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WesCycle Bike Generators Training, Recruitment and Free Smoothies

From the absolutely fabulous Katie “runs this school” McLaughlin ’15,

Are you interested in sustainable energy and exercise?
Wesleyan’s one and only bike generator group WesCycle is looking for members to join our team for tomorrow and beyond! If you want to learn a really incredible new skill, make some friends, and do some good for the world (and your thighs) this could be the student group you’ve been waiting for!
We will be powering a blender for delicious smoothies at the Feet to the Fire Riverfront Encounter event tomorrow from 12-5pm in Harbor Park. It should be a wonderful event with food, games, and music. We are actively recruiting new members to be trained to maintain the generators for next semester but also could really use some extra hands tomorrow.
If you are interested in helping out for any part of the Riverfront Encounter,  or if you are interested in helping out in the future but can’t make it tomorrow, please email kmclaughlin[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Date: Just tomorrow or beyond!
Time: Event is 12-5pm but you can help for any period of time.
Place: Harbor Park near the CT river
Cost: Free smoothies!

Two events on the science of mindfulness and meditation

Sent in from the very mindful Katie McLaughlin ’15

There are two very cool events going on this Thursday that will look at the science behind mindfulness and meditation. Please come to one, come to both, bring a friend, or send a friend! Hope to see you all there.

Professor Britton’s Seminar — Contemplative Science: Uniting Internal and External Technologies

This lunch lecture will examine the neurological effects of meditation and mindfulness. The BRITTON LAB studies contemplative, affective, and clinical neuroscience and the effects of contemplative practices on cognitive, emotional, and physiological aspects of affective disturbances.

Where: Shanklin Laboratory Room107 (Kerr Lecture Hall)
When: Thursday April 9 from 12:00-1:0
Cost: Free


All Student Workshop and Dinner: Contemplative Practice

Join us for a dinner conversation with Willoughby Britton, PhD about everything we know about mindfulness.

We will provide Thai Food. Please RSVP to the facebook event so we don’t waste any food.

Willoughby Britton, PhD is a clinical psychologist, neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Brown Medical School. She has taught meditation to prisoners, the terminally ill, distressed adolescents, and anxious, depressed and stressed adults. She has studied the effects of meditation for more than 15 years and lectured internationally on the neurobiological and psychological effects.

Where: Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street
When: Thursday April 9 from 6:30-9:00
Cost: Free!!!

Crime, Punishment, and Justice in the Face of Tragedy

This post is part of a series of reflections on the recent events on campus. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach out to us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.

In a matter of hours after I write these words, students, friends, and members of the Wesleyan community will be seen before a judicial panel somewhere in North College to determine whether or not they will be allowed to stay on campus. I first heard about this from a petition that is being circulated calling on Deans Whaley, Culliton and Backer for “sound judgment and restorative justice” for the students that are facing a hearing over spring break when the majority of campus is away. The petition states, “judicial processes [are] being blatantly overruled” and seems to paint these trials as unusual, suspicious, and unjust.

I wanted to investigate these claims and help spread awareness of how our school’s judicial system actually functions. While much of this information is available in the “Judicial Procedures” section of our Student Handbook, I know few of us actually read or understand these rights and procedures.  This post is my search for truth in face of unfortunate circumstances while recognizing that the Student Judicial Board is so often given a bad reputation due to misinformation. I want to understand how and why these students are being charged and how the University has handled this case.

(Re) Presenting Place: A Portrait of the Coal River Valley


Update! Gallery opening has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 24th, from 5:30-7 with a talk at 6pm. Sorry for any confusion. 

In the Summer of 2013, Rachel Lindy ’15, Rachie Weisberg ’15 and Isaac Silk ’14 spent six weeks living in the Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia—an area highly affected by mountaintop removal coal mining and teeming with activist resistance. During this time, they developed a multimedia project that explored the future of the region and its inhabitants in a post-coal economy, attempting to place this change in the larger context of social and environmental justice issues. By sharing these images and stories, they hope to provide the Wesleyan community with a sense of the deep complexities surrounding the coal industry, and to encourage dialogue around the often absentminded nature with which we consume fossil fuels.

The opening reception is in Zelnick this Monday from 4:30-6pm with a talk by Rachel and Rachie at 5 pm and the gallery will be up until the 27th.

Exhibition made possible through the generosity of the COE’s Visualizing the Environment Program, the COE, the Green Fund, and the CFA’s Feet to the Fire Program.

When: February 24th from 5:30-7pm, talk at 6pm. Gallery is open through the 27th.
Where: Zelnick Pavillion
Cost: Free!

Computer Tricks for a New Semester


I spend a lot of time on my computer. From reading for class, writing essays, sending 832,593,019 emails a day, reading (and writing for) Wesleying, and of course all the dumb internet shenanigans I get into, it really adds up.

As I enter my senior spring I thought I would share the many tips and tricks I have discovered over the years that keep me (semi) sane on a day to day basis. Listed in order of “saving me from throwing my computer out the widow” to “allowing me to sleep in peace”, read them all after the jump and then start using them! I assure you life will never be the same. Also feel free to add your favorite computer hacks/apps in the comments!

Local Co-op info session

Local Co-op sign up form got you confused? Come to our info session today for the answers to all your questions about getting involved with the co-op, swipe day and more. Remember the last day to sign up is tomorrow Tuesday the 3rd at 6:00pm. Don’t forget!!! Also if you don’t want to leave your house (reasonable) and still have questions email wesleyanlocalcoop[at]

Time: Monday the 2nd at 8:00pm
Place: Shanklin 107
Cost: Free!
Link to sign up for the co-op

Wesleyan Local Co-op Survey IS HERE

You survived the blizzard, you survived (or are surviving) the plague of colds and flus and now you’ve finally survived the wait for all your favorite local food! Yes, the co-op is here.

The local food co-op is dedicated to bringing fresh and local produce, eggs, cheese, dairy, bread, meat, tofu, seitan and now coffee and preserves to the Wesleyan community. You pay up front with points, Middletown cash, check or credit card and then pick up your food each week. Remember you must come to the swipe day in the DFC Friday February 6th from 2:30-8:30 in able to participate.

The sign up link is HERE and must be filled out before Tuesday February 3rd at 6:00pm.

Also if you are confused about anything you can come to our info session Monday February 2nd at 8pm in Shanklin 107 or you can email

All the love, Lo-Co

Metacognition workshops

Prepare yourself to succeed this semester by attending these [free!] workshops on metacognition, a strategy that involves assessing and taking control of your own thought processes to help you become a better student!

Workshop 3- The Journey to Excellence

Minority students in college often fail to reach their academic potential because of past experiences that have thwarted their motivation and drive to excel. This interactive inspirational discussion presents the experiences of the speaker along her academic journey, which includes an award presented in the White House Oval Office. Specific learning strategies are presented, and students are urged to commit to using the strategies to achieve their personal academic and career goals.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM-8:15 PM
Location: 41 Wyllys, Olson Commons (CRC lobby space)
Audience: Under Represented Minorities, Veterans, and First-Gen
college students

Dr. Saundra McGuire

Please RSVP by email for Workshop 3 to

Workshop 4- Metacognition: The Key to Acing Courses!

All students who are admitted to college have the ability to ace their courses. However, most students did not acquire effective learning strategies in high school, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This strategy usually yields poor results, with students earning grades much lower than their ability. This interactive workshop will introduce students to cognitive science based learning strategies that help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning, resulting in A’s in their courses!

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time:  9:00-11:00 AM
Location: Exley Science Center, Woodhead Lounge
Audience: All Undergraduate Students

Please RSVP for breakfast (served at 8:30) and Workshop 4 by emailing

Vote For MacDonough School in National Video Contest

Evan Bieder ’15 sent us this cute clip and amazing opportunity to help MacDunough elementary school. 

Three 4th grade students at MacDonough Elementary in the North End of Middletown recently made a video that has now reached the national finals of the Scotties Trees Rock video contest. Their clip is currently competing against 9 others for a $10,000 price which would go towards making their school greener. Online voting at began on last week and ends on February 6th. Please vote daily and help MacDonough win the contest!

Vote: here

Ital // DOXA // BQE @ Eclectic

You’re back on campus and thanks to Hibiki Mizuno and Cal Hickox ’15 there will be music to cure all your dancing needs. 

Ital is coming from Brooklyn to take us on a special hybrid dj/live house and techno journey channeled between his onstage production rig, CDJs, and records. Daniel Martin-McCormick, as Ital, heads his own Lovers Rock label and has released his music through underground dance labels like Planet Mu (OFFICIAL)100% SILK, and Workshop Records.

DOXA  + BQE will get the semester started with some easy and difficult listening dance music.

Check out Ital’s music here
Or on soundcloud here
FB event here.

When: Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Time: 10PM
Place: Eclectic
Cost: Free