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Hannukah in Olin

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From the lovely Stephanie Blumenstock ’16:

Come celebrate Hanukkah in the Olin Lobby!  There will be candle lighting, gelt, and donuts, dreidels, and singing!

Date: TONIGHT!
Time: 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Place: Olin Lobby
Cost: Free!

Stories Better Never Told, or, The Library Project

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From Emilie Pass ’15

Written, directed, and performed by
The Students of ENGL 000
with the dancers of Collective Motion

The Students of ENGL 000 invite you to join us for an evening of words, wisdom, mischief, and magic. Stories Better Never Told removes the characters of The Odyssey from the world of Homer’s epic and places them in the familiar but mysterious realm of the Olin Library Stacks. Watch, listen, read, and explore with the ensemble in this interdisciplinary, immersive theatrical experience.

Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: Midnight
Place: Olin Library
Cost: Free

WesRave 2013

From Katya Botwinick ’13:

It’s baaaaaaaack.

Last year 300-400 weskids came out one fateful night to dance in a silent rave. It was massive. So we’re going to do it again, for no other reason but to celebrate the end of the year and enjoy a huge dance party.

The concept of a silent rave is fairly simple. One only needs a pair of headphones and an mp3 player of sorts. Tonight we will publicly post a playlist based on students’ suggestions (through dropbox or other platforms) that anyone can download for free. Then on Friday May 10th, we will congregate on the grassy steps behind Olin and press play together at 11:15pm sharp (come at 11 if you want to get your hands on some glowsticks, we have 900 for the taking). The playlist will be one file so if you get out of synch or arrive late, 11:15 is the official start time and you can play the file at whatever minute we are on. It sounds a little funky, but it enables us to have a giant dance party outside that won’t attract noise complaints–and we can move around campus. So break out your tutus, capes, onesies, beads, and crazy outfits ((((KEEP WES WEIRD))))

Library Book Sale Update

If you’ve seen a lot of festive-looking red curtains obstructing your route through Olin lately, Jennifer Hadley can explain:

The remaining books from the library book sale are still on sale Saturday evening and all day Sunday in the center part of Olin
Library, first floor (follow the blue trail). Prices: $5 per bag or box (what a bargain!), or $2 for individual hardcovers, $1 for
paperbacks, or freewill donation. Payment is on the honor system. Please put payment in the black box on the shelf outside Smith Reading Room. Enjoy the books! The remainders will be picked up Monday morning to be sold on consignment or donated to other groups.

Date: Today, May 5
Time: All day
Place: Olin Library
Cost: $1 or $2

#Ethnomusicology: An Adventure into Olin’s Scores and Recordings

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I have the good fortune of working at Scores and Recordings, the music section of Olin Library. I can objectively say that it’s one of the coolest academic hubs on campus.  S&R has a massive CD and vinyl collection, a pretty strange assortment of cassettes, shelves of musical scores, a bunch of turntables and other media players for student use, audio and video recorders on loan, and a whole room devoted to Wesleyan’s renowned World Music Archives.  It is the home of Notations 21, a collection of creative visual scores that is possibly my favorite book in the whole library.

Scores and Recordings is kind of a metaphor for liberal arts in general— it’s a huge assortment of stuff that you can’t imagine you’d ever be able to string together in a way that makes any sense, but that doesn’t matter because it’s all awesome and interesting and the perfect vehicle for discovering new things.  Especially when you choose items off the shelves at random (which is what we all do when navigating WesMaps, amirite?).

It’s always interesting to see what people check out at the circulation desk — everything from recordings of Tuvan throat singing to John Cage scores to Eminem CDs — but my sense from working at S&R is that not nearly enough people know about what’s available here.  In an effort to mine some of the treasures that are tucked away in this section of the library, I summoned fellow Wesleyinger Gabe to join me in my adventures, AKA pulling random stuff off the shelves and writing about what we found. For this first installment of a continuing series of S&R adventures, we explored the vinyl collection and made some, er, unusual discoveries. Read about our findings after the jump.

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Book Sale


Friends of the Wesleyan Library invite you to also befriend the Wesleyan Library by buying books:

About 2500 mostly literature books for sale. First floor, Olin Library. Follow the signs from the lobby to the sale area.

Date: May 4, 2013
Time: Right now until 4:00 p.m.
Place: Olin Library
Cost: $1 or $2 per book

From the Special Collections and Argives: An Awesome Picture of Richard Nixon at Wesleyan in 1956

Yes, the same Richard Nixon.

Do you keep up with the library’s Special Collections and Archives blog? If that’s a no, you may have missed archivist Leith Johnson’s “Pick of the Week,” which depicts then-Vice President Richard Nixon’s momentous visit to Wesleyan on October 18, 1956. Here’s your bi-weekly reminder that an institution of higher learning can change a lot in 50 years or less, and that Martin Benjamin ’57 once looked like this.

Shot by Fraser M. Lyle ’58, the above photo finds Tricky Dick on a Connecticut campaign stop less than a month before Eisenhower securely won reelection:

The Argus reported that Nixon spoke to about 400 students who crowded around him on High St. Suzy Taraba included this photograph, taken by Frazer M. Lyle ’58, in her recent presentation on alumni gifts of archival materials to the University Relations major gifts team. This photograph is particularly remarkable because it’s a color print, something that is rare among our photographs from this time period.

Enormous Horde of Library Dwellers in Underwear Terrorizes Tiny Tour Group

“I can smell the people-in-their-underwear-ness.”

suggestive undiesThe practice of showing up in Olin Library’s Info Commons in one’s underwear on the Friday of WesFest, and trying especially hard to look studious and nonplussed, has become something of a time-honored tradition these days, and so has our practice of protecting the identity of all participants. This year’s, in my opinion, was particularly impressive. My little group—we had just gotten out of a class—ran over to Olin and, initially a little afraid to participate in the festivities, ran up to the third floor mezzanine and peered out the windows. We soon realized, however, that we were face-to-face with a group in that mezzanine’s symmetrical mate, and that the people there had indeed stripped down. We had no choice but to do so ourselves, except for one of our number who bailed on account of a “see-through” bra. Our reading selections included Lydia Davis‘s new chapbook about cows.

THESISCRAZY: Over and Out (For the Class of 2013, At Least)

Rejected post title: “P-Safe Writes Up Every Thesis-Writer for Open-Container Violation on Steps of Olin”

Though it is unknown just how many seniors were up finishing their theses late Thursday night, or still finishing them yesterday, once the clock struck 4:00 p.m., everyone was done—we hope— and as per tradition, another class of thesis writers gathered on the steps of Olin to celebrate. The downpour posed no hindrance to the celebrators, as they only added to the wintry wetness by popping a myriad of champagne bottles. The writers were joined by an ensemble of Taiko drummers, who, using plastic topped garbage cans, pounded away, providing an appropriate accompaniment to this journey’s end. Smiles, hugs, and bellows of joys were abound, and there were even a couple of tears. They’re done with their theses, but not with Wesleyan, and this tradition seems the ample way to lead them to that end, as the Class of 2013 moves into its final month here.

Also of note was a concurrent bridal procession, who also happened to be taking photos at Olin on this particularly rainy day. Shout-out to the bride and groom, who found more celebration on campus than they probably expected.

Previous THESISCRAZY coverage here. Full photo gallery past the jump. It’s your turn now, 2014.

THESISCRAZY: The Sweet Sweet Sexin’ Edition

Think writing is the only thing going on in those thesis carrels? Think again.

You’ve heard about theses about sex. You’ve also heard about theses that are not about sex. But have you heard about the sex… about theses? (‘About’ there being used as a preposition to indicate proximity or nearness, and here being used to indicate overly pretentious grammatical analysis.)

Anyway, if you’re a senior frantically trying to make whole chapters coherent (or written), you received a survey a few weeks ago (inspired by this old Argus article from the 1995) about how much sweet sweet sexin’ you’ve been getting in your carrel (or not carrel) in between the coffee runs. About 20 percent of you managed to fill it out, and by the looks of it the rest of you were too busy bangin’ to complete the survey. Here are the results, with a few choice excerpts:

Have you ever had sex in your carrel?    Yes: 48% (56% at least masturbated)

Highlights:

“Yep. Haven’t really been able to concentrate in my carrel ever since.”

“Yes. I’ve spent more time having sex in my carrel than working there.”

“yes, oral. but planning on having vaginal intercourse in my carrel soon.”

“Yes, both masturbation and with a partner. We found the chair and desk especially useful surfaces.”