From Phoebe Bodkin ’17:
Scott Beibin’s eco stage show– a bicycle-powered show — is a cross between Bill Nye and Whose Line is it Anyway. It features a home-built 3D printer that prints vegan snacks for the audience. His hope is to expose students to the vanguard of independent science research communities and to encryption and cyber security. The show features wearable technologies, like a gauntlet with screen/keyboard that controls the projections. Perfect for your 420 celebrations!
Funded by the Green Fund and WSA :D
Date: Thursday, April 20
Place: Lawn beside CFA if nice out, Crowell Hall if raining
Star and Crescent Restaurant Hours
LUNCH: Tuesday-Thursday 12:00-12:30
DINNER: Monday-Thursday 5:00-6:30
Located at Alpha Delta Phi House
First Three Freshman Eat Free!!!!
DINNER- Greens w/ Honey & Thyme Vin. BBQ Chicken or Tofu, Baked Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens
DES- Apple Spice Crumb Cake
An invitation from Marjahn Finlayson ’15:
A four day long event celebrating everything Caribbean! This year’s theme: Growing from the same banana tree, hanging from different branches. Join us for these events!
Convocation and Keynote Address
7 PM- 9 PM
Usdan – Daniel Family Commons
A discussion of the sociopolitical history which created the frame for the diversity in the Caribbean, in addition to the politics which influence the regulation of the natural resources and such. We will hear words from Wesleyan professor of theater, Rashida Shaw, as well as freshman speaker, Jamilia Simon, and senior speaker, Opraha Miles.
Some food will be provided. Semi-formal dress code.
7 PM – 9 PM
CFA – World Music Hall
Annual Caribbean heritage show. Performances of singing, dancing, music, spoken word and more.
From the very theatrical Grace Herman-Holland ’15:
Audition for this semester’s Theater Department faculty production, directed by Yuri Kordonsky! If you want to familiarize yourself with the play, you can read it here.
Auditions will be held in the East Room at the CFA Theater Studios on Saturday September 7th (12 pm-5pm) and Sunday September 8th (12 pm-5pm). Please sign up for one 15-minute timeslot on the callboard posted at the entrance to the Theater Studios in the CFA. Callbacks, if necessary, will take place on Monday September 9th (6pm-9 pm) and Tuesday September 10th (6 pm-9 pm).
Performances will be November 13th-16th.
Please prepare one memorized monologue of approximately three-four minutes in length.
This audition is open to anyone on campus, regardless of age, academic major, or theater experience. Please feel free to contact Yuri Kordonsky at ykordonsky(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or Grace Herman Holland gholland(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you have any questions!
Performing in the theater department production is a course, and all participants receive full credit. It is also a requirement for the theater major, and for a senior honor thesis in acting.
Date: Tomorrow, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th
Place: East Room at the CFA Theater Studios
Can you celebrate 4/20 without “protesting existing marijuana laws” on the hill?
The following article may be appealing to prefrosh who think all of Wesleyan is like this and are reacting like this, whether or not WesFest falls on 4/20.
Around noon on Saturday morning, as I took my first and nearly last steps out of Clark Hall on this most glorious holiday, the repugnant stench of weed began to attack my scent receptors. Walking by Foss on my way to Usdan brunch proved that I was already late for the party—the games had begun.
I had been proactive in my avoidance of the anticipated craziness. Not really, but it was a happy coincidence that we were planning a social program around my friend’s birthday, which was the day before. We had arranged for a projector and screen in order to play Super Smash Brothers Melee as a hall. Asking for the equipment and calling it a social program also got us money for pizza, which is awesome. Thanks, ResLife!
Thus, I left the dorm a second time, to get the giant screen and projector from Bennett Hall. This time I noticed the Whey Station chillin’ in the WestCo Courtyard and people baking in the sun on Foss (see what I did there?). I enjoyed the trippy musical accompaniment as I carried the heavy metal contraption back to my dorm. I entered Clark once more, never to venture out again.
Or, “Why You Are Actually In Love and Just Didn’t Realize It”
Yes, that’s President Roth ’78 gazing up at Clark Hall longingly in 1977.
Valentine’s Day seems to have gone out of fad. It’s a day to bemoan, moan, eat chocolate, buy into or cynically quip about commercialization of holidays, and generally feel bad about another year having gone by without finding that special someone.
But it’s time to give Valentine’s Day the justice it deserves.
Wesleyan is awash in couple celebration today. Wesleyan University Facebook posts like this, for “Love Bugs” alumni to tell their couple story, and Argus articles like this and this, about what to do if you are single or in a couple on Valentine’s Day, or Argus polls about nominating the sexiest single are symptoms of obsessive culture around a single/couple dichotomy. At a campus where we like to toss around words like “messing up the heteronormative patriarchy,” maybe we could turn an eye to the relationship one.
Because even if you’re not in love with someone, or even if your love is missing reciprocation, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate all of the love—all of it. It can be a day to honor, celebrate, and proudly blast the stereo over your head for the love that does not fit perfectly into the typical monogamous couple picture we all seem to be myopically stuck on. If your life does not match coupledom, you have not failed—you can still be happy, and it does not mean that you are out of love. If your life does, there are still some unconventional love valentines to be given out this year.
From Shayoni Nair ’13:
Are you trying to find a way to get more involved on campus? Want to take a productive study break? Come to our meeting and find out how YOU can help establish a Wesleyan sponsored school for girls in rural India and improve their living and hygiene conditions!
Date: Tomorrow, November 7
Place: Usdan 114
“The ultimate goal wasn’t to be able to chalk. It was to exhibit control over their environment.”
Ten years ago this autumn, President Doug Bennet ’59 sent out an all-campus email and banned chalking at Wesleyan for good. When I set out to mark the tenth anniversary of that Moratorium, I only meant to reflect on a heated and surreal episode in Wesleyan’s activist history and share the story behind a once-treasured campus medium that stills pops up every now and then.
Then this happened. And this. And this. And this Homecoming banner drop (which bears stark similarity to events described in the following interview). All of a sudden, chalking was in the news again.
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. What follows is an unexpectedly timely conversation with our first interview subject, Matthew M. ’05, who not only passionately fought the chalking moratorium, but went so far as to hack into President Bennet’s email and inform the Wesleyan community that the Moratorium was over. (Spoiler: It wasn’t.) According to Matthew, the chalking controversy wasn’t just about chalk. It was about widespread discontent over “fewer and fewer outlets for organized student autonomy”—a sentiment that brewed well past the fall of ’02 and culminated with over 250 students trapping President Bennet in his office in December, 2004. (No, really. Ask your older sister about it!)
The full interview is past the jump (it’s a long one), and the introductory post is here. Since he openly admits to perpetrating email fraud, Matthew asked me to withhold his last name. Our chalking Westrospective will continue later this week with another interview reflection.
Ten years ago, Doug Bennet ’59 declared war on chalk. In a multi-post series, we’re looking back.
On October 3, 2002, President Douglas J. Bennet ’59 sent an email to Wesleyan students, faculty, and administrators. It contained 335 words, but the message was brief: the chalking on campus, much of it sexually explicit, had gone too far.
The practice “undermines our sense of community and impedes substantive dialogue,” Bennet wrote. Though storied, “it is not a lofty tradition.” Plus, “there are more constructive ways to communicate.” With that, the president was declaring a moratorium on the practice. Temporary, of course. But indefinite.
A decade later, chalking remains banned.
With that single memo, Bennet set in motion the controversy that would rock campus that autumn, ten years ago this month. The chalking moratorium enraged queer groups, divided faculty (spoiler: they voted 44–8 against the ban), and inspired flurries of activism all over campus. (There was even a protest at a closed Board of Trustees meeting, recounted here and here. Its details are eerily similar to the occupation last month.) It spawned more Wespeaks than probably any single controversy while I’ve been at Wes, including need-blind. And it captured the imagination of the New York Times, who sent a journalist to cover the drama in a generous feature piece.
Remember all those shows we had on campus last September? Remember that excellent Wye Oak show? Remember when Dodos came? Remember Jeff the Brotherhood and Generationals and Amanda Palmer ’98?
Okay, forget about Amanda Palmer. That was kind of a fluke. The rest of those shows were the result of last summer, when Concert Committee began letting students propose and book shows over the summer to fill up the calendar for the early fall. If you’re interested in getting in on the action for Fall 2012, here’s Chelsie Green ’14 reporting live from Chelsea:
Due to a successful first summer, we’re allowing anyone with some prior experience in booking (though there may be some exceptions to that) to book a show over the summer for the beginning of the school year. Ideally, that would be the first weekend back in September, extending through the month of October. Unfortunately, we’re getting a really late start because of things out of our control and now are very much in need of proposals for September, especially. Only a percentage of our budget will be available and we’re functioning on a “first come, first serve” basis, just as we do during the school year.