Tag Archives: Reading week

Low Budget Poetry Reading

Paul Klee reading

Josh Krugman ’13 writes in with a chance to take a break from the books and get a taste:


Reading never-before-heard work:
Amy Mattox
Ben Guilmette
Jackie Soro
Josh Krugman
Mariama Eversley
Bring a friend, a frenemy, a familymember, a crush, a teacher, a teacher-crush, this is no time to be shy it’s the end of the semester you know how time is.Hot assam tea courtesy of Adit Baruah for all!

  • Date: Tomorrow, Sunday, December 8
  • Time: 5pm
  • Place: 155 Lincoln St. 1F
  • Facebook: event


Procrastination Destination: Drawception

It’s that time of the semester again, folks. The WesRave has made its rounds, Spring Fling has passed, and it’s time to buckle down and study procrastinate. Wesleying’s biannual Procrastination Destination is back! “What’s that?” you ask? Silly prefrosh, have a seat and I’ll tell you how this is going to go down. From now until the end of finals, we generous writers at Wesleying will be posting awesome and addicting links that will keep you clicking ’til undergraduate housing closes for the year. Who needs an A on that sociology paper when you have the Internet? You’re welcome.

For previous Procrastination Destination content (which we won’t repeat), click here. To suggest a procrastinatory link, email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

To start off this glorious hurricane of un-productivity is a beautifully simple idea stemming from classic children’s game. Remember playing telephone in the sandbox with your friends? Well now it’s online. With pictures. And nerdy jokes.

From the Argives: A Friendly Reminder to Get Over Yourself

In a misguided attempt to avoid cope with the prospect of finals, I found myself flipping through decades of old December Argus issues.  While I didn’t find any especially enlightening advice from past Wes generations on how to deal with the stress of Reading Week, I did find this gem of a column from December 6, 1977:

The writer begins by making an observation that is just as accurate today as it was 35 years ago—that conversations between acquaintances here always center on the same questions.  “How was your summer?” “What classes are you taking?” And so on and so forth.

The column quickly evolves into a rant on the “destructively self-indulgent” nature of one particular conversation-starter, one that always comes up around this time of the year: “How’s your work going?”

The conversation generated by this question has a certain quality of desperation about it which only serves to reinforce the already desperate atmosphere which characterizes Wesleyan in December…Furthermore, as with the other automatic questions that get asked here, reading week questions are boring! Do you actually remember even one out of the ten workloads you hear described? Do you remember who has it rough and who hasn’t? Do you care?

Well, do you? The next time you have an urge to complain about your workload, or to ask someone else about theirs, instead think about exchanging accounts of how many hours you’ve spent procrastinating. Or just lock yourself in Olin for a few hours, away from the rest of humanity, and waste time looking through old Argus issues.

Read the full column after the jump.

Gag Reflex Reading Week Show

Gag Reflex is helping you think positive this reading week:

Join us in Exley for some completely improv-ed comedy, just like your completely improv-ed studying.

The location is ideal: you’ll find us as you walk groggily from Sci-Li to Pi Cafe to grab yourself another chai charger.

But if you can’t make it to the show, here are some survival tips for this coming week and beyond:

-Whatever you’re doing, imagine Michelle Obama is looking at you with encouragement and approval.
-Keep a plastic bag from Broad Street Books in your room at all times. They are non-porous, which makes them ideal for catching vomit and urine.
-Everyone is going to be at their wit’s end, so it’s the perfect time to hit on someone who is much better looking that you.
-Make friends in high places. Like the empire state building. Or westco.

Date: Monday, December 10
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Exley Lobbey (right outside Pi)
Cost: Free

SHOFCO Sale in Olin

SHOFCO Golden Girl Maeve Russell ’14 writes in with an event you won’t want to miss:

Need a quick and easy holiday gift for that random aunt/creepy uncle/sibling/friend of yours? Want to treat yo’self for all those hours spent in Olin banging your head against your laptop? Seen all those beaded bracelets around campus and want to finally conform and buy one for yourself? Well, SHOFCO’s here to fulfill all your sleep-deprived dreams this Reading Week!

We’ve got all of our regular non-profit wares: the bracelets, the bags, the tapestries, and the jewelry (ALL proceeds go straight back to the HIV-positive women who made them! Along with the school!).

Also, you can make a donation to SHOFCO this holiday (in the name of a loved one) and get a sweet card declaring your good deed for the holidays!

We’ll be in Olin from Sunday night until Tuesday night. So stop on by for a quick study break! ‘Tis the season for giving!

Date: TONIGHT, Monday (December 10), Tuesday (December 11)
Time: 7pm-12am
Place: Olin
Facebook: Yay gifts! 

Petition: Reading Period is in Jeopardy

Petition here. It has acquired over 250 signatures as of this writing, less than an hour after its release. [Update 5:27PM: well over 500 signatures.]

Every five years, Wesleyan creates a new five-year calendar for the next cycle. This year is one of those years. Wesleyan is in the process of creating a new calendar that will be in effect for the 2014-2015 academic year. Unfortunately… some things might be changing. Like Spring Fling. And Reading Week. Which could now be mashed together by rapidly moving forces. WSA President Zach Malter ’13 explains in greater detail:

Dear Students,

At the upcoming faculty meeting, on this coming Tuesday, December 4th, the faculty are scheduled to vote on a 5-year academic calendar that would eliminate a day for spring flingschedule spring fling during reading period, and effectively reduce the number of days in reading period. These changes would go into effect either next year or in the near future and would stay in place for the subsequent five years.

The WSA unanimously passed a resolution against effectively shortening reading week, one of the few resolutions in recent memory to receive such broad support. We are deeply concerned that effectively shortening reading period will compromise students’ ability to study and learn, undermining the academic experience especially for students who choose to be most studious during this time. This change would also increase student stress levels and stress-induced negative behaviors, jeopardize student mental health, and exacerbate moving out difficulties in particular for international students and for students without cars. Nevertheless, the Educational Policy Committee (EPC), composed mostly of faculty, has elected to bring this change forward to a vote on Tuesday. This decision was the only calendar-related decision that the EPC did not survey the community on. At the very least, there needs to be more discussion before the decision is finalized, before reading period is effectively shortened for the next five years.

 The WSA Executive Committee has created THIS PETITION to protest the effective shortening of reading week and to ask the faculty to delay its vote on this section of the calendar.

Procrastination Destination Du Jour: #CallMeThis

When a cartoon monkey from family guy rolls a joint while listening to a record player…

Today’s Procrastination Destination is a Tumblr consisting primarily of familiar gif memes with amusing captions. It’s not what you think.

In the beginning, there was #whatshouldwecallme, which probably still clogs your Facebook feed on the daily with mostly insipid GIF/caption pairings describing everyday scenarios. As HuffPost describes its genesis,

“Two college BFFs move to opposite coasts for law school and stay in touch via G-chat, sending each other funny GIFs to describe and share events, situations, and the way they’re feeling. The girls decide to turn their GIF convos into a Tumblr page, which goes viral and now receives between one and two million hits per day.”

Then came the inside-jokey spin-off blogs: #whatshouldwecallcamp, What Should We ‘Cac Me?, #whatshouldwecallyale, #WHATSHOULDWECALLBROWN—yeah, alright, this meme is like two months old, and it wasn’t that interesting in the first place. What’s left?

Enter #callmethis, the annoying viral GIF Tumblr to end all annoying viral GIF Tumblrs. The GIFs are all familiar. Scroll without reading and it could be any of the other blogs. But the captions don’t describe situations involving inside jokes at your summer camp. They just describe the GIFs. For example:

Blackout Staff Advocacy: Admin Responds Without Responding

Upon hearing about some questionable labor rights issues raised during the blackout, a group of concerned students organized to address both immediate and long-term, systemic issues highlighted by this emergency. They discussed these issues (lack of childcare for staff, lack of transparency in addressing the emergency, etc.) during the blackout amongst themselves and with staff. They then issued a Call to Action addressed to the Wesleyan administration, linked here. I was a part of this student initiative, and yesterday a response was sent from John Meerts, VP of Finance and Administration, to the “Call to Action” (read the full letter by clicking the image below). As a student, this response has left me feeling disrespected and disappointed.

Two weeks after the deadline, conveniently timed during Reading Week when students are already overwhelmed and soon-to-be-gone for over a month, an email response was sent to Marj Dodson ’13 and Virgil Taylor ’15 displaying the administration’s knack at saying very little in a whole page of words. While I appreciate that a response was sent, I wanted to share this letter with you “students,” to whom it is addressed, along with a few of my thoughts. As a member of this community, I encourage you to take up John Meerts on his offer to receive “constructive suggestions” by emailing him directly. Conversely, as has been stated on multiple student listservs, you can have a voice in a collaborative response by emailing octoberblackout(at)gmail(dot)com.

My thoughts and questions:

  • The 4 “calls to action” were not directly addressed.
  • Who was and wasn’t included in the meeting between “staff groups” and why isn’t that even addressed in this letter?
  • What were the results of this meeting? What plan exists now that didn’t exist before? How can members of the Wesleyan community access this “robust” plan?
  • Why is the administration skirting around the issues? In such a small, inclusive community, why must interested parties (including students) be kept in the dark when they are interested in contributing to the dialogue?
  • The Wesleyan administration is not an inherently evil organization, and I would love it if students and the administration had a more mutually respectful relationship. The administration’s decisions are supposed to reflect the needs of the community, so why haven’t a diverse range of voices with a stake in the process been included in a substantial way?

WISA’s Caribbean Late Night

Yummy Caribbean goodies from Jessica Samuel ’13:

It’s reading period! Take a break and come eat some delicious Caribbean food!
Plates start at $3. Menu includes:

Curry chicken
Stew chicken
Rice and peas
Baked macaroni&cheese
Banana fritters
Tropical punch

Date:   Dec. 10 tonighttttttt
Time:   10:30 PM – 1:30 AM
Place:  Albritton 311
Cost:   $3