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Procrastination Destination: Don’t Miss that Connection!

Seen someone on campus wearing the most flattering parka? A friend bring a smile to your face when you really needed it? Crushing on that special somebody but don’t see them around much? Good news, everyone! There’s a site for that.

Up and Coming

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Springing up sometime over the Thanksgiving break, the I Saw You phenomenon has finally reached Wesleyan! Great for those who have not partaken of the Zuckerberg Kool-Aid and less depressing/trolltastic than the ACB, “I saw you Wesleyan” allows you the option of posting about a missed connection, ranting about your crush, complimenting strangers, and even e-mailing the site’s manager if you think a post is about you.

Straight from the front page:

Ever shared a moment with a stranger.. but never acted upon it? Post a missed connection! because you never know. and nothing will ever happen until you try.

Check out Harvard’s I Saw You, and MIT’s. Brings to mind “real world” missed connections sites like Craigslist, for which there is also a comic book (coincidentally named, “I Saw You…”).

Going Strong


Since 2012, Wes Compliments has been making the young folk of Wesleyan go “aww” and “oh my!” with good vibes every few days, crowned Wesleying’s “Feel Good Facebook Profile of the Year” for 2012. Keep up the good stuff, you covert complimenters. Now with over 2,300 friends, straight from their Facebook description:

This is a social project that was originally started by students at Queen’s University and is also experiencing growing success with Ryerson University, Wilfred Laurier University and Washington University in St Louis. With their success, we’re hoping to spread the joy to the Wesleyan campus. Simply send us a compliment for someone in the Wesleyan community and have it published here anonymously. Your name will be kept anonymous. Keep in mind that hateful or rude remarks will be completely disregarded. Spread Happiness!


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From Gabe Gordon ’15:

Sign up to participate in THE PORTRAIT PROJECT! Sponsored by Art House.

Artists who participate in THE PORTRAIT PROJECT will be assigned the name of someone else who also signed up to be an artist. This person will be your subject and they will also be the artist of a portrait of another subject. Prior knowledge of or experience interacting with your subject is not required, and is in fact discouraged. Kinda like “Assassins” but with art…

The rules: Make a 1×1 foot portrait of your subject in any medium you chose (painting, drawing, photo, poetry, prose, printmaking, sculpture, etc.).

The project will culminate in a curated exhibition of our portraits that will take place in the Usdan display case around Thanksgiving through the end of the semester. And hopefully a published chapbook of all the pieces!

There is no requirement for who can sign up, just a commitment that you will complete your part of the project.

Sign up by OCTOBER 25th at Midnight!

Deadline: October 25th at midnight
Sign-up: HERE

ZEN: and What Happens When You Forget the Self


Good vibes from Nikki Dodd ’15:

Ryushin Sensei, the Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in NY, is coming to Wesleyan!!! Come to the Chapel on October 7th at 7:30 to hear Ryushin talk about Zen, and how it can help you deal with college and other major life issues.

If you can’t make it on the 7th, don’t worry! Come to Buddhist House on October 8th at 9am to meditate with Ryushin. This will be a chance to do zazen for a period of 25 to 35 minutes, and then to talk with him about issues concerning zazen, Zen and the ethical teachings of Buddhism, and anything he mentioned in the previous evening’s lecture.

Students are welcome to come to either parts of the event or BOTH!

Date: Monday, October 7th & Tuesday, October 8th
Time: 7:30 pm (Mon) & 9:00 am (Tues)
Place: Memorial Chapel (Mon) & Buddhist House (Tues)
Facebook Event