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Ask Wesleying: Cope Confusion

Welcome to the fifth installment of Ask Wesleying, an advice column about any and all things Wes! Have a question about life at Wes? Submit it to get it answered in Ask Wesleying! You can find all of the Ask Wesleying columns here.

This week’s question is about the most mysterious housing option available to sophomores:

Dear Wesleying,

I recently heard about some kind of housing in the butts that sounds vaguely like cope (co-op? coop?) for sophomores. Something about living with 5 of your friends on your own little hall. Is this real? Is it a good option for sophomores? How the hell do you say it?

Cope Confusion

You can read the answer to this week’s question below the jump!

#ThrowbackThursday: Victor Dreams of Foss

Photograph of item held by Wesleyan University, Special Collections & Archives, Middletown, CT 06459


“A man watching his ideas becoming reality.” For a special Wesleyan #throwbackthursday, Wesleying brings you this beautiful, beautiful gift: a little bit of majesty, a little bit of history.

Make fun of the Butts as you will, but in 1965, they were a revolutionary addition to Wesleyan University, and the dream of Wesleyan’s longest-serving President, Victor Lloyd Butterfield. Originally constructed to house the College of Letters and College of Social Studies in an academic-residential cohabitation, the Butts didn’t become the dorms you see today until a 2012 complete renovationButterfield, as pictured above, also dreamed up the Foss Hill Dorms, which include WestCo, Nicolson, and Hewitt (which is why they’re numbered Foss 9, Foss 7, etc.)

But this photo from an Wesleyan Argus issue dated Saturday, February 5, 1966 was a throwback itself, because that day, the newspaper announced Butterfield’s resignation to the community and ran a retrospective of the president’s 23 years of service. Butterfield had announced in January to the Board of Trustees his plan to retire his post by June of 1967, and to the rest of the faculty in early February. So the Argus reflected on all the changes Butterfield had made to the campus, including these new dorms, creating the Center for Humanities (formerly the Center for Advanced Studies, which will be the subject of an upcoming Wesleying feature), building the Ph.D. programs, and making the school’s endowment skyrocket.

More importantly, whoever took and captioned this photo had a serious flair for the dramatic. Much thanks to the folks at Olin Library’s Special Collections & Archives for preserving this for us, some 50 years later. Now go out, fine classmates, and make the Foss of your dreams a reality.

With My Own Two Wheels

From Katie McLaughlin ’15:

Come see a bike powered documentary Friday Night in the Butt Hole! As part of the Earth Week Film Series, With My Own Two Wheels will be shown in in the Butt Hole – and it’s bike powered! This documentary follows five people from all around the world who are part of 5 different bicycle based nonprofits. Followed by a discussion led by the film’s director of photography Ian Wexler! Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, April 20th
7:30-9 p.m.
Butterfields courtyard
Cost: FREE + bike power

Some Dorms Down… Again

Receiving word that the Butts, Nics, WestCo, and Hewitt are down again. Other buildings may be out as well. This is independent of the outage scheduled for 3-4am tomorrow morning. Public Safety has confirmed that the four buildings mentioned are down, but does not know if this is outage was planned or not. If anyone has more info about this outage please write it up in the comments section.

[Edit 10:18pm] Clark Hall is also out (confirmed).

[Edit 11:19PM crash] The power will be out for at least an hour. Cause of outage isn’t known at the moment. Fayerweather, Usdan, Exley, Senior Fauv, Frosh Fauv still have power.

[Edit 11:36PM BZOD] Power is back on in the Nics. Also, a message from Public Safety around 10 PM tonight said that the outage would be fixed in “2 hours maximum.” Probably not planned, but the issue might have at least been resolved.

Summerfields Luau and Butts Open Mic

It’s getting colder outside but Summerfields and the Butts want you to hang onto these last days of fall before we’re all bundled up and stressed out. Come to the Summerfields Luau and Butterfields Open Mic night THIS Thursday!

Summerfields will be serving Hawaiian food (and hosting some fun games!) on their patio from 5:00pm-8:00pm. At 8:00pm there will be an Open Mic in the Butterfield Courtyard – this is totally informal and open to anyone, just show up and sign up! Snacks/hot chocolate provided.

Date: Thurs, Oct 7
Time: Luau 5:00pm-8:00pm, Open Mic 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Summerfields patio and the Butthole

BUTTSTOCK Performers Wanted!

Ariel Schwartz ’12 writes:

Does your musical group want to perform? Are you a DJ? Do you want to participate in an open mic?

On May 1, the Butts, 200 Church, 156 High, and Lawn Ave program houses will be hosting a block party with inflatables, food, games, tye-dye, and music. Come be a part of this great event by performing. Contact aeschwartz(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you’re interested.

Date: Saturday, May 1
Time: Noon – 5:00 PM
Place: The Butts

Rise and shine, Boon Tan’s outside your window!

Boon Tan decided to pay the campus a visit overnight… or, at least, his crudely constructed, laying-on-the-Butts-lawn self decided to pay a visit. We got an email this morning from “Boon Tan”:

Dear Wesleying,

I got news your readers were a fan of me, so I hopped a flight back to Wesleyan and am chilling in the Butthole. Come visit. You’ll see I haven’t changed much.

Peace Bitches

FYI: Boon Tan apparently has a Kodak CX6330 digital camera, and an email address whose domain is registered in Azerbaijan.

Give Butt B Back the World

Some jerk stole the large framed “What’s Up? South!” map off the wall outside the offices by the Butterfield B bridge over the weekend. What would a klepto-vandal even do with this thing? It’s been up there for years doing the humble service of reorienting the spatial perception of passersby, and now it’s going to be stuck in someone’s bedroom?

Apparently the map is also part of an important tradition for international students in which each new student puts a sticker indicating where they’re from on the map during orientation, and the last time I saw it the map was riddled with them.

If you’ve got any info about its whereabouts, email the Butterfields Area Coordinator at smbrown@wesleyan.edu (especially if you live in Butt B, since you might end up getting billed for its replacement if it’s not found).

Butts Coffeehouse

This Sunday also brings us a free Open Mic / Coffeehouse event in the Butt A Lounge. All of campus is welcome to attend and perform. It’ll be in the Butt A Lounge with snacks and tea provided! There will also be a keyboard available, with speakers.

Find out more at their facebook event.

When: Sunday, May 11th from 10 pm – 12 am
Where: Butt A Lounge

Eat Meat with the MEET Club

Ryan Brill ’10, on behalf of the club formerly known as Mankind Eating Animals Together:

The M.E.E.T. (Mankind Eating Everything Together) Club is having a barbeque in the Butterfield courtyard. Everybody is welcome to attend, and can buy cheeseburgers, sausages, or (for the first time) veggie burgers for $3 each. Take a break from studying and eat with us!

Date: Friday May 9th
Time: 11:45-3 pm, or until the charcoal runs out
Place: Butts courtyard grills