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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.

DKE Wins Lawsuit Against University

This afternoon, President Michael Roth ’78 sent out an email informing the campus community that DKE has won its lawsuit against the University. The trial, which was public, began on June 6th, and President Roth testified on June 7th.

The original suit was filed by DKE and Kent Literary Society, which is DKE’s alumni chapter. DKE accused the University of discrimination and deceptive practices in its handling of DKE after the decision that all fraternities on campus must be co-educated. DKE had submitted plans for co-education that did not meet the University’s requirements.

The University has not said what will happen with DKE’s house, or whether it will re-achieve program housing status. Roth states that the University is searching for further legal avenues to pursue, and the University must also decide what to do in terms of its plans for coeducation.

The full text of the email is below:

In Case You’re Not Done With Pre-Reg, Here is the Best of Wesmaps Fall 2017

This article was a collaboration with bean. Thanks bean!

Don’t forget that Fall 2017 pre-reg comes to a close today at 5pm!! So if you’re like me and have spent wayy too long looking through WesMaps but not actually adding anything to your course list or just totally forgot and are in a total panic we’ve got you covered! Some of these have pre-reqs (sorry not sorry, the classes still look sick though), but if you’re looking to fill up some empty space in your additional courses, these classes are the way to go.

Here’s a list of classes we think are super interesting and worth adding:

Urban Bush Women: “Walking with ‘Trane”

From Luisa Donovan ’18

Urban-Bush-WomenUrban Bush Women is visiting campus to engage students through movement workshops and a performance of their piece “Walking with ‘Trane.”

UBW, founded by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and based in Brooklyn, NY, uses dance as a performance and engagement tactic to tell untold and under-told stories of disenfranchised people. They use a woman-centered perspective of the African Diaspora to push their movement, both political and embodied, through the minds of their audiences.

This work explores themes of jazz culture, migration, and justice through the life and music of John Coltrane. Choreographed through and with his album, A Love Supreme, this work produces sound and movement as tools that emulate political turmoil and affect social change.

The show is ALMOST SOLD OUT so if you have not already, visit the box office or buy online at https://wesleyan.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1335&cid=165&r=5749b26db3744b6abeb61c07e89098d0.
$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

At 7:15pm, prior to their 8pm performance, Luisa Donovan ’18 be leading a talk and discussion about her experience with the company and their Summer Leadership Institute- come by the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall to hang out and learn more.

Please feel free to reach out to lcdonovan@wesleyan.edu with any questions about the company, their performance, or their visit to campus.

Date: March 3rd

Time: 8pm

Place: CFA Theater

Cost: $6

Humanitarian Challenges Today: Migrants, Refugees & the International Community

From the Wesleyan Refugee Project and Engage

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Join Mark Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, as he speaks about “Humanitarian Challenges Today: Migrants, Refugees, and the International Community.”

He will provide an insider and expert look at the U.S Department of State’s policies and actions on immigration and refugee resettlement, as well as the corresponding public national discourse.

Ambassador Storella oversees admission of refugees to the United States and refugee programming in the Near East and Asia regions. Prior to his current assignment, Ambassador Storella served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Brussels, as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia from 2010-2013, as the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Baghdad from 2009-2010, and as the Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission in Geneva from 2006-2009.

https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/bureau/259069.htm

Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/142764459576240/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1488159457127077

Date: March 2nd

Time: 7-9:30 pm

Place: PAC 001

Wesleyan University Orchestra Children’s Concert

From the CFAWESCFA

Children and families can learn about all the instruments of the orchestra and how they work together in a fun interactive musical exploration. The performance by the Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, is followed by a multi-station musical instrument petting zoo—a great experience for all ages. Limited seating.

Date: March 4th

Time: 3pm

Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Cost: Free

Apply to be a Writing Tutor!

Gabriel Borelli writes in

If you love to read, write, and — most importantly — help 8f8f7d0fbc0155eea136160653d2f8d3others with their writing, apply to be a writing tutor this fall!

The Writing Workshop has begun soliciting applications for the Fall 2017 writing tutor positions. Apply now—the quick and easy pre-application form is available here (link: http://wesleyan.edu/writing/workshop/becometutor.html ) and is due by Friday, March 10th.

Tutors will be compensated for one semester of work with a $500 stipend and 1/2 course credit in the Writing Certificate. All tutors undergo a two-day intensive training session at the beginning of the fall semester, followed by check-in meetings on Tuesdays from 12-1 PM.

There are two steps in the application process:

1. The pre-application form. This is a short form indicating your interest in applying for a position.

2. The full application is due on Friday, March 10 at 5 pm. Applications are to be delivered to Ford Fellow Gabriel Borelli’s office (Downey House Room 103).

To learn more, visit our website. Please direct any questions to Ford Fellow Gabriel Borelli at writingworks@wesleyan.edu or Interim Director of Academic Writing Meg Furniss Weisberg at mweisberg@wesleyan.edu

 

Date: March 10th

Time: by 5pm

Place: Downey 103