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THESISCRAZY 2019 (Part 1): And So It Begins

“I just love to play with the old moldy shit” – Aviv Rau ’19

Welcome to the first post of THESISCRAZY 2019!

If you’re interested in being interviewed for a THESISCRAZY interview, please fill out this google form! Whether you’re heavy STEM or the most artsy fartsy out there, let us showcase all the hard work you’ve put in these past few months. If you’re looking for a terrific way of dealing with work and imminent deadlines, here’s the archive of interviews from previous years for your reading pleasure.

The interviews of three marvelous, intelligent women are after the jump!

Divest Now: Wesleyan University’s Institutional Obligation to Address Climate Injustice

Written by Ben Silverstone ‘22 and Ernest Braun ‘22 on behalf of WesDivest, Climate Action GroupWesDems, Sunrise, and a coalition of other sustainability groups, this guest post addresses climate injustice and what Wesleyan must do now to ensure our planet’s future:

“12 years from now, in 2031, Wesleyan will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary. In 2030, the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) warns that we will reach environmental tipping points that will speed up the pace of the climate crisis. The catastrophic warming resulting from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels which has already begun to ravage our planet will be irreversible for millennia. As the students, faculty, and administration reflect upon Wesleyan’s accomplishments over the past 200 years, perhaps they will wonder what Wesleyan may look like in another 200 years, or even in 50. Unless we take drastic actions to reduce our emissions now, we already know the answer to that question.

We are WesDivest. We formed to urge the administration to divest our endowment from the fossil fuel industry, to commit to renewable energy and reduced consumption, and to lead by example in the fight for the futures of our generation. We formed because all of human civilization is implicated in the same challenge for the next decade: to stop greenhouse gas emissions before we make the planet uninhabitable. With this challenge in mind, any institution that ignores the reality of climate change is contributing to its own demise and doing a moral disservice to humanity. Therefore, all people who are invested in Wesleyan’s enduring success – and that of its students  – should seriously consider divestment from fossil fuels and begin building a more sustainable future.

Read the rest of this guest post after the jump:

“The Past and Future of Human Rights” with Yale Professor Samuel Moyn and launch of University Network for Human Rights at Wesleyan

Check out this event from the University Network for Human Rights!

The event will begin with a brief talk and an audience-driven Q&A with Prof. Samuel Moyn of Yale Law School on ‘The Past and Future of Human Rights’. Professor Moyn is a leading expert and critic of the human rights movement. His book The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2012, Harvard University Press) assesses the growth of the human rights movement in the 1970s. Prof. Moyn’s book Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018, Harvard University Press) critiques the movement’s neutrality to the harmful consequences of the dominant neoliberal economic policies of the last several decades and its resultant failure to prioritize economic and social rights.

After the discussion, the University Network for Human Rights will launch on the campus of Wesleyan University. The University Network trains undergraduates in the practice of human rights through engagement in concrete human rights fact-finding, documentation, and advocacy. This past week, the University Network issued a major report on the role of US weapons in Saudi/UAE-led Coalition attacks on civilians in Yemen. The report received coverage in The Washington Post, Democracy Now!, Newsweek, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.

Currently, the University Network is working closely with local community partners on issues of environmental racism in Louisiana, forced eviction of indigenous communities by a major dam project in India, and forced disappearances in Mexico. After Prof.
Moyn’s talk and Q&A, the University Network’s Executive Director Ruhan Nagra, President Prof. James Cavallaro of Stanford Law School, and student coordinator Hannah Smith will discuss how Wesleyan students can get involved in concrete human rights practice. Prof. Cavallaro will visit Wesleyan in the fall and teach a seminar on human rights advocacy.

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: PAC 002

We’re Selling Stickers! So That We May Perpetuate Our Existence!

check out these ~sexy~ new sticker designs from our very own sdz (and our classic logo ones are back too)

Hey campus, how’s it going? Grinding tension of the academic experience just starting to build up? Same. Well, we have stickers to solve your problems. You might wonder, what purpose does a blog without a brand (okay, let’s be real, we definitely have a brand, and it is silly tweets and bad jokes) have for merch?

Well, first of all: we think these stickers are really, really cool and we like them a lot. That should be reason enough. But, unfortunately, it’s not.

We need money.

I know what you’re thinking. “Wesleying, I thought you were on our side in the struggle against the pressures of capitalism?” We are, but existing on the internet isn’t free. Our servers cost $25/month (up from $5 a month) and we have domain name expenses.

Wesleying has existed for 13 years (l’chayim!) as the only student publication at Wesleyan that has not received a single dime from the SBC. We are not a registered student group and don’t intend to become one. We think it insulates us quite uniquely from a lot of institutional pressures, so we can say whatever the fuck we want, pretty much (without being assholes).

We’ve been a platform for student voices and #snarky #commentary and breaking news and party locations and orgasm stories and Seniors talking about their theses and frosh learning about Wes. More generally, we have been a vehicle for idea transmission. People, for some reason or another, have viewed the site over 6 million times and submitted thousands of events to the site in the past 13 years.

But, our bank account is running low. #Classic #College #Student

So, we’re selling stickers! They’re very cool stickers! You should buy them!

There’s 3 sticker designs (pictured above), and we’re selling them for $3-5 each, or $10 for all 3! What a deal! You get to show off your blog/school/debaucherous spirit, and we get to stay online and posting about all things Wes! Or, if you’re just feeling generous, you can venmo us a donation @wesleying! Or use campus mail to send quarters (or dollar bills, or checks) to WesBox #90183! We’ll take anything we can get!

But WHERE CAN I GET THESE STICKERS?!?!?!?!? We’ll be posting on Twitter and Instagram when/where we are selling stickers! We’re a very personable blog, and we want to meet you, our dear readers/supporters! If you can’t seem to catch us around campus, you can DM us on any of our social media accounts, or shoot us an email at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org!

Thanks for supporting independent blogging here at Wesleying! #SBCFreeSince2006

wtf is @mroth78 doing?????????

While at our penultimate* meeting of the semester, we were scrolling through our twitter tl looking for some ~cool content~ to retweet from our fellow students we came across THIS RIDONCULOUS TWEET:


As we tweeted: “what the fukc?????”

Other followers of his also responded to the tweet:

We don’t know how to end this post, so we’ll just leave you with the words of our fearless leader: “What do I do?”

LIVEBLOG: 2018 State of the School Address with President Michael Roth

the smiling face of our watchful overlord, peering over the masses from his perch on the newly redesigned website

President Michael Roth ’78 is holding the third State of School Address today at 3pm in the Memorial Chapel, and Wesleying is liveblogging the whole thing!

As in previous years, the event is co-sponsored by the WSA, the Argus, and the Ankh. It will consist of an hour-long Q&A, moderated by three students—a member of the WSA, a member of the Argus, and a member of the Ankh.  In an email to the student body about the event WSA president Emma Austin ‘19 shared links where students can submit their questions to President Roth or share a comment for student representatives to pass on to the Board of Trustees. After the State of the School there will be a student-only debrief in the Zelnick Pavilion.

Hot-button issues for this year’s State of the School include CAPS staffing, staff and student worker conditions, and, of course, the controversial website redesign.

In her email, Austin shared the history and intention of the State of the School Address:

“This event grew out of students’ desire for more transparency from the Administration. Scheduled at the beginning of the year and days before the Board of Trustees meeting, the State of the School is designed to ensure that student opinions are heard and heeded as they Administration plans for the years ahead.”

For an in-depth recap of the event in previous years check out Wesleying’s liveblogs of Roth’s 2015 and 2016 addresses. (Note: Due to low student turnout, Austin explained that the event was changed from an annual address to a biannual address, which is why there was no address in 2017.)

Read on for our liveblog of the event.

THESISCRAZY2018 (Part 14): Goodbye for Now

A picture of Lila counting cells (her “favorite activity”)

 

Dear Friends,

It has been a wild ride. Reading through all these THESISCRAZY2018 interviews has been a privilege, and I can’t wait to see what next year’s class brings. But today we have reached the end of our time together. Part 14 is the last part of thesiscrazy this year. I am sad. You are sad. But today at 4pm, the seniors are gonna stand on the Olin steps and they’re gonna pop their bottles of champagne, have a drink or two (or ten) with friends, and celebrate their momentous achievement of writing a thesis. But let’s not forget they’re probably a little sad too, and they don’t quite know why. It’s gonna nag them a little, and they’ll be left wondering. And then next week (not tomorrow or this weekend ’cause they’ll be celebrating), they’ll realize. Their thesis, this thing that was on their mind 22/7 for the last year, is finished. Their baby is gone.

We’ve got some great ones by Ali Arminio ’18, Khephren Spigner ‘18, Caroline Deimer ‘18Lila Levinson ‘18, Jackson Barnett ‘18, Grace Wong ‘18, Allegra Ayida ‘18, Emily Kessler ‘18, and Amélie Clémot ‘18. Don’t skimp on these theses.

Read after the jump to catch up on this final installment of THESISCRAZY2018. And if you really need something for some ultra-last-minute procrastination, check out all of this year’s interviews here! We’ll see you on the steps at 4!

THESISCRAZY2018 (Part 13): No Two Theses are Identical

Celina hanging out in the gallery

Welcome back to THESISCRAZY2018! This post is a diamond. So unique. Not one of these thesis writers are doing a thesis in the same department. We have a Studio Art thesis by Celina Bernstein ‘18, an Econ thesis by Aqila Putri ‘18, a COL thesis by Jake Orlin ‘18, a Psych thesis by Ananya Subrahmanian ‘18, a Spanish thesis by Martha Mastrianni ‘18, and a Biology and ENVS thesis by Eric Hagen ‘18.

Check out their theses after the jump!

THESISCRAZY2018 (Part 12): Lord Kelvin, Whatcha Doin’?

Alice’s “murder wall” right now.

Hello friends, we back.

Welcome to the twelfth episode of THESISCRAZY 2018. We’re approaching the series finale of THESISCRAZY 2018, and I gotta say I’m feeling a little sad. These theses have been amazing, they’ve been the perfect way for me to procrastinate on my work, and they’ve given me a window into the lives of a ton of people I’ve never even met.

Go past the jump to read about Alice Markham-Cantor ‘18‘s be-witch-ing ancestry, Eli Sands ’18‘s time travel to 1925 Manhattan, Darci Collins ’18‘s journey with the isotropic helicoid (is it real or nah?), and Sarah Kang ’18 research into Ginseng (medicinal wonder, or magical health fruit?).