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MESA de español

From the Spanish Department:

Speak Spanish while you have lunch!

Mesa de español is open to the entire Wesleyan community! All Spanish levels and ALL students, whether currently enrolled in a Spanish class or not, are welcome.

Look for the sign on the quiet side, by the windows.

Date: Starts TODAY, September 25
Time: 12-1PM, Monday through Friday
Place: The back of the quite side (mink dining hall) by the windows

Ben Cosgrove Performs in the Exley Lobby

Hanna Holcomb ’19 writes in:

Ben Cosgrove is the latest Artist-in-Residence for the New England Trail, a 215 mile National Scenic Trail that travels through 41 communities in CT and MA. He will be performing in Exley Science Center lobby on September 27th at 7 pm.

Ben performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work. The strongest forces guiding Ben’s compositions are his deep interests in landscape, place, and ecology.

Learn more about Ben from his website.

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 7PM
Place: Exley Science Center Lobby

Anything But English; an International Open Mic

From Anna Apostolidis ’19:

Hello magnificent multilingual Wesleyan! Do you have a poem/song/story you’ve wanted to perform at an open mic before, but it just happens to not be in English? Are you interested in hearing words and songs from around the world? Wesleyan program houses are holding an open mic for any student on campus who wants to come and perform. Come with words, actions, or sounds, your own work or someone else’s–the catch: everything performed has to be in languages other than English. We hope to see you there!


Russian House, La Casa, Asian Asian American House, German House, Ubuntu, French Hall, South Asian House, International House, and Sign Language House

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 8:30-10:30PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Professor Anthony Hatch Presents “Black Phoenix Rising: Death and Resurrection of Black Lives”

From the Center for the Humanities:

Associate Professor of Science in Society, African American Studies, and Sociology Anthony Hatch presents the first Monday night CHUM lecture of the semester. This semester’s theme is “Rethinking Necropolitics.”

“In the face of violent anti-black forms of institutionalized racism, black people are forced to find new ways to refuse being killed. Yet, in the wake of successful racist killings, the deaths of black people take on new meanings that give life and hope to those who survive. The deaths of black people become sources of collective and symbolic power for the living. Positioning the Black Lives Matter Movement in the context of necropolitics helps renew our collective need to theorize the value and meaning of black lives within a deluge of death and disappearance in black communities. This movement is part of a broader intellectual tradition in black radical praxis that aims to transform scholarly, activist, and public discourse and public policies concerning anti-black racisms and the prospects for antiracist futures. By drawing on this broader tradition, this lecture envisions a black radical praxis that simultaneously recognizes how black people resist death and transform symbolic meanings of death in ways that push back against anti-black racisms.”

Date: TODAY, September 25
Time: 6PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons (3rd floor of Usdan)

WPU Debate: The West Should Not Promote Liberal Democratic Values to Other Nations

Tess Vartanian ’20 writes in:

The debate topic for our very first debate will be “The West Should Not Promote Liberal Democratic Value to Other Nations.”

Whether you’ve written dissertations on this issue, or just want to learn about it for the first time, WPU is the place for you! The debate features 2 speakers arguing the affirmative and 2 speakers arguing the negative. After the speakers, anyone in attendance has a chance to speak from the floor if they like.

If you would like to be a speaker please contact Tess Vartanian (tvartanian[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).

Business attire is preferred.

Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 8-10PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Gauging Interest in Campus Emergency Medical Service

A student writes in:

Are you a certified EMT or enrolled in the Wesleyan EMT class? Are you interested in potentially using your lifesaving skills to help the Wesleyan community? This post is meant to explore interest among student EMTs regarding starting a campus emergency medical service.

If this sounds like something that might interest you and you know your ALS from your BLS, your OPQRST from your SAMPLE, your DCAPBTLS from your BSI, and your CSMs from your ABCs, then please email wesleyanems[at]gmail[dot]com! If you’re licensed in another state, you will be able to get reciprocity certification in Connecticut for free provided you’re NREMT certified.

Note: there is currently no student EMS, and medical emergencies should still be directed to Public Safety and 911.

Deadline: Email the associated address as soon as possible

The Thesis Carrel Gods Have Delivered Their Mandate!

There might be a little more than 95 thesis carrels, and there’s bound to be even more theses, so maybe my image choice was inappropriate for this post. However, I know that many of my fellow ’18ers have yet to make the trek to Olin to realize their fate in the yearly reaping regarding thesis carrel assignments, which is why I’m posting pictures of the carrel assignments on this blog.

Honestly, fuck the rest of this intro. Here’s who got a carrel and who’s on the waitlist:

There’s a New Wes Fashion Instagram


Until recently, there was only one Wesleyan fashion Instagram that I knew of. @wesleyangeese showcased the trendy folks around campus that laid claim to $950 Canada Goose parkas.

Wesleyan Geese didn’t quite hit the mark, however: it only focused on one clothing item, and it was too conventional. Wesleyan fashion has so much more to offer, as we can often see around campus, read about in the Argus, or see embodied in our alumni.

Levi Baruch ’21 saw this gap in Wesleyan social media and founded @wesworn, a fashion Instagram which, according to its bio, has a mission of “Celebrating Wesleyan self-expression, one fit at a time.” Less than 10 days old, the account has already been able to capture some of the more eclectic (I can use that as an adjective again, right?) styles on campus.

Annual Dance Showcase 2017

Lacey Miller ’18 writes in:

Come check out a wide variety of Wesleyan’s incredible dance groups on the most spectacular night of dance this campus has ever seen!

EXLEY PATIO outside SciLi facing Olin
10:00pm Party
10:30pm Show

Along with information about auditions and group meetings, the Annual DanceShowcase brings hip hop, contemporary, modern, ballet, contemporary African, Caribbean, Indian, ballroom, tap, majorette, and much more onto one stage for one exciting night.

Performers include: (ft. DJ audio.nymous)

Precision Troupe
Precision Ensemble
X-tacy Dance Collective
Fusion Dance Crew
Terp Core
Collective Motion
Wesleyan Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team
Mahogany Sugars

The Annual Dance Showcase is hosted by Precision Dance Company and made possible with the help of graphic designer Melissa Joskow, Shelissa in SALD, the WSA, and the Sound Co-Op.

Date: Friday, September 22
Time: 10PM party; 10:30PM show
Place: Outside Exley on Church St. (facing Olin)

Opening and Gallery Talk “Jiaqi Maria Ma—(BEIJING)”

From the CFA:

The painting process of Jiaqi Maria Ma ’17 is similar to the never-ending development of a city. Buildings and passages are created and erased, changed and layered, compositions and neighborhoods shift and mature. Similarly, her feelings for and memories of her hometown of Beijing have evolved as she distances herself geographically and chronologically. Her exhibition “(BEIJING)” consists of a series of five paintings based on her experiences of the the capital city of China. The opening and gallery talk celebrates the start of the 30th anniversary season of the College of East Asian Studies. There will be a gallery talk with Professor of Art Tula Telfair, and a luncheon buffet will be served. On display through Friday, December 8, 2017.

Date: Wednesday, September 20
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center