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Wes Jam: Student/Faculty Baketball Showdown

From Lucy Britt ’14 comes the most bodacious event flier I’ve seen this side of Brendan O’Connell ’08’s Wesleyan Poster Archive:

A showdown for the ages between legends. One game. Eternal glory. Roth. Odede. Who shatters the backboard first? One way to find out.

Come see Michael Roth ’78 face off against a Kennedy Odede ’12-coached student team in the year’s biggest basketball showdown.

Samsara 2011

Nandita Vijayaraghavan ’13 is proud to be a South Asian, and wants to share that with you:

Samsara is the annual South Asian culture show, and this year it’s back with a bang! Come join us for fun and laughter as you enjoy a show that combines theater, music, dance and above all, a love for South Asia! Tickets will be available both at the Box Office, and at tables at Usdan. This is definitely something you WON’T want to miss!

Date:   Saturday, Dec. 3
Time:   8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Place:  Crowell Conceret Hall

Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations (This Friday and Saturday)

The Wesleyan International Relations Association cordially invites you to attend its 2011 Conference:

Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations

September 30 – October 1, 2011

Wesleyan University


Organized in collaboration with the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative and Wesleyan South Asian Studies Faculty, the conference aims to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan, from its culture to its politics. The conference will also focus on U.S.-Pakistan relations.

Including cultural events, panel discussions, and a keynote speaker, this will be the largest student-run conference ever to take place at Wesleyan (READ: you should probably attend).  And it is FREE, except for the meals and Junoon Sufi rock music concert.  All proceeds will go to the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative.

The pretty impressive list of speakers (if we do say so ourselves) includes:

A Cappella Benefit Concert for Pakistan

Remedy your Sunday evening lassitude by supporting a fantastic cause and listening to some wonderful a capella from Wes’ most talented groups.

  • Date: Sunday November 21st
  • Time: 7-8 PM
  • Place: Crowell Concert Hall

The following comes from Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative Coordinator Jeff Breau ’11:

Saturday is the last chance to buy tickets!

A Cappella Benefit Concert for Pakistan, with performances from:

  • The Spirits
  • Quasimodal
  • Cardinal Sinners
  • Mixolydians
  • Vocal Debauchery

$4 Tickets at Box Office, all proceeds go to Pakistan Flood Victims!

Box Office open from 10-4:30 Friday and Saturday!

Your contributions will support the relief efforts of Oxfam, Islamic Relief, and the Red Cross in Pakistan.

Omar Offendum and Bones Complex at Eclectic!

Brought to you by the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative: Syrian-American emcee Omar Offendum will be tearing up Eclectic tonight with Wesleyan’s Bones Complex. All proceeds go to Oxfam, Islamic Relief and the Red Cross to assist victims of flooding in Pakistan! You know you want it!

  • What: Omar Offendum and Bones Complex!
  • Where: Eclectic Society
  • When: Tonight, 10:30pm-1:00am
  • Cost: $3 at Usdan/$4 at the door
  • The Cookie Cup

    This message brought to you by Lila Becker ’12:

    Don’t you wish that you could snack on some delicious cookies and at the same time, help the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative? Well, this Wednesday, you can!

    Wednesday from 7-8:30pm on the first floor of Usdan, program houses and halls of Wesleyan will compete for cookie glory. Here’s how it works: you pay $2 for a ballot, sample the cookies, and vote on your favorites. The money goes to the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative, the eternal fame and glory to the winners of the contest. And the cookies (and enfranchisement) go to you!

    Don’t miss your chance to help out the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative, and settle one of the most important issues of our day. (No, really. Full House and Science Hall have a serious cookie rivalry going.)

    Date: Wednesday, October 27
    Time: 7 – 8:30 PM
    Place: First floor of Usdan
    Cost: $2

    Pakistan’s Plight: A Faculty Panel

    The Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative invites you to attend a panel discussion of the current humanitarian crisis. Professors Aradhana Sharma, Gary Yohe, and Michel Touchton will discuss the dynamics of the situation and conduct a nuanced analysis of the catastrophe. Food will be provided!

    The following information comes from Flood Relief coordinator Jeff Breau ’11:

    Pakistan’s Plight: A Country Grappling with Flood Devastation

    • Worst disaster in UN History
    • One fifth of the country underwater
    • 7,000,000 Displaced

    Join us Thursday, October 28th for a panel discussion with Aradhana Sharma, Gary Yohe, and Michael Touchton to learn more!

    • What: Haveli Dinner and Faculty Panel Discussion on the flooding in Pakistan
    • When: Thursday October 28th, 6-7:30
    • Where: Daniel Family Commons (3rd floor Usdan)
    • Tickets: Sold at Box Office beginning Tuesday October 26th, suggested donation of $8 for students and $15 for faculty.

    Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative Meeting

    The Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative, headed by Ali Chaudry ’12 and Zuleika Hester ’11, will meet in PAC 001 at 4 PM this Sunday to discuss fundraising strategies and awareness promotion. The damage caused by the massive flooding in Pakistan has been tremendous and widespread, killing hundreds and displacing millions. Though it cannot convey the true gravity of the situation, consider the following information:

    • The disaster has been labeled the worst crisis in UN history.
    • Recent estimates place the death toll at 1,500 people; another 21 million Pakistanis have been left homeless.
    • Approximately 20% of the country is currently under water.
    • Infrastructural destruction and bureaucratic inefficiency have impeded serious relief efforts.

    If you find yourself moved by the plight of the Pakistanis, make an effort to the meeting. Interested students are encouraged to bring as many friends as possible. Food will be provided!

    • Date: Sunday, September 19
    • Time: 4:00
    • Place: PAC 001

    Sufi Rock Legend at Memorial Chapel

    Salman Ahmad, lead singer of Junoon– one of the most internationally popular South Asian bands of all time, pioneer of the nascent “Sufi rock” genre, medical doctor, and Pakistani celebrity often cited as a subcontinental Bono, is coming to Wesleyan:

    A Performance by SALMAN AHMAD of Pakistani rock sensation, JUNOON. His performance will include a film screening, brief lecture, question and answer session, and finally an “unplugged,” music performance along with percussionist, Sameer Chatterjee.

    Salman Ahmad is the lead singer of the Pakistani band, Junoon. Junoon is among the foremost and most popular rock bands in Pakistan. The band pioneered the sufi-rock genre, which combines hard rock with Sufi music. Ahmad, for instance, writes about being influenced by both Led Zeppelin and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the most well-known Pakistani Sufi music maestro.

    Ahmad has performed all over the world and at various arenas, including the the recent Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo. He has been touring US universities and colleges, including Pomona, Harvard, Yale, and Queens College. In addition to being a musician, Ahmad is a public intellectual, writing on contemporary Pakistani politics, for example. He has been covered by several major US newspapers, magazines, and TV channels, including The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and MTV.

    For more information about Salman Ahmad and the band, please visit: http://www.junoon.com/home2.htm

    Date: Friday, April 25th
    Time: 4:30 p.m.
    Place: Memorial Chapel
    Price: Free Admission and Snacks!

    *This event is sponsored by Academic Affairs, ADAPT, Anthropology, Art and Art History, History, MSA, Religion, Religious and Spiritual Life, SALD, SBC, Shakti, Southern Asia Studies Cluster, WOC Collective, and WWW – a collaboration among the Offices of International Studies, of International Student Affairs, and for Diversity and Academic Advancement