We hope everyone made it through finals alright (if you still need a little boost, check out our Procrastination Destination)! In a continuation of this semester’s trend of less-common illnesses showing up at/near Wesleyan, we received another all-campus email from the health center last week, this time about Meningitis B.
One student at Central Connecticut State University contracted the rare bacterial strain, which prompted this press release from the Connecticut Department of Health. While the risk is low, Dr. Tom McLarney, Medical Director at Davison Health Center, recommends students contact their primary care physicians over winter break to discuss possibly getting vaccinated against this strain (the Meningitis B vaccine is not one of the required immunizations at Wesleyan or most college campuses).
Read on for the full email that Dr. McLarney sent earlier this week:
From the College Confidential forums and personal contacts, we have received notice that Wesleyan’s Early Decision 1 results were released on Saturday, December 8 (likely between 2:45 and 3:00 PM, based on the College Confidential posts)!
I was accepted ED1 to the class of 2019, so you bet I’m feeling old right now! I vividly remember getting free Krispy Kreme donuts with my friends after school on December 12, 2014 (there was some sort of promo that day) and getting the news (which I subsequently posted about because I’ve always been #ExtremelyOnline lol)
Welcome to the second installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!
At least once a day, we get a Google Alerts email in the staff inbox letting us know when Wesleyan is mentioned around the web. Lately, I’ve been collecting some of the more interesting links, but no one has gotten around to actually writing a full post about any of them. Instead of just sitting on this collection, I figured, what do millennials love more than a good listicle? So here we are!
Read below the jump for a collection of recent-ish alumni, student, professor, and Middletown news!
Caroline Kravitz ’19 writes in:
Wesleyan Refugee Project is a hosting a late night bakesale in Exley to benefit the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees fund a container program!
Wesleyan Refugee Project believes that one of the best ways to support refugees is by fundraising with organizations that have strong connections to local NGOs in conflict areas that directly send aid to those in need.
That’s why we decided to ship a container of life-saving humanitarian aid to Syria through the Fund A Container program.
The donations raised will help send a whole shipping container of relief supplies (i.e. food, clothing, and medical supplies) to Syria.
Please come out and support this project or donate online at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/fund-a-container-11461/wesleyanrefugeeproject.
Date: Sunday, December 9
Time: 9 PM-12 AM
Place: Exley Science Center Lobby
Welcome to the sixth installment of Ask Wesleying, an advice column about any and all things Wes! Have a question about life at Wes? Submit it to get it answered in Ask Wesleying! You can find all of the Ask Wesleying columns here.
This week’s question is about intimacy of the emotional variety:
I feel like Wesleyan’s culture encourages shallow relationships. I find little emotional intimacy in my relationships here. Is this a Wesleyan thing or a me thing?
You can read the answer to this week’s question below the jump!
The Title IX Student Advisory Committee is currently putting on a training and comment-writing event to address proposed changes to Title IX that would harm survivors:
Betsy DeVos’s most recent changes to Title IX propose to protect those who are accused of sexual violence, and the institutions to which they belong, rather than students.
The Trump administrations’s proposed changes include only requiring schools to investigate the most extreme forms of harassment and assault, allow schools to ignore violence that occurs outside of school programs, increase barriers to reporting, and allow schools to delay investigations for months.
Read more here:
The good news? We have 60 days to comment. Writing a comment is basically the Education Department version of calling your senators, and it’s the best way to make our voices heard for Title IX.
To write a comment, join the Title IX Student Advisory Committee this Thursday, Dec. 6th in the Downey House Lounge. Drop in any time from 4-7 PM. There will be pizza, information on the proposed changes, and guides for how to write a successful comment. It won’t take long, and it’s the best way to tell DeVos #HandsOffIX.
Date: TODAY, Thursday, December 6
Time: 4-7 PM
Place: Downey Lounge
Minutes ago, an all-campus email went out announcing the (apparently annual??) Late Night Midnight Breakfast tonight at Usdan!
I, for one, have never heard of this event before in all my years at Wes, and a quick search of my overflowing email inbox revealed no emails about such an event in years past, but I’ve been known to be wrong before. If you have attended one of these in the past, or have any evidence that this event has ever occurred before, drop a comment below or email staff[at]wesleying[dot]edu.
The email reads:
Students – don’t forget that tonight, Thursday, December 6, 2018 is the annual end of semester Midnight Breakfast in Usdan Marketplace. This event will take place during normal late night hours and will accept meal plan swipes and points! The menu will consist of an all-you-can eat brunch, similar to the weekend brunch offering.
We hope to see you there!
Bon Appetit Dining
Caroline Kravitz ’19 shared this information from Protecting Immigrant Families regarding proposed changes to America’s immigration policy and what you can do to support immigrant families. You can submit public comment at the link above before December 10 to support the effort to prevent this catastrophic rule change.
For more information, check out the flyer below:
As #FinalsSzn rapidly approaches/has already begun for many of us, Wesleyan has implemented some new policies which may impact how you address academic challenges this semester and in the future.
This afternoon, Dean for Academic Advancement Louise Brown in Student Affairs sent out an email detailing some changes to academic policies. If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on WSA agendas and committee reports (which are emailed out to the student body prior to weekly Sunday night meetings), you may have been caught off-guard by these seemingly sudden changes to policies that many students don’t even know exist. I do read all the WSA emails (bc I’m a big dork and like to look for fun things to report about), so I was vaguely aware of the new re-take policy, but I had no idea that the incomplete policy was changing.
Here’s a breakdown of what changed, what didn’t, and what it means for students and professors:
From Nick Byers ’19:
Armand Hammer is a rap group made up of Brooklyn-based MCs ELUCID and billy woods. They make uncompromising, radical hip-hop music, best described, in their own words, as “An unsparing indictment of everything.” With beats both chaotic and sleek, and lyrics ominous and comic, their music has been rightly characterized as some of the most important experimental rap of the last decade.
Date: Saturday, December 1
Times: 6 PM (Seminar), 10 PM (Concert)
Places: The Resource Center (Seminar), La Casa (Concert)