If President Michael Roth were a student, he would be graduating in the coming weeks after coming to Wesleyan in 2007. Instead, he has signed a seven-year contract with the University.
Critically acclaimed writer Amy Bloom ’75 has been appointed as the Kim-Frank Family University Writer in Residence.
Admission for the Class of 2014 was the most selective it has been in the University’s history.
The University announced last week that it had received approval from the Connecticut Department of Public Health to extend the H1N1 vaccine to high-risk students 17-24 years old.
Despite efforts to contain the spread of the H1N1 virus at colleges and universities nationwide, symptoms of the virus have begun to make the rounds on campus.
The campus community was saddened to hear of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a Wesleyan student in Red and Black Café, located in Broad Street Books, the University’s campus bookstore.
The campus community is mourning the loss of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10, who was fatally shot around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in Red and Black Café, located on the corner of William Street and Broad Street.
The campus community has taken further precautions today after the Middletown Police Department (MPD) notified the campus that Stephen Morgan, the alleged gunman in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10, may be targeting Wesleyan, as well as its Jewish community.
On Thursday night, Stephen Morgan, the alleged gunman in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10, turned himself in to authorities.
On March 5, Jean Pockrus ’08 was checking her e-mail account when she discovered an unexpected notice—a cease and desist order issued by the City of Middletown Health Department to Middletown’s chapter of Food Not Bombs.
Although the University’s endowment now sits around $488 million, next year’s tuition increase will be substantially lower than originally proposed.
As Wesleyan’s endowment continues to decline and its budget deficit worsens, the administration is devising new strategies to strengthen its finances.
In December, President Roth announced plans for significant across-the-board budget cuts to mitigate the University’s $15.5 million budget shortfall.
For three years, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) and University administrators have been negotiating over Fire Safety policies regarding campus-wide inspections of student housing
When the University’s endowment rapidly declined during the economic recession of the 1970s, the administration’s solution to raising revenue was simple: increase the size of the student body.
Universities across the country are facing budget cuts, hiring freezes, and now, significant declines in on-campus job recruiting by Wall Street firms, as the effects of the financial crisis continue to ripple through the economy.
With the ongoing financial crisis, even the most experienced investors are uncertain about the economy’s future. For several students, however, a little bit of research and time goes a long way—in the month of October, the student-run Wesleyan Investment Group (WIG) made returns of nearly 50 percent on its stocks and options, drastically outpacing the national market.
With the start of the second quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, the University has only now begun to grasp the full impact of the economy’s recent downturn. The endowment declined by 3.9 percent for FY 2008—which spanned from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008—and the performance of the first quarter of FY 2009, which ended Sept. 30, was anything but positive.
Last week, 900 colleges and 100 private schools were closed off from the nearly nn9.3 billion that Wachovia Bank was holding for them in the Commonfund Short Term Fund, a short-term investment fund. Wesleyan University, one of the 900 colleges affected by Wachovia’s move, had nn20 million in the fund at the time of this decision. Within the past two weeks, the University has been able to take nn8 million out of the fund; however, nn12 million remains frozen.
The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) officially released a report this past Sunday from the September 2008 Board of Trustees retreat. While the primary function of these retreats is to provide an opportunity for Board members and faculty/student representatives to discuss current priorities and long-term goals for the University, the board spent considerable time reviewing the University’s current financial situation.
In early October of last year, President Michael Roth spoke to the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) about his plans for the future of the University—most notably, his goal of doubling the endowment within five to eight years.
While most students base their college decisions on academic and social factors, 63 percent of students polled by The Princeton Review’s most recent “College Hopes and Worries Survey” cited environmental friendliness as criteria for applying to college.
While most new students worry about getting along with roommates or devising course schedules, approximately 84 international students last weekend faced anxieties ranging from getting immunization shots to making sure the University had received their immigration papers.
Before accepted students decide whether to attend, they have the opportunity to experience campus life firsthand during the University’s Wesfest celebration. The University’s tradition of hosting prefrosh for three days sets it apart from other schools, which commonly have one-day events for their accepted students.
For many students, the Iraq War is a distant tragedy. For others, the war has hit close to home, with friends and family serving overseas. On a campus where the vast majority of students are personally disconnected from the war, those who have been affected by it harbor conflicting views of patriotism, duty, and sacrifice.
Since 2001, the University has invested $3,200 per year to subscribe to a plagiarism detection online program called Turnitin.com. Started almost 11 years ago, Turnitin now supports 6,000 institutions of higher learning across the United States, according to Turnitin support staff.
While you may not see professors shopping in Weshop or studying in Olin, they are now popping up in a different student-oriented environment. Facebook’s “Wesleyan Faculty” network currently boasts 16 members.
According to an ongoing Wesleying poll, as of Feb. 21, 85 percent of 255 students wish the University offered the option to minor. As major declaration descends upon the Class of 2010, students of all years are voicing concern over the University’s lack of minors.
When Saul Carlin ’09, Campus Organizer of Democracy Matters, began registering students to vote in Connecticut’s Feb. 5 primary, he was skeptical about the outcome. “We began as a coalition of student groups with two goals in mind: to educate the campus and give its students the opportunity to register and vote,” Carlin said.
When Alex Gold ’10 traveled to Israel this winter break, he never expected to feel any connection with an unknown country halfway across the world.
When Thomas Morgan, Professor of Physics, went on sabbatical to Dublin, Ireland 10 years ago, he found himself intrigued by more than just his intellectual pursuits. During his two years teaching at Queens University in Belfast, Morgan developed an interest in Irish music.
From 2001 to 2006, the University hired 17 new professors in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics division. None of them were women. “We were doing a great job of hiring women before, but people took their eyes off of the problem,” said Ishita Mukerji, professor and chair of molecular biology and biochemistry (MB&B). “It was just another incident of unconscious bias.”
When members of Ujamaa wanted to host an event focusing on the takeover of Fisk Hall in the late 1960’s, they used the Alumni and Parents Speakers Network (APSN) to get Evans Jacobs ’73 to speak on his role in the takeover.
After her car stalled on I-91 and her replacement rental was rear-ended by a Wesleyan freshman on High Street later that day, some would guess that Reverend Joan Cooper Burnett would be overwhelmed by her bad luck. Instead, she remained optimistic, refusing to let the incident put a damper on her day.
As the lights dim, a single body walks on stage. Within seconds, a photograph dances its way across the projected backdrop; immediately light and sound bring the figure to life.
As of late, the issues surrounding the sushi employees at the new Usdan University Center have been largely regarded as a result of Bon Appétit’s policy practices. But according to Wesleyan Dining Union Representative Len Nalencz, that may not be the case. Nalencz is now accusing the Wesleyan administration, namely University Center Director Rick Culliton, of shirking responsibility in investigating the Advanced Fresh Concepts’ (AFC) sushi franchise.
In an e-mail to the Wesleyan Parent Listserv, one mother complained about her son’s adjustment to college, and then added that his girlfriend back home was going to make the situation even harder. In true listserv fashion, another parent added her two cents.