Category Archives: Campus Life

An Open Letter to Mayor Drew

To Dan Drew, the Mayor of Middletown:

photo by Jacob Seltzer '17

photo by Jacob Seltzer ’17

It has now been a week since forty of my classmates organized the Wesleyan Black Lives Matter March. This weekend, we found out that you are asking Wesleyan to pay $7,492.81 to the City of Middletown. According to the Hartford Courant, this money is needed to pay forty-six additional officers, who were asked to work that day to protect the demonstrators.

I’m a little concerned, Mayor Drew. I’m afraid that no one ever told you exactly what these protests were about. Perhaps it’s because while you were at the protests, you stood alone, away from the crowd, among several Middletown Police Officers. Was it hard to hear 300 or more voices chanting “Black Life Matters?” from your spot? Were you having trouble making out the phrase “What do we want? Justice? When do we want it? Now!”

Early Decision Notifications Go Out to the Class of 2019 and We’re All Ancient

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It’s that time of year again when Wes students complain about how old they are: Early Decision notifications have been sent to the class of 2019, and around 300-350ish kiddos are now officially coming to Wesleyan this fall. Also, just to throw in some math: Most members of this class were born in 1997 (some in 1996 and even 1998).

The College Confidential thread is ridiculously boring this year (step up your game, prefrosh), so instead, here’s some chatter from the latest cardinals via Twitter:

[UPDATED] Wes Drops Sabra: Stirring up the Hummus

Update (12/9/14 12:13PM):  The WSA Dining Committee has released the following statement based on developments over the weekend:

As many people on and off campus are aware, Wesleyan recently switched from stocking Sabra hummus to a local brand, Cedar’s. Though we made this change in the interest of sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, it unfortunately has been misinterpreted  in the media and elsewhere as a political statement in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. In order to clarify our continued political neutrality, and to give students a choice, we will be stocking both Sabra and Cedar’s hummus, starting in January.

Obviously, this is big news that counteracts the political/ethical implications of destocking Sabra hummus. Given that this is the first notice of these changes, we have no statement from those involved in the campaign to remove Sabra, as of yet. We will update this article again with any further developments.

Update (12/9/14 7:08PM): A statement has been released by Yael Horowitz ’17, Students for Justice in Palestine, and “another group of concerned students”:

We are extremely disappointed in the University’s decision to put Sabra Hummus back on the shelves.  It is not an ethical response, but is instead motivated by public relations and the opinions of President Michael Roth.  Student opinion is against Israeli apartheid and occupation, and we will continue to make this known.  This is not the end of the conversation.

Apply for the Spring 2015 Digital Wesleyan Workshop

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From a girl who knows how to rock a beanie, Ani Acopian ’16:

If you only fill out one application this break, it should be this one.

Build things you actually use with the Digital Wesleyan Tech Workshop. In 6 Saturday sessions this Spring, you’ll learn programming fundamentals, the coding language Python, and meet connected alumni working in tech. It’s free, requires no prior experience and includes lunch. The last day will be a demo day on which you can show off what you’ve built!

Based on workshop participation, 10 students will be chosen for a paid summer internship with a Wes alum working in technology.

APPLY HERE. APPLICATIONS DUE BY 12/21.

Email aacopian(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions.

Deadline: Sunday, December 21st
Application: HERE, FOOLS

PRIMAL SCREAM at Midnight

SCREAMING BABIES

Scream your lungs out on the Olin steps at MIDNIGHT because finals start tomorrow!!!!

Indulge in this great Wes tradition by coming out of your bunkers in Olin and Sci-li to gather on the Olin steps and scream together about all our impending due dates and tests this week. You can also scream out your window, but there’s no communal energy in that.

Date: TONIGHT, MIDNIGHT (when Sunday turns into Monday)
Time: MIDNIGHT
Place: Olin steps

Community of Color Manifesto

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In the last publication of The Ankh (physical copies of which may be found in various locations on campus) a group of Students of Color penned this manifesto. One co-writer asked me to reproduce it here. I would also like to add that tomorrow, Sunday December 7th at 5 PM (edit: the meeting has been changed from 4 to 5 PM) in the basement of Malcolm X House there will be a meeting to discuss further action regarding #BlackLivesMatter. If you have questions, you should reach out to Dreisen Heath ’15 (dheath[at]wes) and Christian Hosam ’15 (chosam[at]wes).

Community of Color Manifesto

  • We assert that the Community of Color at Wesleyan has not been all that we would have liked it to be.
  • Further, we recognize that community building across racial lines (to say nothing of gender, class, geographic lines, etc.) has not taken place in any substantive way in the recent past here on campus.
  • We name that there have been a number of impediments that have kept us from being a cohesive and synergistic community, which are reflective of both interpersonal conflicts that we have faced, as well as structural administrative barriers that have historically lead to cleavages between Students of Color.

Barhopping Through Bar Night

“If you could shower at Esca, why would you ever leave?”Jacob Masters ’15

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Ever since the Nest, the go-to Wednesday Bar Night spot of past years, closed, we’ve been curious about the Middletown bar scene. While Corner Pocket emerged as the popular new bar night spot, there are many different bar and happy hour options, all with different vibes and not confined to a Wednesday night. So a few of the 21+’ers on the Wesleying Staff (kg, Samira, Astag_rocky) decided to do some investigative research on the Mtown bar options, especially since there have been a surge of complaints about an apparent dip in the Wesleyan Night Life. Don’t say we’ve never done anything for you.

Each bar or restaurant is rated on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being the best), on experience, price, and “familiarity with Wes students” (meaning how prepared the place would be for the onslaught of college kids). We tried to find Celtic Cavern but were unfortunately too drunk to do so. We were also hoping to go to Gatekeeper’s solely because of this Yelp review: “5 of Americas most wanted criminals are usually seated at the bar and there’s a bevy of lovely $10 hookers outside the front door…what more could you want?,” but it’s closed. And… RIP Shadow Room. We hardly knew ye.

Disclaimer: Most of this adventure happened over a two-day period and we’ve certainly missed some places with cool bar scenes. If you have suggestions, please comment with them so that others can check them out!

Headspace, Volume 2

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From Shyam Desai ’15:

Submit your work to Headspace, a student run publication! Headspace examines all topics related to the mind, the brain, and behavior. This year we are looking for submissions related to the topic, “What is the mind to you?” We seek submissions of a variety of formats including prose, poetry, science writing, visual art, or anything in two dimensions. Some ideas to get you started: How does your field interpret the mind?, How does the mind work?, How does the mind communicate (e.g. through emotion, behavior, etc)?, What is the purpose of the mind? Students and faculty are welcome to submit work from any academic discipline.

Email your submissions with your name and class year (if applicable) to wes.headspace[at]gmail[dot]com by Sunday, January 4th at 11:59 PM. Anonymous submissions are welcome.

Our only guideline for submission is that it be under 1200 words.

Thanks very much for your consideration and, of course, do not hesitate to contact us at wes.headspace[at]gmail[dot]com for questions or comments.

Deer Head Spotted in Exley Parking Lot

“I saw some deer on Indian Hill recently. They were cute…and had their heads on.” –Laura Werle ’15

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Here’s some weird news for you late night workers: This time yesterday, a deer head (no body) was spotted in the parking lot behind Exley. This isn’t the first time a deer head was spotted around Exley. In fact, on December 5, 2012, EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO (!!!!??) a deer head was found at the bottom of the stop sign outside of Exley.

The 2012 deer head, however, was taxidermic (the origins weren’t found), whereas this one was apparently fresh. We don’t have any pictures (thank goodness…I’d forgotten how cute deer are until I googled the image above), but it really did happen!

Jed Siebert ’16, who witnessed the deer head, explains the scene: