Category Archives: Campus Life

Liberty in North Korea information meeting

1937501_10153269159548975_6869841640513692015_nFrom Michelle Jae Lee ’16:

Liberty in North Korea is an organization that helps North Korean refugees’ resettle and empowerment process. LiNK at Wesleyan is a chapter from the national organization based in L.A., California. LiNK empowers the North Korean PEOPLE as they drive progress inside their country.

We are having an information meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, at 6pm, Usdan 110, about the club’s goals for this semester. If you are interested, please stop by and say hello!

Date: Wed, Oct 22
Time: 6 pm
Place: Usdan 110

Star and Crescent Menu 10/22 and 10/23

1962794_837210762971525_1479728735_n

S&C HOURS

LUNCH: TUESDAY – THURSDAY 12:00- 12:50.
DINNER: MONDAY-THURSDAY 5:00-6:45

FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE!!!

WEDNESDAY
LUNCH- Pear, Goat Cheese, Walnut Salad w/ Crispy Shallots and Sherry Vin. With Roasted Chicken or Tofu
DES- Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip Cookies

DINNER- Greens w/ Cilantro Dressing. Chili w/ Pork and Beef or Veggie. Garnished w/ Buttermilk Cornbread, Cheddar, Sour Cream and Scallion. VEGAN w/out Garnish
DES- Banana Cake

THURSDAY
LUNCH- Minestrone Soup w/Herb Focaccia
DES- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Tadka Dal w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan
DES- Lemon Poppy Cake w/Berry Coulis

Wishing Wells: A start-up starting up

I sat down a few days ago with Brent Packer ’15 and Tavo True-Alcalá ’15, the two co-founders of Wishing Wells, an up and coming water bottle filling station startup. Wishing Wells reduces plastic water bottle waste for big events on campus and is soon looking to expand with a bigger team and a larger impact.   wwell_crop

 Brent (L) and Tavo (R), just two great dudes doing really cool shit. 
297627_10150473393459623_963647974_n
sheninagans: What are Wishing Wells?

Tavo: Wishing Wells are portable water distribution stations that provide chilled, filtered water for events like football games or reunion and commencement. The goal is to reduce the amount of disposable water bottles that people use at events like that. All you need is ice and a hose connection. It’s great.

Brent: The reason that this came about is because Wesleyan, and a lot of other universities across North America, have committed to reducing, or eliminating water bottle sales on their campuses.  Wesleyan has been really great about that, you won’t find bottled water in Weshop or anywhere else.  But the one area where they’ve had a lot of trouble was with these large outdoor events, reunion and commencement and football games are the main ones.  They needed a way to hydrate people without breaking the commitment they made of being a bottled water free campus.  They knew there would be a solution out there.  They had some expensive ideas, like renting water bottle filling stations, but they thought there could be an easier and more cost effective way to do that.  So two years ago they sponsored a competition.  A bunch of students, with no engineering background, put together some designs. And our team, which was Tavo, Nina Gerona, Madeleine O’Brian, and myself just scrappily put together a plan and won the competition. Then our design was built with the help of Dave and Bruce in the machine shop and since then, Wishing Wells have saved 10,500 water bottles, mostly from the past two reunion and commencements and a few other events.

group

 

What are you doing with Wishing Wells right now?

Pro-Fraternity Actions During Homecoming

c/o Rosy Capron

c/o Rosy Capron

It’s not just radical student groups who can use banner drops for activism. Two large banners were hung outside of DKE today, promoting a pro-fraternity message: “Frats Not Fiction” and “276 High Street: DKE Owned/Operated For 147 Years…And Counting”.

It is not clear if this was done by current students or perhaps returning alumni. Either way, it is clearly timed to get attention during Homecoming, when there are many alumni, though not necessarily a whole lot of students, on campus.

In addition to these signs hanging from DKE, a small plane flew over the football field during the Homecoming game, carrying a banner that read “Wes Picks Our Bros? Fascism. Look it up.”

Homecoming Weekend Events and Dining Hours

champs

How ironic is it that the one day when it’s totally accepted to dust off our Wesleyan apparel and wear our school colors (props to the people who do that normally), it’s Fall Break? It’s a big athletics weekend for Wes vs Amherst. Not only is the football team playing Amherst today, but also the field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer teams (there’s also a volleyball game against Middlebury). That’s fives games during which we can wear our Wesleyan shirts (and kick other NESCAC schools’s butts)!

While it’s weird that homecoming weekend is when many students are off campus, according to Alex Sakhno ’15, who’s on the football team, it’s purely a coincidence. Wes’s homecoming game happens every fifth or seventh week of the year and it just so happens that this year it’s during the fifth week and also Fall Break. He’s still expecting a large crowd, though, since mostly alumni, parents, and Middletown residents come to games. Also, it’s Middletown Day today so lots of family friendly events will be happening concurrently (like a bounce house and face painting) and there will probably be some great dogs and little children around. If you want to watch Wes football play against Amherst, the game starts at 1:30 PM and will be live streamed here. For other Homecoming weekend shenanigans, check out the full schedule of weekend events.

For those of you still on campus, here are the relevant on-campus dining hours for Fall break. Usdan, Weshop, and Red & Black Cafe are your best bets (also Neon Deli, other Middletown spots, and cooking for yourself):

Submit to METIS, Wesleyan’s Undergrad Classics Journal

Ali Rosenberg ’15 writes in:

If you’ve worked on anything related to the ancient world in the past year, consider submitting to Metis, Wesleyan’s undergraduate classics journal! Submissions can include papers, photos, translations, creative pieces, or any and all things having to do with Rome, Greece, ancient archaeology, Julius Caesar, the Colosseum, or Brad Pitt’s performance in Troy.

Send all submissions to wesleyanmetis[at]gmail[dot]com.

Submission window: October 17 – November 30

Football Team Loses… in the late 1800s

the football team on November 27, 1885 in New York, before losing to Yale 61-0 (from Wesleyan Special Collections & Archives)

the football team on November 27, 1885 in New York, before losing to Yale 61-0 (from Wesleyan Special Collections & Archives)

Wesleyan isn’t really known for its athletics, despite our sports teams being pretty good. (I think… why–when I know nothing about sports–do I keep doing this?) This year’s scheduling probably isn’t helping matters: homecoming has been conveniently scheduled during fall break. In any case, in honor of tomorrow’s homecoming game against Amherst, wherever you are to experience/ignore it, here’s a look into Wes Football’s (pretty embarrassing) early history, including a spectacular 136-0 loss to Yale and a triumphant 26-0 win… against New Haven High School.

Submit to the Ankh!

10700387_905741066121464_2204127278724933623_oVia Savannah Turner ’16:

This semester, we want you to submit to The Ankh, Wesleyan’s Student of Color Publication. We want your voices represented! Our print publication will be released in late November and it will be full of poetry, articles, interviews,artwork, etc all created and compiled by students of color. The flyer below is posted around campus and has some details on it. We will be accepting submissions until November 2.You can submit whatever you want on any topic. We even have the capacity to publish videos or music through our blog, twitter, and facebook page.

If you would like to submit just email theankh[at]wesleyan.edu and let us know what you’re thinking of putting together. We are happy to work with you during the process if you’d like. Please email all submissions with a few images that you feel go along with your piece in some way.

Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with interesting articles and news about people of color on and off campus!
Look out for our blog, which will be released soon!
Follow us on Twitter!

Date: November 2nd
Place: theankh[at]wesleyan.edu

West College Open Mic the Third

From Josh Davidoff ’18:

The Event will be held in the Cafe of West College at the University of Wesleyan, on Wednesday the 15th of October in the Two Thousand and Fourteenth Year of Our Lord.

Signups will take Place at Eight o’ the Clock PM, Eastern Standard Time. The Show will commence at Eight Thirty PM. Please restrain your Act to Six (6) Minutes or fewer.

Check out the event on Facebook!

Date: Wednesday, October 15
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: WestCo Cafe

Traverse Square Tutoring Program

Flash-1_stu_cos_2000.0041-copy-2From Arjun Ramrup ’15:

The Traverse Square Afterschool Tutoring Program currently has paid positions for federal-work-study students as well as volunteer positions for non-work study students. We’re searching particularly for individuals who can work Monday and Wednesday, but are open to any and all applicants!

Traverse Square generally tutors from 4-6; Monday-Thursday, and does fun extracurricular programs with the kids on Friday. It’s a two day a week commitment, but you can do more if you’d like!

Please inquire at traversesquare[at]gmail[dot]com for any and all questions!