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May Day at Long Lane Farm

This Saturday at Long Lane, come celebrate spring in the warm weather!

Come out and smell the flowers from 12 to 4pm! There will be free veggie burgers and live music, as well as arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, student groups and farm tours. Try your hand at potato planting, if you like, or decorate a pot and take home your own tomato plant.

Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 12-4pm
Place: Long Lane Farm, 243 Long Lane (at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth St.)
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Responding to the Victim Rights Law Center’s Report on Wesleyan’s Title IX Policies

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[Updated, 4/2/17, 10:34PM] The post was updated to correct an error in authorship. This post was written by kitab and edited by wilk.

This February, the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) visited Wesleyan to assess our Title IX policies and procedures. Students were notified of their consultation in an all-campus email sent out by Antonio Farias on January 31st. There were three primary goals of the consultation, according to this email:

VRLC are charged with gathering information about the strengths and weaknesses of Wesleyan’s response to reports of sexual and gender-based misconduct, particularly:

  • The clarity of resources for students, faculty, and staff;
  • The accessibility of the process to all students, faculty, and staff, including underrepresented minorities, first-gen, low-income, and LGBTQ populations;
  • The collaboration between the Title IX Office and other first responders.

Their 22-page final report was released on March 23 and emailed out in a classic Roth “Campus Update” this Wednesday. See after the jump for a summary of the report and some commentary.

Long Lane Farm as a Community Space

A message from the Long Lane Farm Collective:

Spring seems to have come early and it’s lovely to spend time outside. Long Lane is a community farm and we want our space to be enjoyed!

We do, however, ask that anyone wishing to use the farm check in with the collective before doing so, because we want to ensure our plants, animals, and visitors are safe and sound. This goes for student groups, but also individuals, any time of day, whether you want to use our space for a social gathering, a project, or just to borrow our equipment. You can get in touch with any member of the collective, or email the farm email (weslonglanefarm[at]gmail[dot]com) with what you’re planning and any ways we can help. We’ll discuss your plans and let you know what we decide and what, if anything, you should know to make sure the farm is well taken care of.

As always, if you want to get involved with the farm, we’d love to see you at a community workday, every Saturday at the farm (the corner of Wadsworth and Long Lane) from 10-2; a weekly meeting every Sunday at 5pm in Boger Hall 110; or you can email us to be added to the listserv! All levels of experience are welcome!

Maple Tapping at Long Lane Farm!

syrupFrom the wonderfully sweet (and occasionally sappy) Hilary Brumberg ’17 comes an opportunity to learn how to make your own syrup:

This Saturday, Long Lane Farm will be holding a workshop to tap our very own maple trees! In the coming weeks, we will boil the sap to make local Middletown maple syrup and other yummy maple treats. Come by Long Lane Farm to harvest salad greens at 10am and/or for the tapping workshop at 11am. Long Lane Farm is located at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth. Please come bundled in lots of layers and wearing snow boots.

Any and all are welcome, maple novices and experts alike!

Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 10am-1pm (maple tapping starts at 11am)
Place: Long Lane Farm, at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth

Long Lane Summer Farming Application

Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 6.29.44 PMfrom the lovely Eva Steinberg ’17:

looking to show off those new overalls? love dirt and the sweet sweet earth? want to add the best job EVER to your resume?
well, by all means, what are you waiting for?! join the LONG LANE FARM SUMMER CREW!
we are looking for kind, hardworking, and loving people to tend to our plants and birds….could this be you?

More information about the positions, as well as the application questions can be found here. Email your application to weslonglanefarm[at]gmail[dot]com by Sunday, February 12 to make the priority deadline. Applications will be accepted afterward depending on how many spots have been filled.

Call for Applications: EcoFeminist Summer Internship Experience Grant

Do you have an interest and background in FGSS? Do you have an idea for a project this summer, but still need support and funding? FGSS and Wesleyan Animal Studies (WAS) are calling for applications for the Ecofeminist Summer Internship Experience Grant:
The Grant provides up to $3,000 for students working on intersectional issues addressing gender, sexuality, race, class, and species.  Students must have a faculty sponsor and ideally, the Grant will support an experience (travel for research, an internship, or other summer project) that will contribute to their senior essay or thesis.  
 
Application Process:
The deadline for applications is, by noonMonday, February 27, 2017.  Student applications are to be delivered to FGSS AA Jen Enxuto  (jenxuto[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) and should be accompanied by a statement of support from the faculty sponsor and an additional letter of recommendation by another professor.  The application should include a title, description of project, proposed timeline and detailed budget.
Grants can be combined with other funding, as long as the other funding source allows.  Grants will typically not exceed $3,000.
Recipients of the EcoFeminist Grant must submit a brief report upon completion of the project detailing how this grant enhanced their project, accomplishments and how the funds were used.
 
Eligibility:  Undergraduates who will be rising juniors or rising seniors by the start date of the grant (Summer 2017) are eligible to apply.  Students should have an FGSS background, but need not be majors. Notification of the grant award will be made in April 2017.

“Don’t Let the Smiles Melt Away with the Snow”: an Interview with Toys Koomplee ’17

toys-and-waffleIt’s finals and the beginning of three months of cold grey hell, so most of us are settling in to a period of grim, grouchy seasonal affective disorder. It’s also been a nightmarish year, and thus especially hard to find the bright side of anything. We Wesleying editors may be masters of cynicism and snark, but we still appreciate some kind-hearted positivity. Read after the jump for an interview with Toys Koomplee ’17, who might be the nicest, least jaded Wes person we (virtually) know.

Procrastination Destination: Bad HTML Websites

heavens-gateMy frosh year I was an overachiever and wrote two Procrastination Destination posts. According to the intro blurb of the first, I was, apparently, stressed about a government paper, which I just dug out of my files and turns out to have been about measured optimism re: a peaceful world. Now I am a jaded pessimist who thinks we should get our kicks where we can, even if that happens to be a hastily put together archive of the Internet’s sad, tackily-web-designed past. This Procrastination Destination is truly just a list of bad html websites I have seen at some point, badly formatted, with no commentary and no organization. Good luck on finals, folks. May you come as far as the internet has.

Program House Proposal Presentations

202 washington full houseWeigh in on the future of Wesleyan program houses!

Anyone who submitted a program house proposal will be presenting their proposal this Friday, November 18th, 2-4 pm in Judd 116. We’ll be collecting feedback from URLC (Undergraduate Residential Life Committee) members and community members who attend, and we will use this feedback, as well as an electronic survey to be sent out to all students, to make our decisions about houses.

Date: Friday, November 18th
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Judd 116