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In Depth: OurCampus


This past week, I got to sit down with Tyler Lederer-Plaskett ’21, one of the founders of the new app OurCampus. OurCampus is a professor review app, and it’s out just in time for pre-registration! Gone are the days when we had to rely on ratemyprofessor.com or post in WesAdmits in order to get the lowdown on the best/worst/hottest/easiest professors at Wesleyan. I distinctly remember prefrosh-me trying to do pre-reg in the middle of July and having absolutely no idea who to ask about which professors and classes I should take. That uncertainty comes back full force every semester, and until now there wasn’t really a good way to deal with it aside from basically waiting it out til Drop/Add.

Read past the jump to get Tyler’s take on OurCampus!

All Campus Email: Changes in Course Re-Take and Incomplete Policies

As #FinalsSzn rapidly approaches/has already begun for many of us, Wesleyan has implemented some new policies which may impact how you address academic challenges this semester and in the future.

This afternoon, Dean for Academic Advancement Louise Brown in Student Affairs sent out an email detailing some changes to academic policies. If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on WSA agendas and committee reports (which are emailed out to the student body prior to weekly Sunday night meetings), you may have been caught off-guard by these seemingly sudden changes to policies that many students don’t even know exist. I do read all the WSA emails (bc I’m a big dork and like to look for fun things to report about), so I was vaguely aware of the new re-take policy, but I had no idea that the incomplete policy was changing.

Here’s a breakdown of what changed, what didn’t, and what it means for students and professors:

The Writing Workshop Is Open!

Leonid_Pasternak_-_The_Passion_of_creation1Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal GRAD writes in:

Does the long list of writing assignments on your syllabus make you shudder?

At the Writing Workshop a staff of trained peer tutors is available to meet with you at every stage of the writing process. You can meet with a tutor to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, edit a rough draft of a paper, or review a professor’s comments on completed work. Everyone is welcome and all services are free. Make an appointment through your E-portfolio (click on “Writing Workshop”) or stop by during drop-in hours.

The Workshop is open Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 p.m.

Spring 2016 Schedule:

Drop-in – Sci Li 77 – Allison Conley (ENGL)
Appointment – Olin 106 – Ariel Ciccone (RELI/WRCT)
Appointment – Sci Li 266 – Annie Ferreira (HIST)

Drop-in – Sci Li 77 – Alison Denzer-King (PSYC/CSED)
Appointment – Olin 106 – Kobi Bordoley (COL/JIS)
Appointment – Sci Li 266 – Elizabeth Shackney (PSYC/GOVT)

Appointment – Downey 104 – Sophia Franchi (FELLOW/ENGL/FRST) (1:45-4)
Drop-in – Sci Li 77 – Jenna Shapiro (HIST)
Appointment – Olin 106 – Jane Levy (ENGL/PSYC)
Appointment – Sci Li 266 – Savannah Jeffreys (PSYC)

Drop-in – Sci Li 77 – Aryeh Lieber (ENGL/FRST)
Appointment – Olin 106 – Kate Bodner (ENGL/HISP)
Appointment – Sci Li 266 – Casey Smith (CSS/CMES/CIR)

Appointment – Downey 103 – Elana Rosenthal (FELLOW/COL/FRST) (1:45-4)
Drop-in – Sci Li 77 – Yao Ong (COL/ENGL)
Appointment – Olin 106 – Daniel Kim (GOVT/COE)
Appointment – Sci Li 266 – Oona Wallace (HIST)

Date: Every Sunday-Thursday
Time: 7-11 PM
Place: Olin 106, Sci Li 77, and Sci Li 266

Economics Needs More Women

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Have you ever noticed the gender divide in some of your classes? Kerry Nix ’16, an Economics and Italian Studies double major, noticed it clearly in her Econ classes and decided to investigate. The following post is the result of her many interviews with fellow classmates and professors and her research into gender disparities and their consequences at universities nationwide. It contains stories of particular experiences within the Econ major and out, and policy suggestions for improving equal access and participation in college-level Econ courses. Feel free to comment below on your experiences with gender disparity in your courses (Econ or otherwise). If you are interested in discussing any of the issues raised here, you can attend an open meeting of the The Female Economists of Wesleyan (FEW), a recently formed group of female-identifying Econ students. The meeting is on Sunday, 4/26, 4:30-5:30pm in PAC001.

At the end of this post is a list of policy suggestions to improve equity and inclusion in the Econ department. For greater detail and more students’ and professors’ perspectives, read the full article.

“Spring Intensive” Information

Professor Lisa Dierker writes in with information about a new academic opportunity at Wesleyan:

A new opportunity is available to Wesleyan students next spring! The Wesleyan “Spring Intensive” will allow students to plunge into a new course every three weeks and to intensively focus on one course at a time rather than balancing several. The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to build cohesiveness across their courses, collaborate with faculty, engage in project-based learning and sample from some never previously offered courses from prominent visitors.  Each three week course will carry a full credit.
How do I learn more? Check out the emerging menu of courses that will be offered through the intensive and read more details HERE, attend one of the information sessions on campus (details below) or contact Lisa Dierker: ldierker[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Spring intensive INFORMATION SESSION dates and times:
Thursday, April 2nd at 12:30pm (pizza lunch!)
Tuesday, April 7th at 7:30pm (evening information session!)
Place: Usdan, rm. 110 for both sessions

WesMaps 2014-2015 Has Arrived

For the countless number of you who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of next year’s course catalog – your wait is over. Wesleyan’s course catalog for the 2014-2015 academic year has been made public via the website which you all love, or love to hate, WesMaps.

Though, like every year, it might be hard to actually plan your schedule at this point, especially if you are hoping to take any of the many classes whose time-slots are simply listed as TBA. Additionally, even for those classes that have been scheduled, there still exists a possibility for change. But there are also classes which will certainly be added later, some of which might be taught by visiting professors, or be a last minute addition by the QAC.

But do have fun browsing. A sampling of next semester’s classes, as well as next year’s CHUM themes, follow the jump.

History Major Open House


From Shannon Welch ’14:

Do you yell at movies for their historical inaccuracy? Can you name all the Kings of England? List the battles of the Civil War? Love all things old?

The History Department will be having a Fall 2013 Open House TODAY from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm in the CSS Lounge, Fourth Floor, PAC. FREE FOOD! Come learn about the major requirements and awesome opportunities (and mostly surround yourself with other history nerds)

Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Place: CSS Lounge
Cost: FREE

American Studies Open House

From Hibiki Mizuno ’15:

You go to WesMaps American Studies and see a billion awesome courses…want to find out what the major’s all about? Come to the American Studies Open House! Thai food + apple cider + Italian cookies will be served!!

Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Place: Center for the Americas (Across from Fiske)

Romance Languages and Literatures Fall Open House

Scarlett Perry ’15 invites prospective majors to an RL&L Department Open House:

Would you like your undergraduate major to help you:

· Acquire familiarity with another culture on that culture’s terms?
· Acquire the kind of linguistic and cross-cultural proficiency required for 21st-c. life and careers?
· Put you into deep and meaningful contact with some of the most rewarding literary, cinematic, and visual texts ever created?
· Explore the past as it unfolds in France and the Francophone world, Italy, and Spain and the Hispanophone world, including Latin America?
· Incorporate study abroad as a key component of your studies at Wesleyan?

Pizza will be served. If you are contemplating a major in one of our programs but cannot attend the information session on October 28, please contact the appropriate major representative:

French Studies: Jeff Rider (jrider[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Italian Studies: Antonio González (agonzalez[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Hispanic Literature and Cultures: Octavio Flores (oflores[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Romance Studies: Michael Armstrong-Roche (marmstrong[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: 300 High Street