From Ruby Lanet ’18:
[[[Rehearsals for FRANK will take place almost entirely during Winter Break (beginning January 8) to the show’s opening on February 2nd. This is NOT a fall semester commitment.]]
FRANK will be an adaptation of the ancient and modern story of Frankenstein/Prometheus. We will be using three main texts: the Living Theatre’s Frankenstein production, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankstein–or The Modern Prometheus– and the ancient greek myth of Prometheus. We want to know the what/why/where/who/how of what it means to fly to close to the sun.
We are looking for a team that is excited about creating, not just performing. Experience is not necessary! Nor is it necessary for you to consider yourself a typical performer! Because of the three-week process, this will be an extraordinarily intensive, collaborative project.
Performances will take place in the ’92, on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
Auditions will be held in the Jones Room on Wed (11/2) 4:15- 6m and in the Nics Lounge on Fri (11/4) 4:15-6. You do not need to prepare anything, we will have sides: just come ready and willing to move.
Please try to sign up in advance here: https://docs.google.com/a/wesleyan.edu/spreadsheets/d/11wPbg4zUKZnqyar3X1YUFRwlshl2h-47MkMxJy9n8bc/edit?usp=sharing
Drop-ins will also be welcome (just may be asked to wait a bit)!
Please don’t hesitate to hit up Natalie May at nmay[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions. We hope you come out!!
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1028379563927202/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1477631852823905
Date: Wednesday, November 2 and Friday, November 4
Time: 4:15-6 PM
Place: Jones Room, Nics Lounge
From Emily Feher ’17:
Cardinal Pictures is hosting our third 48 Hour Phone Film Festival starting Friday, November 4th! Shoot, edit, and submit your films any time between 4:30pm on Friday, November 4th and 4:30pm on Sunday, November 6th!
We will be in downstairs USDAN on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd from 11am to 1pm. You must sign up (either in person at Usdan or using the form below) by Friday, November 4th at 1pm:
(Clicking attending for this Facebook event doesn’t mean you have signed up.)
You CAN NOT begin your films before Friday at 4:30pm. (However, brainstorming is welcome!)
To make sure you have filmed within the time constraints, we will be emailing out a specific theme you must include in your film to be considered for the festival on that Friday.
Winners will receive Wesfame©. Screening will be on Sunday, November 6th, time and location TBA. There will be yummy food and great company!
Read more about the rules at the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/359233071134645/
Date: Wednesday, November 2-Thursday, November 3
Time: 11 AM-1 PM
Have you heard about the #WesNeedsCAPS Campaign? Do you want to know more?:
Tell us about why you need greater accessibility to CAPS by taking part in the #WesNeedsCAPS photo campaign October 31st through November 4th @Usdan, 11am-3pm.
You can also sign the petition here: https://goo.gl/forms/5DyjFJf9bVqliKZc2
Or, fill out the anonymous survey about your experience with mental health at Wesleyan here:
At Williams and Trinity, students from 2014-15 waited at most two days to get non-emergency mental health counseling.
At Amherst, they waited a day and a half.
At Bowdoin and Connecticut College, they had no wait.
At Wesleyan, they waited three weeks.
For three weeks, students who needed counseling and support marked down the days on their calendars as they missed classes, lost sleep, dropped commitments, and suffered.
Now, a year later, they still have to wait over a week and face a limit on the number of weekly appointments they can make per year.
If Wesleyan hopes that its students will grow into leaders and torchbearers, it, as an institution, should endeavor to do the same and commit to providing students care when they need—that means no wait—for as many times as the need—that means no cap on the number of weekly visits. Namely, the budget committee should approve the CAPS fiscal year 2017 budget request and:
1. Hire two new, full-time psychologists.
2. Raise our half-time therapist up to full-time.
3. Approve the hiring of a full-time Advanced Practicing Nurse Practitioner (APRN).
4. Increase the CAPS operating budget for the first time in six years.
Date: Monday October 31-Friday November 4
Time: 11 AM-3 PM
From Quinn Frenzel ’16:
On Wednesday at Russell House, the Wesleyan English Department will host a reading by poet and writer Patrick Phillips. Phillips’ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton in September of 2016. His third collection of poems, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Knopf, 2015), was a finalist for the National Book Award. A recent Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, Phillips has published in many venues, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Nation. He is translator of the Danish poet Henrik Nordbrandt’s, When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.
For more information, contact Valda Ramdial at (860) 685-3613 or vramdial[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Wednesday, November 2nd
Place: Russell House
Fred Ayres ’17 writes in:
How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m starving!” before going to eat dinner at Usdan? Is that what hunger really looks like? What about on a global scale?
Are you ready to find out?
Join us for a Hunger Banquet sponsored by the Hunger and Homelessness Program, and the Interfaith Council!
A Hunger Banquet is an interactive simulation of global inequality related to food, hunger, and income. Attendees will share a meal and participate in a discussion facilitated by fellow Wesleyan students.
Tickets or non-perishable items are required for admittance. Tickets will be available for a minimum $2 donation at Usdan during lunch on 10/27, 10/31, 11/1, and 11/2. You can also RSVP on Facebook.
Will you be one of the lucky ones? Or will you leave hungry?
Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Place: Albritton 311
Cost: $2+ donation or non-perishable items
From May Treuhaft-Ali ’17:
Ulysses is a love story. It is a story about the love between a husband and wife, and between a parent and child. It is a story about three individuals searching for a sense of belonging in a community that marginalizes them. It is also a story about flowers, hot chocolate, farts, flirtations, shooting stars, and the myriad moments that can transform an ordinary day into an epic journey. Because Ulysses is the epic of everyday life, this piece will be site-specific and take place in locations throughout the Wesleyan campus, as a theatrical intervention in the public sphere.
Performance dates are April 13-15. All actors will receive 1.00 academic credit for working on this project.
For your audition, please compose a performance (2-4 minutes) about one of the following:
1. A love song
2. A time you embarked on a long journey home
3. A ritual that is meaningful to you
Your composition may take the form of a story, dance, song, scene, et cetera.
We recommend that you sign up for an audition time on our signup sheet (available on our Facebook event or at https://docs.google.com/a/wesleyan.edu/spreadsheets/d/1ozq2gxWuPDBWsZYYL39ORTul3Y54NiWFGAsufeZ08Jo/edit?usp=sharing), but you are still welcome to attend auditions if you don’t sign up in advance. If you can’t make the audition times but would still like to audition, or if you have questions, please contact May Treuhaft-Ali atmtreuhaftali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Sam Morreale at smorreale[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2
Time: Tuesday: 6-8 PM, Wednesday: 7-9 PM
Place: The Jones Room and the East Room in the Theater Studios
A very important message:
8 to 8 (the student run anonymous, confidential, listening service) is starting up for the semester. Call us anytime between 7pm-7am on weekdays or 7pm-10pm on Friday/Saturday at 860-685-7789 or chat with us through our website http://8-to-8.group.wesleyan.edu/ from 7pm-2am any night of the week. Our well-trained, committed, non-judgmental members are here to listen to your problems (or non problems). Please call us!
Seriously, 8 to 8 is awesome, and they’re there if you want to talk about anything at all. Call ’em! Beep ’em! Chat ’em thru the website!
From Ford Fellow Gabe Borelli ’16:
Writing is hard. Sometimes we make mistakes. But whether you like it, love it, or hate it, writing is a part of life here at Wes. And sometimes it’s hard to get our ideas into just the shape we want them.
But fear not! Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg and I have just the solution! We’re excited to announce that the Writing Workshop has officially re-opened its doors as of Monday, September 12th.
At the Writing Workshop a staff of trained peer tutors is available to meet with you at every stage of the writing process. You can meet with a tutor to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, edit a rough draft of a paper, or review a professor’s comments on completed work. Everyone is welcome and all services are free. Make an appointment through your E-portfolio (click on “Writing Workshop”) or stop by during drop-in hours. One-on-one appointment slots last 45 minutes (though you do not have to use the whole time period), and all Workshop Tutors will be taking drop-in students in the event that there are un-booked appointments when you decide to drop in.
If you have any questions, please contact Ford Fellow Gabriel Borelli at (860) 685-2440 or writingworks(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
For the writing workshop’s fall schedule, click through: