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Procrastination Destination: Spotify Songs with Zero Listens

I just listened to a song by a man named Raymond Froggatt. He will probably be happy to see his name appear in a Google Alert after this post is published. His song, “Stay with Me” had 0 plays on Spotify before I listened to it.

The song can be described as Wiggles-rock meets Usdan Thanksgiving live music act. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

“And I can see
A light through the dark
In your loving ways

No confusion in this rhyme
No confusion in our time
At least, well, not in mine”

Court Orders Wesleyan to Give DKE Access to 276 High Street

In perhaps the most momentous chapter of a saga dating back to the Fall of 2014, the Wesleyan chapter of DKE (Delta Kappa Epsilon) has just won another huge victory in its lawsuit against the university.

Just before 6PM today, President Roth sent out yet another email with the subject line reading “Campus Update.” This time, it was to inform us that a judge ruled that Wesleyan must allow DKE access to 276 High Street at the start of the Fall 2018. Three classes of students have never set foot in the fraternity, located directly across the street from President Roth’s house, but it may soon be open to undergraduates once more.

Wesleyan plans to file an appeal, but the exact path forward remains shrouded in mystery as of this evening. Read past the jump for the full email, and our key takeaways.

BA/MA Panel

From the Office of Graduate Student Services:

Hear from current students and the Director of Graduate Student Services about the ins and outs of the fifth year masters program. There will be current BA/MA students from departments across NSM (bio, chem, CS, E&ES, psych) discussing their experience with the program: how they decided to do it, what it’s like to apply, what it’s like to be a BA/MA student at Wes, how they worked out housing, and advice for future students. Please join us! People of all majors and genders are welcome!

Date: Tuesday, October 31
Time: 12-1PM
Place: Boger 114

Latinx Affirmation Month Convocation 2017

From Marcelo Salas ’19:

Every year, Ajúa Campos, Wesleyan’s Latinx student collective, holds Latino/a/x Affirmation Month (LAM) in November to celebrate and draw attention to Latinidad as it exists on and off campus. This year, we are celebrating and recognizing Afro-Latinidad and all the experiences it encompasses. With this in mind, we would like to everyone to LAM Convocation 2017, which takes place this Sunday, October 29th at 6 p.m. in the Alpha Delt Greene Room. Convocation serves to commence Latinx Affirmation Month. The event will feature a catered dinner, student speakers, and a keynote address from Francisco-Luis White. Francisco, who identifies as gender non-binary (pronouns: they/them), is an Afro-Latinx poet, storyteller and advocate. I have included their bio below:

“Francisco-Luis White is an Afro-Latinx poet, storyteller, and advocate residing in the District of Columbia. White has presented at OutWrite (2016, 2017), Fire & Ink: Witness – a Conference for LGBTQ Writers of African Descent, the Carolina Conference on Queer Youth (2014, 2015), the United State Conference on AIDS (2014), the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (2017), and was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference held at Princeton. In 2013, they were endorsed by Jill Stein and the Massachusetts Green Party as a candidate for Boston City Council.

The poet has been featured at Pete’s Big Salmon Poetry Series (Brooklyn), Busboys & Poets (Wasington, D.C.), the You Can’t Kill a Poet Reading Series (Philadelphia), among other events and venues. They have a collection of poetry forthcoming from Brooklyn-based indie publisher Indolent Books, as well as work published or forthcoming with Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Vetch Journal, and Lambda Literary Review. They’ve also been featured in conversation with other gender non-conforming writers for Winter Tangerine. A fierce HIV and LGBT equity advocate, White contributes to and HIV Equal.”

We hope that everyone will join us for LAM Convocation 2017!

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 6PM
Place: Alpha Delt Greene Room

College of Letters Open House

From Emily Furnival ’18:

Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.

The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of Literature, History, and Philosophy. You will read everything from the Koran to Frankenstein to Sappho, and more. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due after Spring Break for freshmen, so come by with questions!

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30-5:30PM
Place: COL Library (3rd floor of Boger Hall)

LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy

From the FGSS Department and the Office for Equity & Inclusion:

In an effort to explore diversity in Italian media and culture and to keep up with current debates in the country, the Italian section has invited Italian performance artist Primavera Contu and Dr. Julia Heim to discuss the theme of LGBTQIA+ activism in contemporary Italy. The event is titled “LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy”, and it is co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well as the Office for Equity and Inclusion.

Doctor Julia Heim will give a talk (in English) on queer sex, politics and art in contemporary Italy. Primavera Contu will then perform an interactive meditation on gender/sexuality/identity. The performance, titled “Don’t Panic, BI PAN. Bisessuale non è una parolaccia”, will explore and examine sexual labels, encouraging all participants to reflect, critically and ironically, on their own sexual identities.
Both events will be interactive and will give students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about these topics through practices of queer engagement.

A Q&A session and a reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Highwaymen Common Room RLL Building (300 High Street)

Theory Certificate presents Freedom and Flight

Professor Matthew Garrett writes in:

Freedom cannot be understood without its opposite, slavery. Political theory therefore must attend to the movement from slavery to freedom. Neil Roberts has developed a powerful account of this movement by examining marronage, the flight of enslaved Africans seeking escape from chattel slavery beyond the boundaries of the plantation. In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Downey 113

Hot Chocolate & Stargazing

Kati Young ’18 writes in:

Drop by for a night of hot chocolate, yummy cookie, and great company.

Hosted by Wesleyan Women in Science; all majors and genders welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 9-11PM
Place: Van Vleck Observatory

Go Get a FREE Cupcake at Swings for Karen’s Birthday

Hey! Did you know that today is Karen Kaffen-Polascik‘s 50th birthday?? You might recognize Karen as a familiar face at WesWings or the Red & Black Cafe, where she is the co-owner along with Ed Thorndike ’89.

Yesterday, Ed tipped us off to a surprise cupcake food truck that would be coming to Swings during lunch hours today just for the occasion. The cupcakes are courtesy of WesWings, so stop by before the truck leaves and wish Karen (and her twin sister) a happy 50th!!!! Read past the jump for some quality pics of Karen: