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wescam is baaack (almost)!

Yes, I will kiss the girl from Venus for science

**update as of 3:52pm today, wescam is LIVE!**

It is now officially April 8th here on the east coast, which means (spoiler alert) the wescam website will be live literally any second. (Also it’s this year’s organizer/lead coding queen Emma Freeman ’19s birthday!) It’s going up earlier this year than it has in the past, which could be either a good thing or a bad thing? Historically, I’ve been very excited for the first week of wescam season, after which my hype factor diminishes exponentially. This is most likely because I’m a horrifically terrible texter, but also because of the self-fulfilling prophecy that wescam won’t live up to my expectations. But Mercury is no longer in retrograde, so maybe this year will be ~different~.

Seeing as apparently spring is the season for #figuring #shit #out, here are some things I’ve been thinking about in the lead up to wescam:

In Depth: OurCampus


This past week, I got to sit down with Tyler Lederer-Plaskett ’21, one of the founders of the new app OurCampus. OurCampus is a professor review app, and it’s out just in time for pre-registration! Gone are the days when we had to rely on or post in WesAdmits in order to get the lowdown on the best/worst/hottest/easiest professors at Wesleyan. I distinctly remember prefrosh-me trying to do pre-reg in the middle of July and having absolutely no idea who to ask about which professors and classes I should take. That uncertainty comes back full force every semester, and until now there wasn’t really a good way to deal with it aside from basically waiting it out til Drop/Add.

Read past the jump to get Tyler’s take on OurCampus!

APPLY to work for WASTE NOT!

The Waste Not Spring 2019 Application is out!! The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 5th at 11:59 PM!

Hi hi friends. Do you like waste not!-ing? Do you want to help people get cheap stuff for their rooms? Do you like working with a group of students carrying hand me downs? DO YOU CARRY A LUNCHBOX? (and thus can you carry other things?)

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, consider applying to Waste Not! Waste Not is Wesleyan’s annual tag sale, which seeks to reduce waste on campus by reselling gently used donations to students in the fall, so that stuff stays in the Wesleyan cycle and isn’t thrown out. We’re looking for amazing people to work with us in the spring, which is basically tearing microwaves out of the hands of weeping seniors. plus, YOU GET TO STAY FOR SENIOR WEEK!!!!!@!!@!

Apply HERE and let us know if you have any questions!
Applications are due March 31!

More information on Waste Not dates and stuff are here:
For any questions, email: wesustainability[at]gmail[dot]com

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 11:59 pm
Place: Application Form!

WESU Spring Record Fair

The WESU Spring Record Fair is here!!!!

WESU’s biannual record fair is back. The Spring Record Fair will take place on April 6th from 11am-4pm with early entry available for $5 at 10am. Come by to grab tons of music memorabilia from t-shirts and stickers to vinyl and cds. Local vendors will be in Beckham hall selling swag all day. WESU DJs will be spinning records to keep the vibes going. All are welcome and admission is free.

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Place: Beckham Hall

Writing the War on Terror: A Conversation with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin

Check out this event from Professor William Pinch!

Discuss writing fiction, non-fiction, and criticism with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin at the Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mount Vernon Street.

Ackerman is a novelist and long-form journalist who has published three novels and numerous essays. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. His next book, Places and Names, reflects on the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. It is due out in July. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C. You can learn more about Elliot Ackerman and his work at

Molin is a former Army officer who served in infantry units at Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and in Korea. In 2008-2009, he was an advisor to Afghan National Army forces in Khost and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan. He also holds a PhD in American Literature from Indiana University and for many years taught literature and writing at the US Military Academy at West Point. He retired from active duty in 2015 and now enjoys teaching in the Rutgers University Writing Program. He is an avid reader and prolific critic of all manner of war literature. You can read some of his work at

Please join us for a lively discussion with two impressive prose stylists!

(Cookies and beverages will be available too, to sweeten the conversation.)

Made possible with the generous support of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Department of History, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Shapiro Writing Center.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 5 – 6:15 PM
Place: Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mt Vernon St.

Talking about the Weather: Environmental Journalism & the Challenge of Communicating Complexity

Check out this event from Wesleyan’s College of the Environment!

Join us for a discussion about environmental journalism, led by Meaghan Parker, the executive director of the Society for Environmental Journalists. Lunch will be served; RSVPs requested, but not required.

Meaghan Parker is the Executive Director of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Previously, she was the Senior Writer/Editor and Partnerships Director for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program of the Wilson Center, a nonpartisan policy forum in Washington, DC., where she worked for 15 years. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning New Security Beat, a daily blog covering environment, health and security. She was the supervising producer of the award-winning documentary trilogy, “Healthy People, Healthy Environment,”three short films filmed in Tanzania, Nepal and Ethiopia. She was the lead editor of “A New Climate for Peace,” an online platform and independent study commissioned by the G7 Foreign Ministers. A frequent speaker and moderator on panels about media, she served two terms as the associate board member for SEJ. Before joining the Center, she was Manager of Research and Internal Communications at the Fortune 500 energy company PPL Global, where she researched international investments and renewable energy policy.

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 12:10 – 1:20 PM
Place: Albritton 311

Theory Certificate presents: Social Movement Power

Check out this event from Professor Matthew Garrett as part of the Theory Certificate!

Please join us for the second Theory Certificate lecture of the semester:

“Leverage of the Weak in a Time of Disinformation”
Hwa-Jen Liu (National Taiwan University)

Hwa-Jen Liu has developed a powerful framework for understanding the conditions of social movements, anchored in the divergent sources of power in labor and environmental struggles. Focused on East Asia, Professor Liu’s richly historical and rigorously structural account has broad applicability across time and geography. Her work has been called “required reading for anyone interested in the political possibilities and challenges of social movements in today’s global political economy.”

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: Downey 113

An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams

Check out this event from the College of the Environment!

Please join us for a reading, book signing and reception with award-winning conservationist-activist-writer Terry Tempest Williams, author of the environmental literature classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, When Women Were Birds, The Hour of Land, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and more. Both the event and reception are FREE and open to the public.

Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Ms. Williams received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation. Williams also received the 2017 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing.

Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Alpha Delta Phi-re

Check out this event from Azher Jaweed ’19 at Alpha Delt!

Get ready for an exciting, titillating, and mesmerizing concert featuring bands right here from Wesleyan. Opening for Alpha Delta Phi-re is Toxic Holiday, a four-piece Indie-Soul band from New Haven. Following is the most soulful singer and guitarist on campus: Miranda Finn. Headlining for the show is His Royal Highness Sir Cicero Presley, whose new EP with Miranda has just released! Join us this Friday as we rekindle the music scene at Alpha Delta Phi-re. Roll thru to ADP (185 High Street) at 9:59:59pm – 2am and vibe with us !!

No perps allowed. ADP’s top priority is the safety of those that enter our house. If you feel at all unsafe or uncomfortable please contact Nick Ticali at 516-710-0820

Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 9:59:59 PM-2:00 AM
Place: Alpha Delt