Category Archives: Non-Wesleyan

Main Street Rite Aid is Becoming a Walgreens

A big change is coming to Middletown: the Rite Aid on Main Street is becoming a Walgreens! This transition comes as part of a failed merger between Rite Aid and Walgreens that was blocked by anti-trust laws in June of this year. Rather than merging with Rite Aid, Walgreens is buying up just under 2000 Rite Aid stores across the country in a deal worth approximately $4.375 billion.

So what does all of this mean for you? Rite Aid sent me a letter outlining the whole transition:

A Conversation with Chelsea Manning

Join Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, Wesleyan Students for Ending Mass Incarceration, Wesleyan American Civil Liberties Union, Ujamaa, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Student Labor Action Coalition, and Jewish Voice for Peace for a very special event with Chelsea Manning:

This talk will be a wide-ranging conversation between Chelsea Manning and moderator Professor Margot Weiss, Chair of the Anthropology Department. Ms. Manning and Professor Weiss will focus on the impact of current and emerging military, police, and national security tactics and technologies on Americans, the international community, and the environment. Additionally, they will focus on how Ms. Manning’s life and experiences have shaped her politics, and how queer and trans people are impacted by international systems of surveillance and militarism.

The talk will be ticketed to deal with crowding. Tickets will be free and available to pick up at the Wesleyan Box Office starting on Monday, November 6th. Security will be provided by Wesleyan Public Safety. Ticket checking will be provided by Usdan Event Staff.

This event is co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly Student Budget Committee, the Green Fund, the Adelphic Education Fund, the Sociology Department, the Anthropology Department, the American Studies Department, Friends of the Wesleyan Library, Center for the Americas, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Student Resource Center.

Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free! (Tickets will be free and available to pick up at the Wesleyan Box Office starting on Monday, November 5th)
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Procrastination Destination: Nardwuar The Human Serviette

Nardwuar The Human Serviette is probably not the first person you’d think of when you imagine a celebrated music journalist. However he has made a name for himself through his interviews with famous rappers and musicians that he uploads on his You Tube channel. In addition to his style and distinctive hat/glasses combo, Nardwuar is known for doing scarily in depth research on his interview subjects and offering them gifts from their past inspired by his discoveries. While it’s hilarious to see your favorite artists trying to decipher who the fuck this Nardwuar dude is, Nardwuar almost always manages to get an inside look at an artist’s influence that most journalists don’t. Please enjoy this small compilation of Nardwuar’s videos. Keep rocking in the free world and doo doodoo doo doo ____________ ________________.

[CONTENT WARNING] Scott Backer Arrested in West Hartford for Soliciting Minor on Yik Yak

Content warning: This posts discusses sexual assault/predatory behavior towards minors and contains images/video of Scott Backer

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Former Associate Dean of Students Scott Backer was arrested today in West Hartford for soliciting sexual conduct with a minor over Yik Yak. The Hartford Courant reported the arrest and Fox61 confirmed that the Scott Backer arrested was indeed the same Scott Backer that was fired from Wesleyan after the university learned from the Boston Globe that he had previously been fired from Vermont Academy for sexual misconduct.

A Celebration of Silent Sounds

Randi Plake writes in:

Celebrate the writing excellence of students in Middletown Public Schools, grades 6 through 12, and hear their winning submissions of essays, short stories, and poetry from the annual literary magazine “Silent Sounds.” Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Community and University Services for Education, and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.

Date: Tuesday, May 2nd
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Wes Students Support Yale Grad Student Union in “The Fast Against Slow”

UNITE HERE 217 and Wesleyan Students at Yale for the start of the occupation/strike

Wesleyan students from United Student/Labor Action Coalition and Wesleyan Democratic Socialists joined Yale graduate school employees from UNITE HERE Local 33 on Tuesday evening to kick off a hunger strike meant to pressure Yale administration into entering contract negotiations with the newly-formed union. Eight graduate school employees from Local 33 have committed to an indefinite hunger strike being called “The Fast Against Slow.”

Read more about the strike after the jump:

The College Bubble: A Higher Ed Round-Up

Back in 2014, ztevenz, a blogger before my time, started a series of posts entitled “The College Bubble: A Higher Ed Roundup” which gave digests of recent news events that happening at college campuses nationwide. Several events in the past two years, most notably the anti-racist demonstrations begun by Concerned Student 1950 at Mizzou and the nationwide sanctuary campus movement orchestrated by Movimiento Cosecha, have generated talks of rebooting the feature. And now it’s finally happening! So here’s a roundup of things that have been going on recently at various colleges and universities:

Reading by Author Pankaj Mishra

1212CvrStry-PankajMishraQuinn Frenzel ’16 writes in:

The Wesleyan University Writing Programs is hosting a reading by Jacob Julien visiting writer Pankaj Mishra. Pankaj Mishra is the author of a novel, The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Time’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and several works of nonfiction. He is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. In 2014, he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in Nonfiction. His most recent books include From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and Age of Anger: A History of The Present.

Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Time: 8-10pm
Place: Russell House

Artful Lunch Series: Rhea Higgins

WESCFARandi Plake writes in:

One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Rhea Higgins, Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.

Date: Thursday, March 2nd
Time: 12:10pm
Place: Alsop House Dining Room in the Davison Art Center

In Depth: Wesleyan Refugee Project (Part 2)

Members of the Wesleyan Refugee Project

Libby Salzman-Fiske ’19, Caroline Kravitz ’19, and Sahar Shaikh ’17

Note: The information found in this feature was recorded in early to mid-February. Immigration and refugee policies in the United States are still in flux under the Trump administration, and the exact details regarding immigration laws and their enforcement may have changed since these interviews were conducted.

Since the Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) was founded in the Fall 2015, the volunteer organization has been hard at work in their contributions to resettlement programs, legal aid, tutoring services, and fundraising events. We spoke to one of the group’s founders, Casey Smith ’17, last September. Since then, it’s become even more difficult for refugees to enter the United States under Trump’s new immigration policies, and the future for refugee resettlement in the US is uncertain.

This semester, I spoke to several different members of the WRP, all in different leadership positions. I asked each of them how they got involved with WRP, what the group is focusing on this semester, and how other students can volunteer and participate. Read their stories after the jump: