It’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.
My 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.
Weigh 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
Place: Judd 116
This 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
Place: PAC 001
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
Place: Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown
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.
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:
Over 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.
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!
Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies (343 High St.)
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!
From 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 YOUR FRIENDS
BRING YOUR EMPTY STOMACHS AND READY-TO-WORK HANDS
***Pancakes are vegan***
Place: Farm House (344 Washington St., across the street from Indian Hill)