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Reflecting on Dr. Ford: Student-Centered Gathering for Support and Solidarity

From a whole bunch of groups/offices around campus:

This week of testimony and media coverage has been painful for many individuals across campus. We invite you to gather as we hold space for anyone looking to process, vent, grieve, or speak our truths.

Reflecting on Dr. Ford: Student-Centered Gathering for Support and Solidarity

Tuesday, October 2, from 4:15pm – 5:15pm in Downey Lounge (294 High Street)

An optional gathering for survivors will follow from 5:15-6:00pm in Downey 200

This gathering is hosted by ASHA, SFCC, WSA, Title IX Student Advisory Committee, Survivor Advocacy and Community Education Office, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Counseling and Psychological Services.

If you are looking for emotional support during this challenging time, please reach out to any of these confidential resources:

Date: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 4:15-5:15 for everyone, 5:15-6:00 for survivors
Place: Downey Lounge, Downey 200
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Eight Crazy Nights: Chanukah with the Wesleyan Jewish Community

An invitation from Isabel Fattal ’17:

The Wesleyan Jewish Community invites you to celebrate Chanukah! There will be a variety of ways to celebrate throughout the week. We encourage people of all backgrounds to join us for as many activities as they’d like!

Dates: Monday, December 7th through Sunday, December 13th
Various times, places, and activities. For details, check out the Facebook event page HERE.

Read on after the jump for a schedule of events:

The Big Draw: Middletown

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The Big Draw is back! An invitation from the Friends of the Davison Art Center:

This interactive day invites the community to celebrate drawing in all its forms with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists.  The event is organized to encourage creativity, exploration, invention and fun with activities that break down the “I can’t draw” mindset and celebrate the visual arts.  The event is free and open to the public: adults, students, and children ages five and up.

Click after the jump for a full list of workshops, including a Model Marathon, Sumi-e ink drawing, face painting, zine making, and more. Also check out the program and FB page.

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall, Art Workshops, Davison Art Center, and CFA Green

Reflections on the Recent Hospitalizations, Arrests and Wesleyan

This post is the first in a small series of reflections on the recent events on campus, to be published over the next few days. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach out to us.

I am writing this in response to the traumatic and overwhelming events that have happened over the past few days – the hospitalization of a dozen students and the arrest of four others, as well as the media and institutional reactions. I hope that this can be a space of positive dialogue and solidarity, where we share our thoughts and reflections with compassion and humanity. I hope to counter the intense and destructive negativity and inappropriateness of some of the language being used to address these events in our own community, in person and online, in the media portrayals and in the administration’s emails. These events remind of us of the importance of fostering a supportive community, one that we must build on our own, as the student body.  These thoughts hope to help support that process of reconciliation, healing, and empowerment.

Banner Dropping the “T” Word

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A couple days ago, a series of banners were displayed in Usdan urging students to not to use the word “townie.” The banners are part of an effort by the Middletown Wesleyan Relations Committee (MWRC) to work towards their wider goal of “expanding and strengthening the Middletown-Wesleyan relationship.”

The word “townie” is often thrown around on campus when referring to Middletown residents, often with negative connotations. I spoke with Haenah Kwon ’17, a member of the MWRC who worked on the banner drop, to learn more about the current campaign. She explained that the banner drop was an effort to start a discussion:

Freedom Summer: Rolling Concert and Symposium

In the summer of 1964, over 1,000 volunteers from across the United States – many of them college students – traveled to the Deep South as a part of Freedom Summer, or the Mississippi Summer Project, to assist local civil rights workers in getting black Mississippians to the voting polls. Despite intimidation and violence from the white population, police, local authorities, and the Ku Klux Klan – including the murder of at least three activists – Freedom Summer organizers increased voter registration among African Americans, called attention to disenfranchisement,  and influenced the course of the Civil Rights movement.

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, and Wesleyan welcomes the community to celebrate the occasion together with a weekend of music, panel discussions, reflections from alumni, and more. Details after the jump:

Go for Perfect, Wes

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As I contemplate my impending graduation in a matter of hours, I find myself wondering what Wes will be in the next semester and beyond. What should Wes be?

Wesleyan is not a perfect place, and only our Admissions brochures pretend that that’s the case. We’ve got problems, big problems. We’ve got deep, meaty, institutional problems. We’ve got acrid, calcifying, traditional problems. We’ve got murky, messy, cultural problems. For the moment I’ll let you define precisely what those are–the point is, Wes is not a perfect place. We all spend days here unhappy, frustrated, hurt. And by and large, we try to change that.

That’s a long, lonely road, but a good one.

Third Annual “The Big Draw—Middletown”

Join the third annual campus-wide community celebration of drawing. The Big Draw features several drawing workshops, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Davison Art Center, the Wesleyan University Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, artstogo.org. For more information, please call 860-685-2500 or visit Davidson Art Center website.

Date: Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Place: Davison Art Center

Local Round-Up: Obama, Artists & Cougars Visit CT

Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition

If you’re on or near campus for break, now is a great time to check out the various cultural venues around town. The Buttonwood Tree’s calendar is well-stocked with music and art shows – such as the ongoing “Through Her Eyes” Collective Women’s Art Show and the Sean Clapis concert on March 15 – in addition to free yoga and a Poetry Potluck. You can also support the city’s budding artists by touring the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition at the CFA’s Zilkha Gallery before Sunday March 16. If you’re looking to impress someone after break with a few new dance moves, Vinnie’s Jump and Jive offers everything from Ballroom to B-Boy/B-Girl.

mountain lion (or a bobcat or some other beautiful, terrifying creature) has been spotted in Durham! This is particularly surprising since mountain lions haven’t been native to Connecticut for at least a century, although one expert suspects that Canadian cougars could be traveling south to feast on the area’s booming deer population. Be extra wary of strange sounds in and around your house at night because, for once, it might be something worse than your drunken roommate rummaging through the fridge.

In much more upsetting news, a Middletown resident had her car vandalized with a racial slur for a third time since November this Monday. Removing the spray paint has cost Ms. Perry thousands of dollars, and she is particularly upset that her children, ages 8, 9, and 15, have had such an appalling introduction to the neighborhood. 

Recovery@ Lunch 3/5 at noon

From WesWell:

An informal lunch meeting where members of the Wesleyan community who are in recovery and those who are affected by a family member or friend’s substance abuse can come together and share their experience, strength, and hope in order to support one another.  At this lunch we will discuss some ways we can best handle and enjoy the holiday season and how to support one another through it.  We will gather for fellowship, discussion and lunch on 3/5 at 12 noon. 

This is a closed lunch, only for those in recovery or affected by another’s substance abuse.  Please email recovery[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information.

Date: Wednesday, March 5
Time: 12 P.M.
Place: please email recovery[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information