Clearing out our inbox

Wes alumni continue to pound out the blogs. Case in point: Himanshu Suri ’07 sends us a link to his new blog, Gordon Gartrelle, which is devoted to “contemporary Indian/Indo-Diasporic art, indie/hip-hop music, fashion, and humour.” It’s now in our Wes 2.0 blogroll; check it out!

And it’s not just on the blogs that Wes alumni are active; it’s also in magazines targeted toward teen girls. A Wesleyan student spotted Jean Pockrus ’08 in CosmoGIRL magazine:

I came across an article called Living On the Fringe: Who Says We All Have to Be Into the Same Things? Meet Five Girls Who Share Passions That Thrive Outside the Mainstream. Jean Pockrus was featured as “The Freegan.”

The article quotes her: “Our culture drives us to consume so much more than we need. There’s always a newer model to buy, and people throw out perfectly good stuff—including food. Freegans reduce waste by reclaiming and repurposing discarded items instead of buying new ones—often by dumpster diving—and using what would otherwise be thrown away. A lot of my freegan friends are really great at turning discarded stuff into cool things like jewelry. We can’t eliminate all waste, but we can get creative about reducing it.”

Meanwhile, Gwynne Hunter ’10 points out that Wesleyan has created its own Wesleyan on Broadway site to promote In the Heights, the hit musical by Wes alumnus Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02. Lin’s created a rap and Wes-centric promotional video for the special September 5 showing of In the Heights. Funds raised through ticket sales will support Wesleyan financial aid.

Finally, Jason Reif ’09 checks in from his internship at Rooftop Films, and would like to tell you about this New York-based organization that puts on a summer film festival, with events mainly in Brooklyn. There are movies, bands, open bars… and even non-rooftop venues. Check ’em out at, or read the Rooftop Films blog (written by interns like Jason) at IFC.

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