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Capoeira Mondays


From Joseph Natter ’17:

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form which combines fighting, dance, and music. Rich with acrobatics and trickery, it is a fighting style designed to confuse and counter conventional western fighting techniques. Having been used by slaves in Brazil, Capoeira’s history is intimately tied to the bloody proletariat struggle for freedom. I will be teaching Capoeira Regional, in the style of the school Volta Ao Mundo. All experience levels are welcome.

Date/Time: Every Monday @ 7:30 pm
Place: Freeman Wrestling Room

Feministing Comes to Wes


From Talia Baurer ’15:

What is the state of the feminist movement today? Where is it “moving”? How do we build a feminist movement that centers the needs of trans* people and people of color? If you are curious about these topics, have an opinion on these topics, have heard these topics discussed on campus (and want to know more), love Feministing, love panels, love PAC, love having opinions about things (yes, every Wesleyan student, that means you)… come hear Feministing editors Jos Truitt and Katie Halper, and Shira Engel (!!), speak and answer questions on these questions on Thursday, November 21st at 6 PM in PAC 001! Want to know more about our speakers? Read their bios here (note: Katie is a Wes alum!).

Brought to you by: Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA), Students for Consent and Communication, Womanist House, Women of Color House, Open House, Chi Psi, and Planned Parenthood

Sponsored by: WesWell; CAPS; the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship; SALD; and the African American Studies, FGSS, and English departments

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Place: PAC 001

Dharma Talk with Ji Hyang Padma


From Nicki Dodd ’15:

Lamenting the fact that you didn’t make it over to Buddhist House for a meditation this semester? It’s not too late!

Come to BuHo on Thursday Nov 21st for a meditation and dharma talk with Ji Hyang Padma! Ji Hyang Padma is the Buddhist chaplain at Wellesley College. She has done intensive Zen training and teaching in Asia and North America for 20 years. She also teaches Zen workshops annually at Omega Institute and Esalen Institute and served as Director and Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center, one of the largest Zen Centers in the country. She is gifted at finding an entry-point into practice for people who are just beginning their journey. On Nov 21st, teachings will be drawn from Ji Hyang’s newly released book– Living the Season: Zen Practices for Transformative Times–which combines Zen practice with creative approaches that support the discovery of positive outcomes in everyday life.

More info about Ji Hyang here.
More info about her new book here.

Hope to see you there!

Facebook link.

Date: Thursday, Nov 21
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: Buddhist House – 356 Washington Street.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from The End of San Francisco


Courtesy of Ben Guilmette ’15:

Described by The Stranger as “a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsingpurple fabulous,” Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a writer, activist,artist, and queer critic. She is the author of two novels, So ManyWays to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy, and the editor of fivenonfiction anthologies, including Why Are Faggots So Afraid ofFaggots, Nobody Passes, and That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies forResisting Assimilation. The End of San Francisco is her first memoir.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 19
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Place: Russell House

The Alumni Show II: Zilkha Art Gallery


In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, The Alumni Show II looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on the first Alumni Show held in November/December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary for the CFA, this exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists. Their work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance and films. The artists featured are: Ian H. Boyden ’95, Stephanie Calvert ’08, Rutherford Chang ’02, Nicolas Collins ’76 MA ’79, Renee Green ’81, Raphael Griswold ’06, John Hatleberg ’79, Gabriela Herman ’03, Elsie Kagan ’99, Liz Magic Laser ’03, Danielle Mysliwiec ’98, Ed Osborn ’87, Juliana Romano ’04, Aki Sasamoto ’04, Arturo Vidich ’03, Stephanie Washburn ’03 and Ben Weiner ’03

Guest Curator: John Ravenal ’81

Dates: September 6th through December 8th

Opening Reception: Tuesday September 10th – 5-7pm – Centrifugal Marchperformance by Aki Sasamoto ’04 at 7:30pm at CFA Art Studio North

Homecoming/Family Weekend Reception
Saturday, November 2nd – 2-4pm – gallery open 12-6pm – talk by the curator at 2:30pm

Related Events
Films by Liz Magic Laser ’03 – Thursday october 17 – 7pm at Center for Film Studies

We Buy White Albums: event by Rutherford Chang ’02 – Saturday November 2nd – 2-6pm at Zilkha Gallery

Come visit the gallery! Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Closed November 20-25th, 2013.

Dross on Foss

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It’s springtime. The birds are flying, the butterflies fluttering, the trees blooming.

As usual, the trash is proliferating. In the illustrious words of Dylan Nelson ’15:

The state Foss is left in sometimes is just absurd. I’m just baffled by the amount of bottles and trash that can be strewn across it come 5:30 on a Saturday. It just irritates me to no end that people can walk away, leaving their cans and other waste sitting there. I guess people figure one can can’t hurt, but when everyone operates on the same mentality, it all adds up. No one except your fellow students will be coming up behind you to clean. It’s not very difficult to walk all of 200 feet to the garbage bins at the top of the hill. A few friends and myself picked up a vast majority of the bottles and cans left behind the other Saturday, and total it took us maybe all of twenty minutes. Not long at all to keep a central feature of Wesleyan clear of trash. Just walking around with some empty beer cases that had been left behind, filling them with empties, and then emptying them into the recycling bin at the top. That’s cleaning other peoples garbage, across the entire hill. If everyone were just aware of their own waste and dealt with it, there’d be no issue, and the responsibility of clearing it wouldn’t fall on just the people who apparently care enough to be bothered to pick up a few empties.

So before you go off to your Save-The-Whales Awareness Meeting, do something immediately helpful for the environment and clean up. Please. Foss is our communal space and should be treated as such.

The ACB is a Cesspool

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In case you didn’t have time to peruse the ACB yesterday, I’ll sum it up for you.

M4M: horny n lonely 2nite

which class is easier? dance or art? looking 4 the least amount of work possible

i saw you walk into usdan today. you are so beautiful omg pls talk to me pls

why wont u text me anymore i hate u

M4F: looking 4 a hot girl to just “hang out” maybe more idk

our relationship was bullshit im glad we broke up dick

sluts: everywhere omg no one likes you if you have small tits so stop being sluts

lost my iphone at psi u it is white and bedazzled with rhinestones and says rho ep on it

M4M: only elite gays pls

thank god psafe isn’t including race in the reports anymore!!! justice has been served!!!!!

My only hope is that one day the ACB will be full of the enlightened minds on campus rather than the sordid thoughts they produce.

Andrus Fence: The Mislaid Barricade

Recently, the infamous Andrus Field fence came up again to mark the beginning of softball baseball season. It was last spotted during football season, its presence forgotten as easily as crushing Hamilton.

But it is back.

This fence stretches the entire length of the field’s sides, making the bottom of Foss Hill only a right angle away from Olin. This causes multiples issues. The fence is too tall to be jumped without some form of difficulty and it contains no gates to pass through. Students are obligated to walk around the fence to get to Usdan, a considerable detour.

The least the fence overseers could do is put in a gate or some way to get through the fence. And before someone makes a retort about laziness, let me remind you of how kind the weather is being to Middletown. The winds are bone-chilling and the temperature stuck on repeat since December. I’d like to spend the least amount of time outside when I walk from Point A to Point B.

So, if anyone reading this can help, please do.

Delicate Steve & Robert’s Don Concert


 From Yiyang Wang ’15:

D. Steve: Like a hydro-electric Mothra rising from the ashes of an African village burned to the ground by post-rock minotaurs, the music of Delicate Steve will literally make you the happiest person who has never lived.

Robert’s Don: They’ve been described as irish pirate rockabilly, but still don’t know what that means. Bandcamp link here.

Date: February 21

Johns Hopkins Students Boycott Exam, Exploit Curve, Receive Perfect Test Scores


It was the grading scale he’d used since he started teaching. Professor Peter Fröhlich of Johns Hopkins University had a simple curve: the student with the highest grade on the test would receive an A, and all other grades would be adjusted accordingly. This approach, he says, is the “most predictable and consistent way” of comparing students’ progress to their peers’. Seems pretty okay, right?


During finals week of their first semester this year, Fröhlich’s students all unanimously agreed not to attend his final. The result? Everyone received a zero, which meant it was the highest grade, giving every student an A on the final.