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.
Come support the Freeman Asian Scholars Association (FASA) late-night Asian dessert sale in aid of the FASA scholarship that provides funds for an international student to attend Wesleyan who does not come from the 11 countries covered by the Freeman scholarship.
The evening’s treats will include bubble tea, mochi, sago and egg tarts. We will also be serving mi Goreng, an Indonesian spicy fried noodle dish, for those in the mood for something more savory.
What: FASA Late-Night Dessert Sale
When: TONIGHT (Sun, Dec 5) – 9pm to 12am
Where: Woodhead Lounge
Cost: Depends, but all for a good cause! Bring cash :)
Earlier this week President Roth sent out an email announcing the passing of beloved alumnus and former trustee (1982–1991) Houghton “Buck” Freeman ’43, son of AIG co-founder Mansfield Freeman ’16. “Freeman’s numerous contributions to the University,” the Argus writes, “including a $5 million gift in the 1980s that funded construction of the Bacon Field House and the new pool in the Freeman Athletic Center, made him the largest donor in Wesleyan’s history.” That’s a pretty astounding superlative.
More from President Roth’s email, and then some snapshots from Freeman’s student years at Wes:
Buck grew up in China and acquired fluency in Mandarin. He interrupted his studies at Wesleyan to serve in the Navy during World War II and provided intelligence reports from southern China behind Japanese lines. After the war, he became the first Wesleyan student to earn a degree in Japanese. He captained the 1946 Wesleyan soccer team in a season that had only one loss (against Yale), which nearly equaled the record of Wesleyan’s undefeated team on which he had starred in 1940. In 1947 he joined AIG, where he spent the rest of his career, rising to the top levels of company leadership.
As Roth writes, Freeman’s studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the Navy. He is listed, by Roth and others, as a 1943 graduate, but he left Wes in 1942 and returned after the war to captain the 1946 soccer team (team photo here), and his yearbook photo (right) appears in the senior section of the 1947 Olla Podrida. Here’s his senior blurb, which lists his sprawling extracurricular accomplishments as: “Cardinal” Business Board, Varsity Soccer Co-captain, Squash, Golf (letters); Freshman Soccer Captain (numerals); Le Cercle Francais; La Tertulia; TNE; Phi Nu Theta secretary; Candidate for Distinction in Government. For more glimpses of extracurricular life from an era long past, check out these blurbs for The Newman Club, The Camera Club, The Rosa Club, The Rifle Club, and The Pre-Medical Club.
Loved being able to go to the gym for a 10:00 Friday night workout? Well, those days are no more. Freeman, which used to stay open until 10:00 Monday-Wednesday and 11:00 Thursday-Saturday, will now close at 9:00 Monday-Saturday. Opening times (6:30 Monday-Friday, 8:00 Saturday) as well as Sunday hours (11:00-6:00) have not changed. Also, keep in mind the fitness center closes 15 minutes before the building (so 8:45 Monday-Saturday, 5:45 Sunday). View the complete fall hours here.
(For what it’s worth, SciLi has also had a marginal reduction in hours–it will now close at 11:00 Saturday nights, rather than 11:30.)
Freeman has expanded its hours of operation for the spring semester. Beginning Wednesday, the building will now open at 6:30 AM (half an hour earlier) on weekdays. The field house and fitness center will also open at 6:30, with the squash courts opening at 7:00 and the pool at 7:15. The equipment room is open from 8:00 AM to 9:45 PM weekdays; I seem to recall it closing at 9:00 in the fall. Closing times are the same, as are the Saturday/Sunday hours.
View the full hours here.
Learn about the China Education Initiative, get free pizza:
The China Education Initiative (CEI) is an innovative non-profit organization, supported by the Ford Foundation, that addresses educational inequality in low-income, indigenous minority communities in rural parts of China that have not, as yet, seen the rapid economic growth that the coastal areas have experienced in the past two decades (www.chinaeducationinitiative.org).
With mentorship from:
- Princeton in Asia
- The Woodrow Wilson School’s China and the World Program (CWP)
And working in partnership with:
- Tsinghua University & Peking University
- The Chinese Communist Youth League’s (CYL) ‘Graduate Student Volunteer Program’
CEI operates with the approval of the Chinese central government and is the first and only volunteer organization in China to pair graduates from top universities in the US and China in a long-term cross-cultural service initiative.
We are now recruiting promising future leaders to serve as fully-sponsored CEI Teaching Fellows for 2009-2010. We invite you to join us for an on-campus information session.
There will be a free pizza lunch meeting with Vincent Ng, who will provide information about CIE; explore the possibilities of teaching in a village in rural China.
Date: Wednesday, Nov 12th
Time: 12 noon
Place: Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (corner of Wyllys and Washington)
By now, it’s probably fairly common knowledge that you can use your WesCard at the vending machines in Usdan (no points, though–just Middletown Cash that you’ve put on). Until now, those were the only ones. Not anymore. Three of the four vending machines in the basement of Freeman (all but the Powerade one) have been outfitted with WesCard readers:
They aren’t working yet (they all say “NOT IN SERVICE 001” or something to that extent), but I imagine they will be soon. Hopefully this means that every vending machine will soon have this capability. I haven’t noticed any other machines that now take WesCards; if anyone else knows of any, post them in the comments.