Maple Tapping at Long Lane Farm!

syrupFrom the wonderfully sweet (and occasionally sappy) Hilary Brumberg ’17 comes an opportunity to learn how to make your own syrup:

This Saturday, Long Lane Farm will be holding a workshop to tap our very own maple trees! In the coming weeks, we will boil the sap to make local Middletown maple syrup and other yummy maple treats. Come by Long Lane Farm to harvest salad greens at 10am and/or for the tapping workshop at 11am. Long Lane Farm is located at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth. Please come bundled in lots of layers and wearing snow boots.

Any and all are welcome, maple novices and experts alike!

Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 10am-1pm (maple tapping starts at 11am)
Place: Long Lane Farm, at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth

Second Stage Presents: A Weekend of Workshops!

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Hello friends, and welcome to the first ever personally posted SECOND STAGE POST! We have some fun and exciting things in store for you this weekend:

Interested in theater? Weekend of Workshops is here! This semester Second Stage is offering a wide variety of VERY EXCITING and VERY NEW workshops, primarily for people interested in acting, directing, stage managing, music directing, play-writing, and design. All workshops will take place in the ’92 Theater. Here is a schedule:

Friday, February 17th:
5-6PM: Anystage — For playwrights and people interested in student-written work!
 
Saturday, February 18th:
2-3PM: Vectorworks — if you’re interested in set or lights this is for you!
3:30-4:30PM: Music directing 
3:30-4:30PM: Warmups — Calling actors and directors, come learn and share warmups
4:30-5:30PM: Directors’ Roundtable — If you’re directing this semester or are interested in directing at some point, come talk about being a director!
5:30-6:30PM: TECH WEEK 101  — If you are new to design, stage management, or directing this is of the utmost importance for you to attend! It will teach you how to tech week!
 
Sunday, February 19th: 
1-2PM: Stage Management
4-5PM: Sound in the ’92
7-8PM: Movement in theater: Come play with different techniques of movement in theater
 
Come learn about theater with us!

Film Series: Female Trouble

1974. USA. Dir: John Waters. With Divine, David Lochary. 97 min. 35mm print.


“Oh, honey, I’d be so happy if you’d turn nellie.” When her parents fail to buy her a pair of cha-cha heels, Divine, already the Filthiest Person Alive, ups the ante with a violent bout of criminal fashion modeling. Waters’ breathtaking, hilarious transgressions will have you vomiting with delight.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

“This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce—Part XI

cfaFrom the CFA:

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the eleventh in a series of fifteen CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring his work for harpsichord. Highlights include the first complete performance of “A Book of Pieces for the Harpsichord,” and the world premiere of “Polytonal Fantasy for Two Harpsichords” with guest artist Elena Zamolodchikova; plus music for viola and harpsichord by Alvin Etler and Dick Higgins, with guest artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

Date: Sunday, February 19
Time: 3PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Wesleyan Consulting Group Info Session

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From Wesleyan Consulting Group:

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Wesleyan Consulting Group (WCG) is a student group comprised of students interested in learning about business through hands-on consulting work. The principal aim of WCG is to help local businesses devoted to social good achieve their goals. This semester, we are seeking to expand our group and find members of the Wesleyan community who are passionate about the work that we do.

Joining us will be JP Hernandez, the CEO of American Dream Clean (ADC). ADC is a Connecticut-based janitorial business that provides its employees’ children with the resources they need to pursue post-secondary education, with the goal to close the achievement gap in education.

We invite students from all years and backgrounds to join us. Come find out more about what we do!

Date: Thursday, February 16th
Time: 6-7PM
Place: PAC 107

“Us vs. Them”: 2017 Posse Plus Retreat Focuses on Addressing Division

Wesleyan Posse Veterans class of 2020

Wesleyan Posse Veterans class of 2020

On Friday February 10th Posse Veteran Scholars, students and faculty boarded a school bus for the Posse plus retreat. Posse started its veterans’ program in 2012, and this is the initiative’s third year at Wesleyan, now with a total of 32 veterans studying on campus. The Posse Plus retreat is an annual event, and is open to anyone interested in engaging in a dialogue with Wesleyan’s Posse Scholars.

VIDEO: Karmenife Paulino ’15 Delivers Powerful Comedy Set at Malcolm X House

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Content warning: the following post and video discuss sexual violence and assault.

[Updated 2/16/17, 11:53AM] Check the bottom of the post for photos of the performance from Jejomar Erln Ysit ’19

If you were on campus at any point from Fall 2014 – Fall 2015, you might remember Karmenife Paulino ’15 as being something of a legend. Here are a few ways you may be familiar with her:

  • She became a very public activist against sexual violence, openly talking about her assault at Psi U her freshman year.
  • She also spoke out against members of Eclectic (which she was also a member of) for allowing her rapist into their home and perpetuating rape culture. Along with controversy surrounding a racial slur on a membership application, this contributed to Eclectic losing their house for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • She, along with Tess Altman ’17, created a photo project titled Reclamation during the Fall 2015 semester. We covered the project in a 12,000-word interview with Karmenife, and then the photos went viral. Even Margaret Cho took notice.

Since graduating, Karmenife has gotten involved with numerous projects and collaborations. She created a portrait series of black icons and turned OKCupid harassment (and her comebacks) into art. She’s written and spoken extensively on how white feminism perpetuates rape culture. She’s a very active presence on social media. And, to top it all off, Karmenife has started to perform as a comedian.

She returned to campus last Friday for a one-hour stand-up routine, “Make Your Own Reparations 101,” and delivered a rousing set to the packed basement of Malcolm X House. Her jokes covered everything from the Wes administration, to casual racism at her workplace, to scamming white men on Tinder. Watch the video of her performance after the jump:

Film Series Special Screening: Get Out

2017. USA. Dir: Jordan Peele. With Daniel
Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford.


We’re delighted to present a free preview screening of this socially conscious horror flick. A young black man heads upstate to meet his white girlfriend’s parents, where he makes a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

After Students Organize, Wesleyan Hires New CAPS Staff

“In addition to reduced wait times for initial appointments, as well as more regular ongoing appointments, we expect the increase in staffing will improve comprehensive services for sexual violence prevention and treatment and allow the team to continue building stronger relationships with marginalized students and student groups through outreach activities.” – Dean Whaley

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Yesterday afternoon, Dean Mike Whaley sent out an all-campus email informing the student body that an additional full-time psychotherapist will be joining CAPS in the fall of 2017. This comes after the announcement of the hiring of a full-time APRN after more than a semester without a prescriber (part-time or full-time) on campus.

According to Whaley’s email, the new hires “will improve comprehensive services for sexual violence prevention and treatment and allow the team to continue building stronger relationships with marginalized students.”

The email, however, leaves out any discussion of the student-organized campaign and WSA resolution from last semester that originally proposed expansions in CAPS. Read past the jump for the full text of Dean Whaley’s email and more context on the student efforts that made this new staff position a reality.

“texts&beheadings/ElizabethR” by Karin Coonrod

cfaFrom the CFA:

Created and directed by visionary Karin Coonrod for four young actresses from her international theater collective Compagnia de’ Colombari, the New England premiere of “texts&beheadings/ElizabethR” (2015) deconstructs the letters, speeches, poems, and prayers of “The Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I of England. A breathless game of hide-and-seek with history, mystery, and the theater form inspired by James Joyce and Gertrude Stein, “texts&beheadings/ElizabethR” captures the rhetorical panache and ever-shifting essence of the icon. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the artists.
Fee: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18.

Date: Friday, February 17
Time: 8PM
Place: CFA Theater