From Haven Hall HM Jennifer Gagne ’19:
It’s that time of year again: time to start spending time with the ones you love. It doesn’t have to be family. Doesn’t have to be what everyone else thinks is traditional. Every day is your life and you deserve it. It’s also time to be thankful for those who have helped you, all of us, get to where you are today. Spend time with some of your fellow folks on break and celebrate with a dinner of gratitude and thankfulness with Haven Hall and Questbridge/First Class.
Date: Thursday, November 23
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Place: Haven Hall, Nics 6 Basement
We’re in a tough spot. Our age group has to deal with a melting planet, a thriving possum population, and a plethora of potential employers that expect us to know how to use Excel. That sucks for us sassy NESCAC kids. In spite of these obstacles, there is supposed to be a light in the dark, a city upon a hill, a beautiful beacon of hope: memes.
But, alas, Wesleyan’s meme culture is less than ideal. I would call it bad.
Talk about an unusual request. On November 8, Senior and Program Housing Area Coordinator Alexia Thompson sent out this email to seniors in woodframe houses:
Please see message below from physical plant.
Physical Plant has noticed that bidets have been installed in some of the woodframe bathrooms. This is extremely problematic, as they can lead to plumbing problems, and possibly flooding and damage to your belongings. If there is a reason you need a bidet, please submit your request to the office of accessibility services, and if approved, Physical Plant will professionally install one for you. Thank you for your cooperation.
Naturally, that got us here at Wesleying asking the important journalistic questions, such as Who installed the bidet? and How “extreme” is “extremely problematic”?? So we went looking for answers.
From the CFA:
Meredith Monk will be joined by Danspace Project’s Judy Hussie-Taylor in conversation.
Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 7 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Join Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation, teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, activist/organizer, and poet for a discussion of the connection between personal and societal liberation. Owens writes and teaches about the intersection of Buddhism, identity, and social change, and he is considered to be one of the leaders of the next generation of Dharma teachers. The evening will begin with a guided meditation practice, and after a brief break for dinner (food will be provided), Owens will lecture and answer questions. All are welcome and encouraged to join, regardless of previous experience with meditation.
Date: Wednesday, November 8
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Downey House Lounge
WesMaps is a lot like Dora’s map if Dora’s map wasn’t the clutchest piece of technology that has ever existed. Dora straight up asked that thing for a step by step walkthrough to paradise and it delivered every single time. Preregistration with Wesmaps, on the other hand, is confusing and stressful and I hate everything. For example, what is a POI? I have no idea. Am I a Person Of Interest? An interesting person? Can you tell that to the girlfriend I don’t have?
WesMaps has its issues, but it does offer some wacky courses to choose from. If you have time in your Spring schedule, then one of these courses could round it out in a spicy way.
Hit me with that weird shit, Wesleyan. I’m into it.
Join Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, Wesleyan Students for Ending Mass Incarceration, Wesleyan American Civil Liberties Union, Ujamaa, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Student Labor Action Coalition, and Jewish Voice for Peace for a very special event with Chelsea Manning:
This talk will be a wide-ranging conversation between Chelsea Manning and moderator Professor Margot Weiss, Chair of the Anthropology Department. Ms. Manning and Professor Weiss will focus on the impact of current and emerging military, police, and national security tactics and technologies on Americans, the international community, and the environment. Additionally, they will focus on how Ms. Manning’s life and experiences have shaped her politics, and how queer and trans people are impacted by international systems of surveillance and militarism.
The talk will be ticketed to deal with crowding. Tickets will be free and available to pick up at the Wesleyan Box Office starting on Monday, November 6th. Security will be provided by Wesleyan Public Safety. Ticket checking will be provided by Usdan Event Staff.
This event is co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly Student Budget Committee, the Green Fund, the Adelphic Education Fund, the Sociology Department, the Anthropology Department, the American Studies Department, Friends of the Wesleyan Library, Center for the Americas, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Student Resource Center.
Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free! (Tickets will be free and available to pick up at the Wesleyan Box Office starting on Monday, November 5th)
It’s Family Weekend, and there are a ton of parents on campus. Have people mistaken you and your parent for siblings? Have you spotted a parent and child that look identical?
We want pictures! Email us (staff[at]wesleying[dot]org) your Family Weekend pictures of identical parent/child pairs with the subject “Parent Write In” and your name and class year in the body (as well as the name and class year of the people in the picture), and we’ll feature you guys on Wesleying!
Editor’s note: The original post incorrectly identified the URL of the site as wesmaps.com. We apologize for the error and will fact-check our memes more thoroughly in the future.
Wisly Juganda ’20 tipped us off to wesportal.com, a wacky alternate universe version of WesMaps/WesPortal (are we in the upside-down???).
Featuring a tiled background of “If Michael Roth Was A Character From Harry Potter, He Would Be Dumbledore, Says Michael Roth,” the site is evocative of geocities. This seems like a fitting tribute to the 10 year anniversary of the inauguration of Michael Roth ’78 as Wesleyan’s President, which just so happens to be today.
You can add to the message board on the left side, which currently has posts like, “Can I access moodle from this” from guest and ‘i hate this’ from our very own michael roth.
In the center of the site, there’s the infamous bagel pb&j that haunted Soggy We$ Memes in a 3-post saga (courtesy of Oren Maximov ’17), complete with a poll to respond to the question of whether the bagel pb&j is indeed a sandwich.
At the bottom of the page there’s this gem (the button tragically doesn’t work, so you’re stuck with the points calculator):
There’s also a button saying, “Click here to go to the real Wesportal,” but, in an infuriating game of cat and mouse, it moves everytime you try to click on it.
We are extremely curious who did this, so if you have any leads, send them our way (staff[at]wesleying[dot]org)!
We want your spoo-ky/scar-y/sexy/stylish costumes!
Email us (staff[at]wesleying[dot]org) your pictures from Halloweekend/Halloween with the subject “Costume Write In” and your name and class year in the body (also any fun info/captions for your picture), and we’ll feature you on the blog! Group costumes and bad puns encouraged!