Protest Held Over University Janitor Acosta’s Deportation Order Outside of ICE Office in Hartford

December 18, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Opinion Editor. 8 Comments

Acosta will not be held in detention by ICE. Instead, he has been fitted with an ankle bracelet after his ICE check-in on Monday, Dec. 18. Acosta initially fled Colombia due to direct threats on his life and was forced to leave his wife and children behind, as previously reported by The Argus. Acosta has been […]

Wesleyan Janitor Francisco Acosta Faces Deportation Order Monday, Students and Faculty Protest

December 14, 2017, by Aaron Stagoff-Belfort, Editor-in-Chief. 38 Comments

University janitor Francisco Acosta came to the United States in 2001. The Colombia native was a teacher and union advocate who fled his home country in the midst of a bloody civil war after government forces began murdering political dissidents. He had hoped that his wife and teenage sons would eventually join him in the U.S. However, […]

GOP Tax Plan Could Have “Immeasurable” Consequences on University Graduate Students

December 12, 2017, by Mason Mandell, Staff Writer. 37 Comments

Negotiations in Washington D.C. over the outcome of the current GOP tax bill are hitting close to home for current and future graduate students on campus. Provisions in the version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives would eliminate a tax exemption that saves many graduate students thousands of dollars. “We just wouldn’t […]

Following Presentations, Eclectic Decision Deferred to Spring 2018

December 7, 2017, by Molly Schiff, Executive Editor . 3 Comments

The University will hold off on making a final decision regarding the reinstatement of Eclectic Society’s residential status until Spring 2018. An all-campus email from Jacqueline Manginelli ’19, chair of the WSA Student Life Committee and the University’s Undergraduate Residential Life Committee (URLC), announced the decision on Friday, Dec. 8. “The Undergraduate Residential Life Committee (URLC) will […]

University Receives 2.5 Million-Dollar Grant for Upward Bound Math-Science Program

December 4, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

The University’s Upward Bound Math-Science Program (UBMS) has received a $2.5 million grant that will be distributed over the course of five years to support the STEM education of low-income and first-generation students in Meriden, New Britain, and recently, Middletown. Upward Bound (UB), a federal program often run out of institutions of higher education, was founded […]

African Students’ Association Hosts First Africa Week

December 4, 2017, by Kaye Dyja, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

From Tuesday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 2, the Wesleyan African Students’ Association held the University’s first Africa Week. Events ranged from a West African Drumming and Dance performance to a screening of “Stories of Our Lives” to an Ariya Cultural Show in the World Music Hall. “This first-ever(!) Africa Week was designed to highlight the complexities […]

Medieval Studies Program Hosts Talk on The Alt-Right and the Middle Ages

December 4, 2017, by Henry Spiro, News Editor . 1 Comment

On Monday, Dec. 4, the Medieval Studies Program, the Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Division of Social Sciences, co-sponsored a talk entitled, “Race, Rhetoric, and the Alt-Right’s Middle Ages.” The lecture was given by Cord Whitaker, an Assistant Professor of English at Wellesley College. The talk covered the ways in which the alt-right incorporates […]

DKE v. Wes: Jury Verdict Upheld, Brothers Return Fall 2018, Univ. to Appeal

December 4, 2017, by Camille De Beus, Emmet Teran, News Editor and Features Editor. 5 Comments

On Monday, Dec. 4, Judge Edward S. Domnarski upheld this summer’s jury verdict on the Kent Literary Club (KLC) Et. Al. v. Wesleyan University Et. Al. case. Judge Domnarski also granted KLC’s post-trial motions for triple damages, bringing the total sum awarded to over $1.2 million. “We are disappointed by the court’s decision and will […]

DKE v. Wesleyan: Judge Deliberates Post-Verdict Motions, Decision on Dec. 4

December 1, 2017, by Camille De Beus, Emmet Teran, News and Features Editors. 1 Comment

With post-verdict hearings and motions nearly finished, Monday’s, Dec. 4 court date has the potential to settle three years of heated debate among the parties of Kent Literary Club (KLC) Et Al v. Wesleyan University Et Al. According to KLC President Gary Breitbord, no decisions were made at a hearing held on Nov. 22. The […]

University Climate Action Group Hosts Panel on Environmentalism

December 1, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

On Nov. 29, the University’s Climate Action Group, in conjunction with the Wesleyan Democrats, hosted a panel discussion entitled “Environmental Activism at the Local Level.” The panel included Professor of Biology Stephen Devoto, Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature Krishna Winston, and Hartford Sustainability Coordinator Shubhada Kambli ’99. The panel discussion targeted […]

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