Updates with Connect Middletown

A new CTRail Hartford Line train

There have been some big changes to public transit in and around Middletown!

The new CTRail Hartford Line launched service on June 16, which means Meriden Station, only around 17 minutes away from campus, will have a reliable and frequent rail service going between New Haven and Springfield, MA. But one-half of the puzzle is still missing–the running of the M-Link Express to connect Middletown and Meriden Station.

This past March, the vision for Connect Middletown was published.

Read more about what’s happened since then after the jump:

  1. In April and May: Fighting Budget Cuts to Middletown Area Transit Bus Service
  2. The CTRail Hartford Line Opened on June 16th and is Currently Running
  3. The M-Link Express Route is Making Progress in being Planned

All Campus Emails: Shelter in Place (for real this time) and All Clear Tornado Warning Lifted

At 5:31 PM today, Wesleyan sent out an email with the subject line “URGENT – Shelter in Place” to the campus. This occurred almost half an hour after many received weather alerts from various weather services on their phones, including the one in this tweet from WesWings:

Many students were surprised by the sudden appearance of the severe weather (this is Connecticut! We’re not supposed to get tornados in Connecticut!)(Except for when we do), as evidenced by the dozens of people I witnessed pour out into the Exley lobby to ogle at the strange-colored sky, high winds, and lightning. One of our editors captured this lightning strike from an upper floor window:

The Shelter in Place warning was lifted in a follow up email by PSafe at 5:50 PM, but weather.com reports that the threat has been lowered to a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 pm.

Read below for the full text of the two emails:

PRIMAL SCREAM

From Arron Luo ’18:

Tonight, when reading period turns turns into exam period, is the PRIMAL SCREAM because finals start tomorrow!!!! This time it is also Neon Genesis Evangelion-themed. Facebook event [here] and the End of Evangelion movie [here]!

Indulge in this great Wes tradition tonight and gather together on the Olin steps to scream your hearts/S² engines out! There will be a countdown.

Date: TONIGHT

Time: MIDNIGHT

Place: Olin Steps

Spring Fling Headliner Kamaiyah Arrested at Hartford Airport TSA For Refusing To Remove Headwrap

Spring Fling headliner Kamaiyah Johnson, professionally known as Kamaiyah, was reportedly arrested at Bradley International Airport Friday morning when she refused to remove her bonnet after it set off alarms at the TSA checkpoint.

The incident was originally broken by gossip site TMZ and then confirmed by a series of now-deleted tweets by Kamaiyah. According to TMZ, “the TSA told [Kamaiyah] she couldn’t fly without removing an article she had on her head, so it could be inspected.”  The post continues by saying that she “wasn’t having it” and “reportedly flew into a tirade.”

CNN reports that at that point a state trooper stationed at Bradley came to the scene and advised Kamaiyah to follow the instructions of the TSA. According to the police report “[she] continued to refuse and began to use vulgar language directed towards TSA and the Trooper on scene”.

Kamaiyah was asked to leave but continued to refuse and was placed under arrest and charged with breach of peace and interfering with police. According to the police report, she posted the $5,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court on June 6. In a series of now-deleted tweets, Kamaiyah wrote, “I’m never going to Hartford Connecticut again I had to bail out of jail for wearing a bonnet in the airport that showed me enough about what type of place it is.”

Film Thesis Screenings: 16mm Film and Digital Videos

The 16mm and Digital Program

Adam DeSantes

“Choreomania”

Keith Christen

Onward

Rebecca Engle

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

 

Sofie Somoroff

CUT

 

Chris Chen

Prophet

Shane Bannon

Only Strangers Sleep in my Bed

Alex Ryder Pace Pabarcius

Disco Calls

 

João Pedro Pereira-Webber

Galinha

Benjamin Draghi

*The Artist

Emmet Daly

*The King of Hell

 

*Digital Video

 

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Doors open 7:15 / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Thesis Screenings: Digital Videos

The Digital Program

Simon Usdan
Block Orange

Gabriel Tagliamonte
ICEHEAD

Ezra Scott-Henning
FRIEND OF MINE

Ali Arminio
After Abby

Alex Fabry
Buried Treasure

Regina Melady
Fancy Ladies

Jonathan Tang
Mama’s Boy

Matt Kleppner
Moving Day

Noah Dirks
Out

Benjamin Yap
An Affair

Ruby Lanet
Dear Sylvia

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Doors open 7:15/ Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

A Conversation With Girltype Behaviors, This Year’s Spring Fling Openers

Girltype Behaviors are Wesleyan’s resident “snack punk” band – purveyors of short, dense DIY punk songs like “Root Vegetable” and “Baby with an iPad.” After loosely playing a few shows together in 2016, the band came together after agreeing to open for Frankie Cosmos in Music House (then at 200 High St) in December 2016.

We first interviewed the band last year, after they released their first EP, Live at WESU 88.1FMThis year, they have a new EP out and are the opening student band for Spring Fling. Wesleying recently sat down with May Klug ’19 (lead vocals & casio), Sallie Fullerton ’18 (guitar), Gemma Shay ’18 (bass), and Shea Fitzpatrick ’18 (vocals and drums) to discuss Spring Fling, touring down the East Coast, forming a band at Wes, and the recent announcement that Grimes and Elon Musk are dating.

Just Food Dinner

Long Lane Farm, the North End Action Team and Bon Appétit are co-hosting a sit-down charity dinner to support the North End Farmer’s Market:

The North End Farmers Market is a wonderful and vital space in our community, and through its double dollars program it makes fresh, local, organic produce accessible and affordable for everyone! 100% of the proceeds from this dinner go directly to the double dollars program. Come enjoy some delicious food, generously catered for free by Bon Appétit, meet organizers from NEAT and Long Lane, discuss food justice, and support your local farmer’s market! Suggested minimum donation is $25 for adults, $15 for students and youth, cash or check. Donating gets you a three course meal, no extra charges! Check Facebook for the menu, vegan options available.

Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Place: Daniel Family Commons, 3rd floor Usdan (45 Wyllys Ave.)
Cost: $25 minimum donation for adults; $15 minimum donation for students/youth, cash or checks made out to “North End Action Team”
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If you can’t come, but still would like to support the Double Dollars program, you can donate at this You Caring page.

I Fell in Love with a Spin Bike: Part I.

Look, let me start with this: leaving home was tough. I knew it was time for me to move on. I had been at Spinsleyan for three years, learning the craft of turning my wheels and adjusting to balance. But it was still hard to leave home. I also knew I had to contribute to my home and that I was ready.

I had a plan. Like most bikes, I wanted to serve the community. I wanted to help people transport themselves around campus, and I wanted to help people’s commutes. My plan was to outperform my peers; I wanted to be the most helpful. So, I knew I had no time for love. But I was wrong.

S&C Menu: LAST WEEK

STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:45
DINNER- 5:00-7:00
FIRST THREE FRESHMAN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY
DINNER- Greens w/ Honey & Thyme Vin. Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Tofu, Red Beans & Rice, Sautéed Cabbage, Carrot & Red Pepper.  VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Banana Cake

TUESDAY
LUNCH- Grilled Chili & Lime Shrimp or Portobello Tacos w/ Salsa Fresca, Avocado & Chipotle Mayo. VEGAN ENTREE w/out Chipotle Mayo
DES- Mango Yogurt
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Red Curry w/ Chicken or Tofu & Jasmine Rice
DES- Coconut Cake

WEDNESDAY
LUNCH- Hummus, Cheddar & Avocado Melts w/ Bacon or Soy Bacon. House Made Hummus & Herb Focaccia Topped w/ Cheddar,  Avocado, Scallion, Bacon or Soy Bacon & Finished in the Oven.
DES- Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Craisin Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Pesto Rotini w/ Grilled Balsamic Chicken or Roasted Tofu. Traditional Pesto; Basil, Toasted Pine Nuts, EVOO, Parmesan & Garlic . VEGAN ENTREE w/ Cashew Parmesan
DES- Mint Chocolate Cake