Puppies on Fountain, puppies on Vine, puppies on Warren, puppies on Pine. Puppies on Hodgekiss, puppies on Hodgekiss, puppies at the corner of Wyllys and High. Puppies with us and puppies with them, puppies at Zelnick at 4 p.m.
Okay, they weren’t technically all puppies, but the parody doesn’t work so well otherwise. Bringing the best new event to Reading Week since chronic lung damage, Holly Everett ’15 and the rest of Sign and Writing Houses seemed to think student stress levels warranted bringing “6 lovely, cuddly dogs” to campus for pet therapy. The dogs hailed from Tails of Joy, a nonprofit affiliate group of Intermountain Therapy Animals based in Manchester, Connecticut, and they chilled in Zelnick for two hours on Saturday, greeting gushing Wesleyan students and generally acting like adorable, meticulously trained therapy dogs. A few images from the historic interspecies mingle appear below.
In a misguided attempt to avoid cope with the prospect of finals, I found myself flipping through decades of old December Argus issues. While I didn’t find any especially enlightening advice from past Wes generations on how to deal with the stress of Reading Week, I did find this gem of a column from December 6, 1977:
The writer begins by making an observation that is just as accurate today as it was 35 years ago—that conversations between acquaintances here always center on the same questions. “How was your summer?” “What classes are you taking?” And so on and so forth.
The column quickly evolves into a rant on the “destructively self-indulgent” nature of one particular conversation-starter, one that always comes up around this time of the year: “How’s your work going?”
The conversation generated by this question has a certain quality of desperation about it which only serves to reinforce the already desperate atmosphere which characterizes Wesleyan in December…Furthermore, as with the other automatic questions that get asked here, reading week questions are boring! Do you actually remember even one out of the ten workloads you hear described? Do you remember who has it rough and who hasn’t? Do you care?
Well, do you? The next time you have an urge to complain about your workload, or to ask someone else about theirs, instead think about exchanging accounts of how many hours you’ve spent procrastinating. Or just lock yourself in Olin for a few hours, away from the rest of humanity, and waste time looking through old Argus issues.
You may see them flitting around, spreading candy and good cheer. They are a few decked out fairies, in tutus, bunny ears, glitter, and beads. Catch them fast, because they only stay for a second. They seem to come visit libraries and various study nooks. They just might make you smile. And mostly, even though the stress is mounting, the blank page is still blinking, and the end won’t ever come—it will. (And you could even get a visit from a finals fairy!)
Wesleying’s Goatmilkgrabbed some photos of the Finals Fairies as they made their way through Olin’s silent fourth floor (thesis carrel central) an hour or two ago:
Overwhelmed with work? Need a break from studying for finals? 8-to-8 is here! Feel free to call us (860-685-7789) any time between 7 PM and 7 AM Sunday-Thursday, and between 7PM and 10PM on Fridays and Saturdays. You can also send us an anonymous, confidential chat here any day of the week from 7 PM to 2 AM. We are here to listen to matters big and small, finals-related or not.
Rally from finals madness by basking in the holiday cheer! Build a gingerbread house, boat, plane, forest, mountain, cattle, anything – show off your gingerbread-crafting skills with your friends and have your creation evaluated by judges from Bon Appetit. The winning team gets a special prize!
The contest will be held Saturday 12/8, by the Usdan stairs during dinner. Proceeds go to Brighter Dawns, a Wesleyan-born nonprofit whose mission is to minimize health disparities in Bangladesh slums.
Entry is $4/person if you pre-register and $5/person if you just show up! To pre-register, email brighterdawns[at]gmail[dot]com.
Date: Saturday, December 8 Time: Brunch hours Place: By the Usdan stairs Cost: $4/person pre-registered, $5/person if you show up!
Join WesWell in Usdan this Friday to prepare for astress free finals week! There will be many de-stressing activities such as coloring, cultivating gratitude, testing your knowledge of sleep hygiene, some awesome giveaways and much more!
To top it all off,Shira Engel ’14 will be leading a yoga class in Usdan 108 from 12:30-1:30pm!
Sure, I thought you’d never ask. Below: a few choice snapshots from Wesleyan’s biannual PrimalScream, which hit the Olin steps at midnight on Monday. Send your own pics to staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. Above: a brief video clip from the start of the scream. Also worth noting: click through to Wesleying’s YouTube channel to find a few brief video clips from Indoor SpringFling 2012. Don’t be surprised if they’re dark and poorly lit, much like finals week.
Remember how excited you were when you got into Wes back in Spring 20__? You immediately joined the WesAdmits20__ Facebook group, and absurdityensued. There were those handful of kids who friended everybody in the group (including over-zealous freshman “upperclassmen” ready to share their first-year wisdom). The oh-so-necessary roommate survey thread started (wait, Wes randomly assigns roommates?!). “What colleges did you pick Wes over” (lol I was rejected from Brown too). “Let’s meet-up prior to spending four years together!” “About how many quarters do you think I’ll need for a year’s worth of laundry” (wtf is this M-Town Ca$$)? As the illustrious Laiya Ackman ’15 notes: “Freshman are fucking weird.”
Thanks to the brilliant minds of other jaded college students, there is now a whole site devoted to making fun of the rising freshman class: Freshmemes, the cleaned-up version of Accepted2016. Hours of giggles at your future classmates are now possible!