Procrastination Destination: Zardulu and the Rats of New York

zarduluAs a diligent citizen of the internet, I’ve spent a fair amount of time following strange and surreal stories to their murky origins. One that’s caught my fancy recently is Zardulu.

Who is Zardulu? No one really knows. In her twitter bio, she says:

“I am Zardulu. I am the Mythmaker. Myths are dreams we dream together and are not our greatest dreams the ones we believed were real?”

Intrigued? I was. Read on to find out more about the mysterious Zardulu.

In Depth: USLAC

uslacWelcome to another one of our In Depth features, where I’ll be covering USLAC. (By the way, in case you haven’t picked up on my blatant pro-USLAC bias yet, I’m a member of the club/out here ~*~scamming 4 full communism at Wes~*~, depending on who you ask. Either way, true.)

USLAC, or the United Student/Labor Action Coalition, has been around at Wesleyan for a while. However, until about halfway this semester, USLAC was on a brief hiatus. Old school USLAC did some super good work on campus, which you can read about here, and some students wanted to have the opportunity to make a difference on campus. So the new members, coordinated with former USLAC members to revive the club. They also took the opportunity to connect with a dope organization that hosts chapters of labor rights groups at schools nationwide, USAS, or United Students Against Sweatshops. So many acronyms! And whoa-what is USLAC anyway, right? Because I’m not nearly eloquent enough to describe the group’s mission myself, here’s a handy description I got from good ‘ole Orgsync:

PRIMAL SCREAM at Midnight

Primal scream has become an undertaking of the masses and I’m thrilled. If you, like the enterprising Harim Jung ’16 and the fb hosts they crowdsourced, want to deal with your problems by screaming, come to the Olin steps at midnight tonight to partake in a time-honored Wes tradition. There will be a countdown.

Date: TONIGHT//when May 9th becomes May 10th
Time: Midnight
Place: Olin steps//the deepest recesses of your soul

Sleepless in Solidarity

Selene Canter ’19 and Ally Gomberoff ’19 write in:

For our Feminist Philosophy final project, we invite you to come pull
an all-nighter to support victims of sexual trauma and discuss the
ways we as a campus can step up for each other to make our community
safer.

Inspired by Cressida J Heyes’ piece “Dead to the World; Rape,
Unconsciousness, and Social Media,” we will be “pulling an
all-nighter” in order to stay vigilant for those whose sleep is no
longer restful or safe as a result of sexual trauma. When a victim is
assaulted while unconscious, their agency is doubly vialated, for not
only is their body now a site of trauma, but they no longer have a
safe healing space in their sleep. Moreover, when an unconscious
sexual assault is shared via social media (for example the
Steubenville High School rape in 2014), the victim’s trauma is
continually replicated as images of their body without their will go
viral.

Our project aims to discuss issues of unconsciousness, campus rape
culture, the importance of sleep, and how we can step up for each
other, to support those who have experienced sexual assault and to
deter these traumatic experiences from happening.

Join us for a discussion and some interactive activities at 11
followed by some time to reflect, hang out, and cram for finals from
12:30 until 8am. We would love to have some of you stay the whole
night, but feel free to drop in and out as you pleaseSince you’ll
likely be pulling an all-nighter some time in the next week, why not
learn how you can make our campus safer while you’re at it? Coffee and
yummy snacks will be provided to keep us going all night.

Date: Sunday, May 8-Monday, May 9
Time: 11:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Place: Westco Lounge

Second Annual Riverfront Encounter Festival

feet to the fireFor a lovely spring study break:

Spend an afternoon at the second annual “Feet to the Fire—Riverfront Encounter,” featuring world music bands, performance and visual art installations, a kids’ activity zone, and environmental education exhibits, as well as a craft fair and farmer’s market–all designed to bring you closer to the rich culture, history, and science of the Connecticut River. Koi flags, created by community members in workshops with Japanese artist Taichiro Takamatsu, will debut at this festival before traveling to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 12-5PM
Place: Harbor Park, Middletown (on the banks of the river!)
facebook event

Film Series: The Wizard of Oz

1939. USA. Dir: Victor Fleming. With Judy Garland, Frank Morgan. 102 min.



“Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby…”

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

CFILM Senior Written Theses Presentation

Film Theses 2016

From Sarah Chrystler:

The College of Film and the Moving Image will be hosting a presentation of the Class of 2016?s written theses on Monday, May 2nd. The Criticism and History/Theory presentations will start at4:30PM in the Powell Family Cinema, and the Screenplay and Television Pilot presentations will begin at 7:00 PM in the same theater. There will be a small reception in the intermission Come support the hard work of our seniors! This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, May 2nd
Time: 4:30pm-8:30pm
Place: The Powell Family Cinema in the Center for Film Studies

Film Series: Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3-D!

2015. USA. Dir: J. J. Abrams. With Daisy Ridley, John Boyega. 135 min.


Forget the prequels (seriously, forget them); with a new, young cast and Abrams at the helm, the Force is stronger than ever in Episode VII. Expertly balancing nostalgia and freshness, Abrams ushers the spirit of the original trilogy into the 21st century – with some sic action scenes to boot.

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