Catherine Maclean ’14 writes in about a student group discussion happening this Thursday night. There will be free food:
Join members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights for dinner and a lively conversation about the politics, history, and controversies surrounding language used to talk about disabilities and people with disabilities. Information about disability services will also be available. Afterwards, students with disabilities will be available to discuss their experiences on campus. All are welcome! Dinner will be provided.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Place: Clark Lounge
“If you think we’re crazy over the last few days, just keep in mind that we’ve kind of been homeless.”
As classes resume, as many (though far from all) campus houses light up with full power, and as we return to what President Roth calls “the normal rhythms of our educational mission,” one group of increasingly manic refugees continues bearing the aftereffects of the storm, living on the boundaries of sanity and shelter in the Clark Lounge.
They are the residents of 200 Church—the lively group of freshmen forcefully evacuated from their house on Tuesday afternoon—and they’ve been occupying the dorm lounge ever since, sleeping on couches and floors, 10 or 15 to a room. “I used to think it was great that all of my friends are in 200 Church, living in my house,” one resident told me. “But now it’s a problem. Because I have nowhere else to go.”
BZOD and I stopped by Camp TwoHo last night during our late-night drive through campus to investigate where power has (and has not) been restored. It’s a surreal scene. Students are red-eyed, exhausted, trying to remain positive. Clothes, laptops, food wrappers, banana peels are strewn indiscriminately throughout the living space. Conversations descend into manic laughter. Bitterness pervades the room as the surrounding campus returns to normalcy. So this is what “alternative housing” looks like. When will these frosh get to go home?
Submitted by Jisan Zaman ’12:
What are you this doing Friday night?! Come spend it with Dustin and Tom. Bring and/or send your pre-frosh.
Free popcorn and snacks will be provided.
- Date: Friday, April 15
- Time: 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM
- Place: Clark Lounge
- Cost: Free