Wesleyan’s Proud Tradition of Student-Worker Solidarity

May 2, 2019, by Concerned Alumni, . Leave a Comment

We, the undersigned, are a group of Wesleyan alumni who are concerned about the unreasonable workloads faced by campus janitors, the majority of whom are black and brown migrants. We implore President Michael Roth to hire five new custodial staff and to drop all disciplinary charges against student protesters. This is a cause close to […]

Why I Confronted President Roth

May 2, 2019, by Alec Shea, . Leave a Comment

As a recently graduated alumnus of Wesleyan, I had the pleasure of visiting some friends of mine on Campus last weekend. I joined them in questioning President Roth at a Lacrosse game on Saturday about the severe workloads placed on Wesleyan’s custodial workers. Other students associated with USLAC (the University Student Labor Action Coalition) confronted […]

In Response to Student Protests

April 29, 2019, by Executive Board of Wesleyan Democrats, . Leave a Comment

While the University decreased custodial staff from 60 to 50, from 2012 to 2014, the campus’s size did not decrease at all. On the contrary, class sizes have increased: the class of 2018 was 757 students, and over the next four years the incoming class size steadily increased to 810 in the class of 2022. […]

Sustainability Efforts on Campus Have Consequences for Custodial Staff

April 9, 2019, by Lizzie Walsh, Maggie O'Donnell, Rose Shuker-Haines, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

From an outsider’s perspective on Wesleyan, we appear to be an extremely environmentally conscious university. Most people recycle, there is a robust residential composting program, and we incorporate alternate forms of energy into our energy systems. However, when one looks deeper, there are still large gaps in our collective attempts to lessen our environmental impact. […]

86 Years is Too Long to Wait for Clean Rivers

March 28, 2019, by Alicea Charamut, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on 86 Years is Too Long to Wait for Clean Rivers

Eighty-six years is too long to wait. The 1972 passage of the federal Clean Water Act put forward strong and ambitious goals for our waters. For the over four decades since the public has been patiently investing their taxes and utility rates to once again make our rivers clean, healthy, and full of life. Among […]

Director’s Note Regarding Bare: A Staged Concert

March 7, 2019, by Keith Jones, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Director’s Note Regarding Bare: A Staged Concert

Over this past semester, I have had the awesome honor of directing Bare through Second Stage. As predominantly underclassmen were working on this show we experienced many issues regarding diversity and the implications of a flawed script and were faced with a myriad of difficult decisions regarding its integrity and contents. As we made progress […]

Students Petition Against Theater Department Is Wrong

February 28, 2019, by Brian Scott Older, Contributing Writer. 2 Comments

This letter was submitted on Friday, December 21, 2018.    Dear Argus Editor, Regarding last weeks issue of the Argus, a article entitled ‘Theater Calls For Diversity’ really caught my eye. While I agree without question that diversity hires in any setting should be mandatory, I take extreme umbrage at the theater students petition that […]

Cleaning up the logo vote

February 28, 2019, by Tom Policelli, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Cleaning up the logo vote

When our kids were very young, we used to ask them ‘do you want a shower or a bath?’ They did not want either, of course, but by giving them a choice we distracted them from that fact. The illusion of having a say in the outcome sufficed, peace was maintained, and we got clean […]

Hypocritical Eclectic Has a Perp Problem

February 26, 2019, by Anonymous, Anonymous. 34 Comments

This letter has been edited slightly with the author’s consent to ensure the anonymity of all parties. The title of the letter was chosen by the author, and it is our policy not to change titles of letters. Please refer to our “Submit a Letter” page to read more about our letter policies. CW: sexual […]

Endowment Ethics: The WSA Forges Ahead on Divestment

February 11, 2019, by Tatum Millet, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Endowment Ethics: The WSA Forges Ahead on Divestment

Wesleyan’s mission statement emphasizes “practical idealism” as one of the university’s core values. And in many ways, Wesleyan’s policies reflect this pragmatic ethos. The university’s strong advocacy for the merits of a liberal arts education, even as STEM reigns supreme across other campuses, demonstrates its recognition that creative, idealistic thinking has practical value in the […]

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