My Liberal University Cemented My Subscription to the New York Times

The New York Times recently launched a new series called “On Campus”, which consists of “Dispatches from college students, professors, and administrators on higher education and university life.” The series covers topics like binge drinking in frats, free speech and protesting, sexual assault, and safe spaces. Bryan Stascavage ’18 published “My Liberal University Cemented My Vote for Trump” in the series last November. Stascavage is known for controversial articles he’s written while in and out of his position as a staff writer in the Wesleyan Argus.

Film Series: Special Free Preview Screening – Lady Bird

2017. USA. Dir: Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 93 min.


“I’ve tried – and failed – to think of another film that so sharply and humorously shows what it’s like to be a teenage girl.”
“Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out”

“The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“‘Lady Bird’ consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. It looks back on that moment less to relish memories of a bygone era than to commune with its impact on young adults today.”
-Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

College of Letters Open House

From Emily Furnival ’18:

Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.

The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of Literature, History, and Philosophy. You will read everything from the Koran to Frankenstein to Sappho, and more. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due after Spring Break for freshmen, so come by with questions!

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30-5:30PM
Place: COL Library (3rd floor of Boger Hall)

LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy

From the FGSS Department and the Office for Equity & Inclusion:

In an effort to explore diversity in Italian media and culture and to keep up with current debates in the country, the Italian section has invited Italian performance artist Primavera Contu and Dr. Julia Heim to discuss the theme of LGBTQIA+ activism in contemporary Italy. The event is titled “LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy”, and it is co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well as the Office for Equity and Inclusion.

Doctor Julia Heim will give a talk (in English) on queer sex, politics and art in contemporary Italy. Primavera Contu will then perform an interactive meditation on gender/sexuality/identity. The performance, titled “Don’t Panic, BI PAN. Bisessuale non è una parolaccia”, will explore and examine sexual labels, encouraging all participants to reflect, critically and ironically, on their own sexual identities.
Both events will be interactive and will give students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about these topics through practices of queer engagement.

A Q&A session and a reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Highwaymen Common Room RLL Building (300 High Street)

Theory Certificate presents Freedom and Flight

Professor Matthew Garrett writes in:

Freedom cannot be understood without its opposite, slavery. Political theory therefore must attend to the movement from slavery to freedom. Neil Roberts has developed a powerful account of this movement by examining marronage, the flight of enslaved Africans seeking escape from chattel slavery beyond the boundaries of the plantation. In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Downey 113

Hot Chocolate & Stargazing

Kati Young ’18 writes in:

Drop by for a night of hot chocolate, yummy cookie, and great company.

Hosted by Wesleyan Women in Science; all majors and genders welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 9-11PM
Place: Van Vleck Observatory

Table Talk with Amy Bloom

From Zenzele Price ’18

The semester is in full swing, and it’s time for the return of Table Talk with Amy Bloom! Bring all your plans (drafts, outlines, concepts, you name it!) for all things prose, and get ready to workshop with Amy Bloom and the Wesleyan writing community.

Free snacks, great people, and valuable critique!
Don’t miss this chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing (or anyone else’s.)

Come to chat, come to snack, come to share!

Date: Monday, October 16th (today!)
Time: 5-6PM
Location: Shapiro Center (116 Mt. Vernon)

Like Gummy Bear Vitamins? You’ll Love Cummies!

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”  -Steve Jobs (1998)

In the YouTube debut of esteemed Wesleyan alums Russell Goldman ’17 and Johnny LaZebnik ’16, we are introduced to Cummies®: “the world’s first ever jizz-flavored vitamin chew”.

The testimonials in this parody infomercial leave you with some pleasant mental images as to the accurate flavor of Cummies®.  Lines describing the flavor include, “An almost empty glass of white wine with a little bit of ranch dressing plopped in”, “Three day old oyster water”, and “Black truffle that’s washed up under the Santa Monica Pier”.

The infomercial ends with an offer for a bonus bottle of Facielle by Cummies®, a lotion, and then a shot of Brent (played by Johnny) being splattered with the lotion in a rather suggestive way.  Describing how many takes this shot took, Johnny said, “By the end, I looked like I’d just shot a bukake scene with 50 well-hydrated men.”

Watch after the jump:

Star and Crescent Menu Week 10/16

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY
DINNER- Greens w/ Sherry Vin. Roasted Chicken or Tofu, Garlic Mashed Potato, Maple Glazed Carrots & Caramelized Shallot Sauce
DES- Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake

TUESDAY
LUNCH- Grilled Flank Steak or Portobello Quesadilla. Roasted Sweet Onion, Poblano & Cheddar. Served w/ Chipotle Salsa
DES- Mango Yogurt
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Masaman Curry w/ Chicken or Tofu & Jasmine Rice
DES- Berry Crisp

WEDNESDAY
LUNCH- Falafel. House Made Falafel on Pita w/ Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion & Tahini VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Berry Yogurt
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Lasagna Florentine. Brown Butter & Shallot Sautéed Spinach & Ricotta Filling w/ Beef & Italian Sausage Ragu or Portobello & Marinara
DES- Strawberry & Chocolate Cheesecake

THURSDAY
LUNCH- Potato & Leek Bisque w/ Crispy Fried Leeks & Rosemary Garnish, Served w/ House Made Herb Focaccia
DES- Oatmeal, Walnut, Chocolate Chip & Craisin Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Tadka Dal w/ Basmati Rice & House Made Garlic Naan. VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Lemon Poppy Cake w/ Berry Coulis & Whipped Cream