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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

“Ki” Seminar: Lecture and Demonstration of “Ki” by Riichi KItano

This is kicking off in just a few hours; Kaito Abe ’15 writes in:

Riichi Kitano is the founder of Shinkiryu Bujutsu and carries black belts in Karate, Judo, Aikido, Shorinji Kempo, and Ti. He has been sharing the practice and concept of “Ki” which he acquired through practicing traditional martial arts. “Ki” is a difficult concept to describe, and is based on the spirituality of harmony and integration with nature. He will be introducing Japanese philosophy through martial arts, as well as demonstrating how to control the natural power of “Ki”.

“Ki’ might sound like magic or superstition. But what Kitano is introducing as “Ki” in this session is not what we supposed to be magic, but something that every single one of us inherently possesses. The practice of “Ki” is based on true kindness and a willingness to do good things for others without expecting anything in return. It is difficult to explain “Ki”, but as Kitano simply puts it, “‘Ki’ is a practice of using man’s original ability.” Kitano will be demonstrating his own mastery of Ki in this session, as well as offering insights into the brand of traditional Japanese spirituality on which the practice of Ki is based.

Date: Today, February 17
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Cost: Absolutely Free

Kaffee und Kuchen at German Haus

From Julian Azaret:

Coffee and cake, german conversation hour, socializing, love interests, the sweet and sexy Frau Iris Bork!!!

Date: Freitag, 17. Februar 2012
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Place: German Haus (65 Lawn)


Want to go out this Thursday night and don’t want to go to PSI U?

Come out to Eclectic tonight for a free show with Kuhn, Obey City, and The Range–three New York based artists who’ll be bumping booty-on-the-floor (shout-out to Big Freedia) dance music starting @ 9:00!

Think R. Kelly meets footwork meets hip-hop on ADD

Basically, you don’t miss this first installment of Missteps, a monthly concert series showcasing left-field electronic music. Check out the Facebook page here.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
Time: 9:00pm
Place: Eclectic
Cost: FREE

Free Rap Show at Psi U: CITIES AVIV – Friday, February 17

This Friday, rapper Cities Aviv (preceded by Will Feinstein ’13, who recently dropped his first solo EP) will take the stage at Psi U. A description of the acts follows, courtesy of Patrick Newman ’14:

Kill-F: Aka Waka Flaka Feinstein, AKA Trill Feinstein, AKA Will Fine-Dime-stein, will be opening up with some face melters off his recent Very Good EP (see album title for description of his style). Check out his Bandcamp page for more of his music.

Cites Aviv:  ”Memphis” Gavin Mays is an eclectic hip-hop act with his own perspective.” He’s coming out from Memphis with one of his producers to to kick back with all of ya’ll and lay down some tracks on the PSI U stage. His most recent album, Digital Lows is the shit and he’s got more ish in the works. Check out his Bandcamp page for more of his music.

For more information about Cities Aviv, check out this article from Pitchfork or this Facebook page for the event.

  • Date:  Friday, February 17
  • Time:  10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Place:  Psi U
  • Cost:  Free

SHOFCO Summer Institute Info Session Friday!

Submitted by Nathan Mackenzie ’12:

Interested in volunteering for Shining Hope for Communities at the Kibera School for Girls? Looking for a challenging, meaningful summer experience with real responsibility? Passionate about SHOFCO’s mission and work, with a commitment to learning from local leadership and empowering women and girls? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above the Summer Institute might be for you!

The Summer Institute is a highly competitive program that provides deeply motivated college students with on-the-ground experience teaching at The Kibera School for Girls, the first free school for girls in the Kibera slum, Africa’s largest slum located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Come hear more about the program and talk with past Summer Institute volunteers. Some information and the application are located here. Can’t make the session but still interested? Contact Nathan at

  • Date:  Friday, February 17
  • Time:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Place:  Usdan Multi-Purpose Room B25
  • Application:  Here