Wesfest: Saturday

Saturday, 4/21

9:00 AM
Muslim Community Breakfast
Join Wesleyan’s Muslim community for breakfast and learn about the vibrant community on campus.
Location: Turath House, 22 Lawn Avenue

10:00 AM
“The Wesleyan Close”: A Recreational Squash Tournament
Come watch faculty, staff, students, family and alumni participate in a univeristy wide all-day squash tournament for all levels of skills and all ages. Meet some players if you play squash, or just visit for the fun of it. Then consider joining us for our WesFest Tournament next year.
Location: Alumni Field House – Squash Courts

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
WesFest Seminar: Vladimir Putin and the Future of Russia
Vladimir Putin is due to step down as President of Russia in 2008. What will be his legacy: a prosperous and free country, or an unstable and corrupt “failed state”? How is one to explain the huge gap between the positive perceptions of Putin shared by most Russians, and his negative image in the West? Class taught by Peter Rutland, Professor of Government.
Location: PAC – PAC 002

11:00 AM
A Walk in the Woods with the Wesleyan Outing Club
The Wesleyan Outing Club will be heading off campus-for only a few hours to a nearby spot for a little hike. Get to know members of the club, hear what we are all about- and see a little bit of what Connecticut has to offer. See you there! What to bring: weather appropriate clothing and a car if you have one.
Location: 132 High Street (the Outhouse)

12:00 PM
Lunch and Learn with the Jewish Community
Location: Bayit

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Swap-O-Rama
Join the Swap-O-Rama to encourage students to “re-use,” not just recycle. Students can bring by any clothes they no longer want, and exchange them for clothes that other students have dropped off. If you don’t have any clothes to donate, but would still like to shop around, you can do so for a small fee.
Location: Science Center Courtyard

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Barbecue and DJ Party with Alumni, Current Students and Prospective Students
Before you head home, come spend a couple of hours chatting with alumni and current students while enjoying a live DJ and great food!
Location: Foss Hill

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
WesFest Seminar: The Twin Paradox of Special Relativity
Simple “thought experiments” involving motion near the speed of light result in profound conclusions about the behavior of space and time. One of these conclusions – that moving clocks tick slower – will be derived and a deceptive contradiction involving who’s moving will be explained. Class taught by Fred Ellis, Professor of Physics.
Location: PAC – PAC 004

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Jewelry Sale
Sales of jewelry from India and Puerto Rico to fundraise for student groups’ charities.
Location: Davenport Campus Center

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Gamelan Workshop
Dominated by colorful, bronze percussion instruments, the gamelan ensemble features gongs, bronze and wooden xylophones, two-headed drums, a female soloist, and a male chorus. Some of the instruments date back to the 12th century in Java, an Indonesian island located between Sumatra and Bali. The music is considered a communal expression, with no single instrument featured from the whole sound of the ensemble, and is based on several melodic layers framed by the striking of gongs. Gamelan music is frequently used in Javanese ceremonies including weddings, village cleansings, and as an accompaniment for dance and puppet theater. Get some real experience playing the gamelan in this lively, hands-on workshop. Workshop run by Professor Sumarsam, Adjunt Professor of Music.
Location: World Music Hall

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Roosevelt Institution Panel
The Roosevelt Institution is the first ever student political think tank. The aim of the Roosevelt Insitution is to get students involved in the policy-making process by studying and writing policy papers. The Hartford and Yale Chapters are invited to give a short presentation, followed by a panel of Wesleyan professors who will speak on environmental policy.
Location: PAC – PAC 002

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Chinese House
Take a moment in the afternoon to drop by Chinese House and relax with a cup of tea. Try your hand at a little calligraphy and meet some of next year’s residents, all in the comfort of our cozy living room.
Location: Chinese House, 34 Lawn Avenue

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Mythbusters Marathon
Tired after a long weekend? Want to find out what a program hall is? Going to brunch anyway? Come to Science Hall (right across from McCon in Hewitt 8, first floor) and watch MythBusters. Everyone’s welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Location: Science Hall (First Floor of Hewitt 8)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Talking Chalk
We will be talking about history, activism, the complicated ideas around it, what you think, why we think now is an important moment in time for the issue, and why we care about it!
Location: PAC – PAC 004

2:00 PM
Tishler Piano Recital
A concert by the finalists in the Elizabeth V. Tishler piano competition.
Location: Russell House – Russell House Millett Room

3:00 PM
Rolling Down Foss Hill Competition
Join in one of Wesleyan’s cherished traditions, rolling down Foss Hill. Learn different rolling styles and then everyone will roll down the hill at once. A prize is given to the winner.
Location: Foss Hill

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Interfaith Banquet
Join the many on-campus religious and spiritual communities at the Interfaith Banquet. Interact with students, staff members, and faculty to find out what life is like at Wesleyan, and what organizations exist. Delicious free food for all!
Location: Butterfield – COL Lounge Butterfield C100

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The New Group a cappella
Just about an hour of splendiferous, fantasticerous, and hoticerous Wesleyan co-ed a cappella with a visiting group from Vassar College, The Vassar Devils. Rain location is the Nicholson Lounge.
Location: Outside Nicholson Lounge

8:00 PM
Spettacolo Italiano
All Italian, all the time variety show now in its fourth year. Students from Elementary to Advanced sing, recite, declaim, act, and generally have a good time all through the medium of Italian.
Location: Davenport Campus Center – DCC Multi-Purpose Room

8:00 PM
FILM: LES BONNES FEMMES
The New Wave essential you haven’t seen. Follows the nightlife adventures of four young women and a mysterious biker who’s haunting one of them. A romantic version of Paris from one of the pillars of French cinema. 1960. France/Italy. Director: Claude Chabrol. With Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano. 100 minutes.
Location: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

9:00 PM
Reading, Art Viewing, and Concert
Get a taste of the art/music/writing scene at Wesleyan. Hear student writers share their work, peruse the visual stimulations of campus artists, and stay for a concert with music from regional and student bands. Come experience the creative endeavors of current Wesleyan students. Concert will begin at 10pm.
Location: West College – Westco Cafe

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Queer Prom
Queers, beats, and bodies. Come get chaperoned.
Location: MoCon