A week ago, we published Michael Roth’s “What do I do” tweet minutes after it was posted. We did so because it represents something that traveled rapidly around campus, and we found humor in the fact that something like this could happen. At that moment it felt crazy that we were seeing this on the public Twitter account of our president. All sorts of theories and ideas were flying around the room, was it an accident? Maybe it was on purpose? How do you accidentally send a tweet?
We watched Twitter very closely from the moment the tweet was posted, and with every new reply to Roth’s tweet, there was something new to chuckle at or think about. It took the better part of half an hour for the tweet to finally be deleted with an explanation from Roth himself.
Since Sunday, the editors of Wesleying have thought deeply about our publication’s role in this situation. We don’t all agree, so we decided to publicly share some of our insights to offer a transparent view on why we did what we did, and what that means for Wesleying as a blog. Read on for these perspectives:
Welcome to the fourth installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!
Hello fellow procrastinators! I, like many (most) of you, have countless essays to write this finals szn. And I’m sure, like many (most) of you, you have an increasingly limited amount of time to complete said essays this finals szn.
However, if any of you find yourself in a place where you feel your typing is not fast enough, that if only you could transport your brilliant thoughts to paper at a more rapid pace you could get the “A” you’ve always wanted in that really hard soc class, I have found an activity for you.
You need look no further than the website 10 Fast Fingers, which will test how many words you can type per minute, or your “RPM”.
Welcome to the second installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!
At least once a day, we get a Google Alerts email in the staff inbox letting us know when Wesleyan is mentioned around the web. Lately, I’ve been collecting some of the more interesting links, but no one has gotten around to actually writing a full post about any of them. Instead of just sitting on this collection, I figured, what do millennials love more than a good listicle? So here we are!
Read below the jump for a collection of recent-ish alumni, student, professor, and Middletown news!
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:
Welcome to the first installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!
Mariah Carey in December
Like any good Wesleyan student during finals season, I’ve got Mariah on my mind:
On the day after Thanksgiving, Mariah Carey awakens from her slumber. Her eyelids flutter open and she takes a big breath in, stretching her arms and cracking her back. She senses the slight change in the air, a little spring in her step, and sees in the mirror that she looks about five years younger. Christmas is upon us, she whispers with a grin.
STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House (185 High St.)
FIRST THREE FRESHMAN EAT FREE EVERY DAY!!!
DINNER- Greens w/ Charred Tomato Vin. Shrimp or Tofu & Grits. Spicy Creole Style Grilled Shrimp or Roasted Tofu, Grilled Zucchini & Cheddar Grits
DES- Chocolate & Cayenne Cake w/ Raspberry Coulis & Whipped Cream
LUNCH- Ancho Mole Enchiladas w/ Chicken or Tofu
DES- Oatmeal, Craisin, Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Toasted Cumin Vin. Chili w/ Beef & Pork or Veggie. Garnished w/ Cheddar, Scallion, Sour Cream & Buttermilk Cornbread. VEGAN ENTREE w/ Scallion Only
DES- Chocolate Cream Pie
LUNCH- Gruyere, Caramelized Onion & Green Apple Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon or Soy Bacon
DES- Salted Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Roasted Butternut Gemelli. Brown Butter & Shallot Roasted Butternut Squash Cream Sauce w/ Chicken or Tofu. Garnished w/ Toasted Pine Nuts & Thyme
DES- Carrot Cake
LUNCH- Potato Leek Bisque w/ Crispy Fried Leeks, Bacon(optional) & Rosemary. Served w/ Herb Focaccia
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Vin. Chana Masala w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Naan. VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Lemon Poppy Cake w/ Berry Coulis & Whipped Cream
Jaclyn and her scooter
According to my fabricated calculations, the scooter uptick in the last 12 months has increased approximately 9-fold. Each day, more and more students are purchasing scooters to hasten their trips to and from their dorms and classes.
After a semester in Professor Cohen’s “Global Change and Infectious Disease” class (a fan favorite among the hypochondriacs of Wes who are completing the level one NSM requirements) I think I know an epidemic when I see one.
I asked an avid scooter user, Jaclyn Lore-Edwards ’21, about her scooting experiences at Wesleyan. “I bought a scooter because this year I’m living on Washington Street which is pretty far from most things on campus. With the mix of living farther from central campus and my inability to be punctual, I bought a scooter so I could get places fast.”
Welcome to the fifth installment of Ask Wesleying, an advice column about any and all things Wes! Have a question about life at Wes? Submit it to get it answered in Ask Wesleying! You can find all of the Ask Wesleying columns here.
This week’s question is about the most mysterious housing option available to sophomores:
I recently heard about some kind of housing in the butts that sounds vaguely like cope (co-op? coop?) for sophomores. Something about living with 5 of your friends on your own little hall. Is this real? Is it a good option for sophomores? How the hell do you say it?
You can read the answer to this week’s question below the jump!
From Sophie Hamilton ’21:
Author, black feminist scholar, and founder of the Sistah Vegan project Dr. A. Breeze Harper will be giving her talk, “Mindful or Deluded?: Engaged Buddhism, Ethical Consumption, and Anti-Racism in a White Settler Nation”, at Russell House. Her lecture will be preceded by a workshop at Malcolm X House.
Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 4:30 PM (Workshop), 6:30 PM (Talk)
Place: Malcolm X House Lounge (Workshop), Russell House (Talk)
Lotus House is located at 356 Washington Street
It’s 4:15 AM on Sunday morning, that period of time when it’s half super late on Saturday and half super early on Sunday, and the piercing sounds of Lotus House’s fire alarm startle me awake. At first I think this sound is my roommate’s alarm clock, which annoys me, but when the way-too-loud screeching persists for about a minute, I figure I should probably leave the room. I’m still too drowsy to realize that I’m forgetting a jacket, shoes, and my phone – a rookie mistake.
My hallmates and I head down the stairs, and contrary to our quick assumption that somebody was either cooking or smoking, we see a lot of smoke accumulating around the first floor that smells like either some crazy chemical or like somebody’s burning their hair. Anything is possible in Lotus House. We wait outside the house until the fire department comes, at which point we’re all like, Yay they can turn off the alarm and let us back in to sleep! But then after a couple minutes PSafe is basically like, Sike! This is gonna take a while.
It’s freezing outside, so they put us in the workshop-garage-annex-type building next to the house, and we wait for about an hour before conclusively being told that the furnace in the basement caught fire and that it ignited some of the house’s super old insulation, hence that chemically smell. Oh and by the way – it’s leaking carbon monoxide. Gotta love it. “It,” of course, being the act of getting poisoned while you sleep in the residential area you pay thousands of dollars per semester to sleep in. But I digress.