WeSlam, Wes Alliance, and Writer’s Bloc want to satiate your soul’s thirsty Thursday with the power of spoken word:
Buddy Wakefield is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and a former member of the Seattle Slam Team. He has performed his work on NPR, BBC, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. An author of Write Bloody Publishing, Wakefield is known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart. Buddy is a gentleman and a scholar, and he will undoubtedly make you feel and think things that you never have before.
Featuring new poetry from the Wesleyan Slam Team!!!! Hosted by Michael Rosen ’11. Sponsored by WeSLAM, Wes Alliance, and Writers’ Bloc. Note: The event is free, but WeSLAM will be asking for donations to help the Wesleyan Slam Team get to nationals in April!
What: Buddy Wakefield
When: Thursday, Feb. 28
Time? 8 PM
Where: Crowell Concert Hall
Free? Free as Facebook.
Lily Myers ’15 and Kate Weiner ’15 want you to bring your inner poet/singer/cookie monster to 200 Church this Tuesday!
Come share your creative work — writing, music, art, anything — at 200 Church. Cookies will be provided (probably). Absolutely no experience is required.
This is a great chance to show off anything from that song you’ve been composing in the shower or that short story you’ve been writing on the back of Usdan napkins in a relaxed, non-competitive environment with current and soon-to-be-your friends.
Sign up by being at 200 Church at seven and asking one of the hosts to put you down to perform. Late signups are accepted throughout the open mic.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 5th
Time: 7 PM
Place: 200 Church
Why: Cookies, performances, and people.
Bring: Yourself and everyone you know.
WeSlam wants you to know that this is your LAST CHANCE (this semester) to have your mind blown away by a night of incalcuable awesome:
This is it.
Only 12 poet-finalists remain from the three preliminary slams held over the course of the semester. This Saturday at 9:00 PM they will compete in the CFA Hall for the right to be one of the FIVE members of the 2012-2013 Wesleyan Slam Team.
Those finalists are: Coz Deicke ’15, Ari Ebstien ’16, Zach Goldberg ’13, Alex Heyison ’15, Markeisha Hill ’16, Cherkira Lashley ’15, Lily Myers ’15, Mark Nakhla ’13, Evan Okun ’13, Jason Reitman ’15, David Stouk ’15, and Kara Wernick ’15.
There will also be LIVE MUSIC during the slam provided by Wesleyan’s own: Mel Hsu ’13, Sam Friedman ’13, Mark Bennet ’13, and Jess Best ’14.
Wesleying recently reported on the absolutely devastating blow dealt to the image, pride, and general magic of Wesleyan University when U.S. News and World Report dropped Wes from 12th to 17th on their “Best Liberal Arts colleges” rankings.
But that hardly compares to the trauma inflicted on poor George Washington University when the same publication destroyed all of the prestige, importance, history, and soul of GW in a single, violent instant: when it stripped GW of its ranking at 51st on US News‘ Best Universities list. According to NBC Washington:
George Washington University on Wednesday lost its U.S. News and World Report Ranking as one of the top national universities because the school revealed it had erroneously reported data on incoming students for more than a decade.
For the 2011 entering class, the university revealed last week that it had inadvertently overstated the number of students listed in the top 10 percent of their high school class by 20 percentage points.
Academic credentials of incoming students are one of the variables used by U.S. News and other publications to rank schools.
U.S. News chief ranker Bob Morse wrote online that … U.S. News handles misreporting of data on a “case-by-case basis” and that it had not changed any other school’s ranking in the current cycle.
The good folks of WeSLAM bring you the third and final preliminary slam of the semester. For poets interested in signing up to perform, there is important SIGN UP INFORMATION after the jump!
Come to Malcolm X House this Saturday to watch 10 poets battle it out to decide the final 4 competitors in the grand slam final! These 4, along with the 8 other finalists from previous preliminaries, will compete on December 5th for one of 5 slots on Wesleyan’s slam poetry team.
This weekend we are poetically blessed to have Franny Choi as our feature. Franny was a finalist at the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam and a finalist at both the 2011 National Poetry Slam and the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Franny also works as an organizer with the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a non-profit that challenges and supports Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers. Franny is undoubtedly going to bring the house down.
Franny will also be hosting a workshop at 2pm on Saturday (day of the slam!) in Usdan 110. Come practice, come hang, come spend a few hours not worrying about homework.
Seating IS LIMITED, so if you want to go down with it, make sure to get there on time!
Date: Saturday, Nov 17th
Time: 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Place: Malcom X House
Facebook? Of Course.Why: Frannychoiiscomingohmygodwhat!?
Marjahn Finlayson ’15 invites you to join in defining the meaning of Carribean identities:
In conjunction with Latino Affirmation Month, the Carribean Students Association and Ajua Campos present a panel on what it means to be Carribean and Latino/American/etc.
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 7 pm – 8pm
Place: PAC 004
Many of you non-freshmen (with one possible exception) may remember last year’s cataclysm that closed school and is now referred to affectionately as the “Snowpocalypse.” It was a terrifying time, filled with stories of hardship and the need to adapt to post-apocalyptic living standards. Yet even during the worst days of of isolation there were still small, heartwarming moments of compassion that allowed us to make it through the trying times.
Just in time for Halloween and the first anniversary of that fateful storm, a new terror looms on the horizon. This is not a drill, not a conspiracy, not a troll. The Frankenstorm is coming. It is currently predicted to hit the day before Halloween (Tuesday), and there’s already speculation about potential blackouts affecting ballot casting in areas where early voting is occurring.
The New York Times reports that Hurricane “Sandy” has the potential to become a “perfect storm,” the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1991. CBS News provides a great video breakdown of just why we’re so totally fucked (again).
From: Andrew Ribner ’14:
Come hear psychologists, psychiatrists, and educators talk about the overprescription of “study aid” drugs, as discussed in the recent New York Times article, “Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School“
Date: October 20th
Time: 3:00 – 4:30
Place: PAC 001
Weslam is back with more poetry for Homecoming:
10 poets. 2 rounds. Who will take the next four spots in the Wesleyan Final Slam? Come watch these poets battle with beautiful words THIS SATURDAY @7:30 in 200 Church. Anyone is welcome to slam, regardless of experience (hit the jump at the end for IMPORTANT DETAILS ON SIGNING UP). You’re not going to want to miss this. And we don’t want you to either.
Our feature is the fantastic G Yamazawa. Only 21, G Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country, having featured in venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the historic Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe. He is a National Poetry Slam Finalist, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and two-time Southern Fried Champion.
THERE WILL ALSO BE A WORKSHOP lead by G himself in PAC 136 @ 2pm on Saturday 10/20 (The same day as the slam)
Whenever I have to make a crucial decision that will affect the lives of my many devoted friends (minions) I always think the best solution is to just ask the magic 8-ball in a phone, Siri. Evan Scarlett ’14 offers a look at a different method of leadership:
On Monday, October 8th at 8 PM a series of guest speakers will be discussing the importance of critical thinking as well as how it relates to leadership. Speakers include:
Michael Roth ’78
Peter Rutland (Government)
Steven Stemler (Psychology)
Abbey Francis ’14 (Argus Editor-in-Chief)
Mari Jaris ’14 (WSA Vice President)
Food and refreshments will be served.
Date: Monday, October 8
Time: 8 pm
Place: Psi U