Wesleying Food Critics: We Taste-Tested All the Coffee on Campus


If you’re like any typical college student, you need caffeine to survive. If not, you’re amazing and I applaud you. Personally, if I don’t drink coffee on the #reg, I get headaches and start hating life in general.

Naturally, I have sampled coffee all over campus. This list is my own opinion, and does not imply anything beyond that—if you disagree with me, don’t worry. We can either agree to disagree, or you fight me on the steps of Olin.

Below the cut is my definitive coffee ranking, from best to worst coffee on campus:

An Ode to Usdan Ice Cream

Can you name that flavor??

The Usdan Marketplace has forever changed my relationship with ice cream.

Before I came to Wes, I considered myself well-versed in the classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. But, I never could have predicted that college would expose me to such exciting, delicious, and weirdly-named flavors as “Roadrunner Raspberry,” “Muddy Sneaker with Peanut Butter,” and “Coffee House Cookies and Cream.”

Fellow Wesleying-er michelle and I got lunch together at Usdan last week and felt so moved by the ice cream selection that we spontaneously burst into song. It went something like this:

Thanksgiving Break Dining Hours


We say this over every break. Literally every one. If you’re staying here over Thanksgiving (like me), you’re shit outta luck! Bon App is closing up to celebrate Turkey Day, and everything is closed from Wednesday through Saturday. You can hoard food from Weshop (“WesShop”) until tomorrow at 4, and you can’t go back for bougie, overpriced snacks until next Sunday at 4. Usdan and Summies reopen for dinner on Sunday, and regular hours for everything resume on Monday. Swings and Red and Black have similar schedules — closed by the end of lunch tomorrow, reopening next Sunday.

But hey, at least it hasn’t started snowing yet.

Here are a couple charts of which of our glorious dining services will be open and when:

What’s Up With Usdan Receipts?


Apparently there’s a Usdan receipt conspiracy. I’ve been hearing around campus lately that the Marketplace has been failing to give receipts to students, most notably at brunch. Maybe it’s deliberate, or maybe it’s a minor slip-up. Either way, at this point in the semester, most of us are dangerously low on meals or points (or maybe both), and getting our receipts is quite helpful. So I set out to investigate the matter.

For one, this required actually going to Usdan, which I barely do. But I Usdan-ed religiously this week, motivated by the quest to get to the bottom of this receipt dilemma.

Tired of Doing Your Work: Decoding Michael Roth

Image from IsThisWhy.com.

Image from IsThisWhy.com.

Sarah Small ’18 wrote a powerful piece on her blog Hapaholla about Roth’s email regarding the Is This Why demands (which you can read here), and she’s given us permission to share it below. If any other students are interested in sharing their thoughts on Wesleying, feel free to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

Small’s piece is after the jump.

Responding to Eclectic’s Problematic Application for New Members

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This past week, news broke that Eclectic’s paper application for new members had a page asking people to complete fill-in-the-blanks with racial slurs.

Ocean Gao ’19 wrote a post on her blog about her feelings on Eclectic’s app, and she has given us permission to repost her thoughts here. We have also included the official apology that Eclectic issued after receiving backlash from many students regarding the application’s contents. We will not be including images of the Eclectic application in this post, but one can be found above on Gao’s blog.

Additionally, we understand that students (both Eclectic members and non-members alike) have written many statements on social media about the incident. If any of those students are interested in sharing their pieces on this post, feel free to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

Film Series: The King and the Mockingbird (Le roi et l’oiseau)

1980. France. Dir: Paul Grimault. Animated. 87 min.

A pompous king falls in love with a girl in a painting; when she runs off with a chap in a nearby canvas, a kingdom-wide pursuit begins. Over its 32-year production this subversive hand-drawn marvel became a repository for the wildest imaginings of its creators and a profound influence on acolytes like Studio Ghibli.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival. Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

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

Understanding the ISIS Global Attacks: Policy Options Moving Forward- A Talk with Professor Emy Matesan

isis-flagCaroline Monahan ’16 writes in:

This is a critical moment in our world. Join Wes for Peace for a discussion with Professor Emy Matesan of the Government department on the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, and the Sinai and alternative policy responses.

Professor Matesan will address questions of how the attacks fit in to ISIS’ larger strategy, the feasibility of military intervention, and the debate surrounding Syrian refugees.

Bring your ideas and questions to discuss with Professor Matesan and other students. Email Cyrus Nury (cnury(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) or Caroline Monahan (cmonahan(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) with any questions or concerns.

Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: PAC 002
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WESU Fall Pledge Drive!

wesu donate canFrom the inimitable Ben Goldberg ’17:

WESU’s Fall Pledge Drive is back again, just in time for the cold weather to set in! Listener contributions enable WESU to continue offering incredible programming like The Moondog Matinee which has been playing “oldies” every Saturday morning for nearly forty years. This pledge drive also supports locally produced public affairs shows like Think Twice Radio, a CT “watchdog” media show, and incredible new music shows, like Black Music Matters. To keep this type of unique community programming alive, WESU needs your support.

Following last spring’s successful pledge drive, WESU began implementing upgrades that will improve the service the 6000 watt station provides. Local listeners can now read “WESU 88.1FM - Alternative Radio Since 1939” displayed on their car stereos when tuned in. With your continued support, WESU can continue daily operations and move forward with planned upgrades, which include an exciting revamping of the the station’s studio spaces. During this pledge drive, WESU is also very excited to offer a new brand new limited edition T-shirt design as a gift for donors.

Thanks to the supporters who have already contributed to this effort, WESU is making progress towards their goal. However, the station still needs to raise $12,000 in community support before the end of November to bring this drive to a successfully end. Donations from the people who benefit from the services WESU provides are vital for the station’s continued operation.

Please donate online at www.wesufm.org/pledge or by sending a check to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St, 2nd Fl, Middletown, CT 06457.

The pledge drive runs through the end of this month.