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Highlights from the Legendary ‘HIMYM’ Panel

Image courtesy of Wesleyan U.

Image courtesy of Wesleyan U.

Note: This article contains a couple of spoilers for people who haven’t yet seen HIMYM (or most notably, the series finale). And if you’re one of those people, you’re really missing out.

Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, the co-creators, co-writers, and co-producers of How I Met Your Mother returned to campus on Saturday night. Their hit CBS sitcom ended last spring, with its finale garnering 12.9 million viewers (brag moment: that’s 2 million more than Breaking Bad’s finale). Scott Higgins, Chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image, asked them a range of questions before opening it up to a very excited audience. Here’s a roundup of the good stories and choice quotes from the night.

Wesleyan Football Faces Hamilton On Saturday

In my dad’s email to me about Parent’s Weekend activities, he mentioned that he definitely wanted to catch part of the football game at 1 PM on Saturday. I imagine that many students are in this position this weekend so, for those of you who are less up-to-date with the Wesleyan Cardinals, here’s a brief cheat sheet of what to talk about on the bleachers.

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

Family & Homecoming Weekend Yoga Class

From Shira Engel ’14:

Parents weekend is upon us! Celebrate their presence with a FREE yoga class open to parents and guests alike. Show them how you move, and share your practice with the ones you love. Get ready for an awesome mash-up Hatha Vinyasa class with WesBAM! teachers Sarah Burkett and Shira Engel.

Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: CFA Dance Studio in basement of 275 Washington Terrace (Back of the CFA)

“DIVER$ITY UNIVER$ITY?”: Student Activists Swarm Football Game, Support Need-Blind

“We don’t care how much you earn! Everyone deserves to learn!”

When we first reported on definite changes to Wesleyan’s need-blind policy, I marveled at the lack of student protest or even discussion on campus compared to the events of 1992. “This is not the first time that the administration has proposed axing need-blind admissions to cope with a budgetary crisis,” I wrote. “This is merely the first time in recent Wesleyan history that students have permitted the decision to go forward.”

Five months later—after banner drops, urgent WSA proposals, late-night chalking, Wespeaks, a Wesleying forum, an occupation of a Board of Trustees meeting, more Wespeaks, more forums, national news coverage, petitions against SJB charges relating to the the Trustee occupation, and more Wespeaks—I’m ready to admit I was mistaken. Wesleyan activism is not dead after all.

Around 3 P.M. today, between the third and fourth quarter of the Homecoming football game against Amherst, a shouting band of roughly 45 or 50 student activists swarmed the sidelines nearest Foss chanting and carrying a red-and-black banner proclaiming “DIVER$ITY UNIVER$ITY?” Beginning outside Fayerweather and marching across towards Olin, the group chanted “We don’t care how much you earn! Everyone deserves to learn!” in support of need-blind admissions.

Need Blind: Parents Weekend Meeting

Resident rabble-rouser Ben “Doernbeard” Doernberg ’13 is at it again, and he needs your help:

This weekend is Homecoming/Parents Weekend, and there is no better time to make sure everybody is informed about the issue of need-blind/need-aware admissions! Tomorrow night (Thursday) at 9 pm we will begin preparations (folding flyers, decorating signs and banners, etc).

We need a big turnout! Attending this meeting doesn’t commit you to doing anything over the weekend if you’re really busy. It is simply to help prepare materials for distribution and display. This meeting is not just for activists; it’s for everyone!

Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 9 pm
Location: Usdan 108

New Teen Force Improv Comedy Show

From Craig Malamut ’12:

Come celebrate the return of electricity with an evening of improvisational comedy!* New Teen Force–Wesleyan University’s only long-form, free-form improv group–will be performing in the Butt A lounge from 9-10 pm on Saturday night! Bring your parents! Milfs and Dilfs are always appreciated. As per usual, NTF is DTF.

*If you still don’t have power, don’t fret! You can still celebrate everyone else having power.

Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Place: Butt A Lounge

Randy Newman –> Wes –> Parents’ Weekend –> Wat?

“You’ve got a friiiieeeend in… Green Street Arts Center?”

So, uh, this just in from my parents. Randy Newman P ’14, the legendary singer-songwriter and six-time Grammy winner behind Sail Away and other masterpieces (or, to some, the dude from that Toy Story song), is Wesleyan-bound on November 4th, the Friday night of Parents’ Weekend. Newman will be playing a benefit show in Memorial Chapel for the Green Street Arts Center, performing “songs from throughout his career in intimate solo piano arrangements.”

Tickets are on sale now: $25 for students, $50 for general admissions, $100 for “preferred seating and a signed CD.” Not so bad, when you consider that it’s Randy Newman and all proceeds go towards Green Street’s After School Arts & Science Program and your parents really want that signed CD anyway.

What-a-week for breaking-news visitors: Antonin Scalia and most of Sleater-Kinney and Randy Newman, oh my. Add to that list the uninvited Steven Spielberg-lookalike crashing Argus production night tonight (thanks for coming, P-Safe) and you’d have a hell of a Spring Fling lineup.