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How to Destroy Higher Education

LIVE.Aid_RothA special Wesleyan event via wesconnect:

Join us for a talk in Memorial Chapel by Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University and author of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, about threats facing higher education today.

Date: Tuesday, Feb 3
Time: 7 p.m. – Talk; 8 p.m. – Reception & book signing
Place: Memorial Chapel


WeSLAM presents: Anis Mojgani in the Chapel


Anis Mojgani, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, is coming back to Wes! He killed it in 2010 and he’s back and better than ever. He’s authored three poetry collections was nominated for the National Book Award in 2011. His poems will make you feel things you didn’t know words can make you feel. Embrace the feels – come to this showcase.

WeSLAM Alumni Mike Rosen ’11, Josh Smith ‘11, & Nate Mondschein ‘12 will be opening and Tory Mathieson ‘14 and Will Fraker ‘14 will make beautiful music.

Check after the jump for videos of Anis performing and location info.

Wesleying GChat Recap: Stepkids Haul Time Machine Into Memorial Chapel, Transport Crowd to 1967

Easily distracted Internet musings on Friday night’s psychedelia

Photo by Rachel Pincus '13.

Opening up WESU’s much-hyped Spring Concert Series with a fuzzy bang full of wha-wha guitars and freaky visuals, Connecticut’s The Stepkids performed on Friday night in what may be the most psychedelic happening at the Memorial Chapel since the Už Jsme Doma performance in 2010. In the spirit of an old-school Wesleying tradition that has lain dormant for too long, we’re reviewing the show in the form of a Wesleying staff Gchat session. Eventually it devolves into a reflection on Linus, sausage grinders, and Scott Brown’s porn career, because obviously that happens. Read on anyway.

Photos below by me and Goatmilk.

Sakhioba Ensemble Concert

Nathan Shane ’13 would like to encourage you to come to the Chapel this Saturday to hear some beautiful choral music:

The Sakhioba Ensemble, a choral group from the Republic of Georgia, will be performing for free at 8:00 PM in the Chapel. There will also be a masterclass at 5:00 PM and a short lecture at 7:30 PM, in case you are interested in learning more about the Georgian choral tradition. Last, but certainly not least, Slavei, the Eastern European a capella group, will sing four songs to open the concert.

In Nathan’s own words: “I’ve seen Sakhioba perform, so I know this concert is going to be spectacular.”

Saturday’s full schedule is as follows:

5 PM: Masterclass with Slavei
7:30 PM: Pre-Concert Talk by John Graham ’03 (a Spirits a capella group alum and Georgian music fanatic)
8 PM: Sakhioba Ensemble Concert, with Slavei as the opening act
Where: the Chapel
Cost: $0

Facebook page can be found here, and the Ensemble’s official website can be found here. For more information about the Sakhioba Ensemble and a teaser video, look after the jump.

Atlas Sound Postponed Because of You Know What

Bring Dylan your ticket tomorrow for a refund.

Hoping to celebrate the end of Hurricane Sandy with Bradford Cox in the Chapel Thursday night? Bad news. The Atlas Sound show is postponed because of Sandy, but Dylan Bostick ’13 will be on hand in Usdan tomorrow to refund your ticket:

WAIT NEVERMIND. The show is being postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. He will not be able to make it up for the show. Instead, bring me your ticket tomorrow at Usdan and I will give you your $5 back. So sorry everyone, look for the show in December or January…

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 10 pm
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: $5

Visiting Writer: Tom Perrotta in the Chapel (CANCELLED)

Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12 is going to the chapel and he’s gonna get married on Wednesday night at 8:

On Wednesday October 3rd at 8 pm, Tom Perrotta will speak in Memorial Chapel.

Tom Perrotta’s most recent novels are The Leftovers and The Abstinence Teacher. His novels Election and Little Children were both made into acclaimed movies, and Perrotta received an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay of Little Children, which he wrote with director Todd Field. He is currently adapting The Leftovers into an HBO series along with Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of Lost. Perrotta has taught writing at Yale and Harvard, and published essays and reviews in Rolling Stone, GQ, and The New York Times. He also edited the 2012 edition of Best American Short Stories.

If you have questions about screen writing, adapting books into film, or getting published, come and join Tom Perrotta in Allbritton 311 at 4:15 PM for a Q&A!

Date: October 3, 2012
Time: 8 pm
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free

Edit: This event has been postponed until March 27.

In Memory of Pi(e) Day: A Sensory Experience of Sight, Smell, Taste, and Sound

Pi Day? Pie Day. It’s been 12 days, but it’s never too late to celebrate pi(e) day, says Alan Rodi ’12. Experimental Music students and pie-eaters, take note:

A concert in three movements of flavours.

$2 suggested minimum donation for a slice of pie; proceeds go to Brighter Dawns. There will be a limited number of slices available.

The piece is an attempt in making experimental music accessible. Inspired in part by In C, musicians will follow a score of a section of melodic passages around a shifting tonal center, but the means of getting from passage to passage is indeterminate and the only time marker is a single bell that rings between the three movements.

The concert runs exactly 30 minutes with an additional short intermission between the second and third movement for pie distribution. Note: scented incense and deliciously smelling pies will be used during the performance. Any additional musicians should please contact Alan Rodi at arodi(at)wesleyan(dot)edu and be prepared to meet an hour before the schedule time to briefly review the piece.

Aaron Peisner’s Senior Thesis Concert


Aaron Peisner ’12 understands the power of llama. He also wants you to know:

Come hear a concert of unaccompanied choral works by an assortment of composers from the past four centuries! Composers include Brahms, Monteverdi, Poulenc, Ligeti, Elgar and more. We’ll also be performing a new piece I wrote.

Where: The Chapel
When: Saturday, February 18th at 7:00 pm
Cost: Free!

From Eastern Europe with Love

Julia Michaels ’12 wants to sing. To you! On Valentine’s Day! In foreign languages:

Looking for a way to tell that special someone how much you care?? Join your favorite Eastern European a capella crew for an evening of love songs in languages you probably don’t understand! We will make the Chapel resonate with our mighty voices. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You will see Rob “The Woofer” Hallberg ’14 woofing like only he can do. You will feel significantly more hearty when you leave than when you arrived!

Come on, though. What else do you have to do? Go on a date?

Place: Memorial Chapel
Time: 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free


Some Wes concerts are meant for the Memorial Chapel. “Otherwordly chanteuse” Julianna Barwick honed her ethereal vocal performances in rural Louisiana church choirs, so it’s perhaps no surprise. Eventually she moved to Brooklyn and began looping vocal tracks upon vocal tracks, crafting swelling, ethereal layers of angelic self-harmonization. This is the culmination of that sound.

If you missed the vocalist’s ghostly and all-too-brief performance Thursday night in the Chapel, here’s a taste from the encore. Not pictured: cops, naked 50-year-old men.