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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 First Year: 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!

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