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Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Student Groups

This is an update of alt‘s 2014 post, which was an update of Q‘s 2013 post, which was an update of Syed‘s 2012 post

student activities fair

this is the annual student activities fair, where you can schmooze or, more likely, be schmoozed to your heart’s content

By the time classes start in just nine days, you’ll likely be successfully moved into your dorm, blissfully free from your parents, and finally finding the time to figure your shit out. Soon, you’ll realize that you have a little too much time on your hands — and you might want to fill that time with Organized Social Activities.

Thankfully for you, there are about 300 student groups at Wesleyan, so you have many, many options. Joining student groups is one of the best way to meet people outside of your dorm and in different class years. You could find best friends! Mentors! Something new about yourself! It’s all up to you.

As your Orientation Leaders, advisers, and basically everyone else including me will tell you — stick to the Rule of Seven. Each class you take, group you join, job you have, and any other thing you might do counts as one commitment, and you should try to have only seven full-time commitments per semester. With a standard four-course load, that leaves three spots for you to fill with whatever the hell else you want. That’s what this post is for.

Story Co-op Meeting

Sarah Corey ’15 has two first names:

Come share and listen to stories, eat, relax, and get to know new people in an open and friendly environment.

Story Theme: Transformative Moments. A moment/day/year/person that changed your life (or maybe just slightly altered it)

Sunday at 5 in the Usdan Multipurpose Room!

Date: Sunday, March 3
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: Usdan Multipurpose Room
Cost: Free

Consciousness Club Schemez

the doc

The doctor, Shivan Bhavnani ’13, is in:

Unwind and brainstorm meeting ideas for next semester. There’ll be free coffee, fried rice, and fresh fruit. Come through.

Date: Thursday, December 13
Time: 10:10 pm
Place: The House Left of Neon Deli
Cost: Free

CCYAL First Meeting of the Semester

Do you wish you lived in a Roald Dahl novel? Is Captain Underpants still your favorite book to date? Jill Tan ’15 invites you to indulge in your passion for children’s literature:

CCYAL is back! If you are a writer, illustrator, or just love children’s books, come join the Collective for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL@WES)! Work with other creative people and make your very own book at our weekly meetings, and come hang out with us and talk about the books you never stopped loving from childhood.

Illustrators, writers, and children’s book enthusiasts are all welcome. Bounce ideas off of your peers, participate in weekly free-writes, and experience what goes into creating a book. Hope to C-Y’AL there!

Date: Wednesday, October 24th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Shapiro Writing Center (167 High Street)
Cost: Free

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series: Student Groups

Extra points if you can identify this reference.  If you can't, you're getting to get killed, or worse, expelled!

Now that you know how to eat and sleep, and have realized that you have worse hand-eye coordination than a D7 athlete, what else is there to do? Student groups.  Beyond the necessities of living and academics, extracurriculars are fundamental to “the Wesleyan experience” (some might even say they spend more time and effort on extracurriculars than academics).  There are over 300 student groups to pick from, and many of them will be enticing, so choose wisely.

Consider the rule of seven: if you halve your years then add seven, you’ll have the youngest decent age for a partner you should only commit yourself to seven major activities in any given semester.  Each course counts as one, as do many jobs, sports teams, and student groups.  While every commitments requires a different level of time and energy, and every person has different capabilities, this is a good general rule to keep in mind.  Word on the street is that the rule has been spread on campus by Professor Joyce Jacobsen, but that can’t be confirmed.

While officially recognized by the WSA, Wesleyan’s student groups operate with a fair degree of autonomy and all have preferences for how do they choose to advertise themselves. While the diversity of expression might have its benefits, the lack of consistency also makes it difficult to find them.

First Meeting of the Wesleyan Story Co-op

Once upon a Foss, there was a freshman, a Long Island native named Sarah Corey ’15, who started a new club. “The Wesleyan Story Co-Op is like the Cheese Co-Op,” Corey declared, “but you don’t get cheese. You get stories instead.” And so it was: a new Wesleyan organization of talkers and listeners, showers and tellers, liers and truthers was born. A co-op of sorts, but not a co-op at all, because there are enough stories for all, and you don’t need to drop 60 points to get in.

The Wesleyan Story Co-Op will be holding its first meeting this Wednesday at 7, though the first story-share won’t take place until next Thursday, December 8:

Come to the first info meeting of Wesleyan’s newest student group! Wesleyan Story Co-op provides an informal setting for members of the Wesleyan community to tell stories.


Come by Outhouse tonight to discuss ways to get outdoors this weekend (considering the weather will be absolutely phenomenal)! Come by if you want to talk about snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowpocalypse-survival strategies, etc.

Where: Outhouse (132 High St.)
10 PM tonight

The Paperback Posse: Now Reading . . .

Last month we posted about a new book club on campus: The Paperback Posse, which was then reading Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49.

Reader-in-chief Alicia Furhman ’12 writes in with a new book selection, this one by a Wesleyan alumnus and faculty member:

The Paperback Posse, Wesleyan’s student-run book club, will be reading writer-in-residence Amy Bloom ’75‘s latest work, Where the God of Love Hangs Out. Pick up a copy and start it, then join in weekly discussions, Thursdays, 4:15 PM, Allbritton Cafe.

In other news, the year’s most bizarrely titled book, according to The Bookseller Magazine, was awarded to Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, for combining “…on the one hand… the typically feminine, gentle and wooly world of needlework and on the other, the exciting but incredibly un-wooly world of hyperbolic geometry and negative curvature. In Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes the two worlds collide in a captivating and quite breathtaking way. Other competitors included What Kind of Bean Is This Chihuahua, Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter, Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots, and The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

University Tees

Alyssa Rassi ’12 wants your club/organization/team/residence hall to look fab and organized:

Does your club/organization, team, or residence hall need custom apparel or promotional products? If so, you’re in luck! University Tees is finally here at Wesleyan. University Tees is a company that specializes in providing college students with custom apparel and promotional products in an easy and inexpensive way. The Wesleyan Campus Manager (Alyssa) will help you with all of your custom apparel and promo product needs. University Tees focuses on convenience for the client, so Alyssa can meet with students about product selection, design ideas, the ordering process, and more. She will also bring actual samples and catalogs to reference during the meeting itself. University Tees also strives to produce unique and high-quality items for all clients, so students can customize their designs based off of their own ideas and concepts. Professional artists ultimately turn these ideas and concepts into awesome designs, no matter how many revisions it takes. All apparel and products are always inspected throughout the customization process to ensure optimal quality, so clients can rest assured knowing that they are getting exactly what they are asking for. The best part is that the price quotes are all-inclusive, meaning that there are no additional charges for artwork, setup, screens, or shipping! Why not give University Tees a try on your next order? You’ll see how different they are from other companies in the market, and you won’t be disappointed. 20% off all orders placed this November!