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Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: Dorm Living FAQ

Holly and Xue wrote the first version of this post in 2006 and it has been reposted every year since then. Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett (wow this joke is old). [Or unless Clark goes on fire a few times]

Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus '13.

Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus ’13.

This is part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Dear frosh of 2022,

As you are probably fretting about your first day of college, a sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.

(Melisa’s note: Our cheery freshmen selves a wee [two years] ago ventured onto the wilderness of Waste Not, and my friends ended up purchasing a futon for very cheap. We ended up *probably* spending the same amount on febreeze that we ended up dousing said futon in. This is to say that even your futon isn’t safe from the wonders of college sexuality.)

But don’t be too frazzled. Before you finish your housing form, get your roommate(s) assignment, and make dorm Facebook groups that no one will check after October, Wesleying‘s here to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.

The pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to update/repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good and we’re still damn lazy) every year. This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesleyan lingo:

View with a Room: The Nics Room That Reminds Me I Can’t Even Draw Stick Figures

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Welp, as if I weren’t already insecure about my inability to draw even the simplest two-dimensional shapes, Justin Liew ’18 is making it worse. He’s basically created his own version of The Louvre in his Nics dorm room.

Here’s something awesome: Justin had never sketched until coming to The Tech. “I’ve never drawn anything in my life before, so I jumped at the chance to take a Drawing I class in my first semester here!” he says. “Most of the drawings in my room were from that class. The focus of the class were nudes, so that’s what I mostly have.”

Desperate Measures Parents’ Weekend Improv Show

Whose Line

Boy, does the hilarious and tall Noah Masur ’15 have a show for you:

Come to the Nic Lounge on Friday at 8pm to help Desperate Measures write their first full show of the semester… as it’s being performed! This means that we get to show off our shiny, brand new baby players — Rachel, Billy, and Peter. It also means that you get to cram in to the lounge with your friends and your personal bottle of absinthe and your Pokemon Y, plop down in the front row, and proceed to shout “Miley Cyrus” for every single suggestion we ask for, repeatedly, uninhibited by our attempts to ignore you, until we are all forced to collectively sigh and look at you, at which point one of us must say, “Fine,” and then use your suggestion for some ridiculous scene that causes such great laughter and applause that you continually congratulate yourself everywhere you go for your brilliant and original suggestion, feeling satisfied with your life for many years until the day you come face to face with all of us in the fiery pits of Hell itself to answer for what you did. It’s gonna be fun!

Facebook event here.

Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 8-9pm
Place: Nics Lounge
Cost: Split sides

WESFLIX Short Film Festival


From Rizky Rahadianto ’15:

Just like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Solo (nee Organa) bravely fought the Empire, so did Wesflix fight the power of those opposed to promiscuous filmmaking.

A small collective of sophomores have banded together to present a collection of pieces done solely out of love for the craft and dedication to the arts. Each work is a student production from start to finish, the vision of each artist in its purest form.

You could treat this as your pre-game to the Digital Thesis Film Screening and Film Ball in your filmy weekend. We wouldn’t be offended.

Café Candide @ French Hall

All is for the best in the best of all possible program halls:

Need a study break? Want some free snacks? Come hang out with French students, TAs and faculty at French Hall this Wednesday and enjoy some free pastries, coffee, and tea. Venez!

Date: Today, March 6
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: French Hall (Nic 7 Basement)
Cost: None

Desperate Measures Parents Weekend Show

From Ariel Lesnick ’14 and the LOL ROFL BRB STILL ROFLING peeps of Desperate Measures:

Come see Desperate Measures Improv(e) Comedy, Wesleyan’s only Short-Form Improv group, make you laugh!

Saturday, October 20th at 8 pm in the Nics Lounge! This is our first show with our incredible new members, and spoiler: they are hilarious.

Bring your family members, pets, enemies, anybody you want!

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8pm
Place: Nics Lounge

Some Dorms Down… Again

Receiving word that the Butts, Nics, WestCo, and Hewitt are down again. Other buildings may be out as well. This is independent of the outage scheduled for 3-4am tomorrow morning. Public Safety has confirmed that the four buildings mentioned are down, but does not know if this is outage was planned or not. If anyone has more info about this outage please write it up in the comments section.

[Edit 10:18pm] Clark Hall is also out (confirmed).

[Edit 11:19PM crash] The power will be out for at least an hour. Cause of outage isn’t known at the moment. Fayerweather, Usdan, Exley, Senior Fauv, Frosh Fauv still have power.

[Edit 11:36PM BZOD] Power is back on in the Nics. Also, a message from Public Safety around 10 PM tonight said that the outage would be fixed in “2 hours maximum.” Probably not planned, but the issue might have at least been resolved.

Film Hall Screens: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.”

Come on down to Film Hall TONIGHT at eight to watch The Life Aquatic, Wes Anderson’s masterful tribute to Jacques Cousteau. We got comfy couches, we got a room of requirement, and we got a GIANT projector screen!

Date: Monday, November 22nd
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Film Hall (in the basement of Nics 6)
Cost: absolutely nothing

Infernal Affairs Showing in Film Hall

Come to Film Hall Saturday night to watch Infernal Affairs, the Hong Kong film that Scorsese eventually remade into The Departed. Film Hall is in Nic 6 basement; enter through the glass hallway between Nic 6 and 7 and go left. Doors will be propped at 7:15.

  • What: Infernal Affairs
  • When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. –9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Film Hall
  • Cost: rien

Trailer on YouTube.

The Poet and The Rent

Dakota Gardner ’11 writes:

The Poet and the Rent by David Mamet is the classic story of a young Poet forced to get a real job in order to pay his rent. Join the Poet on his first trip through a world filled with love, crime, consumerism, and often all three at once. Will the Poet be able to pay his rent? Will he find the love of his life? Will he sell out and get a job in advertising? Arts and Humanities majors are encouraged to attend the show for free career advice.

Dates: Thursday 11/15, Friday 11/16, and Saturday 11/17
Times: 8pm Thurs & Fri, 7pm and 9pm Sat
Place: Nic Lounge