Apply for the Spring 2015 Digital Wesleyan Workshop

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From a girl who knows how to rock a beanie, Ani Acopian ’16:

If you only fill out one application this break, it should be this one.

Build things you actually use with the Digital Wesleyan Tech Workshop. In 6 Saturday sessions this Spring, you’ll learn programming fundamentals, the coding language Python, and meet connected alumni working in tech. It’s free, requires no prior experience and includes lunch. The last day will be a demo day on which you can show off what you’ve built!

Based on workshop participation, 10 students will be chosen for a paid summer internship with a Wes alum working in technology.

APPLY HERE. APPLICATIONS DUE BY 12/21.

Email aacopian(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions.

Deadline: Sunday, December 21st
Application: HERE, FOOLS

PRIMAL SCREAM at Midnight

SCREAMING BABIES

Scream your lungs out on the Olin steps at MIDNIGHT because finals start tomorrow!!!!

Indulge in this great Wes tradition by coming out of your bunkers in Olin and Sci-li to gather on the Olin steps and scream together about all our impending due dates and tests this week. You can also scream out your window, but there’s no communal energy in that.

Date: TONIGHT, MIDNIGHT (when Sunday turns into Monday)
Time: MIDNIGHT
Place: Olin steps

Procrastination Destination: Trivia Crack

Just in time for finals week, my favorite underclassmen introduced me to an incredible app called “Trivia Crack.” The premise of the game is that you challenge your friends to games of trivia. There are six different categories that are divided on a wheel which you spin for each round: Art, Entertainment, Science, Sports, History, and Geography. The objective is to obtain every character on the wheel, by answering three questions correctly and then answering a fourth in your selected category. You can, however, supersede the three questions by  spinning a “crown” on the wheel. Although the game is so addicting it runs the risk of making you less social in actual social environments (please see image to the left for evidence), I speculate that it could help you buff up for activities such as Wednesday crosswords and Tuesday night trivia at La Boca. I find the game very compelling especially since the questions run the gamut from somewhat obtuse to absurdly inane to a pleasurable trivial question to which YOU KNOW THE ANSWER!

Plus if a question even mildly pertains to one of your classes, you could pass it off as “passive studying.” For example, under the category of “Art” I was recently asked the question “Who wrote Mansfield Park?” The answer to which is Jane Austen. It just so happens that I read a Jane Austen book (Sense and Sensibility) for one of my classes this semester and will be writing a paper about the novel this coming week. BOOM. STUDYING FOR FINALS ALREADY. Kind of. Anyway, if you enjoy trivia, procrastination, being competitive in a joke-y sort of way with your friends, and questions like “What is a ‘kilt’?” (?!?!?!?), Trivia Crack is the game for you. Add me!

Community of Color Manifesto

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In the last publication of The Ankh (physical copies of which may be found in various locations on campus) a group of Students of Color penned this manifesto. One co-writer asked me to reproduce it here. I would also like to add that tomorrow, Sunday December 7th at 5 PM (edit: the meeting has been changed from 4 to 5 PM) in the basement of Malcolm X House there will be a meeting to discuss further action regarding #BlackLivesMatter. If you have questions, you should reach out to Dreisen Heath ’15 (dheath[at]wes) and Christian Hosam ’15 (chosam[at]wes).

Community of Color Manifesto

  • We assert that the Community of Color at Wesleyan has not been all that we would have liked it to be.
  • Further, we recognize that community building across racial lines (to say nothing of gender, class, geographic lines, etc.) has not taken place in any substantive way in the recent past here on campus.
  • We name that there have been a number of impediments that have kept us from being a cohesive and synergistic community, which are reflective of both interpersonal conflicts that we have faced, as well as structural administrative barriers that have historically lead to cleavages between Students of Color.

Film Series: Christmas in Connecticut

1945. USA. Dir: Peter Godfrey. With Barbara Stanwyck. 102 min.

 

Bachelor gal Stanwyk is a domestic life- style columnist who’s been faking it her whole career. But when a veteran is invited to spend Christmas with her, she must pretend to be the perfect housewife she’s only written about. Ask any prof – this is exactly the kind of feel-good farcical fun that happens here while we’re on break.

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

Barhopping Through Bar Night

“If you could shower at Esca, why would you ever leave?”Jacob Masters ’15

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Ever since the Nest, the go-to Wednesday Bar Night spot of past years, closed, we’ve been curious about the Middletown bar scene. While Corner Pocket emerged as the popular new bar night spot, there are many different bar and happy hour options, all with different vibes and not confined to a Wednesday night. So a few of the 21+’ers on the Wesleying Staff (kg, Samira, Astag_rocky) decided to do some investigative research on the Mtown bar options, especially since there have been a surge of complaints about an apparent dip in the Wesleyan Night Life. Don’t say we’ve never done anything for you.

Each bar or restaurant is rated on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being the best), on experience, price, and “familiarity with Wes students” (meaning how prepared the place would be for the onslaught of college kids). We tried to find Celtic Cavern but were unfortunately too drunk to do so. We were also hoping to go to Gatekeeper’s solely because of this Yelp review: “5 of Americas most wanted criminals are usually seated at the bar and there’s a bevy of lovely $10 hookers outside the front door…what more could you want?,” but it’s closed. And… RIP Shadow Room. We hardly knew ye.

Disclaimer: Most of this adventure happened over a two-day period and we’ve certainly missed some places with cool bar scenes. If you have suggestions, please comment with them so that others can check them out!

Headspace, Volume 2

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From Shyam Desai ’15:

Submit your work to Headspace, a student run publication! Headspace examines all topics related to the mind, the brain, and behavior. This year we are looking for submissions related to the topic, “What is the mind to you?” We seek submissions of a variety of formats including prose, poetry, science writing, visual art, or anything in two dimensions. Some ideas to get you started: How does your field interpret the mind?, How does the mind work?, How does the mind communicate (e.g. through emotion, behavior, etc)?, What is the purpose of the mind? Students and faculty are welcome to submit work from any academic discipline.

Email your submissions with your name and class year (if applicable) to wes.headspace[at]gmail[dot]com by Sunday, January 4th at 11:59 PM. Anonymous submissions are welcome.

Our only guideline for submission is that it be under 1200 words.

Thanks very much for your consideration and, of course, do not hesitate to contact us at wes.headspace[at]gmail[dot]com for questions or comments.

Film Series: Die Hard

1988. USA. Dir: John McTiernan. With Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman. 131 min.

The action film that launched a thousand knock-offs might also be one of the finest Christmas movies ever made. When a scenery-chewing Professor Snape takes an office tower hostage, good ol’ Bruce must shimmy up the chimney (er… elevator shaft) to reach his wife and save the holidays. It’ll have you shouting “Yippee-ki-yay!”

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