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Unofficial Orientation Series 2017: WesLingo

This is part of our 2017 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

This post is an updated repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a post for anyone who’s worried about sounding like a totally unassimilated dweeb walking around campus – which is inevitable, but this post is tradition by now. So frosh, listen up. Conformity is key. Which is probably the last thing you’d expect to hear at Wes. You’re about to be introduced to the most crucial part of the Wesleyan experience: WesLingo.

At this point, you’ve probably spent your summer knowing the names of buildings as they are on the campus map (which is conveniently linked here for those of you who are procrastinating even that. And let’s be honest, if you are reading this, chances are that you’re procrastinating choosing your classes, or at the very least, doing your common reading). Let me just tell you now: almost all of them have earned some nickname or other over the course of Wesleyan’s long lifetime. We’re here to help you relearn their de facto names, so you aren’t marching around looking like the uninformed frosh you are. Once again though, it’s inevitable; even if you’re “on your phone” we know you are looking at the school map as you head towards one direction and do a completely noticeable 180 degree turn towards your building of choice. Pro tip: If you procrastinate learning the building definitions until ten minutes before your first class, a list of building names and their acronyms can be found here. Alternatively, just ask another student. We don’t bite, I promise (and to be fair, if we do, it’ll probably be too late).

Click after the jump to learn about your home/chamber of secrets/netflix cave for the next year.

Procrastination Destination: Cute Animals in a Livestream. What more could you ever want?

(kitab posted this pic bc it’s too cute not to share)

Today I learned that there is a website dedicated to streaming animal cuteness, and proceeded to lose 2 hours that should have been spent writing a paper.

You can choose to watch sloths, kittens, penguins and even cockroaches.

Proceed with caution, and only if you do not value your time.

My only qualm is that they have yet to dedicate one to squirrels. Although, attaching a GoPro to my head and following squirrels on campus might become a reality in my near future.

http://www.apl.tv/

Len Suzio: A return to good ‘ol social conservatism

“Suzio’s views on reproductive rights can best be described as condescending with a side of archaic.”

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Last night, the Connecticut state senator for district 13 (which includes Middletown), Len Suzio, hosted a town hall meeting at Russell Library. The unexpectedly large crowd contained over 100 Wesleyan students, expressing deep concern about a “parental notification bill” introduced by Suzio, HB 5566 which would inform the parents of a minor if said minor wished to obtain an abortion. Many concerned Middletown residents were also in attendance, and the meeting had to be moved to a larger space in order to accommodate the audience. Read past the jump for more on what transpired at the town hall and a video of an exchange with the senator.

Tour of New York City Grolier Club Exhibit and Print Fair

 

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Visit the distinctive galleries of the Grolier Club, America’s oldest society for the appreciation of books and prints, and the International Fine Print Dealer Association Print Fair, held annually in the Park Avenue Armory. Led by Curator of the Davison Art Center Clare Rogan and Director of Special Collections and Archives in Olin Library Suzy Taraba, this tour meets in New York and includes a prix-fixe brunch.

Transportation is not included. Space limited, reservation required.

Call 860-685-3355 or visit www.wesleyan.edu/boxoffice to book your tickets.

 

Date: Saturday, 5 November

Time: 11:15 AM-5:00 PM

Place: New York City

Cost: $80 general public; $70 for Friends of the Davison Art Center and Friends of the Wesleyan Library

Derek Gripper Visits Wesleyan

gripper_eventFrom the CFA:

South African musician Derek Gripper conjures anew a centuries-old musical heritage, interpreting kora (21 string harp) compositions for solo classical guitar. He has created a repertoire of arrangements of African music, based on transcriptions of works by Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, and others.

Date: Friday, 4th November
Time: 8:00-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Tomek Arnold—“Happy Hybrid”

An evening of musical colonialism achieved by means of forgery, ruthless annexation, and works of great American serialists. Presentation will include a fair amount of innocence in admiration of sound with its various forms and shapes. (Elements of discourtesy for tradition may occur.) Performance will feature Wesleyan students and distinguished composer Robert Morris.

Date: Tuesday, 1st November
Time: 9:00-10:30 PM
Place: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Navaratri Festival—B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India

balu_david_eventFrom the Music Department:

Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist Sandhya Anand as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Cost: $12 general public; $10 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Help Save Macdonough Elementary School

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On Monday, a change.org petition was created by Waterbury resident, Precious Price, in order to prevent the closure of Macdonough Elementary School. Macdonough Elementary School is a vital part of the Middletown community, and provides education for 240 students in kindergarten to fifth grade. The closure was proposed by the Ad Hoc School Closure Committee in order to resolve budget issues. However, members of the community have expressed their fears that the loss of Macdonough will have a negative impact on local children and families who rely on the close proximity of the school to their homes.

Joseph Getter Presents: Indian Music and Dance in the United States

From the CFA:

Ph.D. candidate Joseph Getter presents the historical background of Indian music and dance in the United States, the Wesleyan University World Music Program, and the Navaratri Festival as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall), 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown

South African Musician Derek Gripper Brings Musical Talent to Wesleyan

The Music Department writes in:

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South African musician Derek Gripper conjures anew a centuries-old musical heritage, interpreting kora (21 string harp) compositions for solo classical guitar. He has created a repertoire of arrangements of African music, based on transcriptions of works by Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, and others.

Date: Friday, 4th of November
Time: 20:00-21:30
Place: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Price:$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students