Responding to the Racial Incident at Psi Upsilon Cornell

October 13, 2017, by The Brothers of the Xi of Psi Upsilon, Contributing Writers. 3 Comments

Last month at Cornell University, a group of students associated with the Chi chapter of Psi Upsilon assaulted a black student and directed racial slurs towards him. Over that past few weeks, we–the Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon–have discussed the recent hate crime committed at Cornell University and feel ethically compelled to speak out. We, […]

Jewish Voice for Peace – An Urgent Call for Constructive Dialogue

October 13, 2017, by Wesleyan Jewish Voice for Peace, Contributing Writers. 2 Comments

Last Thursday, the Argus published an article by Shani Erdman entitled “Conflict Resolution: Why Boycotting Sabra is Not the Answer.” We, as members of Wesleyan’s chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, appreciate her sentiment when she writes, “I dream of the day that Israelis and Palestinians will live together in peace. The status quo is […]

The Sukkah

October 5, 2017, by Arielle Schwartz and Rabbi David Teva, Contributing Writers. Comments Off on The Sukkah

In the Jewish tradition, the Sukkah is an impermanent booth or hut built and dwelt in during the week-long Jewish pilgrimage festival, Sukkot. The Sukkah is supposed to resemble the tent like dwellings in which the Jews lived as they wandered the desert for 40 years,and the sukkah’s impermanence reminds us of the temporary nature […]

Affirmative Action(s)

October 5, 2017, by Center for African American Studies Advisory Board, Contributing Writers. 1 Comment

Earlier this year, President Michael Roth penned an article that introduced a need for an “affirmative-action program for the full range of conservative ideas and traditions” (“The Opening of the Liberal Mind” ). It was disappointing not only to see an attempt to re-write history and the meanings of historically relevant, racially-unique terms, but also […]

Put Your Intellectual Money Where Your Mouth Is

September 22, 2017, by Peter V.S. Bond, Contributing Writer. 5 Comments

A recently survey of 1,500 college students commissioned by the Brookings Institute provides serious concern over the generation currently walking the halls of Wesleyan. Among some of the disheartening results we find that most colleges students are unaware that the Constitution protects hate speech. Half of students think that shouting down speakers who advocate for […]

A Mystical Vision of Wild Wes

September 15, 2017, by Matthew J. Fraser, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on A Mystical Vision of Wild Wes

This letter is in response to the September 7th article in the Argus, “Wild Wes Sanctuary Struggles to Preserve Its Legacy”. I’m responding because that beautiful patch of untamed nature represents a great opportunity for Wes to open new worlds for itself and the world we serve. For the record, I went to Wesleyan for […]

The New Sexual Misconduct Policies Should Alarm, not Reassure

September 11, 2017, by Gordon Pignato, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

Over the summer, Wesleyan made substantial changes to its Sexual Misconduct policies. While the administration has directed attention to certain major changes (e.g. the addition of an ombudsman, the elimination of hearings), the seemingly smaller changes to investigative procedures will prove to be equally impactful to the affected parties. Indeed, “the devil is in the […]

The Return of BuHo: An Evolving Space on Campus for Buddhist Lifestyle, Inquiry, and Practice

September 4, 2017, by Liam Trampota, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on The Return of BuHo: An Evolving Space on Campus for Buddhist Lifestyle, Inquiry, and Practice

This year will be my second year as the House Manager of Middle House, formerly Buddhist House (or Buho). As HM, with a deep interest and practice in Buddhism and residential experience at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Zen Monastery, I have been working along with residents, friends, Reslife, and my Buddhist sangha to bring the house […]

Questioning Wesleyan’s Commitment to Middletown “Communities”

September 4, 2017, by Katie Murray, George Perez, Contributing Writers. 1 Comment

On May fourth of this year, President Michael Roth wrote a brief article in the Argus heralding the glossy new RJ Julia bookstore. He expressed his excitement “for the opening of this great new cultural destination for the Wesleyan and greater Middletown communities and for the possibilities of even deeper connections between the two.” At […]

At Long Last

May 9, 2017, by James Shankland, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

I was disappointed to see six Wesleyan professors (doctors Springer, Gruen, Karera, Bui, Boggs, and Weiss) among the 800-odd voices endorsing the silencing of a colleague at Rhodes University, Dr. Rebecca Tuvel, who published a paper on transracialism that displeased them. There was no malice in Dr. Tuvel’s paper, but apparently she had inadvertently used […]

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