I met a current Hampshire student this past weekend who didn’t look too stoned and told me there was a movement afoot to institute grades at Hampshire. This of course has sparked some student unrest, protests, manifestos in the Omen, etc. My trust of his claim was somewhat undermined by his additional claim that said movement was being run by Steve Weisler, who I wouldn’t think would be up to something like this. I have been unable to confirm or deny — there is some limited detritus on various school websites which alludes to the protests, and one of the manifestos is apparently up online but the link is broken. Noting that these kids are calling this a “re-radicalization movement,” and that they’ve mispelled their own damn email address, makes me wonder if this isn’t just a return of the Kawecki Poltergeist (“we’ll learn about film by smelling the camera!”) If other rumors are true, though, some good things might be coming of all this — the student I talked to said the leader of the movement was getting The Making of a College reprinted and distributed to all incoming students. I’ll believe it all when I see it.