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WAVES Magazine Volume II Is Here


WAVES Magazine released its second issue last night, the “Senior Edition.”

Editor-in-Chief Kyle Somersall ’13 writes in with a few words on the brand new mag:

This issue highlights 12 members of the Class of 2013 that have been a big part of Wesleyan’s music scene over their four years. There is also a collaboration with Freshleyan (a fashion blog run by Sydney Lowe ’13) and many other great articles. We’re working on getting print copies. Some WAVES members are also handing out stickers so hopefully one lands in your hand and you can spread the love. We hope you enjoy the new issue.

Follow the link to features on up-and-coming artists, the healing powers of Modest Mouse, and interviews with musicians in the class of 2013, among others.

WAVES Releases Promotional Video for Its “Senior Edition” Magazine

After a successful debut earlier this year, WAVES Magazine’s latest print issue will feature the experiences of twelve seniors heavily involved in Wesleyan’s music scene.

To promote the magazine, WAVES has released a short video featuring snippets from interviews with ten of the twelve seniors featured (full disclosure: this author is one of them). The video was directed by WAVES Editor in Chief, Kyle Somersall ’13, and edited by Taylor Harbison ’13.

Be sure to pick up the Senior Edition of WAVES Magazine, set for release on Tuesday May 7th.

Waves Senior Video from Kyle Somersall on Vimeo.

Just in case it’s somehow slipped under your radar, check out WAVES’ snazzy and frequently updated website.

Submit Your Art To Be Displayed At Chana

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President of the Eclectic Society and occasional curator, Shinekwa Kershaw ’15, brings all campus artists this important message:

Calling all artists! The organizers of Chana are looking for pieces of artwork to showcase during the event.

For those unfamiliar with the event (have you been living under a rock?), Chana is a dance party extravaganza, with one room designated as the Asian nightclub experience, and a separate room with a calmer atmosphere. The latter room is an inviting, relaxed space heavily focused on ambiance.

The Eclectic Society, in collaboration with several representatives of the Asian and South Asian communities on campus, welcome artists to submit artwork to be displayed. These pieces of art will contribute to the aesthetic of the space, and any form can be contributed: photography, sculptures, drawings, paintings, etc. We strongly encourage the work to depict Asian culture, whether it be an urban nightclub experience, or sumi-e paintings of natural landscapes.

The first 5 artists who submit 2 or more works which suit the vibe will receive a free ticket to the event.

As noted in the poster, if you have any questions or are interested in submitting artwork, email Shinekwa at skershaw(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

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Guest Post: A Letter From Andre Pierce, Wesleyan Student and Cheshire Correctional Institution Prisoner

“Wesleyan Aids a Prisoner in Rehabilitation”


Andre Pierce writes in to share his experience as a member of the Wesleyan community through the Center for Prison Education:

In 2009 Wesleyan University entered Cheshire Correctional Institution (C.C.I.) and began aiding in my rehabilitation. My enrollment in the Center for Prison Education (CPE) has first and foremost improved me as a student. My identity as a student is one in which I take pride. Unfortunately, I’m more than a student; I’m also a prisoner, one who’s on a reach for rehabilitation. I, however, prefer to not compartmentalize my identity as a college student and prisoner, but rather have them interact and feed off of each other. I use the tools acquired as a student to cross over and aid in my rehabilitation.

CPE was co-founded by former Wesleyan students Lexi Sturdy ’10 and Russell Perkins ’10. They brought CPE to prison grounds in 2009, allowing for prisoners at C.C.I. to earn college credits from courses on par with those offered on campus. I, along with 18 other prisoners, was accepted into the program after submitting two essays and undergoing an interview. My initial academic performance was mediocre at best resulting largely from a lack of focus and discipline as opposed to a lack of academic acumen. However, over the course of three years I gained a focus and discipline that allowed me to progress from an undisciplined mediocre student to one of great discipline and proficiency.

Potty Mouth @ WestCo Cafe


Still beaming from his interview on today’s THESISCRAZY, Jesse Ross Silverman ’13 writes in to promote a show tonight in the Westco Cafe!

“Northampton-via-Smith-College’s all-female indie punk foursome POTTY MOUTH “meld minimal garage-pop and surfy post-punk with super-hooky harmonizing and girl-gang vocals” (Boston Phoenix) The Boston Globe wrote calls them “one of a few great Western Mass. punk/indie bands that made 2012 seem amazing and makes 2013 seem full of promise.”

Amherst, MA’s powerscuzz trio CALIFORNIA X plays “sun-baked garage-punk” (Spin) that is brimming with passion and purpose. Pitchfork calls their self-titiled debut “frantic, desperate record that hits you squarely in the gut. You can hear their whole album here.

Wesleyan’s Let’s Party! Hats! Hats! Hats! and the Kilograms will be get the party started.”
Date: Tonight, April 5th
Time: 10PM
Place: Westco Cafe
Price: 100% Free

Score That Buddy Cop Action Movie You’ve Been Writing With ZONIK

Under his latest moniker, ZONIK, Ethan Young ’13 brings us two nü trax. Here’s what he has to say:

 I made this EP in bits and pieces over the last several months. I hope this music communicates the emotion: “YES!”

Here’s what I have to say.

“Vengeance by Sunrise” kicks off the ZONIK EP. If you liked Cliff  Martinez’s contributions to the Drive soundtrack but wish all those songs had a fatter ass, look no further.

“Riders of Mount Fury Part IV: Terminal Velocity” hits you like a billion volts of hot blue electricity running through a bath of Mountain Dew. A revving motorcycle sample careens into high hat hits and stabbing synths. There’s no turning back, mutha fucka.

A brief period of free associating while listening to the ZONIK EP produced the following:

Christopher Owens (Formerly of Girls) @ Memorial Chapel

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Before Iceage, Christopher Owens will be starting off one of the best concert double-headers since My Brightest Diamond and Bear Hands:

Christopher Owens, former lead songwriter of Girls and part time model, will perform his new solo album, Lysandre, with an 8-piece band in the Memorial Chapel. The new material will sound somewhat familiar to fans of Girls, and appeal particularly to those who favored Owens’ hushed ballads of love lost. You can listen to Lysandre here.

The show takes place today, Thursday, January 24th, from 8:30-10pm (with doors at 8). Our first show of the new year is an early one, and notably, will not overlap with Iceage’s performance at Eclectic later that night. You can have your cake and mosh/crowd-surf on it too!

Opening for Owens is Mara Connor (Wes/Vassar ’13), playing pretty acoustic guitar jams.

Peep the Facebook.

Date: Thursday, January 24
Time: Doors at 8, Music from 8:30-10pm
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free.99

Atlas Sound In the Memorial Chapel: Tickets On Sale @ Usdan Fri-Thur

Atlas Sound, the solo project of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, will be performing on Thursday, November 1, in the Memorial Chapel. It’s Atlas Sound. In a chapel. It’s the first chapel show of the year and it’s Atlas Sound. Atlas Sound. At last! Sound! Presented by the Eclectic Society and Music House.

Can ya spell A-C-O-O-S-T-I-C-K-S?

Tickets will be sold at Usdan every day until the show starting Friday (tomorrow) for $5. Pro tip: Don’t wait until Thursday the 1st to buy a ticket.

This is not the right Atlas Sound. This is not the right Atlas Sound. This is the right Atlas Sound.

The First Eclectic Party: “Eclectic Party! Holy Shit. Where Am I? Who Are You? Eclectic Party!”

After a string of sold out, jam-packed, twitter-bathed shows, the very first actual Eclectic Party is upon us.

You may have seen a variety of posters on campus alluding to Sufjan Stevens/Prince. You may have been linked to an enigmatic, quasi-philosophical Facebook page. You may be going to Eclectic anyways this weekend because, as far as I can tell, that’s what people do this year.

Rest assured: This is a rave. A PURPLE RA(in)VE. There will be campus DJs and a surprise-guest-blast-from-the- past. Fun will be had.

Tickets are on sale online through the previously linked Facebook event. Eclectic members will also be selling tickets at Usdan during lunch tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday.

  •  What: The Party Formally Known As Purple Rain
  • Where: Eclectic
  • When: Friday, September 28th @ 10pm
  • Price: $5
  • Purple Rain is playing on Friday at the Film Series, isn’t it?: You’re absolutely correct, the entire Film Series calendar was organized around this party.
  • Facebook // Paypal 4 Tix

Method Mag Is Recruiting New Contributors

The editors of Method Magazine, Wesleyan’s annual culture and commentary journal, are looking for new contributors from a variety of disciplines to help make this year’s print issue and blog the dopest yet.

Interested in contributing to Method Magazine? We are a student life and art magazine and subsidiary blog ( We work around monthly themes for the blog and a larger theme for our yearly issue. We are looking for: anyone interested in writing a column for the blog, a random post here and there, graphic designers, poets, illustrators, artists, etc.

If interested, hit up their first general meeting/info session this Thursday in PAC 004 at 8pm!

  •  Date: Thursday, September 27th
  • Time: 8pm
  • Place: PAC 004