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Perform at Connecticut Valley Hospital


James Carter ’14, of the Woodland Realm, writes in with this plea for performers extraordinaire:

Join Wesleyan dancers, musicians and poets in entertaining residents of the Connecticut Valley Hospital. Any and all performers welcome!

For more information send an email to jkcarter[at]wesleyan[dot]edu THIS WEEK

When: April 14th
Where: Connecticut Valley Hospital
Time: 6-8pm

BREAKING: Previously Arrested Hospital Patient on the Lam

If you haven’t had the chance to check your email (because, come on, who reads email anymore?), take note:

Middletown police are searching for a patient who left Connecticut Valley Hospital on Wednesday morning without authorization.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services said Adam Rattiner, 37, left the hospital around 10:30 a.m.

He is described as white, with salt and pepper hair, hazel eyes, 5’9″ inches tall, weighing 219 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt and a Yankee hat.

This individual has been previously arrested on the Wesleyan Campus; anyone with any information should call Middletown Police at 860-344-3200 or Wesleyan Public Safety at 860-685-2345.

Though it is uncertain “whether Rattiner was a court-committed patient” (pesky privacy laws), according to the MiddletownPatch (yeah, I don’t really know what that is, either) “he was not under the jurisdiction of the state’s Psychiatric Review Board, which oversees patients deemed criminally insane by the courts.”

Police were recently sighted making the rounds in Olin. In other news, PSafe should really invest in a twitter account…

Connecticut Valley Hospital Volunteer Opportunities

Emma Kingsberg ’12 sends word about volunteer opportunities at Connecticut Valley Hospital:

Connecticut Valley Hospital is the state’s principle forensic, general psychiatric and addictions inpatient treatment facility. Our mission is to expand the relationship between Wesleyan and the patients at CVH by recruiting students with a passion for health care, teaching, and social activism.

We’re looking for people with these interests to volunteer their time working closely with patients at the hospital. These classes would ideally include ones with therapeutic benefits, and could range anywhere from music to yoga.

If you like working with people and are looking to have a profound, meaningful experience involving teaching and healing, come find out more about this program. We’re holding an information session on Wednesday, September 14th, from 7 – 8 PM at the bottom of Usdan on the comfy black couches.

If you’re unable to make the meeting but are still interested in working at CVH, contact Emma Kingsberg ’12 (ekingsbergATwes) or Hannah Monk ’12 (hmonkATwes). See ya there!

What: CVH Volunteer Opportunities info sesh
When: Wed, Sep 14, 7-8pm
Where: Usdan couches
Cost: $0

Middletown, CT: Tourist Trap?

Now, I’m a big fan of Wikitravel.org, the Wikipedia of travel books, tourist-trap avoidance tips, and international foodie hotspots. (It’s also a pretty damn fine tool for procrastination – who says you can’t waste time productively? Piss off, Youtube.) It saved my life during my semester abroad in Europe, not only because of its helpfulness when it came to knowing about the local public transportation, but also of its “Stay Safe” section which helped augment the paranoia I feel ever-so-comfortable with whenever I’m in a foreign country. (Note to self: Every third guy taller than you wants to and will mug you).

So I was pretty surprised to find the miniscule but somewhat amusing section on Middletown, Connecticut when I was putzing about its digital wiki-filled halls this evening. For example, the last paragraph of the intro section reads:

Middletown is also the home to Connecticut Valley Hospital, the major psychiatric facility for southern New England. So if you see a few questionable people on the streets, relax, they’re outpatients and they’re probably properly medicated.

It’s kind of an odd thing to read in what is usually a pretty reliable (Ayn Rand argues for there being no unreliability) somewhat respectable resource for travel information. But then again, given Wikitravel’s existence as a open-source free-edit information hub to begin with, one can’t possibly expect a wiki page concerning a relatively under-traveled place like our lovely Middletown to have substantial material and tight editing, right?

Well, hopefully not. This is terrible, folks! O’Rourkes is not even in there! So, if you fine kids have time out there tonight in the middle of your paper-writing, quiz-studying, last minute lab-report filling, pencil-chewing, eye-fucking, gummi-bear popping, and God-praying-so-you-won’t-screw-up-the-midterm-tomorrow, lend a hand to sprucin’ up the page, would ya?


CVH Language Learning Intiative Info Session

Barbaralynn Moseman ’13 wants you to commit good:

The CVH Language/Culture Learning Initiative is a project teaching foreign language and culture in two part modules at Connecticut Valley Hospital, a facility for patients with mental illness. Teaching will be done by Wesleyan students, with the purpose of the program to engage residents socially through learning foreign language and culture. Attend an info session, get cookies nom nomm nomm.

Date:   Feb. 21
Time:   9:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Place:  Usdan 108

In addition to the info session below,there will be another on Tuesday afternoon:

Date:   Feb. 22
Time:   12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Place:  Judd 116