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More Operas Need You!

Operas are in this year. Sam Ottinger ’09 writes,

I am also writing an opera to be performed in the Spring and I need production staff. It’s called Black Friday.

This opera is inspired by God, Death and the mall. The music, a mix of stoner metal/drone/jazz/classical & tom waits. The place, anytown U.S.A. Shopping Mall built inside of a MEGA-CHURCH. The day, Black Friday, the annal orgy consumer culture. The people, Seven sinners left behind after the rapture by a Zeus like Demi-god who urges them on as they decide their fates. There’s a chorus of shoppers, a chorus of angels and demons, a pervert who loves God more than anything but can’t help watching women change, an alcoholic security guard, a money grubbing evangelist and a power crazed prophet. EVERYONE DIES…almost…

I need a director/assistant director, a stage manager, lighting designer, set designer, sound designer and costume designer. Also if you are a singer/actor and you think you might be interested, please get in touch. Auditions will be soon.

Sam can be reached at sottinger@wes.

Next, Sean Chin ’09 has a plea for Wesleyan skaters:

Dear Wesleyan,
It seems I am in need of a skateboard for the Theater Department’s production of The Threepenny Opera. If you have any sort of skateboard-like device, being of old or new, used or virgin, swanky or traditional, massively upgraded or bare essentials, and find that the poor thing merely sits in your corner for months on end, please help a poor thespian out.

Can you help? Contact him at smchin@wes.

A Message from Wesleyan Dining

From an e-mail:

Wesleyan Dining by Bon Appetit is listening to students!

Bon Appetit is listening to students and Summerfields has implemented distinct menu changes since Monday, September 15th.
Improved selections of meal bundles:

  • A home cooked style dinner available Monday to Friday with a beverage and dessert piece. The dinner entrée is a special of the day with a menu available online here.
  • Expanded vegetarian sandwich choices
  • Added chicken sandwich choices
  • Enhance burger choices with cheese available on request

Other changes to the menu:

  • A freshly baked roll is served with any salad entrees.
  • Option to add grilled chicken or grilled marinated tofu to your salad.
  • Dressing on the side available on request.
  • Guacamole is customary with any purchase of quesadilla, along with sour cream and salsa.

Bon Appetit will continue to evolve and fine tune the menu to meet with students’ taste and needs. We invite you to revisit Summerfields and seek out its improved menu as well as enjoy all that Wesleyan Dining has to offer.

WesVotes instructions

HOUSE CAPTAIN INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1) Go canvass your hall mates and compile a list of where each intends to vote. Be sure to also count the total number of students in your hall or house
Step 2) Go to the WSA office and grab the contents of the file for each of those states.
Step 3) Make sure to grab enough envelopes for those that want to submit absentee request forms. CT registrants will be hand-delivered.
Step 4) Distribute the forms that you pick up in the WSA office to the appropriate hall mate. It is vital to have face to face interactions with each of them so you can help them if they have any questions. Slipping forms under doors will ABSOLUTELY not cut it.
Step 5) Follow any other specific instructions that you find in the state’s file.
Step 6) Collect forms and letters from your hall mates after they fill them out. Keep track of who you’ve collected from and bug the ones who haven’t given you theirs!
Step 7) Make sure that they look up their county clerk’s address if there is not an address on the form about where to send the absentee request form. Those who are not already registered in their home state must also submit a voter registration form in the same envelope as the Absentee request form.
Step 8) Deliver letters and forms to the secure drop box in WSA office. They should be dropped in the box as if they were ready to be mailed, minus the stamp, which we are buying.

STREET CAPTAIN INSTRUCTIONS:(Probably the most important role in this entire hierarchy.)
Step 1) You will ensure there is a house captain at every house on your street. You can even split it up with a friend if you would like.
Step 2) Record that House Captain’s name, email address and Wes Box#.
Step 3 Record how many people live in the house so you can track progress without having to return.
Step 4) Briefly train each House Captain in the 8 steps you see above.
Step 5) Send list of House Captain contact info to wesvotes@gmail.com (include numbers per house)
Step 6) Send each House Captain an email as soon as possible (make sure to ask them to find out where each of their housemates would like to vote ASAP).
Step 7) Pester your house captains to ensure they’ve picked up their state-specific absentee ballot request forms. If not, do it for them.
Step 8) Pester them to have their housemates complete the forms and that they mail them as quickly as possible.

NIGHT RIDERS.

WHAT: A BIKE RIDE THROUGH MIDDLETOWN
WHEN: MIDNIGHT, WEDNESDAY 10
WHERE: OBSERVATORY CIRCLE
WHO: YOU AND YOUR BICYCLE AND YOUR FRIENDS.
WHY: FUN AND PROFIT.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, SERIOUSLY.

Orientation events: Friday

8­-10:30 A.M.
BREAKFAST
Usdan Marketplace

8 A.M.
PREREGISTRATION ADJUSTMENT PERIOD
If you have not already done so, check your electronic portfolio now for your course reservations and adjustment start time.

8:30 A.M.­-5 P.M.
ADVISOR APPOINTMENTS (ADJUSTMENT)
Your faculty advisor’s office
Meet with your advisor again to review your course reservations, to modify your selections, and to discuss your curricular plans for coming semesters. Times arranged individually.

9­-10 A.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
LIFE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AT WES
Usdan 108
Curious about life at Wesleyan outside the classroom? Want to know how to get involved in cocurricular activities? Feeling perplexed about how to make friends and navigate the social scene? Get your questions answered and hear advice from students who have lived through it. Deans and other staff members will also share resources that can help you thrive in Wesleyan’s unique social and cultural environment. All are welcome to participate in this informal conversation.

STUDY ABROAD INFO SESSION FOR THE CLASS OF 2012
Shanklin 107
Study abroad gives students opportunities to learn firsthand about other cultures and societies (as well as their own), improve language skills, think critically about themselves and the world, and prepare for (gulp) life after Wesleyan. Come hear Director of International Studies, Carolyn Sorkin discuss the whys and wheres of study abroad, and how to use your first year to get ready.

9 A.M.­-3 P.M.
PEER ADVISING
Residence Hall Lounges
Meet with your peer advisor to review your registration results and plan the next steps you will be taking with your faculty advisor.

10­-11 A.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
MIDDLETOWN 101: TALKS BY FACULTY
Neural Stem Cell Therapies for Treating Neurodegenerative Disorders and Epilepsy
Janice Naegele, Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior, Chair of Biology Department
Shanklin 201
This lecture focuses on pathological cell death and aberrant neurogenesis in the hippocampus in temporal lobe epilepsy and the potential applications of stem cell therapy for treating seizure disorders. Current research in cell-based therapies and additional applications of stem cell grafts for drug delivery in epilepsy will be discussed.

WRITING AN “A” PAPER
World Music Hall
What does an “A” paper look like at Wesleyan? Get advice from Director of Writing Programs Anne Greene. She will discuss academic writing and the help students can find, including writing tutors in courses and the Writing Workshop. Sample papers will be discussed.

CRC 101: OPPORTUNITY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Butterfield A (CRC Library)
It’s not too early to start thinking about next summer. Some of the best internships and summer jobs have early deadlines. Come to this quick introduction to the Career Resource Center and learn how to access their internship and job database online. They’ll also show you how you can set up your own online profile. Get a jump start on your future today.

11 A.M.­-NOON
STUDY ABROAD INFO SESSION FOR THE CLASS OF 2012
Shanklin 107
Study abroad gives students opportunities to learn firsthand about other cultures and societies (as well as their own), improve language skills, think critically about themselves and the world, and prepare for (gulp) life after Wesleyan. Come hear Director of International Studies, Carolyn Sorkin discuss the whys and wheres of study abroad, and how to use your first year to get ready.

11:30 A.M.­-1:30 P.M.
DAVISON HEALTH CENTER OPEN HOUSE
Davison Health Center
Visit the Davison Health Center to learn about the services available to support your health and well-being at Wesleyan. The DHC houses three offices–Health Services (medical clinic), the Office of Behavioral Health for Students (mental health support), and WesWELL (health education). Here’s your first chance to meet the staff, take a tour, pick up resources, and get your questions answered.

PICNIC AND PLAY AT THE CFA LUNCH AND OPEN HOUSE
Center for the Arts Green
Rain site for lunch: Usdan Marketplace
Enjoy a picnic lunch, special performances, the opening of new art exhibits, and much more as you take a self-guided tour of the CFA and have a card punched at each of seven sites. Come meet the CFA staff and learn about all the CFA has to offer–jobs, Green Street Arts Center, and the visiting artists series. All who are “fully punched” have a chance to win tickets to concerts, theater, and dance performances, art and film posters, CDs, and other prizes. Bring your WesCard.

1­2 P.M.
STUDY ABROAD FOR SOPHOMORE TRANSFERS
Shanklin 107
Sophomores, come learn about study abroad opportunities with Director of International Studies, Carolyn Sorkin. Study abroad offers you the chance to learn about other cultures, improve language skills, and prepare for the world beyond Wesleyan.

MIDDLETOWN 101: THE BARONS OF MIDDLETOWN
Ron Schatz, Professor of History
PAC 002
The impressive Victorian and Edwardian buildings on High Street where Wesleyan students currently take classes, hear lectures and music, view art, dine, party, and sleep once were the private homes owned by a coterie of wealthy families who dominated Middletown’s economy, society, and politics for a century–from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution until the Great Depression and New Deal of the 1930s. U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, a Middletown native, termed these gentlemen “the barons.” Who were these men and their wives? How did they rule the town? And why did they lose power, give their homes to the university, and move away? Who ruled Middletown afterward? By considering these questions, we can not only begin to understand Middletown but also acquire insight into 20th-century U.S. history in general.

1:30­-3 P.M.
HALAL LUNCH AND JUMMAH SERVICE
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center
All are welcome to meet members of Wesleyan’s Muslim community over a catered Halal lunch. Afterwards, join in the weekly Friday prayer.

STUDY ABROAD INFO SESSION FOR THE CLASS OF 2012
Shanklin 107
Study abroad gives students opportunities to learn firsthand about other cultures and societies (as well as their own), improve language skills, think critically about themselves and the world, and prepare for (gulp) life after Wesleyan. Come hear Director of International Studies, Carolyn Sorkin discuss the whys and wheres of study abroad, and how to use your first year to get ready.

3­-4 P.M.
MEETING FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY PARTICIPANTS
Exley Science Center 150
Come meet your fellow participants and get details about your project or trip on Saturday. If you signed up over the summer, make sure to attend in order to receive important information and guarantee your spot on the trip.

TRANSFER, EXCHANGE, AND VISITING STUDENTS: CRC 101–OPPORTUNITY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
CRC Library
Join Director of the Career Resource Center, Mike Sciola for a special introduction to CRC resources for transfer, exchange, and visiting students.

3­-5 P.M.
SCIENCES AT WESLEYAN
PAC 001
Learn about the different science departments and discover why the sciences are an integral part of a liberal education. Faculty members will be on hand to discuss course offerings for nonmajors and potential majors, and research opportunities for undergraduates.

4­-5 P.M.
TRANSFER, EXCHANGE, AND VISITING STUDENTS RECEPTION
Daniel Family Commons

4:45­-6 P.M.
SHABBAT SERVICES
The Bayit, 157 Church Street
Everyone is invited to the Bayit for Shabbat services. Come celebrate Shabbat and meet other Jewish students.

5­-8 P.M.
DINNER
Usdan Marketplace

6:15­-7:30 P.M.
SHABBAT DINNER
Beckham Hall
After Shabbat services, come enjoy a yummy catered Shabbat Dinner! All are welcome.
Sponsored by Jennifer A. Daniels ’90 and her husband Ruben Daniels.

7:30­-9:30 P.M.
FYM COMMON MOMENT
Foss Hill
Ice cream, wheelies, and flame throwers! Join the world renowned Liz Lerman Dance Exchange as they stage a once-in-a-lifetime movement happening on Foss Hill for all new students. You’ll embody the results of the residence hall poll. We need your participation to make this historic collective expression about climate change a success.

10 P.M.­-1 A.M.
BEND IT AT BECKHAM
Beckham Hall
It’s gender bending time! At Wes we are aware that gender can be expressed in a variety of ways, and one way it is expressed is through dress. So exchange clothes with your hall mates and challenge what gender is or should be. Pencil a moustache, don a wig, be as creative as you want, and come prepared to bend the gender binary in fun and fashion! Wes ID required for entry.

COFFEE HOUSE
Usdan Café
Looking for an alternative to the dance party scene? Have a cup of coffee, listen to live music, and engage in interesting conversations.

Orientation Events: Thursday

8­-10:30 A.M.
BREAKFAST
Usdan Marketplace

8 A.M.­-5 P.M.
MEDICAL SCREENING FOR FALL ATHLETES
Freeman Athletic Center
Fall athletes should see the athletic trainer in the Athletic Injury Care Room on the lower level of Freeman for a brief medical screening.

8:30 A.M.-­12:30 P.M.
PEER ADVISING
Residence Hall Lounges
Peer advisors will be available to help you prepare for your first one-on-one meeting with your faculty advisor.

9­-10 A.M.
MONEY MATTERS
Science Center 150
This program covers the following topics:

  • Your student account bill and charge privileges
  • Student employment opportunities for work-study and non-work-study students
  • Direct deposit
  • Money management

This session is mandatory for students receiving financial aid.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT
PAC 107
The placement test in Japanese (two hours in length) is offered during this final testing session.

9 A.M.­-4 P.M.
ADVISOR APPOINTMENTS (MANDATORY)
Your faculty advisor’s office
Meet with your advisor to review your reservations from the summer and, with your advisor’s approval, submit a ranked list of additional course choices. Times will be arranged during your group meeting. Courses will be assigned on Thursday evening.

10­-11 A.M.
LIBRARY TOUR
Olin Library
Come learn about the array of research materials and assistance, technical support services, and software classes available to students through Wesleyan’s libraries and ITS. This program is designed for all students new to Wesleyan.

11 A.M.­-NOON
LIFE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AT WES
Usdan 108
Curious about life at Wesleyan outside the classroom? Want to know how to get involved in co-curricular activities? Feeling perplexed about how to make friends and navigate the social scene? Get your questions answered and hear advice from students who have lived through it. Deans and other staff members will also share resources that can help you thrive in Wesleyan’s unique social and cultural environment. All are welcome to participate in this informal conversation.

11 A.M.­-12:30 P.M.
STUDENT OF COLOR BRUNCH
Usdan Daniel Family Commons
This session develops a community for new students who identify with the complexities and multiple meanings of the concept of Student of Color and with the complicated transition to the Wesleyan environment. The brief program led by upperclass students will introduce you to how Wesleyan talks about social justice and race, provide information about resources, and engage you in fun activities to get to know your new classmates. We encourage you to also attend to the Alumni of Color dinner to hear more about life at Wesleyan from AOC and upperclass students.

11 A.M.­-2 P.M.
LUNCH
Usdan Marketplace

1­2 P.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
WSA AND STUDENT GROUP INFORMATION SESSION
Usdan 110
What is the Wesleyan Student Assembly(WSA)? What student groups exist at Wesleyan? How are new groups started? And, most importantly, how can you get involved? Join representatives from the Wesleyan Student Assembly for a fun and informative session about the assembly and the many student groups here at Wesleyan.

CRC 101: OPPORTUNITY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Butterfield A (CRC Library)
It’s not too early to start thinking about next summer. Some of the best internships and summer jobs have early deadlines. Come to this quick introduction to the Career Resource Center and learn how to access their internship and job database online. They’ll also show you how you can set up your own online profile. Get a jump start on your future today.

1­-4 P.M.
TRANSFER, EXCHANGE, AND VISITING STUDENTS: INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS WITH YOUR DEAN
Deans’ Offices, North College, second floor
Juniors: Meet with Dean Melendez about advising questions and to review your course selections for Preregistration.
Sophomores: Meet with Dean Garrett about advising questions and with your faculty advisor for course selection advising and approval.
Exchange and Visiting Students: Make an appointment with Dean Melendez to discuss your course selections.

2­-3 P.M.
LIBRARY TOUR
Olin Library
Come learn about the array of research materials and assistance, technical support services, and software classes available to students through Wesleyan’s libraries and ITS. This program is designed for all students new to Wesleyan.

MIDDLETOWN 101
Suzy Taraba: Archives and Activism: A Historical Look at Wesleyan/Middletown Relations University Archivist and Head of Special Collections
PAC 002
This talk focuses on the story of Amos Beman, a Middletown citizen of color, and his quest for a Wesleyan education in the 1830s. Through this and other examples, we will learn how Wesleyan’s history, as told through the preservation of archival materials, informs the present.

MIDDLETOWN 101: TALKS BY FACULTY
Suzanne O’Connell: Exploring Middletown through Service-Learning Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences Department
PAC 001
In service-learning courses the expectation is that course information will be directly related to the service. This means that the opportunity to do service enhances the course material and creates a richer learning environment; this talk will explore these offerings at Wesleyan.

WSA AND STUDENT GROUP INFORMATION SESSION
Usdan 110
What is the Wesleyan Student Assembly(WSA)? What student groups exist at Wesleyan? How are new groups started? And, most importantly, how can you get involved? Join representatives from the Wesleyan Student Assembly for a fun and informative session about the assembly and the many student groups here at Wesleyan.

3­-4 P.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
HOW TO BE A STAR STUDENT
Usdan 108
The SARN Peer Advisors invite you to “learn from our mistakes for your success!” Learning at Wesleyan is more than likely to be challenging compared to your previous school for a variety of reasons. Come listen to a panel of students who have learned how to be star students. The Peer Advisors know how to successful students at Wesleyan study. They will teach you how to build onto your existing academic skills, stay on track, and develop structure in your week with time management skills.

QUEER STUDENT RECEPTION
Downey House Lounge
Come meet members of the queer community and allies for an introduction to the many resources designed to make your queer experience at Wesleyan a successful and positive one.

4­-5:30 P.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
FYM FACULTY LECTURES
Changing the Moral Climate Elise Springer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
PAC 002

Global problems raise new challenges for ideas about moral responsibility. Many call for a stricter “green conscience” that considers our effects on remote people and systems. Yet ecological thinking also dissolves familiar ideas of individual interests and individual morality. In this session, Professor Springer considers how we move beyond guilt and blame towards a more radical understanding of interdependence.

Climate Policy and Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Gary Yohe, Professor of Economics, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics
PAC 001

In November of 2007, 160 countries at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change unanimously consented that active response to climate change involves variations of risk management. When we turn to consider this conclusion’s implications for framing climate policy over the next decade and beyond, care will be taken to show how the social sciences offer insight into the warnings of natural scientists.

Decision Time: A Scientist and a Humanist Discuss Energy Scarcity and Global Climate Change
Brian Stewart, Associate Professor of Physics
Krishna Winston, Professor of German Studies
Woodhead Lounge

Brian Stewart, Associate Professor of Physics, specializes in molecular physics. Krishna Winston, Professor of German Studies, specializes in modern German literature and literary translation. They will discuss threats to the environment, the implications for the survival of the human race, and ways their disciplines can contribute to taking effective action.

Social Knowledge and Climate Change
Paul Erickson, Assistant Professor of History
Shanklin 107

In the past 50 years scientists have learned an enormous amount about how the earth is likely to respond to increased greenhouse gas concentrations. Over the same period, interpretive social scientists have learned much about identifying environmental problems, scientific consensus, the policy process, and the social impacts of new technologies. This talk explores the intersection of these two bodies of research by reexamining some classic moments from the past and present of the global climate change debate.

4­-6 P.M.
FALL TEAM PRACTICES
Fields and Gymnasiums
Fall athletes, this will be your first permissible practice of the season.

5­-8 P.M.
DINNER
Usdan Marketplace

7­-8:30 P.M.
FYM COMMON READING DISCUSSIONS
Residence Halls
All new students gather with your assigned Residence Hall groups and participate in a voicing of opinions surrounding the Feet to the Fire topics of discussion. These conversations will bring together members of the Wesleyan community around issues of climate change, and completion of the opinion polls will be incorporated in tomorrow night’s Feet to the Fire Common Moment.

8:30­-10 P.M.
RESIDENCE HALL MEETINGS

10:30 P.M.­-MIDNIGHT
HUMOROUS HYPNOTIST
Crowell Concert Hall
Come and be amazed at what Dan LaRosa, The Humorous Hypnotist, can make you and your hallmates do. If you dare to volunteer, be ready for anything during this entertaining exhibition of the power of the mind. Are you feeling sleepy?

10 P.M.­-MIDNIGHT
KARAOKE
Usdan Café
As if the Hypnotist weren’t enough embarrassment for one night — you can add karaoke to the list! Come smile, be silly, and sing your heart out in the Café. Bring your friends or come make some new ones!

Changes at Summerfields

An anonymous student writes in,

Just went to the new Summerfields. I call it new because it is actually quite different from last year and the year before.

Changes:

  1. There no longer seem to be rotating meals that you can pick from. Instead they basically have a larger late-night menu. (All medium priced by Wes standards)
  2. NO SALAD BAR! The best thing about Summerfields is now no more. Instead there are a few select salads on the menu.
  3. NO ALL YOU CAN EAT DESSERT: Instead on the menu are cakes, brownies and cookies.

I gotta say pretty severe disappointment.

Tenured Radical on Helicopter Parents

Professor Claire Potter has a great entry about helicopter parents up at Tenured Radical:

Yesterday several of us were reminiscing about being dropped off at college. The big topic was: “How did you get them to leave?” — them, of course, being parents. Not everyone, of course, had this problem. Parents used to the boarding school routine knew what other parents did not: that it was only a precious nine weeks to Thanksgiving; they literally dropped their offspring on the curb with a stereo, a typewriter and a duffel bag, and gunned it out of there. Several of my friends who came East (or went West) to school remember just being put on a plane with a couple suitcases. My parents, however, made the ritual drive to Oligarch. When it looked like my mother was about to start ironing my socks in a strategic ploy to not return home without me, my father said brightly, “I could really use an ice cream!” and spirited everyone onto the street. After that, wrapping Mom in duct tape and putting her in the trunk was a cinch. And I was free! Good old Dad.

It’s more difficult to get rid of parents in a timely way now. Administrators in charge of this crucial life transition have responded to parental hovering by creating formal, structured activities for the (soon to be) bereft grown-ups so that there can be an equally formal transition to the moment they are asked by other grown-ups, firmly but politely, to leave. Now, please. This means that being dropped off at college is now at least a two-day event, if not longer, where the moment between meeting your roommates and one of them saying happily, “Who wants to get high?” has been prolonged indefinitely. […]

Can you relate? Read more at her blog.

Orientation Events: Wednesday

2-2:45, 2:45-3:30, 3:30­-4:15, 4:15­-5 P.M (CHOOSE ONE)
PREREGISTRATION INFORMATION SESSION(MANDATORY)
Exley Science Center 150
Do you have questions about course registration? What are the A and B columns? How does the scheduling program work? Registrar Anna van der Burg will give a brief overview and answer your questions about the course registration process.

3-5 P.M.
ACADEMIC FORUM
Beckham Hall
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet professors and majors from all departments and programs at Wesleyan. Representatives will be available to answer questions about course offerings as well as sign “Permission of Instructor” and “Prerequisite Override” forms. Placement exam results will be available at the forum.

5-6:30 P.M.
PIZZA DINNER WELCOMING STUDENTS WHO SPEAK ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Freeman East Asian Studies Building
This session introduces international students and other bilingual students to the resources and support services available on campus. Presented by Anne Greene, director of writing programs, and Alice Hadler, ESL program coordinator of services for non-native speakers, associative dean for international student affairs. A pizza dinner will be served.

VESPERS
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, 169 High St.
Please join us for this nondenominational ritual, designed as a contemplative interlude in our busy lives. VESPERS is held weekly during the academic year, with time for communal discussion and vegetarian food afterwards. No religious affiliation is necessary; all are welcome, regardless of faith or religious affiliation.

5-8 P.M.
DINNER
Usdan Marketplace

6:30 P.M.
CLASS PHOTO
Hill behind Olin Library
Smile for a photograph with all of your new classmates–the people who will comprise your Wesleyan family for the next four years. Rain date: Sunday, August 31, 3­3:30 P.M.

7-8 P.M., 8:15­-9:15 P.M.
Crowell Concert Hall and Memorial Chapel
See Appendix A for your group and location assignment.

RANDY HAVESON: PARTY TIME!
Party with a Plan! We have rules for driving and rules for sports, but until now there have been no rules for drinking. You’ve heard “just say no.” You’ve heard “be responsible.” But what does that really mean? Find out how to be responsible, moderate, or social as a drinker, if you choose to drink at all. Randy Haveson has been working with college students on the issue of alcohol and other drugs since 1991. His approach is straightforward, truthful, and enlightening.

UNSPEAKABLE ACTS
A powerful peer theater piece, Unspeakable Acts looks at the issue of sexual assault on campus. Wesleyan students will perform skits and monologues that address the issue from several different points of view, help shed light on this difficult topic, and provoke conversation between you and your peers.

9:30­-10:30 P.M.
RESIDENCE HALL MEETINGS
Residence Halls

10 P.M.­-MIDNIGHT
TRANSFER, EXCHANGE, AND VISITING LOUNGE
Hewitt Lounge
Come enjoy snacks and meet your fellow transfer, exchange, and visiting students.

10:30 P.M.­-MIDNIGHT
SQUARE DANCE
Andrus Field
Rain site: Beckham Hall
A Wesleyan tradition! Join other new students in a do-si-do and promenade round and round under the stars.

STAR GAZING
Van Vleck Observatory
Get closer to the stars for the first viewing session of the year. Van Vleck will be open Wednesday nights throughout the year. This event will be canceled if the weather is cloudy.