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Procrastination Destination du Jour: Magicicada Brood II — The Locusts are Coming!


Yaaaaaaawn. Just another boring day in Middletown, Connecticut. Parents pull their cars up to WestCo, packing up mini-fridges and bedding as frosh frantically try to hide their drug paraphernalia. A chalked message is half washed away; only the word “bourgeois” is still legible. Red solo cups litter the sidewalk like insect corpses. But…  suddenly…  a noise breaks the silence on Andrus Field. bzzz. It grows louder. BZZZ. And that’s when… Brood II arrives.

What is Brood II, you ask? Brood II is the 17-year periodical magicicada clutch that will emerge this spring. Every 17 years, once the soil temperature at eight inches deep hits 64 degrees, the cicadas that have been gestating underground crawl to earth’s surface to reproduce. And then they die. And there are a lot of them. Billions of cicadas!

Nobody is exactly sure when this extremely disgusting and thrilling plague will hit — experts are estimating late May to early June in the Middletown area. With any luck, Brood II will seek fresh air in the days leading up to Reunion & Commencement (May 26th).

King at Bay Releases Debut EP


King at Bay, a collaboration between the extremely talented musicians Jess Best ’14 and Mel Hsu ’13, just released their first album Libation. With a cello holding down the bass and the keys building a bluesy core, the duo’s razor-sharp harmonies pull you into a place as sweet as it is wild.  This debut EP also features Sam Friedman ’13 and Mark Bennett ’13 to fill out the sound with a dirty harmonica and soulful pocket. Contact Jess (jsbest@wes) or Mel (mhsu@wes) to purchase a physical copy of the album for $10.

From Mel:

Dear Wes,
We are so excited to share this with you!!! Thank you for listening!!

You can download their album on bandcamp here.

Conversation about Music, Feminism and Cultural Production with Whore Paint


Feminist, artist, musician, and citizen of humanity Ally Bernstein ’13 is continuing the discussion:

How can we foster an inclusive and exciting music and arts scene at Wesleyan?

Recently, I wrote an opinion piece about the lack of female performers in Spring Fling (since then, Girl#$wag has been added to the line-up; shout out Emma Daniels ’13). Members of the band Whore Paint (hailing from Providence, RI) will be on campus at 4:00 PM to discuss their experiences and answer questions. All are welcome to come share and discuss strategies for fostering an empowering scene at Wesleyan.

Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 4:oo PM
Place: Room 113, 41 Wyllys

Read on for Ally’s rundown of Whore Paint’s members.

Wes, Divest! Garden Party

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Wesleyan’s hot new fossil fuel divestment group Wes, Divest! is having a garden party on Friday.

Come celebrate all things divestment in the Buho backyard. There will be orange foods (carrot cake, pumpkin pie, sweet potato fries, you name it), divestment-related crafts, fun backyard activities and music jammage.

In solidarity with the fossil fuel divestment movement, wear orange (or black)!

Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: BuHo Backyard (356 Washington St)
Facebook: Woohoo!

Apply for Composting Intern


Katie McConnell ’13 wants you to play with food:

If you have ever reflected on the relationship between decomposing and not-decomposing food, consider applying to be next year’s Post-Consumer Composting Intern. As a member of the Sustainability Office you will facilitate the composting program out of Usdan, drive an electric truck, and occasionally spin composting machines at Long Lane Farm.

Candidates must be twenty years or older and have had a driver’s license for at least three years.

Find the full job description here.

To apply, send your resume and a paragraph stating your interest in the position to wesleyancompost(at)gmail(dot)com by Monday, May 6.

Deadline: Monday, May 6
Contact: wesleyancompost(at)gmail(dot)com

Apply to be a Sustainability Intern

Recyclops will drown you in your over-watered lawns!

The rad Rebecca Sokol ’15 hollers:

The Office of Sustainability is looking for 2-3 interns to join our team in Fall 2013. Interns manage the Waste Not program and the monthly Do It In The Dark competition in addition to organizing sustainability education programs on campus. You can find the full job description here.

If interested, email your resume to Wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com. We will be scheduling interviews next week. The application deadline is Monday, 5/6 at 9 AM.

Deadline: Monday, May 6
Contact: wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com

Zack Sulsky ’13 Creates Sketch-a-Song App

“Everyone loves music and wants to be creative, but many people don’t have an outlet to do it. We wanted to make it as easy and accessible and forgiving as possible, so that anyone could make music.”


Zack Sulsky ’13, a self-proclaimed “music theory nerd” and music major here at Wesleyan, has recently used his thorough understanding of music to create a song-making app, Sketch-a-Song. Last summer, Zack collaborated with a handful of high school buddies from his hometown of Denver, Colorado, to design the app. The app, available on both Android and iOS, is designed for amateur musicians. The user places notes on the screen, creating a looped song with the option of then sending their new tune to a friend for collaboration. With a number of instruments to choose from, the final product may even be good enough to download, which the app allows users to do.

Read past the jump for our interview with and photo of the handsome (and charitable) Zack Sulsky.

Peer Advisor Application Deadline Extended

This just in from the fabulous Faisal Kirdar ’14:peer advisor

Do you like helping people? Do you like getting paid? Do you like getting paid to help people (new students) during orientation?

Then consider applying to be an NSO Peer Advisor! The application deadline has been extended to this Tuesday, April 28 at 5PM. LAST CALL!

Here are the detes!


  • Help new students plan their academic schedules and work with their advisors during Orientation week
  • Act as a resource during course registration
  • Participate in First Year Matters programming
  • Direct students to Wesleyan’s full range of academic resources

WILD Wes Earth Day Planting

This just in from native flora’s favorite ginger, Manon Lefevre ’14:KALEKALEKALEKALEKALEKALE

Happy 43rd Earth Day!! In honor of plum trees and elderberries and all things earth, join WILD Wes for a romp in the WestCo courtyard to plant some plants and do a little something nice for our dear old mother. Come dig, plant, get as dirty and wild as you want, or just come by to pick some of the delicious kale growing all along the central pathway!

Date: Earth Day (Monday, 4/22)
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Place: West College Courtyard