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We Talked to the Director of the New Office of Survivor Advocacy and Community Education

Two weeks ago, Antonio Farias emailed out some updates to Wesleyan’s policies and support networks relating to issues of sexual assault on campus. In the email sent on February 1st, which can be read in full on the Equity & Inclusion blog, Farias announced the hiring of Johanna DeBari, M.A. as the director of the new Office of Survivor Advocacy and Community Education (or SACE, for short).

DeBari partially fills the role of Alysha Warren who, before she took a job at Williams beginning Fall 2017, was in charge of survivor advocacy, running the We Speak We Stand performance during New Student Orientation and bystander intervention training programs, and worked in CAPS as a licensed therapist specializing in trauma resulting from sexual violence.

After the email was sent out, I reached out to Johanna for a Wesleying feature on the new office, her goals for the position, and her past research on sexual violence on campus. We ended up doing an email interview. Here’s what we talked about:

LIVEBLOG: Facilities Forum (OR: What Are All the New Buildings Gonna Be?)

University Provost Joyce Jacobsen and President Roth emailed the entire campus earlier this semester about two “facilities forums.”

You: “Wesleying, wtf is that?? It sounds like a snoozefest!”

Wesleying: “It very well might be, but we do think it’s going to cover a lot of important issues and we wanted to liveblog so that other folks who can’t attend know what’s going on.”

According to the email, the folks in North College “are reaching out for broad input” on what improvements to make to different physical spaces around campus. The email mentioned a list of things being considered:

  • Moving the DAC collections into Olin Library
  • Expanding the current digital design studio into a larger digital design commons
  • Renovating the south gallery in Zilkha
  • Building the third phase of the Center for Film Studies
  • Renovating the PAC and building
  • A new science building to replace Hall-Atwater

Yeah, it seems important. So here we go:

Need to Figure Out Co-Op Shares? Use this Spreadsheet!

Most of this is just recycled text from ~last semester~

The deadline for filling out the Local Co-Op Survey is Saturday at 5PM. If you’re a first-timer, co-op can be really confusing. There are at least 9 different co-ops to choose from, and the distribution method for each one can be different. Things only get more complicated if you live in a program house, a low rise apartment, or a senior house and are trying to form a group of 4 or more people, bUT yOU AlL wANt DifFFeREnt ThINgs!!!!!

It’s actually a huge problem. You may not want a full share of anything yourself but, as per co-op rules, your group must buy in whole numbers of shares. And, it’s somewhat difficult to figure out all these ratios as you are filling out the survey. Only one person can fill out the survey, and so if you don’t already know everything you want, your entire group has to be in the same room looking at the survey together.

davíd made a google sheet last semester that addresses these issues. You and your group members can use the sheet to get a preliminary feel for how much each person wants to contribute to your weekly co-op cornucopia. More after the jump:

Desperate Measures Auditions

Oren Maximov ’18 writes in:

1) a person

If you fit any of the descriptions above, you should come to audition for Desperate Measures, Wesleyan’s only short-form improv comedy group!

Auditions will be Monday (2/5) and Tuesday (2/6) in the East Room (CFA Theater Studios building) at 5-6.
Callbacks will be Thursday (2/8) from 5-6.
We don’t need you to prepare anything ahead of time. Just come for the full hour, and most importantly, have fun!
Questions? Contact omaximov[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6
Time: 5-6PM
Place: East Room of the CFA Theater Studios Building

The Big Short Movie Brunch

Zenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Our monthly FREE movie + brunch event is happening on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD! Come one, come all for free carbolicious delicacies, coffee, and cinematic delight!

Date: Saturday, February 3
Time: 11:30AM-2:30PM
Place: Shapiro Center (116 Mt. Vernon)

Apply for a Writing Mentor

From Ford Fellow Emery Frick:

Apply for a Writing Mentor! A Writing Mentor will meet with you privately each week to help you with writing in all of your classes. Mentors are trained to help you at all stages of the writing process, whether it be brainstorming, structure, grammar, style, or time management. By having a mentor, you will be able to continuously improve your writing throughout the semester.

We work with students of all writing abilities and in all disciplines, and all services are, of course, free.

Please apply here, by Monday, February 5th at 9:00 AM. We will notify new mentees by the 7th.

We look forward to working with you!

Deadline: Monday, February 5 at 9AM

If You Want Your Event Posted to Wesleying, Read This!

A lot of this is recycled text (thx Maya) from recycled text from two years ago (thx Samira), but here are some tips and guidelines for submitting your events!

spring-2009-210HEY WESLEYAN!

Did you know that we post events? Wondering if you should submit your event? Well, you should! Wesleying gets anywhere from 1,000 to 7,000 views per day as of late. Submitting your event to be posted here is good for ~exposure~ and also a way to reach different audiences than those reached by Facebook’s weird algorithm that somehow never made “A WesAdmits Haunting – Back2(Pre-)Frosh ’17 Simulacrum Spook” appear in my newsfeed.

We love posting your events, but we get a lot of them. If you want your meeting/audition/application deadline/concert/thing posted to Wesleying on time, please use this form here. This time of the year is especially busy which makes our inbox quickly burst at the seams, so it helps if you submit your event at least 4 or 5 days in advance.

Much of this is elaborated from our event submissions policy, but here are some things you can do to make life easier:

Cozy Cocoa n Coloring

Happening tonight at Alpha Delt:

Drop/Add is stressful, so come take a break with the Alpha Delta Pham! We’ll have coloring book pages, but feel free to BYOB (bring your own BOOK)! Or just chat around our lovely *~lit~* fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.

Date: TODAY, February 1
Time: 8-9PM
Place: Alpha Delt

Part of Us: A New Musical

From Second Stage:

Directed by Isaac Gotterer
Music & Lyrics by Cassie Willson and Isaac Gotterer
Book by Isaac Gotterer in collaboration with the cast

cum get ur tickets to this GAY new musical. u might laugh & cry, but u will definitely hear some good tunes :) !!! see u there ;)

Performances:
Thursday, Feb 1 @ 8pm
Friday, Feb 2 @ 8pm
Saturday, Feb 3 @ 2pm AND 7pm

*** tickets will go live on Eventbrite the day of each performance at 12:15 HERE ***

cast:
adam — Amira Leila
anamika — Zurich Deleon
marcus — Jumoke McDuffie-Thurmond
mary — Halie Binstock

if you have any questions contact the SM team: Liz Mitts – emitts[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, Campbell Silverstein – csilverstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, or Neha Nascimento – nnascimento[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Thursday, February 2 through Saturday, February 3
Time: 8PM (Thursday and Friday); 7PM (Saturday)
Place: 92 Theater