Category Archives: Campus Life

[LIVEBLOG] President Roth’s Second State of the School Address

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President Michael S. Roth ’78 is back in the Memorial Chapel tonight for the second annual State of the School Address, organized by the WSA in conjunction with the Ankh and the Argus. At 8 PM, Wesleyan’s own pioneer of liberal education will answer questions submitted by current students, and all of these questions will subsequently be passed on to the Board of Trustees to be discussed at their next meeting.

Last year’s address was the first time the WSA had done anything like this. Enacted by last year’s President Kate Cullen ’16 and VP Aidan Martinez ’17, the annual event was established in order to promote and facilitate transparent discussion between students and the administration. As described by the WSA:

The intention of this event is to provide students the opportunity to speak face-to-face with President Roth, ask meaningful questions and hear his reasoning behind major decisions. Through organizing this dialogue, the WSA strives to raise the student voice in administrative decisions and inform President Roth on how to make better decisions to meet our needs as students.

Naturally, we’ll be liveblogging. The structure is as follows:

  1. Introduction by the WSA (5 minutes) — intention, history of creation, explanation of purpose
  2. President Roth’s monologue-type address (20 minutes)
  3. Question and answer section (1 hour)
  4. Closing remarks (5 minutes)

A student-only debrief will be held afterward in the Zelnick Pavilion from 9:30-10:30. Click through for our liveblog of the address:

Born to Heal: The First Preliminary Poetry Slam ft. Mike Rosen

From WeSLAM:bth

you either saw or didn’t see our semester kick-off showcase and open mic, but either way you absolutely should see our first scored slam of the semester!

come see student poets perform for a spot in our grand slam (in november) and spit the realest fire you’ll hear in all of nescac, with a feature performance by WeSlam founder, Mike Rosen (’11).

weslam believes in poetry’s power to heal, change, and transform the world into a more compassionate and honest place. we hope you will join us in this mission this coming friday, as poet or audience member. either way, your company is essential and necessary.

sign-ups open at 2PM day-of (Saturday, Sept. 24) and are limited to only 10 slots, so email weslam.wesleyan@gmail.com right at 2 to sign up! if you have any questions/anxieties/concerns/speculations you can direct them there as well, or to Giorgia Sage, Lexi Slater, or Hazem Fahmy. poems do not need to be memorized, only written by you. they do not have to be slam poems and you do not have to have ever performed before!

about our feature:
Mike Rosen is a poet, performer, and educator. Best known for the viral video “When God Happens” (UpWorthy.com), Mike was named Best Male Poet at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational 2011, was a finalist at Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2012, and has twice finished in the top ten at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. As a student at Wesleyan University he founded the nation’s largest collegiate poetry slam, and has gone on to perform and teach internationally. His workshops focus on community building, perceptions of masculinity, and breaking down rape culture on college campuses. Recently, Mike traveled to India to meet activists, poets and teachers; he performed in several cities including a capacity crowd in Pune.

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Place: The Bayit (157 Church Street)

Queer Community Open Forum

From José Luis Sánchez ’18:queercommunityforum

We want to hear what you envision the Wesleyan queer community to look like for the 2016-2017 school year. We want to know your expectations and concerns. Queer spaces? Queer parties? Queer events? Come discuss–there will be snacks.

Creating a safe and supportive queer community at Wes requires that we all work together so please invite your friends!

There will be snacks.

Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 6:30 Pm – 8:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Are You Wesleying? Come to a Meeting to Find Out!

Join Wesleying, Wesleyan’s least absorbent campus publication!

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Wesleying has been going strong for ten whole years. We were founded in 2006 by Holly and ishuku just as the internet was becoming more of a thing, and they wanted to tell everyone where the parties were, and ask the hard, irreverent questions that no one too close to the administration wanted to ask.

The blog has taken on a lot of different forms and styles since it was created in 2006, and that’s what keeps it interesting for me. Wesleying is a platform for literally anything that you want to write about. We’ve also been financially and ideologically and just generally independent from the institution since we were founded in 2006, and we’re planning on keeping it that way. And in order to keep going strong, we need YOU.

If you’re a Wes student and can write sentences, we want you. If you feel like your voice isn’t heard on campus, we want to change that. This goes double if you’re queer, trans/nonbinary, a student of color, first gen, low income, or an international student. We want to put up with asshole commenters who will try to shut you down. If you have even a fraction of enough time to have opinions about what happens on our campus, or on the Internet, or in the even-vaguely-Wes-related rest of the world, share them with us and our readers.

Our first recruitment meeting is this Sunday from 4-5 PM in Booger-Boo Hall, room 112. Please come if you are interested in blogging about things and putting them on this website. I’ll be giving what will probably be a very awkward presentation about what Wesleying has been, is, and could/should be. If you want to join but can’t make it to this meeting, please (please!) email editors[at]wesleying[dot]org with the subject line “Recruitment” and tell us about yourself and why you want to join Wesleying.

Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 4-5 PM
Place: The Artist Formerly Known As 41 Wyllys (Boger Hall), room 112
Why: Our Blog Could Be Your Life

We’re also going to be sitting at the WSA student group fair today looking incredibly antisocial, but this is just our default face, so please come talk to us! We can answer any specific or general questions about what we do and what it’s like to do what we do. But, we’ll have a more prepared recruitment pitch when we’re together again, or for the first time.

More about us after the jump:

Bystander Intervention Training

Nikita Ragjopal ’17 writes in:

Become an active bystander by registering for Wesleyan’s bystander intervention training! Empowered bystanders make the campus community safer by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be difficult for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively. The training features two distinct and separate tracks: sexual violence prevention and alcohol use intervention. The next training is Monday, September 19, 2016. Register here!

Date: Monday, September 19
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: TBA; participants will receive instructions after signing up

Skull & Serpent Interrupts a Mozz Sticks Mission

img_7209Last night, on my way to my 7PM class, I saw someone carrying beers to the back of Skull & Serpent. The person tried their best to look nonchalant—coughed, scuffed their feet around, etc., but my interest was already piqued. Something was definitely going on.

On the way home from class, around 10PM, our beloved writer Jackson announced that he wanted mozzarella sticks. On our way to Usdan to retrieve Jackson’s favorite late-night junk food, we noticed something strange: the door to Skull & Serpent was wide open.

Jackson insisted he didn’t want to go inside, because there were mozz sticks waiting for him up in Usdan. But I and our friend Misha absolutely needed to know what was going on. We spent about five minutes creeping to the door and then backing away, unsure of what to do.

Usdan Lunch-blog

we won't look like this because this is Mocon in '84; image from the 'Save Mocon' fb group

we won’t look like this because this is Mocon in ’84; image from the ‘Save Mocon’ fb group

As we told you just a few short hours ago, Wesleying needs money, and we are selling stickers to help raise it. Because Usdan is the center of our vibrant campus, we are here, braving the crowds, excited to meet some of you in person. (Usdan actually probably is the center of campus at lunch though, right?)

Come say hi and funny, liveblog-worthy things, and read on!

What to Expect at The MASH 2016

this afternoon, listen to some SWEET JAMS in the OUTDOORS here at wesleyan. go to the MASH.

the mash 2016 event flyer

While MRoth’s band is not playing this year, Wesleyan’s only administratively-sanctioned outdoor (occasionally indoor) music festival is happening this afternoon and features several students and alumni alike. A couple weeks ago, I told you about what the music scene here is like. Today, you get to ~experience it,~ this time courtesy of the Center for the Arts.

The fourth annual MASH is today, Sept. 9, from 2 – 7:30 p.m. 21 student bands and one very special alumni band are holding down the all-day festival this year. So now, instead of just stewing outside in the humid Connecticut air this afternoon, you can stew outside while listening to some cool music. We’ll also be broadcasting some of the performances ~live~ on Facebook, if it turns out that you can’t make it.

For the first three hours, there are three stages — one in front of Olin Memorial Library, one on the North College Lawn, and one in the CFA. For these three hours, you will have to choose where you want to go. After that’s done, everyone migrates to the main stage at the foot of Foss Hill, where The Highlanders, Jal & Locus, Chef, and El Niño close out the night.

The CFA’s event page and the facebook event have some pretty good information, and I have collected most of it here for you. It’s all organized by stage so that you can pick where to go in the first three-hour block. Everything in quotes is how the bands describe themselves, either to Wesleying or to the CFA. For my list of all the acts playing and links to their music, click through:

Pancakes at Farm House

pancakesFrom the inimitable Matthew Gilbert ’19:

!!!Come one come all to PANCAKES @ Farm House!!! Start the year off right by joining Farm House in our annual pancake breakfast! Meet and greet our lovely residents and learn about the farm here at Wes.

ALSO!!!!!!!! After pancakes we will walk over to LONG LANE FARM together for some farmin’!

Don’t know where Farm House is? Come by Weshop at 9AM and we will walk over together!!

BRING FROSH
BRING YOUR FRIENDS
BRING YOUR EMPTY STOMACHS AND READY-TO-WORK HANDS

***Pancakes are vegan***

Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 9-11AM
Place: Farm House (344 Washington St., across the street from Indian Hill)
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“We-Slam” Not “Wes-Slam” / poetry reading + open mic

we-slam weslamGiorgia Sage ’18 has a message for all of Wesleyan’s poets (and a correction for everyone who keeps saying “wes-slam”):

Come kick off the first weekend of the semester with WeSlam, Wesleyan’s slam poetry group and community. Get a small sample of the spoken word scene at Wes and even read your own work if the mood hits you! We will have several planned readers and a limited number of open slots for sign-up on site! Don’t hesitate to email us at weslam.wesleyan[at]gmail[dot]com or Facebook message us if you have any questions!

Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: WestCo Café