At a meeting on Tuesday, community members discussed the proposed development of land on Washington Street and the potential relocation of the University bookstore to the planned complex. Members expressed their unanimous disagreement with the plan.
Students in favor of restoring need-blind admissions engaged in a series of protests during Homecoming Weekend, the most notable of which was a demonstration by approximately 45 students during the Wesleyan-Amherst football game.
The current need-blind debate stems from problems that publicly arose in 2008, and has become exceedingly complicated in the past few months. The Argus has compiled a rundown of all the major events surrounding the need-blind debate in an effort to give the Wesleyan community all of the relevant information about the issue in one place.
During the Sept. 23 meeting of the Board of Trustees at the Daniel Family Commons (DFC), several students attempted to gain entry into the meeting to protest the lack of student involvement in the decision to end the University’s need-blind admissions policy.
In response to the University’s announcement last spring that it would be discontinuing its decades-old need-blind admissions process, approximately 60 students met on Sunday, Sept. 2, to discuss the implications of the administration’s decision as well as what methods could be used to reverse this new policy.
The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) presidential debate was held yesterday between incumbent WSA President Zachary Malter ’13 and WSA Coordinator Arya Alizadeh ’13. The candidates described their platforms and responded to nine questions provided by the WSA Elections Committee, online submissions, and the audience.
On Thursday, Mar. 8, Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a speech at the Memorial Chapel as part of the 21st Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression. Justice Scalia’s lecture, which was entitled “The Originalist Approach to the First Amendment,” was attended by about 550 people, including students, parents, alumni, and Middletown residents. Hundreds more watched the lecture from other sites around campus through a closed-circuit video feed. His appearance on campus was met with protests organized by University students and other Connecticut activists.
n Friday, University alumni, Board of Trustees members, faculty, students, and Middletown officials attended the grand opening of the 41 Wyllys Avenue building. The building, which contains the Career Center, the College of Letters, and the Art History Department, has been available for use since Jan. 26.
After several members of the Wesleyan Democrats (WesDems) and state legislators expressed concerns, the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) delayed the appointment of Former Mayor of Middletown Sebastian Giuliano to the position of Executive Director and General Counsel and, on Jan. 30 chose to open up the position to other applicants.
Eight Wesleyan students joined approximately two to three hundred other participants at the New York City Encuentro for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism on Dec. 4.
The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) will launch a new website, designed to rate University professors, called prof-it.org during the first week of the spring semester in January.
Last year, Wesleyan Students for Real, Ethical, and Sustainable Habits (WesFRESH), a student group dedicated to raising awareness of food issues, attempted to start the construction of a greenhouse on campus.
There is no denying that Ed McKeon is an important figure in Middletown. Perhaps you know him from his campaign slogan, “Ed for Ed,” or his frequent updates on the Middletown Eye, which he founded and now edits.
Alexander Levin ’12 is one of several candidates running in today’s election for a position on the Middletown Board of Education. Levin, who made his decision to run this past summer, is competing against 11 candidates for five spots on the Board of Education.
The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the proposed shortening of the Drop/Add period from two weeks to one week.
A new organization called Venture for America will visit the University on Oct. 17 in an effort to convince students to apply for a fellowship offered for the first time this year.
Green Party Candidate for Philadelphia Sheriff Cheri Honkala spoke at 200 Church before a group of approximately 50 students on Monday night.
Next semester on Oct. 1 the Wesleyan International Relations Association (WIRA) will hold its first International Relations Conference, titled Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pak Relations.
An April 20 all-campus email from Dean of Diversity and Student Engagement Renee Johnson-Thornton reminded students of the little-known Campus Climate Log, a blog which allows members of the Wesleyan community to log or share acts of intolerance and prevention efforts.
According to the Office of Admissions, 2,355 students from an applicant pool of 10,033 were granted admission into the Class of 2015.
After looking through thousands of applications, the Admissions Office sent out acceptance letters last Friday to regular decision applicants to the class of 2015. This is the third year in a row that the University received over 10,000 applications.
Dr. Philippa Coughlan, Director and Founder of the Wesleyan Office of Behavioral Health for Students (OBHS), passed away on March 17 at the age of 75. She died in Middlesex Hospital after a brief illness.
Soon, Wesleyan University may be able to list the discoverer of a planet among its alumni. Marshall Johnson ’11, a member of the Wide Angle Search for Planets (SuperWASP), an international academic organization, believes he may have discovered a new planet orbiting the WASP-33, a star 378 light-years away from Earth that was also discovered by a member of SuperWASP.
In the past several months, students have expressed frustration about the speed of package and mail pick-up from Wesleyan Station (Wes Station). According to Wes Station Supervisor Holly Nicholas, these delays are the result of a decrease in full-time staff.
Two years after its founding at the hands of Ali Chaudhry ’12, Kenneth Feder ’12, and Kumail Akbar ’12, the student-run organization Possibilities Pakistan has, in Wesleyan tradition, entered the competition for the Dell Social Innovation Prize, which awards $50,000 to an organization “with innovative ideas to solve a social or environmental problem.”
In the continued debate over the University’s return of Native American remains and cultural objects to their respective tribes, students, professors and faculty gathered on Thursday to learn about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
Synonymous with turkey, extended family, and awful traffic, Thanksgiving can be a nagging concern for many students as they make their travel plans.
Election Tuesday proved to be a good day for both the Republican Party and Wesleyan alumni this year. All six Wesleyan candidates running for office emerged victorious.
Beginning this year, Bon Appétit, Wesleyan’s dining service, has committed to ensuring that at least 20 percent of the food they serve at the University will come from local sources within a 150-mile radius of campus. The pledge is part of Bon Appétit’s national company-wide goal to become environmentally friendly and socially responsible.
In an effort to improve freshmen programs and gear up for reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 2012, the University formed a committee composed of faculty this month to assess and suggest possible changes to First Year Initiative (FYI) seminars.
In an effort to build stronger connections and spark up conversation between faculty and new students, this semester two professors will serve as Faculty Fellows for the Nicolson dorms as part of a three-year pilot program developed last year by Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Whaley.
Over the summer, the University installed new real-time energy monitors in dorms as part of an initiative to green the campus. The monitors show students how much energy they use each day in residences such as WestCo, Hewitt, Nicholson, Clark, the Butterfields, Malcolm X House, and HiRise.