Well, somebody fucked up.
Yesterday was the last (full) day of reading period since the first final is today (Tuesday) at 7:00 PM. There was supposed to be a Primal Scream at midnight. It ended up being sqwermy, me, and three other people chilling outside Olin screaming for ten seconds.
So we’re doing it again. Tonight. That means “when Tuesday turns to Wednesday, be outside Olin and scream.” Exactly at midnight. There will be a countdown.
Date: Tuesday, December 10
Time: 11:59 PM, passing into midnight and Wednesday, December 11
Place: Steps in front of Olin
Not too long ago, Sharon Wade – one of the Bon Appetit employees that we all know and love – agreed to meet me in Usdan for an interview. She greeted me with kind blue eyes and a genuine smile. I knew she had been here a very long time and I wanted to pick her brain about her experiences at Wesleyan. She had warned me in advance, the week before at work, about how she’s prone to going on and on and reassured me that I shouldn’t be afraid to cut her off if necessary. As we got into the flow of the interview, which was not very difficult with Sharon’s enthusiasm, I certainly knew what she meant, but by no means was I going to stop her. Sharon sat with me in Usdan for approximately an hour, during which she told me about what she’s learned during her time at Wesleyan, expressed both her loves and her qualms with campus issues, and shared some wonderful anecdotes about students. The following is a transcript of our conversation, edited for clarity.
How long have you been working at Wesleyan?
Probably… around 29 years. A long time – flown by, just like that. It has flown by!
Has it been at Weshop the whole time?
No, this is my second time at Weshop. Because we can move all around. We just have to bid on jobs, awarded by seniority, throughout the campus. We’ve all done probably most everything. I’ve been a cook. For overtime, I did tons of utility. That took me around the world… I’ve done register at the old campus center, I’ve done it [at Usdan], I’ve done at Weshop, so everybody has really moved around, which is a great part of the job because [you can say,] ‘you know what, I think I’ll do that.’ As long as you’re qualified and you’re the most senior person signing – and everybody signs – you get to the job.
Did yesterday’s therapy dogs leave you wanting more furry love? Are you more excited to go home to your dog/cat/other beloved pet than to your friends or family? Do you still feel “too stressed” to start your Government paper? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or even if you’ve simply abandoned any pretense of getting work done, look no further.
The Internet is an incredible medium for sharing ridiculous and/or adorable animal antics. I think the first thing I ever watched on YouTube was a kitten video. Perhaps even better, though, is the live feed. Live feeds are great for extended periods of procrastination. Even if the puppies you’re watching are sleeping right now, they might wake up! That panda might come back. Also, it’s just one website, so there’s none of the shame of having forty videos in your web history during your “study break.” Contact with pets relieves stress, so probably watching animals on your computer is good for your mental health, right?
Happy Thanksgiving, readers! A gift from us (and some of you!):
A year or something ago, I stumbled upon a thread on a certain will-not-be-named-Wesleyan-alum-created-website-that-I-refuse-to-endorse. But FUCK THE ACB or not, the results were something special. Here are the examples that started it all:
Posture is Everything: Maintaining a Healthy Gait by Michael Roth
Repressing Overzealous Political Correctness by a Sociology major
Avoiding a Midlife Crisis for Dummies by Scott Backer
A certain class year very clearly won this one, folks. Read on for the results. I highlighted some of my favorites but by all means screw what I think! Oh, and sorry (maybe) for the incongruent Thanksgiving ecards. I may or may not have started drinking at noon. Enough of me, let’s get to it after the jump.
It was recently pointed out to me by my good friend, Johnny Lazebnik ‘16, that there are a lot of awesome places and things on campus that many people don’t know about. Despite being in a small bubble-like college environment, there’s a ton to do and see; while rushing through academic, extracurricular, and social routines, it can be hard to experience everything. But never fear, Wesleying is here, unveiling all of Wesleyan’s hidden gems so that you can get the most out of them or at least experience them vicariously through the Internet.
Starting off this series (no promises!) of posts is a mechanical treasure deep in the belly of the Science Library. If you venture down the stairs and past the fire exit that nearly everyone almost walks through, you’ll arrive in the basement. This is typically a quieter space, with several large tables, study rooms, and thesis carrels. You’ll notice, however, that this only takes up the front half of the room. If you head for the back, you’ll find rows of shelves, lined up like dominos, filling the space up to the back wall. But these shelves are no ordinary shelves. You’ll find that most of the shelves are so close together you can’t even get to the books on them! Seems strange, but this space-saving measure allows for a rather entertaining innovation: the shelves are automated.
That’s right, with just the push of a button, you can move one or more shelves out of your path, allowing you to get to your study materials. Pretty neat, huh? But why just stop there? Besides using the shelves for practical uses or just to marvel at the miracles of modern technology, you can have a lot more fun with them! If you’re down there and are in the mood for a study break that’s slightly more active than browsing the Internet, here are some things you can try.
If you’ve been in Butt A in the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the number of socks appearing outside their normal habitat have increased alarmingly. Instead of being located in drawers, on dorm room floors, and on feet, these rogue socks are found strewn about the laundry room, the staircases, the hallways, and even outside the building.
I assure you, you are not alone in your perplexity and concern. For weeks now, there have been many mumbled acknowledgments of the truants. Be wary, a friend’s good-humored confusion about a misplaced sock may be reason for suspicion. As more and more socks escape their habitual environments and spread themselves (seemingly at random, yet also covering most exit and entrance points in the dorm), students’ passive observation slowly leads to greater concern.
Here it is, folks:
GIVE US THE TITLE AND AUTHOR OF BOOKS ABOUT WES THAT WILL NEVER BE WRITTEN.
- Ten Good Reasons to Go To Bar Night by Anyone, Ever
- A History of WestCo that Does Not Include the Word “Weed” by Giante Jointe
- Rolling Down Foss: How I Learned to Love the Tour by Mike Whaley
- Skulls and Serpents and Cardinals, Oh My! Coming Out of the Basement by [name redacted]
Be creative. All submissions, if chosen, will be posted anonymously unless you’re real keen on wanting your name out there. No negative titles, especially those targeting specific students, will be posted.
Joe Ringoen ’14 of WesAmnesty writes in:
Five Wesleyan students from a variety of backgrounds will share first-hand experiences with human rights issues in the Middle East. The testimonial-style presentation will be followed by informal discussion over Middle Eastern food.
The presentation will end by 8pm, so if you’re planning to go to Wes Thinks Big, fear not!
Date: November 20th, 2013
Place: World Music Hall
In other green news, Miranda Linsky ’14:
Brought to you by WesCFPA:
If you love Connecticut’s forests and trails, and have any curiosity as to why they are so abundant in our state, then join us for a free, one-hour film screening about one person who helped start the conservation movement and influenced the creation of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association!
One of the most important, yet least recognized and appreciated, giants in the early movement to save forests and protect open lands is Gifford Pinchot, “America’s First Forester.” Ironically, his family
made significant amounts of money clear-cutting forests, selling the timber, selling the land to farmers, and moving on. As the story goes, Gifford’s given mission at a young age was to repair the damage and
grow the forests. He became the first forester in the country, the first Chief of the Forest Service, and helped start the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His friends noted his influence when they started CFPA. He really did do what he was told!
Gifford’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Leila Pinchot (Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Tennessee), will introduce the film Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot and lead
a Q&A afterwards about one of the original philosophies driving the creation of the CFPA. The film establishes Pinchot’s vision of conservation to affect social justice as a force that shaped our nation. By exploring their efforts to find “environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially responsible” solutions to contemporary conservation challenges, Seeking the Greatest Good demonstrates how the Pinchot Institute for Conservation (http://www.pinchot.org) exemplifies Gifford Pinchot’s philosophy of “practical conservation.”
Meet at ALLBRITTON at 6:45 PM! Transportation is provided.
Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Time: 6:45pm–meet @ Allbritton, Talk @ 7pm
Place: CFPA Headquarters, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT (10-minute drive from Wesleyan)
The adventurous Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff ’14 presents:
Move aside Thanksgiving, International Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Day is coming this November 20th!!!! GIS is a mapping software package that allows users to overlay and analyze spatial
data. Want to learn how GIS is used in conservation, archeology, geomorphology, public health, and the occasional Marxist? Hold on to your safari hats, because you’re in for a wild ride!
At 2:45, the first clue to a GIS-themed scavenger hunt will be posted to the Facebook page. Go by yourself or with a team, making sure one of you has a smartphone to ping locations of clues to Google Maps along the way. If you successfully navigate our series of geography themed challenges, we’ll be waiting at the last location to check your waypoints and enter you into a raffle for a prize!
Go forth and geoprocess!
Co-Sponsored by Prof. Kim Diver’s Intro to GIS class and the Outhouse
Date: Wednesday, November 20th