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Syed Ali is a government and english major in the Class of 2013. Learn more about Syed at

Run for WSA President & VP, Senior Class Officer

Want to make an impact on the Wesleyan community? Elections will be taking place from Monday, April 22, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013 for WSA President, WSA Vice President, and Senior Class Officer.

WSA President & Vice President
2014-2016 can run; 2013-2016 can vote

“It is a lot of work, it is a lot of time, and it is a lot of responsibility,” said Michael Pernick ’10, who served as WSA President for two years.  “But at the end of the day, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you’ve had an impact – even if it’s a small impact – which makes life better for other students.  The President and Vice President do more than merely run the operations of the WSA – they have a responsibility to serve the best interests of the student body as if it were an institution in and of itself.”

Senior Class 2014 President, Vice President, Secretary, & Treasurer
Only 2014 can run and vote

Serving as a Senior Class Officer also involves time commitment and thick skin, says Adam Rashkoff ’13, Senior Class Vice President.  “Being a Senior Class Officer is a great opportunity for any student who wants to gain experience with large-scale event planning, or simply for anyone who wants to give back to their class by facilitating ways for it to bond as a collective.”

Half the Sky Meeting/Discussion about Women’s Empowerment

Marissa Guerrero ’15 wants you to turn oppression into opportunity for women worldwide:

Half the Sky is a worldwide movement that deals with international women’s issues – including gender violence, sex trafficking, education, economic independence, forced prostitution, and women’s empowerment – to empower women and combat the oppression that women and girls face worldwide. The movement works with a ton of smaller organizations (including Wesleyan’s very own SHOFCO) to support women worldwide.

This week’s meeting has two goals:
1. Organization – planning our exciting events and activities for the semester! Bring all of your great ideas!
2. Discussion about women’s issues! This week’s theme: empowerment through economic independence. We’ll discuss microfinance: its economic benefits, how microloans help to empower women and alleviate poverty, and its criticisms. Check out the websites below for more info!

Join us on Tuesday for an interesting discussion!

Perform at Wesleyan’s Earth Fest

From Kate Gibbel ’15:

Calling all musicians! EON will be hosting an Earth Fest on Sunday April 21st, 2013 on Foss Hill. We would like to have three student bands each play a set of roughly 45 minutes. So if you’re down with Earth Day festivities and also happen to play exceedingly good music, send a demo to kgibbel[at]wes by Easter Sunday (3/31). The EON coordinators will choose three bands to perform. Feel free to email us with questions.

The Kindness of Strangers: A Thesis Production

PosterPosterFrom Leah Rosen ’14:

Come see “The Kindness of Strangers”, a senior thesis performance by Emily Hunt ’13

The Kindness of Strangers is a solo performance exploring the psychological journey of an actress struggling to find herself in the infamous character of Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire). Konstantin Stanislavski’s and Bertolt Brecht’s philosophies and methodologies of theater, in particular, will be closely examined in relation to cognitive dissonance–how does one rationalize acting as a different person, a universal form of deception in the normal world, as “moral” on the stage?

Seating is very limited, so get there early! Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, February 28th, 8pm
  • Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd, 7pm and 9pm

Place: ’92 Theater
Cost: Free! Tickets available day of at the box office.

Open Discussion with Roth: Research at Wesleyan


I am writing to invite you to participate in a new form of student engagement with President Michael Roth and the Board of Trustees. Over the past several months, I have worked with the President’s Office to organize a face-to-face discussion with the President on an open question about Wesleyan’s future direction, shape, and character.  Board meetings (in which WSA representatives participate) usually address one such question, and this time around I am pleased to announce that the question is also being posed to the student body as a whole.
President Roth’s question:

We often talk about the scholar-teacher model as being at the heart of Wesleyan’s educational experience. I believe very strongly that much of the work that our faculty do to advance their own fields makes their teaching sharper and more vital. But not all research finds its way into the classroom, and at many universities there is a strong feeling that research serves some larger cultural good — not just the good of the students. This is much less true at most liberal arts colleges. Many professors at institutions that value research express that they want time “to do their own work,” and this often means work that serves their disciplines, not (necessarily) the university.

The Amazing Race: Wesleyan Edition


Jacob Musinsky ’14 and the WSA Spirit and Events Committee want you to get cray this weekend:

Think you and your friends can outrun, outsmart, and outdo the rest in various activities? Think you know a lot about Wesleyan’s history and campus? Are you particularly good at particularly weird challenges? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you are a perfect candidate for the Spirit and Events Committee’s THE AMAZING RACE: WESLEYAN EDITION.

The race works like this: each team gets a clue, follows it to a location, and completes a challenge. Once that challenge is completed, the team will get a clue leading them to a new location, and this continues for 7 stops. The clues test your knowledge of Wesleyan. The challenges test your knowledge of Wesleyan as well, but also test your ability to do stupid shit. The race will be both a good time and an intense battle.

Prizes (cash?) will be awarded, but only to the best of the best. THINK YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES? Emailjmusinsky[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with your team members and team name– team costumes are encouraged but not required. Submit your team by Friday, March 1st at 3pm.

Contact: jmusinsky(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
 Friday, March 1

Coffeehouse Open Mic Night Feat. Cliff Chase

WORDS WITH FRIENDSHere’s a chill opportunity for this Friday night from the English Majors Committee:

The English Majors Committee presents its second Open Mic, headlined by beloved writer and professor Clifford Chase!

Come read selections for your poetry, short stories, plays, and any other creative works. Fictional and nonfiction welcome. This event is open to the public, not just for English majors. Come to perform, or just come to listen, or just come for the coffee. Come one, come all.

Sign-ups for reading slots are available here. Alternatively, you can also come a few minutes early on Friday to sign up.

Cliff Chase is a writer whose work knows no bounds, crosses over from nonfiction to fiction and back. Chase is the author of Winkie, a novel challenging contemporary America through a teddy bear accused of terrorism. The Hurry-Up Song, meanwhile, is a memoir weaving together the lives of two gay brothers and detailing the pain of one’s eventual loss.

Learn more about the English Majors here.

Date: TOMORROW, Friday, February 22nd
Time: 7:00PM
Place: Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street

“Ivy-League Whorehouse” Round-Up: VC vs. WBC Match Feb. 28

VC vs. WBC - Championship Match Feb. 28In case you missed it, Wesleyan has missed yet another opportunity for ranking and recognition.  We might not care about U.S. News or The Princeton Review or The Huffington Post, but this one hurts.  Westboro Baptist Church skipped over ole Wesleyan to select Vassar College as its “Ivy League Whorehouse” (despite the fact that Vassar is not, in fact, a member of the Ivy League), and Vassar students are taking the honor with pride.

In a press release and their schedule, Westboro attacks not just Vassar but the whole of American academia.  They hone in on Vassar’s especially inclusive culture:

WBC will picket Vassar College to warn the students,  faculty, and alumni that the satanic policies of this nation, especially those of the colleges and universities, are causing God to pour His wrath out upon this nation. Doomed american academics fancy themselves to be smarter than God. They promote the fag agenda with all their might and mock the word of God and His messengers at every turn. Let’s see how that works out for them on the Judgment Day!

God Hates Vassar College for following the satanic Zeitgeist by professing the soul-damning lie that it is “OK to be gay.” That is what the men of Sodom and Gomorrah professed and we see how well that worked out for them. WBC will kindly warn everyone affiliated with Vassar College that the Lord that destroyed those ancient cities on the plain yet reigns. Repent or Perish!

How did Vassar students react? Since our friends over at Mads Vassar are no longer with us, let’s take our own look. 

Spring Student Group Fair

Student Group Fair - Spring

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean you can’t try something new. Come to the 2nd Annual Spring Student Group Fair, with groups old and new. Dozens of groups will be on hand and excited to talk about their fun, exciting initiatives.

Pending weather, the Whey Station will be outside!

Date: Friday, February 08
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Place: Beckham Hall
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