Scott Backer Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Three Years’ Probation

April 23, 2018, by Erin Hussey, News Editor . 1 Comment

Former Associate Dean of Students Scott Backer will not be serving jail time after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a May 2017 arrest.  On Thursday, April 19, in the Hartford Superior Court, Backer pled guilty to enticing a minor via an electronic device. The court record shows that while Backer was officially sentenced to three […]

Bell Talks Ethnographic Study on the Tea Party

April 19, 2018, by Mason Mandell, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Yesterday afternoon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sierra Bell provided students with an anthropological perspective on the Tea Party movement and its theories on power in a lecture entitled “This is Gonna Sound Like a Conspiracy Theory.” Bell is also the author of the book “Apocalyptic Politics: Liberty and Truth in Tea Party America,” which […]

Andrew W. White Appointed New University Librarian

April 19, 2018, by Molly Schiff, Editor in Chief . Leave a Comment

Following a long search process, the University has appointed a new Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joyce Jacobsen announced the decision in an all-campus email on Thursday. Andrew W. White will officially assume his new role this summer. White will take the place of Diane Klare, who has […]

University Team Wins DataFest Award for Best User Insight

April 19, 2018, by Erin Hussey, News Editor. Leave a Comment

Over 70 students from six different New England universities came to campus to participate in DataFest, an annual analytical competition sponsored by the University’s Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC). This year, participants gathered in Exley Science Center Fishbowl from April 6 to 7 to develop and present creative, data-driven projects.  Student teams from Wesleyan, Yale University, University […]

Chaplain Dr. Imam Sami Shamma Discusses Muslim Prisoners in the Trump Era

April 19, 2018, by Kaye Dyja, News Editor. Leave a Comment

Imam Sami Shamma, a Chaplain in the Connecticut Department of Corrections, hosted a lecture entitled “Muslim Prisoners in Post-Trump America,” on Wednesday, April 18. The talk was organized by the Office of the Muslim Chaplain and the Center for Prison Education (CPE). “So, this talk is obviously especially pertinent right now in this time of […]

Professor Grabel Lectures on Stem Cell Therapy

April 17, 2018, by Leila Etemad, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

Last Thursday, faculty and students gathered in the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty to hear Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society; Professor of Biology; and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Laura Grabel discuss her research focusing on current stem cell therapies and the political and religious aspects of stem cell research. Grabel, who […]

Jonathan Chester P’20 Lectures About Antarctica

April 17, 2018, by Sasha Cohen, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Jonathan Chester, a photographer, environmentalist, climber, and father of Cormac Chester ’20, shared stories from his life and work on Friday, April 13 in Shanklin Hall. The event, entitled “An Evening in Antarctica with Jonathan Chester,” was sponsored by the Green Fund, WESU, Climate Action Group, the Wesleyan Sustainability Office, the College of the Environment, […]

Man Responsible for Death of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 Could Move to Lower-Security Facility

April 17, 2018, by Erin Hussey, News Editor. Leave a Comment

In 2009, Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 was shot and killed while working an afternoon shift at Red & Black Cafe. Now, nine years later, the man responsible for her death could be transferred out of the maximum-security facility where he has been held for the past six years. At his hearing on March 16, Stephen Morgan’s […]

SEMI Holds “Ban the Box” Demonstration, Roth ’78 Commits to Meeting

April 13, 2018, by Emmet Teran, Hannah Reale, Editor-in-Chief, Features Editor. 3 Comments

Wesleyan Students for Ending Mass Incarceration (SEMI) held an hours-long sit-in and rally at the Office of Admission to protest the University’s mandatory “box” on the Common Application. The “box” requires applicants to indicate whether or not they have been convicted of a crime. The demonstration culminated in a conversation with President Michael Roth ’78, who […]

Center for Prison Educaton Receives $1 Million Grant

April 13, 2018, by Mason Mandell, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

The University’s Center for Prison Education (CPE) received a four-year $1 million grant on Tuesday. The significant boost in funding will allow the program to expand its efforts to provide inmates in the state’s correctional facilities with postsecondary educational opportunities. The program will use the money to invest in new technology resources, higher stipends for faculty, […]

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