You walk into Usdan, Canada goose gently gliding in the wind behind you. You weave through the bustling gaggle of students who are ¾ hangry, 1/4 inebriated. You chuckle at your own cleverness in coming up with that piece of fraction humor. You exclaim to your friend, the one with brown hair wearing Bean Boots, “damn, why is it always so crowded in here”. She’s like, “idk, ugh.” You decide to peruse Soggy We$ Memes to fill the time it takes waiting on the Usdan staircase, a unique structure that gives you an elevated perspective of people’s scalps staring down at the tinder profiles of that kid from Econ.
You come across a meme, a meme you’re sure you’ll understand, a template you’ve seen a million times. You know the one. That guy looking at a butterfly. And he’s like “Is this ___?” Classic. But then you look a little closer. The guy is labeled as “Wesleyan’s inconsiderate student body”. And that’s not all. The butterfly was labeled “Usdan Lunch rush”. No way. You are IN THAT RN!!! And here’s the kicker, the caption at the bottom, which is a little hard to read since you are trying to walk up the Usdan steps at the same time, reads “Is this a good place to hold an hour-long conversation with my friends even though there are clearly people without seats who actually intend to eat, not network.”
From Wesleyan Democratic Socialists:
Join Wesleyan Democratic Socialists to watch Bernie Sanders give his first town hall of his 2020 presidential campaign!
All are welcome, whether you knocked doors in 2016 or are just curious to hear more about his policies and democratic socialism!
Snacks will be provided!
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 8 PM
Place: PAC 001
While I’d like to assume that most of our readers visit this wonderful blog to read our #hip #content, it appears as if a lot of our web traffic is actually from people attempting to use the points calculator.
Maybe in my old age (and my all-points meal plan), I don’t have as much points-related anxiety as y’all, but I’ve never actually used the calculator. However, I acknowledge its utility, and some of you are extremely vigilant at reminding us when it’s not updated for the new semester.
Anyways, all of this to say:
Happy spring semester, and remember, there’s almost always a junior or senior who can spare some points to an underclassman in need, and the youngins who still get meal swipes can generally swipe you in with a guest swipe if you’re on all points!
Welcome to the third installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!
If you’re the same type of perpetually stressed as I am, then you also decide to bake/make/chef-it-up during finals season to take some productive time off from studying or staring at Netflix, pretending to study. Baking is a ~thing that I do~ while blasting some dramatic music because at least I’m doing something, even if it isn’t homework.
I have a slightly well-known recipe for Mocha Spice cupcakes that I came up with after experimenting in the kitchen a few years back. They’ve made their way to Wesleyan a few times, notably when I baked over three dozen and delivered them to students after spring break. I normally try to bake a batch while I’m home and share the ~goods~ with friends, and it’s quickly become a favorite treat.
The thing is, I don’t *really* have a recipe. I follow this Turkish thing called göz ayar?, which directly translates to eye measurement, which completely makes sense (I hope). Essentially, I know how much to throw into the measuring bowl after making these cupcakes time and time again. The point is, the recipe’s ingredients are always in a dynamic flux depending on what I have laying at home.
The “recipe” I’m going to share is meant to be broken; it’s meant to be experimented with. If you don’t like a particular ingredient, literally just take it out. Wanna add something? Go for it! This recipe is supposed to look like absolute freakin’ chaos…because it is. This is essentially the cupcake in its core, and sometimes I play around with some ~extras~, which I’ll let you know about after getting that not-so-stable cupcake foundation set.
This fall, I taught a student forum through the American Studies department called “Critical Perspectives on Texas.” Historically Texas has served as a site of settler colonialism, racial domination, strict reification of gender roles and repressive sexuality, and economic importance with its oil and agricultural industries.
To name a few topics, the class examined: Texas’s modern-day electoral politics in sociohistorical context; intersectional feminist border studies and the Drug War; health care disparities, race, and climate change in Houston; gentrification and segregation in Austin; the legacy of plantation slavery in the influential Texas prison system; cowboy culture and the myth of the frontier; and indigenous resistance to the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
I grew up in Austin, Texas, and as an American Studies major, a growing activist, and someone who has become obsessed with regionalism since coming to Wesleyan, teaching this forum was a way for me to better understand my home and to help other students learn about the state through a critical lens. I wrote this piece, “Cracking Open a Pecan,” as a final project for our last day of class:
Caroline Kravitz ’19 writes in:
Wesleyan Refugee Project is a hosting a late night bakesale in Exley to benefit the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees fund a container program!
Wesleyan Refugee Project believes that one of the best ways to support refugees is by fundraising with organizations that have strong connections to local NGOs in conflict areas that directly send aid to those in need.
That’s why we decided to ship a container of life-saving humanitarian aid to Syria through the Fund A Container program.
The donations raised will help send a whole shipping container of relief supplies (i.e. food, clothing, and medical supplies) to Syria.
Please come out and support this project or donate online at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/fund-a-container-11461/wesleyanrefugeeproject.
Date: Sunday, December 9
Time: 9 PM-12 AM
Place: Exley Science Center Lobby
Minutes ago, an all-campus email went out announcing the (apparently annual??) Late Night Midnight Breakfast tonight at Usdan!
I, for one, have never heard of this event before in all my years at Wes, and a quick search of my overflowing email inbox revealed no emails about such an event in years past, but I’ve been known to be wrong before. If you have attended one of these in the past, or have any evidence that this event has ever occurred before, drop a comment below or email staff[at]wesleying[dot]edu.
The email reads:
Students – don’t forget that tonight, Thursday, December 6, 2018 is the annual end of semester Midnight Breakfast in Usdan Marketplace. This event will take place during normal late night hours and will accept meal plan swipes and points! The menu will consist of an all-you-can eat brunch, similar to the weekend brunch offering.
We hope to see you there!
Bon Appetit Dining
As campus clears out (and your classes get emptier and emptier due to students leaving early for break), those of you sticking around for all or part of break may be wondering what’s going to be open.
WesShop is closing at 4 PM today, and will remain closed until 4 PM Sunday, so be sure to get your last grocery run in within the next few hours! The offerings at this point will likely be sparse, but you can probably come up with some creative dishes to stay nourished as you hibernate in your dorm/house/Olin/SciLi. Read on for the rest of the Thanksgiving Break Hours for various facilities and services around campus!
Some people I’m thankful for this Usdan Thanksgiving <3
Top row, left to right: Tim, Sam, Mary, and Woanyen
Bottom row: Alex and me!
I was gonna write an article about the do’s and don’ts of Usdan Thanksgiving
I was scrolling through our Wesleyan University Google Alerts email recently when I came upon a surprising link–someone is selling the old MoCon sign. My first thought upon seeing this was Who on earth would pay $695 for an old sign??? quickly followed by Some student probably stole this when they demolished MoCon in 2010 and is trying to turn a profit almost a decade later. As baffled as I was by this listing on Housatonic Trading Co. (which “offer[s] a curated collection of antique, vintage and modern items including antiquities, jewelry, furnishings, art and decor”), it also seemed like an invitation to dive deeper into the history of MoCon.
Some of you current students (and recent alums) may be wondering, What on earth is MoCon? Worry not, Wesleying is here to dig up some WesHistory for you and teach you about a beloved and sorely missed Wesleyan institution!