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ResLife Creates New Regulation Governing Program Houses’ Abilities to Host Concerts, Parties

After confusing deliberations between the administration and ResLife student staff, program houses can now host only as many concerts and parties as it hosts program-specific events.

Earth House

The Office of Residential Life has imposed a new policy governing the use of Program Houses as concert and party venues for the Fall 2016 semester. The new policy states that Program Houses are permitted to host one concert or social event for every mission-based program held each month.

What is a mission-based program? Well, each program house on campus has a Mission Statement that can be found on ResLife’s website, and mission-based programs are events that are organized by either the House Manager or other residents of the house and reported to ResLife as contributing to that particular house’s mission. These events are just one of many factors that ResLife considers when evaluating whether a house can remain in good standing with the University and thus keep its program housing status.

As per the factors linked above, HMs must report/organize at least 3 mission-based programs each month. I reached out to the director of ResLife, Fran Koerting, for a statement of the policy and its implications. Based on her research, the new policy should not have any effect on the number of concerts held on campus on any given weekend. Read on for her statement in-full:

BREAKING: Music House Moving into Eclectic’s House Starting Fall 2016

Last semester, students campaigned against Eclectic’s history of enabling racism and sexual violence with images like this.

NOTE: Updates are provided at the bottom of the post.

Thursday night, we received knowledge that Fran Koerting, Director of Reslife has reached out to the residents of Music House offering the program house the space of 200 High Street, home to Eclectic Society since 1906, for the 2016-2017 academic year. Koerting confirmed this at 12:15PM today and said that an announcement email will be sent around early this afternoon.

The residents of Music House, after discussion, decided that they would accept Reslife’s offer for the space, which the University has owned since the 1970s when Eclectic alumni sold the house to Wesleyan for $1. When asked about offering the space of 200 High Street, Fran Koerting stated:

ResLife Confirms That Wesleyan Hates Fun (and Hoverboards)


Looks like UChicago will no longer need the title of the being the college where fun goes to die, because effective immediately, Wesleyan has banned hoverboards from campus. If you were hoping to faceplant like Mike Tyson this spring, you’ll have to do so behind closed doors.

Today, ResLife Director Fran Koerting sent an all-campus email explaining that your silly hoverboards and battery-powered scooters are no longer welcome on our pristine campus.

Read after the jump for the email. RIP Hoverboards: We Hardly Knew Ye.

End of the Year Gift Swap!

From Talia Baurer ’15:

Woodframe and Senior Fauver residents: enter this end-of-the-semester GIFT SWAP! Signing up means you will give a gift (homemade and/or under $10 in price, please), receive a gift, and spread good vibes during the final weeks of the semester. Enter here through December 2nd.

Date: November 30 – December 2, 2014
Cost: < $10

Unofficial Orientation Series: What to Pack


At first glance, this post might seem like the most straightforward of the Unofficial Orientation Series. But scoff not, freshman or unadjusted upperclassman, packing for college is anything but a piece of cake. You’re placing some of your most prized and cherished possessions into flimsy boxes and suitcases, making difficult choices about what you’ll keep with you for the next nine months of your life– how could it not be stressful?!

By now your mom has probably found Wesleyan’s official packing list and, much to your chagrin, has begun scrounging around your garage for old milk crates and pillow shams. While mumsy dearest probably knows what you’ll need best, you might also benefit from a list compiled by a person who’s actually your age.

Of course, everyone needs the basics: toiletries, bedding, school supplies, and clothes, but at Wesleyan, as you’ll quickly learn, we tend to do almost everything a little bit differently.

Housing Options for Room Selection Guide


Living on campus next year? You might want to know more about the housing available to you (unless you already nabbed a program house/community-based living spot). Here’s an updated guide (courtesy of ResLife’s Fran Koerting and original writer, Ben Cohen ’10) to help you out during room selection nights (coming up on April 7):

Room selection nights are just one component of the Housing Selection Process, which also includes program housing and community based living. Ben’s original guide has been updated to reflect changes made over the past few years.


Apply to Well-Being House During Open Bid


From Well-being House HM Kehan Zhou ’15:

Starting today you can apply to live in well-being house by participating in open bid!!

Well-being house is the ultimate housing experience with luxurious rooms, spacious kitchen, and great lovely people.

Apply to be part of this epic house now by applying through yourE-portfolio.

If you have any questions, please email kzhou[at]wesleyan[dot]edu



Program House/CBLV Open Bid process Starts Tomorrow

RuHoA reminder from ResLife about how to apply to program houses with vacancies:

The first Program House/CBLV Open Bid process is starting on Tuesday, March 4th. During Open Bid, you may apply to Program Houses/CBLVs that still have vacancies for next year by going into your e-portfolio, clicking on the Explore Housing tab, and then selecting the CBLV/ Program Housing link located in the Browse Housing Options section of the page. Should you apply and be offered a bid, you will have until Friday, March 7th portfolio. A list of Program Houses and CBLVs with vacancies is below – please note that some of these spaces currently have a waitlist from the initial application process which may mean that there will not be a need to review any additional candidates/make additional offers during the Open Bid processes.

Program Houses with Space Available Spring 2014

Open_HouseDan LaBonte from Reslife wants you to know the list of Program Houses with space available has been released and you should apply!

The following Program Houses/Halls have anticipated vacancies for the Spring 2014 semester.  To apply to Program Housing, please contact the House Managers (HMs) indicated below for applications and information for each house you wish to apply.  You may apply to a maximum of three (3) houses or halls.  Applications will be available from the HMs starting tomorrow (Tuesday November 12, 2013) at 12pm (noon) and are due back to the HMs on Friday November 22, 2013 by 12pm (noon). 

Alpha Delta Phi – Richard Fessler

Art House – Gabe Gordon

230_WashingtonBuddhist House – Nikki Dodd

Chinese House – Lynn Ma

Community Service House – Adin Vaewsorn

Earth House – Julia Chanin

Eclectic – Calhoun Hickox

Farm House – Alexandria Williams

French Hall – David Mai

Full House – Laura Hess

German House – Kaito AbeWell-Being_House

International House – Christian Hosam

La Casa – Anthia Diaz

Lighthouse – Joshua Lee

Malcolm X House – Joelle Dupiton

Music House – Matthew Fine

Open House – Ben Romero

Out House – Eliza Kingsley-Ma

Russian House – Marjorie HuntWomen_of_Color_House

Science Hall – Michael Glasser

The Bayit – Talia Baurer

Turath House – Nabil Islam

Well Being House – Kehan Zhou

Womanist House – Marjahn Finlayson

Women of Color House – Lynna Zhong

Writing House – Chukwuemeka Uwakaneme

For information on all of our Program Houses and House Managers, you may visit The Office of Residential Life’s website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/program-housing.html

Disabling Language


From Chando Mapoma ’16:

Members of Reslife staff as well as members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights will host a lively conversation about the politics, history,and controversies surrounding language used to talk about disabilities and people with disabilities. Information about disability services also will be available. Afterwards,students with disabilities will be available to discuss their experiences on campus.

Date: Today
Time: 6-8 pm
Place: Clark Hall. Basement Lounge