To Dan Drew, the Mayor of Middletown:
photo by Jacob Seltzer ’17
It has now been a week since forty of my classmates organized the Wesleyan Black Lives Matter March. This weekend, we found out that you are asking Wesleyan to pay $7,492.81 to the City of Middletown. According to the Hartford Courant, this money is needed to pay forty-six additional officers, who were asked to work that day to protect the demonstrators.
I’m a little concerned, Mayor Drew. I’m afraid that no one ever told you exactly what these protests were about. Perhaps it’s because while you were at the protests, you stood alone, away from the crowd, among several Middletown Police Officers. Was it hard to hear 300 or more voices chanting “Black Life Matters?” from your spot? Were you having trouble making out the phrase “What do we want? Justice? When do we want it? Now!”
It’s that time of year again when Wes students complain about how old they are: Early Decision notifications have been sent to the class of 2019, and around 300-350ish kiddos are now officially coming to Wesleyan this fall. Also, just to throw in some math: Most members of this class were born in 1997 (some in 1996 and even 1998).
The College Confidential thread is ridiculously boring this year (step up your game, prefrosh), so instead, here’s some chatter from the latest cardinals via Twitter:
Kaite Ryan “Half grown up. Half baby.” but absolutely hilarious. This four year old girl has got all the sass, ridiculous faces, and a view of the world well beyond her years. I posted a best of video but I highly recommend her Vine page because the loops make it that much funnier.
If you need motivation Katie Ryan has got your back. Good luck with the rest of finals everyone and enjoy the break!
A sci-fi podcast created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Welcome To Night Vale takes the form of a current-events radio show. Each episode centers around one specific event that’s happening throughout each 30-minute show, and your charismatic host is Cecil Palmer, the voice of Night Vale (played by Cecil Baldwin). Sounds good, right?
Fink has said that WTNV should be “hard to describe to your friends,” and oh, how it is. Essentially, WTNV is a show about weird shit that happens in a small town in the desert that is the American southwest. It’s, you know, just like every other town — pervaded by the corporate megalomania of a company called StrexCorp, monitored by a vague and nameless government agency, and full of people who think this is completely normal.
Like, totally! The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home can definitely run for mayor against a literal five-headed dragon. Totally normal. Station management at Night Vale Radio is just a vague rumbling from behind a door. The weather is just a song. Following every subplot in WTNV is a conspiracy theorist’s dream come true. My guess is that if you’re into Twin Peaks, you’d probably be into this too.
Some forms of procrastination are at least somewhat productive, but this one is just straight up entertaining and useless. Behold: A list of five name generators that you can spend the next 23 minutes clicking through instead of studying for your chem final.
Update (12/9/14 12:13PM): The WSA Dining Committee has released the following statement based on developments over the weekend:
As many people on and off campus are aware, Wesleyan recently switched from stocking Sabra hummus to a local brand, Cedar’s. Though we made this change in the interest of sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, it unfortunately has been misinterpreted in the media and elsewhere as a political statement in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. In order to clarify our continued political neutrality, and to give students a choice, we will be stocking both Sabra and Cedar’s hummus, starting in January.
Obviously, this is big news that counteracts the political/ethical implications of destocking Sabra hummus. Given that this is the first notice of these changes, we have no statement from those involved in the campaign to remove Sabra, as of yet. We will update this article again with any further developments.
Update (12/9/14 7:08PM): A statement has been released by Yael Horowitz ’17, Students for Justice in Palestine, and “another group of concerned students”:
We are extremely disappointed in the University’s decision to put Sabra Hummus back on the shelves. It is not an ethical response, but is instead motivated by public relations and the opinions of President Michael Roth. Student opinion is against Israeli apartheid and occupation, and we will continue to make this known. This is not the end of the conversation.
This morning Rebel Empire Productions posted this powerful video of yesterday’s Black Lives Matter March and Die In to YouTube. What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.
Today, Procrastination Destination brings you “This or That?” quizzes, which are exactly what they sound like – you see a name and then use your excellent logical (and/or guessing) skills to put it into one category or another.
You might have seen a couple of quizzes like this before, but today we bring you even more. Do you know your IKEA brands from your death metal bands? Fonts from cheeses?
Wesleyan Students at a “Die In” on the corner of Wash and Main. Photo by James Gibbel ’18
At 3 PM, a huge number of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Middletown community members (estimates range from a few to several hundred) gathered in the Exley Lobby ready to march in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Although most folks dissipated at about 4 PM after the stream of protestors made it’s way back to main campus, as of 4:45 PM there are still students marching on the North End of Main Street and police are present. Prior to the march, protestors were reminded that a Black life is taken every 28 hours by law enforcement or state-backed vigilantes; this march was an attempt to disrupt the Middletown economy in analogous fashion to the constant disruption of Black lives. In addition, it was emphasized that this was a peaceful protest.
Just in time for finals week, my favorite underclassmen introduced me to an incredible app called “Trivia Crack.” The premise of the game is that you challenge your friends to games of trivia. There are six different categories that are divided on a wheel which you spin for each round: Art, Entertainment, Science, Sports, History, and Geography. The objective is to obtain every character on the wheel, by answering three questions correctly and then answering a fourth in your selected category. You can, however, supersede the three questions by spinning a “crown” on the wheel. Although the game is so addicting it runs the risk of making you less social in actual social environments (please see image to the left for evidence), I speculate that it could help you buff up for activities such as Wednesday crosswords and Tuesday night trivia at La Boca. I find the game very compelling especially since the questions run the gamut from somewhat obtuse to absurdly inane to a pleasurable trivial question to which YOU KNOW THE ANSWER!
Plus if a question even mildly pertains to one of your classes, you could pass it off as “passive studying.” For example, under the category of “Art” I was recently asked the question “Who wrote Mansfield Park?” The answer to which is Jane Austen. It just so happens that I read a Jane Austen book (Sense and Sensibility) for one of my classes this semester and will be writing a paper about the novel this coming week. BOOM. STUDYING FOR FINALS ALREADY. Kind of. Anyway, if you enjoy trivia, procrastination, being competitive in a joke-y sort of way with your friends, and questions like “What is a ‘kilt’?” (?!?!?!?), Trivia Crack is the game for you. Add me!