This post is an updated repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a post for anyone who’s worried about sounding like a totally unassimilated dweeb walking around campus. So frosh, listen up. Conformity is key.
At this point, you’ve probably spent your summer knowing the names of buildings as they are on the campus map. Let me just tell you now: almost all of them have earned some nickname or other over the course of Wesleyan’s long lifetime. We’re here to help you relearn their de facto names, so you aren’t marching around looking like the uninformed frosh you are.
Click after the jump to fake it ’til you make it.
Soon, this could be you. Glad to have you in the family.
Spring Fling 2010
In less than a week, you’ll get to the campus of your dreams, all wide-eyed and mildly terrified and probably carrying way too much stuff. You’ll navigate through seas of other people moving in with you. You’ll meet your RAs, your orientation leaders, your first friends (and enemies?). You’ll learn about gender-neutral pronouns. You’ll wander around late at night, likely trying to figure out where the hell you are. You’ll have a lot to figure out — what classes you’re going to take, what a breakfast pail is, and how to pronounce ‘Usdan.’
There’s a lot to take in, so if you’re a bit freaked out, we’re here to help. Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series! Every day for the next two weeks, highly reputable bloggers who really don’t just spend all day on the Internet will post something we think could help you in your journey and that your orientation leaders might not tell you.
Here’s what we’ve got in store, in no particular order:
Your first Fun Thing to do in Middletown, CT, this school year:
Middletown Mayor Daniel T. Drew and Wesleyan University’s Film Studies Department are pleased to announce that they are partnering to offer the first annual Mayoral Film Series in Middletown. The series will consist of three time-tested, classical gangster movies and will commence with a showing of The Maltese Falcon on August 22, 2015 followed by Angels with Dirty Faces, starring James Cagney, on August 29, 2015. The third and final film screening will be The Usual Suspects, on September 5, 2015. Films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Film Department’s theater located at 301 Washington Terrace.
Mayor Drew personally selected these films. “These are among my favorite films and each is both entertaining and informative. I appreciate the Film Department opening their doors to the community and I look forward to seeing people at the screenings.”
Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies and founder of the film department at Wesleyan says, “We’re all delighted to work with the Mayor on this series. He is definitely a movie lover! All these films are crowd pleasers and the Mayor made great choices. It’s a pleasure for all of us at the Center for Film Studies to be able to present these films for the community.”
Admission is free, with a requested donation of $5 per person to benefit the Buttonwood Tree.
Screening Dates: Saturday, August 22; Saturday, August 29; and Saturday, September 5
Time: 7:30-10 PM
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
Cost: Free, with a suggested donation of $5 for the Buttonwood Tree
Following the University’s placement of the Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon on probationary housing status for the rest of 2015, as well as banning all social activities at the fraternity, and Psi U’s Wespeak in January announcing their plan for coeducation, the fraternity’s program housing status has been suspended for the entire 2015-2016 academic year, according to an all campus email sent this afternoon by President Roth and Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley. In addition, the property has been deemed off limits to Wesleyan students for the duration of the suspension, similar to the sanctions placed on Beta Theta Pi last fall.
Psi U was the only remaining single-sex frat on campus whose national chapter allowed co-education, and the fraternity concluded its first co-ed rush at the end of the school year, with plans to fully co-educate by the three year timeline President Roth set in September. We will update with more info as it comes in.
From Margaret Curtis ’14:
Sarah Esocoff ’15 and Keelin Ryan ’14 wrote and produced their comedy “Laugh Track” at Wesleyan the spring of 2014. They are now pulling a Lin-Manuel Miranda and bringing the show to NYC! The show stars Beanie Feldstein ’15 and has many Wesleyan crew members (but not too many).
The comedy is playing a 5 show run at The New York International Fringe Festival. Tickets to the first performance include free admittance to the after party!
Buy tix HERE. More info @ laughtracknyc.com
Date: Saturday, August 15 – Thursday, August 27
Time: 6:15-10 PM
Place: The Lynn Redgrave Theater, NYC
If you’re enjoying a summer in good ol’ Middletown, CT, consider the first of four screenings of Jimmy Stewart movies sponsored by the Center for Film Studies:
The Center for Film Studies – Summer Film Series Presents
HOLLYWOOD ICONS: JIMMY STEWART
Tuesdays in July 2015
Start time: 7:30pm
The film will be introduced by Marc Longenecker, Programming and Technical Director, Center for Film Studies
Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 7:30-10 PM
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
We emerge from this summer void for a message from Irma Mazariego ’16:
The New Student Orientation program is now seeking performers to come back early and participate in In the Company of Others 2015. This important peer theater piece is a central aspect of the New Student Orientation. In the Company of Others is a time when upperclassmen are able to share their experiences with new students in the hopes of sparking conversation regarding what it means to live in a diverse community.
This year, we are particularly looking for applicants that can share experiences that relate to our theme of access, equity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being a performer for this program, please complete the interest form here.
Please submit your application no later than Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Irma Mazariego in the Office of New Student Orientation.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 24 at 5 PM
Rather than halfheartedly trying to quote lyrics from “In the Heights” or some other thing written by this year’s commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, we’ll just skip ahead to: “Hey y’all, good morning!” It’s the 183rd Commencement at Wesleyan University, and we’re outdoors at Denison Terrace/Andrus Field/Foss Hill live-blogging all the speeches, processions, and every single name read (okay, none of the names) at today’s graduation ceremony.
Along with Miranda, Spellman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75 and Goodspeed Musicals executive director Michael P. Price are receiving honorary degrees. Things should be getting started around 11 a.m.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015, and even more congratulations to all the many Wesleying editors and contributors who are graduating as well! You can watch a livestream of the ceremony here.
Update: You read all the speeches and watch Miranda’s address below. And here’s the official Wesleyan newsletter article on the event.
If you missed the first couple film theses screenings (or your folks want to check them out), you can watch them this R&C weekend.
The full schedule (all 16mm and digital films) will be played twice on Friday and once on Saturday:
Friday, May 22: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Saturday, May 23: 10 am to 2 pm
FREE ADMISSION and visitors can come and go throughout the day. There will be schedules in the lobby with the order of each film screening.