Students for an Accessible Wellesley holds ASL basics workshop
On Monday, Nov. 18, Students for an Accessible Wellesley, an organization formed last year to advocate for the needs of disabled Wellesley students, held a workshop teaching the basics of American Sign Language. Approximately 250,000 to 500,000 people speak ASL nationwide. The workshop covered introducing yourself and signing names in ASL, which is currently not offered that isn’t offered at Wellesley, though we do have a population of Deaf and hard of hearing students.
2019 Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowship recipients announced
This week, the recipients of the second yearly Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships were announced. The Levitt fellowship supports the work of nine thesis students on campus; this year’s students selected were Chelsie Ahn, Maheen Akram, Edilla Foster, Rose Horowitz, Nayab Khan, Christi Li, Qing Hai, Bang Nhan, and Andjela Padejski. The students span disciplines, and are selected based on the feasibility and uniqueness of their thesis project. Applications for the next round of Levitt fellowships are due on April 29, 2020.
Lennon Wall resolution voted down in Senate after weeks of discussion
The proposal College Government to create a John Lennon Wall on the CG spam board in support of protesters in Hong Kong did not pass senate when it was voted on Monday, Nov. 18. The idea was brought by a group of Wellesley students with connections to Hong Kong who said their goal was to raise awareness about the protests and engage students with the issue. The vote — in which 51.7 percent abstained, 32.8 percent voted in favor and 15.5 percent voted against — was first introduced Monday, Nov. 4 and was discussed at both senate meetings following its introduction. During conversation, senators brought up concerns regarding regulation of the wall, CG precedent of outside groups using the spam board, and what message it would send to international students.