Category Archives: Events

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

Tu[es]day: Election Reform Panel at 6:30pm in PAC 002!

I wish I was going places, like Olivia Horton ’14. Then maybe I wouldn’t still be awake:

Concerned with the massive influence of PACs and corporations on the election process? Interested in local and nationwide reform efforts?

Come hear from Senior Organizer for Common Cause in CT Kimberly Hynes about local and statewide issues. Regional Field Organizer for Democracy Matters Anita Kinney will talk about the problems and work being done to fix them at the nationwide level.

Light snacks/refreshments will be provided. Facebook event [under the date time place thing where it often goes, duh].

Date: Today, Tuesday, but like, later today
Time: 6:30pm
Place: PAC002
Facebook: See, just where it was supposed to be.

Art Library Closing/Consolidation Meeting (info upd8ed)

EDIT: I just talked with a library employee who gave a perspective + some info I found worth including in this post – click through the jump to see my additions.

So, how about that whole Art Library closing thing? Were you invited to that party? No? Didn’t even hear about it? Had enough questions? Read on:

That’s right, y’all: it’s been brought to my attention, through email and face2face conversation, that apparently our administration is moving forward with a plan to close the Art Library at its current location by 2014, consolidate its holdings into Olin (where some of them already reside), and as part of the process weed out quite a few books. Here are a few reasons (some) students and faculty are opposed to this plan going forward:

  • The current plan seems to be to have the Art Library’s holdings moved to Olin by May 2014.
  • The Art Library has some of Wesleyan’s most valuable items in its collection, with special oversight that they may not receive in Olin. Also, having the Art Library in the Center for the Arts seems intuitively appealing.
  • A dozen student jobs will be removed, and the time and energy spent on moving the books is likely to add more to the plates of people who already have work to do.
  • Maybe the most important point is that this plan appears to be going forward without any input from students. If you’re not okay with decisions about resources we use being made without asking (or even announcing, really), this might be a meeting worth attending.

The points above are assembled from information provided directly by students, including current Art Library employees and a student representative on the Faculty Library Committee (so, indirectly, library staff and faculty as well).

Interested? Attend the response planning meeting Tuesday (tomorrow) night, at 10 PM in the UOC (between Beta and Eclectic). Maybe you think the planned consolidation is actually a good idea. If so, your perspective might be even more valuable. Also, if you’d like to be included in the email discussion, feel free to email yours truly.

April Convocation

From Michael Leung ’15:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Convocation
(Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander and Queer Month)

Usdan Daniel Family Commons ~ 4:00PM

Come enjoy some light refreshments as faculty, staff and students share their personal stories on their identities, discuss what April means and its importance today and into the future!

Opening Address – Queer Interns
Student Reflection – Gavin Swee (Class of 2013)
Student Reflection – Mansoor Alam (Class of 2015)
Staff Reflection – Joyce Walter (Director of Student Health Services)
Student Reflection – Miranda Linsky (Class of 2014)
Closing Address – Allegra Stout (Class of 2012)

Date: April 3rd, 2012
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Daniel Family Commons

Professor Elvin Lim on “The War on Women”

Do you have opinions on what’s been called “The War on Women?” Want to learn more about the issues involved? Want to hang out with Professor Elvin Lim for an hour and instantly become smarter, cooler, and generally more awesome? These are all great reasons to come to the Roosevelt Institute tomorrow night!

  • Date: Tuesday, April 3rd
  • Time: 8-9PM
  • Place: Usdan 108
  • What: Prof. Elvin Lim on “The War on Women”

Questions? Want to receive an email with the attached articles that Professor Lim recommends reading for his talk? Feel free to contact me by email at sstein01@wes.

Julia’s Star Information Session @ Usdan 136

Paul Silverman ’13 writes in:

Last Spring, several Wesleyan students began working with Johanna Justin-Jinich’s family and the Anti-Defamation League to bring JULIA’S STAR into 5th grade classrooms around Middletown. JULIA’S STAR tells a story about the injurious effects of intolerance, and how curiosity, friendship, knowledge and trust can overcome prejudice. Written and illustrated by 15-year old Johanna, the story reflects her personal identity, and her history as a descendant of survivors of the Holocaust. It reveals her nascent interest in helping others transcend their old cultural roots to overcome barriers that foment misunderstanding, intolerance and injustice.

In addition to reading and discussing the story itself, the student facilitators conducted activities to catalyze discussion about difference and how to understand/ appreciate diversity of others. We are hoping to expand the program’s reach to more schools this Spring.

First Year Focus: Pre-Reg and Major Declaration Q&A

We have a message to all the freshmen from your Peer Advisors!

This Tuesday at 7PM (aka tomorrow) in 41 Wyllys (aka “Squash Building” right by Usdan) Room 112, there will be an insightful First Year Focus event where you can ask all of your questions regarding the Pre-Reg process – which started today – and help you start thinking about the major declaration process (never too early!).

Speakers include: Dean of the Class of 2015 Noel Garrett, Professor Robert Lane of the Biology Dept., Professor Andrea Patalano of the Psych Dept, and numerous peer advisors.

Last, but certainly not least: there will be FREE MONDO PIZZA and a raffle where you can win Mondo gift cards!

Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 7 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys

Mixed Heritage Week

From the amazing Alicia Castagno ’12:

April 2-6 is Mixed Heritage Week!
Join MIX in celebrating and exploring mixed heritage awareness
Mixed heritage: Any self-identifying pluralistic identity including multiracial, multiethnic, cross-cultural and transracially adopted

Open to anyone and everyone.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday April 2: Screening of Bullfrog Film’s 2011 Documentary, “Multiracial Identity” on mixed heritage identity and multiracial history in the United States.
6:30-7:30pm Usdan 108

Tuesday April 3: An open discussion of mixed heritage and identity politics, facilitated Professor McAlister, creator of “Mixed in America: Race Religion and Memoir.” Catering by Iguanas Ranas! 
6-8pm Usdan 110

Open Bid for Program Housing Starts Today

Still want to get into a Program House? Not too late! Open Bid for Program Housing starts TODAY!

There are still vacancies in the following houses:

  • Well-Being House, 250 Court St. - 2 spots, contact Natalie Sacks (nsacks@wes)
  • The Bayit, 157 Church St. - 8 spots, contact Gideon Levy (glevy@wes)
  • International House, 151 Church St. - 1 spot, contact Nicole Okai (nokai@wes)
  • Lighthouse, 230 Washington St. - 16 spots, 6 doubles and 4 singles, contact Kwaku Akoi (kakoi@wes)
  • Russian House, 163 High St. - 2 spots, contact Elyas Saif (esaif@wes)
  • Malcolm X House, 345 High St. – 19 spots, contact Yasmine Bennet (ybennet@wes)
  • Music House, 316 Washington St. - 1 spot, single, contact Nora Dumont (ndumont@wes)
  • Turath House, 73 Pearl St. - 3 spots, contact Carina Kurban (ckurban@wes)

Please visit the Office of Residential Life’s website to find more information about the houses if you are interested in applying during this Open Bid period.

Open Bid closes on Friday April 6!