Welcome to the fifth installment of Ask Wesleying, an advice column about any and all things Wes! Have a question about life at Wes? Submit it to get it answered in Ask Wesleying! You can find all of the Ask Wesleying columns here.
This week’s question is about the most mysterious housing option available to sophomores:
I recently heard about some kind of housing in the butts that sounds vaguely like cope (co-op? coop?) for sophomores. Something about living with 5 of your friends on your own little hall. Is this real? Is it a good option for sophomores? How the hell do you say it?
You can read the answer to this week’s question below the jump!
From Sophie Hamilton ’21:
Veg Out will be showing Earthlings, a powerful documentary about the ways humans use animals for food, clothing, research, and entertainment. The film will be followed by a brief discussion. And every attendee will be paid $5 at the end of the screening! Come get educated… and get PAID!
Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Usdan 110
From Sophie Hamilton ’21:
Author, black feminist scholar, and founder of the Sistah Vegan project Dr. A. Breeze Harper will be giving her talk, “Mindful or Deluded?: Engaged Buddhism, Ethical Consumption, and Anti-Racism in a White Settler Nation”, at Russell House. Her lecture will be preceded by a workshop at Malcolm X House.
Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 4:30 PM (Workshop), 6:30 PM (Talk)
Place: Malcolm X House Lounge (Workshop), Russell House (Talk)
We have entered––and are surviving––finals hell. While I am proud enough to say that I have not (!!) pulled any all-nighters to finish up assignments and study for exams, I am still spending lots of time on assignments over the last week.
Why you may ask?
I am studying abroad in Denmark this semester! My program DIS has a…slightly strange…calendar system in which #finalsszn starts after over a month of two weeks of classes, then a ~travel week~, then two weeks of classes, then a ~travel week~, then two weeks of classes, then ~Thanksgiving break~, then two weeks of classes, and off I come back to ‘Merica. Needless to say, I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, gathering my papers, group projects, and coffee to make it all happen.
A budgeting note: Cafe Paludan (the place with the books and the coffee) offers a large coffee for 10 DKK ($1.52) from 9:00-10:30 in the morning. I am currently here in a little nook I have claimed for myself (gotta be a colonist somehow) writing this blog post as I procrastinate my Danish essay. You can say I’m being productively unproductive.
I’ve been gathering my thoughts about a few things: DIS, Denmark, my physical body being abroad, my mind being abroad, homesickness, and existential crises re: identity. It’s been a truly exhausting few months, and although I was preparing myself for some of this busyness, I did not anticipate that I would have to carve out time on my commute to and from central Copenhagen to stare out the train window, Türk Sanat muzi?i blasting through my earphones, pondering my existence, train officer nudging me to check my train card.
As campus clears out (and your classes get emptier and emptier due to students leaving early for break), those of you sticking around for all or part of break may be wondering what’s going to be open.
WesShop is closing at 4 PM today, and will remain closed until 4 PM Sunday, so be sure to get your last grocery run in within the next few hours! The offerings at this point will likely be sparse, but you can probably come up with some creative dishes to stay nourished as you hibernate in your dorm/house/Olin/SciLi. Read on for the rest of the Thanksgiving Break Hours for various facilities and services around campus!
Lotus House is located at 356 Washington Street
It’s 4:15 AM on Sunday morning, that period of time when it’s half super late on Saturday and half super early on Sunday, and the piercing sounds of Lotus House’s fire alarm startle me awake. At first I think this sound is my roommate’s alarm clock, which annoys me, but when the way-too-loud screeching persists for about a minute, I figure I should probably leave the room. I’m still too drowsy to realize that I’m forgetting a jacket, shoes, and my phone – a rookie mistake.
My hallmates and I head down the stairs, and contrary to our quick assumption that somebody was either cooking or smoking, we see a lot of smoke accumulating around the first floor that smells like either some crazy chemical or like somebody’s burning their hair. Anything is possible in Lotus House. We wait outside the house until the fire department comes, at which point we’re all like, Yay they can turn off the alarm and let us back in to sleep! But then after a couple minutes PSafe is basically like, Sike! This is gonna take a while.
It’s freezing outside, so they put us in the workshop-garage-annex-type building next to the house, and we wait for about an hour before conclusively being told that the furnace in the basement caught fire and that it ignited some of the house’s super old insulation, hence that chemically smell. Oh and by the way – it’s leaking carbon monoxide. Gotta love it. “It,” of course, being the act of getting poisoned while you sleep in the residential area you pay thousands of dollars per semester to sleep in. But I digress.
STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House (185 High St.)
FIRST THREE FRESHMAN EAT FREE EVERY DAY!!!
STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
FIRST THREE FRESHMAN EAT FREE
DINNER- Greens w/ Red Wine Vin. Herb Roasted Chicken or Tofu, Garlic Mashed Potato, Maple Glazed Carrots, Caramelized Shallot Sauce
DES- Pumpkin Spice Cake
LUNCH- Sautéd Shallot & Zucchini Linguini Bolognese w/ Italian Sausage & Beef or Soysage Crumble
DES- Snickerdoodle Cookies
Some people I’m thankful for this Usdan Thanksgiving <3
Top row, left to right: Tim, Sam, Mary, and Woanyen
Bottom row: Alex and me!
I was gonna write an article about the do’s and don’ts of Usdan Thanksgiving
From Nick Byers ’19:
The rap duo, Armand Hammer, made up of billy woods and ELUCID, will be coming to campus for a show and seminar this Friday, November 16. They make uncompromising, radical hip-hop music, best described, in their own words, as “an unsparing indictment of everything.” With beats both chaotic and sleek, and lyrics ominous and comic, their music has been rightly characterized as some of the most important experimental rap of the last decade. Their bars often informed by critical race theory and anticolonialist critique, and they have been releasing their music on their own independent New York label for over ten years.
Armand Hammer will host a seminar discussing their music at The Resource Center at 6pm, and perform a show at Malcolm X House starting at 10pm.
Check out their latest album, “Parrafin” here: https://armandhammer.bandcamp.com/
Date: Friday, November 16
Times: 6 PM (Seminar), 10 PM (Concert)
Places: The Resource Center (Seminar), Malcolm X House (Concert)
Check out this event tomorrow:
A screening of the Cold War sci fi WarGames (1983), featuring a very young Matthew Broderick as a computer nerd who nearly triggers World War III when he mistakenly hacks into a NORAD supercomputer simulation. Associated with HIST/SISP/ENVS 387: The History of the End.
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 7:10 PM
Place: Powell Cinema