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Banner Dropping the “T” Word


A couple days ago, a series of banners were displayed in Usdan urging students to not to use the word “townie.” The banners are part of an effort by the Middletown Wesleyan Relations Committee (MWRC) to work towards their wider goal of “expanding and strengthening the Middletown-Wesleyan relationship.”

The word “townie” is often thrown around on campus when referring to Middletown residents, often with negative connotations. I spoke with Haenah Kwon ’17, a member of the MWRC who worked on the banner drop, to learn more about the current campaign. She explained that the banner drop was an effort to start a discussion:

Chinese Conversation Hour

*Adorable Chinese children not included.

Come practice speaking Chinese and meet others interested in Chinese culture and language:

Every Thursday from 12 – 1, bring your lunch over to 41 Wyllys Room 113. All levels are welcome!

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113
Facebook: Link

Eat at French Table

Courtesy of Estelle Lenartowicz, French FLTA:

Parlez-vous français? Alors, come join us at the French Table!

When? Every Wednesday, 12-2PM
Where? Usdan, 2nd Floor, Right Wing
Contact: elenartowicz(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Princeton in Asia Recruiting Event

Tryna teach English in Asia next year? Ari Wolfe ’03 dares you to prove it:

Calling all seniors! What are you doing next year? Come out to the Princeton in Asia info session to learn about the possibilities of
having an adventure in one of 18 countries around Asia. No previous language experience necessary to apply! Bring your questions and your sense of adventure.

Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: CRC
Cost: Free

Disabling Language: An Open Discussion on Disability at Wes

Catherine Maclean ’14 writes in about a student group discussion happening this Thursday night. There will be free food:

Join members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights for dinner and a lively conversation about the politics, history, and controversies surrounding language used to talk about disabilities and people with disabilities. Information about disability services will also be available. Afterwards, students with disabilities will be available to discuss their experiences on campus. All are welcome! Dinner will be provided.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Place: Clark Lounge

Apply to Coordinate Wesleyan ESL

Zach loves to subtitle EVERYTHING.”

Amy Torres ’12 hopes you can put your tongue to good use.

Looking for a great work-study or volunteer job? Speak Spanish? Ever heard of Wesleyan ESL?

The Wesleyan ESL program matches Wesleyan students with members of Wesleyan’s custodial staff interested in taking English classes. The program is seeking a new coordinator for the upcoming year to be part the Office of Community Service’s student staff and run the ESL program. Training will start this semester and the full coordinating position will start in the fall.

Interested? Click here to read more about the job responsibilities and apply!

All applications are due by Friday, February 10th

Parlez-vous Français? – French Conversation Hour

Lucy Britt ’14 pulls half a Conchord, suspiciously sends in a picture of a constant motif in my dreams:

Parlez-vous Français? Rendez-vous à Usdan sur les canapés noirs plus proche de la boîte aux lettres pour pratiquer votre français! Conversation informelle pour tous les niveaux en dehors de la classe.
Il y aura du fromage!

Want a safe place to practice your French? Love cheese, baguettes and croissants and have always wanted express said love in French? Join us for French Conversation hour! Come practice with REAL LIVE FRENCH PEOPLE!
There will be cheese, people (but unfortunately no cheese people).

Date:   Oct. 13
Time:   7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place:  à Usdan, aux canapés à côte des boîtes aux lettres <- [ed. note: WHAT IS THIS JIBBER-JABBER!?]

Did you know?

Most languages have their own word for unicorn! Here are some examples:

…And you thought you couldn’t learn anything useful from a blog.  Happy Tuesday, linguists!