This is mostly an updated repost of previous athletics unofficial orientation series posts.
Some of you frosh probably don’t know that WesTech competes in the prestigious NESCAC—the most competitive D3 conference in the country. Despite the throngs of news outlets that flock to many of our sports games, you will never have to enter a lottery system or wait in a line overnight to obtain tickets. We also aren’t like these fans, and we never will be. That’s okay. Do not believe the naysayers who claim that Wesleyan students do not support or appreciate athletics. I have personally witnessed Wes students get so fired up after a basketball loss to Trinity that we started a “safety school” chant. Not our best moment but definitely an example of caring!
Whether you’re attempting to relive your high school glory days, looking to get or stay fit (the freshman fifteen is real), or trying out a new sport, Wesleyan has what you are looking for!
For me, there are only two reasons to go to the gym: so people see me working out and so later I can brag that I worked out. Today, as I was checking out my biceps in the mirror, I saw someone familiar working away on the stair master. No, it wasn’t a past hookup that I was awkwardly, yet cordially, avoiding. It was President Roth! I had to find out his secret. What is the elusive Michael Roth’s workout like?
I caught Roth as he was getting off the stair master. He prefers the stair master or the elliptical because he has a chance to read. Along with that, he explained, “the handles are convenient so I don’t fall off.” He usually does cardio for at least 30 minutes before hitting the floor for some weight training. As seen in the picture above, Roth prefers to stick to the machines. All throughout, he listens to Richie Havens, the Laura Nyro Pandora station or Wilco. Best of all, he uses his cardio time to read Wesleying on his iPad. While we appreciate the loyalty, if you’re able to read, you’re able to workout harder… No excuses!
Well there you have it: 30 min cardio and some weight training on the machines. Next time you’re at Freeman and looking for a spotter, President Roth is your man.
The title of this post is not meant rhetorically. It’s a serious question: who killed Spring Fling’s vibe?
Was it the student attendees, some inebriated and inconsiderate, who jumped over the barrier when the floor of the rink was at capacity and allegedly behaved drunkenly and belligerently when asked to back up? (“Some students ought to be ashamed of themselves,” observed a witness who asked to remain anonymous.) Was it the massive security detail (Public Safety and CSC) who guarded every nook and cranny with the graveness of airport TSA agents and reportedly physically abused one student and verbally harassed another? Was it the organizers (Spring Fling Committee or otherwise) who neglected to inform students in advance that they would be turned away if they arrived late, even while other students were visibly exiting, and flipped on the lights shortly before Ab-Soul’s set, possibly to punish students for failing to obey orders that were largely unintelligible over the ice rink’s cavernous din? Or was it the fucking weather, or maybe Spurrier-Snyder Rink itself, which has never seemed like a less suitable venue for a free, unticketed performance by one of the fastest rising rappers in the world in 2013? At least it wasn’t Kendrick Lamar, who, despite subpar conditions and acoustics better suited to a high school gym, performed “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Money Trees,” and other highlights from Good Kid, M.A.A.D City with admirable energy and charisma, wooing throngs of adoring fans who knew precisely how to yell out “Drank!” or “Ya bish!” on cue and reportedly popping over to Warren after the show, decked out in a Wes sweatshirt.
Frank Fineis ’13 wants to
drive fast cars box you out:
Boxing Club is returning this semester strong on Saturday. Come work
out with our trainer, Kyle, and learn some boxing basics, wear some
gloves and wail on some bags. No boxing experience necessary, and we
don’t hit each other at practice. Meet at 4PM in front of the
Date: Saturday, January 26
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Place: Freeman/Boxing Room
As issues of race and diversity come to a head on campus, a disturbing account of a Public Safety assault on a student has emerged. As you may be aware, Paulie Lowther ’13 was found at the Freeman Athletic Center on Tuesday, October 30, and charged with criminal trespass and breach of peace. After being released from custody, Lowther, who is African-American, was diagnosed with a concussion.
Accounts of what transpired during the encounter vary.
According to the Hartford Courant, which sources its information from the police report, “Lowther tried to run away from public safety officers when found at 12:10 a.m.” Police say he appeared drunk when taken into custody. (Lowther says he was under the legal limit.) Public Safety claims he refused to identify himself and fled when found.
Wesleying Editor Zach Schonfeld ’13 visited Lowther’s house on Fountain earlier this week to get his side of the story.
According to Lowther, he was invited to a pool party in Freeman on the night of Tuesday, October 30th, which was during Hurricane Sandy. He entered through the side door, which had been propped open by the organizers of the party. When he arrived, other students were in the pool. Before joining them, he got in the sauna.
When in the sauna, “[he] heard a bunch of people yell ‘P-Safe’ and a lot of running.” He decided to not run. A female Public Safety officer arrived. Staying in the sauna, he told her his Wes ID number and that he was a student. The officer “said it didn’t match anything on file,” according to Lowther.
No, not in 2000. The article’s from 1992, when Al Gore was the Democratic vice presidential candidate, and the headline refers to the elder Bush, then running for reelection. If you’re confused as to why Gore would bother campaigning in the middle of Connecticut, consider that this was 1992; the red/blue state divide as we know it today wasn’t quite in place, and Connecticut swung right for Bush in 1988 and for Reagan in both 1984 and 1980.
So, on October 30, 1992, the VP candidate made his way to the relatively new Freeman Athletic Center, where he spoke for 35 minutes, “mostly criticizing President Bush, but also highlighting the ticket’s stance on the environment, healthcare, jobs and the Head Start program.” According to the piece, Gore spent the bulk of his speech attacking Bush in light of claims that the president knew about and was involved in the 1986 Iran-Contra Scandal. (Why these charges didn’t play a greater role in the election, I can’t say.)
Not all in the audience were solidly on board, though. The Argus article notes that a few Bush/Quayle supporters were physically ambushed when they registered their dissent:
Good evening folks! Ericia Byer ’13 writes in, indicating that a meteor is coming just this way and it’s up to Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson, and Steve Fucking Buscemi to save the day:
Don’t miss Wesleyan students showing off their personal designs and
strutting their stuff down the runway at the annual Wesfest Fashion
Date: April 12th
Time: 9 p.m. – 11pm
Place: Freeman Hockey Rink
Cost: $6 (at the Box Office)
Joining the ranks of Wolf Parade, Fugazi, Blink 182, and System of a Down, the Freeman Athletic Center has announced an indefinite hiatus, citing irreconcilable creative differences and descent into “heavy snow load” addiction. The announcement follows years of speculation regarding the band’s alarming 1996 effort, Wall Collapses Under Heavy Snowfall, and places the status of its upcoming release, This Week’s Phys-Ed Classes, in limbo until further review. More from publicist and Athletics Director John Biddiscombe:
Due to the heavy snow load on many of the Freeman Athletic Center roofs, all classes, except for those classes held in the pool, are canceled for Monday and Tuesday, February 7 and 8. Also, the Andersen Fitness Center, Bacon Field House, Rosenbaum Squash Courts, Multi Exercise Rooms, and Silloway Gymnasium are closed indefinitely. Please check the Department of Physical Education and Athletics web site for up-to-date information regarding resumption of classes and the opening of activity spaces.
If you were hoping to go to the Freeman today, tough luck. Wesleyan, aware of its buildings’ potentialstructural problems, has closed the athletic center to clear off snow.
The official bulletin from Freeman’s schedule:
SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to roof snow removal, all activity in the Freeman Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 5 has been suspended until further notice as of 2 p.m. The swim meet will go on as scheduled at 3 p.m. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Unfortunately for gym frequenters, it is unsafe for people to be inside while they are clearing the roof, but anyways, it’s better to be safe than sorry.