President Johnson’s Trick or Treat
Every year, Wellesley students are invited by President Paula Johnson to the President’s House, at 735 Washington Street, to trick-or-treat where students collect candy and converse with the President. This Halloween, the tradition was scheduled from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. However, on Tuesday, Oct. 31 around noon, Amanda Kaufman, the assistant director of Student Involvement & Leadership, sent out an email to students announcing a change of plans. Kaufman sent out new spam indicating that the President and Dean Sheilah Shaw Horton would instead visit students at “selected dining halls and residential areas,” without specifying an exact location, and the event was also shortened, now planned to take place from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Then, at 5 p.m., only one hour before the Trick or Treat event was scheduled to begin, Kaufman sent a short email informing students that the President’s trick-or-treat is canceled and a Halloween pop up will occur at a later date. The Office of Student Involvement has not communicated with
students since then regarding the Halloween pop-up that was supposed to have replaced the Trick-or-Treat, and administration has not shared the reason for modifying plans and eventually, canceling the President Trick-or-Treat on the day of the event. It should be noted that a student demonstration concerning the Gaza events was planned for the same evening, outside of the President’s House.
First Generation College Celebration Week
The College is celebrating first-generation college students this week, from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10, which is First Generation College Celebration week. Nov. 8 is National First-Gen Day where colleges, universities, corporations, non-profits and K-12 schools celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, staff, and alumni. First-generation college students are students whose parents did not complete a 4-year university degree. The Office of International Study, Career Education, Class Deans, individual departments and cultural houses are all holding events this week to celebrate and support first-generation college students.
Academic registration will occur this week, from Tuesday, Nov. 6 to Friday, Nov. 10. Students will register for Spring 2024 courses and can check Workday for their registration appointment time. There will be a registration change period beginning on Monday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. and ending on Friday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., where students can edit their registration after the end of this week.
The Office of Sustainability announced that Bike Share is now live, as of Friday, Nov. 3 Wellesley Bike Share allows students to check out bicycles for 24 hours at a time, free of cost, to promote sustainable transportation. The Office of Sustainability hopes to make Bike Share easy and accessible for all students on-campus and advocate the benefits of riding bicycles. Students can check out a bike at the automated check out station located at Campus Police, and they must bring back the key, lock and helmet when returning the bike.