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Help kickoff the annual Navaratri celebrations! Listen to Wesleyan students perform classical North Indian music and eat delicious Indian snacks. And it’s FREE!

Date: Monday, September 29 (Today!)
Time: 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Olin Library lobby

An evening with The Clack Mountain String Band

An evening with The Clack Mountain String Band, a talented young band from Eastern Kentucky playing some of the fastest, wildest dance tunes to come out of the mountains. See a video of them in action here!

Date: Thursday, October 2nd

  • 7:30-8pm – Flat foot dance workshop with award winning dancer Julie Shepard-Powell, from North Carolina. Learn how to dance like this guy.
  • 8-10 Music and Square dance! Banjoes, fiddles, and calling by Julie, who’ll call some boot stomping southern-style dances. NO EXPERIENCE necessary. Just bring yourselves, and your dancing feet!

Location: 92 Theater

An Interview with Feiffer ’07 interviewed Halley Feiffer ’07 about her new role in None of the Above.

Currently: Playing Jamie, a spoiled Manhattan private school chick paired by her absentee parents with a nerdy young SAT tutor (Adam Green), in None of the Above.

Hometown: New York City. Daughter of celebrated playwright/ screenwriter/cartoonist Jules Feiffer and journalist/stand-up comic Jenny Allen, Halley grew up on the Upper West Side in an oh-so-different family from that of the poor little rich girl she plays onstage. Her bedroom wasn’t blindingly pink with padded fabric panels hiding the closet door, for starters. “Oh my god, I’m sitting in my room right now,” the bubbly actress says of her childhood apartment. “It’s designed to be the maid’s room, so it’s the size of a shoebox.” And Feiffer’s real-life parents are anything but absentee: “My mother comes in my room every 20 minutes and tries to get me to eat lunch or drink coffee with her,” she says fondly. “I have family around me all the time—sometimes too much so for a college graduate living at home!”


Thanks, Stephanie Ross ’09!

T-Shirts for Peace

Wes alum Jon Kraus ’04 writes in to tell us about a new T-Shirt startup he’s developed called

Our aim is to comment on any issues out there that are timely and in need of a different outlook. Whether it’s cute, clever, acerbic, controversial; whatever it takes to get the message across. What message? We merely begin a dialogue—the interpretation is up to you.

Our shirts are exclusively organic cotton, manufactured under fair labor, and dyed with water-based, PVC-free inks. For every shirt purchased, we donate 10% of profits to our various causes. In addition, 25 cents of the shipping and handling fee for each order is used to offset the carbon emissions for shipping.

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Wanted: IMS Copyeditor

IMS is looking to update their website and they’re looking for a copyeditor. As Vernon describes:

We’ve written a lot of content and need other content. We also have started a section for stories about our group. So we’re looking for someone who wants to rewrite a lot of what we’ve written, interview us, and write some stories. It should be a pretty comfy job, and it will be paid. Ideally this person would work with us in our cool office (sometime between 9 and 5), but if they’re already working somewhere else, then they might be able to work from home. They can e-mail me (Vernon at lthommeret@wes) if they’re interested, what kind of writing they’ve done, and a writing sample (preferably).

The Daguerreotype Starring Half of Wesleyan…

Katey Rich ’06 sends in this heads up for those of yous stationed for the summer in the New York area:

Students past and present, is making its New York theater debut this weekend. Their new play, Daguerreotype,” was written by Stephen Aubrey ’06 and is directed by Jess Chayes ’07. Edward Bauer ’08, Hayley Stokar ’06, and Zach LeClair ’10 star.

“Daguerreotype” tells the story of Mathew Brady, a photographer from the Civil War era who became famous for his portraits of the great men of his time (Abraham Lincoln, George Custer, Ulysses S. Grant and many others) as well as the most graphic battleground images the country had ever seen. In “Daguerreotype,” Mathew is at the twilight of his life, and he must choose between the life he has built and the legacy he wants to leave behind. Haunted by the ghosts of the past and the spirit of his dying, catatonic wife Juliette, Mathew must revisit his past and consider his future, as a forgotten legend from another era.

“Daguerreotype” is only one part of the Story Project’s American Summer Theater Experience– a festival with TASTE! There will also be readings of new plays– including those by Anna Moench ’06, David Haan ’06, and Chris Kaminstein ’05— and performances by Wesleyan’s own sketch comedy group Lunchbox. It’s all happening at the Abingdon Theater in Manhattan, at 312 West 36th street.

The festival starts Thursday, August 2 and runs through Saturday, August 11 (with no shows on Monday the 6th).

Complete showtimes and dates are available here.

You can buy tickets for Daguerreotype here.

  • Tickets for The Daguerreotype: $12 for students
  • Tickets for Lunchbox (available at door): $5
  • Tickets for the readings: Free!

There will be scores of Wesleyan students at all the shows, not to mention general New York theatergoers, who are always worth knowing. Come support some of your fellow students and alums (a full list of company members can be found here) and see historical, documentary theater that we absolutely promise is not boring or stuffy.

(*Photo by Toby Shaw ’07)

What about the New President?

Well, this is fun. Moving away from food now, what do you want out of the new President? Many different ideas about what the role of the President should be. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Michael Roth compared to Dougie B?

Do you hope that he is more accessible to the student body? Involves himself more in on-campus activities? Are you eager to take a class with him (or his wife)? Do you think he’ll reconsider chalking? Do you think he’ll cater more to the academic interests of the school? Will he be as good of a fundraiser as Dougie?

Let’s go!

Harvard Law Professors to RIAA: Take a Hike

June’s newsletter from Havard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society featured this response to the RIAA authored by Professors Charles Nesson and John Palfrey:

Recently, the president of the Recording Industry Association of America, Cary Sherman, wrote to Harvard to challenge the university administration to stop acting as a “passive conduit” for students downloading music. We agree. Harvard and the 22 universities to which the RIAA has sent “pre-litigation notices” ought to take strong, direct action…and tell the RIAA to take a hike.

This Spring, 1,200 pre-litigation letters arrived unannounced at universities across the country. The RIAA promises more will follow. These letters tell the university which students the RIAA plans on suing, identifying the students only by their IP addresses, the “license plates” of Internet connections. Because the RIAA does not know the names behind the IP addresses, the letters ask the universities to deliver the notices to the proper students, rather than relying upon the ordinary legal mechanisms.

Universities should have no part in this extraordinary process. The RIAA’s charter is to promote the financial interests of its corporate members – even if that means preserving an obsolete business model for its members. The university’s charter is quite different. Harvard’s charter reflects the purposes for which it was founded in 1636: “The advancement of all good literature, arts, and sciences; the advancement and education of youth in all manner of good literature, arts, and sciences; and all other necessary provisions that may conduce to the education of the … youth of this country….”

The university strives to create knowledge, to open the minds of students to that knowledge, and to enable students to take best advantage of their educational opportunities. The university has no legal obligation to deliver the RIAA’s messages. It should do so only if it believes that’s consonant with the university’s mission.

We believe it is not.

Universities are special places, set off in time and space for students to have an opportunity most will not again have: to learn together in a community that cherishes openness above all else. If the university is perceived as doing the bidding of any particular industry, the message we’re sending to students is that the university is willing to let commercial interests intrude.

Of course there are times when that intrusion is warranted. The horror of Virginia Tech is on all our minds and in our hearts. There are far lesser justifications for allowing the arms of government and commerce to interrupt the secular sanctity of the university’s educational space. But protecting claims of copyright – whether or not legitimate claims – by passing along messages requiring students to pay lump sums to record companies just doesn’t warrant the betrayal of student’s trust and privacy.

The university does have an obligation to teach our students to be good citizens. Good citizens should be accountable for their actions. If our students are breaking the law, they should pay the price. That’s not the issue here. The RIAA has already sued well over 10,000 people, including many students, directly. They seem to be engaging in a classic tactic of the bully facing someone much weaker: threatening such dire consequences that the students settle without the issue going to court. The issue is that the university should not be carrying the industry’s water in bringing lawsuits.

The subtitle of the RIAA’s own press release puts a far more pleasant gloss on this: “New Program Invigorates Campus Conversations About Consequences For Illegal Downloading.”

If the RIAA wants to stimulate conversation, then it should engage in genuine dialogue. Come join us on campus. Come talk to the digital natives who are our students, to the faculty who care about fair intellectual property protections, and to the university counsel and technical teams who manage our strategies and operations in cyberspace. The RIAA should be asking, along with the rest of us, if we can come up with models that reward artists for their work while allowing the maximum circulation and use of their creations, as our Founding Fathers intended.

We should also be discussing the most important issue of all. Universities provide an open space in which every idea can be heard and discussed. Every limitation on the circulation of ideas works directly against the university’s mission. How can we open up more ideas, more works, more conversations, while, of course, preserving the legitimate rights of creators? How can we make the university far more open than it is now? How can universities – just like the RIAA – embrace a digital future and make the most of its opportunities?

Being the unpaid enforcement arm of the provincial interests of the RIAA is no part of the answer to these questions.