There was chalking on the sidewalk by my dorm. When I first saw it, I thought,”this is a clever idea, I’ll do this for someone’s birthday.” Coincidently, in my history class that day, we went to the library to talk about the history of the school and we stumbled upon this:
“Douglas J. Bennet, the president of the university who always seemed to make his most controversial decisions just before students left for the summer, banned chalking earlier this month.”
I don’t know if the ban still exists. What students wrote back in 2003 that led to the ban:
“Many of the chalkings were benign: one written at a crossroads urged people to ”go both ways.” Others were more confrontational, even describing sex acts involving people’s parents. The words, my gay friends told me, gave them ownership of the campus, as if the straight world would learn about being uncomfortable by walking down gay streets. In a world of coy heterosexual billboards, the streets of Wesleyan belonged to a different mode of sexual and political speech.”
Courtesy of the N.Y. Times.
Read more. It’s going to rain all weekend in Middletown. Goodbye chalk.