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Terp Fall ’14: Sunflowers, Suspenders, and Sex Goddesses

“A sunflower is born and dies while Bjork sings lullabies.”—Eriq Robinson ’15


Terpsichore is a student-run and student-choreographed dance show that happens once every semester. There’s a variety of dance genres, from breakdance to weird art concept dance, and a range of dancers from the non-experienced to trained. This semester’s dance features both Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and a Bjork-soundtracked dance about sunflowers. There are over 100 students participating (probably the reason why Terp sold out a week ago), so you definitely will recognize some of the dancers.

There are two Terp shows tonight, one at 7PM and one at 10PM (the drunk show), and a show at 1PM on Saturday in the World Music Hall. You will probably still get in if you show up early and put your name on the waitlist.

In order to find out a bit more about the choreographers and the choreographing process, I asked this semester’s Terp choreographers about their experience with the show. There are 12 dances in the show, and not all of their choreographers are represented here. Check out the show to see them for yourself!

Critical University Studies Art Exhibit

From Sophie Massey ’15:

Have you ever stolen a fork from Usdan? An American flag, a bathroom sign, or some other item from campus? The students from the Critical University Studies student forum are hosting an art exhibit featuring your stolen items! Email to sgmassy[at]wesleyan[dot]edu a picture of the item or donate it (all anonymously) to the exhibition with an explanation of how/why you stole the item.

Writing Certificate Info Session (and Lunch)

chapteroneFrom Taylor Steele ’14:

Considering Wesleyan’s exciting Writing Certificate? Come and learn about the Certificate at an information session and lunch this Friday, November 14th, from noon to 1 p.m. in Allbritton 311. Professor Anne Greene and Ford Fellow Taylor Steele will talk about the goals, opportunities, and logistics of the program, and how it can help you pursue your love of writing here at Wes! (If you’re not convinced yet, we’ll be serving pizza).

The Writing Certificate offers students from all majors a chance to practice writing in a range of forms. Courses approved for the Certificate include fiction-writing, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, translation, and nonfiction, including biography, science writing, journalism, and writing about academic subjects for non-specialists.

Questions? Contact Professor Anne Greene at agreene@wes or 860-685-3604.

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 12 PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Asexuality Potluck

681px-Ace-logo4.svgFrom Sophie Massey ’15:

Come eat and discuss how asexuality relates to your life. This discussion is inspired as a follow-up to David Jay’s visit to campus, and it is open to anyone interested in learning more about asexuality.

Date: Friday, Nov 14
Time: 6 PM
Place: 59A Home Ave

Criticism Now! A Conversation on the State of the Art

AO-ScottFrom Sarah Chrystler ’13:

Come hear A. O. Scott, Distinguished Professor of Film Criticism at Wesleyan and a chief film critic at The New York Times moderate a discussion about the state of criticism today with panel guests Laura Miller, journalist and book critic, co-founder of, and author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia; Wesley Morris, film critic for Grantland, former critic for The Boston Globe, and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner in criticism; and Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, and 2014 ASME winner for Best Columns and Commentary.

Date: Tuesday, November 11
Time: 8 PM
Place: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

Apply for a Masters Class with Colson Whitehead


From the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Colson Whitehead is the author of five novels, including the Pulitzer Finalist John Henry Days (2001), and his most recent book is non-fiction.

After graduating from Harvard College in 1991, Whitehead moved to New York City to work for The Village Voice. Since then, his essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker and he is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton University.

Among Whitehead’s honors are Ainsfield-Wolf Book Award, a Whiting Writers Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship, the “genius” award. His work has been described as “scintillating,” “strikingly original,” and “blithely gifted.”

Wesleying Seeks Photographers

Taking pictures like this could be your job.


Hey Readers,

Wesleying is looking for photographers! If you like to take pictures, frequently go to events on campus, are generally observant, and would like to be involved with Wesleying, you’re probably perfect for us. You don’t need a fancy camera to do this, although decent to good picture quality is generally important. If you’re interested, please e-mail staff[at]wesleying[dot]org with the subject line “PICS” and a little bit about why you want to be involved.

Fall Planting at the Ferry St. Community Garden


From Adin Vaewsorn ’15:

Come down to the Ferry St. Community Garden and help us make the garden sparkle! We’ll be planting flower bulbs and garlic, preparing raised beds for the winter, and doing a variety of other tasks to make this productive little urban farm as nice as possible before the snow begins to fall. Bring clothes that you don’t mind dirtying up a bit and a bit of elbow grease.

Date: Sat, Nov 8
Time: 1-3:30 PM
Place: 33 Ferry St. (near the corner of Ferry and Dekoven, a block away from
the intersection of Main and Washington)

Bodysuit-clad Person Serenades Passerby Outside Usdan

This afternoon, someone in a nude-colored bodysuit and red onesies (?) was outside Usdan with a portable boombox playing a list of 80s music. Said person had slow movements, occasionally spun around in circles, and was maybe taking selfies with their camera. I originally suspected that this performance was for Faye Driscoll’s performance theory/research class Thank You for Coming (there’s a showing tonight at 8 pm in Schoenberg), but apparently it’s not. Clearly I read too much into the course description, part of which is: “How do we perceive ourselves as participants in the co-creation of our reality, and through performance can we collectively, in some small way, create a new vision of society?”