Roth Would Like You To Know That He’s Having A Very Hard Time
On Saturday, some Wes students tried to evade the campus-wide ban on chalking (I know, I didn’t realize that was a thing either!) by chalking (with permission from town authorities) on a public street. A few strokes of the old compressed shell later, one student found himself being lead by Roth himself over to security. In order to even out weight distribution, the University pres grabbed another chalker by the backpack for good measure.
His parting words, delivered in full mumble: “These students think they can change a financial issue with chalk.”
I’m picturing the Grandpa from ‘Hey Arnold’–#accurate?
A blogger for Wesleying writes that he was worried at the lack of student protest following President Roth’s initial proposal to eliminate need-blind admissions. However, the efforts of a group of Wes students determined to fight the changes have renewed his faith in Wes’s activist tradition:
“Wesleyan activism is not dead after all.”
The students’ latest act was a march across the field between quarters of the homecoming football game, rousing alumni and parents to join their chants of “We don’t care how much you earn! Everyone deserves to learn!” and capping off the demonstration with the Wesleyan fight song.
The banner they carried read “Diver$ity Univer$ity?” which, coincidentally, is the title of Ke$ha’s next single.