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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

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.