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Write In: WEEEEEESSSSSSSSCCCCAAAAAAMMM

Wescam launched last Thursday and although it’s only been 6 days since then, I haven’t entered a single public space on campus without overhearing the noun (Wescam), the verb (wescam), the preterite form of the verb (wescammed), the gerund (wescamming), the adjective (wescammy), and/or occasionally the adverb (wescamly). And, as I mentioned in my previous announcement post, we are doing a write in!

Our past write-ins have been some of our most viewed articles ever. The Orgasm Chronicles now has 41,890 views. WOW.

How this works: (1) Submit an anonymous entry to the Google form after the jump, (2) Make sure you tell us a Wescam story; you won’t be posted if this isn’t tangentially or totally Wescam related, (3) Tell your friends and wescams to write in! We don’t always get a high enough volume of quality entries to warrant a post, and that should not happen. So tell people to submit!

May Day at Long Lane Farm

This Saturday at Long Lane, come celebrate spring in the warm weather!

Come out and smell the flowers from 12 to 4pm! There will be free veggie burgers and live music, as well as arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, student groups and farm tours. Try your hand at potato planting, if you like, or decorate a pot and take home your own tomato plant.

Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 12-4pm
Place: Long Lane Farm, 243 Long Lane (at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth St.)
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Film Diversity Town Hall Meeting

From Film Majors, Minors and Prospective Film Studies Students:

Please join us this Thursday, April 27th at 5:30pm in Judd Hall Room 116 to discuss diversity within the Film Department. This will be a public meeting open to the entire student body and faculty. In this meeting we hope to reiterate our suggestions for diversity and announce our plans for moving forward. We then hope to open the meeting up to discussion from attendees. Our main goal of this meeting is to gain a clearer understanding of the department’s initiatives to achieve diversity and for us to be able to publicly and candidly clarify our own hopes for the future of diversity within the film department. We hope for this discussion to be a meeting with multiple points of view, so please encourage your friends and faculty members to participate. This open discussion will lead to mutual understanding and change for the better.

See you there!

Link to Facebook event

Date: Thursday, April 27
Time: 5:30-7PM
Place: Judd Hall Room 116

Film Series: The Handmaiden

2016. South Korea. Dir: Park Chan-wook. With Kim Min-hee. 144 min.


When a professional pickpocket is sent by a conman to serve as a Japanese heiress’s maid, the last thing she expects to discover is sexual freedom. Acclaimed director Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) transposes Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith to Japanese-occupied Korea in this sensational erotic thriller.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Second Stage Presents: When We Can’t Tell What’s Human

From Second Stage:

Thursday, April 27th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Friday, April 28th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Saturday, April 29th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Malcolm X House Basement

When We Can’t Tell What’s Human is a play that explores whether or not a “healthy relationship with food” is even possible. On a hot summer day in New York City, a food blogger meets a cab driver who’s intimately familiar with limited food access and the food industry’s exploitation of migrant workers. The blogger, whose marriage is falling apart, encounters the man’s own experience of abandonment and loss when she steps into his cab. A three-course meal will served during the show: each course setting the scene for the next act.

After the play, join us for a discussion about food and social justice issues with our guest panelists, including Professor Hatch, Professor Neyra Kim Thibodeau, and the Soulfull Project.

Link to the Facebook event.

Date: Thursday, April 27; Friday April 28; Saturday, April 29
Time: 7-8:30PM (Thursday and Friday); 6-7:30PM (Saturday)
Place: Malcolm X House Basement

People, Flowers, and Albus the Cat: A Photo Essay

And then she said I had performed a sort of quintessential act of human appropriation of the nonhuman.

In my never-ending quest to conjure up new forms of procrastination, I posted a status on Facebook last Friday asking if anyone wanted to be a part of a Wesleying feature that was quite simply about two things: (1) people, (2) flowers. The feature would go like this: I would take photos of people being ‘unapologetically happy’ with flowers somewhere in the mix.

The idea gained a lot more traction than I thought it would, so I spent my entire Sunday not doing homework and taking pictures of my friends instead. And, as promised, they’re going up on Wesleying.

Fair Wages, Fair Hiring: More on Yesterday’s Demonstrations and Student Meeting with RJ Julia

Two weeks ago, USLAC released a statement highlighting unfair hiring practices by management at RJ Julia Booksellers, the managing company of Wesleyan’s new book store, which is scheduled to open later this year. Specifically, USLAC brought attention to workers being promised interviews at the new bookstore and having to wait months for an interview. According to the statement, several nonwhite employees were told that they didn’t fit the “RJ Julia Experience.”

USLAC made three public demands of RJ Julia and the Wesleyan administration in response to these accounts:

1. Give all current bookstore workers the opportunity to keep their jobs if they wish to.
2. Guarantee that returning workers will receive at least the salary and benefits they had been receiving before the move.
3. Inform workers immediately about any changes in their workplace and allow them the chance to discuss these issues freely without fear of losing their jobs.

Monday afternoon, a delegation of students voiced their concerns to the RJ Julia general manager outside of North College after a meeting between two students and the general manager was interrupted by a fire alarm.

WSA, Administration, and Students Respond to White Supremacist Posters

Earlier today, I received a tip from a friend that yesterday (April 23), a group of older white “protesters” were demonstrating in the 100 block of Washington Street (between High Street and Main) around 2-3PM, and were displaying signs with messages like “White America is the real America.” After I updated today’s post with that information, Wesleying received several anonymous tips confirming that there was indeed a white nationalist demonstration on Washington Street yesterday afternoon.

Those submitting the tips said that they overheard the group of white nationalist demonstrators planning an “anti affirmative action” demonstration outside of the Office of Admission at 9PM tonight. But that’s not exactly how it panned out.

Sustainability at Work: A Conversation with Professor Jonathan Mellor

Michael Ortiz ’17 writes in:

In collaboration with the Green Fund, the Sustainability Office is excited to invite Professor Jonathan Mellor to speak at Wesleyan! Professor Mellor teaches at UConn and has done reserch with the Yale Climate & Energy Institute. He’ll be giving a talk on his work using engineering and quantitative reasoning principles to help design & implement low-cost solutions for water access issues in Africa!

There will be food!

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 7-8:30PM
Place: Exley 121