Help Save Macdonough Elementary School



On Monday, a petition was created by Waterbury resident, Precious Price, in order to prevent the closure of Macdonough Elementary School. Macdonough Elementary School is a vital part of the Middletown community, and provides education for 240 students in kindergarten to fifth grade. The closure was proposed by the Ad Hoc School Closure Committee in order to resolve budget issues. However, members of the community have expressed their fears that the loss of Macdonough will have a negative impact on local children and families who rely on the close proximity of the school to their homes.

Fall Break Dining Hours

wesolinThe weather remembered it’s fall, your midterms are (possibly) taking a brief hiatus, and football-loving alumni will soon be flooding the campus, reminiscing about carefree days of yore. If you’re staying on campus this break, you’re in luck! There are actually more on-campus dining options open than is usual during fall break. Perhaps this is to make up for the fact that they have apparently given up entirely on posting break hours of operation on the university website. Lucky for you, Wesleying is on it (and Bon Appétit posted the hours outside of Pi). Usdan heard my wordpress-draft pleas and posted the schedule here. If you are for some reason opposed to the university website, however, check after the jump for the schedule.

Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat

festivalFrom the Center for the Arts:

Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan’s South Asian Students’ Association.

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 7-8:30PM
Place: Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street, Middletown


President Roth Sends Yet Another ‘Campus Update,’ on Transparency, Title IX, Equity and Inclusion

8Over the past few weeks, students have been calling for the removal of President Roth and Dean Antonio Farias. This afternoon, Roth sent an all-campus email with subject line “Campus Update,” asking hard-hitting questions like, “What can we do? What will the administration do?” and seeming to once again expect students to provide him with answers. The email makes no mention of calls for his removal, but does identify three areas of concern: transparency, Title IX processes, and the results of the Equity task force created last spring in response to the IsThisWhy campaign. He calls for more student input on each topic, because the administration can “only do so much.”

Many survivors have been expressing their pain with strength and eloquence, and Roth apparently acknowledges that. His response, however, is yet another call for others to take on much of the work necessary, work that will somehow, inexplicably, lead to “real results.” Full text of the email can be found after the jump.

Joseph Getter Presents: Indian Music and Dance in the United States

Ph.D. candidate Joseph Getter presents the historical background of Indian music and dance in the United States, the Wesleyan University World Music Program, and the Navaratri Festival as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.


Date: Thursday, 27 October

Time: 16:300-18:00

Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall), 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown

Davison Sends Out Public Health Announcement Regarding E. Coli Cases


Earlier this evening, Thomas McLarney, the medical director at the Davison Health Center sent out a public health announcement regarding a confirmed case of E. coli infection and one case pending verification.

The particular strain of E. coli that was detected has potential affects on the kidneys and circulatory system in those who contract it. McLarney asked anyone working in food service who might have symptoms to stop working until a full evaluation is performed by the health center. Any questions can be answered by calling (860) 685-2470. Read after the jump for the full text of the email.

The Men of Color Talks

men-of-color-talks-2016From Invisible Men:

At the Men of Color Talks, Invisible Men invites Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and Middletown residents over dinner to discuss issues that pertain to men of color on campus, in the Middletown community, and broader social contexts.

The event is open to the public
This Jamaican food is about to be poppin’- don’t miss out

Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: The Vanguard Lounge in the Center of African American Studies

WesUp Presents: ‘Our Night’

wesup-thingJust in time for ~bar night~ is this thing:

WesUp‘s first event “Our Night” will be outside on Wednesday night in Mezzo Grill’s backyard, right off of Washington Street. Expect a beautiful night, accompanied by a tiki bar and a grand stage for performers! There will be plenty of elbow room ;)

The talented and entertaining band The Racquets, who won “The Battle of The Bands” last year are headlining the event with an opening act by DJ Mavrx. This is a 21+ event with a $5 cover charge and there will be a series of Wesleyan inspired drinks including the “Foss Chill” and the “How I Met Your Father”. Of course we remembered the late night food options. Jalapeño Poppers are just a preview!

DJ Mavrx will begin performing at 10pm and The Racquets will start their set at 1145pm.

The Ride has a route that brings you in three minute walking distance to Mezzo. Also, I heard that some people may be unerring there! Otherwise, Mezzo is a ten minute walk from the center of campus. No big deal :)

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Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 10 PM – 1 AM
Place: Mezzo Grille
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Reading By Poet and Artist Dawn Lundy Martin

dawnlundymartin_newbioimage2015-maxfreemanQuinn Frenzel GRAD writes in:

On Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 pm, Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT, the Wesleyan University English Department will host a reading by poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist Dawn Lundy Martin. Martin is the author of three books of poems and three chapbooks, including most recently, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015). She is currently at work on Good Stock, Strange Blood (forthcoming from Coffee House Press) and a memoir.

Her non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines. Martin is a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three, and a member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? A global arts collective. She has been awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and a 2016 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Martin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition to the reading, there will be a Q&A with the poet at 4:30 pm in Downey Lounge.

For more information, contact Valda Ramdial, (860) 685-3613, vramdial[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 8-9:30PM
Place: Russell House

Radical Jews!

63-civilrt-smarchFrom Anna Fox ’19:

Join labor/Israel-Palestine/American Jewish activist extraordinaire Rachel Sandalow-Ash and the Wesleyan Jewish Community in the Sukkah for a conversation about how Judaism has informed and continues to inform activism of all types!

This event is cosponsored by J Street U at Wesleyan, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Cardinals for Israel. It is presented as part of the WJC Sukkot programming.

Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Place: The Sukkah in the CFA