Tag Archives: Wesleyan Student Assembly

Spring Student Group Fair

Student Group Fair - Spring

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean you can’t try something new. Come to the 2nd Annual Spring Student Group Fair, with groups old and new. Dozens of groups will be on hand and excited to talk about their fun, exciting initiatives.

Pending weather, the Whey Station will be outside!

Date: Friday, February 08
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Place: Beckham Hall
[Facebook Event]

Budget Task Force Drops “Memorandum to the Community”

Six months ago, I posted that a newly conceived Student Budget Sustainability Task Force, the brainchild of WSA President Zachary Malter ’13, would be forming in the fall of 2012 and eventually articulating formal recommendations to President Roth and the Board of Trustees. Malter pieced together the concept quickly in the wake of widespread opposition to a need-aware Wesleyan.

As promised, the student-run committee has “worked extensively to evaluate the suitability of the recent move to a capped financial aid budget and need-aware admissions policy,” and the members have formulated a memorandum to the committee explaining their process thus far and the specific proposals that are under consideration. These aren’t their formal recommendations. Rather, the task force writes, “it is meant to spark conversation and debate before our final report.”

On President Malter’s request, I’m reposting the memorandum in full. You can also find it in PDF form here.

Highlights from the WSA Write-Ins

First, a disclaimer. The results from this year’s WSA Winter At-Large Election are not nearly as exciting as those from last year, when, in addition to Giant Joint’s victory, Wesleying’s A-Batte unexpectedly won a spot on the Assembly as a write-in candidate (he took his seat and served honorably before resigning at the close of the semester). Nor is it as scandalous as 2009, when longtime write-in champion Giant Joint ‘420 came within centimeters of garnering 420 votes but was not permitted to serve.

Nonetheless, you voted early, you voted often, democracy prevailed, and the results are viewable here (you’ll have to log in and click “View Results of This Election”). In order of votes received, the winning WSA representatives-elect are Aobo “Austin” Dong ’15, Christian Hosam ’15, Bruno Machiavelo ’16, Chase Knowles ’16, deer whisperer Samuel Usdan ’15, Glenn Cantave ’15Angus McLean ’16, and Kara Linn ’15. Congrats—hope you guys weren’t too attached to Sunday nights or anything.

As usual, though, I’m more interested in the vast, colorful array of write-in votes (and not just because I received two of them). In the land before Wes Compliments, WSA write-in votes offered the best, fuzziest glimpse into Wesleyan’s well-wishing subconscious. This year Giant Joint received a disappointing 68 votes, A-Batte scored 20 (excluding the countless variations on his name), and Ron Paul received three. The rest of the write-in votes ranged from President Roth to serial killers to major U.S. cities to Mytheos Holt ’10 to—

Okay, my favorite write-in choices are listed after the jump. 

WSA Elections Info Session

From Grant “The Tech” Tanenbaum ’15:

Interested in running for WSA? Here’s how:

As a reminder, the process for WSA elections starts tomorrow! Here is the timeline:

  • TODAY, Monday, Nov. 25: Information session with WSA Executive Committee 110, 4:10-4:45pm – if you can’t make it, email wsa@wesleyan.edu for information
  • TODAY, Monday, Nov. 25: Petitions will be distributed at info session, and via email
  • Thursday, Nov. 29: Petitions due in the WSA office (first floor of Usdan, next to cafe), and 150 word blurbs to wsa@wesleyan.edu
  • Thursday, Nov. 29: Quick meeting about campaigning and elections, time and place TBA
  • Monday, Dec. 3 to Friday, Dec. 7: Voting is OPEN!

All students are encouraged to run, so that all different voices and opinions will be represented! Email wsa(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions!

UPDATE: Download the petition here.

WSA Passes Resolution to Keep Spring Fling Day

The sun’s shining, birds are chirping, and there’s music playing.   Finals are coming up quick, but maybe you just want to relax, take a breather.  Why not rock out to some good music with hundreds of your fellow Wesleyan students?  Spring Fling is that opportunity.

Every year, we have one day—just one day—to all be together and do nothing but listen to music and hang out.  And now, that day is under threat of going away.  The Educational Policy Committee of the University, which sets the school’s academic calendar in five-year increments, is considering removing a day dedicated to Spring Fling.

In response, the WSA passed legislation at its five-hour meeting this Sunday titled “Resolution 6.34 Resolution on Reading Period and Spring Fling.”  The resolution notes that we are already pretty stressed about finals with only four days each for Reading “Week” and Finals “Week,” and this would just make things worse.  Students have been pretty insistent that they need more time to study, not less.  We’re already evicted just hours after finals end, leaving little time to pack.  There’s explicit concern about students’ health expressed in the resolution.  As a member of the WSA, I voted for the resolution and have to say, this is not good for academics, not good for campus spirit, and not good for health.

Read the full resolution here.  Email wsa[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you want to reinforce the point, and share your thoughts in the comments here too.

Roth at the WSA Tonight

Meeting with President RothFrom the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA):

Please join us on Sunday for our weekly General Assembly meeting, guest-starring President Michael Roth. President Roth traditionally joins us the weekend of a meeting of the Board of Trustees, such as this one. As always, all students are welcome to come participate in the conversation.

Note that this meeting will start at 6:00PM, not 7:00PM as the WSA General Assembly usually meets, in order to accomodate President Roth.

Date: TODAY, Sunday, November 16, 2012
Time: 6:00PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 114

Facebook event here.

Student-Trustee Conversation on Financial Aid

Students asked that they be brought into the conversation with the Board of Trustees on issues such as the need-blind policy, and here’s an opportunity organized by the WSA:

What is the state of financial aid at Wesleyan? What are your thoughts on need-blind admissions? How much of a priority is aid and how should priorities in financial aid be established?

As part of this weekend’s gathering of the Board of Trustees, several trustees will be in attendance to engage in a conversation with students about financial aid at Wesleyan.

This event was arranged by the WSA.

Date: TODAY, November 16th
Time: 5:15-6:15PM
Place: PAC 001

Facebook event here.

All Student Meeting on Budget Priorities [Live]


Live video from your iPhone using Ustream

Couldn’t make it out to the All Student Meeting on Budget Priorities tonight?  No worries, Ben Doernberg ’13 saves the day once again with his livestream.  Zachary Malter ’13 of the Student Budget Sustainability Task Force introduces, explaining how the university budget works, and what can be done.

There’s also a survey for student input, that you can check out here.

WSA Emergency Resources

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a hurricane coming our way. Also, we’re on life-support for Monday and Tuesday — no classes and most auxiliaries are shut down. The Wesleyan Student Assembly will continue to function as a resource to students and a conduit for addressing student concerns during this emergency.

The Wesleyan Student Assembly will be in constant communication with administrators throughout the next few days to deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The WSA will be operating out of its office on the first floor of the Usdan University Center, as Usdan will serve as the physical campus hub during the emergency. All notices can be found in physical form on the doors and boards of Usdan. In addition, the WSA will operate a physical version of the RideBoard outside its office in Usdan. Please go there to offer or solicit rides to various places, whether for supplies (Price Chopper) or to assist in Middletown community emergency support efforts.

During Usdan’s operating hours, you should usually be able to find somebody at the WSA Office if you have questions or concerns. You can also attempt to reach members by email or phone; see below.

Lots of important information after the jump.

Trustee Occupation Charges: WSA Members File Complaint

“These actions, which can be clearly identified as a demonstration and sit-in, are protected as a legitimate mode of expression under Regulation 12.”

Last week, we reported that a handful of the students who participated in the Board of Trustees Occupation received SJB summons for violating Regulations 14 and 15 of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct. On Friday, charged students received confirmation of the charges and notices of their Simplified Hearing dates.  (The occupation and its subsequent disciplinary action are also the subject of a Middletown Press piece by former Argus editor-in-chief Justin Pottle ’13. The Hartford Courant has also gone public with an article. More on this press coverage soon.)

A few of the charged students, including Oliver James ’14, have had their ResLife jobs threatened by the disciplinary action. “Both Yona and I were threatened last week with termination of our positions at Res Life for participating in the Need Blind Trustees Action,” James explained to me a few days ago over email. “We both heard today that we are not going to be fired but that we are being put on probation for the rest of the 2012-2013 academic year. Essentially, any further deviation from our duties as Res Life Staff, regardless of the nature, is now grounds for being fired. We hear this as the administration’s way of saying ‘Stay in line, or else.'”

Fair? The University was just following through with disciplinary policy by charging these students, right?