Wesleyan University Commencement 2015 [Liveblog]

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Rather than halfheartedly trying to quote lyrics from “In the Heights” or some other thing written by this year’s commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, we’ll just skip ahead to: “Hey y’all, good morning!” It’s the 183rd Commencement at Wesleyan University, and we’re outdoors at Denison Terrace/Andrus Field/Foss Hill live-blogging all the speeches, processions, and every single name read (okay, none of the names) at today’s graduation ceremony.

Along with Miranda, Spellman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75 and Goodspeed Musicals executive director Michael P. Price are receiving honorary degrees. Things should be getting started around 11 a.m.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015, and even more congratulations to all the many Wesleying editors and contributors who are graduating as well! You can watch a livestream of the ceremony here

Update: You read all the speeches and watch Miranda’s address below. And here’s the official Wesleyan newsletter article on the event.

R&C Film Theses Screening Schedule

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If you missed the first couple film theses screenings (or your folks want to check them out), you can watch them this R&C weekend.

The full schedule (all 16mm and digital films) will be played twice on Friday and once on Saturday:

Friday, May 22: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Saturday, May 23: 10 am to 2 pm

FREE ADMISSION and visitors can come and go throughout the day. There will be schedules in the lobby with the order of each film screening.

Senior Voices Pre-Graduation Ceremony

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Join your fellow graduating class for a special ceremony the evening before graduation! And of course, bring your family! We will be having senior student speakers Jenna Starr, Camille Casareno, and Jasmine Masand as well as a special speech by Robert Steele, Professor of Psychology.

Robert Steele earned his B.A. in biology from Whitman College in 1968 and his Ph.D., in 1973, from Harvard University, in Psychology and Social Relations. His research interests are broad, ranging from his book, Freud and Jung: Conflicts of Interpretation, to his work as Director of Diversity Connections, the interactive digital data base, for the Ford Foundation’s Initiative on Diversity in Higher Education.

He was honored as the first recipient of the Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Award for his “outstanding work” and “commitment to social justice” in 2013 and in 2014 with the Binswanger Prize for Excellent in Teaching.

For thirty years, in classes ranging from Cultural Psychology to Myth, Magic and Movies (Harry Potter class), his teaching has focused on working with students to understand the ways in which sexism, racism and classism shape our society’s representations of differing demographic groups and warp our individual preferences and prejudices.

Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 6-7 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
FB event.

Reception – Thesis Art Exhibition

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Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Co-sponsored by University Relations.

Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

May Tipbox Roundup: Part Two

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Thanks to our first Tipbox Roundup post at the beginning of this month, we’ve been getting a lot more emails telling us what you’ve been doing! That is cool of you. In the hopes that this series will continue, here is a post to kick us into summer, featuring news about alumni, things alumni might need this summer, senior week, music, and some other stuff, too.

If you want us to be able to reply directly to your tips (if you think we might have replied to your tip, look in the shoutbox to the right!), send us an email at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org. Otherwise, use the form for any juicy anonymous knowledge you may have.

all-caps LADD drops Full Length LP “Voice Memos”

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From the collective themselves:

Hi all! After four years and many band names, we’re finally releasing our debut full-length LP, titled Voice Memos. It was engineered and tracked by the peerless Rob Don ’15; mixed by both Rob Don and the nonpareil Ryan Gardner ’15; and mastered by Mr. Don and the unsurpassed and unsurpassable Jack Lewis ’15. The unrivaled Hailey Sowden ’15 created these cool cover graphics and our drummer Piers Gelly ’13 designed the cover.

You can catch a look at the action at the all-caps LADD Bandcamp.

Procrastination Destination: Where the Hell Am I?

from Yanko Tsvetkov's Atlas of Prejudice

from Yanko Tsvetkov’s Atlas of Prejudice

Here at Wesleying we’re so fucked for finals that we haven’t even been keeping up with our procrastination. If you’re like me, all you really need to procrastinate is a floor to sit on and the ability to stare into space. If not, I’ve got you covered. I’ve long been a fan of geography, ever since I learned that the maps in the back of middle school planners were an excellent way to not pay attention in class. The internet, however, has brought geography-fueled procrastination to new heights. Read past the break for lots of fun geography-related ways to screw yourself over.

Social Impressions Lab Survey

From Wesleyan’s Social Impressions Lab:

Want to procrastinate from studying, win an Amazon gift card, and contribute to research at Wesleyan, all in just 1-2 minutes?!

Take our survey! The Social Impressions Lab is running a study about perceptions of relationships and is interested in Wesleyan students’ instinctual reactions to various combinations of individuals. Please fill out this short (1-2 minute) survey to be entered into a raffle to win one of 3, $25 Amazon gift cards.

SURVEY LINK

Please forward this to your friends at Wesleyan and complete the survey by Saturday May 16th for a chance to be entered into the raffle.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at SILabRelationshipStudy[at]gmail[dot]com.

Waste Not Collections

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From Michael Ortiz ’16:

Did finals wear you out? Don’t feel like packing? Don’t feel like lugging that humongous fridge home, let alone down the stairs? Well lucky you, you don’t have to! Consider donating your stuff to Waste Not!

For those that are unfamiliar with it, Waste Not is Wesleyan’s annual tag sale that aims to reduce waste on campus by selling used goods. Our sale is traditionally in the fall, during NSO. Our collection is during the spring (WHICH IS NOW). So if you don’t feel like carrying that microwave home or if you realized that you don’t REALLY need that printer anymore, consider giving it to us. We’ll be collecting donations on Saturday, May 16 and on Monday, May 25. There will be collection sites at most dorms and at locations between streets, so as to minimize how far you have to go!

If you have any questions/concerns/want to donate immediately, contact us at wesustainability[at]gmail[dot]com.

Procrastination Destination: That Sounds Fun!

Hubbard ParkWhy waste all your time procrastinating on the internet when there are so many lovely places in nearby central Connecticut ripe for exploration? Two Middletown experts, Manon Lefèvre ’14 and Piers Gelly ’13 write in with a pretty spectacular list of places one could visit while procrastinating or not procrastinating.

Does a goldfish really have an attention span of three seconds? Sometimes it feels like Wesleyan’s lasts just under four years. I’ve now lived in Middletown for six years, and my girlfriend, Manon Lefèvre ’14, has been a Nutmegger since she was nine. As such, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places in CT. It’s neither comprehensive nor conclusive, but maybe you’ll learn something from our experiences.
When it gets really hot out, you can tube down the Farmington River for a 2.5 mile scenic ride (and some mild rapids). It’s a little steep at $20, but totally worth it. Last time I went, there was one particularly scary bit of rapids and we were warned that if you went straight down the middle you would get stuck in what they call the “washing machine,” where you get sucked into a whirlpool and just spin around like a washing cycle. It happened to my friend Nicole, who panicked and had to get talked down by a lifeguard wearing nothing but a tiny speedo.—ML