From Caroline Monahan ’16:
This spring break, work to end mass incarceration.
Come to 41 Wyllys Room 113 for an info session on a Wesleyan lobbying trip to DC from March 12-15. On this trip led by Wes for Peace, we’ll lobby our Congress members with over 200 other college students on the Sentencing Reforms and Corrections Act of 2015 (http://fcnl.org/events/slw/FCNL_SentAct2015_Sum.pdf).
Come lobby with us. Tell your representatives to make the right choice about mass incarceration. Come find out more at our info session, or email cmonahan[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you can’t make it.
“We could choose to be a nation that extends care, compassion, and concern to those who are locked up and locked out or headed for prison before they are old enough to vote. We could seek for them the same opportunities we seek for our own children; we could treat them like one of “us.” We could do that. Or we can choose to be a nation that shames and blames its most vulnerable, affixes badges of dishonor upon them at young ages, and then relegates them to a permanent second-class status for life.”
— Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Date: Monday, February 15
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113
Confession: I spent my Friday night watching Rebel Wilson try to make “dicksand” happen in the new movie How To Be Single, but it was all in the name of Wesleyan-related ~journalism~.
For those of you who don’t know, How To Be Single is the tale of a recent graduate (played by fake pubes-wearing Dakota Johnson) after she breaks up with her college sweetheart and has a quarter-life crisis (so eccentric!). Luckily, her rambunctious gal pal Rebel Wilson is there to make as many phallic jokes as possible in under two hours, and a lot of debauchery sets in as these ladies and their friends Leslie Mann and Alison Brie deal with the dudebro-infested waters of modern dating.
I don’t think it was possible for me to want to see this movie less, until this mysterious tweet popped up:
WHAT THE GODDAMN HELL?? We obviously followed up and this conversation ensued:
From Emily Murphy ’18:
Hate food waste? Looking to be involved in the Middletown community?
Food Rescue needs your help! Sign up for a once-a-week, 20 minute night time shift to drive food from the Wesleyan dining halls to a local homeless shelter.
*Volunteers with and without cars needed!!*
Please email wesfoodrescue[at]gmail[dot]com for any questions and further instructions before shifts start!
Date: From Sunday, February 7 to Sunday, May 8
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cosby meeting with the Director of University Relations and John Woodhouse ’53 during a 2010 fundraising event for Green Street Arts Center. (Photo by Olivia Drake)
Content warning: This article discusses allegations of sexual assault. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.
Conversations and actions regarding sexual assault at Wesleyan are nothing new. Hookup culture at this University has extensively been written about on Wesleying and elsewhere. Wesleyan was featured in Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about rape on college campuses. Wesleyan also has a longstanding history of association with Bill Cosby.
It is news to none that there is strong evidence to suggest that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. Cosby has now been formally charged with three felony accounts of aggravated indecent assault, which comes after more than 40 women have come forward publicly stating that they are survivors of instances in which Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. In the cultural dialogue that followed the bringing-forth of these stories, attention began to turn to the 37 colleges and universities, Wesleyan being one, that have granted Cosby an honorary degree, a symbol of institutional support. Questions were being raised as to whether these degrees should be rescinded as a means to destroy this symbolism in college environments already plagued with rape culture.
In 1987, Wesleyan granted Cosby an honorary doctorate of letters. That same year, Cosby gave the commencement address, the full-text of which can be found here. Cosby’s daughter, Erika Ranee Cosby ’87, received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan that day as well.
In April 2015, the Argus published an article on whether Wesleyan would rescind Cosby’s honorary doctorate, and in it, President Roth stated:
An invitation from the amazing Stephanie Blumenstock ’16:
Interested in teaching preschool this summer? Come to an info session for Kindergarten Kickstart! Kindergarten Kickstart is an innovative five-week, full-day summer pre-K program for children who could use extra preschool experience before beginning kindergarten at Middletown elementary schools. The program, a partnership between Wesleyan, Middletown Public Schools, and the North End Action Team, is developed and taught by Wesleyan students in collaboration with Prof. Shusterman in Psychology.
The info session will be held Thursday, December 10th at 12:00 PM in Judd 113. Information about the program and application process will be provided. Pizza will be served!
Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Place: Judd Hall, rm. 113
From Katie Kaus GRAD:
On Thursday, October 22nd the 16th Annual Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry retreat will be held at Wadsworth Mansion (421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457). The retreat is hosted by Wesleyan University’s Molecular Biophysics Program, as well as the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Chemistry Departments, and features several seminar talks given by Wesleyan Alumni and Facutly, as well as a poster session highlighting research being done by both graduate and undergraduate students in fields related to biophysics and biochemistry.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Kuriyan, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Principal Investigator and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kuriyan’s research investigates the molecular structures and mechanisms of enzymes and molecular switches involved in cellular signal transduction.
The retreat will begin at 10:00am, with the main poster session at 2:15pm and the Keynote Lecture at 4:15pm.
The retreat is open to all members of the Wesleyan Community. Please join us for the full day of the retreat, or just a portion of it!
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Place: Wadsworth Mansion (421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457)
Are you an artsy person? Do you know about the Buttonwood Tree? Whether you answered yes or no, read on:
Unsatisfied with Wesleyan’s weekend nightlife? Want to organize a new event and you need a cool space to do it in? The Buttonwood Tree has what you’re looking for!
The Buttonwood Tree is a non-profit performing arts center located on Main Street (right next to It’s Only Natural). We have a performance space as well as a bookstore, art gallery, and concession stand.
We are looking for students to create Friday and/or Saturday night events that run from 11pm-2am. You could book the space for your band, coordinate an open mic, poetry readings, debates, studying?!? host a dance party, almost anything you want!
Send your ideas and/or questions in an email to thebuttonwoodtree[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject “Wesleyan space rental.” You can also learn more about us on our Facebook page. Can’t wait to hear from you!
There is no start date or end date! Do cool things off campus!
Rachel Earnhardt ’17 writes in:
WesAGE (Wesleyan Alliance for Generational Exchange) aims tofacilitate mutually beneficial relationships between Wesleyan studentsand the elderly members of the Middletown community through a networkof outreach programs. Members have the opportunity to engage in weeklygroup social hours (which often involve playing Scrabble and Bingo orsocializing with wiser souls) at One MacDonough Senior Center on MainStreet or individual visits with their own elderly companion.If you are interested in learning more, please join us for an interest meeting this Monday. Candy provided.
Date: Monday, September 14th
Time: 4:45 PM- 5:20 PM
Place: Albritton 103
The Center for Prison Education, Wesleyan’s college-in-prison program, is looking for tutors, including math tutors, who can assist with high school level material to work in the prisons with our incarcerated students. In addition, we are looking for those who can work on campus, helping to find research materials for our students, among other tasks. If you’re interested in volunteering this semester or would like more information, please e-mail Coady Johnson ’15 at cpefellow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Also, check out this short documentary
about the program, directed by Cara Tratner ’12
and Becky Gillig ’12
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master: The Smaller Plate, ca. 1653 (Hind) or ca. 1658 (Boon and White). Etching; 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907; 1925.136.
This one from the CFA is pricey and not on campus but hey, it’s fucking Rembrandt:
Tour the Columbia University exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions with curator Robert Fucci ’92, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Ticket price includes lunch. Space limited. Transportation not included. Reservations required; call the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 12
Time: 11 AM
Place: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Cost: $65 general public; $55 for the Friends of the Davison Art Center
Here’s a link to the CFA page about the tour.