Thoughts on Compassionate Discourse

This post is part of a series of reflections on the recent events on campus. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach out to us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.

The past few weeks have seen a lot of turmoil within our community, most notably the hospitalizations and arrests, and reactions to them, both within and beyond Wesleyan. I hope to speak to the ways that we have addressed these events, as well as other contentious issues, namely the DKE lawsuit and the recent WSA meetings concerning first generation students and institutional structure.

At times like these, it is important to talk to each other, in order to process, to heal, and to examine the needs of our communities. These are events that we should discuss, both as individuals and community members. All too frequently, however, the way we’ve been discussing them has led to more pain, frustration, and division within our community.

Rather than creating spaces to support each other while addressing problems, many of the discussions I’ve witnessed, both in person and in online forums, have allowed ideological and experiential differences to further divide us, leaving many students, myself included, feeling hurt, angry, or cynical. It’s important to note, though, that I have also heard many calls for kind and supportive dialogue. It is in that spirit that I share the following observations and requests.

Westco Open Mic

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Bryan Schiavone ’17 writes in:

Come to the last open mic before spring break! you can perform (come
at 8) or watch (come at 8:30) or neither (don’t come). It’ll be fun
and 100% not stressful.

Date: Wednesday, March 4th
Time: 8:30 PM-9:30 PM
Place: Westco Cafe
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Palestine Teach-in

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From Tedra James ’18:

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2015, we will be holding a discussion and teach-in about all things Palestine and Israel. Possible topics will include Palestinians living in Israel, Israeli Apartheid, Zionism vs. Judaism, Separation Walls, The US Connection to Israel, One State vs. Two State, the Nakba, Right of Return, and anything else that interests you!! Please join us!

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: 200 Church library

Structure Lab

JoySepiaWeb-1216391666-1172What are the essential differences between for-profit and non-profit organizations? If you want to start a business or create social change (or both!), what do you need to know about the various legal structures, corporate forms, and relationships that will come into play?

Joy Anderson ’89 — president of Criterion Institute and instructor of Wesleyan’s “Money and Social Change” course — will answer these questions and more in her patented program Structure Lab, a hands-on, learning-intensive session on the enterprise of social change.

Read more about Joy Anderson and Structure Lab here. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Register here

Apply for Writing Prizes!

The deadline to apply for writing prizes awarded by the Writing Programs and the English Department is Monday, March 2. Applications for the Annie Sonnenblick Writing Award are due March 27.

The English Department and Writing Programs invite students to submit outstanding poetry, fiction, and other prose for consideration for prizes. These prizes recognize exceptional student writing and also support summer projects and graduate study. Prizewinners have included students from all majors and class years. Students have undertaken various ambitious projects through summer fellowships, including travel to Bangladesh, Kenya, and other foreign destinations. Students have also completed research, oral history projects, and personal writing initiatives. Wesleyan Writers Conference scholarships are also available.

Most awards include a cash prize. For a description of the awards, click here.

To apply, fill out the online application here, and send your submissions as email attachments to etinker[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (English Department Prizes) or swashburn01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (Writing Programs Prizes) with the subject heading: Writing Prize—(Name of Prize). If submitting for more than one prize, please send in separate emails.

Spring Break Shuttles

bus break imageFrom Transportation & Wesleyan Box Office — only three more days to book yr spring break transportation!

Spring Break Shuttles are on sale now!! Get your ticket outta here for spring break between now and March 4th from the Usdan Box Office or online at www.wesleyan.edu/shuttles.

Buses to Boston and New York are $25 and depart on Fri 3/6 at 5pm and return at 3pm on Sun 3/22.

Shuttles run to the Bradley Airport for $20 on Fri 3/6 & Sat 3/7. Returning Sat 3/21 & Sun 3/22.

And shuttles run to the New Haven Train Station for $15 on Thurs 3/5, Fri 3/6 & Sat 3/7. Returning Sat 3/21 & Sun 3/22.

Seats are limited so book today!

Booking Deadline: Wednesday, March 4
Place: Usdan Box Office (open 10 AM – 4:30 PM)
Cost: $15-$25

Green Solutions Auditions

An invitation from Charlie Martin ’16:

You are cordially invited to come audition for the new Wesleyan Film Project short film, written and directed by Charlie Martin.
Green Solutions is a dark comedy about two gardeners who discover a horrible secret in one of their clients’ backyards, leading them on a morally-shaky escapade of bad decisions.
The roles of our two protagonists are waiting to be filled. We’re looking for people who can make us smile, even in the face of terrible circumstances. So if you’ve got what it takes, then come on down and take a read!
Also, if you’re a scary looking guy, we can work around that too!!

Date: Sunday, March 1st – today!
Time: 4:01pm – 6:01pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, room 113

Music at The Russell House: Stanley Maxwell

Andrew Chatfield invites you to a concert this afternoon:

“Hearing this quartet bop their way through their own brand of modern jazz is like a cleanser for the overexposed mind, as the four players manage to create an ensemble-sized sound with a wealth of nuance and compositional thoughtfulness.” —Home Grown Music Network
The Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell plays original music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisations. The conservatory trained group of musicians features Andy Chatfield on drums, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano.

The group has built a grassroots name for themselves at colleges and festivals throughout the northeast since 2001, combining the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction, which helped lead to their winning “Best Jazz Band” in the Hartford Advocate’s Grand Band Slam Readers’ Poll in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
The group also won “Best Jazz Song” at the 7th annual Independent Music Awards, as well as the Relix Magazine November 2007 “JamOff” contest for unsigned artists.
At Wesleyan, the band will present acoustic arrangements of original tunes from the past decade, including several world premieres.

Date: Sunday, March 1st – today!
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: The Russell House