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Espwesso Open Normal Hours This Week


Jake Eichengreen ’13 reminds those of you who will be nocturnal this week:

As always, drip coffee at Espwesso is free when you bring your own cup (although donations to cover the cost of beans are always encouraged and accepted). We’re open our usual hours this week for finals – Sunday to Thursday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – so come on down to the basement of Allbritton to caffeinate yourself for studying!
In other exciting news, we’re now offering coffee and espresso roasted by New Harvest Coffee in Pawtucket, RI. We will be featuring a range of drip coffees from them this week, from all around the globe. This new partnership has opened a lot of opportunities for the cafe and coffee at Wesleyan – look forward to all sorts of awesome things from us next year.

Espwesso Open Sunday thru Tuesday


Hannah Cressy ’13 sez Espwesso will only be open Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this week instead of the usual Sunday to Thursday bit. As a reminder, Espwesso is located in the basement of Allbritton and is open from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and is now serving coffee from Pawtucket’s own New Harvest Coffee Roasters. Go Paw Sox!

Tonight: Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star:” A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone


Mickey Capper ’13 reminded me to post about this. Here’s the blurb from the official Facebook page for this event:

Born and raised in San Francisco—the home of the Grateful Dead—Professor of Music Graeme M. Boone attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Universite de Paris, and Harvard University, where he taught before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Following an overview of the band’s early history and style, Dr. Boone’s talk includes the showing of a “mandala movie” which helps elucidate the Dead’s open-ended song “Dark Star,” conveying a holistic, organic analysis of the tune, and incorporating every salient element in the extended, psychedelically evocative improvisations of its first 150 recorded performances.

With lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia, “Dark Star” can cover a broad spectrum of moods and musical ideas—incorporating anything from R&B cover songs to outer-space apocalypse—but the attentive listener can also hear lines of force binding the jams together: structuring devices, strategies, and trajectories that direct each improvisation and also serve as fundamental guideposts. An animated movie with changing colors and annotations follows two specific performances of the song, recorded in London on 4/8/72 and 5/23/72 during the band’s European tour that spring (the original 16-track analog tapes of the entire Europe ’72 tour were remixed, mastered in HDCD format, and released by the band in 2011).

Stress and Well-Being Facilitation


Jessica Katzen ’16, Ally Ruchman ’16 and Alessandra Cervera ’16 shout:

Stressed Out about finals? Want to discuss healthy and unhealthy

Come join us at Well-Being House on Wednesday, May 1st from 7 to 8 for
a short facilitation about dealing with stress. There will be an
interesting discussion and some healthy snacks!

Hope to see you there.

Date: May 1, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Well-Being House, 250 Court Street
Cost: High blood pressure free

Cooper Union Charges Tuition, Adds Air & Water to Meal Plan


Since 1902, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has remained tuition free, offering accepted students scholarships drawn in part from industrialist Peter Cooper’s epic neck beard real estate holdings and alumni contributions to cover the cost of attendance. Though Cooper Union previously rallied under the banner of an education “as free as air and water,” it seems the only banners being hoisted today are in protest of the school’s move to cover only 50% of tuition. On Tuesday, Cooper Union made it official that it would be instituting the tuition plan proposed by the university’s maligned board of directors back in December of 2012. This blog covered developments in this story at length, which included a student response in the form of a building occupation and that occupation’s inevitable conclusion, as the activism at Cooper Union clicked with the campus zeitgeist regarding Wesleyan’s own decision to discriminate against students without the means to attend Wes abandon need-blind admissions.

Click through the jump for more on what this means for those of us who also attend institutions that renege on espoused principles like inclusion and diversity.

A WESU Home Companion/Wait, Wait Don’t WESU Me/The WESU Ole Opry


Avery Trufelman ’13 beams in:

WESU wants you! WESU is planning a good old fashioned live show to feature student radio plays, riddles, puns, limericks, sound effects, voices, and a panel of judges and a selection of guests. A planning meeting will be taking place this Tuesday at 4 p.m. at WESU, conveniently located on the second floor of 45 Broad Street above Broad Street Books. If you’re interested in getting involved in planning the show or contributing in any way (production, writing, performing, etc.), come help out! No radio experience required. If you can’t be in attendance at the meeting but would still like to be involved, email Adam for more information.

Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: WESU (45 Broad Street, Floor 2 — above Broad Street Books)
Cost: Your soul.

Middletown Potluck Tonight


Ari Ebstein ’16 is hungry for community bonding, and you should be, too:

Come to a Middletown Potluck today @ Green Street Arts Center, 5:30-8:00

Middletown and Wesleyan poets and jammers will be there, as will delicious food, and many new friends! Bring some homies, perhaps a dish or two, and if you’re feeling inspired, a poem or acoustic song to share.

Alls free, but we appreciate anyone who brings food. :)

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Green Street Arts Center
Cost: Free (bring friends, food, poetry or an acoustic song to share)

Design Talks: Conversations with TypeClub, 2013


Lisa Sy sez:

This Friday, join TypeClub for an early afternoon of TED-style talks relating to design.

This years speakers include:

Sewon Kang ’14, “Political Art During the Occupy Movement & More”
Lisa Sy ’13, “On the Grid”
Sofia Warren ’14, “Saul Bass, Movie-Making, and Design”
Ari Ebstein ’16, “Irony in Advertisement”

Typhoon will be served!

Learn more about TypeClub at

Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 115

In other typography related news, my design-themed black metal band, Hellvetica, will be warming up the audience before these talks.

TypeClub Film Screening: Design & Thinking


 Typographer par excellence Lisa Sy ’13 sez:

TypeClub will present a film screening of DESIGN & THINKING, which is a documentary that explores “design thinking.”
A description of the movie:
How do we fully engage organizations to think about the changing landscape of business, culture and society? Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessman, designers, social change-makers and individuals to portrait what they have in common when facing this ambiguous 21st century. What is design thinking? How is it applied in business models? How are people changing the worldwith their own creative minds? It is a call to the conventional minds to change and collaborate.Learn more about TypeClub at  [ ]


Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: 41 Wyllys, Room 114
Cost: Free


Career Center Lunch with Stephen Trask ’89


Excited for Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the film series this week? Michael Leung ’15 writes in to tell us about a career center lunch with a dude who has a wikipedia page who also happened to write the music and lyrics for the film (among others):

Students interested in Theatre, Music and Film take note!!

Want to learn about the inside secrets of the theatre, music and film industry? Come enjoy lunch and talk to Stephen Trask ’89. Stephen Trask was the music director and house band member at the New York club Squeezebox, where he performed with stars such as Debbie Harry, Lene Lovich and Joey Ramone. Trask also received an Obie Award and a Grammy award nomination for his work in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical about a transsexual rock star. He is a prolific film music composer whose works include The Station Agent, The Savages, Lovelace and Admission.

Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Olson Commons, Career Center
Cost: Free Lunch!