April 30, 2018, by Martin Benjamin, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Dear Editor, Thank you for running 99.44% of my April 27 letter. The missing .56% appears right after the very first sentence, the one which noted that book reviewer Roth had cast the authors of “Free Speech on Campus” as “fundamentalists” who take a “dogmatic approach to freedom of expression.” I then wrote: “Translation: your […]


April 27, 2018, by Martin Benjamin, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

Dear Editor: Reviewing Chemerinsky and Gillman’s “Free Speech on Campus,” BMOC Michael Roth is a marching sandwich board of starchy clichés: the authors (UCal officials) are “fundamentalists” who take a “dogmatic approach to freedom of expression.” The Man continues: “Their rhetoric suggests that a succession of horrible events will be the unintended consequence of even […]

African American Studies: Wesleyan’s “Black Panther”

April 19, 2018, by Elizabeth McAlister, Contributing Writer . 2 Comments

Next year Wesleyan will celebrate the 50th anniversary of African American Studies. During the 1960s we became one of the best endowed liberal arts colleges in the United States. We used this money to create multidisciplinary colleges, strengthen graduate programs, and establish a university press. We also developed a groundbreaking program to recruit African American […]

Michael Roth: President Performer

March 1, 2018, by Kyllian Pather, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

Dear Michael Roth, I write this letter with genuine concern and frustration. Although Iamextremely pleased that Daniel Handler will no longer be the 2018 Commencement Speaker and Anita Hill will be taking his place, I am extremely disappointed by Wesleyan’s and your involvement in this entire matter. Why Daniel Handler, considering the accusations of both […]

I am Steeve Elam

February 24, 2018, by Jeff Hush, Contributing Writer. 2 Comments

Steeve Elam came up to me for the first time on February 1, 2018. Our community center meeting had just ended. He was offering help. A slender young man with dark hair, passionate and enthusiastic, he knew how to bake berry pies. He wanted to fundraise for us by baking these pies. He wanted to […]

Egypt, Rohingya & Islamophobia

December 4, 2017, by Imam Sami Aziz, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

With tears in our eyes, heavy hearts and a feeling of inability to help, we pray for Egypt, Rohingya, Yemen, Somalia, and everywhere that people suffer regardless of religion, race or ethnicity: We call upon you with your Asma-ul-Husna (beautiful names),Ya Rab (O Sustainer) – Ya Khaliq (O Creator) – Ya Shafi  (O Healer) – […]

An Imam’s Reflection on Thankfulness

November 27, 2017, by Imam Sami Aziz, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

Sitting at home in Hartford during this holiday break I was pondering upon what it truly means to be thankful, especially as a Muslim in America. As difficult as it is to be a Muslim in America, Muslim Americans continue to migrate to the United States. This has to do with the dire situations their […]

Our Food System is Built on Racism: Then and Now

November 9, 2017, by Kelly Lam and Kate Sundberg, Contributing Writers. Comments Off on Our Food System is Built on Racism: Then and Now

CW: Racism, slavery, exploitation, sexual abuse On October 25th, Wesleyan Real Food Challenge along with campuses across the nation dropped a banner in Usdan declaring that “Racism is in our Food System.” In solidarity with food workers across the nation and globe, we condemn the historical and continual exploitation of food workers. Food workers are […]

Fight to Keep Green Street Open

October 30, 2017, by Anna Flurry, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Fight to Keep Green Street Open

Dear Wesleyan, Over the summer, President Roth and the university made the decision to close Green Street Teaching and Learning Center with absolutely no forewarning or communication with either Green Street families or Wesleyan students. Additionally, this decision was made during a time when Wesleyan students (many of whom depend on Green Street to earn […]

Why Are We Not Talking About Mental Health?

October 16, 2017, by Benny Soran, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

Since I’ve gotten to Wesleyan, I’ve noticed that everybody seems like they have their entire lives put together. In an ostensible way, every student has perfect study habits, impeccable time management skills, and low stress levels. We all know this isn’t true, but why is no one talking about their struggles rather than their perfect […]

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