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Liveblog: WSA Vice-Presidential Debate:

Well, everyone else abandoned me, so I’m liveblogging this thing alone. Nicole Brenner ’15 is moderating, Chloe Murtagh ’15 and Andrew Trexler ’14 are debating.

I’ll write more shit here once I get a moment. No one from Wesleying is helping me out today so I’m doing this as Chloe is doing her opening statement.

As we mentioned yesterday, voting in the election is now open at this link, from now until Friday at 11:59 p.m. Our group interview with the presidential and vice-presidential candidates will be posted before then.

Voting Open for WSA Pres, VP, Senior Class Officer

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Voting is now open for the following elections:

  • WSA President and Vice President
  • Senior Class President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer

Voting will happen at wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting, closing at 11:59:59 p.m. on Friday, April 26.  All class years (including seniors and students abroad!) can vote in the election for WSA President and Vice President.  Only members of the Class of 2014 can vote in the Senior Class Officer election.

Why vote?

The students who are elected to these positions will technically represent the student body or significant portions of it.  They will be taken as the voice of the student body by administrators, outside bodies, and even fellow students.  They will occupy a critical space in dialogue with the administration, faculty, and other members of the community. They will have input on everything from assembly and university policy to budgetary issues, and almost every possible issue that affects students.

WSA Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates

President and Vice Presidential DebateCome see your favorite presidential and vice presidential candidates verbally battle it out! Questions from any and all are welcomed throughout the debates (and in advance by email).

The President and Vice President set the direction for the Assembly, and bears a great deal of influence as the representative of the student voice. They occupy a critical space in dialogue with the administration, faculty, and other members of the community. They have input on everything from assembly and university policy to budgetary issues, and almost every possible issue that affects students.

Presidential Debate
Sunday, April 21st, 5:30PM–1st Floor of Usdan
Moderated by current WSA President Zachary Malter ’13, this debate will be a showdown of the three current candidates: Keith Conway ’16, Mari Jarris ’14, and Nicole Updegrove ’14.  Join the event on Facebook.

Vice Presidential Debate
Monday, April 22nd, 5:30PM–1st Floor of Usdan
Moderated by Elections Committee member Nicole Brenner ’15, this debate will be a showdown of the two current candidates: Chloe Murtagh ’15 and Andrew Trexler ’14.  Join the event on Facebook.

Also, show that you’re voting by joining this event.

WesFest Ends on Friday, Possibly Maybe Because of 4/20, We Think

It’s 4/20 and WesFest is over! Here’s what happened when I tried to find out why.

Scenes from WesFest 2009, which narrowly avoided falling on 4/20.

Why is this WesFest different from all other WesFests?

The answer is so obvious you may not have realized it: WesFest began on a Wednesday rather than a Thursday this year and, as per the official schedule, it’s now over. But the weekend is only getting started! What gives?

The issue first came to my attention way back in November, when the Office of Admissions tried pushing WesFest to a Mon-Tues-Wed format and some WSA members registered their discontent. Noticing that 4/20 falls this year on the third Saturday of April (traditionally the last day of WesFest), the reasoning seemed pretty obvious:

As Dean Culliton reminded us yesterday, it’s no secret that the powers that be are a little squeamish about traditional 4/20 proceedings. Add prefrosh to the mix, and it’s an entirely new crisis. This story is well recounted in Jacques Steinberg’s The Gatekeepers, when a student is waitlisted after writing her college essay about getting caught with a weed brownie in high school; she subsequently visits Wesleyan on April 20, 2000, and feels stung by the hypocrisy of it all. The most recent time WesFest fell on 4/20 was 2008, when Director of ResLife Fran Koerting was quoted in the Argus as saying that Admissions would not let the two holidays overlap again. Apparently the problem was that if students were smoking marijuana on Foss Hill, prefrosh might think that “anything goes on here”:

“Why Wesleyan?” Forum Tonight

President Roth at a forum last Fall.

Andrew Trexler ’14 and Michael “President” Roth ’78 want to know what on Earth you’re doing here.  Want to let them know? Your chance is tonight.

“As an elite liberal arts institution, Wesleyan can often look very similar to its peers (whoever they are). And yet, we at Wesleyan generally believe that Wes is unique, is the best. What is it that distinguishes us from our peer schools? What are our comparative strengths, and what are our comparative weaknesses? In other words, why Wesleyan? And how can we improve?” We hope that you can join us and give your recommendation for Wesleyan’s future.

Attendance at events like these proves to administrators that students care and want to have a voice.  So if you have the chance, prove it.

Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 7:00PM
Place: PAC 002
Facebook.

Run for WSA President & VP, Senior Class Officer

Want to make an impact on the Wesleyan community? Elections will be taking place from Monday, April 22, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013 for WSA President, WSA Vice President, and Senior Class Officer.

WSA President & Vice President
2014-2016 can run; 2013-2016 can vote

“It is a lot of work, it is a lot of time, and it is a lot of responsibility,” said Michael Pernick ’10, who served as WSA President for two years.  “But at the end of the day, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you’ve had an impact – even if it’s a small impact – which makes life better for other students.  The President and Vice President do more than merely run the operations of the WSA – they have a responsibility to serve the best interests of the student body as if it were an institution in and of itself.”

Senior Class 2014 President, Vice President, Secretary, & Treasurer
Only 2014 can run and vote

Serving as a Senior Class Officer also involves time commitment and thick skin, says Adam Rashkoff ’13, Senior Class Vice President.  “Being a Senior Class Officer is a great opportunity for any student who wants to gain experience with large-scale event planning, or simply for anyone who wants to give back to their class by facilitating ways for it to bond as a collective.”

Question from COCO: How Can We Strengthen our Community?

COCo Wants Suggestions!

A note from the great Syed Ali ’13:

COCO, officially the Community Outreach Committee of the WSA, wants your help.  As a member of the Wesleyan community, you’ve inevitably spent some time thinking about it.  What does membership in the Wesleyan community mean?  How can can our cohesiveness as a community be strengthened?

We spend a lot of time thinking about such questions on COCO.  These are the questions that we fall asleep wondering about, the questions we’re poking at when we trail off mid-sentence, the questions that keep us from hanging out with you all of the time.  The six people on the core COCO committee, can’t do it alone.  Neither can the two dozen total involved on COCO subcommittees.

We cover student groups, diversity and inclusion, spirit and events, and relations with Middletown.  We want to know what you think.

All the best,
Syed Ali ’13

P.S.  Want to know more about what we’ve done already? Check out our committee reports.

Contact: wsacoco(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

WSA Tables Vote on Tobacco Resolution, Entertains The_Real_MRoth

Have strong opinions on the tobacco resolution? Get ready to get polled.

Smokers, rejoice: Judgment Day hath been delayed. After much ado, ballyhoo, and brouhaha over a proposed resolution to ban the sale of tobacco on University-owned properties (read: Neon), the Wesleyan Student Assembly decided on Sunday night to table the sequester cuts vote until polling the student body. No, this doesn’t mean the resolution is going away for good. It does mean that it’s postponed.

“We tabled the vote in order to poll the student body and engage more with the owners of Neon Deli,” explained Student Affairs Committee Chair Nicole Updegrove ’14, who first proposed the resolution, via email. “Many of us, myself included, weren’t willing to vote without more opinions from the student body.”

The proposal quickly sparked some loud, impassioned, and occasionally bizarre arguments in the Wesleying comments section (my favorite one notes that “addiction is the gift that keeps on giving—if we start selling cigarettes at Weshop, Pi, and Usdan, it’ll be a big help to the University’s endowment”), and Updegrove has been quick to respond to some of the angrier voices.

Point/Counterpoint: No, Tobacco Sales Should Not Be Banned on University Property

“This proposal has me questioning what it really means to attend a university committed to diversity.”

T-minus one hour until the WSA commences its discussion of a proposed ban on the sale of tobacco products on University-owned property. As promised, here’s a counterpoint opinion against the proposed resolution courtesy of Charlie Smith ’15, founder of Wes Students for a Free Society:

Tonight the WSA will vote on a potential ban on the sale of tobacco products by Wesleyan tenants. In other words, the WSA will vote as to whether or not you should be able to buy cigarettes from Neon Deli.

This proposal has me confused. It has me questioning what it really means to attend a university committed to diversity. I would think that “Diversity University” entails the celebration or at least the acceptance of any lifestyles that students may have as long as they do not hurt others. Whether we agree with their choices or not, we cherish their right to make them and accept that what is right for one may not be for another. Many of us hope to see our commitment to diversity embodied in our classes, in our clubs, and, yes, in our stores.