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LGBTQ Ice Cream Social

Check out this event submitted by Mina Khan ’20

What’s a better icebreaker than ice cream? Come to Open House and meet members of your community. Fun friends AND ice cream? Wow! Better come through!

Open House is our campus’s LGBTQ+ program house. We are committed to making our home a space for the whole community. Our house is Your house! Not despite, but Because of your differences!

Date: Friday, September 14th
Time: 5-6:30 PM
Place: Open House

 

Apply for a Writing Mentor!

It’s only the second week of school, but work is definitely already picking up. The Shapiro Writing Center is putting a call out for potential writing mentees! 

Are you anxious about writing academic papers? Do you want to develop your writing skills over the course of the semester? Would you benefit from having a peer tutor dedicated to helping you with your assignments on a consistent basis? If so, apply for a Writing Mentor! Mentors are Wesleyan students majoring in a variety of disciplines who are specifically trained to help peers with their writing. If matched with a Mentor, you will meet with them once a week for 45-minutes and work on your assignments at any stage in the writing process. This service is completely free, and successfully matched mentees will be given 0.25 credits for working with a Writing Mentor.

Please apply through this form, by Friday, September 14 at 9:00 AM. You will be notified directly about your mentee status through email.

We look forward to working with you!

Date: Friday, September 14th
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Boger 114
Form

 

Unofficial Orientation 2018: Greek Life

“I mean, I studied abroad in Athens. Is that what you mean by Greek Life?”

frats

This is sdz‘s update of wilk‘s update from 2016 as part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out our welcome post here and past years’ series here.

So this article is gonna be interesting. It includes an aggregation of updates from both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. Both years included some pretty pivotal Greek Life related things that you probably wanna know about. Some of you may be surprised that we even have Greek life (apparently other lib arts schools don’t?). Others might have already delved into our storied Greek Life related past. Are we about to tell you that Wes Greek Life is back to its prime? No. But there’s some new stuff here that you’re probably gonna wanna know, so it’s probably best that you hit the jump.

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.