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Several Students Hospitalized After String of Drug Overdoses

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Earlier today, Dean Mike Whaley sent two emails to the Wesleyan community regarding several health incidences linked to MDMA/Molly. Currently, 11 students have been hospitalized with symptoms consistent with overdoses of the drug.

We will continue to update this post as more information comes out about the situation.

The original emails from Dean Whaley and other updates can be found after the jump.

Update 2/23/15, 1:56pm: Dean Whaley sent us a short email about the situation:

Many of those who went to the hospital yesterday have been released, but there are still several students at Hartford Hospital, some in quite serious condition. Parents and family members are with each of them, and we continue to keep them in our thoughts. My team has been busy connecting with students here on campus to provide support – through CAPS, chaplains, class deans and Res Life staff.  Incidents such as these shake many of us to the core, and I encourage students to talk with each other and with us about these events.

Submit to et al.

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From the forever sassy and always classy Justin Greene ’16:

et al., Wesleyan’s student-run all-fiction prose publication is accepting submissions (2500 word limit) until Friday, February 27th, 2015.

et al. provides a tangible medium for the celebration of student fiction. Our mission is to embrace our namesake and emphasize the collaborative nature of the creative process. We bridge the gap between author and editor through one-on-one meetings, culminating in a print anthology at the end of the year. New stories, old stories, short stories, flash fiction, comics: give them to us at etalsubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com. Get published. It’s fun. Also, if you’re interested in the editorial/layout side of things, send an email to jigreene(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Deadline: Friday, February 27th
Send to: etalsubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com

Classes (and Other Stuff) Will Resume on Wednesday, January 28th

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The announcement(at)wesleyan(dot)edu email address is here to ruin all of your snowy fun:

To the Wesleyan Community:

The University will be open tomorrow, and scheduled classes and events are expected to resume. It will be cold and windy, and we ask everyone to exercise extreme caution when outside on campus. Although the grounds crew is working to clear parking lots, snowy walkways may be difficult, so please wear appropriate shoes. A Middletown street parking ban may still be in effect; extra parking (and shuttle service) will be available at Long Lane.

Classes Officially Cancelled on January 27th Due to Shit Storm Juno

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UPDATE (1/27/15, 10:18AM): Welp, this storm was a total fucking letdown. In other news, here are some updates:

  • WesWings is slaying the game and opening its doors at 12pm today. We’ll keep you posted if they’re delayed (or you could just check their Twitter account periodically).
  • There’s a snowball fight happening today outside Olin at 2pm. Go frolic.
  • The ‘Dan is still planning on serving brunch from 10am-2pm and dinner from 5-8pm.

Dean Mike Whaley just sent out an all-campus email announcing that the university is closing starting tonight at 6pm through Wednesday morning. All classes are canceled for tomorrow. Other important info:

  • Usdan, Summies, Red & Black, and WesWings are open for dinner tonight. Tomorrow, only Usdan and WesWings are open – WesWings will be open regular hours, and Usdan will open for brunch 10am – 2pm and dinner 5 – 8pm. All the dining places will open for normal hours on Wednesday (so far, but who knows!?).
  • Libraries will open at noon tomorrow.
  • Freeman Athletic Center will be closed tomorrow.
  • There’s a winter parking ban, so don’t park on the street…park in your assigned lot or the Vine Street lot.
  • The Ride won’t be running tonight or tomorrow, so good luck getting to your Fountain parties from BuHo.

Dean Mike’s full email:

Early Decision Notifications Go Out to the Class of 2019 and We’re All Ancient

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It’s that time of year again when Wes students complain about how old they are: Early Decision notifications have been sent to the class of 2019, and around 300-350ish kiddos are now officially coming to Wesleyan this fall. Also, just to throw in some math: Most members of this class were born in 1997 (some in 1996 and even 1998).

The College Confidential thread is ridiculously boring this year (step up your game, prefrosh), so instead, here’s some chatter from the latest cardinals via Twitter:

Apply for the Spring 2015 Digital Wesleyan Workshop

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From a girl who knows how to rock a beanie, Ani Acopian ’16:

If you only fill out one application this break, it should be this one.

Build things you actually use with the Digital Wesleyan Tech Workshop. In 6 Saturday sessions this Spring, you’ll learn programming fundamentals, the coding language Python, and meet connected alumni working in tech. It’s free, requires no prior experience and includes lunch. The last day will be a demo day on which you can show off what you’ve built!

Based on workshop participation, 10 students will be chosen for a paid summer internship with a Wes alum working in technology.

APPLY HERE. APPLICATIONS DUE BY 12/21.

Email aacopian(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions.

Deadline: Sunday, December 21st
Application: HERE, FOOLS

This Week in Daniel Handler ’92

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You probably know him better as Lemony Snicket (author of the incredibly successful A Series of Unfortunate Events books), but Wesleyan alum Daniel Handler ’92 has been in the news quite a bit for the past week or two. The downside? It hasn’t always been in the most positive light.

So, let’s break it down.

Register for the 7th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference

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From the SALD Office:

The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change.  SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

CLICK HERE to register for the conference, and CLICK HERE to see the conference schedule.

Date: Saturday, November 8th
Time: 10:30am-3:30pm
Place: Daniel Family Commons
Register: HERE HERE HERE

Submit a Proposal for the Social Justice Leadership Conference

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From Claire Wright ’16 and the SALD Office:

The link for students/groups/faculty to submit applications to be a presenter at the 7th annual Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is now live! The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change.  SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

For more information on the SJLC, click HERE.

Deadline: Monday, October 13th, at 4pm
Link: Submit your proposal HERE HERE HERE