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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 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


Wesleyan Women in Science Student-Faculty Tea

From WesWIS:

WesWIS is kicking off the spring semester with a student-faculty tea. We’ll start with a few announcements, and then set you loose to catch up with your peers and chat with the female STEM profs. We’re expecting faculty from astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, MB&B, math, physics, and psychology, so no matter what kind of science you like, there will be cookies and conversation right up your alley! Please RSVP to msnow@wes to let us know if you’ll be joining us so we can make sure to get enough tea. WesWIS events are always open to students of all genders and majors.

Date: Thursday, February 15th
Time: 4:15pm
Location: Observatory Library

Careers in Audio Journalism and Podcasting

From Rachel Munafo:

Join us for this career conversation about working in audio journalism and podcasting. This event will feature Alison MacAdam ’99, Senior Editor Specialist at NPR and Mia Lobel ’97, Managing Producer at Panoply Media.

Learn about what it’s like to work in audio storytelling at NPR, get advice about how to break into podcasting, hear the realities of working as a freelance journalist and find out what skills are necessary to work in the growing world of audio journalism and podcasting.

This career talk is co-sponsored by the Gordon Career Center and WESU Middletown.

Facebook Event Page:

Date: Friday, February 16th
Time: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Location: Gordon Career Center

Volunteer with Food Rescue!

Arron Luo ’18 writes in:

Hate food waste? Have a car on campus or know someone who does?

Food Rescue, Wesleyan’s volunteer food insecurity alleviation program, needs your help! Sign up here for a once-a-week, 30-minute nighttime shift to drive food from the Wesleyan dining halls to a Eddy Shelter, a local emergency shelter and halfway house.

Please email wesfoodrescue[at]gmail[dot]com for any questions and further instructions before shifts start!

*** Volunteers without cars [can you put “volunteers without cars” in bold? thank you!] needed as well! You don’t need to have a car to help.


“The Age of Consequences” Screening

From Jordan Agricula ’21:

Come join Wesleyan Posse Veterans Class of 2021 Tuesday evening at the Powell Family Cinemas for some FOOD, a screening of “The Age Of Consequences”, followed by a panel session!

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Date: Tuesday, February 13th
Time: 6:30-9 PM
Location: Powell Family Cinemas

Mabuhay Auditions

So Young Chung ’18 writes in:

Looking for an opportunity to showcase your talent on Asian/Asian American culture? Sign up here to audition for Mabuhay, the annual Asian/Asian American show during WesFest! Spoken words, modern or traditional dances, musical performances, etc. are all welcomed, and every student is encouraged to audition.

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 16.

Please note that auditions are for the committee get a rough idea of what the show and each individual piece may look like. We neither require a complete piece nor require all participating members of the group to audition.

Deadline: Friday, February 16th