It may not be easy being green, but it sure is worthwhile.
Soon after graduating in May, Matt Lichtash ’13 and Evan Weber ’13took a sweet roadtrip got to work on solving one of our age’s great crises: climate change. The dynamic duo recently released The Plan, a comprehensive energy plan (and a critique of President Obama’s own inadequate version) that would bring the United States to effective carbon neutrality by 2050. They have now entered “Phase 2,” and it involves an Indiegogo campaign somehow. I sat down with Matt and Evan (literally) to probe the mysterious/complex/profound details of their work, and also to talk about being alums and advice for Wesleyan and whatnot. The following is our G-Chat interview, replete with spelling errors and all (though not as bad as our last G-Chat interview). Without further ado:
Evan: Alright. Evan: Getting right into it. Evan: So basically, our nation has no long term energy strategy. Evan: And given things like environmental degradation, dependence on potentially unstable regions for the backbone of our economy, and (what we think is the whopper) the threat of already occurring climate change which will—if unchecked—completely change the world as we know it, we found that lack of planning to be problematic Matt: So, we set out to find the best policies that could really get us out of this mess and fix several problems at once. Evan: The U.S. likes to position itself as a global superpower, and in a lot of ways it is. Evan: But climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world has faced, and for us not to have a plan with how to really lead the way to deal with it is irresponsible Evan: And immoral really
Sometimes, senior theses don’t just stop after #thesiscrazy ends. If they’re really something, and the person continues hir work after ze graduates, that thesis can become something even bigger. Samantha Joy Pearlman ’11made that happen. She is promoting a new IndieGogo campaign for her thesis-show-turned-real-show Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO, which she wrote and stars in.
The show is “a swingin’ big band celebration of the female performers of the United Service Organization (USO) Camp Shows during WWII,” and it needs funding to make its next big step into the world of theater. So far, the campaign raised $3,220 out of its reasonable $5,000 goal and there are 13 days left in the campaign. You can help out with this great project, and then go see what you helped create!
Wesleyan’s Stethoscope Press has brought you entirely student-published literature, artwork, and appropriate Wesleying post images for more than a year and a half now. Piers Gelly ’13 hopes you’ll give back:
Stethoscope is doing a fundraiser to pull together some last minute funds! Our books are mostly written and about to go to print, but we’re a few dollars short.
We’ll also be doing a bake/d sale at Zonker Harris Day.
With a description this succinct, what’s not to love? …the description, you say? Ugh, rude. Here’s a little more, from the Indiegogo site:
Each year, we select several writers who work one-on-one with an editor to produce a book of original work. This year, we’re printing five books: a novella, a collection of poems, two collections of short stories, and a book of essays. […]
Please consider donating to Stethoscope! Any amount, however small, means a lot. It costs $4.40 to print one copy of any one book, so by donating just $10, you’ll be funding two whole books. For $22, you’ll be supporting one copy each of all five books.
We are offering some great rewards for donations. Take a look!
Show your support to Stethoscope by next Monday, Aprill 22, if you’d like to help out.
Update 4/8/2013: This campaign has been canceled, but if you’re interested in supporting Mel’s music or learning more, you should contact her at melanielhsu(at)gmail(dot)com.
Wes legendMel Hsu ’13 needs some monetary assistance putting out two new albums before her graduation. To hear some of the beauty she’s unleashed previously, check out her solo album This Living Room and her album with Josh Smith ’11,Analogue. She was also a member of Honey and the Sting, the music thesis band of Sam Long ’12. These amazing albums just brush the surface of Mel’s many accomplishments throughout her time here. It’s upon us to support Mel in her last large musical endeavors at Wesleyan.
Dearest Wes,I have been working on a lot of new music that is near and dear to my heart. Jess Best ’14, Jared Paul ’11 and I have been finding the most cost-efficient, high-quality and financially sustainable ways to record all the music (in the form of two albums) before I graduate. Any amount you might feel comfortable donating to our Indiegogo campaign would help us out significantly with recording costs. The support from this campus has meant the world to me over the past four years, so I thank you (with a giant bear-hug) for helping me make the music happen.
The official theme for their capital campaign is “#THESISWHY.”
Tired of capital campaigns yet? Too bad. Making movies is expensive, and #thisiswhy thesis filmmakers Gus Vita ’13 and Dema Paxton Fofang ’13 (otherwise known as The Artist Formerly Known as Bamenda) are asking for your help in the form of a Kickstarter and an IndieGogo campaign, respectively. Vita’s asking for $3,000 and Fofang’s asking for $1,000, which comes to $4,000 total between the two of them, which still only amounts to .016% of the budget of Michael Bay ’86’s next $25 million opus (and that’s not counting the extra millions for advertising), so throw them a bone, will you? (At any rate, both of them have raised substantial funds towards their goals as of this posting—but they need more.)
You’d be right in assuming that filming is complete for both movies, so why raise money now? As Fofang explains it, “both of our projects were shot on 16mm, and the post-production process for that format is quite expensive. I’m currently spending long hours each day editing the film on a Steenbeck, and prepping for the final stages of post-production.” A cursory glance at Fofang’s own fundraising campaign reveals in detail where the money’s going: hiring a negative cutter to assemble the final cut, hiring a professional sound mixer to optimize the soundtrack, answer prints, color correction, telecine, festival distribution fees.