Category Archives: Events

Take the WSA’s Library Noise Level Survey

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From Kate “Leading the Pack” Cullen ’16:

Are the Wesleyan libraries too loud? WSA’s Student Affairs Committee is working with the library staff and the Academic Affairs Committee to conduct a survey on noise level in the libraries in response to an influx in student complaints. If you haven’t already, please fill out our survey on library noise levels here!

Deadline: Sometime soon
Link: YAY SURVEYS

SWAG (Students at Wesleyan Avoiding Gluten) Meeting

From Rachel Sobelsohn ’17:

Calling all students who want to learn more about the gluten-free diet, want to go gluten-free, or are already gluten-free! SWAG is dedicated to increasing awareness of the gluten-free diet and its benefits, discussing the challenges of a gluten-free diet, and working to overcome those challenges. SWAG discusses the varying degrees of sensitivity of people on the gluten-free diet and what you never knew had gluten in it, along with some delicious and safe alternatives. SWAG will create a support network of other gluten-free students to share recipes, food, complaints and ideas. Bring your gluten-free lovely selves, and we’ll provide the goodies.
Interested in joining SWAG but can’t make the meeting? Email SWAGATTACK113[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know!

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113
Facebook: Event page

Open Forum on Gender-Neutral Bathrooms and Trans* Activism – Facilitated by WesDEF, Cohosted by Wesleying – Tuesday, 11/5

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BZOD UPDATE, 11/5/13, 4:09 PM: We’ve officially moved this across the hall from 41 Wyllys Room 115 to 41 Wyllys Room 112 due to space concerns.

On Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 PM in 41 Wyllys Room 112, WesDEF (Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitators), Wesleying, Open House, and QueerWes, will be hosting an an open forum to discuss people’s thoughts, concerns, and opinions about the recent trans* activism on campus – including, but not limited to the gender-neutralizing of bathrooms. The forum will be facilitated by WesDEF and will include vegan snacks.

Wesleying will be doing a liveblog of the discussion (which will, of course, not log names of anyone speaking). Anyone who has opinions about gender-neutral bathrooms or trans* activism, or wants to better understand trans* issues, should attend. We’d love to have as many sides as possible represented in the discussion. 

The Intouchables Movie Screening

Olivia Chavez ’15 invites you to a movie screening:

The Intouchables is a French comedy about a wealthy man who hires a former convict to be his caregiver. A discussion will follow. Dinner will be served! Sponsored by Sign Language House, Substance Free Hall, French Hall and SALD.

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Place: PAC 002
Cost: Nothing!

Us and Them: a Discussion on Middletown and Wesleyan Relations

From Janika Oza ’15:

Have you ever wondered about the relationship between Wesleyan and the Middletown community? Are you involved in Middletown through community service or work? Are you concerned about the ways in which Wesleyan does (or doesn’t) facilitate interaction with the community?
Come to an open workshop and discussion, hosted by the WesDEFs, to examine our relationship with the Middletown community and to explore positive ways to engage with our neighbours and break down the barriers between us.

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112

The Intersection of Buddhism & Violence

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A great event comes your way from Nikki Dodd ’15:

What do Buddhism and violence have to do with each other, you might ask? Come to this lecture and Q&A event to find out! This event will address contemporary examples of Asian Buddhists engaged in politicized acts of violence.

THE ISSUES
1) Self-immolation by Tibetan activists
2) Buddhist hostilities with Muslims in Burma

THE SPEAKERS
1) Dr. Robbie Barnett (Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University)
2) Ashin Nayaka (Buddhist Missionary Society of New York)

Be sure to arrive on time because there will be pizza!

Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Time: Noon
Place: PAC 001
Cost: Free

Election Day (now with same-day registration!)

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From Ben Florsheim ’14:

Today is Election Day, and there are a number of important local races in Middletown. For the first time ever, Connecticut voters can register in person on the day of the election and vote, so whether you are already a registered Middletown voter or not, it’s time to inform yourself and cast a ballot.

The Office of Community Service is providing shuttles from 9 AM until 8 PM to all polling locations that serve Wesleyan students, as well as City Hall where new voters can register and vote. Shuttles will be leaving from Wyllys Ave outside Usdan.

So what’s going on? Mayor Dan Drew (D) faces only token opposition this year, from registered nurse John Kilian, the founder of the Middletown Realistic Balance Party. However, the man who Drew defeated two years ago, former mayor Sebastian Giuliano (R), is mounting a campaign for City Council, along with 7 other Republicans and 8 Democrats. Also in the mix for council are two Republican incumbents who were denied renomination by their party and are now running as independents, along with local activist Fred Carroll, running on the Realistic Balance line. The current council composition is 8 Democrats and 4 Republicans; the Democrats are hoping to preserve their majority, while the Republicans are gunning for a comeback, even if they didn’t put forward a candidate for the city’s top job.

In Wesleyan-related news, Steven Kovach ’13 (D) is a candidate for Board of Education, and biology professor Stephen Devoto (D) is a candidate for the Planning and Zoning Commission. The sample ballot has the names and party affiliations of all candidates, and is worth perusing before you head to the polls. Further information can be found on the 90s-tastic websites for the local Democratic and Republican parties.

Local politics may not be flashy, but these are the races where every vote truly counts, and as community stakeholders like everyone else, Wesleyan students have the right to be involved in the process. So, whoever you end up supporting for the many races being contested this year, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Date: TODAY, Tuesday, November 5
Time: 9 AM – 8 PM
Place: Middletown
Cost: Free!