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Wild Walls


Are you curious about those wildly charming succulent walls hanging out around WesShop? Are you the succulent bandit that swiped one of those little guys right out of the wall? Are you at all interested in being part of the green wall movement at Wes?

Wild Walls, brought to you by the Wild Walls team and the brain of Kate Weiner ’15, are on a mission to share the joys of green walling with the Wesleyan community. The succulent wall is just the bud of what will become a series of “pilot” vertical pallet gardens to encourage Wesleyan to adopt green walling. During the month of September we will be building more wild walls of herbs and flowers for all to appreciate. Whether you are excited about building a pallet garden, learning about urban agriculture, or contributing to sustainability on campus, any help is much appreciated. Email kweiner[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you are interested in joining the movement.

Until then, enjoy the walls and give them your loving. Eyes peeled for succulent bandits.

Milo & Otis // AdVenTurE SoUL @ Earth House


Out of Chicago’s bustlin’ music scene come R&B/soul duo Milo & Otis.

In an era dominated by manufactured noise, M&O aka Milo & Otis have carved out a musical haven for listeners seeking an authentic respite. The Washington Post described their debut album as “mold shattering” in a review, while their fan base continues to swell past the span of their Chicago roots. Jamila Woods (“Milo”—vocals, loop pedal, poetry) and Owen Hill (“Otis” — bass guitar, imagination, production) are the two behind this earthy sound, which harks back to the heyday of R&B with a blend of what can only be labeled “Adventure Soul.” Adventure Soul is a road trip for your mind, a whizzing subway car for your heart, and sometimes even a party limo for your tuckus.

Their sound is like someone else’s heartbeat when they give you a hug.

Listen here:

& here:

& here with Chance the Rapper:

& here as SXSW Showcase Artists:

oooh & here.

Opening with the equally groovy duo of Hana Elion ’15 and Sam Wheeler ’15.

Date: Friday, April 18th
Time: 9:00 PM
Place: Earth House
Cost: freefreefree

Submit to Unlocked Magazine!

lockkkkkFrom Meghan Nayyar ’16:

Hey gorgeous,

Unlocked Magazine, Wesleyan’s student-run art and sexuality magazine,
wants YOU to submit to our 2014 issue! We want your poetry,
literotica, opinion or humor pieces, interviews, essays, top ten lists
and general debauched writing. We are also looking for photography,
drawings, paintings, etc.

Open writing submissions are due by March 7th, the last day before
break, and should be sent to unlockedmag[at]gmail[dot]com.


Clothing Swap!


From Talia Baurer ’15:

Need some new clothes, but don’t want to blow your money? Have some
gently-loved clothes you don’t wear anymore?

You’re in luck – come to the Bayit this Sunday for a Clothing Swap!
Bring at least one shirt/sweater/pair of shoes/daisy dukes/whatever,
and take what you like! Donations also welcome, as all unclaimed
clothing will be donated at the end of the event.

Date: Sunday, February 23rd
Time: 3:00PM – 5:30PM
Cost: Free

Vietnamese Speaker Needed!

The Wesleyan Language Bank is looking for Vietnamese speakers to help out with the Companion Program at South Greens Nursing Home. One of the residents only speaks Vietnamese, and both WesAGE and the Language Bank really want to give him the support he needs!

If you speak Vietnamese and are interested in helping out and/or have any questions, email the Language Bank Co-ordinator, Neha Shafique ’15, at weslangbank[at]gmail[dot]com!

Dr. Rita Charon: Narrative Roads to the Goals of Healing


From Catherine MacLean ’14:

Rita Charon, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia. She practices internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian. She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness and co-editor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics, and has published multiple articles on narrative training, empathy and reflective practice among medical practitioners and students.

Her presentation will center on using these methods in caring for patients.

This is a part of the Reality Check series, presented in a partnership between AMSA, the Career Center, and the Wesleyan Writing Certificate.

Date: Friday, February 21st
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Cost: Free
Place: Usdan 108

True Life: I’m a Rower.


I’m an ex-addict, an ex-masochist… an ex-rower. I get it. I miss it. It’s magical. Part of the magic is how inaccessible it is. The rower’s world is a little bit of a secret. Most people don’t know what an erg is, where the boathouse lives, or what Middletown looks like at five in the morning. “It just takes a lot of time, a lot of coffee, some napping, and a little crazy,” according to Nick Petrillo ’14.

I sat down with some rowers. You may have seen them around. They’re the kids on campus that live in exclusively Patagonia and definitely woke up before you this morning. I had them help me unpack the absurdities, and get to the “This is why.”

We were all drawn in for different reasons. It appeals to the tall, or the incredibly small, and often the high school athlete resisting the NARP temptations of college-life. Rowing is one of the few sports that have a novice team. Flocks of freshman come learn to row each fall. Crew is year round, round the clock commitment. Fall season is made up of the longer, five-kilometer headraces. During winter the team is tied to the erg and resides in the Exley stairwell, all to prep their bodies and earn speed for spring racing. The spring is the season of two-kilometer sprints. The springtime elevates in intensity. Races are nearly every weekend and sleep comes on occasion. It’s also the most exciting. You line up alongside the other boats with such anticipation and fear, and then seven or so minutes later you barely remember where you came from.

WesBurlesque 2014 AUDITIONS!


ATTN: Beautiful and sexy people of Wesleyan (aka everyone)! We want
YOU to come out and audition for the 2014 WesBurlesque show!

DANCERS: 4:15 – 5:15 PM Sunday 2/2
5:15 – 6:15 PM Sunday 2/2
8:00 – 9:00 PM Monday 2/3

SINGERS: 9:00 – 10:00 PM Monday 2/3
*Please have a song prepared!

LOCATION: Fayerweather 106

Come ready to fill the tub up halfway and ride it with your surfboard.
(Wear comfortable clothes).

Questions/comments/concerns? Please e-mail Naya Samuel
(nsamuel[at]wesleyan[dot]edu), Jana Leigh Heaton (jheaton[at]wesleyan[dot]edu), or
Zak Malik (zmalik[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Audition for Shrak the Musical: the Musical


Do you ever have thoughts that you don’t want to say out loud but then you do??? Then come audition for Shrak The Musical: The Musical, a student-written, absolutely original play about an ogre that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard of or anything that’s copyrighted.  You want this.  You NEED this.  But also, we need you.  We WANT you.  Doesn’t matter if you’ve acted or sung before.  Come with a monologue or song or anything if you like, or don’t, we really don’t care.  We promise a life-changing experience, no matter what.

Date/Time:  Friday January 31st from 4-6pm OR Saturday February 1st from 5-7pm
Place: The Jones Room (TST 101 [In the theater studios])
Check out the Facebook event here.
Questions? Email Nick Petrillo ’15 at npetrillo[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

View with a Room: Call for Submissions


Got a great space to call your own? Have you transcended the limits of the cinder brick wall, plastic mattress and fluorescent light? We want views of your room. Not the view of a parking lot,  High Street, or that Rear Window- style, invasive view into someone else’s life. The inside.

It’s been almost a week.  The Ikea furniture has been assembled in a thirty-six-step-Swedish-diagram-style-process, the shower shoes are in their appropriate place, and it’s starting to feel like home. Let us see it. Send your pictures of your room, house, apartment, closet, kitchen…whatever space you think is worth sharing to staff[at]wesleying[dot]org with the subject line “view with a room.”Include some captions, or leave those to me. If you don’t have a camera, or have somehow avoided the iPhone, my camera and I will come attempt to capture that place you call home.