Category Archives: General

My Liberal University Cemented My Subscription to the New York Times

The New York Times recently launched a new series called “On Campus”, which consists of “Dispatches from from college students, professors, and administrators on higher education and university life.” The series covers topics like binge drinking in frats, free speech and protesting, sexual assault, and safe spaces. Bryan Stascavage ’18 published “My Liberal University Cemented My Vote for Trump” in the series last November. Stascavage is known for controversial articles he’s written while in and out of his position as a staff writer in the Wesleyan Argus.

Film Series: Special Free Preview Screening – Lady Bird

2017. USA. Dir: Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 93 min.


“I’ve tried – and failed – to think of another film that so sharply and humorously shows what it’s like to be a teenage girl.”
“Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out”

“The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“‘Lady Bird’ consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. It looks back on that moment less to relish memories of a bygone era than to commune with its impact on young adults today.”
-Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Star and Crescent Menu Week 10/16

       STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY
DINNER- Greens w/ Sherry Vin. Roasted Chicken or Tofu, Garlic Mashed Potato, Maple Glazed Carrots & Caramelized Shallot Sauce
DES- Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake

TUESDAY
LUNCH- Grilled Flank Steak or Portobello Quesadilla. Roasted Sweet Onion, Poblano & Cheddar. Served w/ Chipotle Salsa
DES- Mango Yogurt
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Masaman Curry w/ Chicken or Tofu & Jasmine Rice
DES- Berry Crisp

WEDNESDAY
LUNCH- Falafel. House Made Falafel on Pita w/ Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion & Tahini VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Berry Yogurt
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Lasagna Florentine. Brown Butter & Shallot Sautéed Spinach & Ricotta Filling w/ Beef & Italian Sausage Ragu or Portobello & Marinara
DES- Strawberry & Chocolate Cheesecake

THURSDAY
LUNCH- Potato & Leek Bisque w/ Crispy Fried Leeks & Rosemary Garnish, Served w/ House Made Herb Focaccia
DES- Oatmeal, Walnut, Chocolate Chip & Craisin Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Tadka Dal w/ Basmati Rice & House Made Garlic Naan. VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Lemon Poppy Cake w/ Berry Coulis & Whipped Cream

Film Series: Funeral Parade of Roses

1969. Japan. Dir: Toshio Matsumoto. With Shinnosuke Ikehata. 105 min.


A cross-dressing performer at an underground gay club contemplates his defining childhood loss and his present love affair with his manager. Not quite doc nor fiction, this radically nebulous experience unveiled Japanese subculture and reportedly influenced A Clockwork Orange.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

The Return of Rhys

These days, Rhys Langston ’16  spends most of his time paying fealty as a vassal to the Estate of Langstónia—a purportedly earthly domain which is located, as far as I can tell, somewhere between Los Feliz and Phuket. This weekend, he returns to perform at the alma mater from whose generous womb he recently walked into what some call reality. Last month saw the release of Rhys’s long awaited album, Aggressively Ethnically Ambiguous, which features a few familiar bangers from Eclectic shows of yore amidst plenty of new material. Listen to the tape and read more after the jump.

Professor Tyshawn Sorey Wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant

The list of 2017 MacArthur fellows was released today. I found out in the opening moments of my seminar on creative music this morning—just before we discussed Weather Report, Snarky Puppy, and the misnomer of jazz fusion—that my professor, composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey MA ’11, is on it. Read more and find links to his work after the jump:

Film Series: Monday Special Free Preview Screening – Lady Bird

2017. USA. Dir: Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 93 min.


“I’ve tried – and failed – to think of another film that so sharply and humorously shows what it’s like to be a teenage girl.”
“Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out”

“The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“‘Lady Bird’ consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. It looks back on that moment less to relish memories of a bygone era than to commune with its impact on young adults today.”
-Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

Monday, Oct 16 / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro

2017. USA/France/Belgium/Switz.
Dir: Raoul Peck. Documentary. 93 min.


This urgent doc illuminates the words of James Baldwin, one of the most influential voices of the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House forms the foundation for the images, archival footage, newsreel clips, and interviews brilliantly interwoven by Peck and underscored by Samuel L. Jackson’s evocative narration.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

S&C Menu Week Oct. 9th

      STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
LUNCH- 12:00-12:35
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMAN EAT FREE
EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY-
DINNER- Greens w/ Cider Vin. Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Tofu, Red Beans & Rice,  Sautéed Greens w/ Scotch Bonnet, Scallion, Thyme & Garlic. VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Banana Cake

TUESDAY
LUNCH- Grilled Chili & Lime Shrimp or Tempeh Tacos w/ Salsa Fresca & Chipotle Creme. VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Mango Yogurt
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Nappa Cabbage & Shiitake Stir-Fry w/ Grilled Flank Steak or Soy & Honey Roasted Tofu. Served w/ Jasmine Rice VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Banana Cream Pie

WEDNESDAY
LUNCH- Bacon or Soy Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Avocado Wraps
DES- Fresh Fruit, Vanilla Yogurt & Granola Parfait
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Broccoli & Rigatoni w/ Chicken or Tofu. Dressed w/ Oven Roasted Tomato, Garlic Infused EVOO, Lemon Zest & Parmesan or Vegan “Parmesan”  VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Chocolate Cake w/ Raspberry Coulis & Whipped Cream

THURSDAY
LUNCH- Grilled Cheese(American, Mozzarella, White Cheddar) & Tomato Bisque. Garnished w/ Basil Oil & Parmesan
DES- Brownies
DINNER- Greens w/ Curry Dressing. Chicken or Tofu Tikka Masala(Traditional Cream Base w/ Chicken or Cashew & Coconut Milk Base w/ Tofu) Served w/ Basmati Rice & Garlic Nann VEGAN ENTREE
DES- Ginger Spice Cake