Yaaaaaaawn. Just another boring day in Middletown, Connecticut. Parents pull their cars up to WestCo, packing up mini-fridges and bedding as frosh frantically try to hide their drug paraphernalia. A chalked message is half washed away; only the word “bourgeois” is still legible. Red solo cups litter the sidewalk like insect corpses. But… suddenly… a noise breaks the silence on Andrus Field. bzzz. It grows louder. BZZZ. And that’s when… Brood II arrives.
What is Brood II, you ask? Brood II is the 17-year periodical magicicada clutch that will emerge this spring. Every 17 years, once the soil temperature at eight inches deep hits 64 degrees, the cicadas that have been gestating underground crawl to earth’s surface to reproduce. And then they die. And there are a lot of them. Billions of cicadas!
Nobody is exactly sure when this extremely disgusting and thrilling plague will hit — experts are estimating late May to early June in the Middletown area. With any luck, Brood II will seek fresh air in the days leading up to Reunion & Commencement (May 26th).
Feminist, artist, musician, and citizen of humanity Ally Bernstein ’13 is continuing the discussion:
How can we foster an inclusive and exciting music and arts scene at Wesleyan?
Recently, I wrote an opinion piece about the lack of female performers in Spring Fling (since then, Girl#$wag has been added to the line-up; shout out Emma Daniels ’13). Members of the band Whore Paint (hailing from Providence, RI) will be on campus at 4:00 PM to discuss their experiences and answer questions. All are welcome to come share and discuss strategies for fostering an empowering scene at Wesleyan.
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 4:oo PM
Place: Room 113, 41 Wyllys
Read on for Ally’s rundown of Whore Paint’s members.
Ally “Fuckin” Bernstein ’13 is warming up for her next Internet Club meeting with preparation for the Climate Justice
Today at 1 pm, we’ll meet at the University Organizing Center 190 High Street in Middletown for an Arts & Crafts Day, Skit Rehearsal, and discussion of logistics in preparation for the Climate Justice Circus.
We’ll need as many supplies as possible for props and costumes,
Signs and a “People’s Energy Plan” banner
Costumes for the following roles in the skit
1 Magician making climate change disappear
1 Natural Gas Clown
1 Incineration Clown
1 Elephant Handler
We are also looking for people to be in the skit. If you’re interested, please email If you would like to play a role in the skit, please email email@example.com!
Ally Bernstein ’13 is totally seapunk, and she’s starting a new club:
What do U use the Internet 4? Doing email? AOL? Playing computer games? Searching for information? If that sweet dial-up sound is music to your ears, come discuss the World Wide Web with a group of like-minded “Netheads,” at the first meeting of Internet Club this Friday. Tons of Wesleyan students have “homepages,” use chat rooms and search for interesting tidbits. It’d be a pain to bring your personal computer to the meeting, but it’s easy to bring your enthusiasm for all things Internet! See ya Friday!
To quote the Argus, “People are finding that once they start playing around, it’s really easy to get the hang of it. You just click in and out of pages.”
Date: Today, December 7
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: 82 Lawn
One time I ran into Ally Bernstein ’13 unexpectedly standing behind a farm stand at a yoga festival in Vermont. The girl likes to farm, and on Saturday morning, she wants you to join in the labor:
Long Lane Farm is one of Wesleyan’s most beautiful secrets, an organic student-run farm filled with growth and potential. There will be lots of opportunities to work on the farm this year, but Saturday mornings are the perfect time to enjoy the lovely autumn weather and play in the dirt.
We welcome everyone with any level of agricultural experience, and now is an especially exciting time to come out and lend a hand! The summer student farmers worked tirelessly and the farm is filled with ripening tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cabbage, kale, chard and more. We’re preparing for the first winter growing season in our brand new hoop house and providing produce for charities, the Middletown Farmer’s Market, and Bon Appetit (yes, there are Wesleyan-grown veggies in Usdan!). Students will be working from 10 AM to 2 PM, and we’ll be meeting at noon to discuss goals and ideas. Feel free to swing by any time.