Your fridge was off for 48 hours (or more [sup, 200 Church]). Things smell funny. 48% of Middletown remains without power. Sniff ‘n taste is one way, but perhaps not the best way to determine what to keep and what to discard.
Click here for USDA’s definitive guide to “Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency.” Scroll down (down, more, more) for the chart. Here’s an especially important excerpt.
This is Dateline Wesleyan, reporting live from the Exley Science Center, where it’s approximately ungodly-o’clock. Live from the scene, Virgil Taylor ’15 is typing the blurb below:
Salutations. You may have received a bunch of emails today, pointing out that: “One perspective which has been neglected in the administrations response to the snow storm has been that of staff, and the unique needs staff face during disasters like this one.” A whole bunch of Wesleyan students got together and talked about that, and we are starting a whole bunch of stuff to fix that. If you missed out, or were in fact there, go to this link, join the Google Group and join the conversation. Thanks.
More formally: Many students are unsatisfied with the lack of measures taken to provide support or accomodations to the University’s staff during the storm and ensuing outage, especially in light of the administration’s work to resume classes tomorrow. Examples:
Many workers’ homes have lost power and will be without power for days and potentially weeks, endangering University employees’ shelter, food supply, and other basic tenets of survival.
Many university employees have children who aren’t going to school (public schools were closed for the week in Meriden and other nearby areas), and now must make tough and potentially costly decisions about child care.
Many workers face difficult commutes thanks to gas shortages, dangerous driving conditions, and other risks. Even those who do have power, like my boss, are forced to work long hours to fill duties others cannot.
Students have already begun to take action to support Wesleyan’s staff: the Exley supply drive is one of several actions being planned or already underway. Different groups are also coordinating the creation of a formal document addressed to the administration, outreach to the Wesleyan community (like this post) and the greater Middletown/Connecticut community staff are a part of, and working with the employees themselves to ensure that their voices are being heard. For more detailed information, get involved! Click through to see the email that inspired this action:
I’m sure that, whether you like it or not, the blackout is on your mind. In light of that (haha, sorry), here’s something that pertains to it:
Virgil Taylor ’15 is looking for pieces of our blackout. If you wrote something down or feel like doing so, send it his way. Or if you made an image, or are making an image, send it his way. You can email questions to vtaylor[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, but submissions should be sent to octoberblackout[at]gmail[dot]com.
Wesleyan is in the throws of a massive power outage! For any regular lunchers, this would mean the cancellation of carefully laid plans. However, despite the odds, Mark Popinchalk ’13 and Scott Greene ’13 have had their lunch, and ate it too. This week, Blackout Brunch at Usdan. Stay warm, and have a listen!
Lunchtime with Mark and Scott is an ambitious podcast about two college students eating lunch.
Apparently Hewitt just lost electricity again, although other areas of campus are still powered. Word on the street* is that the university is gradually switching from its own generators to Middletown power, so this is expected to happen. Power should return to these places by tonight.
Post in the comments if you lose power or have any other related updates.
(*actually from much more legitimate sources that I cannot specify)
UPDATE 3:01PM: There is actually some contradictory information out there as well, but it a call to Physical Plant reveals that they are trying to address any problems.
The Four Loko craze has captured federal attention, according to a recent New York Times article. The malt beverage, which boasts a robust alcohol content of 12% by volume and as much caffeine as a strong cup of coffee, has come under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration at the request of 18 attorneys general, including Connecticut’s own Dick Blumenthal.
Four Loko has become the subject of polarizing debate; legislators have accused its creators of dubiously capitalizing on the vulnerability of underage drinkers, whose preference for cheap, sweet, and highly intoxicating beverages is easily satisfied by a can of the souped up malt liquor. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Four Loko isn’t clearly marketed as an inebriant. Others contend that the dangers associated with the consumption of Four Loko are not clearly articulated by the companies or understood by consumers. Said Washington attorney general Rob McKenna, “You have a product where people don’t appreciate how much alcohol they’re consuming.”
And yet, that seems to be a huge part of the beverage’s appeal. Naive and victimized as they may seem, Four Loko consumers often acknowledge and embrace the risk of suffering from blackout episodes. There is a dangerous appeal, it seems, to getting your drank on for such little money.
Still others have forsworn the Four Loko entirely, repulsed by its fad appeal. The gastronomic criticism, “This tastes like death,” has also been leveled against the drink.
Four Loko has all the hallmarks of a love-or-hate phenomenon, and will probably continue to spur contentious debate even after the FDA has concluded its investigation. Until then, however, its judgment remains in the court of public opinion. Believe the hype, or don’t. Whatever you choose, abide by a precept that even the most unscrupulous of marketing companies strongly suggest: drink responsibly.
Unable to tolerate the dynamic synergy of caffeine and alcohol, this Four Loko consumer enters a vegetative state.