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Wesleyan Started Giving Us Free Cable… Last July

Last weekend, as I was talking to a Harvard student, she mentioned to me this sweet new online cable network Harvard has, called Tivli.

Wait, before I go any farther, click here to watch the Oscars.  In high definition.  Legally. For free. Through Wesleyan.

Well, yeah, that’s pretty much it.  Wesleyan is one of five schools in the country that has this system, which is a free partnership between the Tivli founders and the University.  It’s unclear how the relationship was founded, except perhaps something to do with our inexplicable relationship with Roku.

The New York Times covered the story in January, with no mention of Wesleyan, which is pretty much the trend: no news anywhere about the program here.

While, at this point, the package only includes the basic cable-type channels (including network TV and PBS,) it seems that it may soon expand and could include HBO Go, as well.

I guess my main questions are: How did we get this?  Why didn’t anyone tell us?  WHY IS THIS NOT A BIGGER DEAL?!

If you have any insight, pop it in the comments box or send us a tip.

War for February: A Staged Reading

War For February PosterStage Manager of the Year candidate Hannah Rimm ’15 writes in with an appropriately-titled play.  Because the month we are in is also in the name of the show:

Come see a staged reading of War For February, a new play by Tess Jonas ’15.

Directed by Sivan Battat ’15
Stage Managed by Hannah Rimm ’15

Cast: Eva Ravenal ’15Grace Nix ’15, Helen Handelman ’16Matt Krakaur ’14Roxie Pell ’15Sarah Woolf  ’16, and Zach Libresco ’13.

Special credit to Gabe Gordon ’15 and Mel Hsu ’13.

Friday February 22 and Saturday February 23, 8 p.m., Fayerweather Theater Studio.

Seating is limited and this performance is NOT ticketed so arrive
early to get seats!

Date: Tonight, Feb. 22, and Feb. 23
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Fayerweather 106

Wesleyan Media Blow-Up: Because Not All Publicity Is Good Publicity


Watch out, Wesleyan, because according to lots and lots (and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots) of different media outlets, we’re at it again. “What’s wrong with Wesleyan?” ask Business Insider’s Ashley Lutz and Abby Rogers. I’ll do my best to explain that here in this rundown of media coverage regarding the weekend’s debauchery.

Of course, this question could be answered fairly quickly by any number of blogosphere navigators, but perhaps best by Daily Caller commenter “WHATTHEBLANK,” who characterized us as “leftists [who will] just get older and go to occupy protests and still drink smoke weed and act stupid.”

So, as one of those overprivileged WASPs that everyone is talking about, who better to give you your cheat sheet to the media coverage that Wesleyan is getting for our little tryst with the T-Rex?

First meeting of Tai Chi and Kung Fu training

Sam Barth ’13 breaks the first and second rules of fight club:

Are you interested in improving yourself physically and mentally?  Becoming more centered? Have you seen too many kung fu movies and want to see what the real thing is? The Small Forest Temple holds weekly sessions for those interested in learning meditation and self-defense skills. All are welcome.

Both sessions are held every Thursday in Freeman.

-Tai Chi class meets from 6:30-7:30 in the multipurpose room
-Kung Fu meets from 7:30-9:00 in the wrestling room next door

For more information, please email Alex Hunt ’13 at ahunt(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Date: Thursdays
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Place: Freeman MPR and wrestling room
Cost: Roughly $50/semester

The Future of Peacekeeping: a Talk with Bill Flavin of the U.S. Army War College

Peacekeeping solutions

From Sarah Cassel ’13:

Peacekeeping missions, which originally responded to global and regional politics during the Cold War, have since evolved into
strategic tools to address diverse international conflicts. This talk will discuss the shape of peace operations today and what the future might hold.

Professor Bill Flavin is a professor at the U.S. Army War College and the Division Chief of the Doctrine, Concept, Education, and Training Division in the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Government Department and organized by students on the Government Majors’ Committee.

Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Place: PAC 002

If They Named Blizzards, This Shit Would Be Named Kanye

[IMAGE UPDATE: 4:25 p.m. 2/7] New forecasts predict Middletown to be in the 20-30 inch range, and some parts of Massachusetts are going to receive up to 40 inches

I found out that they do, in fact, name blizzards, shortly after writing this headline, but was too proud to change it.  This one is “winter storm Nemo.”  Let me get all my one-liners out of the way first: “Won’t take long to Find Nemo at this rate!” “Guess we should all head to P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney!” “Maybe the storm only speaks whale, and we can ask for help! Moooooooowwoooooowaaaaaawaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” “Know what this storm’s saying about New England? MINE.MINE.MINE.MINE.MINE.MINE.MINE.”  Good. That’s over with.

Just hours after the 35th anniversary of the legendary “Blizzard of ’78” had her way with most of the Northeast, what I prefer to call “Monsterblizzard Kanye” prepares to storm through Upstate New York and hit Middletown around 7 a.m. Friday morning.

News of this comes on the heels of Superstorm Sandy, Hallowinter Wonderland, Hurricane Irene, and Snowpocalypse 2011.  Somewhere, Al Gore is having an orgasm.

Planning Meeting for Gun Control March in Hartford

From Em Kianka ’13:

Missed the first planning meeting but wish you could have came? Please come to the second planning meeting for the March for Change that will take place in Hartford on Thursday, February 14th from 11-12:30. The March for Change is a grassroots effort organized by a coalition of activists supporting the enactment of safer gun legislation in CT and will support the efforts of CT Against Gun Violence. March for Change supports several potential legislative changes, including strengthening our assault weapons ban and banning large capacity ammunition magazines of more than 7 rounds, with no grandfathering.

Please come stand in solidarity and attend this planning meeting! As a community, we must take a stand and tell our legislators that enacting gun control legislation is necessary to ending gun violence in the state of Connecticut. At this meeting, we will be having an informed and grounded discussion of gun control in the U.S., making posters and fliers for the march, and discussing how to get as many people involved as possible.

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 TV Show Debuts Tonight

In other news, he never stops killin’ it.

LMM Do no harm

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, rapper-slash-playwright-slash-romantic-slash-flash-mob-connoisseur…turned-actor, is debuting tonight in a recurring role on NBC’s Do No Harm, a modern take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  No word yet on whether Wishbone will be making a guest appearance in the show.  The show will air on NBC at 10pm.

Miranda, whose returns to campus have been widely documented, is a guest star on the new NBC show after guest appearances on House and Modern Family.  Miranda has been unusually inactive about his return to television on Twitter, but did drop this tidbit for “Twitterico:”

I can only assume that he’s relying on his faithful following at his alma mater’s blog to promote the event.  Don’t worry, LMM, I got yo back.

Green Corps Activist Training Workshop

From Jane Wiedenbeck ’10:

Do you want to be able to effectively recruit and train new members for your group? How about how to work with other groups to plan more effective campaigns?

Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, is providing a workshop for Wesleyan students on Wednesday, January 30 at 6 PM. The workshop is a great training opportunity that will cover recruitment and coalition building. We will present principles and tips on how to recruit and build groups that are sustainable over the long-term, and how to network across groups and with key
administrators/decision makers in the community.


6-7 PM: Recruitment (for events and building a group)
7-8 PM: Coalition Building (i.e. working with other groups and administrators to further support your mission)

Psych Department Binge-Eating Study

From the Wesleyan Eating & Weight Research Lab:

Binge Eating Self-Help Treatment for University Students is a federally-funded study to compare the effectiveness of two versions of a brief self-help program for students with binge eating problems.

As a participant in the study, you can:

Learn to eat more mindfully
Be compensated up to $200 for your time and effort
Feel better!
Take the completely anonymous and confidential 2-minute online self-screener to determine your initial eligibility.

For more information about the BEST4US Project, visit their website.