you either saw or didn’t see our semester kick-off showcase and open mic, but either way you absolutely should see our first scored slam of the semester!
come see student poets perform for a spot in our grand slam (in november) and spit the realest fire you’ll hear in all of nescac, with a feature performance by WeSlam founder, Mike Rosen (’11).
weslam believes in poetry’s power to heal, change, and transform the world into a more compassionate and honest place. we hope you will join us in this mission this coming friday, as poet or audience member. either way, your company is essential and necessary.
sign-ups open at 2PM day-of (Saturday, Sept. 24) and are limited to only 10 slots, so email email@example.com right at 2 to sign up! if you have any questions/anxieties/concerns/speculations you can direct them there as well, or to Giorgia Sage, Lexi Slater, or Hazem Fahmy. poems do not need to be memorized, only written by you. they do not have to be slam poems and you do not have to have ever performed before!
about our feature:
Mike Rosen is a poet, performer, and educator. Best known for the viral video “When God Happens” (UpWorthy.com), Mike was named Best Male Poet at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational 2011, was a finalist at Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2012, and has twice finished in the top ten at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. As a student at Wesleyan University he founded the nation’s largest collegiate poetry slam, and has gone on to perform and teach internationally. His workshops focus on community building, perceptions of masculinity, and breaking down rape culture on college campuses. Recently, Mike traveled to India to meet activists, poets and teachers; he performed in several cities including a capacity crowd in Pune.
Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Place: The Bayit (157 Church Street)
Laura Hess ’16 wants to see your cake (cake cake cake):
Does your cooking take the cake? Do you pay people in cookies? Do you have what it takes to be the best dessert chef on campus? Full House (202 Washington St) is hosting a cooking contest on Friday at 3:30. Bring your favorite dessert to meet other Wesleyan foodies and see if you can be named Top Dessert Chef at Wesleyan. Creativity is encouraged, no prior experience necessary.
Date: Friday, November 22nd
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 202 Washington St.
Photoshop magic by Matt Adelman ’13, my personal Photoshop assistant since 2007.
Attention, Wellesleyan. On the off chance you haven’t noticed, there’s approximately a mega-shit-ton of snow on the ground right now, and you’re frantically trying to figure out what to do with it. Go skiing on Foss? Turn
Usdan WesWings trays into sleds? Stay in your room and Instagram luscious storm porn?
As Nemo the Blizzard keeps on trucking, we’ve got a solution. We’re formally inviting all students to build snow sculptures of Michael Roth ’78 on Andrus Field and send us photo evidence at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. Please put “Roth à la Neige” in the subject line of your submission and include a few images of your magnum opus. We’ll reward the student or team of students who makes the best snow sculpture of Roth with a $25 gift certificate to La Boca, a personalized letter of congratulations typed on my personal Olympia Werke Ag. Wilhelmshaven typewriter (yes, really), and a public commendation on this here blog. The second-place winner will be personally serenaded by esteemed storyteller Brendan O’Donnell ’14 in the (on-campus) location of your choosing. This is not a joke.
Lastly, full disclosure that I shamelessly stole this idea from the Government and American Studies departments at Skidmore, where my brother goes to school. I simply substituted Abraham Lincoln for Michael Roth, because they are in most cases interchangeable.
Nicole Updegrove ’14 wants to give you money:
The WSA is holding a contest (of sorts)! There is $300 (plus food) up for grabs for any student group that wants to host a non-alcohol-centric Friday night soiree for their club and the rest of the campus. Submit a proposal for your event – whether that be a concert on Foss, a lifeboat debate between the best professors on campus, an a capella competition with the whole campus as judges, or a sweet ass-dodgeball tournament. We’ll pick the six most promising proposals and help you fund, advertise, and pull off your event.
So, get together as a club and plan. Get together with other clubs . Find a Greek society or program house to host your event. Call in all the troops. Get shit done.
Proposals are due Friday September 28th in the WSA Office on the first floor of Usdan. Events will run from October 12th – November 16th. Oh, and the club with the best attended event wins. Prize details pending greater decisiveness.
[Link made by pyrotechnics.]
This past February, the New York Times Sunday Styles section held a college essay contest centered on the topic of modern collegiate romance — a phenomenon increasingly characterized by navigations of emotional meaning in the wake ever-advancing digitization of relationships. From over 1400 meditations and reflections on this theme, one winner, four runners-up, and an additional five notable mentions were selected, including a piece by Wes’s own Lindsay Abrams ’12. Considering the volume of submissions, that’s a feat worthy of some big ups indeed.
A list of other distinguished submitters can be found at the link above. The winning entry, written by Caitlin Dewey of Syracuse University, is available for your perusal in the NYT Styles section; a list of participating institutions can be found here. Happy reading, y’all.