From Sophie Breitbart ’16:
Do you ever go into Middletown or Hartford and wish you could do something to help those less fortunate than you? Would you like to help alleviate the stress and worry now being experienced by four hundred twenty thousand Connecticut residents because their food stamp benefits were cut as of November 1? Looking for an excuse to start celebrating the holidays? We’ve got you covered!
Come visit the Fast-a-thon table at Usdan to donate points to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. We’ll be tabling for a week starting this Wednesday. Stop by between noon-1 and 6-7 pm or you can give through this link starting Wednesday.If you’re low on points, just consider skipping your next latte run so that the boy you tutor can enjoy a meal (nearly one in fiveConnecticut children qualify as food insecure.)Holidays = giving = donating points = let the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Saturnalia/Festivus music begin!
Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Cost: 5-50 points
From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:
This is an information session about this spring 2014 for-credit internship in Hartford and about careers affecting state-level policy change for students who might consider applying for the internship by the November 1 deadline or those generally interested in learning more about our legislative system.
Lunch provided for those who pre-register by October 9.
The Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Internship Program provides an educational opportunity outside the traditional academic setting, bringing on college students as legislative aids to acquaint them with both the formal and informal aspects of the legislative process. Interns do bill analysis and tracking, spot and in-depth research, drafting of news releases and speeches, liaison work, constituent casework, and more. Applications for Spring 2014 are dueNovember 1.
Mary Cyriac ’02 is a Policy Analyst in the Senate Democrats’ Office of the Connecticut General Assembly. At Wesleyan, she majored in History, and went on to attend law school. Mary has work at various non-profit organizations, providing free legal services as well as advocating for policy change. Jackson Ulrich ’14 was a Legislative Intern in Spring 2013. He will talk about his experience in the program.
Date: Thursday, October 10th
Place: Allbritton 022
Link: Register here by October 9th to get free lunch!
Officers “were using a cell phone to take pictures of the student where they live through a window.”
WFSB 3 Connecticut
Though details are scarce, students have been understandably shaken by the recent news that two Public Safety officers have been fired for “the surreptitious viewing and possibly the video recording of a female student in her residence.” The fact that this follows closely on other alleged cases of Public Safety misconduct, ranging from theft to physically assaulting a student, certainly doesn’t help.
A WFSB Eyewitness News video report on the incident offers some clarity as to how this took place. According to the report, the officers were using a cell phone through a campus window to record the student:
Sources told Eyewitness News this was not a sophisticated setup. In fact, they were believed to be using something that most of us already have – a smartphone.
The public safety officers were using a cell phone to take pictures of the student where they live through a window without that individual knowing it.
Here’s how they were caught:
Support marriage equality? All the cool senators are doing it these days. Follow Patrick Moriarty ’14 to Hartford:
On March 26-27, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two cases that are fundamentally about whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) Americans should have the same freedoms as everyone else. Those two cases will decide the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 — this is a huge and historic moment. Lend your voice to the rising tide of those speaking out in favor of marriage equality.
½ mile Community March to rally from Metropolitan Community Church gathers at 5:30pm, 155 Wyllys Street. Wear Red & Bring Signs
For more info visit FaceBook Marriage Equality Rally (Connecticut) or @ Light To Justice.
Date: March 25, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Federal Courthouse: 450 Main Street, Hartford
Earlier this month, The Onion mocked college activists in a video news clip entitled “College Activists Excited to Add Powerless Voices to Gun Debate,” which involved an actual Argus editorial and a fake interview with Micah Feiring ’11 (renamed “Michael Feiring”) in its scathing take-down.
A few days later, on Valentine’s Day (which doubled as the two-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting), I joined about 30 other Wesleyan students, as well as Rabbi David Teva and Reverend Tracy Mehr-Muska, on a brief trip to Hartford for the March for Change rally in support of stricter gun laws. Initially proposed by Reverend Tracy, the trip was organized by Em Kianka ’13, Zach Malter ’13, and Michael Linden ’15.
Carrying signs with slogans like “MORE LOVE LESS GUNS” and “STAND ON THE SIDE OF LOVE,” we arrived at the state capital building in Hartford, where a crowd of over 5,000 supporters had gathered near mounds of snow and Governor Dannel Malloy was finishing up a stirring speech that hearkened back to his moving remarks in the hours after the tragedy. “Every day that we delay is a day in which more innocent individuals,” Malloy spoke from the capital steps. “I hope the NRA hopes the ‘Newtown Effect’ will go away. It won’t. We can’t let what happened in Connecticut ever go away.” At one point, a hushed chant broke out in the crowd: “Now. Now. Now. Now.”
Spoiler: It involves sex, drugs, and
rock & roll projectile vomiting.
Last night, around 7:30 p.m., a few hundred well-oiled members of the Class of 2013 piled into buses outside of Usdan, headed—unbeknownst to passengers—to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Two hours later, a drunker, louder, and scientifically inspired Class of 2013 was herded onto the same buses and driven right back to Middletown. The “Freaks and Geeks, Valentine’s Day style”-themed evening—which cost $40 and made for the third senior event of the year—wasn’t supposed to end abruptly in less than two hours, but according to one student who overheard an exchange between museum staffers and Wesleyan coordinators, the ejection may have been well earned.
“I overheard that staffers at the Connecticut Science Center observed students ‘doing drugs and having sex in the bathrooms,’ and that things were getting broken,” explained the student, who asked not to be named. “I am not sure whether or to what extent that is exaggerated or not; it was said rather offhandedly and by someone who appeared to be under a lot of duress at the time.”
If you noticed copious amounts of baking soda lining the stairs of the museum, that, too, had something to do with the staff’s unhappy reaction.
Want to spend the two-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting marching through Hartford with thousands of others to demand sensible gun legislation in Connecticut? So do I. There’s a planning meeting on Tuesday, and Em Kianka ’13 has deets:
The recent tragedy in Newtown has just made more apparent an issue that has been neglected for far too long. We as a community must take a stand and tell our legislators that enacting gun control legislation now is necessary to ending gun violence in the state of Connecticut. Come stand in solidarity with those working to end gun violence and join the March for Change in Hartford the morning of February 14th. The March for Change is organized by a coalition of activists supporting the enactment of safer gun legislation in CT and will support the efforts of CT Against Gun Violence.
Interested in marching or helping mobilize a coalition of Wesleyan students to attend or volunteer at the march? Come attend this planning meeting on Tuesday, 1/29 at 4:15 in Usdan 110 to talk about our vision for Wesleyan’s involvement in the march. THERE WILL BE SNACKS!
Also, please invite your friends!
Date: Tuesday, January 29 (the actual march is February 14)
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110
The “Andy Ribner ’14 Gives a Fuck About Education” Lecture Series continues this afternoon with Jack Dougherty, professor at Trinity:
Professor Jack Dougherty of Trinity College, will be speaking on the history of education via the niche of education in Hartford: how has the civil rights movement and housing influenced education in Central Connecticut?
Note: This is part of a weekly speaker series on Education Policy.
Date: Today, September 11
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Today’s installment is mostly a repost, detailing ways for you to get around the Connecticut and New England area. Or home, or to get waffle fries at 4 in the morning, or wherever. If you have a car already, you may want to ignore this entirely. If you don’t, then you might want to take our advice and become friends with someone who does.
As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown. The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks (near Hartford). Getting there, though, is quite the challenge, which is why we at Wesleying, with help from our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs.
Shout-out in the comments with additions and corrections.