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DIIV and Painted Zeros @ Eclectic

Continuing the fall concert lineup, Chelsie Green ’14 insists you attend tomorrow night’s show at Eclectic. But actually, it’s amazing that this show is free:

Come see these spiritually-attuned and musically-inclined individuals play for free this Thursday at 10pm at Eclectic.

DIIV: Not exactly just another four-piece band from Brooklyn. Since coming to Wes back in February, not only has their name changed from Dive to DIIV, but their popularity has increased — a lot. After receiving a “Best New Music” rating from Pitchfork on their debut album, Oshin, the band has traveled all over the country and world with their lo-fi shoegaze sound. DIIV is the result of lead vocalist/guitarist Cole Smith’s solitary summer in which he surrounded himself with the likes of Nirvana, Faust, and Lucinda Williams (and dreams of things like aliens and spirits). The band prides itself on being made up of all water signs.

Painted Zeros: This band consists of Vassar graduates who create similarly lo-fi dream pop. The band was born after lead vocalist/guitarist Katie Lau and bassist Andy Dymond went on a hike, went “semi-delirious,” and saw certain images that inspired them to make this music.

Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 10 pm – 12 pm
Location: Eclectic
Cost: FREE

Celebration of New Letters: Innovative Writers of Prose and Poetry

Teagle Fellow Kate Thorpe ’06 invites you to a day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry:

You are warmly invited to attend A Celebration of New Letters: A day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry. Speakers for this event include acclaimed poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and representatives of various alternative presses and literary organizations such as Wesleyan University Press and Poets House.

Speakers include: Heather Christle, Richard Deming, Dorothea Lasky, Douglas A. Martin, Richard Meier, Stephen Motika, and Parker Smathers. In addition to readings and panels on alternative publishing and innovative literary forms, there will be time throughout the day for informal conversation with these writers.

The event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Writers Conference and Shapiro Creative Writing Center.

Rescheduled for March: Tom Perrotta, Visiting Writer

From Anne Green, via Liz Tinker of the English Department:

Dear friends,

I’m sorry to say that Tom Perrotta will not be speaking on campus tonight, and his Q+A session this afternoon has been cancelled. Please mark your calendars for the new date: March 27, 2012.

Date: March 27, 2012 (Rescheduled date!)
Time: 8 pm
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free

Grinnell Considers Cutting Need-Blind: A Comparison

Grinnell, like Wesleyan, is considering some fierce changes to its financial aid policies. As Kevin Kiley of Inside Higher Ed, the same writer who reported on Wesleyan’s policy change this summer, writes:

Grinnell College, which this year reported the fifth-largest endowment of any liberal arts college, announced Thursday that it would spend the next few months engaged in a conversation with campus stakeholders about changing its financial aid policies—including potentially, but probably not, going as far as making changes to need-blind admission.

Grinnell has about 1700 students and an endowment of roughly $1.5 billion. This puts their endowment per capita in the range of $800,000, or roughly four times that of Wesleyan. However, “the amount [Grinnell] spends on financial aid as a portion of its gross tuition revenue” is currently above 60%, while Wesleyan’s is only projected to be to be 37% in 2012.

As Kiley notes, Grinnell’s finances are in wonderful shape as compared with other top liberal arts colleges (including Wesleyan), and its announcement “could be a bellwether that the sector as a whole is reconsidering the model.”

Teach for America Information Session

Stop what you’re doing and pay attention. This just in, from Jennifer Healey at the Career Resource Center:

Do you dream of making a difference in the world after you graduate? Do you want to wake up every day knowing that you’re part of a
movement working towards equity and social justice – a movement geared towards transforming lives, perspectives, and our country?

If so, then join Evan Hendon, a member of the Kansas City charter corps who taught 6th grade Social Studies and 10th grade African American History and Economics, for an information session on October 2nd at 7:00pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 112. This will be a great opportunity to learn about his impact in the classroom and find out how you can become a part of this movement to ensure that all children in this country have access to the quality education they deserve.