It’s finally Thanksgiving break, and whatever your plans, we hope you have fun and enjoy
pretending you don’t have so much homework taking a break! To everyone going home, good luck talking politics with your families and avoiding high school acquaintances at the grocery store! To those staying on campus (like two-thirds of your favorite Wesleying editors!), look before the jump to find out what (limited) resources are available during break.
Beginning at 11AM today, students have gathered in Usdan to push back against the verdict of no indictment for Officer Darren Wilson given last night in Ferguson. Wilson shot and killed an unarmed Michael Brown months ago, leading to protests in Ferguson and across the country. Signs are being held and banners have been dropped in Usdan right before the campus leaves for Thanksgiving break tomorrow.
There have also been messages written around campus, including on Foss Hill and in front of Olin. More images of the movement in Usdan after the break.
photo from the Wesleyan Newsletter Blog
Bryan Stascavage ‘18 in uniform
This is the first installment of a series of interviews getting to know the veterans in the Posse program.
Bryan Stascavage ‘18 scheduled our interview for 6pm on Sunday at the Usdan tables, so he would have enough time to talk before he attended the WSA meeting, where he sits as the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs Committee. Only on campus for three months, Stascavage has made sure that his voice and political views are heard. He also wrote an opinion column for the Wesleyan Argus. Some of his views, he admits, might not be the most popular on a campus as liberal as Wesleyan. “Somebody might hit me with a hammer,” he joked. No one has hit him yet, but if they did his US Army training might come in handy.
Trigger warning: This post discusses sexual assault and harassment. Below is a direct response to the recent Buzzfeed article on the current lawsuit against Wesleyan University.
I’m Melanie. At least, that’s what “Kevin” called me on Buzzfeed. In his lawsuit against the University, I’m simply Jane Doe. Jane Doe #1, to be precise, one of three who came forward against him.
I could have told this story before—when it first happened, or when I reported Kevin, or when I first heard that he was starting a lawsuit. But it wasn’t a story I wanted to tell—I didn’t even want to report what he did. What he did to me was shameful, and felt like a reflection on me. But now, he has told his version of the story—his victim-blaming story, in which he did no wrong, but was instead the target of a secret conspiracy. I can’t speak for the other women who reported him, though he lied about them, too. I speak only for myself.
On Buzzfeed, Kevin writes off what he did as drunk texting. He notes that when he texted me that night after midnight, drunk out of his mind and trying to hook up, he called me “babe” and “slut.” He says that, afterwards, I told him “we can definitely put it behind us.” Those things are true, but they’re not the whole story.
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
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.
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
From Gavriella Wolf ’15:
Like grilled cheese?
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
From Sarah Woolf ’15:
Adapted and directed by Ward Archibald
Thursday November 20 at 8pm
Saturday November 22 at 2pm and 8pm
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.
Date: Thursday, November 20 – Saturday, November 22
Time: 10 PM all days, plus a 2 PM show on Saturday
Place: Memorial Chapel
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:
Virgil Taylor, Julia Chanin, & Morgan Darkes Hill
Date: Thursday, 11/20
Time: 5 pm-6:30 pm