In this Onion video, concerned Chicago parents try to convince their 20-year-old son to “invest in his future,” saying that it’s critical to his employability and long-term success to invest all his time and resources into his improv comedy career. The son is played by Mickey Capper ’13.
On getting the gig, Mickey says:
I’ve been doing freelance sound work for them for a few months now, and there’s a small wesleyan contingent at the onion that now includes Will Feinstein ’13 as a fellow. Will suggested me for the piece. Ironically, I’ve actually been considering taking improv classes for fun.
We posted last week about a Students for Justice in Palestine petition that called on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) to divest from companies that profit from or contribute to the occupation of Palestinian territories. Since then, there’s been a petition circulating by J Street U urging the WSA not to divest in order to facilitate the current round of negotiations between Israel and Palestine. You can read this petition below and sign here if interested:
Recently, a petition has circulated among students and alumni calling on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) to divest its endowment from Israel as a response to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the undersigned agree with the urgent need to resolve the conflict and end Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, we believe that a boycott of Israel is at best ineffective, and likely a counter-productive response to this conflict.
IT’S SPRING BREAK. Here are important things you need to know if you’re staying on campus:
Usdan, Summies, and Pi are closed. Red & Black is open basically all of break except for March 15-16. Weshop will be open from 12-6pm between March 10-14 and again between March 17-21. Usdan will open for dinner and Weshop will be open normal hours on March 23. This is also all subject to change. Dining hours:
From Elise Blanchard ’14:
#1 Experimental cellist Leila Bordreuil, saxophonist Michael Foster and percussionist Chris Corsano’s music is experimental and freely
improvised, oscillating between noise and free jazz through prepared instruments and electronics.
#2 DANIEL FISHKIN’S DEAD LION romantic oscilloscope music for alley scientists.
#3 NEVER PERFORMED BROGAN/ CHILTON DUET: BADEN BADEN BADEN BADEN bathing bathing bathing bathing the kinetic collision of Jason Brogan (varia) and Matthew Chilton (winds)
From Kate Cullen ’16:
Back by popular demand, there will be another Process Advisor Training session Wednesday 12-1pm in Usdan 114. Come learn how to help your friends through the SJB process and maybe learn a few tips for yourself. Email SAC Chair Kate Cullen at saltemuscull[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more details.
Time: 12 p.m.
Place: Usdan 114
From Caroline Monahan ’16:
Looking for something to do over break? Live in DC or willing to travel? Passionate about politics? Want to make some connections on Capitol Hill?
Join us on the Wesleyan trip to Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Spring Lobby Weekend in DC!
A reminder from ResLife about how to apply to program houses with vacancies:
The first Program House/CBLV Open Bid process is starting on Tuesday, March 4th. During Open Bid, you may apply to Program Houses/CBLVs that still have vacancies for next year by going into your e-portfolio, clicking on the Explore Housing tab, and then selecting the CBLV/ Program Housing link located in the Browse Housing Options section of the page. Should you apply and be offered a bid, you will have until Friday, March 7th portfolio. A list of Program Houses and CBLVs with vacancies is below – please note that some of these spaces currently have a waitlist from the initial application process which may mean that there will not be a need to review any additional candidates/make additional offers during the Open Bid processes.
From Sarah Bartholomew ’14:
Cornet player and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Taylor Ho Bynum ’98 leads the Wesleyan Creative Music Ensemble in a concert of post-1960s repertory and original music exploring various strategies for the integration of composition and improvisation.
Date: Wednesday, March 5
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: World Music Hall
It’s been a month since this semester started, but it’s felt like ‘forever’ since we’ve been at school. However, it wasn’t too long ago that I was hearing the same about winter break’s length. Why are our breaks so long? I’ve wondered about this since freshman year when I realized that, by the last two weeks of winter break, I didn’t have many ‘home’ friends left to hang out with because they’d gone back to school.
So I did some research to figure out why we have so much vacation time and found that the creation of our academic calendar is more complicated than I had anticipated. It’s created through a years-long process that involves a wide variety of stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, and students. Vacation days aren’t the only thing that must be taken into account; we need to have enough time for class meetings and exam prep, with a balance that makes everyone content. The reality is that there are many complex interests involved in the process and striking the right balance is difficult.
Making the Calendar
Academic Affairs and the Education Policy Committee (EPC) (a committee comprised of six faculty members, two WSA members, and one graduate student) update the academic calendar every five years—most recently last year. This process usually begins a couple years before the year it is updated.
Wesleyan ServeUP is having a New Orleans Themed Late Night to raise money for a service trip to rebuild houses and communities in New Orleans during Spring Break. Please come by and support a good cause while enjoying delicious NOLA food.
Jambalaya (vegetarian option available!) – $5
Beignets – 3 for $3
Special Brewed Coffee – $1
Combo: $8 (Includes all of the above!)
***Free Lava Cake for first TWENTY people to order combo!***