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Library workshops for senior thesis and essay writers

"Portrait of clever student with open book reading it in college library"

“Portrait of clever student with open book reading it in college library”

For any lost seniors out there:

The library is offering workshops for seniors writing a thesis or an essay. Topics include finding resources here and elsewhere, discovering specialized resources, interlibrary loans, reference services, EndNote, and more.

Sessions will be offered on Monday 9/28, Tuesday 9/29, Wednesday 9/30, and Thursday 10/1 at 11:00, 1:00, and
3:00 each day. No need to sign up ahead of time. Choose a date and time convenient for you and join a group for a 45 minute info session at Olin Library’s reference office. Attendees will be granted expanded interlibrary loan privileges.

Dates: Monday, September 28 through Thursday, October 1
Times: 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM each day
Place: Olin Library

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)

Louis Menand @ Russell House

Happening in approximately 80 minutes is yet another event that’s making tonight a clusterfuck of awesome on campus:

Louis Menand has maintained distinguished careers in academia and journalism. A staffwriter at The New Yorker since 2001, he is well known for his articles about literature, the arts, intellectual history, language, and American culture. He is the author and editor of several books including The Metaphysical Club, awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize. He teaches at Harvard University, where he is Bass Professor of English and American Language and Literature.

Date: Tonight, February 27th
Time: 8pm
Place: Russell House

Film Series: Holy Motors

2012. France. Dir. Leos Carax. With Denis Lavant. 115 min.

After more than a decade away, cult hero Carax returns with an innovative, funny, and free-associative romp through nocturnal Paris and the collective pop unconscious. Accompanying a reflective quick-change artist as he fulfills a number of mysterious “missions,” the film weaves a touching rumination on technology, identity, and art.

Tonight. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. $5.

Q&A with Ian MacKaye

I totally meant for that title to rhyme. ian mckaye

Frank Fineis ’13 and our Dearest Leader Zach Schonfeld ’13 has the latest in hardcore music-related Wesleyan events, as always. But this one is actually pretty awesome:

Ian MacKaye is the famously uncompromising former frontman of Fugazi and Minor Threat, current co-member (with his partner Amy Farina) of The Evens, and the founder of DC-based DIY label Dischord Records. He comes to shed wisdom on Wesleyan a few months after the release of The Evens’ latest album, The Odds—and shortly after the tenth anniversary of Fugazi’s hiatus. If you have even the slightest interest in hardcore, 1990s American indie underground, or DIY music industry ethics, this one’s worth your while.

This event is free and open to the public, so arrive early. It will also be entirely question-and-answer format, so please bring questions for Mr. MacKaye.

Before you go, you should probably enjoy some essential, required listening.

Date: Wednesday, February 27th
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: CFA Hall
Cost: Free!

Tomorrow: Public Hearing Regarding Washington Street Development

In case you somehow missed it, there has been a lot of talk since last semester about a proposed development that could find itself right next to Wesleyan’s campus on Washington Street, between High and Pearl. For those who have strong interest and/or opinions about this topic, Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 p.m. that will address two zone-change proposals that could either allow or prevent this development from happening.

Specifically, the hearing will address the developers’ zoning code text amendment proposal — which would allow for more commercial development on Washington Street to go forward — and that of avid opponent to the development Ed Mckeon, which would make the zone under consideration become eligible for residential use only, thus preventing the development from going forward. More information about the two zone change proposals can be found here, but disregard the original pre-Nemo hearing date.

If you want to attend and/or testify at the hearing, here is some important information:

What: Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing on proposed zoning code text amendments
Where: 245 DeKoven Drive, Council Chambers (in City Hall)
When: February 27th at 7 p.m.
If you plan on testifying: try to arrive before 7 p.m., and bring at least one printed copy of your testimony. You will only be given a couple minutes to deliver it, so make it concise.

For extensive reporting on all things Washington Street Development, check out the links after the jump (provided by the WSA).

Hamlet in Wonderland Auditions


From Simoneil Sarbh ’13:

Ever thought Hamlet belonged in Wonderland?
Do you contemplate infinity for the fun of it?
Would you stay up all night to make friends for life?
Are you Wesleyan?
Come audition for Hamlet In Wonderland, we wanna play with you!

Show goes up May 9-11
Auditions: Next Wednesday and Thursday (27th and 28th) in the Jones
Room (there are no forks in the road) 114 Wyllys from 7-9

Veritas Forum Follow-Up Discussion: Monopolizing Knowledge – Can Science Explain Everything?

Shirley Deng ’14 opens up a serious can of worms:

Didn’t get your questions answered at the Veritas Forum this past Thursday? Dissatisfied, intrigued, or contemplative after the talk? Miss the talk completely?

If so, Professor Voth from the Physics Department at Wesleyan will be facilitating a follow-up discussion about questions surrounding the topic of science and faith this upcoming Wednesday in Usdan 108!

See you there!

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Usdan 108
Cost: Free