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Divest Williams Wedding

Even if you disagree with the goals of the Divest Williams effort, you have to admire their commitment and moxie.


From the Record last April:

On Friday, Divest Williams staged a mock wedding between the College and the fossil fuels industry to protest the College’s investment in that industry and call for divestment from it.

The wedding, which was attended by roughly 150 students, faculty, and staff members, followed mock weddings staged over the past few years by divestment activists at Whitman College and the Universities of Washington, Montana and Oregon.

Max Harmon ’19 played the part of the bride – the College, wearing a cow costume and veil. Linda Worden ’19, dressed as President Adam Falk, escorted him down the aisle. In front of them, Phacelia Cramer ’19 scattered fake hundred dollar bills like rose petals. Lili Bierer ’19 played the groom, representing the fossil fuels industry by wearing a suit adorned with the logos of large oil and gas companies and a tall hat made of smoke stacks.

Well done! Read the whole thing. However, there was at least one sour note:

wtrThe bridesmaids included Haley Bosse ’20, MaKaila DeSano-Smith ’18 and Suiyi Tang ’19, dressed as Michael Eisenson ’77, O. Andreas Halvorsen ’86 and Martha Williamson ’77 — three members of the Board of Trustees. The Board announced in 2015 that it would not be divesting from fossil fuels. Halvorsen stated at this year’s open forum with the trustees that the matter was a closed issue.

With the ceremony over, the wedding party and many audience members sang, “We’re gonna roll, we’re gonna roll, we’re gonna roll divestment on … If trustees are in the way, we’re gonna roll it over them … If Falk gets in the way, we’re gonna roll it over him. We’re gonna roll divestment on!”

The mock wedding was one of Divest Williams’ more humorous actions, according to Worden. She said it is “important to employ different tactics throughout the year” because “different tactics appeal to different audiences. As a group, it keeps energy going to have a variety of approaches.”

Is Divest Williams really going after Martha Williamson’s ’77 daughters? That is unbelievably rude. If I were Dean of the College, I would have a few choice words for Suiyi Tang ’19 and the rest of Divest Williams. The children of fellow Ephs are off-limits — whatever the depths of your disagreements may be.

Of course, the College should (would?) never punish a student for engaging in free speech, but an education in the costs/benefits of such tactics would be useful. There is no better way to get the trustees to ignore you forevermore than to go after one of them in such a personal way.

Is there some backstory here? Did Williamson, in a previous meeting with Divest Williams, mention the race of her daughters?

Haley Bosse’s ’20 costume was also . . . edgy . . . in a way that she might not have realized or intended . . .

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#1 Comment By anonymous On October 13, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

The bad taste is just made worse by the misspelling.

#2 Comment By KSM On October 13, 2017 @ 7:39 pm

Can’t spell daughters. #eleetcolledj

#3 Comment By John Drew On October 14, 2017 @ 12:08 am

When you are a leftist fighting for your righteousness cause, you discount, or ignore, the harm you bring to others. Going after someone’s kids on the basis of their race is perfectly OK. This is an illustration of why the left is so dangerous.

#4 Comment By Fendertweed On October 14, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

@John Drew,

Jesus H Christ, you are thick if you think that’s a trait of only “the left.”

Cranial-anal impaction …

#5 Comment By justintime On February 5, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

if you really think she’s targeting the daughters, and not martha williamson’s choice words (“i understand your concerns, i have asian daughters”–as if williamson can assume asianness because of her white saviorist transracial adoptions), you are not only sorely mistaken, but exemplary of the stupidity of your kind

#6 Comment By justintime On February 5, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

i, for one, read the misspelling of daughter to be an apt reflection of williamson’s misguided whiteness. but perhaps this is a view inaccessible to racists over the age of 30 (or 70, given the retrograde commentary of this site), so wholly asinine are they their textual interpretation

#7 Comment By JCD 🏝️ On February 5, 2018 @ 3:29 pm


Wow! You are deep into your own nonsense right now.

You are showing no compassion for this woman or her bond with her children. You are belittling her choice to become a loving mother and the tremendous sacrifices she is making to help those girls.

You assume that the immature, cliche misspelling of daughters in the photos above is some sophisticated dig when it is just the perpetuation of a dull Hollywood stereotype.

What is sad is that only at Ephblog will you meet any resistance to your thoughtless immaturity and foolishness.