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Patrick Phillips reads at Russell House

From Quinn Frenzel ’16:author

On Wednesday at Russell House, the Wesleyan English Department will host a reading by poet and writer Patrick Phillips. Phillips’ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton in September of 2016. His third collection of poems, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Knopf, 2015), was a finalist for the National Book Award. A recent Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, Phillips has published in many venues, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Nation. He is translator of the Danish poet Henrik Nordbrandt’s, When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

For more information, contact Valda Ramdial at (860) 685-3613 or vramdial[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd
Time: 8pm
Place: Russell House

Homelessness in Middletown: Film Screening, Personal Accounts, and Discussion

Evan Bieder ’15 and Fred Ayres ’17 want you to join them for discussion and food:Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 11.14.18 AM

According to the American Institutes for Research, children make up 40% of the homeless population in the U.S. If you’d like to discuss the realities of homelessness in the local Middletown community, please join us next Wednesday, February 11th, for a screening of “Home at Last?”, a short PBS documentary that explores current housing models.

Following the film, members of the L.E.A.D. group (current and former members of the homeless community in Middletown) will reflect on their experiences and hold a Q&A.

The event will take place in PAC002 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Dinner will be provided by Tandoor.

If enough people show up, Fred will reveal his audition tape for “So You Think You Can Dance,” so come!

Date: Wednesday, February 11th
Time: 7pm
Place: PAC 002

We$hop: Fancy (You Already Know), But Why so Expensive?


If you’ve visited Weshop this year (everyone, right?), you’ve probably noticed some changes to the layout from last year. There’s more space, some tables in the middle, and new products, it seems. I talked to Weshop director Gary Kriksciun, who explained that the new layout is intended to open up the store–creating a better flow and providing a better shopping experience, one of Bon Appetit’s primary goals. The tables often offer sale items, and sometimes have a seasonal flair (like the Halloween table). However, if you notice new products, it’s because—according to Kriksciun—Weshop is “constantly adding new products.”

Of course, there’s the kicker: WHY IS WESHOP SO EXPENSIVE?


If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball! Andrew J. Martin ’15 thinks so, anyway: dodge

Wesleyan’s premier Dodgeball League is here to make all your middle school revenge fantasies come true! We offer a competitive intramural league on Sundays starting in November (with an online ranking system!!) and a more casual one time tournament. Sign up with a team or sign up individually and we can set up a team for you. 8 players per team, 7 balls per game. If you would like to be placed on the listserv or for any more questions and information please contact Andrew J. Martin ’15 at ajmartin[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Austin Barvin ’15 at abarvin[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Unfortunately, they will in fact be using balls, and not wrenches.

Start Date: Sunday, November 2nd
Time: 5pm
Place: Tennis Courts

Ebola in the News: A Historical and Political Perspective

From Valere Demuynck ’16:ebola

Lunch talk sponsored by the History Department and African Studies.

A recent NPR story reported that the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus has “Broken All The Rules” (September 20, 2014). “Worst Case Scenario: CDC Predicts 1.4 Million Cases in Four Months.” (New York Times, September 24, 2014)

Has Ebola broken all the rules? What do we know about past outbreaks? What is the potential political impact for Africa?

Professors Bill Johnston (History), Laura Ann Twagira (History), and Mike Nelson (Government) will discuss the recent health crisis.

Light lunch will be provided.

Date: Monday, October 6th
Time: 12pm
Place: PAC 002

Audition for Rizky Rahadianto’s Film Thesis

rizkySophia Jennings ’16 wants to know if you can handle the heat:

Come audition for “Mild, Medium, Hot,” a steamy and jolly horror film about hot sauce.

Male and female parts available. Email all further questions to rrahadianto[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or msjennings[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Wednesday (Oct 1) and Thursday (Oct 2) 5-7PM in the Powell Cinema in the Center for Film Studies.

Only the hottest peppers will show up.

Date: Wednesday, October 1st and Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Time: 5-7PM
Place: Powell Cinema (Center for Film Studies)

SHOFCO at Brew Bakers

From Marina King ’16shofco:

Come to Brew Bakers to enjoy breakfast, lunch and delicious coffee where you can also support SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities). Brew Bakers will give 5% of all proceeds to the Wesleyan-originated Shining Hope for Communities! Bring your mom, bring your dad, bring your entire family!

SHOFCO has created a network of community driven social services such as a health clinic, a women’s empowerment program and much more in Kibera, Kenya, one of the largest slums in Africa. They also provide support for two tuition free schools for girls in Kibera and Mathare: two slums in Nairobi, Kenya.

Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 7AM-5PM
Place: Brew Bakers, 169 Main Street

Klub Café Open Meeting

oeKNdmeLuke Macdonald ’17 writes:

Have great ideas for campus events but don’t know WHERE to host them? Have dumb ideas for dumb events and worry everyone will think you are stupid if you suggest them? Want to help make dumb people’s stupid ideas a reality? Join Klub Café and help us make the most of this cool space on campus! Open to everyone in the Wesleyan community.

I also made a facebook group! No tryouts or applications or auditions; just come with a big imagination!

Date: Thursday, September 25th
Time: 7pm
Place: WestCo Café


Art House House Warming Show

Ryan Heffernan ’16 is feeling artsy:

slide22Art House will be hosting their first house warming show this friday, featuring MFDP, Phat Rabbit, Murdertones, Ladd, and Honeylung. Before the show they will be hanging submitted student art work in their common room gallery! If you would like to submit any and all visual art for the event shoot an email at rheffernan[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. Are you starting to think that maybe your self portrait isn’t getting the attention it deserves in your low rise basement? Give it the chance it deserves to succeed! All submissions are welcome and will be appreciated. Art House can’t wait to see all of your work.

Fauver Movie Night

Talia Baurer ’15 writes in, while snacking on popcorn:

Your friendly neighborhood CAs are providing you with the procrastination excuse you’ve been waiting for! Come to the Senior Fauver lounge at 8 PM Sunday night for movies and food.

The event is planned for Senior Fauver and woodframe residents, but ALL students are welcome!

For legal reasons (rights) and for suspense, movie choice TBA – so if you have suggestions, feel free to contact Talia Baurer, Nikki DoddMarjahn Finlayson, or Jenna Starr.

Date: Sunday, September 14th
Time: 8pm
Place: Senior Fauver Lounge