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Procrastination Destination: The Paperclip Game

Welcome to the first installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you with #content to get you through finals!

Let me tell you a story. When I was a senior in high school, I was in a really dope AP Physics C class. The teacher was awesome, the students were all friends, and most importantly, we did a whole lot of “not physics.” One day, our teacher got up in front of the class and told us he had a game to show us. This is how The Paperclip Game entered my life.

Round-Up: A Look at Spring Flings Past

Fare thee well, O kegs!

As this year’s Spring Fling fast approaches, I found myself looking back at old Wesleying posts about Spring Flings past. It all started with this absurdity, which I stumbled upon earlier this year. With little else to do now that my thesis is turned in, I decided to dig deeper and see what other fun/ny stuff I could find!

Here is the resulting round-up of interesting/notable Spring Fling-related posts. (Zach already did a deep dive into past performers, so I’ll stick to silly/snarky/spends-too-much-time-on-the-internet content I dug up on the blog.) Read on after the jump to find out what’s going on in the picture above and more!

BOOKSLEYING: Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

Welcome to Booksleying! If you need a refresher on what this is or how the rating system works, check out our introductory post. You can find all the Booksleying posts here. (We’ve been shit at posting, we KNOW).

Title and Author: Three Daughters of Eve (Havaanin Üç Kizi) by Elif Shafak

NOTE: I accidentally read the English version of the book without knowing that it also had a Turkish translation. Shafak has some of her works originally written in English, and some in Turkish, and I wasn’t able to figure out which category this book lives in. But good for you! You get an English review of this book.

Rating: 4 stars with a side of Dessert Parfait. 

MRoth’s House Announced as Housing Option for Low Lottery Numbers

Due to an unprecedented number of students applying for General Room Selection for the 2019-2020 school year, ResLife has announced that it will be opening up three rooms in President Roth’s house for students that were forced to wait until summer for their housing assignment. Each of the rooms will be single-sized forced triples, most likely occupied by sophomores who are desperately vying for a room in a system that requires you to live on campus but doesn’t guarantee you a bed.

Quiet Side Story: An American Musical

to the tune of Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boy

 

He was a boy
she was a girl
can I make it any more heteronormative?
He’s into film,
she plays croquet
What more can I say?
He wescams her
She does as well,
They come to Usdan dressed in pastel
They took The Ride
But he had lied,
That he was cool sitting on Loud side

He was a film house boy
She only drank la croix,
He really hated Loud Side Yooz
She was like “what the hell?”
Was he feeling unwell?
She thought that Quiet side was a snooze

Five days from now
She sits on Quiet side
Wishing that she hadn’t tried to hide
Because she realized
That she really prized
Seeing the happiness in his eyes
When she would say
Let’s go and play
A little of my favorite sport, croquet
And in return
I’ll have to learn
To have dinner without athletes in the way

He was a film house boy
She only drank la croix
He really hated loud side yooz
But with some patience and
A little raisin bran
Quiet was no longer a snooze

She took a chance
She asked him to dance
He thought it was a real romance
She never knew
what Usdan could do
To change everything that you thought you knew
She would decide
that loud to quiet side
Was not so big of a divide
Now they’re just friends
But it’s ok,
Cuz they sit on quiet side every day
Laughing about
Loud side throughout
Knowing that later they’d play croque

He was a film house boy
She only drank la croix
He had stopped hating loud side yooz
It didn’t matter now
They worked it out somehow
Now they had nothing left to lose

“Am I in Love?”: The Best of the SciLi Carrel Graffiti

Most of the graffiti is actually very inclusive!

For most of this year, the second-floor SciLi carrels have been my study space of choice. They’re quieter than the lunch-with-your-friends-disguised-as-studying of first-floor SciLi, but  allow for slightly more noise than in Olin, where I feel guilty for just unzipping my backpack. They have a good amount of natural light, and their cute little walls protect me from making eye contact with anyone else working there, so I can sink into the false sense of solitude that I so desperately need. But an added bonus is that many of the carrels have some *high quality* graffiti from all the students that have studied there before, providing ample entertainment and procrastination fodder. And for your reading privilege, I have compiled the highlights. Click below for some anxiety-fueled musings. (Please note that I take no responsibility for any misspellings, botched punctuation, or opinions. All errors belong to the authors themselves.)

Students and Custodians Allege Labor Violations against Wesleyan

Wesleying stands in solidarity with our custodial workers in their fight to be treated with dignity and respect as they clean and care for our campus. We affirm their demand for Wesleyan to hire five more workers, and offer our platform and support to the workers and students who are organizing to achieve this.

Tomorrow (Friday, April 26), at noon, students, campus workers, and community members will join together at North College to rally for Five More Workers: Support Good Jobs at Wes. Students, other Wesleyan workers, community organizations, labor unions, artists, and even two sitting Congresspeople (Rep. Pramila Jayapal WA-07 and Rep. Andy Levin MI-09) have expressed their support for Wesleyan’s custodial workers, and Friday’s rally is anticipated to be the largest action yet.

This comes just two weeks after United Student/Labor Action Committee (USLAC) organized a series of protests and disruptions during WesFest to call attention to the unreasonable workloads of our school’s custodians and to demand that Wesleyan hire five more workers. (If you want to know more about the WesFest actions, the Argus did a great job covering them.)

Since WesFest, the administration has failed to take action on (or take seriously) the protesters’ demands and workers’ testimonies, citing data shared in an all-campus email from Chief Administrative Officer, and Treasurer Andy Tanaka on Wednesday, April 24 as justification. USLAC responded by sharing a point-by-point rebuttal of the “facts” presented in Tanaka’s email.

A graph compiled by USLAC to explain perceived flaws in the administration’s data analysis

As mentioned in these documents, there have been new developments with regard to the legality of Wesleyan and SMG’s employment practices. On Friday, April 19, Wesleyan students and custodians worked together to file a National Labor Relations Board charge against Service Management Group (SMG), a custodial services subcontractor, and Wesleyan University as joint employers. This occurred after custodians and students reviewed SMG’s corporate handbook and identified several violations of federal labor law.

Read on to learn more about the violations, their significance, and to view the full redacted complaint.