Category Archives: Campus Life

Newly Crafted

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i googled “cozy winter crafting” and found this lovely craft blog and i am pleasantly surprised

From Jennifer Gagne ’19:

Come destress from the first week of winter session, your workouts at Freeman, or attempt to fill the void that is Winter@Wes with some coloring and chill. @ 202 Washington #free

Date: Friday, January 13
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Recess House (202 Wash)
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Food/Study/Exercise Hours for the Frozen Wesleyan Wasteland

This picture courtesy of Wesleying circa Jan. 2013, a good reminder that it’s always been cold as shit here.

This is the first time I’ve been at Wes for the majority of January, and I like it so far — campus is very quiet, the snow is nice to look at, and a squirrel just climbed its way frantically down my window. But I also haven’t gone outside yet, so this opinion will probably change very soon.

Whether you’re here for thesis work, winter session, winter sports, or just kickin’ it, campus will be nice and relatively unpopulated for the next couple of weeks. You can have Olin almost all to yourself! (Except avoid the fourth floor, maybe. According to kitabit’s a “frozen wasteland.”)

If you’re here, Usdan is your best on-campus dining option (Neon Deli is also open, as is Nardelli’s, and basically every other Middletown dining joint). Usdan’s open with limited service for lunch and dinner until regular hours resume on January 25th. If you purchased a meal plan for winter session, you can use your meals. Otherwise, you can use cash, Middletown cash, or credit card (your meal plan points from last semester don’t work until 1/25, unfortunately). Usdan resumes full dinner service on January 25th, which is also when Weshop, Red & Black, and Weswings all reopen. Full dining hours here:

“Don’t Let the Smiles Melt Away with the Snow”: an Interview with Toys Koomplee ’17

toys-and-waffleIt’s finals and the beginning of three months of cold grey hell, so most of us are settling in to a period of grim, grouchy seasonal affective disorder. It’s also been a nightmarish year, and thus especially hard to find the bright side of anything. We Wesleying editors may be masters of cynicism and snark, but we still appreciate some kind-hearted positivity. Read after the jump for an interview with Toys Koomplee ’17, who might be the nicest, least jaded Wes person we (virtually) know.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

From Lucy De Souza (BA ’16, MA ’17, part of this cast forever):

Another semester, another Rocky Horror!

We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey- a journey through the craziest night in the lives of the newly engaged Brad and Janet. After a flat tire halts their trip to see an old science teacher, the couple stumbles upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle, filled with servants, groupies, party guests, and his very own live experiment. Come see the campiest, sexiest horror parody movie this side of Denton! Absent Toast, Wesleyan’s very own Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast performs the midnight cult classic right in front of the screen, with full audience participation.

Dressing up in your finest corsets, fishnets, and heels STRONGLY encouraged!

Doors Open at 11:00
Pre-Show Begins 11:30
Show Starts Midnight
**FREE and unticketed**

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/353026791720774/

Starring:
Frank-n-Furter – Ryan McMahon
Janet – Darci Collins
Brad – Elizaveta Kravchenko
Riff Raff – Charlie Barrett
Magenta – Rhea Drozdenko
Columbia – Sarah Jacobs
Rocky – Lucy De Souza
Eddie/Dr. Scott – Kira Stern
Crim – Sivan Basha Piatigorsky-Roth
MC – Anthony Sertel Dean
Trixie – Aliya Shecter
Transylvanians – Lucy Paige Rubin (Director), Olivia Riddick (Director), Aliya Shecter, Ava Biery, Brenda Quintana, Kimberly Hipo, Kylie Moynihan

Date: Friday, December 9
Time: 11PM-2AM
Place: The Ring Family Performance Hall (formerly the CFA Hall)

Eclectic Does Not Gain Program House Status for 2017-2018 School Year

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On Wednesday night, the WSA held a town hall meeting to have a campus wide conversation about Eclectic and the future of 200 High Street, which is currently Music House. According to Director of ResLife Fran Koerting, Eclectic originally lost their program housing status after repeatedly failing to get a 16 out of 21 on the URLC’s housing assessment and being put on probation, with the final straw being the application from last fall.

The meeting was attended by a variety of students, some who are still a part of Eclectic, others who were in Eclectic but have since left, and many students who are not members of Eclectic as well. Ultimately, the URLC voted not to let Eclectic obtain program house status for the 2017-2018 school year. There were 0 votes in favor, 4 opposed, 2 abstentions, and 1 recusal. The future of 200 High will be considered separately by the URLC, and they have said that they will take the wider campus community’s opinion strongly into consideration.

Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor!

aww-kitten-on-a-computerFord Fellow Gabe Borelli writes in for all you senior thesis writers like me who are floundering about having to turn in 20 pages of something to my department next week:

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting information, and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis. Really soon. As in this weekend. After brunch. But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor.

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting with you regularly to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out the application form HERE by Monday, December 5th at 8:00 a.m. Please note that this is a popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we might not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please contact Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg at mweisberg[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Ford Fellow Gabe Borelli at writingworks[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 5 at 8 AM

Skull & Serpent Does the Mannequin Challenge

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If you’ve been on our site since 2AM last night, you’ll notice that a certain someone from Wesleyan’s oldest secret society, Skull & Serpent, has posted 20 links to their recently published video of their members doing the Mannequin Challenge in our Shoutbox.

The video begins with a masked member of the society vomming in the Tomb’s toilet, with another member holding back their skull. Toward the middle of the oscar-worthy performance, we see a cloaked member of the society giving birth to a baby doll. Finally, the ordeal ends with several members raising shots. So cool! Watch the vid:

What’s Next: A Discussion About Student Activism

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Monday night, students gathered in the DFC to attend What’s next: an open town hall about campus organizing, a discussion dedicated to discussing campus organizing and community action. The open town hall was organized by Jordan White ’19 and Kazumi Fish ’19. In the Facebook event description, the organizers said that the event was an intentional space for people new to campus organizing and others who have been involved in campus activism for longer to come together and learn from one another. Part of the description read:

Drawing on the impact of last month’s WhoRunsWes community meeting, we want to hold a similar space for people to vent and share their ideas about campus organizing and community action. We want to bring together those who have always done this work with those who wish to begin.

The description also listed clear goals of what the town hall hoped to accomplish:

Program House Proposal Presentations

202 washington full houseWeigh in on the future of Wesleyan program houses!

Anyone who submitted a program house proposal will be presenting their proposal this Friday, November 18th, 2-4 pm in Judd 116. We’ll be collecting feedback from URLC (Undergraduate Residential Life Committee) members and community members who attend, and we will use this feedback, as well as an electronic survey to be sent out to all students, to make our decisions about houses.

Date: Friday, November 18th
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Judd 116

The Allbritton Center Made a Huge Calendar of Post-Election Events

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Some great folks over at the Allbritton Center have compiled a calendar of post-election events both at Wes and in the greater Hartford-New Haven area. We’ve cross-posted the calendar here, but definitely keep checking the calendar on the ENGAGE blog, because they’re likely to more frequently update the calendar.

If you know of any events that are not on this calendar and you want them to be, email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org with the event info, mention Wesleying on Twitter or Facebook, or message Wesleying on Facebook. Here is the calendar: