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Here’s Who Got a Thesis Carrel (And Who Is on the Waitlist)

Moment of silence to all of those who will have to use the Exley basement shower as their thesis carrel.

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The entrance label of the thesis carrel of DP’16.

Hi seniors. As if we didn’t make this clear with our record number of THESICRAZY interviews last year, we care immensely about chronicling the most wretched and rewarding part of your Senior year.

Carrel applications were due a week and a half ago. And now people know their fates.For those who don’t know much about the process, here’s a tidbit from the library website:

Weshop’s “Secret Menu” goes online

It’s not news to me that Weshop has a special-order catalog. Now that I’m in my senior year, I’ve had some time to hear stories of people ordering from the catalog to economize points by buying in bulk, or to buy brands that Weshop doesn’t stock in-store. I first heard about Weshop bulk ordering in 2015 from Wesleying-er kg, who not only knew the ins and outs of the process… but also found out how to bulk order DivaCups. From Weshop.

But back then, ordering from the catalog wasn’t especially convenient — or well-advertised. Those in the know could venture to the back of the store, where they could look at a catalog in the office and place orders. But, this meant you had to go out of your way just to see the catalog options, and you had to know it was there.

That’s why this year is an exciting time — for the first time in Weshop history, students can access the catalog and place orders online.

[LIVEBLOG] President Roth’s Second State of the School Address

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President Michael S. Roth ’78 is back in the Memorial Chapel tonight for the second annual State of the School Address, organized by the WSA in conjunction with the Ankh and the Argus. At 8 PM, Wesleyan’s own pioneer of liberal education will answer questions submitted by current students, and all of these questions will subsequently be passed on to the Board of Trustees to be discussed at their next meeting.

Last year’s address was the first time the WSA had done anything like this. Enacted by last year’s President Kate Cullen ’16 and VP Aidan Martinez ’17, the annual event was established in order to promote and facilitate transparent discussion between students and the administration. As described by the WSA:

The intention of this event is to provide students the opportunity to speak face-to-face with President Roth, ask meaningful questions and hear his reasoning behind major decisions. Through organizing this dialogue, the WSA strives to raise the student voice in administrative decisions and inform President Roth on how to make better decisions to meet our needs as students.

Naturally, we’ll be liveblogging. The structure is as follows:

  1. Introduction by the WSA (5 minutes) — intention, history of creation, explanation of purpose
  2. President Roth’s monologue-type address (20 minutes)
  3. Question and answer section (1 hour)
  4. Closing remarks (5 minutes)

A student-only debrief will be held afterward in the Zelnick Pavilion from 9:30-10:30. Click through for our liveblog of the address:

Ella Dawson ’14 Talks Herpes, Harassment, and Hillary Clinton

“I was walking back to a friend’s dorm and we had been making out at a party. I was like ‘Just so you know, I have genital herpes. We should use condoms. The risk is pretty small, but it’s there. Are you okay with that?’ And he was like ‘Yeah, I don’t give a fuck.’”

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“Freshman Ella (Butts C!) dressing up like Emma Stone from Easy A just in case you couldn’t tell I REALLY liked sex.”

If you were on campus circa 2010-2014, you probably knew Ella Dawson ’14 as kickass FGSS major and editor-in-chief of Unlocked Magazine. She now works as TED’s social media manager.

In the past two years, Ella has gotten wide recognition for championing STI destigmatization through her blog that she started in her senior year of college. She has also been featured on MTV Founders, Women’s Health, and Femsplain for her writings about living with herpes. Last Spring, Ella gave a TEDx talk on her experiences and her writing. In the past two weeks, Ella’s work has gotten even more recognition.

On September 6th, Ella won the recognition of Hillary Clinton by means of a personalized letter in response to an article she published on Medium entitled Hillary Clinton, The Alt-Right, And Me

I spoke with Ella and we talked about Far-Right Internet Assholes, Hillary Clinton’s letter, how Wes kids can participate in STI destigmatization, and how Wesleyan’s administration doesn’t know what to do with her. Read on for the interview:

Are You Wesleying? Come to a Meeting to Find Out!

Join Wesleying, Wesleyan’s least absorbent campus publication!

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Wesleying has been going strong for ten whole years. We were founded in 2006 by Holly and ishuku just as the internet was becoming more of a thing, and they wanted to tell everyone where the parties were, and ask the hard, irreverent questions that no one too close to the administration wanted to ask.

The blog has taken on a lot of different forms and styles since it was created in 2006, and that’s what keeps it interesting for me. Wesleying is a platform for literally anything that you want to write about. We’ve also been financially and ideologically and just generally independent from the institution since we were founded in 2006, and we’re planning on keeping it that way. And in order to keep going strong, we need YOU.

If you’re a Wes student and can write sentences, we want you. If you feel like your voice isn’t heard on campus, we want to change that. This goes double if you’re queer, trans/nonbinary, a student of color, first gen, low income, or an international student. We want to put up with asshole commenters who will try to shut you down. If you have even a fraction of enough time to have opinions about what happens on our campus, or on the Internet, or in the even-vaguely-Wes-related rest of the world, share them with us and our readers.

Our first recruitment meeting is this Sunday from 4-5 PM in Booger-Boo Hall, room 112. Please come if you are interested in blogging about things and putting them on this website. I’ll be giving what will probably be a very awkward presentation about what Wesleying has been, is, and could/should be. If you want to join but can’t make it to this meeting, please (please!) email editors[at]wesleying[dot]org with the subject line “Recruitment” and tell us about yourself and why you want to join Wesleying.

Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 4-5 PM
Place: The Artist Formerly Known As 41 Wyllys (Boger Hall), room 112
Why: Our Blog Could Be Your Life

We’re also going to be sitting at the WSA student group fair today looking incredibly antisocial, but this is just our default face, so please come talk to us! We can answer any specific or general questions about what we do and what it’s like to do what we do. But, we’ll have a more prepared recruitment pitch when we’re together again, or for the first time.

More about us after the jump:

Skull & Serpent Interrupts a Mozz Sticks Mission

img_7209Last night, on my way to my 7PM class, I saw someone carrying beers to the back of Skull & Serpent. The person tried their best to look nonchalant—coughed, scuffed their feet around, etc., but my interest was already piqued. Something was definitely going on.

On the way home from class, around 10PM, our beloved writer Jackson announced that he wanted mozzarella sticks. On our way to Usdan to retrieve Jackson’s favorite late-night junk food, we noticed something strange: the door to Skull & Serpent was wide open.

Jackson insisted he didn’t want to go inside, because there were mozz sticks waiting for him up in Usdan. But I and our friend Misha absolutely needed to know what was going on. We spent about five minutes creeping to the door and then backing away, unsure of what to do.

In Depth: Wesleyan Refugee Project

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This is part of our In Depth series, where we highlight the activities and people behind new student groups and/or student groups that might go somewhat under-the-radar. You can read the rest here.

The Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) was founded in the Fall of 2015 and had a very busy and successful inaugural year. I sat down with Casey Smith ’17, who helped to found WRP to find out more about their founding, what they’re working on now, and how new students can get involved.

Usdan Lunch-blog

we won't look like this because this is Mocon in '84; image from the 'Save Mocon' fb group

we won’t look like this because this is Mocon in ’84; image from the ‘Save Mocon’ fb group

As we told you just a few short hours ago, Wesleying needs money, and we are selling stickers to help raise it. Because Usdan is the center of our vibrant campus, we are here, braving the crowds, excited to meet some of you in person. (Usdan actually probably is the center of campus at lunch though, right?)

Come say hi and funny, liveblog-worthy things, and read on!

We’re Selling Stickers in Usdan! So That We May Perpetuate Our Existence!

stickersHey campus, how’s it going? Grinding tension of the academic experience just starting to build up? Same. Well, we have stickers to solve your problems. You might wonder, what purpose does a blog without a brand have for merch?

Well, first of all: we think these stickers are really, really cool and we like them a lot. That should be reason enough. But, unfortunately, it’s not.

We need money.

I know what you’re thinking. “Wesleying, I thought you were on our side in the struggle against the pressures of capitalism?” We are, but existing on the internet isn’t free. Our servers cost $24/month (up from $5 a month) and we have domain name expenses.

Wesleying has existed for 10 years as the only student publication at Wesleyan that has not received a single dime from the SBC. We are not a registered student group and don’t intend to become one. We think it insulates us quite uniquely from a lot of institutional pressures, so we can say whatever the fuck we want, pretty much (without being assholes).

We’ve been a platform for student voice and #snarky #commentary and breaking news and party locations and orgasm stories and Seniors talking about their theses and frosh learning about Wes. More generally, we have been a vehicle for idea transmission. People, for some reason or another, have viewed the site over 6 million times and submitted thousands of events to the site in the past 10 years.

But, our bank account is running low. #Classic #College #Student

So, we’re selling stickers. We are going to be in Usdan TODAY, September 13th and TOMORROW, September 14th from 11:40-1:20PM selling these stickers on a sliding scale from $2-5. Come say hello! It will be a great time!

We’ll also be liveblogging here, because honestly it’s the first time some of us will have braved the Usdan lunch rush in a couple years, but especially because we want to be able to give shout outs to you, our lovely readers (provided you say nice and funny things). See you soon!