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Unofficial Orientation 2018: Rage Update

Wes is known for its history of activism. Rage update outlines all public activism that occurred on campus in the past academic year. It seems to have become an every other year sort of thing for us with our first article in 2014, our second in 2016, and now our third in 2018.  All articles are definitely worth a read and although 2017 didn’t get an article, it was certainly a year worth remembering so I’ll leave some links to further reading in the end.

Rage update wouldn’t be complete without the words of alt, the author of our first rage update:

You’ve now arrived on campus, and we hope that you find your time here enriching and transformative. In that hope, we feel that it would be ill-advised to allow you to not have at least a foundational understanding of the things that have forced us as a community into dialogue, disagreement, and action.

This is not to scare you or to give you a negative impression of the University. However, we are certain that most if not all of you were told about the “passion” that Wesleyan students have and the issues that we care about on campus are at the forefront of those passions. While there is certainly no requirement to take an activist stance on any of these issues and it is in fact easy to sink beneath the radar on these issues and all the others not covered here, we would plead with you to be engaged in the community that you are now a part of.

Read this, ask questions, and reach out to students and faculty that have been here before you. We hope that as you begin your time here, you fully invest yourself as a community member committed to making Wesleyan as good as it can be for you and for those after you. Caring about Wesleyan does not foreclose critique on Wesleyan and as you read this, and other things like it, we hope you understand that too.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: Eating and Drinking at Wes

This post is an updated version of Sam’s update which was an updated version of wilk’s Eating and Drinking orientation article.

Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. This year Wesleyan is ranked #7 in college food on Niche out of all the colleges in the U.S. so you know it’s going to be good. Wes has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. We’re even ranked #2 by One Green Planet for Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges. There’s a plethora of awesome vegan food and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.

This is the part of the orientation series where we remind you to eat your veggies.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: Getting From Here to There

Transportation away from Wesleyan can be a tricky feat for someone without a car.  But should you want to someday escape the magnetic beauty of Wes or the general Middletown rest assured there are in fact options for you.

Connecticut does to some extent live up to its name. This year more than ever in fact with a new CTRail Hartford Line operating between New Haven and Springfield, MA and with future updates to the M-Link Express Route planned by Noah Kahan ’19.

In this article I will lay out for you all the different modes of transportation available to you at all different price points.

Unofficial Orientation 2018: What to Pack

This is a highly modified repost of Meli’s post from last year, which is a repost of Sam’s post from last year, which is a  repost of Jackson’s post from the year before, which was a repost of Frizzly’s post from the year before, which was a repost of Samira’s post in 2013.

 

The packing list: possibly the most exciting part of the entire pre-frosh experience. There’s nothing quite like that first pilgrimage to Bed Bath and Beyond, walking through the forest of twin XL sheets and Premium, Ultra High Thread Count, Norwegian-Silk-Worm-Excrement-Infused ® towels. Every which way you look there’s something else that you couldn’t possibly live without in the perfect dorm room you’ve conjured up in your head.

PRIMAL SCREAM

From Arron Luo ’18:

Tonight, when reading period turns turns into exam period, is the PRIMAL SCREAM because finals start tomorrow!!!! This time it is also Neon Genesis Evangelion-themed. Facebook event [here] and the End of Evangelion movie [here]!

Indulge in this great Wes tradition tonight and gather together on the Olin steps to scream your hearts/S² engines out! There will be a countdown.

Date: TONIGHT

Time: MIDNIGHT

Place: Olin Steps

Spring Fling Headliner Kamaiyah Arrested at Hartford Airport TSA For Refusing To Remove Headwrap

Spring Fling headliner Kamaiyah Johnson, professionally known as Kamaiyah, was reportedly arrested at Bradley International Airport Friday morning when she refused to remove her bonnet after it set off alarms at the TSA checkpoint.

The incident was originally broken by gossip site TMZ and then confirmed by a series of now-deleted tweets by Kamaiyah. According to TMZ, “the TSA told [Kamaiyah] she couldn’t fly without removing an article she had on her head, so it could be inspected.”  The post continues by saying that she “wasn’t having it” and “reportedly flew into a tirade.”

CNN reports that at that point a state trooper stationed at Bradley came to the scene and advised Kamaiyah to follow the instructions of the TSA. According to the police report “[she] continued to refuse and began to use vulgar language directed towards TSA and the Trooper on scene”.

Kamaiyah was asked to leave but continued to refuse and was placed under arrest and charged with breach of peace and interfering with police. According to the police report, she posted the $5,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court on June 6. In a series of now-deleted tweets, Kamaiyah wrote, “I’m never going to Hartford Connecticut again I had to bail out of jail for wearing a bonnet in the airport that showed me enough about what type of place it is.”

Yay Bikes! But Why?

Sometime just after midnight on Wednesday, April 11th, a flock of yellow Penske trucks made their way onto a quiet and peaceful Wesleyan. In the frigid night, illuminated by nothing more than the orange glow of nearby streetlights, they began unloading their cargo: 100 orange bikes to be dispensed on bike racks around the campus.

IT’S BREAK AND I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO EAT (Spring Break Hours)

It’s spring break!  Which means either you’re leaving or you’re staying and if you’re in the latter group you’re probably wondering where you’re going to get your food from in the next few days. This could be the week where, if you’re a freshman, you use all your points or the week you learn to cook. Both equally exciting endeavors. I’ve outlined below what’s going to be open and what’s going to be closed and at what times the open things will be open. Just look for the place you want to eat at and then check the hours.  Hint: if the place is not Weshop it probably won’t be open.  If you feel like you need to see this information in chart form you can do so on the websites of each place here: (Bon Appetit, WesWings & Red and Black, Libraries).

Wesleyan’s Tree Removal Blog: A Place of Remembrance

When one thinks of Wesleyan’s official blogs not much comes to mind.  Mainly there’s Roth’s blog, where he’ll bestow upon us some morsels of wisdom whenever something important happens on Campus or in the greater world.

There is one blog however that surpasses even Roth on Wesleyan, it’s a place where we’re reminded of the ethereal nature of life itself.  One where we are confronted with the passing of old friends, but also the renewal of life from their soil.

“This Side of the Curtain: Ukrainian Resistance in Uncertain Times”

From the CFA:

Keynote speaker Mustafa Nayyem, member of Ukrainian Parliament, Democratic Alliance, former investigative journalist, and catalytic force in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity will be in conversation with Ukrainian activist and founder of Lviv/Kramatorsk-based Building Ukraine Together Yurko Didula, and Professor Emeritus of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Visiting Professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy Dr. Daniel Hryhorczuk. The panel will discuss current events in Ukraine, social reform, non-violent resistance, civic engagement, and social-environmental health. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Olena Lennon from the University of New Haven.

The panel discussion will be followed by a ticketed concert at 8pm featuring the premiere performance of “This Side of the Curtain.” The multimedia work focuses on art of resistance in times of social-political uncertainty, and will be performed by over 40 musicians and dancers, directed by

Associate Professor of Dance, Environmental Studies, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Chair of the Dance Department Katja Kolcio in collaboration with with bandurist, composer, ethnomusicologist, and civic activist Julian Kytasty, and Hartford’s Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble conducted by Alexander Kuzma. The work will also include photo footage by Evgeny Maloletka edited by Waldemart Klyuzko, design by Assistant Professor of Theater Marcela Oteíza, and musical advisement by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Nadya Potemkina.

Date: Tuesday, February 20th
Time: Panel: 6-7:30 PM; Concert: 8 PM
Location: Memorial Chapel
Price: Tickets for the performance are $8 for the general public and $6 for students and youth under 18