Category Archives: Campus Life

Artist Talk: Ghada Amer

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From Jasmine Mack ’16:

Ghada Amer’s work seeks inspiration from pornographic images of women, popular culture, and from medieval Arabic texts on eroticism. At Wesleyan, she will discuss how her paintings explore female desire and its representation(s) using female figures sewn onto canvas and partially hidden behind threads and paint.

Date: Monday, November 24th
Time: 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Place: 300 High Street, Romance Languages and     Literatures Lounge

Male Student Files Title IX Lawsuit Against Wesleyan

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Earlier today, Buzzfeed writer Katie J.M. Baker posted an article about how students found guilty of sexual assault by their universities are hurt by the judicial system too. The article features an unnamed male Wesleyan student now suing the college under Title IX. According to the lawsuit, which can be read in full here, the student is suing:

…due to the actions, omissions, errors, and the flawed procedures, and/or negligence and overall failure to provide Plaintiff with an expected standard of due process, concerning the wrongful allegations of sexual misconduct made against John Doe, a male, graduating senior student at Defendant Wesleyan in good standing, and a respected member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly and a fraternity brother, with an otherwise unblemished record.

The article also makes it clear that the unidentified male student is not suing the women who accused him of sexual harassment and assault, but rather suing the university itself for a poorly conducted hearing and lack of due process.

Leslie Feinberg Memorial Service

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From Adam David Jacobs ’15:

Please join us for a Memorial Service in honor of transgender activist and author of Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg, who died last week,on November 15. There will be space for student sharing, followed by a final ritual. Please bring words, memories, stones, and flowers.

Date: Friday, December 21st
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Place: Foyer, Olin Library

Eat to Beat Cancer with the Whey Station and Nora Cupcakes

10462928_10152465245196404_9167707872408173513_nFrom Gavriella Wolf ’15:

Like grilled cheese?
Love cupcakes?
Hate cancer?
PERFECT!

This Friday night, the Whey Station and the Nora Cupcakes trucks are teaming up to beat cancer! They’ll be donating a percent of their proceeds to Relay For Life of Wesleyan University to benefit the American Cancer Society.

As if you needed an excuse to treat yo’self with a yummy late night snack, here it is! COME EAT GOOD FOOD! SAVE LIVES! IT’S THAT EASY!!!

Date: Friday, November 21
Time: 11 PM – 3 AM
Place: William Street (the normal Whey Station location)
Cost: about 3-8 dollars BUT IT’S SO WORTH IT

Second Stage Presents: The Theban Trilogy

10411056_10205675976725540_8812328214918054084_nFrom Sarah Woolf ’15:

Adapted and directed by Ward Archibald

Thursday November 20 at 8pm
Saturday November 22 at 2pm and 8pm
Memorial Chapel

There are no tickets–seating is first come first serve.

Oedipus Tyrannus, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone: three plays written over the lifetime of the great poet Sophocles chronicling the rise and fall of the ruling family of Thebes. Set in the humble Church of Thebes, this adaptation brings the three plays together to examine the family’s downfall and explore whose decisions sent them on that path.

Cast:
Mattison Asher
Louisa Balhaus
Max Cembalest
Emmet Daly
Brett Keating
Andrew Pace
David Peck
Adriana Phillips
Key Session
Linsin Smith
Sarah Wax
Cheyanne Williams
Sarah Woolf

Date: Thursday, November 20 – Saturday, November 22
Time: 10 PM all days, plus a 2 PM show on Saturday
Place: Memorial Chapel

Renditions of Form Art Exhibit and Reception

From Tess Altman ’17:

“Renditions of Form” will be held November 18th through November 25th in Zelnick Pavilion. We’ll be exhibiting art that explores the experience of inhabiting bodies and crossing thresholds.

There will be an opening reception this Thursday. Come for food, performances, and good vibes. Performances/readings/film screenings by:

Jackie Soro
Kai Wilson
Dandara Catete
Virgil Taylor, Julia Chanin, & Morgan Darkes Hill

Date: Thursday, 11/20
Time: 5 pm-6:30 pm
Place: Zelnick

Chef, Don Froot, and JDV+ at Psi U Shofco Benefit Concert

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Psi U and SHOFCO are proud to host the hottest benefit concert of the year. The lineup features a smooth, melodic DJ set by JDV+, and the feel-good jazz band Don Froot. The concert will end with all-sophomore hiphop-funk-jazz fusion band Chef, who are playing their first show since The Mash.

Concert begins at 10pm. Tickets for the event will be sold in Usdan during lunch and dinner for $1 and at the door for $2. All proceeds go towards SHOFCO. Come enjoy some central heating and warm jams!

Date: Friday, November 21
Time: 10PM
Place: Psi U
Cost: $1 at Usdan, $2 at door

7X9 Solitary Confinement Demonstration

From Molly Rappaport ’15:

The Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Student Group brings you 7X9: A demonstration to raise awareness around solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system.

Beginning at 4pm on Thursday to 3pm on Friday, individual students will rotate each spending an hour in a 7 by 9 foot tape-demarcated square in the center of Exley. The box measures 7X9 feet referencing the average size of a solitary confinement cell and the demonstration will last 23 hours in recognition of the 22-24 hours inmates in solitary confinement typically spend in their cells per day. The goal of the demonstration is to raise awareness regarding a practice commonly used in our criminal justice system that we believe is absolutely inhumane. Please take notice of the demonstration when passing through Exley–there will be flyers posted throughout the building that further describe the practice and its consequences.

Date: Thursday 11/20-Friday 11/21
Time: 4 pm-3pm the next day
Place: Exley Lobby

#ThrowbackThursday: Victor Dreams of Foss

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“A man watching his ideas becoming reality.” For a special Wesleyan #throwbackthursday, Wesleying brings you this beautiful, beautiful gift: a little bit of majesty, a little bit of history.

Make fun of the Butts as you will, but in 1965, they were a revolutionary addition to Wesleyan University, and the dream of Wesleyan’s longest-serving President, Victor Lloyd Butterfield. Originally constructed to house the College of Letters and College of Social Studies in an academic-residential cohabitation, the Butts didn’t become the dorms you see today until a 2012 complete renovationButterfield, as pictured above, also dreamed up the Foss Hill Dorms, which include WestCo, Nicolson, and Hewitt (which is why they’re numbered Foss 9, Foss 7, etc.)

But this photo from an Wesleyan Argus issue dated Saturday, February 5, 1966 was a throwback itself, because that day, the newspaper announced Butterfield’s resignation to the community and ran a retrospective of the president’s 23 years of service. Butterfield had announced in January to the Board of Trustees his plan to retire his post by June of 1967, and to the rest of the faculty in early February. So the Argus reflected on all the changes Butterfield had made to the campus, including these new dorms, creating the Center for Humanities (formerly the Center for Advanced Studies, which will be the subject of an upcoming Wesleying feature), building the Ph.D. programs, and making the school’s endowment skyrocket.

More importantly, whoever took and captioned this photo had a serious flair for the dramatic. Much thanks to the folks at Olin Library’s Special Collections & Archives for preserving this for us, some 50 years later. Now go out, fine classmates, and make the Foss of your dreams a reality.

Great LOL of China: Chinese Comedy Performance and Lecture

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Grady McGregor ’16 writes in:

Chinese-English Bilingual improv comic Jesse Appell will be coming to Wes all the way from Beijing to dazzle us with some Chinese-style comedy. If you’re at all interested in China, comedy, or fun things come to the East Asian Studies Center this Thursday night for Jesse’s performance.The event will be free and open to both English and Chinese speakers.

After graduating from college, Jesse went to Beijing, China as a Fullbright Scholar to study with a Xiangsheng (a traditional form of Chinese comedy) master. He has since expanded his repertoire to include writing a comedy column in the South China Morning Post, producing and acting in a number of hit viral music videos, and performing stand-up comedy in English and Chinese.

Links:

Jesse’s highlight reel

CBS news feature on Jesse:
Jesse’s website:

This event is sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi and the College of East Asian Studies.

  • Date: TODAY, Thursday, Nov. 20
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Place: Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace
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