Updated: Health Resources On Campus

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This post was originally written by Catherine MacLean ’14,  and it appeared on the Peer Advisor Blog and on Wesleying. For this year’s post, Ryden Nelson ’16 and Chloe Murtagh ’15 have contributed a section on resources for survivors of sexual assault. 

Physical Health

On-campus your go-to resource is the Davison Health Center. Staffed with nurses and doctors, you can schedule an appointment (STRONGLY preferred) or walk-in if you have an emergent need during business hours, and they are available by phone after hours. They can do basic tests and offer vaccines, prescriptions, and other services. They also have free cold/flu care packs that you can pick up! All visits and services will be billed directly to private and university-sponsored insurance.  Services that cannot be charged to insurance will go directly to your student account. You should be offered the choice to have laboratory services billed to your student account rather than to insurance (called “client billing” at the Health Center). These student account charges will be labeled to protect confidentiality (i.e. STI tests will be billed to student account as “miscellaneous fee” from the Health Center).

Off campus, and for more serious needs, Middlesex Hospital is right down the street from campus. If you need to go to the ER, heed these tips (from experience): Call Public Safety in addition to 911, and take a friend with you!

Unofficial Orientation Series: Athletics/Athlete Life

Some of you frosh probably don’t know that WesTech competes in the prestigious NESCAC—the most competitive D3 conference in the country. Despite the throngs of news outlets that flock to many of our sports games, you will never have to enter a lottery system or wait in a line overnight to obtain tickets. We also aren’t like these fans, and we never will be.

That’s okay. Do not believe the naysayers who claim that Wesleyan students do not support or appreciate athletics. Not only do we have the most watched baseball games in the NESCAC; last fall we hosted the ‘CAC’s first night football game and had over 5,000 students, alumni, and Middletown residents attend, shattering all previous attendance records.

Whether you’re attempting to relive your high school glory days, looking to get or stay fit, or trying out a new sport, Wesleyan has what you are looking for!

WesHack Bootcamp and Hackathon

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WesHack is a two-part conference that welcomes Wesleyan students and alumni to pick up new tech skills or to flaunt the ones they’ve got. Track one offers a day-long bootcamp with workshops on front-end design, web app development, video editing, graphic design, and more. You’ll leave armed with basic skills and a good sense of the tools and know-how you’ll need to bring your ideas to life. This crash-course is open to people of all experience levels, so anyone looking to grow their skill set or boost their online presence is encouraged to attend.

The lineup of presenters is well-stocked with impressive Wes students, alumni and friends in the tech world – like software engineer and WesHack co-founder Julian Applebaum ’13, Lily Herman ’16, and Olayinka Lawal ’15 - who will answer  your burning questions in the Q&As and student entrepreneur panel.

If you’d like some competition and teamwork in your WesHack experience, register for the 48-hour Hackathon! From Friday, September 5 at noon to Sunday, September 7 at midnight or noon,  teams will develop Wes-themed apps, which will be judged by expert alumni for their creativity, technical difficulty, and polish. There are many roles to be filled in each project, so all levels of expertise are welcome - experienced programmers and enthusiastic newbs alike.

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: WesTech

This is an update of pyrotechnic‘s update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.

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I’m not sure I can survive without access to the web or my phone, so the first thing that you’ll probably do after moving your stuff into your dorm is to connect your phone/tablet/computer/laptop/other gizmo to the internet. Here’s some info for you on how to do that, and other tech things on campus.

The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

Of course, we’re not really going to talk about that much (or at all after this). This is a how-to about Tech(nology).

The Unofficial Orientation Series: WesLingo

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Hey! You! Over there, with the brand new Wesleyan University 2018 shirt on… You don’t have to sound like a freshman just because you are one…

Bad news: you’re gonna have to relearn the names of the buildings you spent the summer memorizing off the campus map.

Good news: Wesleying is here to help. We present to you: a comprehensive guide to faking it.

Almost every building on campus has acquired some kind of nickname over the past 100-and-something years that Wesleyan students have spent on the hallowed grounds of Middletown, CT. There are the chop-and-shorten nicknames, the Wes-suffix-words, a few almost-funny-jokes, and one very famous ass-pun… We’ve outlined (almost) all of them to help alleviate the gripping terror and confusion of your first few weeks at college.

Unofficial Orientation Series: Getting There From Here

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 11.55.53 PMToday’s installment is a huge blob of updated information from an article I posted during last year’s Orientation Series detailing ways for you to travel home (or not), around the New England area, and most importantly how to get some delicious pancakes at 4 in the morning. If you have a car already, feel free to ignore this post entirely while the rest of us look upon you with envy. If you don’t, then you might want to take my advice and become friends with someone who does. Until then, you may want to read on.

As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown (not that you would ever want to of course). The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks (near Hartford). Getting there, though, is quite the challenge. At one point there was even a campus organization strictly dedicated to improving transportation. Lucky for you, we at Wesleying, and our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs to make your lives easier.

Experiences and Messages of Support // Art Show

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 11.36.21 AMAn important event, coming to you from Denisse Reyes ’15:

The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of survivors’ stories of rape and abuse as well as messages of love and support from allies in the movement to upset rape culture.

We will be organizing an art exhibit in Zelnick Pavillion that same day to showcase expressions of their experiences from survivors and allies alike. Please share with us your paintings, poetry, illustrations, sculptures, music, etc….

We will be collecting all of the work on September 1st. Contact us with your name, title, picture, the medium, and size.

Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Contact: taltman(at)wesleyan(dot)edudreyes(at)wesleyan(dot)edu,
ywang04(at)wesleyan(dot)edukweiner(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: Eating and Drinking at Wes

*This post is an updated version of the Eating and Drinking installment of last year’s Orientation Series*

http://i1.wp.com/www.wesleyan.edu/dining/gallery/images/dining_header5.jpg?resize=625%2C125Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. Wesleyan has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. Wesleyan was chosen the most vegan-friendly small US school by PETA, and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook-up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.

This is a part of the Unofficial Orientation Series 2014 to remind you to eat your veggies.

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: Student Groups

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So (soon enough) you’ll have made it to campus, moved into your rooms and covered every inch of your wall with posters, and begun classes. It’s all fun and exciting, but after the first week you’ll realize you have some downtime during those weekday evenings or on the weekends, and you’ll feel a yearning to fill that time with something fulfilling. It’s probably time to get involved in a student group.

Wesleyan has, on average, about 300 student groups active on campus every year, and it’s incredibly easy for you to get involved. Keep in mind, though, the rule of seven—seven major commitments per semester—which is a good way to balance your schedule to ensure that you still have a life. A class is one commitment, so four for a typical semester. That gives you three more activities to commit yourself to, whether they be sports or student groups.

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: Dorm Living FAQ

This post is a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost. Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett.

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Dear frosh,

At this point in the summer, you are probably fretting over things like college. A sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.

But don’t be too frazzled. Last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series Dorm Living post  Wesleying‘s here to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.

The pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good and we’re still damn lazy). This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesjargon: