Peter Blasser—Sidrazzi Gamelan

A sidrazzi is an electronic organ that emits a spectrum of pitched and chaotic sounds. The gamelan is an ensemble of gongs and a music of multiple-layered aesthetics. Through compositions and improvisations, graduate music student Peter Blasser’s ensemble will weave the two together.

Date: Tuesday, September 23
Time: 9-10 PM
Place: World Music Hall

How Much Longer Will We Carry That Weight?

Disclaimer: The writer of this post is not affiliated with the organizations mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this post are hir own.  

As the Board of Trustees flocked to campus this weekend, two campus organizations staged awareness-raising events. The first event, last Friday, was run by Students for Consent and Communication (SFCC). The second, on Saturday, was organized by the Feminist Art and Thought Collective (FATC) and Feminist Underground (FU). While each collective chose its own symbolic gesture, their question is essentially the same.

How much longer will the Wesleyan student body have to bear the oppressive weight of campus sexual violence?

Photo courtesy of SFCC

Photo courtesy of SFCC

Wesleyan Consulting Group Information Session

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From Maurice Lee ’15:

WCG is a student-run, pro-bono consulting organization comprised of and staffed by Wesleyan undergraduates who undertake strategy and operations consulting projects for small businesses, startups, and nonprofit organizations in the Middletown area.The principal aim of WCG is to create mutually beneficial relationships between Wesleyan students and the greater Middletown community. We hope to promote civic engagement that have positive impacts on the local community and abroad.

This semester, we are seeking to expand our group and find members of the Wesleyan community who are passionate about the work that we do. Membership is open to any current freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are willing to make a substantial time commitment.

We invite students from all majors to join us. Come find out more about what we do!

Date: Wednesday, September 24th
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: PAC 125

FUSION Dance Crew Auditions!

Coming at you from the super-fly Mika Reyes ’17:

Interested in dancing hip-hop and other related genres at Wesleyan? Wanna be fierce and strut your stuff?? Think about joining FUSION!!!

FUSION is a performance dance group, committed to embracing a widevariety of hip-hop based dancers. We are a “fusion” of dance genres such as popping and locking, voguing, street jazz, jazz funk, break dancing, waacking, and hip hop. Typically, we have two shows a semester with our rehearsals happening in the evenings usually twice a week, increasing as show dates near.

No need to bring or prepare anything!! Just come in comfortable attire
and enthusiasm to learn something new!! :)

Auditions are super fun and low-pressure, so please make sure to enjoy
yourselves–we want you to!

Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Time: 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
Place: Fayerweather Dance Studios
Facebook: Here

 

Getting WesConnected: #CareerDrive

Now that we’re a couple of weeks into school, you’ve probably already gotten your first big paper assignment, and are anxiously awaiting the all too soon arrival of your parents this weekend– now it’s time to start thinking about your plans for the summer. Or more importantly, if you’re a senior, your plans for the rest of your life. You can compare this to the yearly phenomenon of department stores selling Halloween decorations after Labor Day, or how Christmas season takes over right after Thanksgiving.  During a mandatory senior meeting a couple of weeks ago, we were encouraged us to donate to the annual senior gift, since graduation is “right around the corner”.

To help us on this journey to employment, the career center has upgraded from MyCC to CareerDrive. In addition to MyCC’s history of taking advantage of student data, they actually went bankrupt right after Wesleyan decided to part ways (go figure). Not only does the new platform  provide us with features in several key areas where MyCC was severely lacking, but it’s release has also been paired with a series of workshops called Driver’s Ed. and a job search boot camp called Accelerate, both created to aid us on our #drive to success. [insert witty comment]. To understand CareerDrive better, I sat down with Rachel Munafo, the Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications, who was able to help me discover some key features worth pointing out.

WTF is J Street U?

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WTF is J Street U at Wesleyan, you may ask? Why do they keep inviting me to fabulous lectures and movies and events? Great question!

Come find out this Tuesday, Sep 23!

We will be talking about things like
-Who is J Street U?
-Why two-states?
-How? What can we do?
-AND SO SO SO MUCH MORE

See you there!

Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Outhouse (132 High Street)

Library Workshops for Senior Thesis/Essay Writers

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From Kendall Hobbs:

The library is offering workshops on research sources and interlibrary loan and other services for seniors writing a thesis or an essay. Sessions will be offered on Monday 9/22, Tuesday 9/23, Wednesday 9/24, and Thursday 9/25 at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 each day. No need to sign up ahead of time. Choose a date and time convenient for you and join a group for a 45 minute info session at Olin Library’s reference office. Attendees will be granted expanded interlibrary loan privileges.

Date: Monday, September 22nd- Thursday, September 25th
Time: 11:00, 1:00, 3:00
Place: Olin Library, Reference Desk

Contribute to Loam Environmental Arts Magazine

loamFrom the radiant Kate Weiner ’15:

Loam, Wesleyan’s environmental arts magazine, is seeking editors, graphic designers, and artists to contribute to our fall semester publication. Check out the spring 2014 issue here to get a sense of the work we do. We love sharing creative expressions of our relationship with the earth and can’t wait to see your contributions!
If you are interested in working with the loam team, please contact Kate at kweiner (at) wesleyan.edu

Lanterns and Special Effects in 17th Century China

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Via Amy Zhang ’15:

Don’t miss this talk tomorrow afternoon at the Center for East Asian Studies! Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale University, Tina Lu, will be speaking on ‘Lanterns and Special Effects in 17th Century China’.

Date: Tomorrow, September 23rd
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Center for East Asian Studies Seminar Room

BREAKING: Residential Fraternities Must Become Co-Ed

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In an email sent to the Wesleyan community this morning, the Chair of the Board of Trustees Joshua Boger ’73 and President Michael Roth ’78 informed the campus of the Board’s decision that all residential greek organizations must become fully co-educational in not just housing but within the greek organizations themselves.

The Board of Trustees convened in their retreat this past weekend, with more than half of the schedule dedicated to the issue of greek life on campus as well as the future of residential fraternities. This comes on the heel of the administration’s decision to declare Beta’s house off-limits to all students just a few weeks ago, in light of the discussions last semester within and outside of meetings in the Wesleyan Student Assembly over the issue of coeducation and residential fraternities.

Update (9/22/14 5:00PM): We asked DKE president Terence Durkin ’16 if the coeducation decision would affect their national membership and how they might implement coeducation. His response:

It is my understanding that our National Charter does not allow co-education, so this unilateral decision by the administration is problematic for us.  It seems to do away with freedom of association for a specific, carefully chosen segment of the so-called Wesleyan “community”.  The University is telling us who our friends are going to be, and who we must choose as our leaders.  This is just not right.  This is just not Wesleyan. We are exploring all options with our Alumni and undergraduates, and we will have more to say in the near future.

Dean Mike Whaley similarly reiterated that the national charter of DKE (and Beta) does not recognize coeducation, while Psi U’s does. He also pointed out that Alpha Delta Phi had a similar conflict with their national charter when they decided to co-educate in 1972. His response below:

I’ve not yet had a chance to work with any of the organizations yet given that the announcement was just made today.  As President Roth’s announcement indicates, “If the organizations are to continue to be recognized as offering housing and social spaces for Wesleyan students, women as well as men must be full members and well-represented in the body and leadership of the organization.” We’ve invited each of the all-male fraternities to develop their own plans for realizing this goal, and I will be working with them as they develop and implement their plans to make sure they are likely to reach our objectives.

Psi U, whose national permits coeducation, has asked to meet with me later this week to begin discussions and planning.

You probably already know that Psi Upsilon’s national permits coeducation, while Beta’s and DKE’s do not.  My understanding is that Alpha Delta Phi had a similar challenge with their national when they co-educated many years ago – how they overcame that obstacle could be instructive for the organizations.