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Donate Your Stuff to Help Refugees

From Jeff Stein ’10:

Hey 2010 (and anyone else joining in on the Senior Week Festivities):

I’ve been volunteering for The International Rescue Committee in New York City and would like to make a request on their behalf: If you are leaving any of the following items here in Middletown when you leave campus, the IRC would really appreciate if you would donate them!

These items will go directly to refugee families starting new lives in New York City, who often arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Any help in providing these necessities goes a long way towards giving them a better chance at forming stable and successful lives here in the U.S.

– laptop computers (ideally with functioning operating system :-) … )
– plates, cutlery, pots and pans (in good condition)
– fans
– electric kettles
– notebooks, pencils, pens, pencil sharpeners
– throw pillows (optional)
– posters/frames (optional)
– blankets
– area rugs
– umbrellas
– curtains

If you have any of these items and would consider donating them to the International Rescue Committee I would be happy to pick them up for you. Additionally, anyone willing to donate a working laptop computer gets a beer of their choosing!

Please contact me for pick ups: or 516-647-4513 (day or night).

Thank you and party hard.

WSA End of the Year Report

The WSA has released its 2009-2010 End of the Year Report, a summary of all of the things the WSA has accomplished this year, including legislation passed, reports written, and all SBC allocations. You can find the full report here.

I know it’s rather lengthy, but that’s because the WSA actually did a lot of stuff this year. I recommend that interested individuals skim the report and read about the issues they care about. All info is divided by committee (each one deals with a different set of issues, ranging from student life to community outreach), and specific topics are bolded, making it easy to scan through. Major props to anyone who reads the whole thing.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email Critiques are also welcomed, as are ideas for future initiatives.

It’s been a pleasure serving you, Wesleyan.

Becky Weiss ’10, WSA VP

Seniors – Call in Your Name Pronunciation

Even if it’s easy to pronounce!

Don’t let your name be said incorrectly. If you don’t care, your mom will! Want your middle name included, or to be called by a nickname? The faculty reading the names won’t know unless you tell them. As of today, 130 people still haven’t called in.

To do so call 860-685-2005.

Don’t let grandma down, call in!

M*Link Bus Now Stops on Campus Six Days a Week

This spring, the WSA worked with Middletown Area Transit to bring the M-LINK bus to campus on Saturdays. Starting May 3, the service has been expanded to weekdays, meaning it now stops at Wesleyan six days a week. This bus represents a regular, affordable option for students looking to get off campus without a car.

The bus stop is located at the corner of Williams and High Street. The bus heads to the Meriden train station (with Amtrak transfer to New Haven), Westfield Mall, and Wal-Mart, among other places. A one-way trip costs only $1.25 (but remember to bring exact change).

From Monday to Friday it stops at Williams and High at the following times: 7.30, 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.45, 4.45

For more information on when the bus reaches the other stops visit: Please note the website has not yet been updated to include the Wesleyan stop, but the times for the other stops are accurate. You are encouraged to arrive five minutes early to the stop, and be patient since the bus may occasionally be running a bit behind schedule.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions about the M-Link, please do not hesitate to email the WSA at or Zachary Malter at

Also, check out this Wesleying post for more information.

Calling All Prospective Fitness Class Instructors

Certified in yoga, hip hop shuffle, zumba dance, step aerobics, kickboxing, pilates, or any other fitness class?  Interested in getting certified and instructing students next year?  Three out of four fitness instructors are graduating this year, so we need YOU to keep these classes going!  Formerly facilitated by WesWELL, the non-credit fitnesses classes (information here: ) provide a great service to the student body — both for participants and for instructors.

If you are at all interested in a) instructing, b) finding out more, and/or c) discussing what form the classes will take next year, meet with past and future instructors in Usdan this Tuesday at 8pm.  The meeting should only take about 20 minutes.

Questions? Email Sylvie Stein ’12 at

Apply for a Seat on the Committee for Investor Responsibility

Are you interested in corporate social, environmental, or governance issues? We could use your voice on the Committee for Investor Responsibility (CIR) for the ’10-’11 academic year.

This student, faculty, staff, and alumni committee has the power to engage in shareholder advocacy on behalf of the University. This may include proxy voting, writing letters to companies, and filing shareholder resolutions.

The CIR’s charter, which outlines the committee’s mission and purview, is available here.

Two seats are currently vacant. To apply, submit a paragraph explaining why you’d like to be on the committee to by Wednesday 5/5 at 7 PM. Soon after we receive your application, you will be notified of the timing of interviews for the position.

Results of WSA Class Rep Elections

Class of 2013
Zachary Malter 234
Arya Alizadeh Votes: 209
Nandita Vijayaraghavan Votes: 136
Grace Zimmerman Votes: 120
Melody Oliphant Votes: 107
Adam Rashkoff Votes: 95
Alexander Hoyle Votes: 87
Elita Irving Votes: 87
Corey Guilmette Votes: 84
Reiss Clauson-Wolf Votes: 75
Evan Weber Votes: 70
Lucas San Juan Votes: 42
Caitlyn Grudzinski Votes: 35

Class of 2012
Josh Levine: 104
Phil Ross: 96
Meherazade Sumariwalla: 91

Class of 2011
Andrew Huynh: 79
Lucas Voelk: 63
Teddy Newmyer: 62

*Please note that it is required that write-in candidates receive at least 25 votes to receive a seat on the Assembly.

Full results are available at:

EDIT, 5/1, 6:30 PM: Due to an error on the voting website, the correct number of votes for a write-in candidate is 10, not 25. Beginning next academic year, the number will increase to 25. This means that, should they choose to accept the seats, Matt Alexander ’12, David Sedgwick ’12, and Sami Pop ’11 have won spots on the WSA.

Cardinal’s Night on Main Street

Sylvie Stein ’12 writes:

Do you like It’s Only Natural, Mikado, Tandoor, or Thai Gardens? Do you like paying less for delicious food? Do you like free snacks, friends, and fun music? Yeah, we thought you might…

The WSA’s Community Outreach Committee cordially invites you to enjoy all of those wonderful things at Cardinal’s Night on Main Street, tomorrow night from 6-9PM, beginning under the tents at 280 Main Street and ending at the restaurant of your choice.

How to get there:

1) Take The Ride!  Every 15 minutes Wednesday night, The Ride will come by Hi Rise, Usdan, and Weshop to take you straight down to the tented area, where snacks and information about restaurant discounts will be given out, and student bands will be playing throughout the night.

2) Walk! Just head downhill on College Street until you hit Main Street, then take a left and turn into the plaza after the Police Department and before Amici Italian Grill.  You’ll see balloons and hear music!

Restaurants offering 10-20% discounts include: Thai Gardens, Iguana Ranas, It’s Only Natural, Feng’s, Mikado, Osaka, Tschudin Chocolates, First and Last Tavern, Esca, and more!  The music lineup includes Bones Complex, August West, It’s Chinatown, and Linus.


Sylvie Stein ’12 writes:

Due to a scheduling conflict, this Tuesday’s class will be held at 5:15PM, instead of 5PM, and go to 6:15PM. Apologies for any inconvenience!

If you haven’t gotten your kickbox on yet this year, there are only two WesWELL Cardio Kickboxing classes left, and YOU should try one out!  Classes are held Tuesdays from 5-6pm in 156 High, in the dance studio above Wes Wings.  The drop-in price is now only $5!  All you need are comfy clothes and a bottle of water.

Email Sylvie Stein ( with any questions.