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Wesleyan Gives Me Sixteen Bucks a Day to Survive

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I’m on the all declining balance plan (1629 points for the semester), and when you average that out from the day we moved back on campus (Aug 30th) to the end of the fall semester (December 14th), I get exactly 16.29 points per day to use to feed myself.

But how, you ask, did I figure that out? Well, Wesleying’s fancy Points Calculator, which has been out of commission since Spring 2013, is finally back. After spending two hours relying on Google and web tutorials, I managed to get it up and running again—and should stay that way for semesters to come.

All you need to do is first check your current balance of meals and points, which can be done through Blackboard, and then select the meal plan you’re on. It’ll then have to fields for you to enter: the number of meals you have left, then the number of points you have left. Once you fill those in, it’ll compute the amount of meals or points you have left for the rest of the semester!

Go check it out, and if you have any concerns shoot us an email at staff[at]wesleying.org.

The Monument Quilt: Upsetting Rape Culture at Wesleyan

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This image originally appeared on upsettingrapeculture.com

You may have heard of the group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture when they tricked the internet into believing that Playboy Magazine had published a story called “The Ultimate Guide to A Consensual Good Time.” Or maybe they grabbed your attention with their faux fashion line “Pink Loves Consent.” If not, you will definitely notice FORCE when they bring a 250-square Monument Quilt to Foss Hill on Tuesday, September 2, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This demonstration will be too large for anyone on campus to ignore.

Unofficial Orientation Series: How To Make Friends

This article was originally posted during last year’s orientation series.

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Now that you’ve settled into your rooms, orientation is over and classes are about to begin, I’d like to welcome you to what has been known for generations at Wesleyan as the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL… or to majority of America as Labor Day.

This list not only applies to those who are new on campus, but to anyone who is looking to make new friends. Though it might seem like there is a point where everyone has already found those on campus who they want to be friends with, I can assure you this point doesn’t exist. Let us begin shall we, in no particular order…

The Star and Crescent Restaurant: An Introduction

“So there’s this place, the Star & Crescent, it’s like a student-run restaurant, and you have to wait in line at that house over there, and it’s delicious, and yeah.”

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This may be how you’ve heard the Star & Crescent described, also known as the S&C, which has a respectable but perhaps enigmatic reputation on campus. But do not fear! Its inner workings are easier to understand than the large number of meals included on your meal plan or the inexplicable speed at which your points start disappearing once you discover your signature drink at Pi Cafe or the temptingly mediocre french fries at Late Night… But come on, how are you going to study if you and your friends don’t eat fried things at midnight first?

But how, you might ask, will you learn about the wonders of this exciting alternative to Usdan?

Well, my friends, the moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: for your aid and entertainment, we have created a BRAND-NEW, FIRST-EVER, ONE-OF-A-KIND, KNOCK-YOUR-SOCKS-OFF GUIDE TO EATING AT THE S&C to answer all the questions percolating in your minds as another year of new possibilities and delicious noms (/too-lazy-to-leave-your-dorm-room mac & cheese) approaches. Now let’s begin:

Unofficial Orientation Series: Keeping Green on Campus

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If you came to Wesleyan because of some vague, or obvious, interest in environmentalism, then you’re in luck! If you find the right people, organizations, classes, etc. then you’ll have a great support system for keeping green on campus. If you thought it was impressive that the admissions building has solar panels on top of it (mostly a ploy to get environmentalist students to apply), then you’ll have a great time getting involved with sustainability efforts at Wes.

First of all, Wesleyan has a sustainability coordinator, whose role is to help further Wesleyan’s mission of sustainability, including making things clearer to you. Her name is Jen Kleindienst and you can send her an e-mail at jkleindienst[at]wes. For questions regarding sustainability, you should also check out Wesleyan’s sustainability website.

Unofficial Orientation Series: Wes Music Scene

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What really brings me to love Wes more than I would’ve any other school (not counting the bottomless money vacuum that you will come to know as the “WheySstation”)? Easy. The music scene. As a music major (sup ladies), I wanted nothing more than an environment where I knew I would be able to learn and grow in new directions and Wesleyan has the freedom to facilitate that. Whether the casual concert goer or the hardcore fan/stalker of Zack Kantor ’15, (#beams) the Wesleyan music scene will have something for all of you.

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: Rage Update

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(Image: Catherine Avalone, The Middletown Press)

You’ve now arrived on campus, and we hope that you find your time here enriching and transformative. In that hope, we feel that it would be ill-advised to allow you to not have at least a foundational understanding of the things that have forced us as a community into dialogue, disagreement, and action.

This is not to scare you or to give you a negative impression of the University. However, we are certain that most if not all of you were told about the “passion” that Wesleyan students have and the issues that we care about on campus are at the forefront of those passions. While there is certainly no requirement to take an activist stance on any of these issues and it is in fact easy to sink beneath the radar on these issues and all the others not covered here, we would plead with you to be engaged in the community that you are now a part of.

Read this, ask questions, and reach out to students and faculty that have been here before you. We hope that as you begin your time here, you fully invest yourself as a community member committed to making Wesleyan as good as it can be for you and for those after you. Caring about Wesleyan does not foreclose critique on Wesleyan and as you read this, and other things like it, we hope you understand that too.

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: First-Year Classes

Good afternoon, froshlings. Or morning, or evening, or whenever it is that you’re reading this. By now you’re tenderly stroking the PDF-images of your plane tickets to Bradley Airport on your computer screen, brimming with excitement to head off to college to start the rest of your life. You’ve got loads of wonderful and exciting things very shortly ahead of you: orientation (which at Wesleyan happens to be awesome), meeting your wonderful classmates, and (safe, careful, responsible) partying. If you’re interested in a place like Wesleyan, it’s very likely that classes factor in at a high-priority level on your list of things to look forward to, and choosing your first year classes takes some thought.  In that regard, perhaps I, Real Student at Wesleyan University, can be of service.

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: Drop/Add Tips and Tricks

Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depends primarily not on your effort, but on the professor and ze’s policy and how popular the class is. It is pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into hir class, even if you do everything right. But, trying can’t hurt, right?

Today’s installment of the Unofficial Orientation Series is mainly about the devil that is known as Drop/Add. If you don’t know what that is, the folks at Registrar provided this overview. During this period, students are able to add or drop pretty much any class to their schedule, regardless of the limits posed by pre-reg, such as class year distribution. I also highly recommend you check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the office of Registrar, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. This post will not be doing much explaining of Drop/Add itself. It will, however, try to warn you, frosh, about the reality of this brutal race and offer some insights (read: randomly gathered knowledge that may have been the results of embarrassing behaviors of the author herself).

If reading long articles is not your thing, scroll down to the bottom for a step-by-step guide.