This is an update of wilk‘s update of his previous post!
Toto, we’re not in Bushwick anymore. You’ve now left the comfort of deep Brooklyn, as they call it, for the not-so-dissimilar milieu of Wesleyan. Just kidding, a vast majority of Weskids are from not-Brooklyn, not-LA, and not-Bay-Area, although it might seem otherwise.
For all of you from those (wonderful) places, and all of you from other places, Middletown is different than those places (shocking!). It was once the largest city in Connecticut, circa pre-war-of-1812. Can your hometown claim that title? Nah. Unless you’re from Middletown, in which case you are probably way more qualified than me to write this post.
While Wesleyan is fine and there is usually never a shortage of things to do on campus, Middletown and the surrounding area truly have some wonderful gems that are worth knowing about as you settle in and look for things to do other than vape on Foss.
And if you’re really bold and somehow have an abundance of time before finals arrive, there’s some cool shit beyond the local area too. Here’s the 2018 Outing guide, advice from a Connecticut local.
It’s spring break! Which means either you’re leaving or you’re staying and if you’re in the latter group you’re probably wondering where you’re going to get your food from in the next few days. This could be the week where, if you’re a freshman, you use all your points or the week you learn to cook. Both equally exciting endeavors. I’ve outlined below what’s going to be open and what’s going to be closed and at what times the open things will be open. Just look for the place you want to eat at and then check the hours. Hint: if the place is not Weshop it probably won’t be open. If you feel like you need to see this information in chart form you can do so on the websites of each place here: (Bon Appetit, WesWings & Red and Black, Libraries).
This post is an updated version of the Eating and Drinking installment of last year’s Orientation Series.
Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. Wesleyan has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. Although we lost to Oberlin last year for “most vegan friendly school,” we still have awesome vegan food and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.
This is a part of the Unofficial Orientation Series 2015 to remind you to eat your veggies.
*This post is an updated version of the Eating and Drinking installment of last year’s Orientation Series*
Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. Wesleyan has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. Wesleyan was chosen the most vegan-friendly small US school by PETA, and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook-up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.
This is a part of the Unofficial Orientation Series 2013 to remind you to eat your veggies.
Good ol’ Wesleyan was crowned Most Vegan-Friendly College in the United States by Peta2, beating out 32 other “small U.S. schools” for the prize. Oberlin finished second and Warren Wilson College snatched up third in the competition. On the “big U.S. schools” side, UC-San Diego took home the gold as Cornell and University of North Texas nabbed silver and bronze respectively.
The description on Peta2 about Wesleyan’s vegan-friendliness reads as follows:
When a school has chefs who specialize in vegan desserts on staff, you know you’re in for a treat. Last year’s edible Halloween vegan display was a “graveyard” with tombstones of vegan chocolate and hills of vegan cake. This year’s theme, Gotham City, even included a vegan chocolate-molded Batmobile! If you’re not in the mood for sweets, have no fear. With innovative entrées, including vegan fettuccine Alfredo, Aloo gobi, and Mongolian seitan with wild rice salad and cranberries, students can always find a cruelty-free meal anywhere on campus.
However, Wes dining’s winning streak has not been without its disputes. Controversy struck Wesleyan’s 2009 win for most vegetarian-friendly college when several students had issues with voting practice and procedures. First, people asked how we can compare ourselves to other schools in terms of ‘vegan-ness’. Most of us haven’t eaten the vegan dining options at our own university let alone other universities. The question of who actually eats vegan food at Wesleyan was also brought into question (hint: many people who frequent the vegan section in the ‘Dan aren’t vegan). In addition, there were some suspicious bribery tactics from the dining staff back in ’09 (apparently they gave out free candy to anyone who voted for Wes, regardless of if they were vegan eaters or not).
Despite what seems to be a burgeoning black market for Wesleyan in Peta2 contests, kudos guys, we’re the most vegan-happy.
Title says it all: Star & Crescent (freshpersons: this is an eating club. It is located in Alpha Delt. Read more here) is seeking passionate, dedicated kitchen staff for the fall semester. Preferably those with some food experience. Jobs include dishwashing, food preparation, and even some cooking.
Interested? Want more info? Email head steward Matt at madelman(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with a brief description of your experience/kitchen skills. Please e-mail by Tuesday at noon.
As for the photo above: the postcard is postmarked May 26, 1906, although the Middldetown chapter of Alpha Delt was founded at Wes in 1856 and the photo was presumably captured some time between the two dates. If you ate at S&C and enjoyed your meal, purchase this postcard for only $19.95.
Back in Wesleying’s infancy, one of the first posts was Holly and Xue’s Guide to Eating and Drinking Things at Wesleyan. Then Usdan opened in ’07 and the whole thing was rendered completely inaccurate—until updated by a new generation of Wesleying staffpersons in ’09 and ’10. (View the original update here.)
This is mostly a repost, with a few parenthesized 2011 updates and additions for good measure. Feel free to drop additional knowledge or questions in the comments section.