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Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor


From Savannah Whiting ’13 and Taylor Steele ’14:

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting information and structuringyour thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis.And when I say soon, I mean really soon. As in this weekend (after brunch). But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor.

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting as regularly as you’d like to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

Mysterious Happenings Around Usdan Unveiled


Justin Gitlin ’15 having his fortune told by the Oracle of Middletown aka Ron Shalom GRAD.

If you haven’t been around the Usdan courtyard lately, you may have missed a couple fun and mysterious happenings in the last week. A bodysuit-clad individual serenaded people outside of Usdan on November 3, and last Friday the Oracle of Middletown appeared to tell people their fortunes for 25 cents or a few points (an old cassette tape was used for swiping purposes). The person behind both of these incidents is Ron Shalom, a graduate student in Music Composition. He was kind enough to answer some of my questions on his experiences as an Oracle and his inspiration for these events.

What motivated you to sit on the ground on what was a cold afternoon and tell fortunes?
Deep anxieties about life in the academy, the absurdity of living in dystopia, having too much energy, the everyday urge to open irruptions in everyday life, como excusa para hacer florecer la intimidad, to cradle love and support, to touch and hold people’s hands for a long time, an attraction to being blind in public.

Netflix Your Way Through Fall Break


It’s Fall Break, and everyone knows that means binge-watching Netflix in your bed. To help you make it through this time without having to rewatch every episode of How I Met Your Mother or Orange is the New Black, I’ve compiled a list of Netflix options that are unconventionally awesome or shamelessly delightful. This list was compiled in a very unscientific way, so leave further recommendations in the comments section.

Disney Channel Original Movies
Netflix does have an impressive offering of classic Disney animated movies, including things like Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Mulan. But there are so, so many more gems from your childhood that are worth revisiting.

The Cheetah Girls, The Cheetah Girls 2, and The Cheetah Girls: One WorldThe Cheetah Girls tells the story of four friends as they try to make it in show business. They sing many songs, including “Cinderella” and “Cheetah Sisters” (both of which I can still sing by heart), and perform their last number in different-colored cheetah-patterned head warmers. It’s amazing. Once you’re done with that, the Cheetah Girls go to Spain and do it all over again. And then after that they go to India and do the same thing, except without Raven, so it’s not as good.

Office of Admission Seeking Student Bloggers


From the lovely Sydney Lewis ’14

Do you like to write? Do you aspire to be a blogger extraordinaire like the geniuses at Wesleying? Do you like talking to pre-frosh? If so, then we’ve got the job for you! This is a paid position (approx. 2 hours/week) and is open to work-study and non-work study students. All current Wesleyan students from all class years are welcome to apply. We are looking for bloggers who can represent different experiences at Wesleyan and will write about Wes in an engaging and sustained way.

Our Tumblr bloggers must:
• Update their blogs at least once a week and respond to questions/comments.
• Possess good judgment, writing skills, and the willingness to engage that is required to connect with prospective Wesleyan students and others.
• Be comfortable with (or willing to learn) Tumblr platform. Must also be comfortable including multimedia like videos and images into your posts to make them interesting. If you’re intersted, contact Sydney at salewis[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for application details.

Loam Wants Photos of People and their Plants

Plant puppetNicole Stanton ’15 and her plants need you:

Do you have plants? Are you a person? Loam wants to take a photo of you and your plant. If you wanna have you and your charming lil’succulents or top notch bonzai pictured in the next issue of Loam, contact nestanton[at]wesleyan[dot]edu  ASAP.

Highlights from the Legendary ‘HIMYM’ Panel

Image courtesy of Wesleyan U.

Image courtesy of Wesleyan U.

Note: This article contains a couple of spoilers for people who haven’t yet seen HIMYM (or most notably, the series finale). And if you’re one of those people, you’re really missing out.

Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, the co-creators, co-writers, and co-producers of How I Met Your Mother returned to campus on Saturday night. Their hit CBS sitcom ended last spring, with its finale garnering 12.9 million viewers (brag moment: that’s 2 million more than Breaking Bad’s finale). Scott Higgins, Chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image, asked them a range of questions before opening it up to a very excited audience. Here’s a roundup of the good stories and choice quotes from the night.

A Multi-Generational Look at Wesleyan

This Wesleying reporter took a walk over to the Legacy photo last Saturday during Parents Weekend to talk to those who have experienced Wesleyan from a multi-generational standpoint. The excerpts of conversations about memorable moments, strange coincidences, and weird Wesleyan are below.


Amena Ali ’85 and Sonya Bessalel ’18

Most Memorable Wesleyan Moment:

PCM Story Share


Brought to you by David Elkin-Ginnetti ’18:

Did you go to New York for the People’s Climate March or Flood Wall Street last weekend? Even if you didn’t, everyone is welcome to come sing worker’s songs, share thoughts on the weekend, and discuss strategies for further action at Wes.

Date: Friday, September 26th
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Base of Foss

16mm Senior Film Thesis Auditions

Antique show weekend

Courtesy of Alex Donesky ’15:

Interested in acting in a senior thesis film? Come audition for Andreas Streuli’s 16mm thesis film this Friday! Looking for young looking male and young looking female. No acting experience necessary! If interested but unable to attend the audition contact  adonesky[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or astreuli[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Friday, September 26th
Time: 4:30-6:00
Place: Center for Film Studies, Room 124

East Asian Outreach Interest Lunch


From Amy Zhang ’15:

Like playing with and teaching kids? Have taiko, sumi e, sushi making,or other skills you want to share, or just want to help out with teaching? Come to the Center for the East Asian Studies Outreach interest lunch! It’s a paid position and it’s a lot of fun.

**You have to be free on early Friday afternoons around 11am-1pm.**

Date: Friday, September 26th
Time: 12:30-1:30
Place: 343 Washington Terrace, Center for East Asian Studies Seminar Room