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Dessert for All

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From Sofia Warren ’13:

WesAGE presents the tenth annual International Dessert Fair!
Come spend some time with the elderly of Middletown and enjoy some
FREE desserts and entertainment

Featured donations from: Tschudin Chocolates, Tandoor, Lizzie B’s Sweet Creations,
Tibetan Kitchen, and Fusion Bakery.

Performances including:West African drumming, South Indian voice group, Vietnamese souvenir raffle

Date: Friday, April 27th
Time: 2:45-4:30 PM
Place: Senior Center (down the street from Broad Street)
Cost: FREE!!!

Ed-Connect Launch Reception


The unstoppable Emily Berman ’13 writes in:

Do you like education? Do you think you like education but have no
idea? Do you want to find a way to learn more about education-related
opportunities on and off-campus? Then please join us to celebrate the
launch of EdConnect!

There will be a demonstration of the website and snacks!

The mission of EdConnect is to foster a community among those who are
interested in education at Wesleyan. This includes those who are
interested in teaching, policy work, research and advocacy. We seek to
create a space for communication among all of these interests.
Additionally, we hope to make opportunities in education, both on and
off campus, more accessible to the student body.

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Place: Zelnick Pavilion

Earth Week Chat and Chew


From Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Coordinator Extraordinaire:

Come celebrate Earth Week by joining Sustainability Coordinator Jen
Kleindienst in a conversation about the Earth. Bring a friend and your
lunch and look for the Wesleyan Sustainability Office Sign!

Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Place: Usdan First Floor Center Tables

J Street U Presents: The Law in These Parts


The lovely leaders of J Street U at Wesleyan write:

Come eat dinner and watch The Law in These Parts, a film which offers a harsh critique of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Through interviews with retired Israeli judges and archival footage, this documentary provides both an primer on the history of the occupation, as well as a witness to how, since 1967, the situation in what was supposed to be a temporary occupation has gone from bad to worse.

We hope you’ll join J Street U for this screening, and invite you to stay afterwards for a short discussion of the occupation, law, citizenship, and their effect on human rights and the possibility of a two-state solution.

Check out the trailer here.

Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: PAC 001
Facebook Event: Get at usss

#SWUGLIFE: Wesleyan Edition

“Welcome, then, to SWUG life: the slow, wine-filled decline of female sexual empowerment as we live out our college glory days. Welcome to the world of the ladies who have given up on boys because they don’t so much empower as frustrate, satisfy as agitate.”


A few days ago New York Magazine ran an article that was sent to me by no less than four friends on the tendency among certain straight female seniors at Yale to abstain from the pressures of Ivy social life, by embracing a lifestyle called SWUG, or “Senior Washed Up Girl”  In the context of sexuality, it has come to connote unabashed resentment of those female underclassmen whom upperclassmen covet, a cynical attitude towards the dating scene, and, often, alcohol-fueled promiscuity. SWUG connotes more generally a “don’t give a fuck” attitude characteristic of seniors who feel worn down from three years of trying so damn hard at Yale — to achieve, to succeed, to win.

The original article, written by self-identifying SWUG Raisa Bruner, appeared in the Yale Daily News and takes readers through a number of different perspectives, student and professional, on this locally viral term. The SWUG phenomenon is now fraught with social connotations that its originators may not have foreseen — it initially suggested a sense of strong female camaraderie. And it seems unique to the “pressure cooker” environment of Yale.

Apply to Volunteer with the Center for Prison Education

Wesleyan to offer Wesleyan courses and credits to 19 prisonersIllustrious Wesleyan graduate and Center for Prison Education Fellow Maddie Neufeld ’12 writes:

Interested in working with Wesleyan’s college in prison program as a
Writing Tutor, Research Intern or Student Coordinator next semester?

Want to work with this guy?

Fill out this short questionaire by April 17th and aforementioned Program Fellow, Maddie Neufeld ’12 will be in touch.

Also, check out this awesome short documentary about the program directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12 and read our guest post by prisoner and student Andre Pierce.

Wesleyan’s New “Daily Dose of Happiness”


My lovely friend Isabella Cucchi ’13 tells me this is the last time she will ever ask me to write a Wesleying post and reminds me of my Wesleying mortality, but then provides a ready remedy for my graduation woes:

Looking for some positive procrastination?

Wesleyan’s new “Daily Dose of Happiness” initiative wants to help you start your days off on the right foot. If you’re interested in receiving a daily positive email, all you have to do is fill out this form. Then, within a few days, you’ll start receiving emails from wesdailydoseofhappiness(at)gmail(dot)com! The emails will be brief and will usually be photos, videos, poems, news articles, recipes, songs, or quotes that we think can help you start your day in a happier way… or at least can help you procrastinate more productively.

Link: Fill out this form.

A Very Wesleyan Passover

It’s that blessed time of year where we at Wesleyan are given yet another chance to discuss themes of oppression, drink copious amounts of wine, and participate in vegan potlucks. It’s Passover: the festival that commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery.

Central to this lovely breadless festival is the seder, a ritual meal which reenacts and retells the story of said liberation. Growing up I attended the quintessential “liberal Jewish intellectual hippy Seder,” complete with articles about the oppression of migrant workers and “safe spaces” to talk about my own oppression. I also once participated in the two-minute seder, acted out the ten plagues, and told the Passover story in tweet form. I thought I had seen it all when it came to the weird things liberal people do at Seders, and then I came to Wes.

Those ever “quirky’ Wesleyan students (#thisiswhy) certainly make Passover their own. This year Jews and Non Jews a like gathered for official and unofficial Seders complete with solo cups, inclusive language, original songs, costumes, and of course extensive discussion of oppression. Here’s a round-up of a few of these fine ritual meals:

I had the privelege of attending a  meaty but joyful seder led by WesJewCelebs Sydney Hausman-Cohen ’13, Ryan Katz ’13, Sarah Cassel ’13, Zach Steinman ’13, and Daphna Spivack ’13.

The Seder was open to all and guests came from all class years, with some Seder virgins.

Here One Day Screening

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From CAPS and Active Minds:

You are invited to a special, sneak peek screening of HERE ONE DAY, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Kathy Leichter. Q&A to follow with the Director and her brother, Josh Leichter ’90.

When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into the apartment she grew up in after her mother committed suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life, including marriage, motherhood, and her struggles with bipolar disorder. Playing like a Greek tragedy, HERE ONE DAY is a bracing, visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

HERE ONE DAY recently had its world premiere in The Netherlands at IDFA, one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world. Come join us for this special pre-release screening and discussion. More info here and here.

Date: Wednesday, March 6th
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Judd 116

Snacks and Coffee Provided. Cosponsored by Active Minds and Counseling and Psychological Services

J Street U Open Meeting

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Come to the J Street U Open meeting!  Officially J Street “is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. We believe that Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depend on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security.”

Unofficially, we like to think of ourselves as an irreverent student movement that is shaking up the status quo in the hawkish American Jewish community. We also have a knack for making, mildly inappropriate, slighly offensive Two-State Solution Ryan Gosling Memes.

We have a lot of really exciting plans for this semester so whether you sing hatikvah in your sleep, think Zionism is an irredeemable racist project, or have never thought about these issues before, we hope you will join us.

Date: Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Time: 8 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 133