It’s finally Thanksgiving break, and whatever your plans, we hope you have fun and enjoy
pretending you don’t have so much homework taking a break! To everyone going home, good luck talking politics with your families and avoiding high school acquaintances at the grocery store! To those staying on campus (like two-thirds of your favorite Wesleying editors!), look before the jump to find out what (limited) resources are available during break.
Beginning at 11AM today, students have gathered in Usdan to push back against the verdict of no indictment for Officer Darren Wilson given last night in Ferguson. Wilson shot and killed an unarmed Michael Brown months ago, leading to protests in Ferguson and across the country. Signs are being held and banners have been dropped in Usdan right before the campus leaves for Thanksgiving break tomorrow.
There have also been messages written around campus, including on Foss Hill and in front of Olin. More images of the movement in Usdan after the break.
photo from the Wesleyan Newsletter Blog
Bryan Stascavage ‘18 in uniform
This is the first installment of a series of interviews getting to know the veterans in the Posse program.
Bryan Stascavage ‘18 scheduled our interview for 6pm on Sunday at the Usdan tables, so he would have enough time to talk before he attended the WSA meeting, where he sits as the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs Committee. Only on campus for three months, Stascavage has made sure that his voice and political views are heard. He also wrote an opinion column for the Wesleyan Argus. Some of his views, he admits, might not be the most popular on a campus as liberal as Wesleyan. “Somebody might hit me with a hammer,” he joked. No one has hit him yet, but if they did his US Army training might come in handy.
Trigger warning: This post discusses sexual assault and harassment. Below is a direct response to the recent Buzzfeed article on the current lawsuit against Wesleyan University.
I’m Melanie. At least, that’s what “Kevin” called me on Buzzfeed. In his lawsuit against the University, I’m simply Jane Doe. Jane Doe #1, to be precise, one of three who came forward against him.
I could have told this story before—when it first happened, or when I reported Kevin, or when I first heard that he was starting a lawsuit. But it wasn’t a story I wanted to tell—I didn’t even want to report what he did. What he did to me was shameful, and felt like a reflection on me. But now, he has told his version of the story—his victim-blaming story, in which he did no wrong, but was instead the target of a secret conspiracy. I can’t speak for the other women who reported him, though he lied about them, too. I speak only for myself.
On Buzzfeed, Kevin writes off what he did as drunk texting. He notes that when he texted me that night after midnight, drunk out of his mind and trying to hook up, he called me “babe” and “slut.” He says that, afterwards, I told him “we can definitely put it behind us.” Those things are true, but they’re not the whole story.
The OCS is having a party! This is an occasion to not just thank all of the fabulous volunteers who have worked in the community this semester, but also to welcome new students who want to get involved. Come chat over hot cocoa and snacks with OCS staff and volunteers and learn about all the ways you can give back through the 19 student-run programs and work-study positions.
Date: Monday, November 24 – Today!
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: OCS Lounge (Allbritton 318)
From Brian “he doesn’t even go here” Lee ’13:
Brian Lee ’13 from the Wesleyan Fund Office is once again organizing
an event to send some Wes-love to the members of the greater Wesleyan
community who donated to the university last year. Swing by the first
floor of Usdan on Monday and write a short thank you note to an alum,
parent, or friend for their generosity!
Check out last year’s event here!
Date: Monday, November 24
Time: 10 AM – 10 PM
Place: Usdan Staircase
If you wrote a paper about Abe Lincoln and his boombox, Ronnie Alvarado ’15 wants to read it:
Historical Narratives is looking for your best work to be edited and
published in a sleek bound academic journal!
Submissions must be original papers of 5-30 pages that, broadly defined, relate to history. We encourage papers from courses outside the history department. It does not need to be polished, and will be read anonymously by our editorial staff. If accepted, the paper will
go through an extensive editing process and will be printed later in the spring. If you are feeling doubtful about yourself, just remember our motto:
“If a professor liked it, we will too.” Submit via attachment to hnarratives[at]gmail[dot]com by midnight on Monday, December 1 or contact Laura Werle ‘15 (lwerle@wes), Earl Lin
‘15 (elin@wes), or Ronnie Alvarado ‘15 (valvarado@wes) with
Via Phillip Katz ’17:
Need a break from studying? Join us in Woodhead Lounge from 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. for afternoon tea – Taiwanese style! Quench your thirst with a cup of milk tea and chewy tapioca. Satiate your appetite with a flavorful tea eggs and our specialty fried rice noodles. We’ll be waiting!
Bubbbbble Milk Tea – $2
Fried Rice Noodles – $2
Tea Eggs – $1
Date: TODAY, Sunday, November 23rd
Time: 3PM to 4:30PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge
Music graduate student Dina Maccabee writes in:
Wesleyan undergraduate and graduate musicians will join San Francisco composer Lisa Mezzacappa for the Wesleyan Edition of her ongoing series Mission Eye & Ear. Players form small ensembles to create live scores, on the spot, alongside short experimental films. Presented by Experimental Music Group.
Date: Monday, November 24th
Place: CFA Hall
From Hea-Ream Lee ’15:
Celebrate the end of the semester with Wesleyan’s favorite (only) rogue chamber group.
Featuring the fingers of:
Siri Carr ’15
Vivian Deng ’15
Hea-Ream Lee ’15
Matthew Stein ’16
Harim Jung ’16
Rachel Guetta ’17
Ali Felman ’17
Isabelle Csete ’18
Caroline Kikawa ’18
There will be equal parts Grieg, Piazzolla, and Miley Cyrus. You will laugh. You might cry. I heard Matthew will take his shirt off if enough people come. It will be an hour of aural bliss that will far surpass whatever procrastination you’d be doing otherwise. Join us.
Date: Sunday, November 23rd – today!
Place: Memorial Chapel