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Photos: Holi, the Festival of Colors, Returns to Foss

Holi, the springtime Festival of Colors, returned to Foss on Saturday for the second year in a row, thanks to the efforts of Shakti, the South Asian Student Association. A barrage of colored powder combined with a slip-and-slide on Foss for the most festive display of spirit on Foss since, well, last Saturday. For an excellent gallery of photos of Holi festivals across India, click here. The gallery below is courtesy of Wesleyan’s Olivia Drake.

Class of ’16 Learns the Fight Song

From the Wesleyan photo Tumblr comes video footage of the Class of 2016 learning the Wesleyan Fight Song. From the photos, Arya Alizadeh ’13 appears to be co-leading the effort, alongside tireless alumni director John Driscoll ’62. It’s not the first time Alizadeh has been photographed in such a position. Extra credit to any frosh who can correctly identify which is class of 2013 and which is class of 1962.

Here’s another “Wesleyan Fight Song” worth learning. All photos below by campus photographer Olivia Drake, via Facebook. Our Arrival Day photos are here.

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800 Incoming Freshmen Totally Miss Obama’s Reddit AMA

“Someone’s moving into Clark! As a former Clark 1st Floor resident, all I can say is: woo hoo!”

As you read this, approximately 800 members of the newly minted Class of 2016 are having their inauguratory hall meetings, stating their hometowns and preferred pronouns, and optimistically including sexile contingency plans in their roommate contracts. They can’t tell Fayerweather from Fauver Bennet, and they still can’t figure out which wall is best for that Big Lebowski poster, but they are endlessly excited to be here (and some of them look suspiciously familiar). Bienvenue, les enfants! We’re not all back on campus yet, but we’re all really pumped to meet you (and I’m sure the 85 or so international students already on campus would say the same thing). As President Roth noted on his blog this morning,

It’s a beautiful morning, and first-year students will see the campus looking its best as they meet their new roommates, find out how to get their food at Usdan, discover the newly renovated Butterfield dorms and the newly named Bennet Hall. Parents will be wondering (sometimes, with misty eyes) how quickly the time has passed since the first day of high school,  while their sons and daughters will often be wondering why their folks are lingering on the campus that now belongs to them. Not to worry: Homecoming/Family Weekend will be here before you know it!

If you’re a frosh, you can check out the Orientation 2012 handbook online here, featuring tried-and-true favorites like Common Moment, Bend It At Beckham, BiLeGaTas, and In The Company of Otters

Wes Takes a Tumble: Campus Life Captured in Photoblog

Salutations, gang! I’m back on campus, and couldn’t be happier to see faces both new (moving in packs of 5 to 15) and old (working orientation or following alternative pursuits) all over. But enough about me; let’s talk about what I found surfing the blogotubes this week.

If any of you aren’t familiar with the name Olivia Drake, you’re still likely to be familiar with her work – her photos frequently populate the Wesleyan home page. In addition to Campus Photographer, her job description also includes editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter/periodical that shows up in your inbox now and then. It turns out she also runs a Tumblr, Wesleyan Photo, which posts photos from around campus taken by herself of various others. The vast majority of photos have a few descriptive sentences attached, too, which helps the photoblog develop (hurr) into an interesting cultural and historical resource as well. Wes 2015, who are pretty active in the Tumblosphere themsleves, are prominently featured in the blog’s most recent posts, mostly documenting Orientation and related events.

Does this count as administrative propaganda? I haven’t seen it advertised anywhere, so I guess not. Regardless, if you enjoy her work, let her know – she’s in the University’s staff listings.