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Students for a Free Society – Capitalism: The “End of History” or Doomed to Fail?

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From Charlie Smith ’15

Come join “Wesleyan Students for a Free Society” for our first meeting of the semester. We will be discussing the fate and evolution of capitalism, comparing the works of thinkers from Joseph Schumpeter to Karl Marx and Francis Fukuyama. No previous knowledge is required only an open mind.

Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 6 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 111

Photos: Fletcher C. Johnson Heats Up WestCo Cafe

Thursday night at the WestCo cafe, Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Fletcher C. Johnson warmed the crowd with their blues-rock and made it feel like seeing a high school band play noisy folk tunes out of their garage on a summer night somewhere in suburban California. It’s no coincidence that Pitchfork crowns Fletcher’s music as a totally respectable revival of 1960s blues-rock scene, but with its own pop-rock spin. Fletcher is remarkable for their organic incorporation of danceable rock music with traditional folk and blues.

Wesleyan’s own Featherwood Bee set the scene for the first hour with their hard-rock jams. Bee, consisting of WesKids Ben Gottesman ’13 (bass), Adam Johnson ’14 (drums), Kelly Lee ’14 (guitar, vocals) and John Ryan ’14 (lead guitar, vocals), opened the show with rock n’ roll music. Their music features bass-heavy verses punctuated by loud, explosive choruses—as is customary in hard rock. In most songs, you can hear obvious Led Zeppelin influences; but in their more mellow tunes, there are traces of The Grateful Dead and their blues, jam-band style. This band is pretty active on the music scene here at Wes, so if you don’t see them play in the near future, check out their music here.

Fletcher C. Johnson & Featherwood Bee @ WestCo Cafe

From the impeccably dressed Ethan Hill ’16:

After bringing you such groovin’ shows as Prince Rama and Mac Demarco, Aural Wes is excited to present yet another evening of sweet rock n’ roll goodness with Fletcher C. Johnson and his band. The Brooklyn pop virtuoso is bringing his catchy jamz to the WestCo Café this Thursday along with Featherwood Bee, who I’m sure you all know and love. Be prepared to get down and boogaloo to some of the prettiest twangy pop tunes you’ll ever know.

Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 10 pm – 1 am
Locale: WestCo Cafe
Cost: Your Soul
Facebook: Aye

Wiebe ’14 Confirms Balls of Steel, Raises Dialogue Through Performative Sculpture

For those of you who think that walking to Usdan without a parka and boots is ‘braving’ the [pseudo] snowstorm, try spending your next couple days and nights in the wooden structure pictured above. Well, you don’t have to, because Will Wiebe 14′ has already taken on the task. If you happen to walk by Russell House in the next couple days, you might notice a conspicuous, wooden tent on the front lawn, and you might see Will Wiebe all cozied up inside. Wiebe built the tent for his sculpture class, but the project was not complete until yesterday afternoon when he moved in for the remainder of the week and the weekend.

This performative sculpture raises dialogue surrounding the ideas of land ownership, privilege, independence, and property ownership. The independence exercised in the execution of this piece—the fact that Wiebe built the tent himself and set it down without consulting the university—raises interesting questions about our relationship with physical space.

Ben Doernberg ’13, like a true WesKid, emphatically identified a controversial aspect of this project: how it violates the code of non-academic conduct, which states that “Symbolic structures (e.g., displays, statues, booths, banners, shanties, tents) must be approved by the dean of students according to standard procedures.” This controversy brings one to ask, are we no longer allowed to inhabit homes that we have built with our own hands? Can we not choose where we live? Do modern societal notions contradict basic notions of freedom and independence?

Photos: Zongo Junction, or BuHo Halloween: A Night of Groovin’

Last night at Buddhist House, Afrobeat ensemble Zongo Junction and Wesleyan band Men with Bad Manners created one of the most intimate, feel-good concert environments that Wesleyan has seen all year. MWBM kicked off the show with their deep, mellow reggae grooves. The group’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Immanuel Lokwei ’12, brought a roots-reggae vibe to the show with his passionate and vibrant voice. He animated the crowd with wild jumping and dread-lock swinging; his energetic movements and bright vocals seemed to emulate the remarkable stage presence of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, two legends in the world of Reggae. Julian Gal ’14 carried the rhythm sections with his traditional dub-style but distinctively complex bass lines. The horn section consisted of Andrew Pfeiffer ’13 on trombone, Noah Rush ’14 on trumpet, and Jeremy Keim-Shenk ’12. These guys and their bright brass sounds brought rays of [musical] sunshine into the room and embodied the band’s warm, Jamaican sound. Check out MWBM’s newest album, Seed Sankara, here.

Zongo Junction certainly upped the ante when they stepped on stage.

Waves Wants Your Music

Are you an artist that recently (or not so recently) dropped some hot fiyaaaah? Then you should submit your music to Waves, Wesleyan’s new music publication.  Waves is taking music submissions to be featured on its new website, which launched Saturday. If you want another platform for more ears to hear your music, submit mp3s with a photo, social media information, and a brief blurb about yourself to weswavesmagazine(at)gmail:

On a campus brimming with musical talent, it is only right that there is a publication on hand to document Wesleyan University’s vibrant and eclectic music scene. Waves is a group of Wesleyan students dedicated to providing a vivid illustration of the remarkable artists, bands, acapella groups, radio shows, ensembles, visiting acts and everything else music that Wesleyan has to offer. In addition to documenting the on-campus music scene, Waves will feature pieces about new releases and upcoming artists in the external, non-Wesleyan world of music. Waves will also be coming out with a full-length magazine featuring artist profiles, album reviews, and longer feature articles about everything and anything related to music. Check the site periodically if you’re looking for some music literature or if you’re in need of some new artists to listen to.

Link here.

Henna and Samosas with Shakti

Do you like Indian food? Do you like body art? Looking for both in one place? Anika Amin ’14 has just the event for you:

Your favorite South Asian Culture Club, Shakti, the very one that brought you Samsara and Holi, is back this fall with Henna and Samosas in Olin! Stop by for a while if you like eating free Indian food, listening to Bollywood music, and being drawn on by South Asians.

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Olin Lobby
Cost: None

Teague Hopkins ’06: Lean Startup for Non-profits

Dana Pellegrino ’12 invites you to equip yourself with some entrepreneurial knowledge:

Interested in business, entrepreneurship, or nonprofits? Looking for some solid post-grad advice? Teague Hopkins ’06 comes to Allbritton to talk about “how to start cheap, learn fast, and build an organization that changes the world.” Complete with reception to follow! Brought to you by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: None

Wittenberg ’16 Reveals Surprising Etymology of Foss and WestCo

Daniel Wittenberg ’16, wise sage, fellow westcovian, and new freshman president of WestCo, shares with us the little-known but age-old story of how our beloved Foss Hill and West College inherited their names. Last Sunday, Daniel spontaneously wrote and sent this post to the WestCo listerv to encourage residents to attend one of the weekly Monday night meetings (formally known as “guidance”). I can safely assume that he wrote this tall tale as a way to impress upon Westcovians the importance of attending guidance and commemorating the “founding” of WestCo. Read his historical account below, and you’ll surely develop a new appreciation for the small hill and the system of glum-looking two-story buildings that we all take for granted.

One evening, late in September in the year 1420B.C., a young traveler with an unknown name came with weary feet upon a hill so perfectly sloped that he could not resist the temptation to sit and relax on it. He had traveled many miles to escape his community where a butt-chugging epidemic was running rampant, and so, despite the thriving community of ostriches that occupied the hill, the traveler decided that this was where he would rest for the night. He woke the next morning with the rays of the rising sun streaming into his eyes. It was a beautiful moment, and remained so until the traveler noticed the enormous pile of ostrich poop that had accumulated on top of him over the course of the night. He sprang up and shouted, “Fuckin’ ostriches!” Liking the way the two words rang out into the crisp dawn air, our wanderer decided that his discovery would come to be known as Fuckin’ Ostrich Hill (over time the original name was lost in translation, and “Fuckin Ostrich” became “Foss”).

WILD Wes Workday

Sick of being cooped up inside? Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton ’15 invites you out to the pristine wilderness of WILD Wes for a workday:

Hey all!

Come out tomorrow from 12-4 for the weekly WILD Wes workday in the WestCo courtyard! We just got the seeds to sprinkle for ground cover across the entire site — but we have to move a bunch of extra wood chips first, and we’re trying to get it all done before the colder and wetter the weather sets in. Stop on by, learn about some plants, touch (or don’t touch) some dirt, think about where you actually are — it’ll be sweet! Also, if all goes well this weekend, come on by next weekend to help seed the meadow and ground cover for everything!

Date: TODAY, September 29th.
Time:
Noon-4:00PM
Where:
WILD Westco Courtyard
Cost:
Free