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Posse Profiles: Ryan Poulter and Robert Mendez

Posse scholars on a tour of campus last July. photo from the Wesleyan Newsletter Blog

Posse scholars on a tour of campus last July.
photo from the Wesleyan Newsletter Blog

This is the second installment of a series of interviews getting to know the veterans in the Posse program, which helps bring veterans to schools like Wesleyan and Vassar. You can read the first installment here. The following interviews have been edited for clarity.

Ryan Poulter ’18 was kind enough to come all the way to SciLi on a Sunday to sit down for an interview with Dasha and answer some questions about his experiences as a veteran at Wes.

Posse Profiles: Bryan Stascavage and John Fought

photo from the Wesleyan Newsletter Blog

photo from the Wesleyan Newsletter Blog


Bryan Stascavage ‘18 in uniform

This is the first installment of a series of interviews getting to know the veterans in the Posse program.

Bryan Stascavage ‘18 scheduled our interview for 6pm on Sunday at the Usdan tables, so he would have enough time to talk before he attended the WSA meeting, where he sits as the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs Committee. Only on campus for three months, Stascavage has made sure that his voice and political views are heard. He also wrote an opinion column for the Wesleyan Argus. Some of his views, he admits, might not be the most popular on a campus as liberal as Wesleyan. “Somebody might hit me with a hammer,” he joked. No one has hit him yet, but if they did his US Army training might come in handy.

Daily Show: What is this, Wesleyan?

In last night’s Daily Show with John Stewart, after talking about how the United States infected Guatemalans with syphilis (USA! USA!), Jon and Senior Military Analyst Jason Jones talked about the army is reacting to fuel explosions.

Energy independence and environmental innovation.  Hardcore committed leftists.  Sound like Spicoli.  Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

Jones thought the same thing you did:

“I mean come on, is this the United States army or Wesleyan?!  The next thing you know they’ll have socialized medicine.”

Watch the clip “Green the Army Now” at around 5:45 to hear the shout-out.  It’s just as great as being singled out by Andrew Breitbart at the Tea Party convention last year.

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Army training base: public meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building a 25-acre military training center in Middletown. Where should it be built? How will it affect our community? Why is this happening? What can we do?

For those who want to experience the interface of Middletown residents and federal power firsthand, there is a public meeting Wednesday night at 6:30 at Mercy High School, located at 1740 Randolph Road. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, will discuss the site suggestions submitted to them by members of the Middletown community.

If you would like to attend and need a ride, please contact me as soon as possible at jlaselva@wes. Include your name and phone number.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Mercy High School (1740 Randolph Road)

Previous Wesleying coverage:

My Argus coverage:

Action-packed WSA meeting tonight at 7:00 PM

Tonight’s WSA meeting promises to be a hardcore, action-packed, must-see event!

  • Joe Bruno, Wesleyan’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be talking about student concerns over drop/add and course access. There is talk about making changes to the drop-add process, and we invite all students who have an opinion (bad or good) about the current system to attend tomorrow night’s meeting.
  • The WSA will also be discussing two proposed resolutions at tomorrow night’s meeting. The first relates to the proposal to build an Army Base at a greenfield location in Middletown. At last week’s meeting, Mike Pernick ’10, presented the WSA with a resolution that denounces the army’s plans to build on that location and asks the Wesleyan administration to take a stand on the issue. The resolution was tabled last week and will be voted on at this week’s meeting.
  • The second resolution that will be discussed tomorrow concerns divestment. This resolution relates to another resolution that the WSA passed last April, which urged the Wesleyan Board of Trustees to divest from two companies that were manufacturing weapons being used in Iraq. The resolution tomorrow is being presented by Kathy Stavis ’10, on behalf of Students for Ending the War in Iraq (SEWI). The resolution asks the Wesleyan Board of Trustees to vote on SEWI’s specific divestment proposal by the end of the semester.
  • Also, the first ten minutes of every WSA meeting are an open forum for student concerns. Any student or student group with any concern is invited to come and speak to the WSA during this time about any issue.

This thing is so big, there’s even a Facebook Event for it.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Usdan 108

In the Middle: Army base alternatives

The U.S. Army wants to build a 40-acre training base in the middle of the largest contiguous forest on the lower Connecticut River—only five miles from campus.

President Roth has something to say about it. So does EON. The WSA. And WesPeace, too.

Do you?

Educate yourself about the issue, then come to a Common Council workshop tomorrow night at City Hall. Bill Warner, Middletown’s Director of Planning, Conservation, and Development, will discuss the 2 to 3 sites that he has identified as being suitable alternatives for the proposed Army training base.

This is a great chance to show your support for Middletown residents, work toward the preservation of some of the most beautiful land in town, and learn more about the city’s plans to keep this 273,000-square foot facility out of Middletown’s rural Maromas region.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 21
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: City Hall

City Hall (I guess it’s technically called the Municipal Building) is only half a mile downhill from Usdan. Directions are available here.

Mayor, environmentalist to speak on Army issue

From the WSA:

Have you heard that the Army plans to build a new base on Freeman Road in Middletown, which is very close to campus? Want to learn about the environmental risks posed by the location selected for the base? Want a chance to make your voice heard on the issue, or do you just want to learn what all the fuss is about?

Come to the WSA meeting this Sunday at 7PM in Usdan 108 to hear the Mayor of Middletown, Sebastian Giuliano, speak about the Army Base. Also a representative from the CT River Watershed Council will be speaking on the issue and will share information about the environmental concerns.

There will be opportunities to ask questions to both speakers and there will also be a chance to submit inquiries directly to the Army.

As always, the first 10 minutes of the meeting will be an open forum for student concerns. Please feel free to contact wsa@wesleyan.edu with any questions or concerns.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Usdan 108

The WSA’s weekly update thang

This week’s installment of the hottest news from the WSA, as written by Robert Alvarez ’11:

The WSA was on fire this Sunday. Okay, bad pun, but Mike Pernick ’10 did give a presentation about Fire Safety, specifically the newly formed appeals board that gives students a chance to blow steam (again, bad pun, but I just had to). A whopping $3,500 in total was returned to students whose appeals have been granted. Another $3,300 in fines was returned to students who attended the Fire Safety seminars.

Apparently there has been confusion about what is allowed and what isn’t, so here’s a link to the Fire Safety website’s list of prohibited items.

Social Justice Day: Coming the week after spring break. Student groups can (and should) organize teach-in style events (along with professors) related to social justice, all funded by SBC.

Zip Cars: It’s a possibility, still under discussion. This is a system where students can have a timeshare on cars and use them as a community. Here’s a link for more information.

This week’s meeting is at the same time, and at the same place, as always: Sunday at 7:00 PM in Usdan 108. Dean Rick and Seb Giuliano, Mayor of Middletown, will be speaking.

The WSA will discuss the Army’s plans to build a training base here in Middletown—in one of the region’s last remaining grassland habitats. You should go and learn something about the community in which we all live!

Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Usdan 108

In the Middle: Common Council meeting tonight

There will be a meeting of the Middletown Common Council at City Hall tonight, to discuss the Army’s efforts to build a training base in town.

Resolutions will be submitted supporting the DEP’s efforts to acquire the Freeman Road property currently being sought by the Army, as well as the rest of the NU-owned land in the Maromas section of town.

For more information, check out this article in the Argus. If you want to attend the meeting with me, email me at jlaselva@wes.

Date: Monday, Feb. 4
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: City Hall

In the Middle: Army base meeting tonight

The public hearing on the U.S. Army’s proposal to build a training base in Middletown is tonight, from 5:00 – 6:30. Questions from the public will be answered, and the meeting is at the Common Council chambers at City Hall, which is down by the river, next to Route 9.

I’m headed down there tonight. If you’d like to go and invest yourself some more in Middletown, let me know and we can meet up somewhere. Email me before 4:30 at jlaselva@wes.