The current lawsuit against the University, which was filed by a former Wesleyan student (“Jane Doe”) who was raped during a Halloween party at the Beta Theta Pi (Beta) fraternity house in 2010, charges the University with a violation of Title IX, a federal law that prohibits educational institutions that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex.
The controversy surrounding the termination of Wesleyan’s need-blind admissions policy is not unique to this year; similar concerns about the University’s finances and the status of need-blind admissions were discussed campus-wide 20 years ago. In 1991, in the face of rising tuition rates and endowment issues (sound familiar?), then-President William M. Chace proposed ending the decades-old need-blind policy for applicants on the waitlist.
For anyone concerned about flashy Wesleyan selling points to brag about to your friends over Thanksgiving break, fear not. We may not have a Naked Quad Run (Hey, Tufts) or a SexPowerGod party (What up, Brown), but Wes features a variety of its own illustrious traditions for the clothing inclined and disinclined alike.
“We on staff don’t think we can handle another semester like this again. We want to give everyone a chance to put up a theatrical performance, but we also want to be able to be there for shows in a way that we couldn’t this semester. Our budget issues, combined with the number of shows, meant that everyone had to make compromises,” said Whitehouse.
“Nothing is perfect,” he said. “And in a sense, everything is perfect. Dropping the bowl is perfect. It’s all in how you respond.”
“There is this weird phenomenon that we’ve both experienced,” Roxy recounted. “Having friends and separate friends and teachers who have never met the other one, who once they learn of the other one’s existence, accidentally call us by the wrong name. It’s very strange.”
“Oh my god!” said the man. “That’s the coolest thing ever! He’s having sex with his blowhole!”
While many students opt to spend their long, lazy breaks in front of the T.V., allowing every intelligent thought to ooze from their brains, others choose to live and work on organic farms and get their hands dirty.
“You really need to be disciplined and not be afraid to track a professor down and argue for why you should be in their class, and you can’t be afraid to stand up to your class dean, or your adviser, or 35 professors who tell you no,” Feldman-Piltch said.
Russell Library, a town institution on the corner of Court Street and Broad Street, is a former Episcopal church that has retained its heavy stone exterior and stained-glass windows.
Why does Occupy Wall Street seem to resonate so strongly with Wesleyan students?
To inaugurate a new crop of Features contributors, The Argus decided to send three first-time freshman writers on a lengthy and unrelenting assignment. We provided them little direction or guidance, other than the following email.