When the three trans* activists charged with participating in the direct action campaign against gender segregated bathrooms last month went before the SJB on Wednesday, they didn’t go alone. Alongside them stood more than 40 of their friends and allies who packed the lobby of North College in a display of solidarity and support. This energetic but civil crowd included students, professors, and even two supporters from New Haven who had read about the hearing on the Internet and drove up to condemn the University’s response to the actions.
The official SJB protocol allows those accused to invite witnesses to give testimony. Many of those assembled at North College had prepared statements wherein they intended to creatively ‘bear witness’ to the injustice of the proceedings, while refusing to give incriminating testimony in direct relation to the events themselves. In effect, supporters successfully staged a sort of filibuster of the hearing which ultimately lasted a grueling 4.5 hours.
Aside from the massive display of solidarity, which over the course of the afternoon transformed the North College lobby into a temporary encampment of snoozing, snacking, card-playing, homework-doing, carpet-lounging supporters, many things about the proceeding were irregular. For one, the administration had stationed a particularly burly PSafe officer to stand guard at the door. Furthermore, despite the fact that under the protocols of a ‘Simplified SJB Hearing’, only the defendants, their process advisor, and the three student members of the SJB are allowed to be present, Dean Scott Backer insisted on being present throughout the hearing, the questioning, and the witness testimonies. Reports from inside indicate that he repeatedly interrupted or attempted to cut short the witness testimonies, and at one point threatened to table the hearing entirely despite the fact that dozens of witnesses were assembled outside waiting to testify.
Seen someone on campus wearing the most flattering parka? A friend bring a smile to your face when you really needed it? Crushing on that special somebody but don’t see them around much? Good news, everyone! There’s a site for that.
Up and Coming
Springing up sometime over the Thanksgiving break, the I Saw You phenomenon has finally reached Wesleyan! Great for those who have not partaken of the Zuckerberg Kool-Aid and less depressing/trolltastic than the ACB, “I saw you Wesleyan” allows you the option of posting about a missed connection, ranting about your crush, complimenting strangers, and even e-mailing the site’s manager if you think a post is about you.
Straight from the front page:
Ever shared a moment with a stranger.. but never acted upon it? Post a missed connection! because you never know. and nothing will ever happen until you try.
Check out Harvard’s I Saw You, and MIT’s. Brings to mind “real world” missed connections sites like Craigslist, for which there is also a comic book (coincidentally named, “I Saw You…”).
Since 2012, Wes Compliments has been making the young folk of Wesleyan go “aww” and “oh my!” with good vibes every few days, crowned Wesleying’s “Feel Good Facebook Profile of the Year” for 2012. Keep up the good stuff, you covert complimenters. Now with over 2,300 friends, straight from their Facebook description:
This is a social project that was originally started by students at Queen’s University and is also experiencing growing success with Ryerson University, Wilfred Laurier University and Washington University in St Louis. With their success, we’re hoping to spread the joy to the Wesleyan campus. Simply send us a compliment for someone in the Wesleyan community and have it published here anonymously. Your name will be kept anonymous. Keep in mind that hateful or rude remarks will be completely disregarded. Spread Happiness!
From the organizers of the Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Show:
PINOY’s WITH|Care Initiative is putting on a benefit show that will bring together bands, a cappella, dance, cultural groups and the entire community for one cause.
Head down to Beckham Hall for a hot cocoa break from Reading Period/the cold weather and join everyone in support of Typhoon Haiyan relief.
FREE Entry & Hot Cocoa!
The event will be accepting CASH/CREDIT donations & selling Walang Iwanan wristbands. See you all there!
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Place: Beckham Hall
On Tuesday, December 3, there was a senior class reception held by SWAG (Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift) in Beckham Hall. At the reception, a number of administrators gave speeches about why students should give to Wesleyan.
And then, Josh Krugman ’14 got up and gave a speech about need-blind, how the University handles donations, and why you maybe shouldn’t give to Wes.
The video is above (courtesy of Leonid Liu ’14) and a rough transcript is past the jump, courtesy of Josh. When you watch the video, notice the how the administrators and those planning the event try and pressure Josh off the stage and how the student band begins playing to try and drown out his speech. Also, unseen in this video is Michael Roth bolting out of the room when Josh got up there.
From Olivia Chavez ’15:
Reading week is better with dogs!
Come by Zelnick to enjoy some loving from Tails of Joy therapy dogs. Bring your friends and your collective stress levels will surely decrease.
Sponsored by Sign House
Date: Sunday, December 8
Time: 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Place: Zelnick Pavillion
Love the Star & Crescent but hate when we sell out fast? Want to be able to reserve food before meals? Then consider buying an S&C contract! This means you can prepay for a set number of meals for the whole semester, which gets you sweet perks and saves you money! Come by for an information session this Sunday at 1pm in the S&C! See you there!
Date: Sunday December 8th
Place: The Star and Crescent (Alpha Delta Phi Society)
From Nick Selden ’16:
Fun-Dancey Canadian RetronSynth pop artist comes to Wesleyan on Friday. Eclectic? There will be the music… and Canada.
Come check it out!
There will also be late night at Usdan.
Like good times with friends? Come on down. Have a blast!
Also Five Guys will be opening. They’re the best band at Wesleyan.
Time: 10 p.m.
From Emily Brown ’13:
On Saturday, December 7th, we will be hosting an event for Holiday on Main. This film screening is for kids and kids at heart. We will be showing FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND and ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. If you want to spend your Saturday afternoon watching cartoons, this is the place to be.
Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies
Is it weird that I’ve bookmarked so many coffee-related websites despite the fact that I don’t drink coffee?
It’s that time of year, folks: The writers of Wesleying are bringing you our biannual Procrastination Destination feature, where we post a frenzy of addictive, pointless, and/or awesome links to help you get your procrastination on every day for all of finals (today + reading period + actual finals week). Have a link you think would be rad for Procrastination Destination? Email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
First link in our PD lineup: Coffitivity.
Did you know that the “ambient noise of a coffee shop” can boost your creativity and productivity? Neither did I, but apparently Coffitivity knows more than us. I stumbled upon Coffitivity over a year ago and immediately spent 30 minutes playing with the coffee shop settings trying to find the right “category” of sounds. Was it Lunchtime Lounge (described as “bustling chatter of the lunchtime rush”), University Undertones (“The scholarly sounds of a campus cafe”), or something more meta, like Morning Murmur (“A gentle hum gets the day started”)?
Whatever you choose, I can promise this: You too will spend a large chunk of time trying to find the perfect setting and volume. For an app that claims to make you more productive, it might take you a little while to get to that point.
Read after the jump to see more coffee fun-ness.
Regen Routman ’16 jingles all the way:
It’s the Friday before finals, what else is there to do besides hear Wesleyan’s finest (and only) stand-up comedy collective say funny things into your ears? Forget the imminent holiday crazy times and come laugh with us!
- DATE?: Tomorrow: Friday, December 6th
- TIME?: 8:00pm
- PLACE?: Alpha Delta Phi Living Room