Procrastination Destination: 10 Fast Fingers

Welcome to the fourth installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!

Hello fellow procrastinators! I, like many (most) of you, have countless essays to write this finals szn. And I’m sure, like many (most) of you, you have an increasingly limited amount of time to complete said essays this finals szn.

However, if any of you find yourself in a place where you feel your typing is not fast enough, that if only you could transport your brilliant thoughts to paper at a more rapid pace you could get the “A” you’ve always wanted in that really hard soc class, I have found an activity for you.

You need look no further than the website 10 Fast Fingers, which will test how many words you can type per minute, or your “RPM”.

Procrastination Destination: COOK YO SELF SOME CUPCAKES :)

Welcome to the third installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!

If you’re the same type of perpetually stressed as I am, then you also decide to bake/make/chef-it-up during finals season to take some productive time off from studying or staring at Netflix, pretending to study. Baking is a ~thing that I do~ while blasting some dramatic music because at least I’m doing something, even if it isn’t homework.

I have a slightly well-known recipe for Mocha Spice cupcakes that I came up with after experimenting in the kitchen a few years back. They’ve made their way to Wesleyan a few times, notably when I baked over three dozen and delivered them to students after spring break. I normally try to bake a batch while I’m home and share the ~goods~ with friends, and it’s quickly become a favorite treat.

The thing is, I don’t *really* have a recipe. I follow this Turkish thing called göz ayar?, which directly translates to eye measurement, which completely makes sense (I hope). Essentially, I know how much to throw into the measuring bowl after making these cupcakes time and time again. The point is, the recipe’s ingredients are always in a dynamic flux depending on what I have laying at home.

The “recipe” I’m going to share is meant to be broken; it’s meant to be experimented with. If you don’t like a particular ingredient, literally just take it out. Wanna add something? Go for it! This recipe is supposed to look like absolute freakin’ chaos…because it is. This is essentially the cupcake in its core, and sometimes I play around with some ~extras~, which I’ll let you know about after getting that not-so-stable cupcake foundation set.

Procrastination Destination: Google Alerts Round Up

Welcome to the second installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!

At least once a day, we get a Google Alerts email in the staff inbox letting us know when Wesleyan is mentioned around the web. Lately, I’ve been collecting some of the more interesting links, but no one has gotten around to actually writing a full post about any of them. Instead of just sitting on this collection, I figured, what do millennials love more than a good listicle? So here we are!

Read below the jump for a collection of recent-ish alumni, student, professor, and Middletown news!

wtf is @mroth78 doing?????????

While at our penultimate* meeting of the semester, we were scrolling through our twitter tl looking for some ~cool content~ to retweet from our fellow students we came across THIS RIDONCULOUS TWEET:


As we tweeted: “what the fukc?????”

Other followers of his also responded to the tweet:

We don’t know how to end this post, so we’ll just leave you with the words of our fearless leader: “What do I do?”

Cracking Open a Pecan

This fall, I taught a student forum through the American Studies department called “Critical Perspectives on Texas.” Historically Texas has served as a site of settler colonialism, racial domination, strict reification of gender roles and repressive sexuality, and economic importance with its oil and agricultural industries.

To name a few topics, the class examined: Texas’s modern-day electoral politics in sociohistorical context; intersectional feminist border studies and the Drug War; health care disparities, race, and climate change in Houston; gentrification and segregation in Austin; the legacy of plantation slavery in the influential Texas prison system; cowboy culture and the myth of the frontier; and indigenous resistance to the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

I grew up in Austin, Texas, and as an American Studies major, a growing activist, and someone who has become obsessed with regionalism since coming to Wesleyan, teaching this forum was a way for me to better understand my home and to help other students learn about the state through a critical lens. I wrote this piece, “Cracking Open a Pecan,” as a final project for our last day of class:

Wesleyan Refugee Project Presents: Sunday Scaries Snacks

Caroline Kravitz ’19 writes in:

Wesleyan Refugee Project is a hosting a late night bakesale in Exley to benefit the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees fund a container program!

Wesleyan Refugee Project believes that one of the best ways to support refugees is by fundraising with organizations that have strong connections to local NGOs in conflict areas that directly send aid to those in need.

That’s why we decided to ship a container of life-saving humanitarian aid to Syria through the Fund A Container program.

The donations raised will help send a whole shipping container of relief supplies (i.e. food, clothing, and medical supplies) to Syria.

Please come out and support this project or donate online at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/fund-a-container-11461/wesleyanrefugeeproject.

Date: Sunday, December 9
Time: 9 PM-12 AM
Place: Exley Science Center Lobby

Ask Wesleying: Feeling Isolated

Welcome to the sixth installment of Ask Wesleying, an advice column about any and all things Wes! Have a question about life at Wes? Submit it to get it answered in Ask Wesleying! You can find all of the Ask Wesleying columns here.

This week’s question is about intimacy of the emotional variety:

Dear Wesleying,

I feel like Wesleyan’s culture encourages shallow relationships. I find little emotional intimacy in my relationships here. Is this a Wesleyan thing or a me thing?

Sincerely,
Feeling Isolated

You can read the answer to this week’s question below the jump!

Procrastination Destination: What Mariah Carey is doing right now

Welcome to the first installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!

Mariah Carey in December

Like any good Wesleyan student during finals season, I’ve got Mariah on my mind:

On the day after Thanksgiving, Mariah Carey awakens from her slumber. Her eyelids flutter open and she takes a big breath in, stretching her arms and cracking her back. She senses the slight change in the air, a little spring in her step, and sees in the mirror that she looks about five years younger. Christmas is upon us, she whispers with a grin.

HAPPENING NOW: Protect Title IX and Tell DeVos: #HandsOffIX

The Title IX Student Advisory Committee is currently putting on a training and comment-writing event to address proposed changes to Title IX that would harm survivors:

Betsy DeVos’s most recent changes to Title IX propose to protect those who are accused of sexual violence, and the institutions to which they belong, rather than students.

The Trump administrations’s proposed changes include only requiring schools to investigate the most extreme forms of harassment and assault, allow schools to ignore violence that occurs outside of school programs, increase barriers to reporting, and allow schools to delay investigations for months.
Read more here:
https://actionnetwork.org/user_files/user_files/000/028/107/original/Two_pager_on_proposed_rule.pdf

The good news? We have 60 days to comment. Writing a comment is basically the Education Department version of calling your senators, and it’s the best way to make our voices heard for Title IX.

To write a comment, join the Title IX Student Advisory Committee this Thursday, Dec. 6th in the Downey House Lounge. Drop in any time from 4-7 PM. There will be pizza, information on the proposed changes, and guides for how to write a successful comment. It won’t take long, and it’s the best way to tell DeVos #HandsOffIX.

Date: TODAY, Thursday, December 6
Time: 4-7 PM
Place: Downey Lounge
Facebook Event

All Campus Email: Late Night Midnight Breakfast TONIGHT

Minutes ago, an all-campus email went out announcing the (apparently annual??) Late Night Midnight Breakfast tonight at Usdan!

I, for one, have never heard of this event before in all my years at Wes, and a quick search of my overflowing email inbox revealed no emails about such an event in years past, but I’ve been known to be wrong before. If you have attended one of these in the past, or have any evidence that this event has ever occurred before, drop a comment below or email staff[at]wesleying[dot]edu.

The email reads:

Students – don’t forget that tonight, Thursday, December 6, 2018 is the annual end of semester Midnight Breakfast in Usdan Marketplace.  This event will take place during normal late night hours and will accept meal plan swipes and points!  The menu will consist of an all-you-can eat brunch, similar to the weekend brunch offering.

We hope to see you there!

Bon Appetit Dining