Tag Archives: animals

Encounters with Wild Animals: The Initiation

Over my first few weeks at Wes I’ve had some pretty wild encounters with some captivating, deceiving creatures. How did I get myself into this? Well, it all started with a small, innocent baby rabbit staring at me with the most innocent gaze — “wow,” I said out loud, “Wes is wild” (*scares rabbit away*). Little did I know that the whole force of nature would prove to me that we are, in fact, not alone in this campus.

Over the next few days, I had encounters with tarantula-size spiders in my bed, a group of around 15 bees (not very happy with my presence), a very sketchy rat and a partially bald black squirrel. Oh, and, by the way, I was also chased by a skunk up to Olin.

I found some comfort, however, in knowing that I am not alone in this situation. For instance, out of nowhere, I heard somebody screaming down my hall, and when I arrived, the girl, whose name is to remain undisclosed, said: “You don’t understand! The moth came AT ME!” She then continued by describing the moth’s intentionality in “attacking” her.

Later that week I started to hear more stories from several people who had similar or worse experiences of this nature, like ending up in the hospital after a baby squirrel imprinted on them (don’t ask how). After hearing all those stories, I just feel better. I have no idea of what my next encounters with the wild are going to be like, but at least I know that animals are not conspiring against me, or, at least, not exclusively.

If you have any stories of encounters with wild animals at Wes, tell us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org or our tipbox!

Procrastination Destination: Cute Animals in a Livestream. What more could you ever want?

(kitab posted this pic bc it’s too cute not to share)

Today I learned that there is a website dedicated to streaming animal cuteness, and proceeded to lose 2 hours that should have been spent writing a paper.

You can choose to watch sloths, kittens, penguins and even cockroaches.

Proceed with caution, and only if you do not value your time.

My only qualm is that they have yet to dedicate one to squirrels. Although, attaching a GoPro to my head and following squirrels on campus might become a reality in my near future.

http://www.apl.tv/

Film Series: The Lobster

2015. Greece/UK. Dir: Yurgos Lanthimos. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz. 118 min.



A newly divorced schlub has forty-five days to find a new partner at a single’s retreat or else be transformed into an animal of his choosing. Dogtooth auteur Lanthimos builds on his far-out premise in unexpected ways, constructing an absurdist parable about love that’s deeply unsettling yet surprisingly human.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Wesleyingiversary: Samira Says ‘Sup

Wesleying is “A student life blog run by a bunch of people in their underwear who have nothing better to do.”

samira

Samira liked her post about the concert on the WestCo skybridge. I wish there were more concerts on the WestCo skybridge.

This is part of our series of Wesleyingiversary interviews. You can find the rest here.

You know those alums that tell you cool stories about posts about videos of animals eating other animals outside of your Freshman dorm? Fuck, why did I start this post with a question.

Samira and I talked on Facebook Messenger for Wesleying’s 10 year anniversary. She wrote over 500 posts on the blog, including letting all of campus know that the one-and-only Tallahassee Pain would be performing at Wes for Senior Week 2k15. We talked about the state of media, changes in campus discourse, and jade plants in neon green pots.

Procrastination Destination: Cute Baby Animals

Has the impending doom of finals got you down? If you answered no, give it a few hours. But if you answered yes, you have come to the right place. I am sure on this last day of reading period all of our brains are so fried we are unintentionally acting as a homing beacon for wild critters to nest in our hair. So, it is time to turn on the adorable baby animals videos.

Gallery Talk—“Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight—Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker”

animal_eventFrom the folks at the CFA:

Curated by Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In contrast to the viral images of “cute” animals that fill digital spaces, photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other animals.

Ms. Leshko’s “Elderly Animals” presents unusual sights—the sometimes fierce, sometimes gentle dignity of aging farm animals who are rarely seen at the end of their natural lifespans. For his work “Captive Beauty,” Mr. Noelker spent nearly a decade visiting over 300 zoos all over the world and photographically captured the beauty, the dignity, the loneliness, and the absurdity of the animals we keep in artificial environments.

Date: Friday, September 26
Time: 4:30-5:30 PM
Place: Zilkha Gallery

Man in Gorilla Costume Chased Giant Banana Around Foss Today, Claim Eyewitnesses

We didn’t witness this mischief, but our Foss Chill correspondents report from the front lines.

“Man in gorilla costume chases banana across Foss, runs behind Usdan, comes back and three bananas are now chasing him!” wrote an unsuspecting bystander. “It was epic. The bananas tackled the gorilla at the bottom of the hill!”

Adam Johnson ’14 sent in some cellphone-quality photographic evidence. Have pictures or video of your own? Direct them to us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

Welcome to Wesleyan, prefrosh. Have fun, but know your limits.

WesFRESH Survey

Veggie+TalesBecca Wilton ’15 wants to make sure you don’t pull a “Groundhog Day” with this survey, but would very much like to hear your opinion:

DO NOT TAKE THIS SURVEY MORE THAN ONCE.

This survey is part of WesFRESH’s ongoing food activism work on campus. Its intention is to give us an understanding of what kind of changes students would like to see in their dining experience so that we can tailor our work to you!

Follow this link to our live form.

Last spring, Wesleyan signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, pledging to improve campus dining and spend at least 20 percent of Wesleyan’s dining budget on “Real Food” by 2020. “Real Food” is defined by the Real Food Challenge as food in one or more of the following categories: local/community-based; ecologically sound; fair for workers; humane for animals.

If you would like to get involved, we’d love to have you! Shoot us an e-mail.

Deadline: February 6th
Contact: rwilton(at)wes

Photo Evidence: Therapy Dogs Come to Zelnick

Puppies on Fountain, puppies on Vine, puppies on Warren, puppies on Pine. Puppies on Hodgekiss, puppies on Hodgekiss, puppies at the corner of Wyllys and High. Puppies with us and puppies with them, puppies at Zelnick at 4 p.m.

Okay, they weren’t technically all puppies, but the parody doesn’t work so well otherwise. Bringing the best new event to Reading Week since chronic lung damage, Holly Everett ’15 and the rest of Sign and Writing Houses seemed to think student stress levels warranted bringing “6 lovely, cuddly dogs” to campus for pet therapy. The dogs hailed from Tails of Joy,  a nonprofit affiliate group of Intermountain Therapy Animals based in Manchester, Connecticut, and they chilled in Zelnick for two hours on Saturday, greeting gushing Wesleyan students and generally acting like adorable, meticulously trained therapy dogs.  A few images from the historic interspecies mingle appear below.

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Breaking: Luna Moth Found Outside SciLi

Apparently there is a world outside of SciLi, and it’s rich with wildlife sightings. Put down your Orgo textbook and set aside the annotated bibliography: Jessica Titlebaum ’14 has breaking news:

This Luna moth was found outside SciLi this morning! Will most likely rest here until night time when it will seek out a female. What a beautiful sighting.

Here’s another angle of the Luna moth. In semi-related Wesleyan wildlife news, the mysterious Wes Squirrels Facebook has become impressively active this month in the wake of the Great Sam Lyons ’12 Squirrel/Vulture Affair of 2012. Squirrels’ Facebook interests include “finding your acorn,” “eating acorns,” and “tree  climbing.” Here’s a small gallery of recent squirrel sightings, many of which appeared originally on the University’s photo Tumblr. In most photos, the squirrel is not being picked apart by a fucking vulture. (I didn’t take these photos; I’m just scrolling through the squirrel’s tagged photos.)

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PS: If anyone spots the LoRise possum (or hir Exley friend), give hir a hand with hir social media presence. It’s lacking.

PPS: This is probably an appropriate time to remind you to follow @common_squirrel on the Twitbook.