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2014: A Very Wesleying Year In Review

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Guys, here’s the deal. We’re all feeling really old again because 2014 is over now, and that’s what happens each time you celebrate another year having come and gone. But before we can settle into 2015, which a previous year tried to warn us about (????), it’s time for your annual Wesleying Year in Review. Frosh writers astag_rockyCaro, and Jackson put together the ten biggest moments on campus (#tbt style), links to relevant Wesleying posts that help you brush up on each of those topics, and lots of fun honorable mentions.

Some really weird, interesting, amazing, magical stuff happens at Wes, and this post serves to remind us to take those memories with us as we go forward. (Looking at you, “New Year, New Me” people.)

Now, a disclaimer: Not everything that happened this year is covered because even with help, frosh only get some of the things right some of the times. Feel free to leave your personal favorite/weirdest/coolest Wesleyan moments in the comment section. Also, note that the events that do get covered are not placed in any particular order of importance or severity.

Read after the jump to see who wore it best.

Tory Mathieson’s Senior Concert

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The beautiful Tory Mathieson ’14 has got a show for you:

Cravin’ some music? Cravin’ some art? This will be like a senior recital, a benefit concert, and an art show all rolled into one event! Come hang out!

Date: TODAY, Saturday, April 19th
Time: 7pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Facebook event

House Hopping Day

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This just in from Richie Starzec ’14:

Friday, April 4th is House Hopping Day for Rising Seniors.

The Class of 2015 can come to Pi Cafe between 1 and 3 PM to grab a list of participating houses before walking around Senior Woodframes to explore some of their housing options for next year. Senior CAs will be available throughout the period in Pi Cafe for any questions that might arise.

Date: April 4, 2014
Time: 1PM-3PM
Place: Pi Cafe, Senior Woodframes

Last Chance to Vote

http://wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting

Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? Then don’t miss out on this election!

Elections for WSA President, WSA Vice President, and Senior Class Officers will close TONIGHT at 11:59:59PM.  Please vote immediately at wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting if you have not already done so.

The winners of these elections will claim to represent the interests of the Wesleyan student body or a significant segment of it, whether or not you vote.  Therefore, it is crucial that you vote so that your voice accounted for.  Administrators, outsiders, and fellow students will take the words of these students to represent the views of the student body as a whole.  These representatives will have critical direct and indirect input on everything from the handling of the Tour de Franzia to need-blind admissions to SBC allocations.  If you care about pretty much any student issue, you should vote.

Please note that you can vote in these elections even if you are studying abroad or a current senior (Class of 2013).  Seniors should note that although they won’t be here next year, they should feel invested in Wesleyan’s future.  Perceptions of their alma mater will continue to follow you after graduation.

Art Library Closing/Consolidation Meeting (info upd8ed)

EDIT: I just talked with a library employee who gave a perspective + some info I found worth including in this post – click through the jump to see my additions.

So, how about that whole Art Library closing thing? Were you invited to that party? No? Didn’t even hear about it? Had enough questions? Read on:

That’s right, y’all: it’s been brought to my attention, through email and face2face conversation, that apparently our administration is moving forward with a plan to close the Art Library at its current location by 2014, consolidate its holdings into Olin (where some of them already reside), and as part of the process weed out quite a few books. Here are a few reasons (some) students and faculty are opposed to this plan going forward:

  • The current plan seems to be to have the Art Library’s holdings moved to Olin by May 2014.
  • The Art Library has some of Wesleyan’s most valuable items in its collection, with special oversight that they may not receive in Olin. Also, having the Art Library in the Center for the Arts seems intuitively appealing.
  • A dozen student jobs will be removed, and the time and energy spent on moving the books is likely to add more to the plates of people who already have work to do.
  • Maybe the most important point is that this plan appears to be going forward without any input from students. If you’re not okay with decisions about resources we use being made without asking (or even announcing, really), this might be a meeting worth attending.

The points above are assembled from information provided directly by students, including current Art Library employees and a student representative on the Faculty Library Committee (so, indirectly, library staff and faculty as well).

Interested? Attend the response planning meeting Tuesday (tomorrow) night, at 10 PM in the UOC (between Beta and Eclectic). Maybe you think the planned consolidation is actually a good idea. If so, your perspective might be even more valuable. Also, if you’d like to be included in the email discussion, feel free to email yours truly.

College Frosh: Who are They? [Depressed]

White, middle-of-the-road, Catholic/atheist kids whose parents went to college and who want masters degrees in business/health.  They want better jobs and want to live a green, gay friendly, light on guns, heavy on taxes, health care providing, affirmative action-less world.  Okay, it’s not quite that simple, but those are some of the things that pop out in a study of this year’s freshmen by UCLA.  View a chart profiling the nationwide class of 2014 here.

The study also found record-low levels of emotional health though.

“The percentage of students reporting good or above-average emotional health dropped from 55.3 percent in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2010, according to “The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2010” survey. That marks the lowest point since 1985, when the survey first asked the question.”

“College tuition is higher, so they feel the pressure to give their parents their money’s worth in terms of their academic performance,” she says. “There’s also a notion, and I think it’s probably true, that the better their grades are, the better chance they have at finding a job.”

Women were especially hard hit in their emotional health levels.  Remember folks, OBHS is always there for you (except maybe snow days?).  But, in their attempts to further the depression, commenters on the NYT Facebook page were not so understanding:

  • “Welcome to the real world. Suck it up.”
  • “Wah Wah Wah………… O little babies have some stress?”
  • “It’s not as easy as it looks on “Gossip Girl”, huh? Put down the Four Loko and suck it up.”

[CHE]

2014 Open Talent

It’s time for 2014 to show everyone what they can do! Everyone is welcome to come stop by. It’s right next to Usdan so it’s the perfect place to stop by during that lull between dinner and going out at night.

Also, anyone who brings a canned good or a $1 donation for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry gets a raffle ticket for Neon Deli gift certificates!

Anyone still interested in performing please email jjalexander(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

  • Date: Tonight: Saturday, Nov. 6
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Place: Beckham Hall
  • Cost: Free!