Sam Raby ’17 writes in:
Have you ever wanted to write comedy? Love Clickhole, Broad City, and other #currentpopularcomedy? Want to sit in a room with other funny people and make jokes every week? Join the Ampersand, Wesleyan’s only humor publication! We meet every Thursday at 4:30 in the basement of Allbritton. Snax and laughs will be #provided.
Date: Thursday, January 29th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: Allbritton, rm. 004
It was recently pointed out to me by my good friend, Johnny Lazebnik ‘16, that there are a lot of awesome places and things on campus that many people don’t know about. Despite being in a small bubble-like college environment, there’s a ton to do and see; while rushing through academic, extracurricular, and social routines, it can be hard to experience everything. But never fear, Wesleying is here, unveiling all of Wesleyan’s hidden gems so that you can get the most out of them or at least experience them vicariously through the Internet.
Starting off this series (no promises!) of posts is a mechanical treasure deep in the belly of the Science Library. If you venture down the stairs and past the fire exit that nearly everyone almost walks through, you’ll arrive in the basement. This is typically a quieter space, with several large tables, study rooms, and thesis carrels. You’ll notice, however, that this only takes up the front half of the room. If you head for the back, you’ll find rows of shelves, lined up like dominos, filling the space up to the back wall. But these shelves are no ordinary shelves. You’ll find that most of the shelves are so close together you can’t even get to the books on them! Seems strange, but this space-saving measure allows for a rather entertaining innovation: the shelves are automated.
That’s right, with just the push of a button, you can move one or more shelves out of your path, allowing you to get to your study materials. Pretty neat, huh? But why just stop there? Besides using the shelves for practical uses or just to marvel at the miracles of modern technology, you can have a lot more fun with them! If you’re down there and are in the mood for a study break that’s slightly more active than browsing the Internet, here are some things you can try.
Noah Masur ’15 invites you to see an improv comedy Triforce:
This Friday night, come see all three of Wesleyan’s improv comedy groups in one Non-Geographical Location!
Gag Reflex – Armando long form
Desperate Measures – short form
New Teen Force – free form
Laughter! Romance! Suspense! All made up as we go along!
Date: Friday, November 22
Time: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place: Nics lounge
Facebook: Event page!
Emma Singer ’15 writes in with good news for funny people & a relevant photo & lots of other &&&s:
The Ampersand, Wesleyan’s ONLY humor publication, has a NEW WEBSITE. wesleyanampersand.tumblr.com will be updated daily, so bookmark it now! In other news, our first meeting of the year will take place this Thursday, September 5th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Allbritton basement next to Espwesso. We are looking for new writers, social media interns (Compose tweets that will be read by Carter Bays! He follows us!), & generally funny people. Contact Sarah Esocoff ’15 at sesocoff(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions & concerns & jokes. No experience necessary. Over & out.
Date: Tomorrow (Thursday), September 5th
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: the basement of Allbritton
This is a school where people are down to talk about sex. We’re more than eager to share stories of last night’s sexcapades with our friends. We advocate for consent and take a stand against sexual violence. We’re open to going to lectures, taking classes, and engaging in discussions about sex. So at a school where everyone is so gung-ho about sex, why do people still seem to be confused about condoms (this is not how it’s done)?
Of course, there are many ways to have safe, consensual, positive sexual experiences as well as tons of different forms of birth control. But if you are using condoms, you may relate to some of these struggles. From the humorous to the disturbing, here are some of the best and worst anecdotes and experiences we’ve heard lately about the plight of the condom. Who knew a thin layer of latex could be so controversial and amusing?
Hey. You look like you haven’t laughed in a while. We can fix that:
Everybody is welcome.
Comedy groups include:
- Desperate Measures (short-form improv)
- Gag Reflex (long-form improv)
- Lunchbox (sketch comedy)
- New Teen Force (long-form improv)
- Punchline (stand-up comedy)
- Vocal Debauchery (a cappella + sketch comedy)
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Place: Nics Lounge
Yes, reader, that includes you. Coming at you from Marissa Castrigno ’15:
Everyone is Gay began as a humorous advice blog, but quickly became a multi-faceted safe haven for young people – particularly queer youth, their families and friends. In fall of 2011, Everyone is Gay began touring school campuses nationwide to raise awareness, answer questions, and provide simple yet powerful steps for bringing change and awareness to communities… while keeping everyone laughing.
Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Time: 7:00–8:30 PM
Place: CFA Hall
In celebrating President Roth’s birthday, we are sharing a timeline of his illustrious life.
Springtime is in the air and Foss Hill is alive with cheer on this glorious April day, a day full of historic occasions, none of them so grandiose as the 56th birthday of everyone’s favorite part-time university administrator and full-time historian of the history of psychological thought, Michael S. Roth ’78. While Wesleying is not privy to the full week of gala celebrations probably kicking off tonight with a Freud-themed costume party at the presidential residence, we do want to share in the cheer by looking back on President Roth’s illustrious life and career. Courtesy of Wesleyan Ampersand historians Piers Gelly ’13 and Benjamin Soloway ’13, here is a rough timeline of Michael S. Roth, interspersed with visual tributes that some of our readers and fans have sent in. (Some of the images are also via The Ampersand.) We have also changed our banner for the occasion.
Want to wish President Roth a happy birthday yourself? You can do so on Facebook, where he is, like, 92% guaranteed to accept your friend request. You can also do him the favor of fixing a “Citation needed!” alert for his date of birth on Wikipedia, which bans citing Facebook in articles. You can also follow him on Twitter or hit up his blog or read this Bomb Magazine interview or watch a video of him hanging out with Judith Butler.
Just because it’s the summer doesn’t mean the activism has to stop. A new Tumblr is taking on the change in the need-blind policy one meme at a time.
The creator of the tumblr says ze created it to “point out all the terrible contradictions both he and the administration say/do at the expense of need-blind admissions.” Ze asserts:
“He has an at-first-glance convincing argument: basically, right now the amount of money we can give for financial aid would allow us to accept 90% of the incoming class need-blind. However, after the budget for financial aid runs out, admissions will need to look at applicants financial situation. Roth says that there is no reason to avoid repealing need-blind just because it is “morally pure” to keep it. Rather, the university’s first priority is “to provide the best chance of success to the students we graduate.” That makes sense; don’t sacrifice quality over… morality?”
Check out the rest of the memes at rothtastic.tumblr.com.
Also, if you haven’t already, check out the Need-Blind Admissions Policy Focus Group website. The site features historical and financial information in addition to linking to discussion on the policy change.