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Program Housing

Just a reminder that all program housing applications are due tomorrow night (Friday) at midnight.  This is also true for Community-based living applications, like WestCo.  If you think you might be interested in living in a program house, by all means, apply!  You’ll get a decision as to whether you’ve been accepted by next week, and have all of spring  break to decide if you want to do it or not.  You can always decline any offer.  

If you have any questions about a specific house, you can contact the house manager.  All of their names (and faces) are posted here, although I couldn’t find a list of names, email addresses, and which house each person manages. If you’re smart enough to get into Wesleyan, I trust you can figure it out.

Singing for Credit

Professor Angel Gil-Ordoñez is looking for about 10 more singers to round out this semester’s Wesleyan Concert Choir.

The choir will be performing Brahms’ German Requiem, together with the Wesleyan Orchestra. It is an extraordinary piece that requires a larger-than-usual group.

Rehearsals are Mon and Wed from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in Crowell. We will hold some rehearsals from 6 to 8pm instead, in order to work together with the orchestra. First rehearsal this Monday.

Performances are
March 1, Children’s Concert (Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th)
May 2, Brahms Requiem.

It’s also a full-credit, graded class, where all you have to do is show up and sing. It’s lots of fun, especially the children’s concert, where the audience is full of cute little young’uns.

If you’re interested, email Angel at agilordonez@wes.

Spring Points Spreadsheet (again)

This is basically just a re-posting of what I wrote at the end of last semester, but now it’s actually relevant.

The meal prices that I’m quoting are based on what they told us at the end of last semester, when we all got our fancy wooden spoons. If they’ve changed, or are just plain wrong, please let me know.

I have updated the points spreadsheet for the spring semester. Surprisingly, I found that it is theoretically possible to eat 14 meals a week at Usdan and not run out of points. In fact, you’ll have a whopping $2.05 per week to spend on late night, cereal for breakfast at weshop, yummy drinks at pi cafe, and other essentials.

A disclaimer: I’ve made this rather complicated, but I’ve tried to also make it super user-friendly. Please, give me suggestions on how to improve it.

To do the magic 14-meals-at-usdan, you sign up for the 8-meals plan, pay for 7 dinners and 1 brunch a week with meals, and all the other lunches and one brunch with points. This will require a lot of telling the cashier how you want to pay for your meal, because otherwise you’ll spend your meals early in the week on lunch and end up paying for the more expensive dinners with points.

As far as the spreadsheet, there are quite a few options, not all of which are necessary to use. The only thing you really have to do is put in your starting number of points in the appropriate cell. As last semester, the starting point values for each meal plan are listed on the right.

If you want to get into some fancier calculations, you can tell the spreadsheet that you want to keep spending points at the same rate over spring break (the default is to assume that you don’t spend any), or you can tell it how many meals per week you want to buy with points, and it’ll tell you how much you can afford to spend on each meal. If it’s halfway through the semester and you want to figure out how to ration your remaining points, just change the date at the top of the spreadsheet.

At any rate, the only things you should edit are the cells that are outlined in black. Everything else will adjust itself automagically.

Spring Points Spreadsheet

In the midst of Bon Appetit’s “power of the spoon” campaign, I have updated the points spreadsheet for the spring semester.  Suprisingly, I found that it is theoretically possible to eat 14 meals a week at Usdan and not run out of points.  In fact, you’ll have a whopping $2.05 per week to spend on late night, cereal for breakfast at weshop, yummy drinks at pi cafe, and other essentials.

A disclaimer: I am a math major, so I’ve made this rather complicated, but I’ve tried to also make it super user-friendly.  Please, give me suggestions on how to improve it.

To do the magic 14-meals-at-usdan, you sign up for the 8-meals plan, pay for 7 dinners and 1 brunch a week with meals, and all the other lunches and one brunch with points.  This will require a lot of telling the cashier how you want to pay for your meal, because otherwise you’ll spend your meals early in the week on lunch and end up paying for the more expensive dinners with points.

As far as the spreadsheet, there are quite a few options, not all of which are necessary to use.  The only thing you really have to do is put in your starting number of points in the appropriate cell.  As last semester, the starting point values for each meal plan are listed on the right.

If you want to get into some fancier calculations, you can tell the spreadsheet that you want to keep spending points at the same rate over spring break (the default is to assume that you don’t spend any), or you can tell it how many meals per week you want to buy with points, and it’ll tell you how much you can afford to spend on each meal.  If it’s halfway through the semester and you want to figure out how to ration your remaining points, just change the date at the top of the spreadsheet.

At any rate, the only things you should edit are the cells that are outlined in black.  Everything else will adjust itself automagically.

And yes, I do realize that this is a bit early; I plan on re-posting it next semester.

PS: It’s really gross outside.  See tags.

PPS: already I’ve encountered a problem.  If you try to adjust the date and don’t specify a year, then it assumes that you’re talking about 2007, and then acts all weird.  So make sure to put in a year, until 2008 starts, when this will no longer be a problem.

Ice Pellets? Sleet? Freezing Rain? Ewww….

The good news: we’re supposed to get another inch or two of snow tonight.  

The bad news: It’s supposed to be followed by sleet, freezing rain, and/or normal rain.

Connecticut winter strikes again!

… Winter Weather Advisory in effect from midnight tonight to
1 PM EST Sunday…

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Winter Weather
Advisory… which is in effect from midnight tonight to 1 PM EST
Sunday.

Snow is expected to develop across the area late this evening.
Then as warmer air moves in aloft… the snow will mix with and
then change to sleet late tonight… and then change to freezing
rain by early morning Sunday. Freezing rain is expected to
continue through early afternoon… before changing to plain rain.
The period of heaviest precipitation will be Sunday morning
through Sunday afternoon. 1 to 2 inches of total combined snow
and sleet accumulation are expected before any changeover… and
then an additional 2 to 4 tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is
possible before precipitation changes to rain.

In addition… northeast winds could gust as high as 30 mph Sunday
morning into the afternoon. The gusty winds could knock down some
ice covered power lines and overhanging limbs… resulting in power
outages.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow… sleet… or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities… and use caution while
driving.

SNOW!!!!

From www.wunderground.com, I bring you:

… A storm system will bring snow to northern portions of the
forecast area and a mixture of snow and sleet to southern portions…

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Heavy Snow
Warning… which is in effect from 10 am to 11 PM EST Thursday. 

Snow is expected to develop from southwest to northeast across
interior portions of the lower Hudson Valley and southern
Connecticut Thursday morning. Periods of moderate to heavy snow
are then expected Thursday afternoon… .tapering off by Thursday
evening.

Heavy snow during the mid-afternoon will result in 4 to 6
inches… and total accumulations are expected to range from 8 to
10 inches by the time the storm ends.

A Heavy Snow Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast
that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If
you must… keep an extra flashlight… food… and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency.

I’ll see you all on the hill tomorrow, I’m off to buy a sled!

Star and Crecent Menu

The S&C is open for Dinner tonight (like right now) and lunch and dinner tomorrow, and then will be closed for the rest of the semester

Monday

Dinner: Green salad, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Lasagna with Beef and Sweet Italian Sausage ragu or Tofu and Marinara, Chocolate peanut butter bars

Tuesday

Lunch: West African Penne salad with Ginger, Cumin Yogurt dressing, offered with spice crusted Chicken or Tofu, Coconut Cookies

Dinner: Green salad, Garlic Vinaigrette, Puerto Rican Rice and Beans with Chicken or Tofu (Vegan), Pound Cake

Hawk Sighting

No, I’m not talking about some sports mascot. I’m so sports-illiterate that I probably wouldn’t even be able to tell you if there was a sports mascot that was a hawk, or which sport they were a mascot for. I’m talking about Buteo jamaicensis, the Red-tailed Hawk. I was walking back to Hewitt from the campus center, and this hawk swooped by, about 2 feet off the ground, coming up from Mocon circle and into the courtyard. He harassed a squirrel a little bit, before perching on the railing connecting hewitt 9 and 10.

He chilled there for a while, then decided he’d be more comfortable in a tree, so again, flying just inches off the ground, he swooped across the courtyard and up into a tree.

Reactions from passers-by were quite amusing. One girl, upon seeing it/having it pointed out to her, took two steps backwards and nearly fell over.
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Masquerade Ball–More details


More details on the Masquerade Ball:

A whole host of program houses, and Prometheus, are working together to throw a fantastic party.

Come for fire spinning, dancing, revelry, circus performers, super-yummy baked goods, food and drink!

Prometheus performance at 9:45 (just before the actual party), in front of Alpha Delt

When: Saturday, November 10, 10pm-2am
Where: Alpha Delta Phi
What to wear: Semi-formal Attire and Mask

Need a mask to wear?

Mask Making Workshops
Friday, November 9
5:00 PM
Womanist House
Saturday, November 10
4:00 PM
Russian House

Sponsored by Well-Being House, Science Hall, Womanist House, Sign Language House, Malcolm X House, La Casa de Albizu Campos, Psi Upsilon, Russian House, Asian/Asian-America House, and The Alpha Delta Phi Literary Society

Daylight Savings Time


A reminder that Daylight squandering time returns at 2am tonight/Sunday morning. Set your clocks back an hour before you go to sleep!

Depending on how you look at it, you either get an extra hour of sleep, or an extra hour of partying! You win both ways!