PRIMAL SCREAM AT MIDNIGHT

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As of 4:30 this afternoon, there was no Facebook event for what is one of my favorite events at Wesleyan every semester. Come the fuck on people! Tonight at around 11:45PM, people will begin gathering on the steps of Olin, as they do every single semester (literally every single semester).

It has been one of the most scream-worthy semesters in recent memory. The angst is real. The anger is real. The finals are real. Wesleyan isn’t real. The state of our country is indeterminate. The rent is too damn high. Come out of your study nests to the steps of Olin, help us countdown to midnight, and scream your heart out as we move from reading period to finals week. And then maybe sing the fight song afterward.

Also, someone please create the Facebook event. I’m busy.

Procrastination Destination: Bad HTML Websites

heavens-gateMy frosh year I was an overachiever and wrote two Procrastination Destination posts. According to the intro blurb of the first, I was, apparently, stressed about a government paper, which I just dug out of my files and turns out to have been about measured optimism re: a peaceful world. Now I am a jaded pessimist who thinks we should get our kicks where we can, even if that happens to be a hastily put together archive of the Internet’s sad, tackily-web-designed past. This Procrastination Destination is truly just a list of bad html websites I have seen at some point, badly formatted, with no commentary and no organization. Good luck on finals, folks. May you come as far as the internet has.

Procrastination Destination: My Letter to Queen Elizabeth II

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Hello, sweet student. Are you here to find some motivating blog post to make sure you’re studying for finals? Too bad, looks like you’re getting sucked into *~Procrastination Destination*~. We’re here for you while you don’t study for your exams, because we’re not studying for them either. Sit back, relax, and watch your GPA plummet as you spend your time on this here website. 

Tl;dr: this is a plea for the UK to take us back. Leave the EU, but take us. I’d love to assimilate into the culture dedicated to a constant stream of tea and calling French fries chips. Also, I would be *this* much closer to meeting Eddie Redmayne, which is already incentive enough.

Wesleyan Welcomes Class of 2021: ED1 edition

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It’s that time of year again. And no, I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about Early Decision Season! Children across the country (but let’s be honest, mostly on the coasts with a tiny bit of Chicago sprinkled in) chose to give their souls and their next four years to Wesleyan, and we’ve happily taken (some of) them in. I remember last December all too well and it’s not a time I want to revisit. That’s just me though. Anyway, @prefrosh, congratulations on your acceptance to Wesleyan University’s Class of 2021! Thanks to you guys, I’m only a freshman and even I feel old!

If you’re a prefrosh reading this right now, my advice to you is get ready for a wild ride.  You’re gonna get a lot of people asking you, “Didn’t Hillabae go there?” to which you will say “nope”. I won’t lie, 60% of the reason I even applied here to begin with was because Marshall, Ted, and Lily were Wes grads. I’ll save you the trouble and tell you that that’s not the same reason most of my, and probably also your, classmates had for applying.

Beyond The Vagina Monologues: A Student Forum Showcase

Check out a cool event from Meg de Recat ’17:

Looking to take a break and get ~inspired~ before finals? Come to Beyond The Vagina Monologues, a showcase of original creative works written by the students who were in a forum on storytelling, performance art, and gender rights activism this semester.

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Admissions are free, but donations will be accepted for NARAL Pro-Choice CT, an awesome reproductive rights organization that is based in Hartford.
FORUM MEMBERS: Alex Rothenberg, Anna Strzempko, Ginger Hollander, Ike Fuchs, Lily Homer, Madeline Jones, Maxine Go, Michaela Olson, Natalie Bina, Taryn Johnson ~Some background about the showcase~
This fall, Meg de Recat ’17 and Jessica Perelman ’17 led a student forum, “Beyond The Vagina Monologues,” about topics pertaining to gender, sexuality, and race in the context of theater and performance art. This forum was an attempt to create a space to build upon the critiques and questions raised by the Wesleyan community regarding The Vagina Monologues. The show, which has been performed for over ten years at Wesleyan, is usually passed down from the directors to cast members. We hoped to challenge the institutionalization of this practice by creating a forum, which served to facilitate critical dialogues centered on the themes in the show, instead of automatically continuing this tradition.*

The conversations among the forum members have informed the collection of stories, poems, and artwork that will be presented in this “coffee-house” showcase. These student works relate to aspects of identity, relationships, intimacy, and the current political climate.** We hope that this showcase will foster new conversations and create a welcoming environment for people to connect, share, and enjoy some beautiful stories and art!

*If anyone is interested in directing The Vagina Monologues next semester, please contact Meg and Jessica for more information (mderecate[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, jperelman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). Unless someone decides to undertake this project, there is no guarantee that the show will be performed this year.

** Some works include stories related to sexual assault and trauma. Please be mindful of your own self-care when choosing whether or not to attend.

Date: Thursday December 8th, 2016
Time: 8-9:30pm (the runtime of the showcase is about 1 hour)
Place: The Bayit

 

Star and Crescent Closed 12/8

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform everyone that the S&C will be closed today, on our last day of service of the semester.  Our chef cannot come in due to a family emergency, and no chef means no food.  But we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making this such a special semester!  To all of our customers, employees, and donors, thank you so much for helping us make the S&C what it is.  Let’s look forward to another great semester of food and friends in the spring!

 

On a separate note, we encourage everyone to donate to the charities that today’s meals would have benefited!  The links to date are listed below:

Wesleyan Refugee Project: “WRP is excited to announce the first in a series of efforts to help refugees and displaced students access higher education.  WRP is working to crowdfund enough support for one Syrian refugee student to attend college in Jordan for four years.”

https://www.crowdrise.com/wesleyanrefugeeproje/fundraiser/caseysmith3

ACLU: “For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.  Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.”

https://www.aclu.org/

 

EASY WES’s Cooking Night

french-toastIlana Newman ’18 writes in about a cool meal opportunity:

EASY WES (Eating Allergy Safe and Yummy) is having the last EASY dinner of the semester. Please reply ASAP if you’re coming and let us know any dietary restrictions you may have so we can accommodate you! We’d love to see you all there!

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Place: 73A Lawn