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Information Session: #ServeUpChange with FoodCorps

Join FoodCorps

Interested in food,  environment, health, or social justice?

Join FoodCorps: Become part of a network of leaders connecting kids to real food and helping them grow up healthy!

Get paid for a yearlong adventure:

  • Teaching children about food
  • Building school gardens
  • Changing what’s for lunch

Join FoodCorps and get a living allowance, health insurance, training, mentorship, job skills and a network of lifelong friends—while you jump-start your career and make the world a better place.

Hear from Ruthie Lazenby ‘10, now serving right outside of New Haven, CT, FoodCorps Connecticut fellow Chelsey Hahn, and FoodCorps Communications Coordinator Syed Ali ‘13, about how FoodCorps serves at the local, state, and national levels.

Apply before March 31st to #serveupchange.

DateMonday, February 16
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
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Daniel Handler ’92 Reads at Russell House

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Bestselling author Daniel Handler will read from his new work on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required. A book signing will follow the reading and books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents.

Daniel Handler’s newest novel is the highly-anticipated We Are Pirates, which Bloomsbury will publish in February 2015 and Neil Gaiman describes as “honest and funny, dark and painful.” He is also the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your MouthAdverbs, and, with Maira Kalman, Why We Broke Up, which won the Michael J. Printz Honor. His criticism has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Believer.

As Lemony Snicket, he has written the best-selling series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than 60 million copies. Snicket is also the creator of several picture books, including the Charlotte Zolotow Award–winning The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen, and 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy, illustrated by Lisa Brown.

Date: Thursday, February 5
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

On the Record with President Michael Roth: Sexual Assault, Frats, Need Blind

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Beginning this semester, Wesleying will hold semi-regular meetings with President Michael Roth to ask all the questions about Wesleyan University that we have wanted, but never previously had the chance, to ask him. We have quite a bit of catching up to do. As Thursday, Nov. 20 was the first of these meetings, editors Samira, kitab, and Gabe, with input from Wesleying staff, used our time to ask a variety of questions about relevant issues from the past few years. As per their request, we informed the President’s Office beforehand on the general topics we wished to cover.

Our half-hour conversation, which we are posting here in its entirety, covers sexual assault procedure, coeducation of residential fraternities, fundraising, the endowment, need-blind admissions, and academic programs. This interview was edited for clarity.

I Am Melanie: This is My Story

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Trigger warning: This post discusses sexual assault and harassment. Below is a direct response to the recent Buzzfeed article on the current lawsuit against Wesleyan University.

I’m Melanie. At least, that’s what “Kevin” called me on Buzzfeed. In his lawsuit against the University, I’m simply Jane Doe. Jane Doe #1, to be precise, one of three who came forward against him.

I could have told this story before—when it first happened, or when I reported Kevin, or when I first heard that he was starting a lawsuit. But it wasn’t a story I wanted to tell—I didn’t even want to report what he did. What he did to me was shameful, and felt like a reflection on me. But now, he has told his version of the story—his victim-blaming story, in which he did no wrong, but was instead the target of a secret conspiracy. I can’t speak for the other women who reported him, though he lied about them, too. I speak only for myself.

On Buzzfeed, Kevin writes off what he did as drunk texting. He notes that when he texted me that night after midnight, drunk out of his mind and trying to hook up, he called me “babe” and “slut.” He says that, afterwards, I told him “we can definitely put it behind us.” Those things are true, but they’re not the whole story.

This Week in Daniel Handler ’92

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You probably know him better as Lemony Snicket (author of the incredibly successful A Series of Unfortunate Events books), but Wesleyan alum Daniel Handler ’92 has been in the news quite a bit for the past week or two. The downside? It hasn’t always been in the most positive light.

So, let’s break it down.

Male Student Files Title IX Lawsuit Against Wesleyan

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Earlier today, Buzzfeed writer Katie J.M. Baker posted an article about how students found guilty of sexual assault by their universities are hurt by the judicial system too. The article features an unnamed male Wesleyan student now suing the college under Title IX. According to the lawsuit, which can be read in full here, the student is suing:

…due to the actions, omissions, errors, and the flawed procedures, and/or negligence and overall failure to provide Plaintiff with an expected standard of due process, concerning the wrongful allegations of sexual misconduct made against John Doe, a male, graduating senior student at Defendant Wesleyan in good standing, and a respected member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly and a fraternity brother, with an otherwise unblemished record.

The article also makes it clear that the unidentified male student is not suing the women who accused him of sexual harassment and assault, but rather suing the university itself for a poorly conducted hearing and lack of due process.

In the Heights

heights_eventFrom CFA staffer Andrew Chatfield:

“In the Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

With book by Wesleyan’s Distinguished Shapiro Professor of Writing and Theater Quiara Alegría Hudes, “In the Heights” is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for “Best Musical,” “Best Original Score” (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Theater ’02), “Best Choreography” and “Best Orchestrations” (Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, Music ’02). The Wesleyan production is a collaboration between the Music Department and Theater Department, directed by Associate Professor of Theater Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, with music direction by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

Dates: Wednesday, November 12 through Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8pm, and Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2pm and 8pm
Place: CFA Theatre
Cost: $15 general public; $12 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, Middletown residents, $7 all students

Screening of AFTER TILLER plus Q&A with Filmmakers

From Becca Waxman ’16:

Clinic Escorts, the Doula Project, Rho Epsilon Pi, and the Film Series are excited to announce:

The free screening of AFTER TILLER on Monday, March 31st at 8pm in Goldsmith Theater.

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the U.S. who provide third-trimester
abortions. Directed by Wesleyan alumni Martha Shane ’05 and Lana Wilson ’05,After Tiller depicts the stories of these four doctors who are fighting to keep this service available and the incredible risk and struggle they confront on a daily basis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Martha and Lana.
Watch the trailer here: http://aftertillermovie.om/

 

Date: Monday, March 31st

Time: 8:00 pm

Place: Goldsmith Theater

Bioethics at the Pediatric Bedside, Round III

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The wonderful Swetha Mummini ’14:

Dr. Rauch, a pediatric hospitalist, returns to campus this spring to facilitate another lively conversation about some of the difficult ethical concerns physicians face in daily practice, inviting you to think through with him some challenging cases. Snacks provided and all are welcome.

Dr. Rauch is Associate Director of Pediatrics at Elmhurst Hospital, a NYC public hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Wesleyan and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the editor, along with Dr. Jeffrey Gershel, of Caring for the Hospitalized Child, recently published by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine.

This event is part of the Reality Check series, presented in a partnership between AMSA and the Career Center.

Date: Thursday, March 27th
Time: 6:30pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 115
Cost: Free

Volunteer at the Shasha Seminar on “The Novel”

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Shapiro Creative Writing Center Director Amy Bloom ’76 wants your help:

Volunteers needed for the 2014 Shasha Conference for Basic Human Concerns on Saturday, April 5th.

We are in need of student volunteers to direct registrants and accompany speakers. Contact Senior Fellow Izzy Rode at irode[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information!

Website here.