Category Archives: Campus Life

Film Series: Too Late To Die Young

2018. Chile. Dir: Dominga Sotomayor Castillo. With Demian Hernández. 110 min.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeKTP516Iuc

A teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood finds her idyllic bohemian community disrupted by sociopolitical uncertainty. Castillo, the first woman to earn Best Direction honors at Locarno, imbues this narrative with a dreamy atmosphere that celebrates nostalgia while pointing to its ultimate unsustainability.

Tonight / 8pm / Goldsmith Family Theater

wescam is live! also submit to our write-in!

wesleyanscam.com

Sorry to tease with our last post, but now that wescam is actually live, it’s time to procrastinate on our homework and be distracted forever! The time between now and the end of senior week is a marathon, so some quick pieces of advice:

pace yourself
respect the space of others
love yourself
take chances
wescam that person from class!
wescam that person from pi!
wescam that person from that thesis performance!
don’t wait for them to wescam you! you should wescam them!
wescam is what you make it (so let’s make it right)

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THESISCRAZY 2019 (Part 1): And So It Begins

“I just love to play with the old moldy shit” – Aviv Rau ’19

Welcome to the first post of THESISCRAZY 2019!

If you’re interested in being interviewed for a THESISCRAZY interview, please fill out this google form! Whether you’re heavy STEM or the most artsy fartsy out there, let us showcase all the hard work you’ve put in these past few months. If you’re looking for a terrific way of dealing with work and imminent deadlines, here’s the archive of interviews from previous years for your reading pleasure.

The interviews of three marvelous, intelligent women are after the jump!

wescam is baaack (almost)!

Yes, I will kiss the girl from Venus for science

**update as of 3:52pm today, wescam is LIVE! wesleyanscam.com**

It is now officially April 8th here on the east coast, which means (spoiler alert) the wescam website will be live literally any second. (Also it’s this year’s organizer/lead coding queen Emma Freeman ’19s birthday!) It’s going up earlier this year than it has in the past, which could be either a good thing or a bad thing? Historically, I’ve been very excited for the first week of wescam season, after which my hype factor diminishes exponentially. This is most likely because I’m a horrifically terrible texter, but also because of the self-fulfilling prophecy that wescam won’t live up to my expectations. But Mercury is no longer in retrograde, so maybe this year will be ~different~.

Seeing as apparently spring is the season for #figuring #shit #out, here are some things I’ve been thinking about in the lead up to wescam:

APPLY to work for WASTE NOT!

The Waste Not Spring 2019 Application is out!! The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 5th at 11:59 PM!

Hi hi friends. Do you like waste not!-ing? Do you want to help people get cheap stuff for their rooms? Do you like working with a group of students carrying hand me downs? DO YOU CARRY A LUNCHBOX? (and thus can you carry other things?)

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, consider applying to Waste Not! Waste Not is Wesleyan’s annual tag sale, which seeks to reduce waste on campus by reselling gently used donations to students in the fall, so that stuff stays in the Wesleyan cycle and isn’t thrown out. We’re looking for amazing people to work with us in the spring, which is basically tearing microwaves out of the hands of weeping seniors. plus, YOU GET TO STAY FOR SENIOR WEEK!!!!!@!!@!

Apply HERE and let us know if you have any questions!
Applications are due March 31!

More information on Waste Not dates and stuff are here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/initiatives/waste/waste-not.html.
For any questions, email: wesustainability[at]gmail[dot]com

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 11:59 pm
Place: Application Form!

MARTIN F. MANALANSAN IV, “Enmeshment: Queer Togetherness and Caring”

The Global Queer Studies Lecture Series presents:

Join us for a lecture on Martin Manalansan‘s book in progress, “Queer Dwellings.” Deploying his framing of “queer as mess,” Manalansan argues for a capacious yet recalcitrant notion of queer caring and togetherness that goes beyond scripted ideals of solidarity, empathy and concern. Manalansan is associate professor of American Studies at University of Minnesota. His books include Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora; Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader; and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Russell House

Espwesso is Hiring!

From our pals over at Espwesso:

Espwesso is currently hiring members of the classes of 2021 and 2022 to work as baristas in our student-run, community-oriented specialty coffee shop. All applicants must be on work-study. While experience is great, it is not required—we encourage anyone who is excited about coffee and interested in contributing to this independent student space to apply.
Complete the following Google Form by April 10 at 4pm:
Date: Wednesday, April 10
Time: 4 PM
Application

Divest Now: Wesleyan University’s Institutional Obligation to Address Climate Injustice

Written by Ben Silverstone ‘22 and Ernest Braun ‘22 on behalf of WesDivest, Climate Action GroupWesDems, Sunrise, and a coalition of other sustainability groups, this guest post addresses climate injustice and what Wesleyan must do now to ensure our planet’s future:

“12 years from now, in 2031, Wesleyan will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary. In 2030, the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) warns that we will reach environmental tipping points that will speed up the pace of the climate crisis. The catastrophic warming resulting from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels which has already begun to ravage our planet will be irreversible for millennia. As the students, faculty, and administration reflect upon Wesleyan’s accomplishments over the past 200 years, perhaps they will wonder what Wesleyan may look like in another 200 years, or even in 50. Unless we take drastic actions to reduce our emissions now, we already know the answer to that question.

We are WesDivest. We formed to urge the administration to divest our endowment from the fossil fuel industry, to commit to renewable energy and reduced consumption, and to lead by example in the fight for the futures of our generation. We formed because all of human civilization is implicated in the same challenge for the next decade: to stop greenhouse gas emissions before we make the planet uninhabitable. With this challenge in mind, any institution that ignores the reality of climate change is contributing to its own demise and doing a moral disservice to humanity. Therefore, all people who are invested in Wesleyan’s enduring success – and that of its students  – should seriously consider divestment from fossil fuels and begin building a more sustainable future.

Read the rest of this guest post after the jump:

“The Past and Future of Human Rights” with Yale Professor Samuel Moyn and launch of University Network for Human Rights at Wesleyan

Check out this event from the University Network for Human Rights!

The event will begin with a brief talk and an audience-driven Q&A with Prof. Samuel Moyn of Yale Law School on ‘The Past and Future of Human Rights’. Professor Moyn is a leading expert and critic of the human rights movement. His book The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2012, Harvard University Press) assesses the growth of the human rights movement in the 1970s. Prof. Moyn’s book Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018, Harvard University Press) critiques the movement’s neutrality to the harmful consequences of the dominant neoliberal economic policies of the last several decades and its resultant failure to prioritize economic and social rights.

After the discussion, the University Network for Human Rights will launch on the campus of Wesleyan University. The University Network trains undergraduates in the practice of human rights through engagement in concrete human rights fact-finding, documentation, and advocacy. This past week, the University Network issued a major report on the role of US weapons in Saudi/UAE-led Coalition attacks on civilians in Yemen. The report received coverage in The Washington Post, Democracy Now!, Newsweek, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.

Currently, the University Network is working closely with local community partners on issues of environmental racism in Louisiana, forced eviction of indigenous communities by a major dam project in India, and forced disappearances in Mexico. After Prof.
Moyn’s talk and Q&A, the University Network’s Executive Director Ruhan Nagra, President Prof. James Cavallaro of Stanford Law School, and student coordinator Hannah Smith will discuss how Wesleyan students can get involved in concrete human rights practice. Prof. Cavallaro will visit Wesleyan in the fall and teach a seminar on human rights advocacy.

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: PAC 002