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“Hungry 4 Writers”: Aural Wes Seeks Aural Experts

Schuyler Stallbaumer ’12, MD, Wesleyan’s foremost Otolaryngologist specializing in aural health and diagnosis, seeks aspiring young aural experts and contributors for his site on the World Wide Web, entitled “AuralWes.org.” If interested, contact Dr. Stallbaumer immediately at hello(at)auralwes(dot)org. As the following solicitation will testify, he is “hungry 4 writers,” and this credit- and accolade-seeking whore is more than glad to help him find some:

As per usual, we need more solid contributors for this website. Unlike those credit- and accolade-seeking whores of Wesleying, we don’t put your name under each post, but we don’t want to discourage you from adding your own unique voice to a resurrected campus institution.

Writers should be plugged into what’s happening on campus (and outside of it) and be eager to add to our growing catalog of submissions. We’re trying to expand our offerings beyond event submissions—this means interviews, reviews of new releases from student bands/artists, and live concert reviews if you want. We also could use photographers, sound recordists, and anything else.

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE: send us an email at hello(at)auralwes(dot)org if you are interested! We would love to have you!

Contact: hello(at)auralwes(dot)org

Procrastination Destination: Masochistic College Student Completes Journey Through Hell

You think I’m kidding? The guy watched the movie “Julie & Julia” every single day for a year while blogging about it. If that’s not hell, I don’t know what is.

Remember Lawrence Dai from Zach‘s post last year about the blog, the Lawrence/Julie & Julia Project? For those of you who don’t, Lawrence is a college student at Northwestern who, in a moment of temporary insanity, decided to watch the movie Julie & Julia every single day for a year – that’s 365 viewings. The movie itself is about a woman named Julie Powell cooking all of Julia Child’s recipes within a year and blogging about it, so you can kind of see where he was coming from when he started this thing, although how (and whether) he maintained his sanity are still questions up to debate. 

Procrastination Destination Du Jour: Anagram Record Reviews

Students, professors, parents, campus possums, take cover: another finals week is upon. As tradition pretty much dictates at this point, Wesleying is committed to helping you procrastinate on the daily by procrastinating ourselveson the dailywith a new Procrastination Destination each day from here on out. So it goes. As always, you can send us your own suggested links at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org; we’ll post what we can.

Anagram Record Reviews, or “Warm Voices Rearranged,” is my first pick, which I think I picked up on Facebook from famed underground record reviewer and occasional YouTube celebrity Mark Prindle. (Mark’s own record review site is, of course, a veritable procrastination warehouse unto itself, but I’m not even gonna go there.) ARR follows through on its promise pretty well: each day of the work, it chooses a new album (the archives run from Alanis Morissette to A Silver Mt. Zion, Laurie Anderson to Liars) and reviews it in the form of an anagram using the record’s title. The Rolling Stones’ Dirty Work becomes “Wrinkly old sots rotting here.” Liars’ They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top becomes “Now, let’s hasten to hurl the atonal music in an unmarked crypt.” I think my favorite anagram record review is either Sun Ra’s Fate in a Pleasant Mood (“He has taped sacred incantations from Saturn. Alien keys, Ma!”) or Steely Dan’s Everything Must Go: “Yet these drug-loving men stay.” You can browse by artist or decade on the sidebar, check out the book (I swear, no one’s paying me), or read the FAQs. The disclaimer to readers is especially worth quoting here:

America, Occupied: Ezra Silk ’10 and Friends On The Road

From Argus to OWS: liveblogging (and touring) the Occupy movement with Wes ’10-ers.

Thursday, November 17. Two months since the OWS first occupied New York’s Zuccotti Park on September 17. (At Wesleyan, it seems like only yesterday.) The Occupy movement declares a “day of action”—across America, worldwide, and at Wesleyan, where a demonstration in solidarity with the Occupy movement begins at Olin at 4 PM.

Meanwhile, Ezra Silk ’10 takes on the Occupy movement firsthand: the former Argus editor and founder of Big Dog barbershop is is traveling around the country to write about the Occupy Wall Street protests and writing about it on America, Occupied, along with Ashik Siddique ’10, Gianna Palmer ’10, and Ryan Villareal. We’ve blogged about various Wes alums weighing in on the movement, but this is different. Silk writes:

Rothupy Wall Street: Roth on OWS, Education, Equality in Academia

“In big lecture halls, students can’t buy the best seats or arrange for extra help sessions with their parents’ checkbooks.”

Above, a group of Occupy Atlanta protesters link arms on Peachtree Street as city police move in to make arrests. Hours earlier, Mayor Kasim Reed revoked an executive order permitting the protesters to remain in the park. In Oakland, police resorted to tear gas and a stun grenade to disperse over 1,000 protesters marching on Oakland City Hall. In Lower Manhattan—where this whole party originated over a month ago—protesters continue marching through the streets “denounc[ing] for-profit healthcare.”  Wesleyan came, saw, and got arrested.

From DR’s Himanshu to Daniel Handler ’92 to Tenured “Claire Potter” Radical (newly hosted over at the Chronicle of Higher Education), a colorful grab-bag of WesCelebs have weighed in. (And really, what’s a party without Slavoj Žižek and Judith Butler?) So where’s everyone’s favorite BOF (Blogger Over Fifty) amidst the chorus—what’s Michael Roth’s take on all this?

Sexty Five Pearl Residents Blog, Are Sexty

Earlier this week we put out a call for study abroad blogs, from all programs and locales, of all shapes and sizes. What we actually received was a lil bit different: a captivating glimpse into the daily world of “five Wesleyan student doing a domestic program over on Pearl Street, sort of behind Russell House.” They are Caitlin Palmer ’13, Tobias Butler ’13, Anna Swartz ’13, Emily Black ’13, and Hilary Rappaport ’13. But together, they are Sexty Five Pearl. WHATUPPPPPP.

The adventures are beyond stimulating: sometimes they install shower heads, sometimes they make artichoke dip, but always they blog about it, and why not? They even have a doorbell! We spoke with Sexty-Five correspondent Anna Swartz and sought to learn more about what makes Sexty Five Pearl so goddamn titillating and sexty . . .

WSA Presidential Debate: Liveblogging like a Mofo

Hello there, Wes-folks. This is your main man frostedmoose, bloggin’ the WSA Presidential Debates live from Usdan University Centre. Now, I don’t particularly care about any of this shit (I’m going to write-in my vote for Kanye West, in the hopes that if he indeed does win he will come all the way here to Middletown, CT to person the office himself like a mon-stah), nor do I care for any of you meat-bags we here at Wesleying call readers. But I don’t have much work for the week, and my workaholism necessitates me to busy myself with something. So here it is.

UPDATE: This is your other main man, A-Batte. Because there aren’t enough good things on this campus I’ve had a chance to ruin, I’ll also be liveblogging in this post. Collaborative editing is going to be…difficult. Huzzah!

This post will update itself periodically after the jump. Yuhhhhhhhhhhh.

“Ayn Rand”: A WesCelebleying Spotlight

“Let’s face it, people on this campus are either addicted to Wesleying or pot, and I don’t smoke pot.”

If you follow this blog as neurotically as I do (and trust me, you don’t), you’ve noticed by now a commenter by the pseudonym of “Ayn Rand.” Unprecedented in the history of this blog, ze has carved for hirself a distinctive Wesleying persona, without so much as a WordPress account or a traceable identity. Every day, a slew of new Wesleying posts; and every day, usually without fail, one or two or three new comments by Ayn Rand” (my personal favorites can be found here and here and here), identifiable only by a consistent fake email address and a trademark brand of erudite, well-crafted snark.

I took notice. I became fascinated. Who is this “Ayn Rand”? Why does ze comment as “Ayn Rand”? What makes hir tick? In some ways, Wesleying comments are like the ACB—you can be as much of a bitch as you like, free from social repercussion. But unlike on the ACB, “Rand” shows us, you can construct your own recognizable internet identity, still veiled under that cloak of anonymity.

So I got into contact. Sort of. I asked hir to email me, from a pseudonymous email account, and answer a few questions, which ze obligingly did, while maintaining full anonymity. (Actual subject line: “Is Atlas Shrugging, or is it the weight of the snow and ice too much for him?”) “Rand” claims to be a current Wesleyan student. I never found out hir identity, but maybe I don’t want to. I have my suspicions, but I’ll keep them to myself. It could be my best friend. It could be the kid behind me in the Pastabilities line. It could be you. On some level, I realized, we’re all “Ayn Rand.”

Fine. I’ll stop. Full interview below.

Michael Roth is Probably Thankful for the Huff Post


for providing him with a blogging platform in which to expound on a brief list of things he’s thankful for. This is heartwarming. Wes-related excerpt:

Meaningful Work: I am so fortunate to work at something I really love to do. As a teacher, I see young people whose capacity for discovery and transformation is extraordinary. As someone leading a university, I marvel at how faculty and staff go beyond the call of duty to devote long hours to create a context in which students with diverse interests and backgrounds can find the best path for their own education.

Aww. We’re thankful for you too, President Roth.

Please have an appropriately academic Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for today?

Wait. Actually. Don’t answer that. Go eat. Here are some recipes I recommend.

Argus: Testing…1, 2, 3

Argus gibberishThe Argus has been accused of publishing gibberish before, but this is new:

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It’s also interesting to note that though the article seems to have been posted on November 24th (thank you WordPress-like URLs), the top left corner indicates that it was a part of the “JAN. 1ST, 1970 — VOL. , NO. 0” issue.

The best part may be the related content: in addition to a previous test, “Wesleyan Profs Help NASA Map Venus” (2009) and “Get HIV Tests at Davison” (2007) appear to be the best matches.

[The Wesleyan Argus]