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Seeking Composers, Lyricists, Songwriters

51yJOlq6P6L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_From Miranda Haymon ’16:

Music Theatre Workshop (THEA 279, MUSC 230), a new class being offered this fall through the theater and music departments, is now accepting applications. Taught by Quiara Alegría Hudes who wrote the Tony-nominated book for In the Heights and the Pulitzer-winning play Water by the Spoonful, the class will delve into the history of the American musical and double as a writing laboratory for the collaborative art of dramatic songwriting. Composers email one or two song samples, lyricists email one or two lyrics, poems, or scenes to: Applications due May 1. Students will be informed in mid-May.

The Hunting Ground Screening

hunting_groundFrom Nikita Rajgopal ’17:

Please join us in the Goldsmith Family Cinema at 8pm on Tuesday April 28th for a screening of THE HUNTING GROUND. From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind The Invisible War, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Wesleyan University is featured in this film! (See trailer here.)

We will be holding a Q&A panel/discussion after the film for those who are interested in discussing sexual assault on Wesleyan’s campus. This will also be an opportunity to learn about the progress that students and administrators have made toward changing policy and ending sexual assault in our community.


A Path Appears Film Screening

11146214_686356581510137_72106894860838823_nFrom Alessandra Cervera ’16:

Join SHOFCO-Wes and the Center for Film Studies for the campus premier of A Path Appears!

Featuring Shining Hope for Communities, Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn’s new project explores the struggles women face and the inspiring groups working to create solutions.

Visit or for more information.

Date: Tues, April 28
Time: 5-6:30 pm
Place: Powell Family Cinema

All Asian American Poetry Slam

10003479_10206400113432553_5482081599685297910_nFrom Harim Jung ’16:

For the FIRST time, Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective and Shakti are taking over April with AAPI Identity Month!!

Join us as we host Wesleyan’s first Asian American Poetry Slam this SATURDAY the 25th at 8 PM in the DFC featuring poets such as:

Headliner: G Yamazawa
Jade Cho
Paul Tran
Alex Dang

and student poets: Grace Wong ’18 & Kaitlin Chan ’17

You don’t want to miss out! Come early for a good seat!

*Note: this event is open to EVERYONE! Even if you do not identify as Asian American, please feel free to attend this event!

Date: Tonight
Time: 8 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons

Drug Policy, Regional and National Panel Discussion

How should we – as a university and as a society – address the use of illicit drugs? In light of recent events, the Allbritton Center is bringing together experts from a variety of fields and perspectives for panel discussions on drug use and policies at Wesleyan and beyond. The hope is to have an open and informative dialogue, and to provide a space for sharing your questions and concerns. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome. Questions for panelists may be submitted at each event or in advance to scapron[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or @wes_engage.

At 8 p.m. on April 28, Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, will moderate a panel discussion, “The Policy Debate: What is to be Done?” Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance; Susan O’Connor, program director of Phoenix House; and Mike Lawlor, under secretary for criminal justice policy and planning in the State Office of Policy and Management will speak in Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107).

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 8 pm
Place: Shanklin 107

Not For Sale’s Eden Ministry Jewelry Sale


From Angela Chung ’18:

Eden Ministry has rescued and continues to rescue the lives of many girls who are oppressed under sex trafficking. These women and girls are provided with a shelter and a job so they can have another chance in life. At the fundraiser event, Not For Sale will be selling jewelry specially hand-made by these trafficked survivors. Donations are accepted too. As this issue grows, we need more help and resources to combat its effects. So please bring cash to Usdan on Thursday (4/23) from 11AM – 8 PM!

Date: Thurs, April 23
Time: 11 am-8 pm
Place: Usdan
Cost: $15-$40

Half-Naked Michael Roth Clones Take Over Olin

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Undies in Olin, a longstanding tradition to Keep Wes Weird, was on Wesfest Friday around noon. This is what happened, according to Dasha Dubinsky ’18:

The crowd of people that showed up had been standing around for a while, and getting a bit anxious, when the first tour group walked through at about 12:30. While most of the prefrosh and parents seemed confused and unsure of themselves as they avoided eye contact, certain members of the tour group seemed happy with the turn of events. Multiple people reminded everyone that this is in fact a library with screams of “I’m trying to work in here” and much shushing.

Not long after the first tour group walked by, two more also went through with similar reactions. Most memorable was one prefrosh and her mom running through the hall to avoid looking at all the half-naked college students.

After all three of the tour groups left, everyone cheered and erupted into the Wesleyan Fight Song. It was one of the most Wesleyan moments I’ve experienced here and the bond that I felt with everyone else in the library that day was amazing.

We Speak We Stand Weekend Message

As part of their 5-week Bystander Intervention series, We Speak We Stand is promoting tips and intervention strategies for how to intervene in potentially harmful or uncomfortable situations. Here is their poster for this week, as well as posters from previous weeks below:

Distraction Poster


“Concerts on Foss: now more than ever!”

It’s definitely not Kanye….but that’d be awesome, right?? Thanks to Yik Yak, that new thing that spreads weird rumors, many of us know that the line up is actually Chingy as headliner, Hall and Oates, and Big Sean. However, today I heard from a Spring Fling Committee member that the line-up is actually as follows:

THE JULIE RUIN (Kathleen Hanna + members of Le Tigre / Bikini Kill)

So maybe that’s right, since we know from previous years that the lineup is definitely complete once we have a hip hop headliner, an indie act, and some electronic music. But Yik Yak says otherwise and some senior says “we’re still negotiating with Modest Mouse.”

Will it be outside? I HOPE SO! But really, who knows at this point? It’s up to the admin, and even though last year I proclaimed that Spring Fling Will Be Outside [Forever] Even if Meteors Hit Foss, it was ultimately hyperbole and I have no idea (nor do Spring Fling Committee members).

SPRRRINGGGG FLIIINNGGGGG May 7, 1 PM (when the opening act, which will be decided during BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT ECLECTIC ON APRIL 24, goes on). Read past the jump to find out more about the artists.

Precision Ensemble Annual Performance

From Nora Thompson ’15:

Come see a group of talented dancers on campus perform original works in Precision Ensemble’s 21st annual performance!

Show times:
Friday April 17th 7pm
Friday April 17th 9pm
Saturday April 18th 9pm

Precision Dance Company is made up of two separate, yet equally important groups: Troupe and Ensemble. Troupe primarily performs hip-hop pieces once a semester during its semi-annual party; Ensemble presents a show during the spring semester, featuring choreography in a variety of dance styles, including modern, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and lyrical.