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WESupport International Students

From Elizabeth Arslanoglou ’16:

Are you an international student? Are you facing difficulties in adapting to classes and social life at WES? Do you feel that your cultural norms are different from those in the US? Do you believe that there are many things you just don’t get here? Do you feel homesick? Do you want a group of people similar to you to talk to?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us in our New Mental Health Support Group, specifically focused on International Students. The group will be facilitated by trained students who will also be active participants in the discussion. We will be having weekly friendly conversations about issues that concern us, relative to our transition from other cultures into a US college campus. You are not the only one out there facing “culture shock” so come share your experiences and thoughts!

Date: February 23-May 11
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel Meditation Room



10353547_10153095431921177_6367538421406283836_nZia Grossman-Vendrillo ’15 writes in:

TRAGIKINGDOM: A Medieval Skapopera (ska-pop-opera)

Set roughly within the 5th and 15th century, TRAGIKINGDOM weaves the tale of forbidden and feudal love between a queen and a revolutionary serf to the musical stylings of No Doubt’s 1995 album Tragic Kingdom.

We are looking for singers, dancers, actors, jesters, and fools of all
types and backgrounds to audition to be part of this concert

Auditions will be from 4:30-6 on Wed, Jan 28 in the East Room
& Thurs, Jan 29 in the Jones Room

Callbacks will be Sat, Jan 31

Date: January 28th-29th
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: East Room (Wednesday) and Jones Room (Thursday)

Bar Night at Usdan

It’s Bar Night at Usdan.  It’s BAR NIGHT at USDAN.  A headline out of my dreams:

A full range of mocktails and sodas will be served with labeled ingredients.

We will provide a range of different activities such as Wii, trivia competition, water pong, darts, karaoke, pool, foosball, and other
games. Following the bar night theme, we will be serving fries, onion rings and chicken fingers.

While participating in this fun filled event, students can enjoy delicious drinks and great entertainment with friends, without
worrying about having a terrible hangover the next day. This will also be a scent and strobe-light free event.

Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 9:30pm-11:59pm
Place:  The Usdan Center
Cost: Noneskies

Film Series: Notorious

1946. USA. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. With Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman. 101 min.

Grant’s suave secret agent recruits Bergman’s scandal-sheet party gal to hop a plane for
Rio and seduce the leader of a nefarious Nazi research ring. But as their own romance
ignites, can Cary and Ingrid keep their hands off of each other long enough to thwart the
villains? Innuendo and intrigue abound as sexual tension and psychological terror mount
in one of Hitchcock’s most elegantly suspenseful thrillers.

8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. $5.

“Beyond Apologies and Melodramas”: Susan Reverby on Public Health, STDs, Guatemala (++)

Ally “WAAAAAAA” Wang ’12 slaps me on Gchat to let me know about this pretty awesome talk that’s going on today. It features Susan Reverby, Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women’s and Gender studies (Wellesley College), and it’s about something that conspiracy theorists would just die for. The blurb is as follows:

In October 2010, President Obama apologized to the Guatemalan government for US-sponsored medical studies during the 1940s in which men and women were infected with syphilis. The Obama administration learned of the studies from historian Susan Reverby, who noticed the records of the vast postwar medical-infection program in a history archive. A remarkable cascade of events followed her revelation.

Like most things, I hope this gets a film adaptation. Starring Meryl Streep or Tilda Swinton as Reverby. With location filming at Wesleyan to stand in for Wellesley. BOOYA.

Date: Today!
Time: 4:15-5.30 PM
Place: Rm 112, Squash Courts Building, aka 41 Wyllys, aka “the old construction site”

Student Group Financial Information Workshops

...and then it's fight for ol' Wesleyan, neeeeever give in...From the man with the money (so, your BFF?), Cameron Couch ’13:

The Student Budget Committee (SBC), in conjunction with the WSA Office, The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD), the Concert Committee, and the WSA’s Community Outreach Committee (COCo), will be hosting a Student Group Financial Information Workshop from 5PM – 6PM on Wednesday (2/15) and Thursday (2/16) of this week.

On Wednesday, the workshop will be located in PAC 001, and on Thursday, the event will take place in PAC 004.

To better-inform student group leaders about the entire financial process at Wesleyan, there will be one or more representatives from each organization to provide a brief presentation. We will also be available to answer any questions you may have about creating and organizing a student group, applying for funding, drawing up contracts, reserving rooms and buildings, submitting reimbursement requests, and much more!

This is all about making the lives of student leaders easier. Come armed with questions, ideas, and a willingness to learn.


Did you know that more than 1.3 million children are homeless at some time each year?

Or that teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are at more risk of becoming homeless than adults?

The issue of homelessness among teens is as widespread as it is widely ignored. Join Ujamaa this month in raising awareness of teen homelessness in America, and more specifically in our own Connecticut: in the 2008-2009 school year, the National Center for Homeless Education reported 2,387 homeless youths in Connecticut.

Join us this WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM in JUDD116 for a conversation about the issue of teen homelessness with Monica Brasea teacher at Hartford’s Classical Magnet School who has worked extensively to raise awareness, and to facilitate support for students at her school who have faced homelessness at some point in their lives. (Her research, which you can read more about here, found that 13% of the school’s students have been homeless.)

  • What:  Discussion on Teen Homelessness with Monica Brase
  • When:  Wednesday, February 15; 5:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Where:  JUDD116

Writing at Wesleyan Presents Author Daniyal Mueenuddin, 2012 Jacob Julien Visiting Writer

Come to Russell House this Wednesday to see author Daniyal Mueenuddin, 2012 Jacob Julien Visiting Writer. 

Daniyal Mueenuddin‘s first story collection, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, was 2010 winner of The Story Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His stories have appeared in The New YorkerGranta, and other periodicals and in Best American Short Stories 2008 (selected by Salman Rushdie) and PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010. A graduate of Yale Law School, he practiced law in New York for a number of years. He now lives on a farm in Pakistan’s southern Punjab.

 Date: Wednesday, February 15th

 Time: 8 p.m.

 Place: Russell House, 350 High Street

A Q&A session with Daniyal Mueenuddin will take place at 4:15 PM on Wednesday, February 15th in the Shapiro Creative Writing Center Event Room (Allbritton 311). 

* A book signing and reception will follow the reading. *

For more information, please visit The Russell House Prose and Poetry Series.