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Ampersand First Meeting

Sam Raby ’17 writes in:

Have you ever wanted to write comedy? Love Clickhole, Broad City, and other #currentpopularcomedy? Want to sit in a room with other funny people and make jokes every week? Join the Ampersand, Wesleyan’s only humor publication! We meet every Thursday at 4:30 in the basement of Allbritton. Snax and laughs will be #provided.

Date: Thursday, January 29th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: Allbritton, rm. 004

Ampersand Info Session


Coming your way from Sarah Esocoff ’15:

Have you ever wanted to write comedy? Love The Onion and Saturday Night Live? Want to sit in a room with other funny people and make jokes every week? Join the Ampersand, Wesleyan’s only humor publication! Snax and laughs will be #provided.

Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Time: 4:30–5:30PM
Place: Allbritton 004

Ampersand Magazine Meeting TODAY

From Emma Singer ’15:timesnewroman

Want to have your humor writing published?

This year, Wesleyan’s favorite weekly humor publication is expanding into magazine format! That means there will be a place to publish your funny lists/essays/satire/images/other things!

If you’re interested (and who wouldn’t be!), we’ll be having an informational meeting this Sunday, where we will discuss the process. No experience necessary!

We are looking for writers, illustrators, comic-makers, and Photoshop wizards.

Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Wyllys 110

Read & Write for & Follow the Ampersand


Emma Singer ’15 writes in with good news for funny people & a relevant photo & lots of other &&&s:

The Ampersand, Wesleyan’s ONLY humor publication, has a NEW WEBSITE. wesleyanampersand.tumblr.com will be updated daily, so bookmark it now! In other news, our first meeting of the year will take place this Thursday, September 5th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Allbritton basement next to Espwesso. We are looking for new writers, social media interns (Compose tweets that will be read by Carter Bays! He follows us!), & generally funny people. Contact Sarah Esocoff ’15 at sesocoff(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions & concerns & jokes. No experience necessary. Over & out.

Date: Tomorrow (Thursday), September 5th
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: the basement of Allbritton

Happy Birthday, Michael S. Roth ’78!

In celebrating President Roth’s birthday, we are sharing a timeline of his illustrious life.

Springtime is in the air and Foss Hill is alive with cheer on this glorious April day, a day full of historic occasions, none of them so grandiose as the 56th birthday of everyone’s favorite part-time university administrator and full-time historian of the history of psychological thought, Michael S. Roth ’78. While Wesleying is not privy to the full week of gala celebrations probably kicking off tonight with a Freud-themed costume party at the presidential residence, we do want to share in the cheer by looking back on President Roth’s illustrious life and career. Courtesy of Wesleyan Ampersand historians Piers Gelly ’13 and Benjamin Soloway ’13, here is a rough timeline of Michael S. Roth, interspersed with visual tributes that some of our readers and fans have sent in. (Some of the images are also via The Ampersand.) We have also changed our banner for the occasion.

Want to wish President Roth a happy birthday yourself? You can do so on Facebook, where he is, like, 92% guaranteed to accept your friend request. You can also do him the favor of fixing a “Citation needed!” alert for his date of birth on Wikipedia, which bans citing Facebook in articles. You can also follow him on Twitter or hit up his blog or read this Bomb Magazine interview or watch a video of him hanging out with Judith Butler.

A Wesleythanksgivleying Salute

Hunkering down on campus? Read this. Don’t read this.

Happy Thanksgiving, Weszzleyan. We encourage you to celebrate the day with an old classic, “Tryptophantasm.” Starring Sam Korda ’13, Solomon Billinkoff ’14, Eliza Forman ’13, and Stephan Stansfield ’13, it’ll have you feeling like you’re suspended in a sea of cranberry sauce for eternity in no time. Though you may feel that way anyway by the time you read this…

Staying on campus over break? Good for you, you studious studier. The Thanksgiving Break dining schedule is your friend. Consult it wisely. There isn’t much food to be had between now and Saturday (both WesWings and Red & Black are also closed until then), but Main Street is only a scant few blocks from your dorm. So is Marco’s Deli. Choose wisely.


Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you not to get up to any “funny business?” Well, fuck them! You’re in college now. If you’re of the humorous persuasion, come check out the Ampersandwe’re the Lehman Brothers of the funny industry, and the sub-prime humor-backed securities bubble is showing no signs of bursting!

We publish humor on the back page of the Argus every week, we make occasional videos, and we’re looking for new contributors, so come on down to the first meeting of the semester. Refreshments both sweet and savory will be provided!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 4:30PM
Place: 52 Home Ave.

Prefrosh Blind Dating (&!&!&!&!)

Local Alan Rickman understudy Piers Gelly ’13 sends word about a titillating event happening in Espwesso the Usdan Multiporpoise Room tomorrow for the benefit of you and your love-hungry prefrosh, courtesy of the Wesleyan Ampersand and the WSA:

Picture this. You’ve signed up to host a prefrosh, which seemed like a great idea at the time, but there’s only so many times you can say “All the people here are really into whatever they’re doing, you know?” It’s Saturday afternoon. Your prefrosh is done pretending to be too cool for the mid-day activities, and there are still a few hours until the real shit starts at 8. Fortunately, the Wesleyan Ampersand is hosting prefrosh blind dating!

Your prefrosh can meet other prefrosh in an intimate setting, complete with food and friendly Ampersand staff! This is great because they can really talk to each other, instead of just rattling off the whole Whereareyoufromiswesleyanyourfirstchoicewhereelseareyoulookingdoyouknowwhatyouwanttomajorin thing. BRING YOUR PREFROSH TO AMPERSAND AND WSA PREFROSH BLIND DATING AT TIME IN PLACE.

Date: Tomorrow, April 14
Time: 5:45 – 7:30 pm
Place: Usdan Multiporpoise Room
Cost: ain’t no cost for love, brah

Shit Wesleyan Students Say: “Someone Should Make a ‘Shit Wesleyan Students Say’ Video”

This meme is old as shit, so consider this the obligatory “SHIT ____ SAYS” video to end all semi-amusing obligatory “SHIT ____ SAYS” videos, or something like that. Thank Jay Benedith ’14 for the cinematic project itself, and while you’re at it, thank A-Batte for the tip—thank God someone on staff here spends his nights scrolling through the “Wesleyan” tag on Tumblr instead of doing work. (Also thank me for not making another fecal/oral joke while writing about “SHIT” videos. Believe me, I tried.)

I would be remiss not to mention that The Ampersand has already produced its own illuminating collection of “shit” Wesleyan “students” “say.” Its items include, but are not limited to: 1) “We should go chill on Foss”; 2) “Look, there’s Michael Roth!”; and 3) “Wesleyan is located in Middletown, Connecticut.” On point, guys.


From Eli Meixler ’13:

The Wesleyan Ampersand, the humor component of the Wesleyan Argus, is recruiting new writers, digital designers, filmmakers, Photoshop experts, knock-knock joke correspondents, and generally good-humored individuals. Want to size up members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference? Enjoy deconstructing the creative lineage of Post-Linus critical theory? Care to write the dirtiest jokes this side of 1996 while eating cheese with Matt Timons ’15? Still can’t tell the difference between Michael Roth and Michael Sloth?  Want to expose Michael Roth’s nipples and liven up your sex life? Is your name Rebecca? Want to make funny videos like this one?

The Ampersand is dying to meet you and your mother. Come to our recruitment meeting tomorrow, January 29, at 3:00 PM in the basement of Allbritton (right next to Espwesso). Email new editors Amy Block ’13 (ablock@wes) or Keelin Ryan ’14 (kryan@wes) if you can’t make it! Freshmen especially welcome.

And never forget the Four Humors: black bile (melankholia), yellow bile (cholera), phlegm (phlegma), and blood (sanguis).