Tag Archives: WSA

After Students Organize, Wesleyan Hires New CAPS Staff

“In addition to reduced wait times for initial appointments, as well as more regular ongoing appointments, we expect the increase in staffing will improve comprehensive services for sexual violence prevention and treatment and allow the team to continue building stronger relationships with marginalized students and student groups through outreach activities.” – Dean Whaley

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Yesterday afternoon, Dean Mike Whaley sent out an all-campus email informing the student body that an additional full-time psychotherapist will be joining CAPS in the fall of 2017. This comes after the announcement of the hiring of a full-time APRN after more than a semester without a prescriber (part-time or full-time) on campus.

According to Whaley’s email, the new hires “will improve comprehensive services for sexual violence prevention and treatment and allow the team to continue building stronger relationships with marginalized students.”

The email, however, leaves out any discussion of the student-organized campaign and WSA resolution from last semester that originally proposed expansions in CAPS. Read past the jump for the full text of Dean Whaley’s email and more context on the student efforts that made this new staff position a reality.

Cultivating a Culture of Consent: Project No Red Zone

“Consent. All the cool kids are doing it.”

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This past weekend marked the halfway point of the “Red Zone”, or the first six weeks of school when students are statistically most vulnerable to sexual assault and violence.

I sat down with WSA President Rebecca Hutman ’17 and Vice President Nila Ravi ’17 (with a brief interjection by Lizzie Shackney ’17, who was also chilling in Pi) to find out more about the project and its trajectory for the rest of the six weeks and beyond.

Wesleyingiversary: Syed Says Hello

“Retirement is hard. I still have random ideas from time to time for both serious and weird Wesleying posts. The only comfort I have is that I might walk down a NYC street and Zach might call me saying, “Hey, are you in Union Square?” because he’s creepily watching you from the coffee shop on the corner. It’s like people always say, Wesleyings Never Die.”

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This is part of our series of Wesleyingiversary interviews. You can find the rest here.

I said what’s up to Syed in a Facebook messenger conversation a week or so ago and we talked about the WSA, Espwesso Pweview Night, and possibly introducing a Wesleying paywall. Now, please kowtow to his blogging greatness:

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Rage Update

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Students march to South College as part of ISTHISWHY Campaign

Content warning: This article discusses issues of sexual assault. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

For some reason, this post was not included in last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series, even though we had some major student activism occurring during the 2014-2015 school year. Before I link to some of that history and go more in-depth as to some actions occurring this past year, I want to start by quoting alt‘s incredibly well-written intro to the 2014 Rage Update:

What in the Name of MGMT Is This Latest Bullshit With the WSA and the Argus?

Our alternative title was going to be “0P3N L3TT3R$: An Open Letter to All the Open Letters About Other Open Letters”

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Back in September when the original Argus/WSA conflict exploded across campus (and in, like, all 50 states), the editors of Wesleying decided not to comment on the situation, mostly due to that fact that A) we were half-dead at the time (but we have arisen!!!!!!), and B) we weren’t really interested in taking a “side” as an ~institution~.

But then there was a development in the latest installment of Gossip Girl: Argus v. WSA: Open letters. Open letters about open letters. Open letters about open letters about open letters. In the words of hermes’ late Grandma Evelyn (may she rest in eternal peace), oy gevalt.

It appears that the Wesleyan Argus and the Wesleyan Student Assembly are in yet another kerfuffle over a steaming pile of fuckery, so Mama Wesleying is here to decipher it all.

Here it is, folks: The latest Argus/WSA conflict, ~*~EXPLAINED~*~.

Martinez ’17 Discusses Giving Stipends to Student Group Leaders on Financial Aid

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Combating classism has been a major topic on campus for quite some time now, and the WSA is looking to do something about it.

Below is a “press release”/statement from Aidan Martinez ’17, Vice President of the WSA, talking about a new resolution that hopes to provide stipends to students on financial aid who participate heavily in a particular student group. If you want to discuss the program with the Assembly, they’ll be meeting this Sunday, January 31st, at 6:30pm to 41 Wyllys Room 114.

And as always, if you have affirming/dissenting/random thoughts and opinions on this issue and wish to have them put on Wesleying, feel free to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

Aidan’s statement is after the jump.

WSA Committee Openings

wsa banner 2015-16From the folks in the Wesleyan Student Assembly:

Do you wish to make an impact on the Wesleyan community? Are you interested in helping Wesleyan pursue its sustainability endeavors or improve its academic programs? Do you want to help student groups communicate with each other and encourage a lively campus atmosphere?

If so, consider joining the WSA! Right now, we have 4 open positions on the following committees:

  • Academic Affairs Committee (1)
  • Communications Committee (2)
  • Environmental Sustainability Sub-Committee (part of Student Life Committee) (1)

For more information about the committees, please check out their descriptions on our website.

The deadline is Thursday, October 1st (that’s today!), by 5 pm.

~click through~ for information on how to apply and who you need to talk to if you have any questions.

[LIVEBLOG] Pres. Michael Roth’s State of the School Address

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Dasha, astag_rocky, and I are here in the Memorial Chapel for the first annual State of the School address! This is mostly a production of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, but we are co-sponsoring it with The Ankh and The Argus.

The format is as follows: the WSA will have a five-minute introduction, then Pres. Michael Roth will speak freely for 20 minutes. The following hour is all Q&A, with the questions having been submitted throughout the past week. After Q&A, the moderators will offer final thoughts and encourage you to eat ice cream and attend the following student-only debrief, which will happen from 9:30-10:30. Out of respect for its student-only nature as well as its role as a safe space, we won’t be liveblogging the debrief.

Tonight’s address will be moderated by Henry Vansant ’18 from the WSA, Hailey Broughton-Jones ’18 from The Ankh, and Jess Zalph ’16 from The Argus. There will be paper in the chapel for people who have questions in real time and members of the WSA will also be monitoring their twitter (@wsanews) for any relevant and pressing questions.

If you still have questions when this event and this liveblog are over, the WSA will also be sending out a form for you to submit questions to the Board of Trustees, who meet on campus this weekend. We’ll keep this post updated with info about that as we get it.

Got a Question for President Roth?

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Hey. Are you going to the first State of the School this Wednesday from 8-9:30 PM? Do you have a question, or multiple questions, for Pres. Michael Roth about this here university?

The Wesleyan Student Assembly asked us to help out with President Roth’s first address to the student body, which means that we’re taking your questions! During the Q&A section of the address, moderators from The Ankh, The Argus, and the WSA be asking some previously submitted questions from all of you and I’ll be liveblogging the event.

If you have any questions in real time, the WSA will be monitoring their twitter (@wsanews) for questions to pass up to the mods. (I’ll also be monitoring our twitter (@wesleying), but not that much.) Likewise, during the address, there will be paper for you to write any questions you may have. Bring your laptop or your phone or a writing utensil!

To submit your question(s), please use this Google form! If for some reason that’s not working, send it/them in to us using our tipbox form or email us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org. Questions are due by 4 PM on Wednesday.

WSA Town Hall: Greek Life and Student-Run Spaces at Wes

PSA from Martin Malabanan ’16:

Come join the WSA and members of the Greek community in discussing
Greek Life at Wes, the challenges and repercussions of having
student-run spaces at Wes shut down, and some solutions and steps
moving forward. The event will take place in a town hall format in the
Usdan Cafe area, and we invite all members of the Wesleyan community
to join in this discussion.

Agenda:
7-9pm Discussion of Greek Life and Student Run Spaces
I. Introduction
-Quick overview of WSA changes, introduction of leadership, meeting
format, ground rules, community standards, goals and intentions for
discussion
II. Lack of administration transparency and communication to students
in major decisions
III. Success and challenges of coeducation process
IV. Weekend social life and the future of student run spaces
V. Open discussion, additional questions, etc.
VI. Steps forward
VII. Closing

9pm Other announcements, WSA issues, etc.

Date: Sunday, September 13th
Time: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Place: Usdan Cafe