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Waste Not! Tag Sale

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From Molly Steinfeld ’15:

Worried that your Grateful Dead poster will be lonely on your dorm room walls? Wanting a love seat for some luvin’? Needing a place to heat up your cup-o-noodle? Then come to Waste Not!, Wesleyan’s annual tag sale, where all of these items and more will be available for purchase.

In the Spring, students donate items as they move out of housing. These items are then stored over the summer and available for purchase by students in the Fall. Proceeds go towards sustaining the program, and the rest goes to charity.

We have refrigerators, microwaves, chairs, couches, lamps, mirrors, and a million odds and ends. Bigger items such as furniture will be at the Fountain location, and miscellaneous items will be at the Brainerd garage. The sale will be on August 30th and 31st. There will be signs around campus to direct you to the TWO locations.

UPDATED: Apply for Masters Class with C.D. Wright

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 11.49.50 AMFrom the Shapiro Writing Center:

C.D. Wright has published over a dozen books and several book-length poems, including the critically acclaimed Deepstep Come Shining (1998). Wright’s writing has been described as experimental, Southern, socially conscious, and elliptical. As poet and critic Joel Brouwer asserts, “Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.”

Wright spent significant periods in New York and San Francisco before moving in 1983 to Rhode Island, where she teaches at Brown University. With her husband, poet Forrest Gander, she founded and ran Lost Roads Press for over 20 years. Among her honors are a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Robert Creeley Award, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. –(Excerpt from The Poetry Foundation)

Unofficial Orientation Series: Keeping Green on Campus

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If you came to Wesleyan because of some vague, or obvious, interest in environmentalism, then you’re in luck! If you find the right people, organizations, classes, etc. then you’ll have a great support system for keeping green on campus. If you thought it was impressive that the admissions building has solar panels on top of it (mostly a ploy to get environmentalist students to apply), then you’ll have a great time getting involved with sustainability efforts at Wes.

First of all, Wesleyan has a sustainability coordinator, whose role is to help further Wesleyan’s mission of sustainability, including making things clearer to you. Her name is Jen Kleindienst and you can send her an e-mail at jkleindienst[at]wes. For questions regarding sustainability, you should also check out Wesleyan’s sustainability website.

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2014

THIS IS WHY.

Dear preFrosh,

In two weeks you will arrive at Wesleyan University in a likely overpacked vehicle. As soon as you step out, you may be overwhelmed by the number of things going on around you. There’s the hundreds of other students moving in at the same time as you, the people who are eagerly welcoming you all and helping you move in, and the fact that you are now a college student with all of the freedom and responsibility that brings. Perhaps you’ll be unfazed by move-in and orientation week, but the fact is, you’re in for a hell of a ride at Wesleyan.

If you’re freaking out a bit, don’t fret! We’ve harnessed all your confusion and excitement into the Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2014: a two-week long series of informative posts by bloggers in their underwear who sometimes claim to represent “real students, real student life at Wesleyan University.” We know that you’ll be too busy getting used to the term ‘cisgendered,’ man, and instagramming photos of your first Psi U party to learn anything between August 27th and August 31st, so we’ve got the following topics covered (in no particular order of importance):

Wesleyan Outdoor Orientation Trips

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From Katie McLaughlin ’15:

To all new students, come join the Wesleyan Outing Club and explore New England!

WOOTs (Wesleyan Outdoor Orientation Trips) provide small groups of first-year students/transfers/new students with an opportunity to meet new people while spending time in the great outdoors. Experienced students, faculty, and staff lead trips focused on group bonding, helping first-year students adapt to life at Wesleyan, and enjoying rustic New England.

Ok Glass, Let’s Graduate

A Google Glass Movie by Annalora von Pentz ’14 

From von Pentz:

I wore Google Glass while graduating and made a movie about it. Here’s why you should watch it:

1. You’ve graduated and are reluctantly coming to terms with your new alumni status.
2. You’re an overachiever and you want to prepare accordingly.
3. You’re an underachiever and probably won’t wake up in time for the ceremony when it happens, if it happens…

Summer Booking with Concert Committee

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From Gabe Sunshine ’17:

Summer booking is officially open! If you have prior experience booking at Wesleyan, you may begin to contact artists/agents to schedule a concert to be held anytime from the start of the semester up until fall break. Send emails to gdsunshine[at]wesleyan[dot]edujrosenbloom[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, and jgitlin[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. Please include information about the act(s), potential venues and dates, and anything else you think might be relevant.

Rising Frosh Feature: Maya Peterson ’18 of BuzzFeed Fame

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“What happens when a prep school’s black student president mocks her white male classmates?” a recent BuzzFeed article asks.

Well, she gets ousted as school president and then attends Wesleyan.

Maya Peterson’s tenure at Lawrenceville School, a prep school in New Jersey, focused on bringing awareness to diversity issues, whether that was trying to ease implicit racial tensions or bring gender neutral bathrooms to campus. The trouble started when she and some of her friends posed with their fists in the air in a “black power” photo in their yearbook. After some students complained to the principal about this, Maya instagrammed a photo of herself as a typical “Lawrenceville boi,” teasing her main critics, with hashtags like #romney2016,” “#confederate,” and “#peakedinhighschool.”

“You’re the student body president, and you’re mocking and blatantly insulting a large group of the school’s male population,” one student commented on the photo.

“Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians,” Peterson responded. “If that’s a large portion of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before…”

Volunteer for Waste Not!

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From Molly Steinfeld ’15:

Waste Not!, Wesleyan’s beloved annual yard sale, is looking for volunteers for this fall! Move into school early (August 26th), help sell donated items, and hang with great people! Fill out the application below and send it to either of the Waste Not! coordinators: Molly Steinfeld (msteinfeld[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) and Michael Ortiz (mortiz01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).

Application here or after the jump:

Recent Wes Grads on Where They’ll Be in 20 Years

Greg Faxon ’14 asked members of the class of ’14 “where do you see yourself in 20 years?” the day before graduation. Answers ranged from “studying medicine” to “pondering my first career.” See for yourself where other recent grads see themselves in two decades.

Leave a comment below if you want to answer Greg’s question! Between graduating and turning 41, Wes alums have gotten married, traveled the world, and had successful careers in basically any field you can think of.