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300: #ThisIsSparta


From Jackson Barnett18:

Is 300 the best film ever? It is. Come watch well oiled men, brisk battle sequences, and a completely accurate HISTORICAL re-telling off the BATTLE OF THERMOPOLYAE in which 300 Spartans (and 1500 Thebans [not shown]) desperately and proudly lose a minor battle in the First Persian War.

300: A True Story goes down in history as a must watch film, like Citizen Kane, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, 102 Dalmations: Die Harder, and Terminator 3: Die Harder. Described by the New York Times as “Yup, this happened,” and as “This in fact was a film, printed on physical medium,” 300 was shown in theaters all over America.


The question really comes down to this: what else are you doing on Thursday night before fall break?

Sponsored by the Classics Major’s Committee with the generous aid of the SBC and the Wesleyan Film Series.

Date: Thursday, October 22nd
Time: 8 PM
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema
Facebook Event

Nationalism vs. Transnationalism: What It Means to Be a Transnational Writer



From Sophia Franchi ’15:

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Lecture Series presents:

Dubravka Ugresic, an internationally known author shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, will speak at Russell House at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015.

Co-sponsored by Writing at Wesleyan.

Date: Tuesday, October 20th
Time: 8 PM
Place: Russell House

ESQUE presents Primordial Ooze: Inaugural Angst


Trouve Ivo ’16 writes in:

ESQUE presents Primordial Ooze: Inaugural Angst Special appearances by your favorite WesDemons including Toxic Sludge & Punctual Punani.

This is a casual get together / open mic / collective mourn / group prayer created for your inner Wesleyan super villain’s glam rock persona…DUH! Come and share the feels/nerves/hopes/dangers about being back at skool.

There will be few short performances and a group candle-lit vigil.

Bring a flashlight if you have one!

There will be a more chill, late-night vigil for ppl who wanna just hang in a community space afterwards.

***Non-performers: Create a super DIY (unscripted and unrehearsed) short performance or monologue personifying your Wesleyan nightmares. Profess your wet dreams about Mathew Garret, or getting backed into a corner at pine palace. All mediums welcome. Email slurie(at)wesleyan(dot)edu just to let us know you’re interested!!

Date: Wednesday, September 9th
Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Place: Top of Foss Hill

Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Drop/Add Tips and Tricks

This is an updated repost of Merry‘s post from last year!

Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depends primarily not on your effort, but on the professor and their  policy and how popular the class is. It is pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into hir class, even if you do everything right. But, trying can’t hurt, right?

Today’s installment of the Unofficial Orientation Series is mainly about the devil that is known as Drop/Add. If you don’t know what that is, the folks at Registrar provided this overview. During this period, students are able to add or drop pretty much any class to their schedule, regardless of the limits posed by pre-reg, such as class year distribution. I also highly recommend you check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the office of Registrar, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. This post will not be doing much explaining of Drop/Add itself. It will, however, try to warn you, frosh, about the reality of this brutal race and offer some insights (read: randomly gathered knowledge that may have been the results of embarrassing behaviors of the author herself).

If reading long articles is not your thing, scroll down to the bottom for a step-by-step guide.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: First Year Classes

This is an update of skorn‘s post from 2014. Which was an update of DaPope‘s post from 2013. So there.


Shoutout to this post in WesAdmits 2019 that I have shamelessly stolen. I am a real and good journalist.

Good afternoon, froshlings. Or morning, or evening, or whenever it is that you’re reading this. You’re probably bubbling with excitement right now — and you can’t wait to finally be on campus getting oriented and all that shit. (BTW, orientation is pretty fun. You should be excited. There are also parties. So that.) But, of course, part of being interested in Wesleyan means also being interested in the classes that you will take at Wesleyan, and as a Real Life Wesleyan Student, perhaps I can help you on that front.

First things first, or at least required things first.  You’ve already chosen (by ranking choices) and been assigned your First Year Seminar, or FYS (or you’re confused about why you’ve been assigned an FYS for spring semester), as well as a second course. First Year Seminars are small (15 people maximum) discussion-based classes on a variety of topics, ranging this semester from “Single Combat in the Ancient World” to “Jewish Graphic Novels.” You can find the full FYS list here. These classes are meant to raise the level of your thought from the dank depths of high school drudgery to the glorious, shining majesty of the ivory tower. Maybe not quite that dramatic, but you get the idea. They will all make you think; they will all make you write. Like I said, you’ve been assigned them already, so you know what they are. If you don’t like what you got, you can always talk to your advisor about changing it when you get to campus, but keep in mind that not liking a subject is, in fact, a perfectly fine justification for taking a class. Expand your horizons. Do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Have an academic adventure. It’s no accident that you’ll be hearing things along those lines well into and beyond your freshman year.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: What to Pack

This post is a repost of Frizzly’s post from last year. Which was a repost of Samira’s post in 2013. As it turns out, the shit you need to pack doesn’t change much over the years.

arrival day

At first glance, this post might seem like the most straightforward of the Unofficial Orientation Series. But scoff not, freshman or unadjusted upperclassman. Packing for college is anything but a piece of cake. You’re placing some of your most prized and cherished possessions into flimsy boxes and suitcases, making difficult choices about what you’ll keep with you for the next nine months of your life — how could it not be stressful?!

By now your mom has probably found Wesleyan’s official packing list and, much to your chagrin, has begun scrounging around your garage for old milk crates and pillow shams. While mumsy dearest probably knows what you’ll need best, you might also benefit from a list compiled by a person who’s actually your age.

Of course, everyone needs the basics: toiletries, bedding, school supplies, and clothes. But at Wesleyan, as you’ll quickly learn, we tend to do almost everything a little bit differently.

Submit to the Sloth!

From Lizzie Shackney ’17:

A three-toed tree sloth hangs from the trunk of a tree in the jungle on the bank of the Panama Canal

The Sloth [a space for storytelling centered on a specific theme; based off of another group that won’t let us use its name] is back, and we’re looking for submissions for a show this Friday, April 24th at 8 pm (location TBD). The theme is: Strange(rs). Whether it’s strange or it involves strangers, we want to hear the stories you have to tell. Submit by midnight on Wednesday, April 22nd; lineup will be announced on Thursday, April 23rd. Send a short proposal (200 words or less) to, and feel free to contact us with any questions!

Date of Event: Friday, April 24th
Time: 8pm
Place: TBD

Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, April 22nd
Time: midnight

LIVEBLOG: WesFest Campus Tour


Hey y’all! Come hang out on Wesleying today at 3pm for a super cool WesFest feature: Dasha, astag_rockyand Jackson will be liveblogging a campus tour! We’re going to try our hardest to pass inconspicuously as prefrosh. It may work, it may not. Who knows. This is probably a great feature for prefrosh who aren’t able to visit Wesleyan before making their college decision. Well, actually, it’s probably not. But it should be funny. Bye.

WSA Asking for CAPS Testimonials and Surveys


Hi everyone! Here’s a thing the WSA people asked me to post. Read on.

The WSA is currently reviewing CAPS staffing and programs in order to suggest future improvements! We’d love feedback from any and all students with CAPS experience — from only going to one support group to seeing a therapist every week.

You can send testimonials via email to any of us, and we can meet in person to listen to any concerns you have:

Alternatively, we’ve set up a google form here.

The form is completely anonymous: it doesn’t log your email, and you don’t need to be logged in as a Wesleyan student to fill it out.

Thanks for your input!

Isabel, Nila, Lizzie and Carter