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How to Get a Google Internship, Tips from Evan Carmi ’13

ecarmigoogleEvan Carmi ’13, also known on Wesleying as ehc, wrote an e-book called “How to Get a Google Internship,” which has tips for how to get software engineering internships at companies like Google, the New York Times, and start-ups. He currently works for the start-up Brewster, and has worked on the New York Times London Olympics website, schoolbook.org (collects data about NYC schools), and a bunch of other cool stuff. He also did this impressive thing:

Served as Chief Technology Mastermind for wesleying.org, a popular blog about student life at Wesleyan University. While an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, I moved the WordPress site to a dedicated Linode VPS and optimized the server to handle increased traffic. I also completed a major redesign of the site in January 2013.

Doppelgangers at Wes

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Michael Roth ’78 and Anthony Wiener

A few months ago, Wesleying decided to do a post on Doppelgangers at Wesleyan. Doppelgangers are those pairs of folks you get confused due to their incredible likeness. You may have seen a terrifying Doctor Who episode playing with the subject. After the jump are our featured doppelgangers and a full list. I wish I could have pictured all of the submitted pairs but consent is most important. SEE YOU AFTER THE JUMP!

35 Years Ago Today: Jimmy Carter v. Giant Rabbit

Today is the 35th anniversary of the day that then-President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a giant swimming rabbit, and barely escaped with his life. On a mid-Presidency fishing trip near his hometown, Jimmy Carter’s boat was unexpectedly attacked by an enormous, aggressive, and seemingly amphibious mammal with clear hissing intent to board the President’s vessel. Fortunately, although Secret Service was not immediately on hand, the President was able to bravely repel his furry assailant alone, via paddle and splashing as seen above. The rabbit was never seen again.

Who knows when it will strike again?

We must never forget.

We must maintain vigilance.

Please carry on with your day.

A Look Into the Edgar Beckham Awards

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I sat down yesterday to talk to the Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Awards committee to talk about what the awards are about, why these awards began, and a little more about who Dean Edgar Beckham was. The interview as follows is with Christian Hosam ’15, Nicole Okai ’14, and Evelyn Kim ’16. Also on the committee is Taylor Dauphin ’15.

For those who don’t know, what are the Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Awards?

Christian Hosam ’15: The Edgar Beckham Awards are awards that are designed for students, faculty, and staff who are doing dynamic social justice work on campus. It was started last year by Phabinly Gabriel ’13 and Luciana Pennant ’13, and it was really a fantastic show because I think what was going on was that it was a response to a lot of the negative things that were on campus at the time—in respect to racial profiling, academic discontent, and people feeling like they weren’t really affirmed in some ways. So the Edgar Beckham Awards are really a space for some positive affirmation.

How do you think these awards have contributed to Wesleyan’s campus—specifically towards students?

Evelyn Kim ’16: Well I know from when I first went I was a freshman, I think that as social justice is apart of every student of color’s life, whether or not you’re actively involved in it. And [the awards] kind of gave you something to strive for. Because before it wasn’t like these people who were being recognized—they weren’t striving for it because that wasn’t a thing that existed until then. But it kind of gave you something to strive for and something to look forward to.

CH: I mean I think that for the entire campus, a day towards the end of the year that really allows us to kind of come together and celebrate one another and honor one another is a really important thing to do. I think that one thing about this campus—the culture of this campus—is that it is so fast paced, that really having an opportunity to really kind of come together is really important.

Letter to the Campus Community: A Call to Action

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 TRIGGER WARNING: The following discusses the issue of sexual assault at Wesleyan and may be triggering for some readers. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.

At the present time, there is an unprecedented political atmosphere on campus that affords our community a tremendous opportunity to take meaningful and effective action to combat campus sexual assault: co-educate and drastically reform our campus’s three all-male residential fraternities or forbid them use of their residential facilities.

This action has long been necessary, and in pursuit of this action there are a few facts that require illumination:

SPRING FLING 2014: JUICE / JUICE/ JUICE

“Concerts on Foss: now more than ever!”

Word gets out pretty easily, so I’m basically just confirming what many of you already know. Here’s the Spring Fling 2014 Line-up, courtesy of Spring Fling Committee:

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This year’s lineup still follows the loosely defined Spring Fling template of “rap act, indie-ish buzz band, raucous opening act” of the past few years, allowing us to reuse this sentence again and again. Some quick overviews and music from the artists are after the jump.

Sexual Violence, Spaces, and Privilege

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Amidst the celebration and festivities that are the end of theses this past weekend, a conversation surrounding sexual violence continues to rage through our community, a topic this publication has covered many, many times before. These last few weeks, however, the discourse has intensified and fraternities, or more importantly the spaces in which they occupy, has become the center of attention and controversy.

There are a lot of angry people on campus right now, including me. More specifically, however, what bothers me the most about the way this conversation has taken place is that people continue to talk right past each other, and many times seem to completely disregard what others have to say.

So let’s talk about privilege for a little bit. Buzzfeed recently had another one of their typically useless quizzes going viral lately, this one asking, “How Privileged Are You?” It might be worth taking a look at the 100 point quiz and the contents of the criteria. Or go ahead, to take the quiz. “I went to an elite college,” for example, is something pretty much all of us should be checking off.

It may be kind of useless and just internet-buzz material, but for me, the quiz reminded me of two things: all of us have some form of privilege, and that sometimes we forget what privilege we hold. More importantly, however, it reminded me that some of us have significantly more privilege than others.

Hold on just a second. I hope you do not think I am digressing from the issue of sexual violence in this post, because privilege is an immense component of how we speak, what we say, and even how we say it. It shapes our views and beliefs, and those with privilege typically have a much easier time getting what they want compared to those who have much less. And in the discourse surrounding sexual assault at Wesleyan, privilege plays a huge role.

Meet Grant Tanenbaum ’15, The Only Person Running for WSA President

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Every year on Wesleying, we typically have a very sassy interview with the WSA presidential and vice presidential candidates (a tip of the hat to the venerable frostedmoose and the awesome Roxie for their extra sass-tastic features, which you can see here and here). It’s a shame that we don’t have any other candidates like last year’s dark horse favorite Keith Conway ’16 or the frostedmoose-proclaimed “Vanilla” Zach Malter ’13, but we’re making due.

Read after the jump to meet Grant Tanenbaum ’15, the only person running for WSA President this year (minus a hilarious April Fools’ “opponent”, a prank orchestrated by Kate Cullen ’16 that nearly gave Grant an ulcer). This is the first post of two parts on the prez, so stay tuned.

“______ Fall Back”: On Concert Culture, Moshing and (Un)Safe Spaces

Almost three years ago exactly, I showed up to my first Eclectic concert, as a wide-eyed, naive pre-frosh, a total stranger to the “college music scene.” There was loud, thrashy music coming from the ballroom, where a small crowd was gathered. While dancing wildly around with all these strange older cool college kids, I thought to myself, “Wow! I am actually doing this. I am a skinny, lanky dude moshing! And it feels great! And I should totally come here and do this more!” And the rest was, as they say, history.

THESISCRAZY 2014 (PART 5): Before the Final Hour

“THIS SLOTH BELIEVES IN YOU.”

The end is nigh. Today at 4 P.M. thesised-out seniors will gather on the steps of Olin and drink champagne. In this fifth installment of THESISCRAZY, we interview nervous and/or already finished (!) thesis writers. For this year’s other THESISCRAZY features, click here, here, here, and here. To see previous years of THESISCRAZINESS, click here.