A big change is coming to Middletown: the Rite Aid on Main Street is becoming a Walgreens! This transition comes as part of a failed merger between Rite Aid and Walgreens that was blocked by anti-trust laws in June of this year. Rather than merging with Rite Aid, Walgreens is buying up just under 2000 Rite Aid stores across the country in a deal worth approximately $4.375 billion.
So what does all of this mean for you? Rite Aid sent me a letter outlining the whole transition:
“If the Wesleyan Administration and R.J Julia refuse to meet these conditions, we will organize a boycott of the new bookstore until they do.”
Last Thursday night, we received a tip from a member of USLAC (United Student/Labor Action Coalition) about unfair hiring practices by the managing company of the new Wesleyan bookstore on Main Street, RJ Julia Booksellers. The tip read as a press release and was also shared on the USLAC Facebook page, where it received over 20 shares.
In the release, USLAC members state that current employees at Broad Street were promised jobs early on by R.J. Julia, but were left without any concrete information on on their future employment for months, only to find out that their new positions would come with a cut to their pay and benefits. The release also highlights accounts of racially-coded criticism coming from management at R.J. Julia. The statement makes 3 specific demands of R.J. Julia and the Wesleyan administration and hints of future actions and a potential boycott of the bookstore if the demands are not met. Read past the jump for USLAC’s full statement:
Rachel Earnhardt ’17 writes in:
WesAGE (Wesleyan Alliance for Generational Exchange) aims tofacilitate mutually beneficial relationships between Wesleyan studentsand the elderly members of the Middletown community through a networkof outreach programs. Members have the opportunity to engage in weeklygroup social hours (which often involve playing Scrabble and Bingo orsocializing with wiser souls) at One MacDonough Senior Center on MainStreet or individual visits with their own elderly companion.If you are interested in learning more, please join us for an interest meeting this Monday. Candy provided.
Date: Monday, September 14th
Time: 4:45 PM- 5:20 PM
Place: Albritton 103
From the greatest person you’ll ever meet, Max Owen-Dunow ’15 (no seriously, you need to talk to him if you haven’t):
Let’s Get Ready is a free SAT tutoring and college counseling program that serves underserved high school students from Middletown and Meriden. Our students are from low-income families (they receive free or reduced-price lunches at school) and/or are first-generation college-bound students. Let’s Get Ready aims to equal the playing field by providing low-income students with the same chance at getting into a great school that students from high-income families that can afford expensive SAT prep classes have.
We’re raising money to support our program and we need your help!
From Monday April 7th through Sunday April 13th, FroyoWorld has generously offered to donate 20% of your purchase to the Wesleyan Let’s Get Ready program. It’s the perfect excuse to get froyo three (or ten) times in a week and celebrate the fact that we’re finally, finally getting some good weather.
*In order to make your purchase count, please remember to mention to the cashier that you’re participating in the Wesleyan Let’s Get Ready fundraiser.* If you don’t say anything, we don’t get our money!
Thanks so much for your help! See you on Main St.!
Date: Now through Sunday, April 13th
Time: All the time (for real though, froyo is mad delicious)
Place: FroyoWorld at 386 Main Street
Facebook event: HERE
Laura Cohen ’14 extends an invitation:
Food Not Bombs is an anarchist food redistribution organization. Come
cook a delicious meal with salvaged food and share it on Main Street
with everyone every Sunday!
Date: Sunday, October 27th
Place: 1st Church on Court Street
Cost: Very free
“In Middletown, the connection between those ignored by society who then come back to cause harm is difficult to overlook.”
In the days and hours after the Newtown shooting, my thoughts turned to Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10, the Wesleyan student who was senselessly gunned down in Broad Street Books in 2009. A prefrosh at the time, I wasn’t on campus. I followed the tragedy, in horror and shock, from the safety of my parents’ house, and I fielded uncomfortable questions from high school classmates who asked if I was going to “the school where that girl was killed.”
I’m not the only member of the Wesleyan community for whom Sandy Hook triggered memories of 2009. First came a blog post from Professor Claire Potter, who reflects on faculty experiences in the wake of Justin-Jinich’s murder and argues forcefully against proposals to arm teachers. Then followed a Huffington Post column from President Roth, who advocates for gun control and writes, “If we falter, if we think the politics too difficult or too complicated, we should remember Johanna.”
“Violence and Mental Illness in Middletown, Connecticut” is the latest, a sprawling Atlantic piece that weaves together the shooting of Justin-Jinich, the 2012 outrage over Middletown elementary school “scream rooms,” and the horrific 1989 stabbing of a young girl on Main Street into a portrait of a small city still haunted by violence and stigmatization of the mentally ill. (David Peterson, the schizophrenic man who stabbed nine-year-old Jessica Short as her family looked on, had just escaped from Connecticut Valley Hospital, where Stephen Morgan is now held. Like Morgan, Peterson was later ruled insane.)
Main Street’s La Boca invites you to eat a shitload of tacos next week and possibly win $200:
Hope you’re hungry! La Boca’s First Annual Taco Eating contest! Preliminary on Wednesday, Nov 14th from 7-10 pm. Finals on Friday Nov 16th from 8-9pm. All participants must fill out and submit the sign up sheet to La Boca (find it on the La Boca website here). Sign up sheets are also available at La Boca’s front desk. $200 cash prize for the winner who eats the most!
Date: November 14, 2012
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Place: 337 Main Street
Cost: $20 to participate, free to watch
I just wandered around Main Street for a bit, and boy is it deserted. I mean, like, the desert deserted. Sorry for the shakiness of the photos; it is kinda windy.
In the 30 minute tour I just took of Main Street, ‘twixt rain and wind and leaves hitting me in the goddam face, I met not a single soul. Oh sure, there were a few lonely vehicles cautiously crawling hither and thither, but not one other deigned to trod gingerly down the dreary lane on foot like myself.
I have decided to rename Main Street, if only temporarily, as Desolation Aisle. Much like the oft-neglected pet-product aisle at the grocery store, Desolation Aisle seemed to offer delights on every side, but instead greeted me with harsh, unappetizing dimmed lights and locked doors.
From Alexandra Ellerbeck ’13:
Come participate in a statewide discussion on health care in Connecticut. The community health center on Main Street is one of three locations hosting a town hall meeting on health justice. Meet at the steps of Usdan (Wyllys Ave side) at 5:20pm for transportation to the event. Visit the town hall website to register for the event and to find out more about the speakers.
Date: Tomorrow, October 23
Place: Usdan (van departs from the ‘Dan for the CHC at 675 Main Street)
Lookin’ for some wild and crazy party action on campus this fall break? So am I! We should hang out! Check out this rager Katherine Ly ’15 told me about: