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Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: Athletics/Athlete Life

This is sdz‘s update of wilk‘s short update of D‘s mostly repost of previous athletics unofficial orientation series posts.

 

This is part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Some of you frosh probably don’t know that WesTech competes in the prestigious NESCAC—the most competitive D3 conference in the country. Despite the throngs of news outlets that flock to many of our sports games, you will never have to enter a lottery system or wait in a line overnight to obtain tickets. We also aren’t like these fans, and we never will be. That’s okay. Do not believe the naysayers who claim that Wesleyan students do not support or appreciate athletics. Little known fact, Wesleyan Football holds a lifetime win record against Michigan. (never mind that our first and only meet was in 1883). I have personally witnessed Wes students get so fired up after a basketball loss to Trinity that we started a “safety school” chant. Not our best moment but definitely an example of caring!

Whether you’re attempting to relive your high school glory days, looking to get or stay fit (the freshman fifteen is real), or trying out a new sport, Wesleyan has what you are looking for!

THESISCRAZY 2018: The Celebration

And with the pops of hundreds of champagne bottles, the Wesleyan University Class of 2018 is done with their theses.

Shortly after the champagne popping, the sound of the fight song rang through campus. Hours later, the Olin steps were still drenched with champagne, and smelled like the aftermath of a Fountain house party (but maybe a little more wholesome).

Congratulations to all of the senior thesis writers. What you’ve all accomplished is a feat, and has inspired so many of us to consider writing theses. To everyone that asked for a thesis crazy interview, thank you for letting us get a glimpse into your lives. We did 48 interviews this year, a new record. Our transcribing fingers are extremely tired.

**if you’ve been featured in thesiscrazy2018 and do not have a photo in your interview, please feel free to send one over and we’ll add it!**

Here are some photos from the steps c/o Jonas Powell ’18, the guy on campus with exceedingly wholesome enthusiasm for facial hair. Seniors, if you’re not still celebrating, send us the photos that you have and we’ll throw them in! Either message us on Facebook or email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! THESISCRAZY2018 is here!

At this point, you’ve been with your thesis for almost a year, and it’s time to tell the world about it. From its inception spring of your junior year, through the honeymoon phase where you spent a lot of time romantically thinking and talking about it (but maybe not actually working on it). Through the peer reviews and the advisor critiques, the starts and the restarts (and restarts?), the late nights crying in your carrell (or days crying in Exley). And now you’re at the final stretch.

People have done theses before you, and they’re going to do them after you. But now’s your time to sHinE!

We want to interview YOU about your thesis! About your life, thesis related or not! About what your plans are for April 17 (did someone say CHAMPAGNE????)

To see past THESISCRAZY posts, here’s the archive (great for if you’re tryna procrastinate):

Apply to Coach for Let’s Get Ready!

From Cara Blumstein ’20:

Whether you want to make the college process a little less terrible, make an impact on the community in which we live, or meet a whole bunch of incredible Wesleyan and high school students, Let’s Get Ready is the place to be! Let’s Get Ready provides students from historically underrepresented backgrounds with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. We operate programs throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, and we want YOU to join us! If you’re interested in applying, click this lil link (https://www.tfaforms.com/4646037), and if you have any questions or want some more info, shoot us an email at wesleyan@letsgetready.org

Applications are due Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Coaches volunteer once a week, either Monday or Wednesday, from 5:30 to 8:30.

Look out for us tabling in Usdan this week!

Date: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 5:30-8:30PM
Place: FISK

LIVEBLOG: Eclectic Community Forum

We’re liveblogging tonight’s Eclectic Community Forum so that those who can’t attend know what’s being discussed in the meeting. Eclectic is reapplying for program housing status on Campus. Tonight’s forum will be co-hosted by the Undergraduate Residential Live Committee (URLC) and Eclectic members. Eclectic members will give a presentation and then the forum will be opened to the greater Wesleyan community.

Read These Jinn Stories if You Wanna Get Properly Spooked this Halloween

Every year, in search of some solid Halloween spookiness, I inevitably end up searching the internet for stories about jinns. What’s a jinn you ask? They show up in pop culture every so often; the jinn, or genie, that you probably know best is the Genie from Aladdin.

Jinns feature prominently in Islamic mythology. What’s interesting about the genre is that Jinns are actually based on Islamic literature and theology, and they’re mentioned many times in the Quran. Basically, if you believe in Islam, a belief in jinns tags along whether you want it to or not… kind of like your kid sister that follows you everywhere. For many Muslims such as myself, this lends the concept of Jinns a legitimacy that your average ghost story doesn’t have.

Also, shout out to the Buzzfeed podcast See Something Say Something by Ahmed Ali Akbar for doing an awesome yearly Halloween episode about jinns and halaloween ;)

Read on for some more background on jinns, as well as some jinn stories that’ll creep you the fuck out. I’ll leave you to decide whether you want to believe them or not.

Psi Upsilon Speaks Out Re: Cornell

Last month, major news outlets reported on a racially charged hate crime associated with Cornell University’s chapter of Psi Upsilon. The administration at Cornell responded by shutting down the chapter indefinitely due to the frat’s history of repeatedly violating the school’s code of conduct.

The Wesleyan chapter of Psi U has sent in a statement to Wesleying regarding these events. The statement can be read after the jump.

“Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman,” A Compilation

As the beautiful autumn weather descends upon Wesleyan again, so does drop/add. And with drop/add comes a lot of stress. And if you’re a first year, you’re probably stressed about a whole lot more than whether you’ll get a seat in Myth, Magic, and Movies this semester.

What you’re going through right now is not unique. We’ve all been through it. Even those of us that were first years no less than 4 months ago have tons to say. The transition into college is difficult. Sure, some people make it look easy, but try not get caught up in that.

The advice in this column was anonymously sent into Wesleying’s TipBox by many wonderful members of Wesleyan’s community. Take a deep breath, get off of Instagram, and take a minute to read it.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2017: Athletics/Athlete Life

This is an update of my short update of D‘s mostly repost of previous athletics unofficial orientation series posts.

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This is part of our 2017 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Some of you frosh probably don’t know that WesTech competes in the prestigious NESCAC—the most competitive D3 conference in the country. Despite the throngs of news outlets that flock to many of our sports games, you will never have to enter a lottery system or wait in a line overnight to obtain tickets. We also aren’t like these fans, and we never will be. That’s okay. Do not believe the naysayers who claim that Wesleyan students do not support or appreciate athletics. I have personally witnessed Wes students get so fired up after a basketball loss to Trinity that we started a “safety school” chant. Not our best moment but definitely an example of caring!

Whether you’re attempting to relive your high school glory days, looking to get or stay fit (the freshman fifteen is real), or trying out a new sport, Wesleyan has what you are looking for!