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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

Rage, Hope & Forgiveness Lecture

rage_hope_forgiveness_poster_revThis Tuesday, come to a timely talk hosted by the philosophy department. The Second Annual Social Justice Lecture will feature Myisha Cherry of Harvard University and Alice MacLachlan of York University in Toronto, as well as Wesleyan’s own Axelle Karera, discussing rage, hope, and–perhaps–forgiveness.

The talk will be followed by a reception and continued discussion in the seminar room of Russell House (350 High St).

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 4:30pm
Place: PAC 001

Artist Lecture: Darrell Jones

From our friends at the CFA:

A lecture by Wesleyan’s 2016-2017 Creative Campus Fellow in Dance Darrell Jones. For nearly a decade, his artistic research has found its central focus through a dialogue between his postmodern training and the voguing aesthetic. He has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies including Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, and Ralph Lemon. He recently performed Bebe Miller Company’s History at Wesleyan in November 2011 in the Patricelli ’92 Theater, a work in progress duet with fellow company dancer Angie Hauser. Ms. Hauser and Mr. Jones had started dancing together a decade earlier in the Bebe Miller Company work Verge, which received its Connecticut premiere at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts in September 2001.

The New England debut of the dance work Hoo-Ha by Darrell Jones in a salon format will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm and Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2pm and 8pm in World Music Hall.

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 12pm
Place: Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown

The New York Times Is Still Out of Touch When It Comes to College Campuses

a NYT takes a photo of a Stanford party from outside

A NYT photo of a Stanford party from outside.

Wesleyan is no stranger to out-of-touch New York Times journalists writing about ~campus life~. In March of 2015, Tatiana Schlossberg (JFK’s granddaughter) wrote an absurd piece about trying to investigate the drug scene at Wesleyan. In 2003, now-fancy-and-serious NYT Correspondent Neil MacFarquhar wrote a piece on WestCo, “The Naked Dorm,” about “how one well-choreographed rite of passage from high school to college life went unexpectedly awry.” In 2007, bizarrely, they also published a fashion shoot of Wesleyan students wearing designer clothes.

"high fashion"

“high fashion”

While Wesleyan has mostly avoided coverage this fall (though MRoth hasn’t), today the NYT is at it again, with a simultaneously laughable and unsettling piece about responses to college drinking and sexual assault across the country. While both alcohol consumption and especially sexual violence on campuses (and elsewhere) is indeed a big deal, journalistic coverage of these phenomena tends to be stilted and ridiculous. Much can probably be said about this coverage, and how it fits in to broader patterns of cultural representations of college students. For now, though, I’ll let the article speak for itself, after the jump:

President Roth Sends Yet Another ‘Campus Update,’ on Transparency, Title IX, Equity and Inclusion

8Over the past few weeks, students have been calling for the removal of President Roth and Dean Antonio Farias. This afternoon, Roth sent an all-campus email with subject line “Campus Update,” asking hard-hitting questions like, “What can we do? What will the administration do?” and seeming to once again expect students to provide him with answers. The email makes no mention of calls for his removal, but does identify three areas of concern: transparency, Title IX processes, and the results of the Equity task force created last spring in response to the IsThisWhy campaign. He calls for more student input on each topic, because the administration can “only do so much.”

Many survivors have been expressing their pain with strength and eloquence, and Roth apparently acknowledges that. His response, however, is yet another call for others to take on much of the work necessary, work that will somehow, inexplicably, lead to “real results.” Full text of the email can be found after the jump.

Sophia Kick-Off Meeting

Are you interested in philosophy, but put off by the lack of representation in your classes? Do you wish there was more of a sense of community among students in the department? Are your friends tired of hearing you talk about theory too much? Come check out this new student group!

This is the official first meeting of SOPHIA! Finally, an intellectual organization dedicated to diversity and the de-mystification of Philosophy across ALL cultures. We will discuss the organizations goals and what to expect moving forward. This will be a casual social event. Food and refreshments with be provided. See you there!
Date: Tomorrow, Friday, October 14
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies (343 High St.)

Usdan Lunch-blog

we won't look like this because this is Mocon in '84; image from the 'Save Mocon' fb group

we won’t look like this because this is Mocon in ’84; image from the ‘Save Mocon’ fb group

As we told you just a few short hours ago, Wesleying needs money, and we are selling stickers to help raise it. Because Usdan is the center of our vibrant campus, we are here, braving the crowds, excited to meet some of you in person. (Usdan actually probably is the center of campus at lunch though, right?)

Come say hi and funny, liveblog-worthy things, and read on!

Pancakes at Farm House

pancakesFrom the inimitable Matthew Gilbert ’19:

!!!Come one come all to PANCAKES @ Farm House!!! Start the year off right by joining Farm House in our annual pancake breakfast! Meet and greet our lovely residents and learn about the farm here at Wes.

ALSO!!!!!!!! After pancakes we will walk over to LONG LANE FARM together for some farmin’!

Don’t know where Farm House is? Come by Weshop at 9AM and we will walk over together!!

BRING FROSH
BRING YOUR FRIENDS
BRING YOUR EMPTY STOMACHS AND READY-TO-WORK HANDS

***Pancakes are vegan***

Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 9-11AM
Place: Farm House (344 Washington St., across the street from Indian Hill)
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Farm Forum Interest Meeting

mung beanFrom Mariel Hohmann ’18 and Lil Saul ’19 comes this invitation to get down and dirty… for credit!

Farm forum is a discussion based class focusing on different methods of farming throughout the world, including here at Wesleyan. Every week, for one class we will read perspectives on farming, and for another class session we will work at Long Lane Farm, the student farm here on campus.

There will be snacks and laughter :)

Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: 7-8PM
Place: Boger 110