Professor Esam Boraey Talks Revolutionary Activism

December 4, 2020, by Kay Perkins, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Before joining the Wesleyan faculty to teach about populism, Esam Boraey built an impressive resume as an activist, political operative, and academic. He graduated from college several years early and began teaching at the university level at nineteen. His academic career was interrupted, however, when he became one of the first seven people to protest […]

Students Respond to Early Campus Closure

December 3, 2020, by Jo Harkless, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Dean Rick Culliton sent out an all-campus email announcing new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the student body. Following an increase in COVID-19 cases both on and off campus, Culliton urged students with negative tests to head home as soon as possible. “I was in econ [when I […]

Winter is Coming: Students’ Thoughts on the Upcoming Break

December 3, 2020, by Sophie Griffin, Stephanie Monard, Assistant Features Editor, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Winter break should be a time of relaxation, family gatherings, and decompression from the stress of the semester. However, after three months being surrounded by your best friends, the time away from campus can feel isolating for many students. This year, as part of the University’s COVID-19 safety planning, instead of returning to campus after Thanksgiving […]

WesCeleb Caroline Salim ’21 on the Government Major, Sailing, and Making Connections

December 3, 2020, by Claire Isenegger, Sabrina Ladiwala, Editor in Chief, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Caroline Salim ’21 may be graduating a semester early, but she’s already left her mark on campus. This Captain of the Sailing Team, Senior Class Treasurer, and ResLife Community Advisor shared her fondest memories at Wesleyan with The Argus. From her love for the government major (and its professors) to going on hikes and playing […]

WorkForce Time Continues to Spark Student and Worker Frustration

December 3, 2020, by Emma Smith, Hannah Docter-Loeb, Features Editors. Leave a Comment

On Feb. 18, the University announced that they would be implementing WorkForce Time (WorkForce), a new timekeeping system to track hours for on-campus workers. The University implemented the system on July 27, according to an all-campus email from Associate Controller Melanie Messier. WorkForce was introduced to streamline time-keeping processes, according to the all-campus email sent on […]

ORSL Budget Reductions and Restructuring Spark Strong Pushback from Students, Faculty, and Staff

November 19, 2020, by Serena Chow, Editor-in-Chief. 2 Comments

The University’s Former Muslim Chaplain Omar Bayramoglu was sitting in his kitchen at home in Farmington, Connecticut on Jul. 21 when he received an email from the University’s Catholic Chaplain Father Bill Wallace. Wallace had reached out to Bayramoglu to ask if it was true that he was leaving his position at the University, which […]

Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim ’14, One Year Later

November 19, 2020, by Claire Isenegger, Hannah Docter-Loeb, Editor in Chief, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

Ben Florsheim ’14 made history when he was elected as Middletown’s youngest mayor on Nov. 5, 2019, after defeating Republican opponent Seb Guiliano. In his first year in office, Florsheim has had to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and waves of Black Lives Matter protests around the country—including in Middletown—following numerous incidents of police violence […]

Middletown Public Schools, Student Groups Adapt to Unusual Semester

November 19, 2020, by Sophie Griffin, Assistant Features Editor . Leave a Comment

Across the country, school districts have had to completely rework how they operate. After lockdowns forced school online and after a long summer vacation, students are back in school and learning in unfamiliar ways.  The Middletown Public Schools are currently operating on a hybrid model, with students broken up into three cohorts (A, B, and […]

WesCeleb Mary Johnson ’21 Talks TERP, Shabbat & Data Analysis

November 19, 2020, by Oliver Cope, Olivia Ramseur, Assistant News Editor, Assistant Features Editor. Leave a Comment

After taking a semester off because of a concussion, Mary Johnson ’21 is due to graduate in December. Besides spending time volunteering with the Center for Prison Education (CPE), majoring in religion with a data analysis minor, and engaging in spiritual life on campus, Johnson still finds time to dance and play Frisbee. The Argus Zoomed with Johnson […]

Does Wes2Go Gotta Go? Students’ Perspectives on the New Mobile Ordering App

November 19, 2020, by Hannah Docter-Loeb, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

The University shifted to a mobile ordering system for both Weshop and Summerfields (Summies) on Monday, Nov. 9.  The change came as a surprise to many students when the transition occurred a few weeks before students depart campus for winter break. Many students felt that the timing of the rollout was nonsensical. “When I found out they were […]

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