Category Archives: Campus Life

Ajùa Campos Presents: Convocation 2016

Lauren Salazar ’17 writes in:

Join Ajúa Campos as we jumpstart

Latinx Affirmation Month 2016
“Making Latinidad: Affirming Our Intersectionalities”

Come to our first event, Convocation, which will feature:
– Latinx Affirmation Month Events
– Senior & Freshman Speakers
– A keynote address from Trans Activist –
Jennicet Gutiérrez!

Jennicet Gutiérrez is a transgender activist and organizer from México. She currently resides in Los Angeles. She is best known for shedding light on the plight of transgender women in immigration detention centers through her organization FAMILIA: TQLM (Trans Queer Liberation Movement). She burst onto the national scene when she interrupted President Obama during his White House speech in honor of Pride month, calling attention to the struggles of Trans immigrant women.

Jennicet believes in the importance of uplifting and centering the voices of trans women of color in all racial justice work. Jennicet will continue to organize in order to end the deportation, incarceration and criminalization of immigrants and all people of color.

Presentado por Ajúa Campos!

Date: October 30, 2016
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons


The Role(s) of Religion – Election 2016

From Rebecca Jacobsen:


This is the first of three panels in Allbritton’s Right Now! Series about the 2016 Presidential Election.

This panel, “The Role(s) of Religion,” will feature:

ANTHEA BUTLER, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UPenn and author of Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making a Sanctified World

JESSICA MARTINEZ, Pew Research Center, co-author of America’s Changing Religious Landscape

SARAH POSNER, Journalist, author of God’s Profits

Moderator: LIZA MCALISTER, Professor of Religion

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 7:00PM
Place: PAC 001

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Annual Book Sale

friends of library book saleFrom the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

4000+ academic & popular books. Most priced $1-$5. Special books $10+. Cash and checks accepted. Bring your friends and family! (Remaining books will be sold for the bargain price of $7/box or .50 each on Sunday, October 30.)

We’re looking for 3-4 student volunteers to help set up Saturday from 8-10 a.m. You’d be first in line for the sale! We could also use volunteers throughout the day. Please contact us if you are available.

For more information or to volunteer, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 10 AM – 4 pM
Place: Lobby, Olin Memorial Library

Meditate and Destroy: Meditation & Conversation with Josh Korda

josh-korda-dharma-punkFrom Kate Gilbert ’18:

Join us for meditation and conversation with Josh Korda, dharma teacher and member of the Against the Stream Buddhist community. Korda, whose past is deeply rooted in punk culture, has channeled his dissatisfaction with contemporary America into Buddhist practice. Korda now teaches in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and he brings a special perspective to this form of practice.

In a documentary on Dharma Punx NYC, Korda explains his ideology: “Buddhism is about dissatisfaction. The Buddha was dissatisfied with material life. And of people who come to Dharma Punx are very dissatisfied. They’re very dissatisfied with 21st century America, with capitalism, with their limited opportunities, with being massively in debt. The ephemeral quality of relationships these days is dominated by social media… how little real connection they have with one another. You should be dissatisfied. There is something wrong. And this is a practice to help you channel that dissatisfaction in a way that you can find true lasting happiness.”

For more information on Against the Stream Meditation Society, check out their website. Please email me with any questions: kngilbert[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 5:30 – 8 PM
Place: Downey House Lounge

President Roth Sends Yet Another ‘Campus Update,’ on Transparency, Title IX, Equity and Inclusion

8Over the past few weeks, students have been calling for the removal of President Roth and Dean Antonio Farias. This afternoon, Roth sent an all-campus email with subject line “Campus Update,” asking hard-hitting questions like, “What can we do? What will the administration do?” and seeming to once again expect students to provide him with answers. The email makes no mention of calls for his removal, but does identify three areas of concern: transparency, Title IX processes, and the results of the Equity task force created last spring in response to the IsThisWhy campaign. He calls for more student input on each topic, because the administration can “only do so much.”

Many survivors have been expressing their pain with strength and eloquence, and Roth apparently acknowledges that. His response, however, is yet another call for others to take on much of the work necessary, work that will somehow, inexplicably, lead to “real results.” Full text of the email can be found after the jump.

The ITS Help Desk Playlist: SONGZ 2 BUMP

Want some sick jamz? We got ’em, courtesy of the help desk DJs.


JohnCarlos Lunardini ’17 and Jonah Toussaint ’17 at the ITS help desk, pumpin’ jamz

You ever have to print something by that awkwardly-placed Exley printer next to the ATM that had dozens of checks with Michael Roth’s salary on them a couple days ago? While waiting for said printer to work, do you ever wish you could just be kilt by the beat?


Some folks at the Student ITS Help Desk have answered our call to be saved from the mundane, and are gracing the Exley lobby with the chillest tunes from 2016 (and other years too, probably). For those of you who don’t know, the ITS Help Desk is located right next to the printer that I was talking about, and gets students to help other students with their Tech. You can learn more about them and find their hours on their website.

Anyway, when I walked in, it wasn’t to get my rose gold iPhone connected to AirWes. I walked in and asked Jonah Toussaint ’17 for the ITS Help Desk playlist, mainly so that I could manipulate my personal Spotify Discover Weekly algorithm by adding better music to my account. But also to post here. So, here are the SONGZ 2 BUMP:

Sophia Kick-Off Meeting

Are you interested in philosophy, but put off by the lack of representation in your classes? Do you wish there was more of a sense of community among students in the department? Are your friends tired of hearing you talk about theory too much? Come check out this new student group!

This is the official first meeting of SOPHIA! Finally, an intellectual organization dedicated to diversity and the de-mystification of Philosophy across ALL cultures. We will discuss the organizations goals and what to expect moving forward. This will be a casual social event. Food and refreshments with be provided. See you there!
Date: Tomorrow, Friday, October 14
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies (343 High St.)

ResLife Calls for New Program House Proposals


The former Turath House

It’s official: ResLife is looking to create new program houses. This happens every couple of years, for one administrative reason or another. In 2008, ResLife called for proposals for new houses, and in January of 2009, Music House and Farm House were approved. Calls for proposals also occurred in the Fall of 2012, which led to the creation of Art House.

Lizzie Shackney ’17chair of the WSA Student Life Committee and co-chair of the Undergraduate Residential Life Committee (URLC) explains the general process:

Students or groups of students will fill out a proposal that includes a series of questions that we’ll all approve ahead of time. They also submit a list of 30 potential residents with contact information.

After that, URLC reviews the proposals, and students will have the opportunity to present their house ideas to the committee. We then deliberate and come to our decisions, which are informed by conversations with students and an understanding of the role that current program houses are playing on campus.

Additionally, current program houses will be given the opportunity to move to new locations. Program house proposals, for the most part, should be open to any potential residence and there’s no option to specify location.

Not that, in this process, completely new houses can be formed and existing houses can move to new spaces. The addresses being opened up for this round of proposals are 202 Washington Street (currently Recess House), Turath House (on Pearl St.), 34 Lawn Avenue (formerly Chinese House), and 230 Washington Street (currently Art House).

“Wesleyan Student Starter Pack” Memes: A Compilation

I forgot to include "I have an all male team for my thesis film and the department is paying me money to do it"

I forgot to include “I have an all male team for my thesis film and the department is paying me money to do it”

On Monday morning, I woke up to find that a meme I had created had been posted to WesAdmits.

Labeled “Wesleyan Film Bro Starter Pack,” it was a compilation of ~quirky~ attributes and personality traits of male Wesleyan film majors, including plaid shirts, a Letterboxd membership, and a text I may or may not have once actually received: “I have a projector in my room want to come over”.

I was flattered by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to it – especially from film students, of all genders – and terrified that I might now be on Jeanine Basinger’s Most Wanted list. But the meme made its true debut a week ago, when I posted it to the semi-secret Facebook meme group, We$ Hookupz 2020.

Yes, you heard that right: if you didn’t know already, there is a semi-secret Facebook meme group called We$ Hookupz 2020, dedicated to Wesleyan-centric memes, and it’s where my drag of the Wesleyan Film BroTM was born. What’s more, my creation is just one of many “Wesleyan Student Starter Pack” memes that have been posted in the group, a trend spearheaded by three of We$ Hookupz’s admins: Aviv Rau ‘19, Angel Riddle ‘19, and Camilla Lopez ‘19.

So, with the permission of the creators, here are some of the other Wesleyan Starter Packs available on the Internet. First off, a familiar *~aesthetic~* from the loud side of Usdan…

Prefrosh Open House: A Day of Student Protest


If you are a current student and were around campus at all yesterday, you likely saw hundreds of posters in Exley, a performance installation outside of North College, and/or the interruption of campus tours.

The multitude of actions occurring yesterday came in concert with October Open House, a yearly event put together by the Office of Admission. Yesterday’s open house (and the next one on November 11th) comes prior to Wesleyan’s November 15th deadline for Early Decision I, and is intended to give prospective students a more in-depth view of Wesleyan life than the normal Admissions programming.

A number of students have been organizing in response to conversations that happened at last week’s WhoRunsWes town hall, where more than 200 students reached a consensus to push for the removal of Antonio Farias and Michael Roth from their positions at the University. The intent of these actions was to highlight administrative failures, disrupt the Wesleyan brand, and make visible the pain students have experienced due to the institution’s shortcomings.

Read past the jump for more on what transpired, images and a video from today’s actions.