Author Archives: Mad Joy

Black squirrel spotted

Gorging on leftover hummus.  Aww!  So cute.


P.S. That still doesn’t mean you should leave your non-bio-degradable crap out on Foss Hill.  It’s so much prettier when it’s cleaner.

P.P.S.  But is the black squirrel hung?

More firetrucks outside Hall-Atwater

At the time of posting there are more flashing lights outside of Hall-Atwater, including 4 firetrucks. Apparently there was the smell of smoke (a different smell than before) in Professor Weir’s lab and the fire alarm was pulled and Fire Department was called to be on the safe side (understandably). The building has been evacuated for now.

It sounded unlikely that there was further damage to Hall-Atwater, but it does seem that it will be more difficult to restore power to the remaining sections of the building, and it may be some time before that happens.

I’ll update this post with more details if I find out anything more. Comment if you know anything!

[UPDATE] At this point, at least five fire trucks have been outside of Hall-Atwater for nearly two hours, with four spanning the length of Lawn Avenue and one engine from the South District parked on the Church Street side of the building.

Public Safety and the MPD have set up several roadblocks to prevent traffic from entering the Lawn-Home area. Home Avenue is closed to through vehicular traffic from the corner of Ravine Avenue and Beach Street. A Public Safety officer manning the roadblock could be heard telling drivers that there is “a fire at Hall-Atwater,” while another P-Safe officer stationed outside of Hall-Atwater, on the Church Street side of the building, was unwilling to speculate, saying only that “there was a flare-up” and that the fire department had contained the problem.

As of 4:15 PM, several firefighters could be seen lugging a large, light-blue, cabinet-like container that looked slightly charred out of the building. [Justin, 4:30 PM]

Support marriage equality here in CT

Yes, we already do have gay marriage.  However, as with all other states allowing gay marriage except for Vermont, we have it as a result of judicial action rather than legislative action.  In the eyes of many people, this makes it less “legitimate” than a decision from our elected officials who represent us more directly.

However, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Love Makes a Family are trying to pass SB 899: An Act Implementing the Guarantee of Equal Protection under the Constitution of the State for Same-Sex Couples.  According to the HRC:

The bill would remove demeaning anti-gay language from Connecticut statutes, provide a means for merging civil unions and marriages by October 2010, and provide for recognition of marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships from other states.

National right wing organizations have moved into Connecticut with ads and robocalls aimed at scaring voters into believing that marriage equality is harmful. Please take action today and help protect the right to marry for all Connecticut couples in a loving, committed relationship.

To easily send a letter to your state representative and senator online (Rep Joe Serra, Senator Paul Doyle if you use your Wesleyan address) , use this handy-dandy “Take Action” form online.  Make sure to use a Connecticut address.  The bill is being voted on in the Senate *today*, so do this ASAP (if it conforms to your political beliefs, obviously).

[Update 8:56 pm] According to,  the Senate voted 28-7 tonight to approve SB 899 (woohoo!!)  The House is debating it now, so still write to your representative!  Way to go, CT Senate!

[Update 12:40 am] AP is reporting that the House also approved the bill 100-44.  They’re also reporting that Jodi Rell (our Republican governor) will sign it.  It passed!  Wooo!  Thanks to everyone who supported it.  I’m proud of Connecticut.

Sunday in the Park with George in the ’92!

Sunday in the Park with George

Chris Ceccolini ’11 sends in:

Come see the historic musical Sunday in the Park with George, a Broadway treasure by famous composer Stephen Sondheim.

In Act I of this musical, the artist Georges Seurat gets closer to realizing his greatest work, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, while his relationship with his mistress Dot slowly deteriorates as she feels neglected from her lover’s obsession with his work.

Finally, Dot must make a difficult choice: to stay with the man she loves or move on into the unknown.

In Act II, one hundred years later in contemporary America, Seurat’s great-grandson (also named George) searches for inspiration for his next work of art, all the while wrestling with the legacy of his esteemed ancestor and the fact that he is the only one left of his family.

Where does art end and life begin? Is there any divide between the two? Sunday in the Park with George explores the possibility that art and life are inextricably bound together and that anything, and anyone, can be beautiful. All you need is order, design, balance, light, and harmony.

The show will be in the ’92 Theater with performances on:

Thursday, April 23rd- 8pm
Friday, April 24th- 8pm
Saturday, April 25th- 2pm & 8pm

Reproductive Justice group info session


Zak Kirwood ’12 says:

Interested in:

  • abortion access?
  • ending discrimination against LGBTQ communities?
  • connections between the environment and sexuality?
  • lowering the cost of birth control and STD/STI testing?

Reproductive Justice is an all-encompassing movement that concerns giving people the power and resources to make healthy, informed decisions about their gender, their bodies, and their sexuality.

Want to join Planned Parenthood’s efforts and get involved with this exciting movement? Come to an informational/planning meeting for a new reproductive justice group on campus. Sunday April 19th, 2 PM, at the couches in Usdan.

When: Thursday, April 23rd at 4:30 pm
Where: Couches in Usdan

Yom Hashoah 24-hour Name Reading today

Rachel Merzel ’12 writes:

Tonight is the start of  Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Traditionally, students and professors at Wesleyan participate in a 24-hour long name reading of Holocaust victims. This year, Yom HaShoah falls on the night of the 20th. We will be doing a midnight-to-midnight reading in the lobby of the Exley Science Center on Tuesday the 21st.

READERS NEEDED! We still have some big gaps to fill. Go to this link to sign-up for a timeslot:

About Yom HaShoah:

This event is one of efforts world-wide to never forget the 6 million and more murdered in the Holocaust. Sadly we have yet to see an end to genocide in the world. Reading the names of victims is very powerful both for the reader and the listener.  I hope you will consider taking a part in this effort.

Edit 1:51 am: The slots have all been filled! Thanks so much to everyone who has helped make this happen. For those who are reading, the location of the table is the Exley Science Center Lobby Church St. side (nook near Pi Cafe, ST lab, & elevators). There will be instructions taped to the table and you can always call the coordinator on-call for any questions or if you would like a second person to read with you.

May a tragedy like this never happen again, and may humankind be above genocide.

Sound Co-op cancels its events for the semester

This is its letter to the student body in full:

In light of the decisions made by Scott Backer and the SJB, and the subsequent appeal that was denied by Michael Roth (read here:, I have decided that the Wesleyan Sound Cooperative will cease functioning as of Sunday March 29th until the Eclectic event-hosting ban is repealed or a satisfactory settlement is made between the school and the Society allowing for access to the venue. This means that all events currently scheduled are considered canceled until further notice. Shows this week (23rd – 28th) will still be happening, as there is obviously not enough time for organizers to plan around the shutdown. If you currently have a show planned later than this week, you will or already have received an email from a WSC member. Please do not contact me or any other co-op members regarding this decision, as there will be no special exceptions made and no questions to be answered except, ‘has the school overturned the decision?’ As soon as the answer to this question is ‘yes,’ the cooperative will run again as usual. We are still taking event requests on our website ( in the hopes that this situation is resolved quickly. If you are disappointed or concerned by the turn of events, I ask that you politely email either Scott Backer (sbacker01@wes) or Michael Roth (mroth@wes) to explain how the shutdown affects you and ask that they reconsider their actions so that an amplified and vibrant campus culture may continue at Wesleyan.

Members of the Eclectic Society founded the sound cooperative almost 20 years ago in order to facilitate musical events that would otherwise be impossible to fund using professional audio companies. The co-op allows anyone who is interested the opportunity to learn life long skills in technical audio production and event planning. As a result of its creation, and in spite of the fact that to this day Wesleyan refuses to create a viable administration-organized free event space, the Sound Co-op saves Wesleyan students somewhere on the order of $30,000 – 60,000 a year in professional audio service fees. This allows for many more events to be funded, which in turn means that the co-op runs slightly over one hundred shows every year. By this count, I have organized sound for over 300 shows during my time here at Wesleyan and am fortunate to have many talented people transitioning into control as I will be graduating this semester. The co-op has expanded during my tenure to include many events not related to live music, which I see as a great development.

Unfortunately, the decision rendered by Scott Backer and the SJB aims to discriminate between where and what type of event is allowable on campus, thus dictating the realms of campus culture. I personally find this detestable and am of the opinion that the full ramifications of the punishment levied have not been thoroughly considered. The shutdown of the co-op aims to help rectify this oversight.

I am basing my decision around the argument that if the Wesleyan administration wants to define campus culture and what is or is not allowable based on how ‘problematic’ or how much of a ‘liability’ they perceive an event to be for them then it is folly to have a student-run and student-funded business continue to facilitate a culture we ourselves are not in control of. The ethos of the co-op is one of absolute indiscrimination, as long as we have the equipment and someone signs up to work, we will work an event. Despite the fact that the shutdown will result in lost wages for co-op workers including myself, I feel that this is the only acceptably principled response to an unprincipled and poorly considered punishment.

Historically, the administration has been happy to allow students to organize and pay for their own shows and events because student-run and student-funded events increase Wesleyan’s social capital at essentially no cost to the school. Utilizing the WSA, SBC, and SALD for assistance allows for an incredible number of student-run events to take place every week. However, with the Eclectic shutdown, the administration is asserting that they do indeed have a say in how student funds are to be distributed and thus what events may or may not take place on campus. Eclectic is the only free student-run venue on campus that has a seating capacity of over 100. Therefore, unless the SBC has the funds to pay for pro audio services at other venues, I will consider the school to be the party responsible for funding and organizing sound services for student events. I do not report to any school administrator, I help run a club funded by the SBC in order to make campus life more exciting and vibrant. The co-op works in direct service to the student body but will not be coerced into accepting fluxuating social ethics determined ad hoc by the administration.

I’m sure you can surmise that the school has neither the resources nor the desire to take up the slack left over by the co-op (except perhaps regarding WesFest), so I will preemptively make the assertion that it is now YOUR job to organize and fund sound services for events you would like to have or plan to have on campus. Again, please understand that I am not doing this to punish the student body, but instead to force those who utilize the co-op and those that directly benefit from it’s existence to make their displeasure known to the administration. I know this decision will be incredibly unpopular but I ask that you fully reflect on the historical and ongoing relationship the co-op has to events held at Eclectic and consider this a sign of solidarity and not a dismissal of individual student groups or events. Regardless of your personal opinions concerning the Eclectic Society or the events held there, I urge you to consider that the series of decisions made by the administration are of a discriminatory nature regarding what types of events the school implicitly condones. The fact that the administration is now trying to dictate how students should spend their own money is nothing short of insulting. The more you make your displeasure known to administrators, the faster we can move on from this terrible decision and get back to having great amplified events across campus.

Yale Yng-Wong ’09, President of the Wesleyan Sound Cooperative,
Amanda Contrada ‘10, Co-President of the Wesleyan Sound Cooperative, and Max Krafft ’09, Ben Bernstein ‘10, Tom Brewer ‘12, Adam Gunther ‘11, Bill Kirstein ‘10, Sam Long ‘12, Mary Longley ‘10, Sam Lyons ‘12, Dana Matthiessen ‘09, Howe Pearson ‘12, Jeff Rovinelli ‘10, Fareed Sajan ‘09, and Harrison Schaaf ‘11

Party @ Public this Wednesday

Two Wesleyan bands, The Shade and Precision Libido, are playing at Public this Wednesday.

The Shade consists of Adam Tinkle ’08, Josh Koenig ’09 and Matt Paterson ’09, and Jake Nussbaum ’10 and Will Brant ’10.

Precision Libido consists of Aliza Simons ’09, and Rayna Edwards ’10, Elissa Martel ’10, and Emily Meyer ’10.

Rayna says:

First, rock out with the steamy stylings of Precision Libido, Wesleyan’s only all-female post-punk band. P Lib’s original raunchy riot grrrl tunes and slightly pornographic stage antics are bound to make you hot and bothered. Next, cool down to the jazzy garage-rock jams of The Shade, whose stylistically sleek sounds will chill you out to the point where you forget spring break ended days before.

So come party with some Wes bands on the first bar night of spring and kick off the awesomefest that is post-spring-break Wesleyan.

When: Wednesday, March. 25th (bar night) at 10pm sharp
Where: Public Bar & Grill (337 Main St.)