So (soon enough) you’ll have made it to campus, moved into your rooms and covered every inch of your wall with posters, and begun classes. It’s all fun and exciting, but after the first week you’ll realize you have some downtime during those weekday evenings or on the weekends, and you’ll feel a yearning to fill that time with something fulfilling. It’s probably time to get involved in a student group.
Wesleyan has, on average, about 300 student groups active on campus every year, and it’s incredibly easy for you to get involved. Keep in mind, though, the rule of seven—seven major commitments per semester—which is a good way to balance your schedule to ensure that you still have a life. A class is one commitment, so four for a typical semester. That gives you three more activities to commit yourself to, whether they be sports or student groups.
A note from the great Syed Ali ’13:
COCO, officially the Community Outreach Committee of the WSA, wants your help. As a member of the Wesleyan community, you’ve inevitably spent some time thinking about it. What does membership in the Wesleyan community mean? How can can our cohesiveness as a community be strengthened?
We spend a lot of time thinking about such questions on COCO. These are the questions that we fall asleep wondering about, the questions we’re poking at when we trail off mid-sentence, the questions that keep us from hanging out with you all of the time. The six people on the core COCO committee, can’t do it alone. Neither can the two dozen total involved on COCO subcommittees.
We cover student groups, diversity and inclusion, spirit and events, and relations with Middletown. We want to know what you think.
All the best,
Syed Ali ’13
P.S. Want to know more about what we’ve done already? Check out our committee reports.
Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean you can’t try something new. Come to the 2nd Annual Spring Student Group Fair, with groups old and new. Dozens of groups will be on hand and excited to talk about their fun, exciting initiatives.
Pending weather, the Whey Station will be outside!
Date: Friday, February 08
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Place: Beckham Hall
Play music? The WSA’s Community Outreach Committee (COCo) is looking for bands and other performers to play at Bandfire. Bandfire is a kickass event at Foss Hill involving live music, fire pits, s’mores, and more. It’ll take place Friday, October 26 around 7PM. Check out coverage of last year’s event.
So come JaM At FoSs. We’re open and flexible about the types of performance. Let us know that you’re interested by emailing jmusinsky(at)wesleyan(dot)edu as soon as possible.
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.
Ready to put your student group out there to new and returning students this fall? Susanna Banks ’13, Assistant Manager of the WSA Office, writes in about signing up for the fall Student Groups Fair:
Registration is now open for the Fall Student Groups Fair! The fair will be held on Friday, September 14th, 2pm to 5pm, in the Huss Courtyard outside of Usdan. The fair is a great way to publicize your group and recruit new members. There will also be local vendors present with food samples to make for a great afternoon. Please note that space it limited, so register your student group as soon as possible by filling out this form.
If you have already graduated or are no longer the leader of your student group, please forward this email to the current student group leader.
Members of the WSA, including (potential) members of the Community Outreach Committee (COCo), will be there too, so bring any questions you have about being an officially recognized student group!
From Grace Zimmerman ’13, WSA Community Outreach Committee Chair:
The WSA is organizing a community event called “BANDFIRE” to bring students together for music and festivities on Foss Hill. The event is scheduled for Friday, March 30th, from 7-11pm, and we are seeking bands to play at the event.
If you or your band is interested and free to play for roughly 30 minutes, please email Grace Zimmerman at gzimmerman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Also let us know if there is any time that doesn’t work for you/your band between 7 and 11pm. Thanks!
From the man with the money (so, your BFF?), Cameron Couch ’13:
The Student Budget Committee (SBC), in conjunction with the WSA Office, The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD), the Concert Committee, and the WSA’s Community Outreach Committee (COCo), will be hosting a Student Group Financial Information Workshop from 5PM – 6PM on Wednesday (2/15) and Thursday (2/16) of this week.
On Wednesday, the workshop will be located in PAC 001, and on Thursday, the event will take place in PAC 004.
To better-inform student group leaders about the entire financial process at Wesleyan, there will be one or more representatives from each organization to provide a brief presentation. We will also be available to answer any questions you may have about creating and organizing a student group, applying for funding, drawing up contracts, reserving rooms and buildings, submitting reimbursement requests, and much more!
This is all about making the lives of student leaders easier. Come armed with questions, ideas, and a willingness to learn.
Sylvie Stein ’12 writes:
Do you like It’s Only Natural, Mikado, Tandoor, or Thai Gardens? Do you like paying less for delicious food? Do you like free snacks, friends, and fun music? Yeah, we thought you might…
The WSA’s Community Outreach Committee cordially invites you to enjoy all of those wonderful things at Cardinal’s Night on Main Street, tomorrow night from 6-9PM, beginning under the tents at 280 Main Street and ending at the restaurant of your choice.
How to get there:
1) Take The Ride! Every 15 minutes Wednesday night, The Ride will come by Hi Rise, Usdan, and Weshop to take you straight down to the tented area, where snacks and information about restaurant discounts will be given out, and student bands will be playing throughout the night.
2) Walk! Just head downhill on College Street until you hit Main Street, then take a left and turn into the plaza after the Police Department and before Amici Italian Grill. You’ll see balloons and hear music!
Restaurants offering 10-20% discounts include: Thai Gardens, Iguana Ranas, It’s Only Natural, Feng’s, Mikado, Osaka, Tschudin Chocolates, First and Last Tavern, Esca, and more! The music lineup includes Bones Complex, August West, It’s Chinatown, and Linus.
The WSA’s Community Outreach Committee and SALD are sponsoring the third annual WSA-SALD Leadership Awards! Nominations are due by this Friday, April 10.
These awards are intended to celebrate the outstanding achievements and work of undergraduate students in their co-curricular activities at Wesleyan. They will serve as formal recognitions of the passion, commitment, charisma, diligence, and invaluable contributions of Wesleyan’s student leaders.
Faculty, staff, community members, and students can nominate any current undergraduate student or student group for one or more awards. Students can also nominate themselves for one or more awards. All winners will receive an award certificate and/or a prize. So, take some time to review the leadership awards and nominate some students and/or student groups!
The winners of each award will be announced at the WSA-SALD Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 30 in the Daniel Family Commons, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. All nominees, as well as community members, are invited to this ceremony.
With questions, contact the Community Outreach Committee at COCo.WSA@gmail.