Reported quote from the incident report: “Wesleyan student removed from the 6th floor for riding the dinosaur.”
If you’ve recently braved the chilly wintry air to get a snack from Weshop before commencing your diligent studies, you may have noticed a conspicuous white News 8 van perched on the corner of Church and Pine. It’s not every day that our little campus generates local news attention, so the media presence may cause some people to worry. But the answer shouldn’t be much of a surprise:
On Friday, the third Senior Cocks event came to an abrupt halt when the senior class was kicked out of the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. (Haven’t heard the story? Catch up here and here.) Apparently the scandal has generated so much attention that News 8, based in New Haven, has stopped by to talk to seniors and grab some video shots of our
frigid lovely campus. The news van’s been busy, having already visited the museum to talk to employees and gather their side of the story before coming to Wes. The reporter whom I spoke to wasn’t entirely forthcoming with her goals, but I gathered that even she was uncertain whether or not the science center would be pressing charges against Wesleyan.
From Christian Hosam ’15:
Join the WSA Committee for Inclusion and Diversity in conjunction with Black History Month as we unpack the implications of being an effective ally both within and outside the Wesleyan community with a stellar faculty panel as part of our semester-long exploration into the concept. The panel will feature:
Sarah Mahurin (English/African-American Studies)
Kehulani Kauanui (Anthropology/American Studies)
Robert Steele (Psychology)
Manju Hingorani (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)
Date: Tomorrow, February 19th
Place: Daniel Family Commons
PSA: Remember, guys, don’t build igloos.
From Jay Sharma ’16 comes a handsome photo diary of the newly founded “WestCo 5,” an igloo community that took root in the WestCo courtyard in the immediate aftermath of Nemo’s historic reign. Curiously, the structure seems to have evaded ResLife’s infamous Igloo Moratorium of 2011, but the ensuing events may well be an instructive indicator of why ResLife banned igloos in the first place.
According to Sharma, the project began with a core crew of WestCo 4 residents, centering around Hannah Salzer ’16, Angus McLean ’16, Johnny Crook ’16, and Dara Mysliwiec ’16. Then, when Sharma and other friends from WestCo 1 (Saarim Zaman ’16, Max Atkinson ’16, and Nikku Chatha ’16) joined in, the project took on a larger scale.
“Originally it was going to be a one- or two-person igloo,” Sharma explained, “but as the day went on, the building crew got bigger, and each time we went into the igloo to chill there would be a couple of people who couldn’t fit in. So in an effort to fit everyone in, we just kept making it bigger, and now it fits nine or ten people comfortably.” Well, now it fits no one, because it’s melted. But you know.
Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12 takes a break from his full-time day job performing with a Creed cover band to talk about, ahem, more literary fancies:
Come to Russell House this Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to see poet Siddhartha Deb.
Siddhartha Deb is the author of the novels The Point of Return (a New York Times Notable Book) and An Outline of the Republic. His nonfiction book The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India won the PEN Open award. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Nation, n+1, London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement. He has received grants from the Society of Authors and the Nation Institute and a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies.
Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Russell House (350 High Street)
Another interesting talk to fill your dull and lonely day. Catherine Chase ’15 writes in:
Do you like ancient Greece? Do you want to know what ancient Greece can teach us about contemporary institutional design? Are you interested in going to law school?
Then come hear Professor Adriaan Lanni, all the way from HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, talk it.
Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Wyllys 112
It was the grading scale he’d used since he started teaching. Professor Peter Fröhlich of Johns Hopkins University had a simple curve: the student with the highest grade on the test would receive an A, and all other grades would be adjusted accordingly. This approach, he says, is the ”most predictable and consistent way” of comparing students’ progress to their peers’. Seems pretty okay, right?
During finals week of their first semester this year, Fröhlich’s students all unanimously agreed not to attend his final. The result? Everyone received a zero, which meant it was the highest grade, giving every student an A on the final.
Dale Glasspiegel ’13 writes in:
This is: That Group That Reads To Children (and does a lot of other cool stuff too!)! On a weekly basis (or more), you can go into preschools and read to a classroom of students for 10-15 minutes, and then spend the rest of the time free-playing, making crafts, playing outside, playing music, giving more individualized lessons, helping out the teachers, etc.
There are 7 preschools within walking distance that we will volunteer at: Head Start, Preschool Town and Country, Even Start, the 2 Neighborhood Preschools, Christ Lutheran, and St. Mary’s.
Monday, Feb 18th
Dinner –Green Salad w/ Champagne Vin, Roasted Chicken/Tofu, Garlic Mashed Potato Maple Glazed Carrots, Caramelized Shallot Sauce
Dessert – Apple Cinnamon Pound Cake
Tuesday, Feb 19th
Lunch – Grilled Steak/Portabella Quesadilla w/ Chipotle Salsa
Dessert – Mango Yogurt
Dinner – Green Salad w/ Carrot Ginger Vin, Thai Peanut Curry w/ Chicken/Tofu, Jasmine Rice
Dessert – Banana Cream Pie
Wednesday, Feb 20th
Lunch- Crab Cake, Mixed Greens, Saffron Aioli
Dessert- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dinner- Green Salad w/ Curry Dressing, Tadka Dal, Basmati Rice
Dessert- Pumpkin Spice Cake
Thursday, Feb 21st
Lunch- Grilled Cheese (Cheddar, Mozz, American), w/ Tomato Bisque, Basil Oil Garnish
Dessert- Trail Mix Bars
Dinner- Green Salad w/ Balsamic Vin, Shrimp Scampi or Veggie w/ Penne
Dessert- Lemon Poppy Cake
Marisa Guerrero ’15 invites you to cookies, as a verb:
Brighter Dawns is a Wesleyan-founded non-profit organization that works to improve health in impoverished communities in Bangladesh. The Wesleyan chapter helps raise awareness and funds about this important cause.
Our general meeting will be held this Monday. New members are always welcome! And if you need more incentive, there will be cookies!
Date: Monday, February 18
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110
Whether you’re into venison, poetry, or Baltimore, Charlotte Heyrman ’13 can hook you up with at least two of three:
for the second time around, baltimore and wesleyan poets will collide at 69 Home Avenue. This Monday night, join us for an evening of words, wit, and wunderbar.
poets include RM O’Brien and Jeremy Hoevenaar, Betsy Sallee ’13, Claire Dougherty ’13, Caleb Corliss ’13, Josh Krugman ’14, and Virgil Taylor ’15.
Date: Monday, February 18
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: 69 Home Avenue