleying would go away. The realization that he really had been doing it in the name of controversy for controversy’s sake only solidified my relief that we wouldn’t have to deal with this again.
“Good job, Mytheos,” I thought. “You pulled off your insane media coup, dismissed liberal students’ lack of serious engagement with your columns as proof of political aloofness when really your arguments were so nonsensical that nobody knew where to begin, and inadvertently perhaps pulled off a weird kind of postmodern performance art.”
So I felt mildly amused when I saw that someone posted a link in the Shoutbox under the pseudonym “FUCK YOU MYTHEOS.” It leads to an article called “Elegy for Academia,” penned by the man himself and published as a guest article with Accuracy for Academia, a conservative nonprofit that “wants schools to return to their traditional mission–the quest for truth.” I don’t know what I expected. Maybe Mytheos got a full-time job in journalism and someone was jealous. Whatever, ha ha.
Then I actually read beyond the first few paragraphs, and it turns out that this article is annoying enough to drag me back from the proverbial grave.
So…hi. I’m new to Wesleyan and Wesleying, transferring in from Tunxis Community College and joining the class of 2009. I’ve written elsewhere about why I chose Wesleyan, but now that I’m on campus I feel comfortable posting here.
These are some of my initial impressions of Wesleyan as an incoming student:
- Ruthless efficiency — It could be because I got here right around 9am, but my trip from the arrival site through all of the stations (WesCard, Arrival Bags, W-4, etc.) could not have been smoother. The orientation volunteers rock.
- President Roth — I never had a chance to meet the last President (Bennett?) but I wasn’t on campus for more than 5 minutes before a cheerful guy in a WesHaul t-shirt stuck out his hand and introduced himself with “Hi, I’m Michael Roth. Welcome to Wesleyan.” Seems like a nice guy to me.
- Usdanistan — I didn’t look around the inside of Usdanistan, but the tables outside are bolted down, each with four chairs also bolted down. This was especially sucky when I was trying to eat lunch by myself and a family of 6 wanted to pull up two extra chairs for their table.
- WesBox — Marianna has a post with instructions on where to find your WesBox combo in your e-portfolio. But if like me, yours is not listed there, the staff person at Wesleyan Station will look it up if you know the box number and show your WesCard.
Of course, there’s more for me to do and see today, but I want to thank Holly for inviting me to contribute to Wesleying.