I broke out of the Wesleyan bubble today and went down to Main Street. During the storm clean up, the plows ran out of places to shovel the snow, resulting in a 5 foot tall snow barrier running down the middle of the road. Middletown currently looks more like the Arctic tundra than a city right now. Click the album below to see more of Main Street and the campus.
The University is considering a proposal to move the campus bookstore to a new development on Washington Street. The proposal was unveiled publicly in a university blog by Joyce Topshe, Associate Vice President for Facilities, and Nathan Peters, Associate Vice President for Finance.
The proposed location is on the “north side (across the street from Russell House) of Washington Street between High Street and Pearl Street”, according to Peters. One issue with this location is the danger for pedestrians crossing Washington Street, which is a heavily trafficked road that has had fatal accidents recently, according to a commenter on the relocation blog.
According to the post, the bookstore will be the anchor tenant for a complex that will “include national branded retail and restaurant tenants as well as local businesses.” Additionally, the bookstore vendor may change from Follett to another company. The administration sees the move as a possible way to cut overhead costs and improve relations with the Middletown community.
There will be an open forum on Tuesday, November 27, at 4:30 in 41 Wyllys, room 112 to discuss the relocation and the following questions:
As issues of race and diversity come to a head on campus, a disturbing account of a Public Safety assault on a student has emerged. As you may be aware, Paulie Lowther ’13 was found at the Freeman Athletic Center on Tuesday, October 30, and charged with criminal trespass and breach of peace. After being released from custody, Lowther, who is African-American, was diagnosed with a concussion.
Accounts of what transpired during the encounter vary.
According to the Hartford Courant, which sources its information from the police report, “Lowther tried to run away from public safety officers when found at 12:10 a.m.” Police say he appeared drunk when taken into custody. (Lowther says he was under the legal limit.) Public Safety claims he refused to identify himself and fled when found.
Wesleying Editor Zach Schonfeld ’13 visited Lowther’s house on Fountain earlier this week to get his side of the story.
According to Lowther, he was invited to a pool party in Freeman on the night of Tuesday, October 30th, which was during Hurricane Sandy. He entered through the side door, which had been propped open by the organizers of the party. When he arrived, other students were in the pool. Before joining them, he got in the sauna.
When in the sauna, “[he] heard a bunch of people yell ‘P-Safe’ and a lot of running.” He decided to not run. A female Public Safety officer arrived. Staying in the sauna, he told her his Wes ID number and that he was a student. The officer “said it didn’t match anything on file,” according to Lowther.
If you’re an entering freshman, being familiar with technology and internet is important, especially in this day and age. The internet is your gateway to the world even when you’re within the Wesleyan bubble, but it can have both its limitations and its advantages. It can only help to learn these as quickly as possible.
The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to “staff members work in partnership with students, faculty and academic and administrative staff to incorporate the latest and most efficient technology into teaching and learning,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what our Wes Lingo post says about WesTech:
WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”
Sarah Lazare, Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, will provide an overview of federal laws regarding disability and accessibility in everyday life. There will also be opportunities for students to ask their own questions about disability law. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights.
Lida Winfield’s performance tells her personal story of learning how to read in her early 20s. Through a fusion of performance techniques, Lida explores universal themes of struggle and triumph, with a touch of humor.
World Music Hall
Afterwards, join Lida for a workshop, “Stomping Stories.” Using improvistation, Lida will lead the group to explore different ways of creating stories and movement. Of the workshop, she writes:
We all have many stories that contribute to how we see ourselves and how we operate in the world. Very rarely, however, do we have the opportunity to tell our stories and really be heard, and in that same light we rarely have the opportunity to fully witness each other’s stories. By sharing our stories through movement and narrative participants are building bridges between each other and contributing to the growth of community. Creativity and an open mind is all that is needed to enjoy this workshop; all sizes and abilities welcome.
Schoberng Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street
Date: Nov. 20 Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Place: World Music Hall/Shonberg Dance Studio
Disability Studies, Wesleyan’s newest Course Cluster, is an academic field that investigates the political, social, economic, and historical origins and ramifications of the classification & representation of bodies as normal/able or abnormal/disabled.Come listen to students and faculty discuss the new cluster, and bring your questions (or just your curiosity!) for a Q&A session.
Sheila Mullen, Visiting Instructor in American Sign Language Christina Crosby, Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University Major in Disability Studies
Allegra Stout ’12, Founder of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights
Snacks will be provided!
Brought to you by Sign Language House, Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights, and SALD