Tuesday, November 4, 2014 is Election Day!
The polls are open from 6 AM to 8 PM, so all U.S. citizens on campus should find some time to vote at their assigned polling location. Connecticut offers Election Day Registration, meaning those of you who forgot to register or to apply for an absentee ballot can still register and vote in person in the main lobby of City Hall.
Vans to City Hall and the various polling places will depart regularly from Usdan starting at 9 AM, and several of the polls are within walking/biking distance of campus. Bring a photo ID (such as your WesCard) and the letter emailed to you over the weekend from Wesleyan’s Office of the Registrar. The Registrar’s site has more information on registration and ID requirements. Students voting by absentee ballot should double-check their state’s deadline and mail it back on time.
Still unsure about voting in Middletown? Check out my reasons, let your fave celebrities convince you, or read a local newspaper.
Paul Turenne himself!
It’s October, which means that you’ve settled into classes, Fall Break is only weeks away, and it’s probably the only month of the semester that you won’t receive emails from PTURENNE.
Email from PTURENNE usually include words such as “pre-registration,” “drop/add,” and “adjustment period,” and come in spurts over the course of a week or two. When you see PTURENNE in your inbox, it typically means that it’s about time that you start planning for the next semester. When you hear about PTURENNE sightings and do not in fact see the emails yourself, it means that you are graduating and will soon have to grapple with the mythical place known as “the real world” (or, alternatively, the fall-back plan known as “Brooklyn”).
Believe it or not, PTURENNE is actually a real person. His name is Paul Turenne, and he is an Associate Registrar at Wesleyan. I interviewed Paul about his job, being a mysterious automated email presence, and what he does when he’s not on campus.
What are your duties as Associate Registrar?
I manage the academic electronic portfolios. More specifically, I manage processes like course registration, major declaration, grade entry, and some technical stuff with teaching evaluations. I started in this position in August 2007.