Audition for The Laundry Room!

LaundryroomFrom Rachel Sobelsohn ’17:

Audition to be part of a staged reading of The Laundry Room, playwright Rachel Sobelsohn’s Senior Honors Playwriting Thesis, directed by Sam Morreale ’19!

The Laundry Room subverts the girl-meets-boy character convention to be a queer love story between two women with disabilities. This thesis aims to normalize disability onstage. It is a comedy, and the entire play takes place in a college laundry room.

To audition, we ask that you be a female-identifying actor. We are especially excited about working with actors who identify as having a disability, being that the goal is to normalize disability onstage. Disability can include, but is not limited to, mental illness, physical impairments, and even dietary restrictions like food allergies or celiac disease.

We are also looking for actors of color because disability is conventionally figured as white, and we wish to push against this stereotype through visible representation onstage. Even if you don’t identify as having a disability (or you do, and identify as white), we would still love to see you at auditions! We want to further a conversation about disability, and if you’re excited about that, then we’re excited about you!

The two-character play will only run about an hour. We will rehearse for two to three hours for the first two weeks, and four to five hours the second two weeks. We will present the staged reading on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 8pm!

No need to prepare anything as we will provide sides to read. We welcome both new and experienced actors.

Please sign up to audition here. Walk ins are more than welcome! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sam (smorreale[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Rachel (rsobelsohn[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).

Date: Wednesday and Thursday, March 29-30th
Time: 4:30-6:30 and 5:30-7:30pm respectively
Place: Theater Studios, East Room
Signup: Here

Wesleyan Releases Regular Decision Letters to the Class of 2021 and I’m Old as Shit

“Did Lin Manuel Miranda really breathe on these admissions brochures?” – Someone at WesFest last year probably

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Real news alert: according to an Instagram post from Wesleyan Admission, regular decision admissions letters were released to the Class of 2021 today at 3PM. Excitement! If you’re a current student, this means several things: (1) We’re old, really old, (2) We’re that much closer to WesFest and thesis deadline and 4/20?, and (3) many reflections on the cyclical nature of things, in times like these, in places such as right here.

There’s no word yet on our acceptance rate for this year, or whether we came close to meeting last year’s record of 12,000 applicants. I can confirm, however, that someone is predicting the Christian apocalypse to occur in 2021 and, according to several futurist blogs, male birth control is likely to be made widely-available by 2021 and Greenland is likely to move toward full independence.

But yeah, hello, prefrosh! Consider this your alternative acceptance letter:

Apply to be the Kim-Frank Fellow!

A message from Quinn Frenzel ’16:

Attention, seniors! Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship?

Apply to be the 2017-2018 Kim-Frank Fellow in the Writing Programs. Applications are due by email on Monday, March 27 at 4:30 PM.

The Kim-Frank Fellow works with Prof. Anne Greene in the Writing Programs office, helping to organize a broad range of writing programs and events on campus. The Fellow assists in running the university’s Writing Certificate and writing programs, has teaching responsibilities, and helps contribute to the development of new courses.

The Fellow also has an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, artists, and public figures.

The 2017-18 Fellow will be appointed with graduate student status and is eligible to take two academic courses, conduct research, and work collaboratively with faculty members.

To apply, please email the following application materials to Professor Anne Greene at agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu using the subject line “Kim-Frank Fellowship Application.”

Include:
1. A letter of interest discussing your academic work at Wesleyan, other important experiences, your fuure plans or aspirations, and your interest in this Fellowship.
2. A transcript
3. A resume
4. Two writing samples: One academic paper, with comments and a grade if they are available. The second piece should also be prose — academic, journalistic, or creative.
5. The names of two faculty members who can serve as references. Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist.

For more information, visit the Writing at Wesleyan webpage or contact Anne Greene, University Professor in English and Director of the Writing Certificate, at 860-685 3604 or agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Due date: Monday, March 27th at 5:00 p.m.
How to apply: Send required materials by email to agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

The 2017 Commencement Speaker: Claudia Rankine

At 9:45am today, Michael Roth sent an all-campus email announcing this year’s Commencement speaker as well as the 2017 Honorary Degree recipients. Poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine will deliver the 185th Commencement address on May 28, 2017.

Additionally, Wesleyan will honor Jo Handelsman, a former Associate Director for Science at the White House, and Cristina Jiménez, the executive director and co-founder of United We Dream, the largest youth-led immigration organization in the country. The Alumni Association’s Baldwin Award will be presented to John Driscoll ’62 and Gina Driscoll.

Here’s the full text of the email:

Reproductive Rights and Justice Advocacy

wesdoulaFrom the Wesleyan Doula Project:

The Trump administration has expressed opposition to the right of people with uteruses to reproductive healthcare, particularly the right and access to a safe and legal abortion.

Trump has already signed executive orders preventing global aid to go to those who discuss or provide abortion services. In light of current and potential rollbacks, the Wesleyan Doula Project is hosting a Reproductive Rights and Justice Advocacy Training. A group of panelists, from reproductive health non-profit leaders to healthcare providers, will talk about the threats of this new administration and what we can do as citizens to combat them. This will be an interactive panel so please come with any/all questions!

This will be in BECKHAM 202 (upstairs) from 7-9 PM on March 7th!

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 7-9PM
Place: Beckham 202!

Slam Poetry Team Peckman

imageFrom WeSlam and a whole lot of other people:

“Call 9-1-1, tell them I’m having a fantatic time.”

Buddy Wakefield, educator and poet extraordinaire, is returning to Wesleyan for the first time in 7 years.

He will be leading a workshop at 5PM in Bogher 113, followed by this performance and a brief Q&A.

His performance will be opened by four student poets Dylan Moore ’20, Giorgia Sage ’18, Lexi Slater ’19, and Jack Warren ’20.

Click here for the Workshop event!

Brought to you by WeSlam, Queer/Trans Wes, Unlocked Magazine, and the Adelphic Educational Fund, with lots of help from and thanks to the SBC.

Submit to Unlocked Magazine, Wesleyan’s gender and sexuality publication: unlockedmag[at]gmail[dot]com

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 7PM
Place: Music House

Submit to Sawcebox Magazine!

sawceboxFrom Rachel Rosin ’19:

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!!

Are you an artist? A poet? A writer? Want to see your work published? Send us your stuff!

This is our second and final call for submissions for this school year’s issue of Sawcebox. Sawcebox is a 16th century term that was used to refer to a “sassy,” or impudent woman. Sawcebox, therefore, is an all-female identifying literary arts magazine for artists, writers, and poets here at Wesleyan. If you’re interested in submitting your work, please do so soon!! Our submission deadline is coming up soon!! Be sure to email us your poetry, short stories, artwork, photography, anything…

DEADLINE MARCH 10th//SPRING BREAK

sawceboxmagazine[at]gmail[dot]com

If you’re interested in becoming involved in the editorial side of things, please email us back so we can send you updates about meetings and other fun stuff we’re planning

Deadline: Submit by Friday, March 10
Inquiries:
Email sawceboxmagazine[at]gmail[dot]com
Facebook event: 
Click here!

In Depth: Synapse

A poster advertising the first Synapse meeting.

A poster advertising the first Synapse meeting.

Hello! Welcome to another installation of Wesleying’s In Depth series, where we go in depth (get it?) about some of the many, many student groups on this campus. For this installation we interviewed Paige Hutton ‘18 about the new group she helped to establish, Synapse. Paige is an advocate for greater mental health awareness, and hopes that the creation of this group will provide another space for those dealing with or concerned about mental health to gather and express their concerns and needs. Please read after the jump to learn more about the group:

Screening of “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”

making a killingFrom the Center for Film Studies:

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA examines how guns, and the billions of dollars made from them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It exposes the ways powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit. Producer Tara Vajra ’10 will host a Q&A after the screening.

Date: Tomorrow – Tuesday, March 7th
Time: 8pm
Place: The Center for Film Studies