Tag Archives: Reunion & Commencement

Volunteer for Waste Not during Senior Week + R&C

Look at this stuff. Isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?

Sustainability intern Rebecca Sokol ’15 offers you an opportunity to be on campus this senior week to take advantage of all the Wescam requests you’ll receive:

Want to stick around for Senior Week? Want to celebrate Reunion & Commencement? Apply to volunteer for WasteNot!

WasteNot is Wesleyan’s student-organized answer to the Spring semester student evacuation.  It is run and maintained entirely through the commitment of the Wesleyan community, and truly exemplifies the incredible power in reusing.  Fourteen volunteers, working about 5 hours each day from 5/18 – 5/27, will help facilitate clothing and furniture collection in preparation for the Fall Tag Sale. To apply, email wesustainability(eat)gmail(deat)com with your response to the question: “Why is Waste Not! important for the Wesleyan community?”

Deadline: April 19
Contact: Email wesustainability(oat)gmail(doat)com or visit our website.

Senior Class Socratic Exchange

I think David Shor ’13 and Rachel Unger ’14 are referencing that guy from Bill and Ted here:

As graduation approaches, we anticipate the years of our lives that will follow these last four.  Who better to tell us what comes next than those who have already had 50 years of experience post-Wesleyan?  Lucky for us, the Class of 2013 has the unprecedented opportunity to engage with the Class of 1963 in an intimate, Socratic setting so that we may better understand what lies ahead.  We will have the chance to discuss how our Wesleyan experiences influence our hopes for life after college, and they also want our class to ask how they will spend their coming years.  Then, the tables will turn, and they will challenge us.

At Wesleyan and across the nation, much has changed in the last 50 years. So with open mind, the Class of 1963 invites us to join them in a Socratic dialogue to discuss our ideas about the future following this year’s Commencement and their 50th Reunion.

The event will take place Friday, May 24 from 11:00pm am- 12:30pm at Eclectic House.  Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating in this unique experience.  There are many more of us than them, and pairings with alumni will operate on a first come, first serve basis, so please let us know ASAP but definitely by Monday, April 15 if you would like to be a part of the special event!  Please contact David Shor (dshor@wes) or Rachel Unger (runger@wes) if you have any questions!

Amanda Palmer ’98 to Host “Concert and Conversation” During R&C

Because bringing Joss Whedon ’87 to campus apparently wasn’t enough, Wesleyan’s capital campaign website reports that everyone’s favorite Dresden Doll, Amanda Palmer ’98, will also be making an appearance for a “concert and conversation” during Reunion & Commencement weekend. Fittingly, this May marks the 15th reunion of Palmer’s glory days living in the Eclectic basement and schmoozing it up with Momus. Curiously, however, Palmer has made no secret of how much she disliked being a student at Wesleyan. In fact, she once wrote a fantastic song about burning Wesleyan to ash. But everyone knows fundraising is boring without a little conflict, right?

Palmer has been in the public eye constantly this past year, mostly raising conversation and controversy regarding her radical business model and crowd-sourcing tactics, which was the topic of her recent TEDTalk. Last time she was at Wesleyan, in 2011, she gave a surprise “ninja gig” in the Eclectic dining room, performing everything from Dresden classics “Coin-Operated Boy” and “Leeds United” to a radical reimagining of  Rebecca Black’s “Friday” from the point of view of a truck stop hooker. Here’s video of that performance, via Will Feinstein ’13 at Aural Wes. Hope she includes it in her Reunion & Commencement set!

A Graduate’s Thoughts on Michael Bennet

Happy Day-Before-Decoration Day, all. Hopefully those of you recently anointed with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate are too busy avoiding goodbyes (from the awkward anticlimaxes to the drunken and dramatic) to read this post in a timely manner. As for the rest of you…

Wesleying – which has always aspired to be a forum for student voices, controversial and not – presents you with some thoughts on Commencement speaker Michael Bennet ’87 and his record as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Colorado, written by Dan Fischer ‘11.5. (If you’re looking for the full roundup, rest easy – it’s on the way.) Readers might find Dan’s observations interesting, especially in light of Bennet’s comments on the domination of narrow interests in Washington and the need for “disruptive” and “transformative” change in politics and education (click here for a transcript of Bennet’s speech). Feel free to put out your own thoughts in the comments, or in chalk in front of Obama Hill. Without further ado:

Today, Senator Michael Bennet delivered the commencement address. Roth describes him as “a pragmatic and independent thinker who embodies the values of the western state he represents, and whose work has contributed to good in the world”. I decided to do a little research and found that Bennet, as you would expect of a U.S. Senator, has also contributed to a lot of war-mongering, neoliberalization and power-concentration in the world.

The Band Cover Band Band, Live at the Gatekeeper


If you’re on campus this week and in the mood for another Wes-based The Band cover band band (see: Zonker Harris), look no further: this one’s straight outta Class of ’06. John Wesley ’06 (yes, really) writes in about “Wednesday on Thursday Night”:

Open to all current students, Wes Alumni, and anyone else.  This is a rare opportunity to re-live our collegiate Wednesday nights, while also listening and singing along to live music, paying tribute to the best band ever (“The Band”). We’ll be playing late into the night, so head on down to the ‘Keeper (there will be free shuttles running to and from campus).  This is an official Wesleyan Reunion Event and a chance to once again taste the best pitcher of beer this side of the Connecticut River at our favorite Middletown saloon (The Gatekeeper, 73 Ferry Street).

In case you’ve forgotten, or were having too much fun to remember in the first place, TBCBB features these infamous dudes from the class of 2006:

Work for Reunion & Commencement

Want to stay on campus for an extra week and Get Real Paid? You might also get to drive a shuttle. Still not convinced? More from Carolyn Szaiff ’11:

Do you want to . . .

  • Stay on campus for senior week?
  • See your senior friends graduate?
  • Make lasting connections with alumni?
  • Help with registration/event prep?
  • Drive a shuttle?
  • Spend all day playing with kids as a Camp Cardinal counselor?

Apply to work for Reunion & Commencement, May 19th-22rd, 2011! University Relations is accepting applications for student workers through Friday, April 8th at 5 PM. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail interns(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

More at the Facebook event.