Campus News & Events

8 Student-Athletes Recognized with NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Awards

NESCAC_Primary_RGBThe NESCAC has announced the 2014-15 winter recipients of the All-Sportsmanship awards for each of the 11 member colleges. In total, eight Wesleyan athletes have been recognized with one in each of the eight winter sports (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s squash). They are James Albrecht ’15 (men’s ice hockey), Liz Baumgartner ’15 (women’s swimming and diving), Mike DeLalio ’15 (men’s squash), Bridget Doherty ’16 (women’s squash), Bryan Galvin ’15 (men’s basketball), Cara Jankowsi ’15 (women’s ice hockey), Cherkira Lashley ’15 (women’s basketball), Travis Williams ’15 (men’s swimming and diving).

The NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents and spectators. They display sportsmanship, not only as a participant in their sport, but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.

The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the NESCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The NESCAC SAAC serves as the liaison between the student-athletes of NESCAC member institutions and conference administrators.

For more information and a list of all-sportsmanship award winners in each winter sport throughout the NESCAC, click here.

Wesleyan’s Vegan Cuisine Continues to Impress

Wesleyan’s vegan fare continues to impress voters and critics: collegemagazine.org has named the school the ninth best vegan campus nationwide, and Wesleyan is looking to reach the final round in the People’s Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) “March Madness”-style voting contest.

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According to collegemagazine.org:

Wesleyan not only boasts its history of social justice activism, but also a wide range of mouth-watering vegan foods. Veggie chicken red curry is just one of these fine meals. Let your senses run wild with Bon Appétit, the campus’ food supplier. Their navy bean soup, garden burger and steamed parsnips will have you running back for more. Even better, Bon Appétit serves vegan options all day, every day.

The article and rest of the top 10 universities can be found here.

As of March 16, Wesleyan has a commanding lead over Shippensburg University in PETA’s small school vegan cuisine contest. Wesleyan looks to reach the final round where it will potentially face Warren Wilson College, which has a small lead over Oberlin College.

The contest page can be found here.

Basinger, Arnold ’91 Talk About Classic Movies on TCM

Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, and Jeremy Arnold ’91 will hold a public talk on “Films and Facts: Whose Responsibility?” at 12:30 p.m. March 27 at the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival. The schedule of the film festival can be found here.

Hollywood’s alleged disregard for the facts of history is year after year the subject of heated media debate. From the early days of the silent era to this year’s Oscar race, charges of historical inaccuracy have fueled great conversations about factual reproduction, creative license, propaganda and audience responsibility. Jeanine Basinger and Jeremy Arnold will continue the tradition by discussing the fascinating question of whether Hollywood films have a responsibility to history or storytelling.

Arnold, who holds a BA in film studies, is the author of Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, a coffee table book published by Sony and included in their 2012 Blu-ray release of Lawrence of Arabia. The book and Blu-ray can be found here.

Held over four days in the heart of Hollywood, the TCM Classic Film Festival is a place where movie lovers from around the world can gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, in some of the world’s most iconic venues, with the people who made them. Moreover, the TCM Classic Film Festival strives to be a place where a community of movie fans of all ages can share their love of classic movies with each other, make new friends and see films as they are seldom seen today.

Grossman Presents Keynote at Austrian National Bank Conference

Richard Grossman

Richard Grossman

Professor of Economics Richard Grossman recently presented the keynote address at a conference held at the Austrian National Bank.

The presentation, made on March 11, was titled, “Interest rate cycles and implications for the financial sector: a long-term view.” A summary is available here.

The conference was jointly sponsored by Austria’s central bank (the Oesterreichische Nationalbank), SUERF (the European Money and Finance Forum), and BWG (the Austrian Society for Bank Research).

Board Resolution Speaks to Social Impacts of Investments

Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution Feb. 28 to consider “environmental, social or governance factors” as part of the university’s investment process.

The resolution speaks to concerns that students at Wesleyan and across the country have raised regarding investments in fossil fuel companies. Coal companies have been a particular focus because the burning of coal is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Board action – under consideration by its Investment Committee for some time – followed a meeting between the Investment Committee and the Committee for Investor Responsibility (CIR), composed of student, faculty and staff representatives.

The CIR urged divestment from any direct holdings in coal companies after examining the issue from social, economic and ethical perspectives.

While Wesleyan currently has no direct investments in coal, President Michael S. Roth said the resolution gives the Investment Committee broad flexibility and a framework to consider social impacts of investments – not limited to the particular issue of coal.

Specifically, the resolution states: “The Committee believes that thoughtful engagement on environmental, social and governance matters is consistent with enhancing long-term returns and with prudently managing the endowment for the long-term benefit of the university.”

In its resolution the committee cited The Ethical Investor as “a seminal work that helped define the role for university endowments, foundations and other organizations seeking to balance fiduciary and socially responsible goals as investors.” This work provides guidelines for evaluating social harm.

“Trustees were particularly appreciative of the nuanced and careful work done by the Committee for Investor Responsibility,” Roth said. “The Board would not have been in a position to adopt new language without the contributions of students on the committee.”

Support Students on Foss Hill Day April 2

On Foss Hill Day, alumni are encouraged to support our common purpose: students at Wesleyan.

On Foss Hill Day, alumni are encouraged to support our common purpose: students at Wesleyan.

#THISISWHY

Sledding on Foss Hill, January 2015.

Sledding on Foss Hill, January 2015.

Nearly everyone who attended Wesleyan has fond memories of time spent on Foss Hill. Whether it’s sledding in the winter, studying or lounging with friends on a sunny day, taking in a great concert, or engaging in a spirited political debate, Foss Hill has been a central part of the Wesleyan experience for generations of students.

This year on April 2, Wesleyan will celebrate the inaugural Foss Hill Day. The theme of the day will be “Foss Hill: Our Common Ground,” and the university will share Foss Hill facts, student profiles and experiences of Foss Hill on social media and elsewhere. On this day, alumni are encouraged to support our common purpose: students at Wesleyan.

Learn more on the Foss Hill Day website.

Exley Offers New Study Space for Students

Exley Science Center's lobby boasts more than 50 new study spots.

Exley Science Center’s lobby boasts more than 50 new study spots.

The Exley Science Center’s first level, which underwent renovations earlier this year, has been outfitted with all new furniture, offering a variety of seating options.

cam_exley_2015-0303133512According to Brandi Hood, senior project coordinator with Construction Services, the lobby boasts 34 new lounge seats with end tables (each with USB and power outlets); four tables with 15 low-top study seats; six tables with 24 high-top café seats; and nine standing countertop kiosks for those looking to charge a cell phone or take a quick break.

“This seating was chosen to provide a variety of comfortable, single and group seats,

Student Athletes Promote Anti-Bullying at Local Middle School

Wesleyan student athletes made an appearance at Woodrow Wilson Middle Middle School to share inclusive, accepting social values with other students. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Schassler/The Middletown Press)

Wesleyan student athletes made an appearance at Woodrow Wilson Middle Middle School to share inclusive, accepting social values with other students. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Schassler/The Middletown Press)

On Feb. 27, representatives from seven Wesleyan athletic teams visited Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown to promote the anti-bullying message “if it’s mean, then intervene” with about 300 seventh and eighth graders.

The student-athletes worked with the school’s RAM Pride Patrol program, which is run by seventh grade teacher and Wesleyan alumnus Anthony Albrech ’08. Albrecht organized the participation by Wesleyan athletes with Jeff McDonald, assistant football coach.

McDonald drafted 16 student athletes from the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, men’s hockey team, football, men’s tennis team, women’s basketball and men’s track to come to the school for two separate presentations.

Kristen Carlson, administrative assistant, also created specially-designed lanyards to give to the participants.

A story about the event was published in the Feb. 28 Middletown Press.

Burgunder ’15 Competes in Ski Mountaineering World Championships

Mateusz “Matt” Burgunder ’15

Mateusz “Matt” Burgunder ’15

Mateusz “Matt” Burgunder ’15 recently competed in the 2015 Ski Mountaineering World Championships in Verbier, Switzerland where the U.S. National Ski Mountaineering Team finished in 10th place overall.

This was Burgunder’s fourth time competing for the U.S., participating in three events. Competitors race by climbing up and skiing down mountains at a rate of approximately 3,000 feet per hour.

The 2015 Ski Mountaineering World Championships, hosted by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation, were held Feb. 6–12.

More information about the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association and the 2015 World Championships can be found online.

See photos of Burgunder’s events below:

NESCAC Win Sends Cardinals to NCAA Championship

Coach Joe Reilly takes the net after the Cardinals won the NESCAC championship by defeating Amherst on March 1 at Trinity.

Coach Joe Reilly takes the net after the Cardinals won the NESCAC championship by defeating Amherst on March 1 at Trinity.

Wesleyan defeated Amherst, 74-70, in the championship game of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Basketball Tournament this afternoon. Sixth-seeded Wesleyan improves to 19-8 with its sixth victory in a row, and earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Wesleyan defeated Amherst, 74-70, in the championship game of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament March 1.

This month, Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team was crowned NESCAC champs and played in the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in history. However, the team came up short at Nationals after losing to Skidmore in a first-round game March 6.

The field of 62 teams in the NCAA championship was announced March 2. Wesleyan’s team claimed the NESCAC title after defeating Amherst 74-70 in overtime on March 1. Wesleyan led most of the game but had to fend off several Lord Jeff rallies to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. In that game, Jack Mackey ’16 broke the Wesleyan single-season record for three pointers by upping his figure to 75, bettering the mark of 73 set by Chris Bray in 2000-01. Mackey ended the 2014-15 campaign with 77. Read more about the game here.

In the first-round NCAA Division III Championship game, the Cardinals faced Skidmore for just the sixth time, and the first in 10 years. Though Wesleyan recovered from a 12-point halftime deficit by starting the second period on a stellar 13-0 tear, Skidmore pulled ahead midway through the second half and went on to claim an 81-66 victory. Read a full account of that game here.

“It was an amazing run to the NESCAC Championship and first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament,” said Head Coach Joe Reilly. “The overwhelming support we received from the students, administrators and alumni was energizing. It’s fun to be part of the new era of Wesleyan Athletics. We are extremely proud of how our student athletes represented Wesleyan both on and off the court this season and look forward to building off this success for next year and beyond.”

The 2014-15 Cardinals finished 19-9 on the year, the second greatest number of wins in a season, just behind the 20-6 record of the 2011-12 squad. As the sixth seed, Wesleyan is the lowest seed ever to claim a NESCAC men’s basketball crown.

While the NCAA qualification is the first for men’s basketball, the NESCAC crown is the sixth by a Wesleyan team in the last 10 years. Baseball (2014), football (2013), softball (2010), men’s lacrosse (2009) and men’s soccer (2005) are the other prominent Cardinal squads with NESCAC titles to their credit.

Wesleyan Sets 2015–2016 Student Charges

For the 2015–16 academic year, total student charges will be $62,478 for first-year students and sophomores, and $64,324 for juniors and seniors

For the 2015–16 academic year, total student charges will be $62,478 for first-year students and sophomores, and $64,324 for juniors and seniors.

At its meeting Feb. 28, Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition and residential comprehensive fees by 2.1 percent for the 2015–16 year, reflecting the third year of linking tuition increases to the rate of inflation.

The increase is based on the three-year national CPI average of June 30, 2014, the latest full fiscal year available. As a result of this policy, Wesleyan’s student charges for first-year students and sophomores currently rank 14th among a peer comparison group, compared to 1st in 2011. A further decline is anticipated.

“We remain committed to keeping Wesleyan affordable for all students,” said President Michael S. Roth. “Through a generous financial aid program, Wesleyan meets the full need of all its students receiving financial aid, and we ensure that our students leave here without a heavy debt burden.”

The university’s affordability initiative also provides for an optional three-year degree program, saving families about $50,000 on their total tuition bill while retaining the core academic experience for students who participate.

Support for financial aid is the highest priority of Wesleyan’s current campaign, and the university has raised nearly $380 million toward a goal of $400 million.

For the 2015–16 academic year, total student charges will be $62,478 for first-year students and sophomores, and $64,324 for juniors and seniors (reflecting the 2.1 percent increase in residential fees). Tuition will be $48,704 for all students.

WeSlam Poetry Team Takes Victory at Regional Slam

Wesleyan's slam poets competed against five other teams.

Wesleyan’s slam poets competed against five other teams.

Wesleyan’s Slam Poetry Team, WeSlam, took first place at the Yale Regional Poetry Slam Feb. 28 in New Haven, Conn. Wesleyan competed against five other teams from Yale, Brown University, Columbia/Barnard, Middlebury College and Emerson College.

“Our team brought important pieces about racial and religious identity, sexual violence across the gender binary, and gender roles,” said former WeSlam member Mike Rosen ’11, who serves as the team’s advisor.

Poets include Giorgia Peckman ’18, Jon Logan-Rung ’18, Hazem Fahmy ’17, Rick Manayan ’17 and Max Friedlich ’17.

Fahmy received a standing ovation for his poem about popular culture’s portrayal of Islam.

For more information on WeSlam, email WeSlam.wesleyan@gmail.com.