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Old Meth Season Finale Vs. Quinnipiac – EDIT: Now @2 PM

Once again, valiant rugby captain J.R. Mannetta ’13 would like you to watch “Old Meth” continue their run of bone-crushing good form:

After Amherst backed out from our scheduled season-finale, we thought we were going to be forced to end our year with last weekend’s contest against Conn. College. Luckily, Quinnipiac University agreed to travel to Middletown this Saturday at 2 PM to learn first-hand the pain of the revived Old Methodist squad.

Now that we’ve dispatched of the Conn. Coll. Camels 50-14, we’ve improved our cumulative season point total to 220 – 68 while running out to a 4-0 league record.

We hope you had a good time last weekend, and we promise a similar display of hard hitting, fast running, and disciplined Old Methodist rugby. This is our first chance in years to end the season undefeated, so we need all of the fan support we can get.

This will be the actual final 15-side game for our seniors — Peter Frank, Trevor “BD” Rhodes, David Amhrein, Tom Oddo, Max Ginsberg, and Foote. So come out on Saturday to cheer us on as we battle for the last time on the hallowed grounds of Long Ln field.

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 2 pm
Place: Long Lane Field (way up behind the Physical Plant buildings)

Watch Old Meth Rugby Ruin Conn College’s Saturday

Rugby captain J.R. Mannetta ’13 wants you to come see Old Methodist Rugby put the Connecticut College Camels on the endangered species list:

Now that we’re done racking up victories and missed highway exits throughout New England, Old Methodist returns to Long Lane Field this Saturday for our season finale. You don’t know the rules and neither do we, so grab a friend and join us at 1 PM as Wesleyan welcomes Connecticut College.

Unbeknownst to most, we’re actually fielding a real squad this year. After making the playoffs in the Fall, Old Methodist has rushed out to a 3-0 record this Spring while sporting a 118-32 cumulative margin of victory. We’re as shocked (too strong?) as you are. Anyway, come cheer on our seniors (Peter Frank, Trevor “BD” Rhodes, Max Ginsberg, Nate Foote, and Dave Amrhein) in their final game in red and black. Last game against Conn College ended with Wes hitting a walkoff penalty kick so expect plenty of excitement this Saturday.

Date: Saturday, APril 28
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Place: Long Lane Field

Clem & Paul Build a Fort @ ’92 Theater

Ben Firke ’12 wants you to come see a new Second Stage production this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday:

Clem & Paul Build A Fort is the story of 4 college students dead-set on doing the “right thing”––once they figure out what the right thing is.

Paul Carney has pretty much everything: a beautiful girlfriend, a loyal best friend, and a career as a successful labor activist at Yale. However, when Clem shows up at his front door with news that their year-old one-night-stand has produced a son, chaos ensues that threatens Paul’s best-laid plans. This is a story of true love, epic bro-mance, political infighting, ethical dilemmas, and blanket forts.

Featuring Matt Lynch ’15, Sarah Wolfe ’14, Eli Timm ’13, and Michelle Agresti ’14. 

Get your tickets at the Usdan box office or show up at 8 at the ’92 the day of the performances.

Dates: March 1-3
Time: 9 pm
Place: ’92 Theater

Audition for Clem & Paul Build A Fort

Attention thespians––come audition for “Clem and Paul Build A Fort,” a new 2nd Stage play about doing the right thing…once you figure out what the hell the right thing is. Directed by Ben Firke ’12.

Dates/Times: Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:30-9:30 and Friday, Jan. 27, from 5-7.

Place: Allbritton 311/the Shapiro Creative Writing Center (that big room on the top floor).

There will be cold reading material in Allbritton, but if you have a monologue prepared that you would like to share, feel free to present that also. Callbacks are from 2-5 on Saturday in the same place. The play will be performed on March 1st-3rd.

Plot and character information is available here. Best of luck to all who try out.

Crew Needed for Original Play

From Ben Firke ’12, writer/director:
I’m looking for crew members for an original play I’m directing this spring. It is as-yet untitled, but the story is about an environmental activist’s discovery that he has fathered a child. He is then forced to decide what being truly “responsible” is––whether his duty lies with his friends in the movement or with his new son and partner he barely knows. The overall tone is that of a comedy-drama.
Anyway, I’m looking for a set designer, a lighting designer, a sound designer, a publicity manager, and anyone who wants to help hang lights and build sets. If you have art skills, I’m also looking for a poster designer. The (preliminary) design concept I have is fairly minimal, so if you’re a relative neophyte to any of these things that’s OK. Since the deadline is coming up ASAP, please let me know within the next 48 hours if you can commit to the show.
  • What your experience is with lights/sound/etc.
  • Whether you have any huge spring conflicts (teams, other plays).
If you’re down, email bfirke(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by Wednesday.

Students for NAGPRA Compliance Present: “Trudell” Movie Screening

Did you know that Wesleyan has been violating a law to protect American Indian rights for almost twenty years? From Charlotte Cottier ’12:

The Wesleyan Students for NAGPRA Compliance is hosting a screening screening of “Trudell,” an acclaimed documentary focusing on the life of John Trudell, American Indian activist, spoken word poet, and all-around badass. We will be conducting a discussion after the film (for those interested), and will provide information about Wesleyan’s current state of non-compliance with laws concerning native rights.

  • The Time: 4-5:30 pm
  • The Place: Usdan 108
  • The Cost: FREE

Come for the film, come for the discussion, come to learn about real issues on our campus!

The trailer for “Trudell” is here.

Run for the WSA!

The presidential and VP race will end this Friday at midnight (, but representative elections for the classes of 2014, 2013, and 2012 are right around the corner!

Come to the WSA office in Usdan starting Thursday morning to collect petitions. (Or get one here.) Petitions are due on Monday, April 25th, at 5 PM in room 108 of Usdan (or the WSA office before then) and there will be an immediate candidates meeting immediately afterwards. Also due at the meeting is your 200 word “stump speech” statement for the voting website.

Class rep elections will be from Tuesday @ 12:01 to Saturday @ 11:59 PM.
If you cannot attend the meeting, you may send a proxy.

WSA Presidential Debate

The WSA will hold its annual debate this Monday, April 18th at 6:30 pm outside of the Usdan Cafe.

Come watch Zachary Malter ’13, Melody Oliphant ’13, and Joe O’Donnell ’13 debate crucial issues such as financial aid, transportation, housing policy, the environment, and student life.

The elections open at midnight tonight, so come to the debate for an informative and entertaining time.

Students Needed for ITS Working Group

Lucas Voelk ’11, IT coordinator for the WSA, wants your help:

We are looking for three to four students to join a working group to brainstorm and present ways in which technology can improve our life at Wesleyan to the administration. President Roth is hoping to implement cutting-edge technologies in a way that will significantly improve student life and would like to hear ideas directly from the students.

The ideal candidates for this position will be creative and up to date in the use of cutting-edge technology. This  does not mean you need to be a computer genius––just well-informed about exciting and innovative new computer hardware and software. We are looking for a diverse group of students so that we can best represent the needs of the entire student body.

If you are interested in applying please send a (no more than) 200 word explanation of why you are best suited for this task and one idea have to LVoelk(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by next Friday, 4/22.

Shovels Vs. Schubert – Opening Night

Ben Firke ’12 writes in about a new 2nd Stage production opening tonight in the ’92 Theater:

The Sullivan family’s peaceful suburban existence is thrown into disarray when their eldest son Robbie begins to dig a giant pit in their backyard. His younger sister Kate, an amateurish writer and a full-time know-it-all, begins to investigate why her brother became obsessed with such a bizarre and seemingly pointless endeavor. In her attempt to solve the riddle of Robbie’s psyche, Kate discovers her family may not be the pleasant collective that her parents believe it is and she may have more in common with her brother than she thought.

The performances are Friday, and Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the ’92 Theater. Tickets are available for free in the box office.

Here is a video of the making of the performance, courtesy of Stefan Skripak ’13.