This week’s seminar will focus on the affirmative action bake sale held at Wesleyan last year.

At first glance, students walking past the Cardinal Conservatives’ bake sale in Usdan on Tuesday might not have thought there was anything unusual about their table, covered with rows of cookies and brownies. Upon closer inspection, though, they would have noticed that the Affirmative Action Bake Sale sold its products on a sliding cost scale depending on the customer’s race, ranging from free for Native American students to $2 for white students. The Cardinal Conservatives held a student forum the following day, while discussion of the bake sale heated up around campus.

“The point of the bake sale was political satire, to draw attention to our message and to start those conversations, creating a dialogue,” said Tori Rowe ’13, who founded the Cardinal Conservatives group earlier this year. “We believe that if you only have one side, you aren’t actually having a dialogue.”

Exactly correct.

But where is the other side of the debate at Williams? I can’t think of a single student or faculty member who publicly questions the College’s affirmative action policy with regard to either admissions or hiring. Can you? Pointers welcome.

Perhaps the Williams policy is perfect just as it it . . .

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