Correction: TBTN 2014 is on April 24.
Have you ever been to Wesleyan’s annual Take Back the Night Event? If you haven’t, you absolutely should. The event is organized by the group Students for Consent and Communication (SFCC), and this year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm on Foss Hill. I recently caught up with the Co-Presidents of SFCC, Caillin Puente ’15 and Nina Gurak ’16, to learn more about Take Back the Night. If you think that you have more important things to do at 7 pm on Thursday, hopefully this post will change your mind.
The co-presidents informed me that Take Back the Night (TBTN) is a global movement, as annual demonstrations are held in thirty countries worldwide. In fact, the event is organized by the Take Back the Night charitable foundation that was established in 1999. Puente described the organization’s mission in broad terms: “Take Back the Night is a global movement to end sexual violence. Also, it aims to stop the silence and eliminate the shame surrounding crimes of sexual assault and sexual violence. It’s been around since the 1970s.” In fact, the first Take Back the Night event was held in Philadelphia in 1975 after a female scientist was murdered while walking home alone. Puente stated that the event now occurs annually on college campuses, cities, and in other settings. “It’s about shedding some light on the subject and bringing communities together.”
Today, from 4:30–6:00 p.m., six bands of complete strangers will perform at Eclectic. Each group will perform one cover and one original song composed over the past two days, both of which songs will treat the project’s theme: MAPS.
We’d love to see you there!
Here follow the bands:
For those of you who Wesleying’d last year and saw our 2012 Year in Review post, brace yourselves: the 2013 Wesleying Year in Review is here. So, how does our Buzzfeed-esque list of all things Wesleyan work? In here, you’ll find the top ten biggest moments to hit campus during the 2013 year, along with a bunch of honorable mentions. For each point, we provide numerous links to Wesleying articles so you can become schooled if you missed anything during the year.
The big takeaway from this post is to remember that these issues are forever ongoing; just because something happened at the beginning of 2013 doesn’t make it any less important now that 2014 is upon us. We have a ton of bizarre, interesting, obnoxious, awesome, and freaky things happen on this campus, and it’s crucial to keep the institutional memory alive.
My usual disclaimer: Obviously, I didn’t get to everything. So instead of leaving us a snarky comment saying that we’re a bunch of Internet-addicted hillbillies, feel free to leave your other big Wesleyan moments in the comments section.
In addition, these events are in no particular order of importance, severity, seriousness, or enormity. The order is seriously random.
Read after the jump to see what Wes events made the list!
Enjoy contra dance??
This Friday, relieve some finals stress and come out to the last contra dance of the semester! Enjoy good music, friends, and snacks as you celebrate the end of classes. All dances are taught – no experience (or partner) necessary.
Date: Friday, December 6th
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Place: Beckham Hall
From the illustrious Dylan Zwickel ’14:
A new musical about people and technology.
Music by Scott Murphy
Words by Nathan Christensen
Directed by S. Dylan Zwickel
Tickets available in the Usdan Box Office starting at 10 AM on the day of each performance. The house is small, so make sure to get there early! If you’re unable to get a ticket, come to the ’92 an hour before the performance to put your name on the waiting list.
Please note: the Thursday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, but Friday night is at 9.
When: Thursday, December 5th 8pm; Friday, December 6th 9pm; Saturday, December 7th 8pm
Where: ’92 Theater
Cost: FREE! Get your tickets from the Box Office.
From Lily Kong ’16:
Join the Planned Parenthood Campus Action Interns, ASHA, Open House and the Queer Resource Center for a screening of the award-winning documentary How To Survive A Plague!
How To Survive A Plague is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.
There will also be FREE INDIAN FOOD courtesy of Udupi for all you point-less and meal-less folks!
Date: Thursday, December 5th
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
From Julia Conrad ’14 about a nicer lunch:
When was the last time you really feel like you lived lunch to the fullest?
Stop by Crowell Concert Hall anytime from 12-1 to catch the Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert for the dance party of the year. Program includes hits by Cesar Cui and Sergei Prokofiev.
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
The excitable Wayne Ng ’16, folks:
5 professors will each give a ten-minute lecture on an idea that keeps them up at night, inspiring us to think bigger and better than ever before. So Wesleyan, are you ready to think BIG this semester?
Tickets for this event are FREE and are being distributed through the Box Office NOW! Tickets have gone quickly in the past, so snap ’em up. This event is open to the Middletown, alumni, and parent communities.
2 TICKETS PER PERSON – get one for your friend, roomie, mom, dad, estranged relative, pet rock, etc.!!!
SARAH MAHURIN (English): “What We Talk About When We Talk About Clothes”
MEREDITH HUGHES (Astronomy): “Life in the Universe”
JONATHAN CUTLER (Sociology): “What’s Left? An Unrequited Politics of Pleasure”
ANDREA ROBERTS (Chemistry): “Jury Duty, Stem Cells and Global Warming: The Importance of a Science in the Liberal Arts Education”
TUSHAR IRANI (COL): “The Value of Learning”
WHERE: Memorial Chapel (and a post-game reception with food in Zelnick)
DATE: Wednesday, November 20th
COST: Free hundred dollars.
From Alienor Leon ’14:
No experience required! I am looking for one female lead and one male lead for a fun, light-hearted film. There is NO DIALOGUE to be memorized. The story is a romance with a fantasy element thrown in.
No preparation needed for audition; you will be asked to act out 5 different actions without using speech. The script will be available to read at the audition.
Date: Sept 28
Time: 2PM to 5:30PM
Place: Usdan Multipurpose Room – B25