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PROMETHEUS FIRE ARTS SHOW (WesFest Edition)

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Alexis Jimenez ’19 writes in:

Come see Wesleyan’s one and only fire spinning troupe, PROMETHEUS, as we show off our firey moves this Thursday at 7:30 PM on Foss Hill! Seating is very much not limited, so bring your friends, bring your prefrosh, bring your friends’ prefrosh! It should be a fine night, but bring warm clothing just in case.

Date: TONIGHT
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Foss Hill

Fuck Your Midterms: It’s LEAP DAY

leapdayThis isn’t a thinkpiece. This isn’t #realjournalism. This isn’t a tortured artist declaring that “objectivity is dead!” I know what you’re thinking: if not these, than is this article even Wesleyan? Is this article even real?

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Perhaps more pressing a question is: “Is this day even real?” Johnny Lazebnik ’16 thinks so maybe (or at least thinks we should celebrate it). Let me tell you, it isn’t. Today is more extra than the random ass beach volleyball court behind Bennet (but less extra than the GODDAM TUITION INCREASE THAT THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY VOTED ON). The folks over at the Career Center see today as “24 extra hours to do something productive.” See Instagram post below:

SUMMER?! Part One: “What Am I Gonna Do??”

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It’s that time of year again: your friends are all starting to announce their plans for the summer. Their paying, professional, real-live adult plans. Meanwhile, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably lying in bed with one hand in a box of cereal and the other aimlessly scrolling through your Twitter feed in hopes that if you ignore the problem of summer plans, it will go away. If you starting to feel the weight of the world (i.e. your parent’s disapproving stares at your choice of major) falling on your shoulders, don’t worry: your friends here at Wesleying are here to help!

Apply to be the Kim-Frank Fellow in the Writing Programs

Sophia Franchi ’15 writes with this great opportunity:

Attention, seniors! Unsure what to do next year? Looking for a job with significant responsibilities and learning opportunities? Interested in a career in teaching, writing, or the arts?

Look no further. Apply to be the 2016-2017 Kim-Frank Fellow in the Writing Programs!

The Kim-Frank Fellow organizes and supervises a broad range of writing programs and events on campus. The job offers an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, and other artists in addition to teaching and tutoring experience. The Kim-Frank Fellow assists in running the university’s Writing Certificate and writing programs, has teaching responsibilities, and contributes to the development of new courses.

The fellow has graduate student status and is eligible to take two academic courses, conduct research, and work collaboratively with faculty members.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 9 at 4:30 PM. To apply, please email the following application materials to Professor Anne Greene at agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and cc: russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, using the subject line “Kim-Frank Fellowship Application.”

  1. A letter of interest explaining your academic experience and future plans
  2. A transcript
  3. A resume
  4. Two academic papers, preferably with grades and the instructors’ comments
  5. The names of two faculty members who can serve as references. Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist.

For more information, visit the Writing at Wesleyan webpage or contact Anne Greene, University Professor in English and Director of the Writing Certificate, at 860 685 3604 or agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, March 9th
Time: Due 4:30 PM

Brew Bakers Looking for Bands

 

Brew BakersCecilia Cereijido Bloche ’16 writes in:

Hi people!
Brew Bakers is looking for a band to play chill acoustic music on weekends (at both the main restaurant and the new cafe location). In the past they’ve had student bands perform and found that customers really love it. Though this wouldn’t be a paid thing, previous student bands that played there received generous tips. It’s meant to be background music while people chat and eat so please no drums or anything too intense. If you are interested, please contact me or Brew Baker’s owner Eloise Tenchermybrewbakers[at]gmail[dot]com

Date: February 17th through May 31st, 2016
Place: Brew Bakers

The Streets of New York: A Conversation with Gerard Koeppel

Sophia Franchi ’15 writes in:

Gerard Koeppel’s talk will focus on his most recent book, City on a Grid: How New York Became New York (2015), which tells the story of how New York’s city streets came to form the rectilinear grid that millions of people now walk through every day. The New York Times describes City on a Grid as “prodigiously researched” and “engaging,” and the Wall Street Journal calls it “entertaining…breezy and highly readable.”

The book explains how New York’s legendary grid came to be, who did it and why, and what it meant for the growing United States. “Koeppel’s book answers these questions in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page…This is one of those books you always wished would be written.”

Koeppel is also the author of Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire and Water for Gotham: A History. Before writing mostly about the past, he wrote, edited, and produced the present at CBS news. He has contributed to numerous other books, including the Encyclopedia of New York City, of which he was an associate editor, as well as reference works, newspapers, journals, museum exhibits, and historical signage at city parks. He was born on the grid and has lived all over it since.

Free and open to the public.
Reception and book signing to follow the reading.
For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents

Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Usdan 108

Rutherford Chang ’02 is the Second Best Tetris Player in the World and Also a Total Boss

 

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While most of us can’t say that our claim to fame is beating Steve Wozniak at something, Rutherford Chang ’02 has achieved this distinction. As a Guardian article last month reported, he’s the second best Tetris player in the world – four places ahead of Wozniak with a high score of 614,094.

But Chang doesn’t play Tetris for mere procrastinating pleasure; as a visual and performance artist, he views the strategy of Tetris as mirroring the corporate workplace where repetition and competition dominate (as he told The Guardian): “Every 10 lines you complete, you advance one level and the pieces fall faster,” he says. “Eventually they fall so fast that you can’t keep up and you die… You can’t ever beat the game. It’s about squeezing in as much perfection as possible in this limited time before your inevitable death.”

If his Tetris skills and creative capitalist critique weren’t enough, Chang made news back in 2013 as the primary collector of first pressings of The Beatles’s The White Album. His installation “We Buy White Albums” displayed 100 of the staggering 1,394 copies he now owns. I decided I’d have to investigate Chang’s awesomeness further so I hit him up for a quick chat about Tetris, The White Album, and his art. Hit the jump for our interview on all things Rutherford.

Cinematic Masterpiece ‘How To Be Single’ Has Weird Ass Wesleyan References

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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:

FEB ? Love Actually — No, Like Actually ? [ social experiment with free froyo ]

vdayloveNina Stender ’16 wants YOU!

? 36 Questions to Fall in Love ?
Brought to you by the Social Experiment Group (aka SEGWAY)

Hoping to find love just in time for Valentine’s Day? Sign up to participate in a social experiment activity on Sat, Feb 13th at 430pm.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1totAjFIWcxuXw46XoDfUmBklBsfJmnXaLIZ7qoeVmwo/viewform

**DEADLINE: FRI, FEB 12TH AT 8PM**

Participants will be paired up and given a set of 36 questions, divided into three sets which scientists believe “foster closeness”. This is based on the idea that the best way for you to get close to your partner is for you to share with them and for them to share with you. After answering the questions, participants will sit and look into one another’s eyes for four minutes.

There will be FREE FROYO provided to help break the ice ;) –courtesy of the Adelphic Educational Fund

We are hoping to examine whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. This experiment is based on a published psychological study by the psychologist Arthur Aron. (http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/4/363.full.pdf+html )

Participants will be asked to fill in a follow-up survey (anonymous!) so we can find out if you guys developed any kind of friendship/relationship/ hookupship etc. We will write up the results and share them :)

Pls let us know if you have any questions/comments/concerns or if you want to get involved.

Date: Saturday, February 13
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Exley 150 Tishler Hall
Cost: FREE LOVE!!!!!!

The Unofficial Guide to Managing Your Internet Self

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Spring semester is now fully underway – and with that comes the renewed efforts to get a job because never have you been in as much debt as you are in this moment.  A seventh of the population of Wesleyan is now probably transfers, and all the cushy year long job positions are full. It’s too cold and wet for potential employers to post flyers with information you need; and so you turn to the internet to get hired…. and face it, the internet turns back at you and gives you the judgemental once over, looking at the literal and metaphorical sweatpants you have inhabited since the snow started.

So, let’s be honest here – we’ve all ignored the “you must be over thirteen to join this site” clause and have been on social media since the grim days of Myspace and AIM chat. Ahhh, the internet.

But, more seriously, we have ourselves spread extremely thin – you Snapchat™ your best friend so they will respond to you on Facebook™, only so you can link them to your Instagram™ post – which is, of course, a screenshot of you vaguely being salty and calling someone out on Twitter™. Oh, that’s only me? Anyway, we’ve got a lot of places where we speak, and, while that’s great for fostering self-expression – it might not be the expression you choose to share with your bosses/professors/anyone who has access to $$$. Because we all want that $$$ – [insert broke college student joke here].

Without further ado, here is an Unofficial Guide to Managing Your Internet Self