The kind folks of the Middletown Potluck want you to know the winter warmth drive is still happening!
Did you miss the chance to donate warm clothing because all your extra clothes are back home? No worries, we are continuing our Winter Warmth Drive! (Hurray!) Many of you are going back home during Thanksgiving break, so please bring back extra warm hats, coats, gloves, socks, scarves, sleeping bags, anything warm, and donate them to our collection boxes. The boxes will be placed in Exley by Pi Cafe, Olin
lobby, Usdan by the stairs, and other accessible places (possibly dorms), so watch out for their presence after break! Share the warmth by donating the clothes to Middletown residents in need!
Date: NOW until December 18th (i.e. when we all get kicked off of campus!)
Place: USDAN and OLIN and PI, OH MY
Cost: Warm heart <3
Lily Wittrock ’16 has an opportunity for you to make a difference:
Ring ring! Got old phones? Students for Consent and Communication wants them!
SFCC is running a phone drive to benefit the New Horizons Domestic Violence Shelter. Before and after Thanksgiving break, we will be collecting old (and new!) phones and chargers to donate to the shelter. The phones only need to be able to turn on and need to come with a charger. They will be distributed throughout the community so that people can call 911 in case of an emergency. (These calls are free and will not be charged to the previous owner.)
So go home and get your middle school-era flip phone (and charger) still sitting in that random desk drawer, ask your relatives to bring their old phones to Thanksgiving dinner along with the pie/bubbly, or go wild on Black Friday and buy a new phone and bring your old one back! You can drop your phones off in the box in the Olin lobby or during lunch or dinner in Usdan from Friday 11/22 until Wednesday 12/3!
Dates: November 22nd- December 3rd
Place: Usdan and Olin
A request and a public service announcement from Katie Deane ’14:
Seeking donations of old lipsticks for art-making! (Will accept donations of all old makeups.) a quick google search reveals you are in danger of assault by bacteria and other bad things if you are using a lipstick you opened longer than a year ago– meaning the fuchsia lipstick from your 2011 Nicki Minaj Halloween costume is probably seeking retirement. Email me and I will come pick up your lipsticks in exchange for candy! Or Seaweed Snax… Or Orangina… Up for negotiation. Also please ask your mothers/sisters/aunts at Thanksgiving– goldmines for tubes of dried-out mauve paste teaming with bacteria.
Hello, Wesleying readers! I would like to call your attention to the WESU spring pledge drive, occurring now. If you like what you hear on WESU–or if you have financially independent relatives who like what they hear on WESU–consider making a donation today by clicking here. Disclaimer: I’m a DJ and a board member for WESU, so this initiative is near and dear to me. Here’s an adorable photo, and the press release that Michael Roth ran on his blog yesterday:
Just 10 years ago WESU was in disrepair. The institutional memory was shot and the studios, music libraries, and business records were in shambles. The station’s license was nearly lost. Fortunately a dedicated group of student and community volunteers worked hard with the Wesleyan University administration to develop a plan to get the station back on its feet.
Currently, WESU operates 24 hrs per day, seven days per week, and is supported by a volunteer staff of over 150 student and community volunteers, two part-time paid staffers, and one full-time general manager. WESU is supported by a partnership between Wesleyan University and listeners, organizations, and businesses throughout the Connecticut River Valley. As evidence of WESU’s transformation over the last decade, for the first time, WESU was crowned “The Best College Radio Station” in the 2013 Hartford Advocate’s Annual Readers’ Poll!
The official theme for their capital campaign is “#THESISWHY.”
Tired of capital campaigns yet? Too bad. Making movies is expensive, and #thisiswhy thesis filmmakers Gus Vita ’13 and Dema Paxton Fofang ’13 (otherwise known as The Artist Formerly Known as Bamenda) are asking for your help in the form of a Kickstarter and an IndieGogo campaign, respectively. Vita’s asking for $3,000 and Fofang’s asking for $1,000, which comes to $4,000 total between the two of them, which still only amounts to .016% of the budget of Michael Bay ’86’s next $25 million opus (and that’s not counting the extra millions for advertising), so throw them a bone, will you? (At any rate, both of them have raised substantial funds towards their goals as of this posting—but they need more.)
You’d be right in assuming that filming is complete for both movies, so why raise money now? As Fofang explains it, “both of our projects were shot on 16mm, and the post-production process for that format is quite expensive. I’m currently spending long hours each day editing the film on a Steenbeck, and prepping for the final stages of post-production.” A cursory glance at Fofang’s own fundraising campaign reveals in detail where the money’s going: hiring a negative cutter to assemble the final cut, hiring a professional sound mixer to optimize the soundtrack, answer prints, color correction, telecine, festival distribution fees.
Wait, festival distribution fees? For real? If you donate, that means you can take credit when one of these films becomes the next Beasts of the Southern Wild and shows up on Oprah and gets problematized by The New Republic or whatever. Click past the jump for a bit more information on both films.
Kirby Sokolow ’14 sends in this plea:
Wesleyan AMSA will be holding a registration drive for the Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry next Friday, December 7th and is in need of volunteers! We will be holding an informational meeting on volunteering: Tuesday, December 4th at 7:15 pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 112.
Every year 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant using blood stem cells from a caring stranger. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry® to find a match to save their life.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer but cannot attend the meeting, feel free to contact Kirby Sokolow ’14 atasokolow(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Katherine Clifford ’14 encourages you to think outside yourself for a minute:
Half the Sky, a new student group focused on women’s empowerment globally would
like to call your attention to a serious challenge facing remote schools in Baja, Mexico.
After a devastating hurricane (Paul) and a lack of assistance from the government, village
schools in Mexico are DESPERATE for supplies. We are coordinating with the
nonprofit organization Global Classroom to help remedy this issue.
Please help by donating!
- School Supplies
- Craft Supplies
- Money for purchasing bulk school supplies and basic medical care
- Things you need to get out of your closet
Collect things over Thanksgiving and bring them back for the drive!
PLEASE SUPPORT THEIR EDUCATION!
- We will be tabling in Usdan 11/26 – 11/28
- Collection boxes will be in Usdan, Red and Black, North College, Exley, Pi, and Olin
- Collection tins for $ donations in Red and Black, Olin
Also, check out our meetings! They are Wednesdays at 8:15pm in Squash aka. 41
Wyllys in room 110.
Jackie Freed ’15 is a vampire:
Did you know: One pint of blood can save up to three lives? Every two seconds, someone in the US needs a blood transfusion? The Red Cross supplies approx. 40% of the nation’s blood supply?
This is where you come in! The first blood drive of the year is this week on Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00-4:45 in Beckham Hall. Sign up for an appointment in Usdan on Monday and Tuesday or go to www.redcrossblood.org and find the drive using sponsor code WesleyanU to make your own appointment. Walk-ins will be welcomed but the wait time is much shorter with an appointment.
Food Not Bombs wants your food, not your bombs:
Flushed with extra points and leaving campus in the spring? Middletown Food Not Bombs is accepting donations of kitchen staples and other non-perishables for immediate distribution on Main Street on Sunday. Either place them in the box outside the Weshop door or email fnbmiddletown(at)lists(dot)riseup(dot)net for a personal pick-up.
Food Not Bombs! is an informal anti-authoritarian network dedicated to the principles of mutual aid and direct action against hunger, militarism and inequality. Food is made available to everyone, rich or poor, drunk or sober. Diners serve themselves and anyone can contribute.
FNB will be sharing a free vegetarian feast and distributing produce and groceries on the corner of Liberty and Main Street at 1 PM this and every Sunday. Cooking begins around 11 in the kitchen of the First Church (just a block and a half down Court Street from High). Cooking experience appreciated, but hardly required. And don’t worry, they don’t arrest us anymore. Come cook and share food this Sunday with Middletown!
“The Hegemonic Order” group piece @ SUNY New Paltz Regionals
Prayers have been answered! The Wesleyan poetry slam is coming to Church tomorrow night!
From the Facebook event page:
The AASC (Asian American Student Collective) & weSLAM bring you round TWO of the Spring Slam Series. Join us WEDNESDAY at 200 CHURCH for a suggested donation of $1.
12 poets. 2 rounds.
Which 3 will advance to the SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN?
Only time (and poetry!) will tell.
Come spit. Come listen. Come feel things with us.
This is your 2nd of 3 chances to make it to the Championship Slam in April.
And no, “come spit” does not mean you are free to literally eject saliva from your mouth while in 200 Church, silly.