Holly and Xue wrote the first version of this post in 2006 and it has been reposted every year since then. Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett.
Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus ’13.
Dear frosh of 2020,
As you are probably fretting about your first day of college, a sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.
But don’t be too frazzled. Before you finish your housing form, get your roommate(s) assignment, and make dorm Facebook groups that no one will check after October, Wesleying‘s here to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.
The pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to update/repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good and we’re still damn lazy) every year. This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesleyan lingo:
This post is a repost of Frizzly’s post from last year. Which was a repost of Samira’s post in 2013. As it turns out, the shit you need to pack doesn’t change much over the years.
At first glance, this post might seem like the most straightforward of the Unofficial Orientation Series. But scoff not, freshman or unadjusted upperclassman. Packing for college is anything but a piece of cake. You’re placing some of your most prized and cherished possessions into flimsy boxes and suitcases, making difficult choices about what you’ll keep with you for the next nine months of your life — how could it not be stressful?!
By now your mom has probably found Wesleyan’s official packing list and, much to your chagrin, has begun scrounging around your garage for old milk crates and pillow shams. While mumsy dearest probably knows what you’ll need best, you might also benefit from a list compiled by a person who’s actually your age.
Of course, everyone needs the basics: toiletries, bedding, school supplies, and clothes. But at Wesleyan, as you’ll quickly learn, we tend to do almost everything a little bit differently.
This post is a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost of a repost. Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett.
At this point in the summer, you are probably fretting over things like college. A sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.
But don’t be too frazzled.
Last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series Dorm Living post Wesleying‘s here to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.
The pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good and we’re still damn lazy). This re-vamped guide is
up to date and full of Wesjargon:
“I’m hoping I won’t be put into a double with a freshman or anything. Maybe I will end up in Hewitt!”
Pictured: Julia Clemens ’16 standing in front of a tractor that is almost definitely more spacious than wherever she ends up living next year. (JK, summer housing works out pretty well sometimes.)
GRS is currently in full swing, and if past years’ experiences are any indication, it will be a stressful, random, and thoroughly hellish week, full of broken promises, ruined friendships, and confusing numbers to decipher.* No one is really entirely sure how GRS really works, except Director of ResLife Fran Koerting, who, according to campus legend, wrote down all of the secrets of GRS on a piece of printer paper in 1986 and then buried it in her front yard so no one else could find it,** and possibly Ben Cohen ’10, who wrote out this exhaustive guide to housing options that I am linking here for your convenience. It’s pretty outdated, and Wesleying is too busy interviewing thesis writers to update it, so make of it what you will.
On the bright side, there’s good news:
I don’t have to deal with that shit this year there is sometimes free pizza. The other good news is that as bad as your GRS number is, you still have it better than Julia Clemens ’16, an unsuspecting freshman who has been cursed with the worst GRS number that exists on campus: 590. Clemens, who is pictured above standing in front of a tractor that may or may not be more spacious than her future living quarters, seems to be handling the situation pretty well. Instead of standing in the middle of Andrus moaning “Why meeeee,” she admits that “it’s kind of hilarious” and hopes to fare okay in the summer housing market (as students often do). “My mom wanted to ‘make a fuss,'” Clemens admits, “but I told her I didn’t think that would help.” (It wouldn’t.)
Here is our full interview with Julia Clemens ’16, Owner of the Worst GRS Number Currently In Existence at Wesleyan.
Corey Guilmette ’13 wants to discuss how you like it:
Is your room always way too hot? Does the wind blow straight through your windows? Come to the 1st SAGES/EON Think Tank on Student Heating. Representatives from Physical Plant will be there to discuss how we can improve coordination to help make sure your room is nice and comfortable while also reducing energy use.
If you have not yet seen the new Butterfield spaces, this is your chance! Stop by Butterfield B lounge between 2:00-3:00 on Tuesday, October 9. Refreshments will be served, and representatives will be available in all three buildings to show you around and answer questions.
Or if you can’t make it, check out our photos from the beginning of the semester.
Date: Tomorrow, October 9th
Place: Butterfield B Lounge
Missing In Action: That classic musty Butts smell.
The renovations and expansions in the Butts that we observed at the beginning of this summer are now complete—that is to say, the Butterfields now have a new identity and meaning to this crop of freshmen.
Some of the new spaces are retrofitted from old COL and Career Center offices and lounges, and others were created with the help of slight extensions to the actual building—the overhang in Butt C, for example, is now an indoor space, though its stone steps are thoughtfully preserved. Kitchens and laundry rooms in each unit, and a fresh coat of Wesleyan Red paint, also mark the dawning of a new era. The freshmen who didn’t get the new rooms, which are air-conditioned, are clearly envious (though some might eventually realize the advantages of living in a single).
And the unmistakable, musty “Butts smell”? “People keep telling me it smells like different things,” said Katie Lindeman ’16 (who is from Amherst, MA) from her spacious new triple. To my nose, it smelled like pepper. Photos of the renovations after the jump.
New dorm rooms also means more triples. But ResLife isn’t calling them “forced triples.”
If you live on Lawn, you can probably hear the power saws from your room. If you don’t, here’s the tip: a whole lot of construction is happening in the Butts. Now that the Career Resource Center and COL/Art History departments have vacated the Butts in favor of 41 Wyllys, ResLife has taken the initiative to snatch up the former office space and build some new dorm rooms.
Here’s the lowdown: there will be new dorm rooms for 92 students. Hallways will become common areas. Each of the Butts will have its own laundry room (no more lugging all your clothes to the Butt B basement). As the Argus reported earlier this semester,
The additional dormitory space is part of a larger plan to increase the student population by 120 undergrads, which the University has been pursuing by increasing acceptances by 30 students each year for the past three years. This goal will be accomplished with the admittance of the class of 2016, and the construction in the Butterfields will help to alleviate the increase in triples in other dorms.
Buckle in, 2016—you’re going to be
the biggest class yet another big class, and a whole lot of you will be in triples. You won’t be getting compensated for it, either. As Director of ResLife Fran Koerting explained to me via email, the new triples in the Butts will be sized specifically for the purpose. Consequently, “students in triples will no longer receive a discount nor a point adjustment now that we are able to use rooms that are larger than a traditional double.” Current triple-dwellers: any thoughts on the matter? Since only eight of the new dorm rooms are triples, there’s no word on how this policy will affect frosh assigned to less luxurious triples. (Edit: Fran writes in to clarify: “The other 22 rooms we will be using are triples we have used in the past that are larger than traditional doubles, such as the larger corner rooms in Clark and the triple in Westco, as well as the larger triples we have used in Butterfield.”)
Click past the jump for a brief interview with Koerting about the construction and a gallery of the construction site.
Trash photos from High Rise, Nics, Hewitt, WestCo, and Fauv—I mean, Bennet Hall.
When students leave campus, trash remains. In some dorms (sup, Clark), the filth piles literally to the ceiling while dumpster divers abound in the parking lots below.
Last Sunday, BZOD and I took a brief trek through campus dorms to survey the trash. Clark and Fauver were already well groomed for Reunion Weekend, but High Rise was especially foul. Here’s a peak.
In other dorm-life news, the Fauver sign has officially been changed to “Bennet Hall.” Scroll on for a photo via Yu Vongkiatkajorn ’13.
Another update: power (but not internet) restored to most dorms. It remains unclear whether power will cut out again at 3am as previously scheduled.
The WSA has worked with Public Safety to ensure that SciLi will remain open all night long, and will NOT close at midnight as previously planned. Usdan will close at 2am as usual.
Public Safety will be personally staffing SciLi tonight, so if you see them, stop and say thanks for putting in the extra effort. Everyone could use a little good cheer at the moment.