When I broke the news that Wesleyan’s trustees are preparing to alter need-blind admissions practices in the coming budget, I pointed to the 1992 Need-Blind North College Occupation and remarked that Wes students are no longer taking an active voice in the University’s financial aid practices. I spoke too soon.
About 35 students and recent alums met in the University Organizing Center yesterday afternoon to express concerns—in short, to discuss what the 100% need-blind policy is at present, what the shift means for Wesleyan’s fiscal practices, how students should respond and confront the administration (meetings, chalking, and manifestos, oh my), and why the history of need-blind activism at Wes remains significant. For more extensive notes on the meeting or how you can get involved, contact my esteemed colleague A-Batte at abatte(at)wes or Evan Weber ’13 at eweber(at)wes. What follows is a brief rundown on student actions so far (disclosure: this blogger is directly involved) and additional viewpoints. Feel free to comment with suggestions, critiques, or incoherent streams of profanity—but for a more substantial digital discussion of Wesleyan fiscal practices present and future, do consult the comment thread in the original post.