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Bystander Intervention Training


From WesWell director Tanya Purdy:

WE Speak, WE Stand, Wesleyan’s Community of Care program, aims to create a campus that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault and advocates for the responsible use of alcohol. The goal of the program is to empower bystanders to intervene in high risk situations involving alcohol use and sexual assault. Empowered bystanders create a safer community by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be challenging for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively.

The training features two distinct and separate tracks: sexual assault prevention and alcohol use. The sexual assault prevention track will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault, separate myths from facts and demonstrate and practice effective ways to intervene with friends, fellow students and community members.  The alcohol track will equip you with the tools you need to intervene in situations involving alcohol and empower you to use those tools.  Specifically, you will learn  how alcohol affects your physiology and behavior and how to recognize an alcohol related medical emergency.   We will demonstrate and practice appropriate ways to intervene when a fellow community member has a problem with alcohol use.

Get involved in the Hermes!

From Zak Kirwood ’12:

Wesleyan’s amazing radical/alternative journal/newspaper/artmag/blog, THEHERMESis making a triumphant comeback this semester after a semester of upsetting dormancy.  For those who remember the Hermes, you’ll recall that it’s an amazing outlet for activism, alternative thought and anything not-fit-for-the-Argus.  For freshman, you don’t even know how great a resource it is!!!

However, in order to make it happen in a sustainable way, we NEED lots of energetic people to put in a little time this semester.  Core organizers are few, but with a collective effort and a renewed group of inspired contributors/editors, we will get the first issue out in no time.

If you want to get involved in any way, from editing to contributing, come to the first meeting thisTUESDAY, January 31st at 8PM in the Hermes Office, 2nd Floor in the University Organizing Center//190 High St.

For those who don’t know their Greek mythology, Hermes killed the Argus.

Date: Tuesday, January 31st
Times: 8PM
Place: Hermes Office, 2nd Fl of the University Organizing Center (190 High Street)

Need condoms?

Man, the Peer Health Advocates are really looking out for ya’ll. Check it:

Some of you might have exciting plans for winter break! And for some of you, those exciting plans might including stocking up on safer sex supplies before you leave campus for a few weeks. The Peer Health Advocates want to remind you of all the safer sex supplies and resources WesWell has to offer FOR YOUR FREE TAKING! Come by whenever we’re open, and grab what you need.

We carry external condoms, internal condoms, dental dams, and both water-based and silicone-based lubricant. We do have glycerin-free lubricants and condoms, as well as latex-free condoms. Brands we have in stock include: Durex, Trojan, Crown, Beyond Seven, ONE, Kimono, Lifestyles, Pink, Gun Oil, Slipper Stuff, and more. For a detailed list and description of what we have, click here.

Safer sex supplies are located against both sides of the wall behind the entrance of WesWell. (When you walk in, just turn around and look on both sides.)

WesWell is located on the first floor of the Davison Health Center (327 High Street), on the side of the building by the Malcolm X House. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am.m to 5:00 p.m. The resource library and safer sex supplies may be accessed whenever Health Services is open.

Studying making you sleepy?

From the same group that brought you these helpful sleep tips:

Studying making you sleepy?


Take a quick naptime study break with the Peer Health Advocates! We’ll wake you up at the end of two hours, leaving you refreshed and ready to tackle that next absurd chunk of writing. We have yoga mats for napping but feel free to bring your blankets and pillows. Bedtime stories provided!

Date: Monday, December 12th
Time: 3-5pm
Place: Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

This made me sleepy posting it.


Finals got you stressing? Not sleeping as much as you need to? Seriously debating the pro’s/con’s of directly injecting caffeine into your bloodstream? Well, you might want to reconsider that 5th cup of coffee after reading these lovely sleep tidbits sent in by our amazing and dedicated Peer Health Advocates.

For more advice and information on sleep, stop by WesWell or set up an appointment with a Health Educator at WesWell.

Sleep Fun Facts:

  1. Most adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep per night – typically we should feel wide-awake and energetic all day without a significant midday drop in alertness.
  2. Light is the most powerful cue affecting sleep: darkness triggers the release of melatonin, a hormone that brings on sleep.
  3. It takes one hour of sleep to pay for every two hours of wakefulness.
  4. A well rested person takes 15 to 20 minutes to fall asleep.
  5. Brief naps taken daily are far healthier than sleeping in or taking very long naps on the weekend.

The Gift (2003)

Hey all! Zakface Kirwood ’12 would like you all to attend this event:

This Wednesday, December 7th for World AIDS Month, the Queer Resource Center, ASHA, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England are sponsoring a screening of the 2003 documentary “The Gift,” which addresses deliberate HIV infection in the gay male community, or “bugchasing.” After the film, we will discuss themes of community, isolation, denial, sexuality, and death in relation to the AIDS pandemic with special guests from the local community.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th
Time: 6:30PM
Place: PAC004

PS: Zakface Kirwood ’12 also included a much cooler yet less safe for work picture to include with this post; in the interest of keeping Wesleying an Olin-appropriate browsing site, I’ve included the image used by the filmmaker after the cut, if you’re curious about it:

Peers for Queers!

From Leung You Rong Michael ’15 and Emily Hoge ’15:

Are you gay, lesbian, queer, or otherwise? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young Middletown high school students?

Leung You Rong Michael ’15 and Emily Hoge ’15 will be starting the Wesleyan Peers for Queers Program next semester in collaboration with Middletown High School, and they need your help! This program aims to pair up Wesleyan students with queer high school students in an effort to provide an emotional support network to them. Monthly informal get togethers would be organized for students to get to know each other better.

They will also be initiating a Wesleyan QueerSib Program next semester to establish a stronger rapport within the Wesleyan queer community, whereby Wesleyan upperclassmen will be paired up with underclassmen. Please come with ideas or suggestions on how you want this program to be run!

We will be holding a meeting on Monday (5 Dec), 7pm at Allbritton 004 to discuss the details of the project and to coordinate our schedules for next semester’s activities (The meeting will last around 15 minutes).

Please send an email to yleung(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or ehoge(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for more info.

Date: Monday, December 5th
Times: 7pm
Place: Allbritton 004



That’s right! The PHAs present Oh Megan’s Orchestrating Orgasms, a new workshop just for Wesleyan students! Not just is this workshop bound to be absolutely amazing, but Megan will be bringing vibrators and lube for the number of people that RSVP on facebook and show up early to the event! Come out on World AIDS Day to support keeping Wes safe and sexy!

Freud talked to us about the appropriate “types,” pop culture magazines scream from the shelves that we could be having better ones, and many people experience deep guilt in their quest to experience them. Still, what actually ARE orgasms? For something so celebrated, very few individuals can give a straight definition; people are seemingly just supposed to be grateful if they have them!

The simultaneous mystery and ubiquity of “The Big O” has created a fascination with orgasms, but hasn’t provided a perfect answer to the big questions people ask about them. Fortunately, Oh Megan is here to help!

In this captivating workshop, you will learn about the biological, psychological and sociological issues surrounding orgasms. What types of orgasms are there? How can one have more orgasms? Why do they feel so good? Why do some people struggle to have them? With the use of images, participation, videos, and genital models, Orchestrating Orgasms will bring down the house in a perfect symphony.

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Time: 7PM (although we recommend you show up early!)
Place: Exley 150

Kaffee und Kuchen!

From May Lee Watase ’13:

Want to practice Deutsch, eat cake, and drink coffee? Come to German Haus this Friday from 5-6pm!

  • Date: Friday, November 11th, 2011
  • Time: 5-6pm
  • Place: German Haus (65 Lawn Avenue)

Queer Crafts/Open Mic

From Slamming ’13 :

This Thursday, November 10th at 8PM we will have a zine making workshop and crafts hour at the 200 Church Lounge. After crafting and zine-ing for about an hour, we will open the floor for performances. All musicians, poets, artists, and those types are welcome. There is no need to sign up for a performance slot, just show up with your stuff and perform when you feel like it.

  • Date: Thursday, November 10th
  • Time: 8PM
  • Place: 200 Church Lounge