Well, somebody fucked up.
Yesterday was the last (full) day of reading period since the first final is today (Tuesday) at 7:00 PM. There was supposed to be a Primal Scream at midnight. It ended up being sqwermy, me, and three other people chilling outside Olin screaming for ten seconds.
So we’re doing it again. Tonight. That means “when Tuesday turns to Wednesday, be outside Olin and scream.” Exactly at midnight. There will be a countdown.
Date: Tuesday, December 10
Time: 11:59 PM, passing into midnight and Wednesday, December 11
Place: Steps in front of Olin
On Tuesday, December 3, there was a senior class reception held by SWAG (Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift) in Beckham Hall. At the reception, a number of administrators gave speeches about why students should give to Wesleyan.
And then, Josh Krugman ’14 got up and gave a speech about need-blind, how the University handles donations, and why you maybe shouldn’t give to Wes.
The video is above and a rough transcript is past the jump, courtesy of Josh. When you watch the video, notice the how the administrators and those planning the event try and pressure Josh off the stage and how the student band begins playing to try and drown out his speech. Also, unseen in this video is Michael Roth bolting out of the room when Josh got up there.
BZOD EDIT 12/9/13, 1:50 PM: For some much-needed clarification on that 68% figure, check out this article.
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Wesleyan Women in Business and the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society invite you to an afternoon of games that promote the skills necessary for success in the startup world.
Challenge your friends to chess or Cranium, eat pizza, win prizes, and learn more about entrepreneurship on campus and beyond! Sponsored by Venture for America and the Adelphic Education Fund.
You can read here about how people in 138 countries around the world are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Date: TODAY, Friday, November 22
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 115
Courtesy of Rosy Capron ’14, Venture for America Campus Ambassador:
Imagine a job that teaches you valuable skills, encourages creativity, and contributes to social good. Now imagine that it’s in a low-cost city (no NYC/LA/Boston rents to pay!) with a supportive group of peers and mentors. This may sound like a dream, but Venture for America makes it a reality!
VFA is a nonprofit organization that matches high-achieving college grads with start-up companies around the country. After a summer intensive training program and two years of exciting, enlightening work, VFA fellows come away with the knowledge, experience, and networks necessary to succeed as entrepreneurs and to potentially start their own businesses, thereby contributing to job creation and economic growth.
This is the trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Coen Brothers film.
It opens in theaters on Friday, December 6. However, CBS Films dropped off probably 100 passes to see the film in Manchester tomorrow night – for free. The showing will be at 7:30 PM at Cinemark Buckland Hills, 99 Red Stone Road, Manchester, CT 06045. It’s about 20 minutes away by car.
The pass doesn’t reserve you a seat; you still have to show up early. Also, even though the pass is just a piece of paper, it is unique – so you can’t photocopy it.
But if you want to go see the movie for free, I’m just gonna drop these on this table in Usdan and slip away. GRAB THEM!
Date: Tomorrow, Thursday, November 21
Time: 7:30 PM (but get there around 7:00 probs)
Place: Cinemark Buckland Hills; 99 Red Stone Road, Manchester, CT 06045
Cost: Free (with pass)
The College of Social Studies (CSS) is a multidisciplinary major that combines history, economics, government, and social theory into one program. CSS is characterized by small classes, weekly papers, and, apparently, vague event descriptions. But there will be an information session at noon today in the CSS Lounge on the fourth floor of PAC. The co-chairs and current CSS students will be present to talk to interested freshmen about the application process. There will also be pizza, which will just be there to be eaten.
Date: TODAY, Tuesday, November 19
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: CSS Lounge (fourth floor of PAC)
CSS Website?: Here
This courtesy of Sara Feldman ’17, Alma Sanchez-Eppler ’14, and Trinithas Boyi ’16:
Come to a performative teach-in by the members of the class, “Blood, Muscle, Bone: The Anatomy of Wealth and Poverty” this Monday evening! Through visual presentations, movement, spoken word, and songs, the students will invite the audience to explore poverty and wealth and their surrounding issues. The program will run from 7pm to 11pm. The doors will open every thirty minutes, so come when you can and stay as long as you can.
Please come join us in this exploration of interdisciplinary learning! This program will make you think.
Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall
I’m sitting right now in 41 Wyllys Room 112 for the Open Forum on Gender-Neutral Bathrooms and Trans* Activism. This forum is co-hosted by WesDEF, Wesleying, Open House, and QueerWes, and will be facilitated by WesDEF – specifically, Mariama Eversley ’14 and Leah Bakely ’16.
This will be a safe space for people to discuss their thoughts, concerns, and opinions of the recent trans* activism that has been de-gendering bathrooms in the last few weeks. Given that this is a safe space, Wesleying (in this case, hermes, sneeze, and I) will not be recording the names of participants. This will also be a serious liveblog. We will be providing an as-close-to-verbatim-as-possible record of what is said in the forum without critiquing opinions with which we may not agree.
We’ll be going over definitions and vocabulary surrounding trans* issues at the start of the forum, but check out TransWhat if you’re interested in a short glossary of relevant terms and information on what it means to be trans*. If you’re bewildered by the fact that this discussion forum exists or are wondering why all the bathroom signs have vanished recently, read my post “All Gender Bathrooms Now” – Pissed Off Trans* People on the DIY Gender-Neutralizing of Wesleyan’s Bathrooms. I’ll also be putting a few more features related to this up in the next few days.
Click past the jump for the liveblog.
BZOD UPDATE, 11/5/13, 4:09 PM: We’ve officially moved this across the hall from 41 Wyllys Room 115 to 41 Wyllys Room 112 due to space concerns.
On Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 PM in 41 Wyllys Room 112, WesDEF (Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitators), Wesleying, Open House, and QueerWes, will be hosting an an open forum to discuss people’s thoughts, concerns, and opinions about the recent trans* activism on campus - including, but not limited to the gender-neutralizing of bathrooms. The forum will be facilitated by WesDEF and will include vegan snacks.
Wesleying will be doing a liveblog of the discussion (which will, of course, not log names of anyone speaking). Anyone who has opinions about gender-neutral bathrooms or trans* activism, or wants to better understand trans* issues, should attend. We’d love to have as many sides as possible represented in the discussion.
This courtesy of Evan Bieder ’15:
After a brief hiatus, Need Blind Wes is back!
For those who don’t know, in 2012 Wesleyan terminated its need blind admissions policy. As a result, the socio-economic status of about 10% of applicants for the Class of 2017 played a role in their acceptance/rejection. Last year, many students pushed back against this new policy (through a banner drop, an occupation of a Board of Trustees meeting, a homecoming protest, and a number of other actions/discussions archived on the Need Blind website), but the policy was implemented nonetheless.
This discriminatory policy has already impacted Wesleyan’s socio-economic diversity. From the class of 2016 to the class of 2017 the number of students receiving financial aid decreased from 48% to 42%, the number of students receiving grant aid decreased from 44% to 37%, and the number of first generation four-year college students decreased from 16% to 13%.