Unofficial Orientation 2019: Welcome!

it’s crazier than vegas. i promise.

Hiya Class of 2023!

So we’re past the midpoint of summer, reality has set in, and you’ve had the sudden realization that by the end of this month you’re gonna be starting college. At this point before my freshman year, I was counting down the days till I could leave for school and the excitement was literally killing me. The restlessness only got worse once my friends started leaving for their schools, because we start LAST. jk not last. but almost last!

So you’re excited and looking forward to August 28th, but I’m sure you also have lots of questions, such as:

Where are the parties? Where is the dining hall? Is it YOUS-dan or OOS-dan? Where are the parties? Where will you find your music buds? What’s it like living in a communal dorm with a communal bathroom where people of all genders brush their teeth and shower side by side? Where are the parties? Do we even have greek life? Is Middletown a real town? What the fork is RuHo/MuHo/MoHo/WoCoHo? What is Espwesso and why did they not call it Wespresso? What’s a Wescam? Where are the parties?

Because we care, we’re addressing all of these questions (and more!) in Wesleying’s Unofficial Orientation Series! For the next 3ish weeks, we’ll be uploading one post a day about different aspects of life at Wesleyan. We’ll do our best to ensure that you know at least something about this wonderful magical amazing place that’ll be your home for the next four years (which will pass by all too fast but we’ll get to that later).

Also, check out our twitter (@Wesleying) on Monday, August 5th @ 3pm EST for a live twitter chat!

Julius Lester’s Day of Tears Performance

Gabriela De Golia ’13 writes in:

First Church of Christ in Middletown will present a riveting performance of Julius Lester’s Day of Tears, a novel centered on the largest slave auction in American history told from the perspective of the husbands, wives, and lovers on the auction block. Witness their stories as they desperately cling to one last hope of staying together.

Written and directed by Laurie Maria Cabral and produced by Tom Raines, this performance is offered with the permission of Julius Lester and his family. It will take place at First Church of Christ, located at 190 Court Street in Middletown, CT, on Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

First Church of Christ, a pro-racial justice and Open & Affirming congregational church in the United Church of Christ, is proud to bring Day of Tears into its space for the first time and raise awareness about an important event in American history. Through a conversation with the actors, director, and producer after the performance, audience members will learn more about how racism continues to manifest in the present-day and how individuals and communities can address systemic oppression.

“We at First Church are committed to healing the wounds of racial injustice and furthering social equity. Offering this play to the community free of charge is one of the many ways we are living into those commitments,” shared Gabriela De Golia ’13, a Deacon at First Church of Christ.

This performance is a free community event, open to all. Please be advised that strong language and allusions to violence are present in the production and may not be suitable for certain audiences, including young children.

Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT

Procrastination Destination: The Paperclip Game

Welcome to the first installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you with #content to get you through finals!

Let me tell you a story. When I was a senior in high school, I was in a really dope AP Physics C class. The teacher was awesome, the students were all friends, and most importantly, we did a whole lot of “not physics.” One day, our teacher got up in front of the class and told us he had a game to show us. This is how The Paperclip Game entered my life.

Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Bad-ass sophomore Rebecca Rubenstein ’21 writes in:

There is massive gender inequity in Wikipedia – both in terms of topics/people represented, and contributors. We can change that! Come learn the basics of Wikipedia editing to increase representation of/boost access to the work of marginalized artists, activists, and game-changers.

THERE WILL BE PIZZA Y’ALL.

Date: Thursday, May 9
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Place: Boger 115

Round-Up: A Look at Spring Flings Past

Fare thee well, O kegs!

As this year’s Spring Fling fast approaches, I found myself looking back at old Wesleying posts about Spring Flings past. It all started with this absurdity, which I stumbled upon earlier this year. With little else to do now that my thesis is turned in, I decided to dig deeper and see what other fun/ny stuff I could find!

Here is the resulting round-up of interesting/notable Spring Fling-related posts. (Zach already did a deep dive into past performers, so I’ll stick to silly/snarky/spends-too-much-time-on-the-internet content I dug up on the blog.) Read on after the jump to find out what’s going on in the picture above and more!

S&C MENU LAST WEEK OF THE SEMESTER!!!

STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House (185 High St.)
LUNCH- 12:00-12:45
DINNER- 5:00-7:00
FIRST THREE FRESHMAN EAT FREE EVERY DAY!!!

MONDAY-

DINNER- Greens w/ Charred Tomato Vin. Shrimp & Grits or Tofu & Grits. Spicy Grilled Shrimp or Roasted Tofu, Grilled Asparagus, Creamy Cheddar Grits, Creole Sauce, Bacon or Soy Bacon
DES- Chocolate Cayenne Cake w/ Raspberry Coulis & Whipped Cream

TUESDAY-
LUNCH- Grilled Chimichurri Flank Steak or Portobello Tacos. Salsa Fresca, Avocado, Chipotle Mayo
DES- Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Carrot Ginger Vin. Pad Woon Sen(Glass Noddle Stir Fry) w/ Chicken or Tofu. Onion, Carrot, Tomato & Egg
DES- Coconut Cake

WEDNESDAY-
LUNCH- Hummus, Cheddar & Avocado Melts on House Made Herb Focaccia w/ Bacon or Soy Bacon
DES- Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Craisin Cookies
DINNER- Greens w/ Balsamic Vin. Pesto Gemelli(Basil, Parmesan, EVOO, Garlic, Toasted Pine Nuts) w/ Grilled Balsamic Chicken or Tofu
DES- Berry Crisp w/ Whipped Cream

BOOKSLEYING: Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

Welcome to Booksleying! If you need a refresher on what this is or how the rating system works, check out our introductory post. You can find all the Booksleying posts here. (We’ve been shit at posting, we KNOW).

Title and Author: Three Daughters of Eve (Havaanin Üç Kizi) by Elif Shafak

NOTE: I accidentally read the English version of the book without knowing that it also had a Turkish translation. Shafak has some of her works originally written in English, and some in Turkish, and I wasn’t able to figure out which category this book lives in. But good for you! You get an English review of this book.

Rating: 4 stars with a side of Dessert Parfait. 

MRoth’s House Announced as Housing Option for Low Lottery Numbers

Due to an unprecedented number of students applying for General Room Selection for the 2019-2020 school year, ResLife has announced that it will be opening up three rooms in President Roth’s house for students that were forced to wait until summer for their housing assignment. Each of the rooms will be single-sized forced triples, most likely occupied by sophomores who are desperately vying for a room in a system that requires you to live on campus but doesn’t guarantee you a bed.