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
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) Facebook
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
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].
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.
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
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 atsstein01@wes.
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.
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