so ~springy~ amirite??? (photo courtesy of Bowen He ’21)
Despite what the layers of ice and snow blanketing the campus may signal, it is indeed spring break! Some of you may be jetting (or ride-begging) off into warmer climes, but for those staying in this wintry wasteland on campus, you’ll need sustenance (even if you’re planning on hibernating through long stretches of break).
Lucky for you, we’ve outlined below what’s going to be open and what’s going to be closed and at what times the open things will be open. Just look for the place you want to eat at and then check the hours. Hint: if the place is not Weshop it probably won’t be open. If you feel like you need to see this information in chart form you can do so on the websites of each place here: (Bon Appetit, WesWings & Red and Black, Libraries).
It was recently pointed out to me by my good friend, Johnny Lazebnik ‘16, that there are a lot of awesome places and things on campus that many people don’t know about. Despite being in a small bubble-like college environment, there’s a ton to do and see; while rushing through academic, extracurricular, and social routines, it can be hard to experience everything. But never fear, Wesleying is here, unveiling all of Wesleyan’s hidden gems so that you can get the most out of them or at least experience them vicariously through the Internet.
Starting off this series (no promises!) of posts is a mechanical treasure deep in the belly of the Science Library. If you venture down the stairs and past the fire exit that nearly everyone almost walks through, you’ll arrive in the basement. This is typically a quieter space, with several large tables, study rooms, and thesis carrels. You’ll notice, however, that this only takes up the front half of the room. If you head for the back, you’ll find rows of shelves, lined up like dominos, filling the space up to the back wall. But these shelves are no ordinary shelves. You’ll find that most of the shelves are so close together you can’t even get to the books on them! Seems strange, but this space-saving measure allows for a rather entertaining innovation: the shelves are automated.
That’s right, with just the push of a button, you can move one or more shelves out of your path, allowing you to get to your study materials. Pretty neat, huh? But why just stop there? Besides using the shelves for practical uses or just to marvel at the miracles of modern technology, you can have a lot more fun with them! If you’re down there and are in the mood for a study break that’s slightly more active than browsing the Internet, here are some things you can try.
Are the Wesleyan libraries too loud? WSA’s Student Affairs Committee is working with the library staff and the Academic Affairs Committee to conduct a survey on noise level in the libraries in response to an influx in student complaints. If you haven’t already, please fill out our survey on library noise levels here!
Wesleying liveblogging is back and baddercoolerweirder more kitten- and baby-filled than ever. Great news: we (as in the Wesleyan community) have a 24-Hour Study Space. Located in that weird glass room in SciLi, this awesomeness is open 24/7 to anyone who has a WesID and an I’m-pulling-an-all-nighter-to-finish-this-paper attitude.
Better news: tonight is the space’s launch party, featuring baked goods from the spiffy peeps of the WSA Organization and External Affairs Committee.
Stop by, mingle with your fellow students, and eat some good ass food, say hi to us (the loud noobs with the laptops), and pretend to like us as we try not to act like the most awkward people at this college.
Let the first liveblog of the Spring 2013 semester begin!
Following on approximately 157 years (rough estimate) of complaints by generations upon generations of Wesleyan students, you can now get to SciLi from Church Street without having to loop all the way around the stupid Exley lobby. (Edited correction:you can get to the 24-hour study room, not SciLi itself.) Instead, thanks to the year-long efforts of WSA big dogs Austin Dong ’15 and Zachary Malter ’13, you can just waltz through the SciLi Emergency Exit with Wescard access, where you’ll find yourself in a brand new “24/7 Quiet Study Lounge” that will remain in place throughout next semester. (Okay, the lounge isn’t actually new at all; it just has a new name and 24/7 accessibility.)
We posted the news on Facebook, where it quickly garnered 29 likes, as well as an official explanation from WSA President Zachary Malter ’13:
This was the product of a WSA initiative to get a 24 hour study space. We will do an official launch in January.
I asked Malter if the room will remain the same after finals week. “The room will remain in place for all of next semester and beyond,” he told Wesleying.
There is something faux-modern about the new Energy Pods recently installed in the quiet corners of Olin and SciLi. The spherical casing is flimsy and oversized, the control keys unintuitive, and the display screen primitive and weird. The only thing cool about the machine is the fancy pod-like look. But don’t be fooled by the chic exterior, the future of power napping is actually pretty bleak. For more useless ramblings about my experience, read on. It’s midterms, am I right? (Are people still saying that? There are always large assignments all semester; it’s college)
When I got into the SciLi pod this evening, I put my feet up and expected to be transported to a cosmic world of comfort previously unfathomable to current 21st-century earthlings. But the chair goes back in a fixed position, so you can’t really lay your weary head to rest, and my neck felt propped up and stiff. Admittedly, I wasn’t actually looking for the prefab twenty-minute power nap, but I wouldn’t have stayed even if I was. Note: the button for the default nap has an upside down exclamation point, so that’s weird. As I rotated the casing to block out the light, I felt like I was in an outdated planetarium exhibit at a shitty science museum. I plugged my headphones in to hear an elderly British robot wishing me a pleasant snooze. That whole Judi Dench-James Bond bullshit just wasn’t going to cut it, though.
“NAPS OF THE FUTURE. TIRED IS A THING OF THE PAST!“
They went ahead and replaced all the rickety old chairs in Olin, but what are they doing to help you take power naps in the library and get your required six hours? A lot, in turns out. In fact, there are now nap machines in Olin and SciLi. Your friends aren’t messing with you—this is for real.
An anonymous tipster writes in with the fantastic news:
There is a nap machine being installed in Olin!! Take your robot naps now! 20 minutes with lights and soothing vibrations. It’s on the main floor and the guy installing it seemed to think it was permanent. NAPS OF THE FUTURE. TIRED IS A THING OF THE PAST!
They’re called “Energy Pods,” as it turns out, and they were created about ten years ago by two ’90s alums, Christopher Lindholst ‘97 and Arshad Chowdhury ’98. The machines were chronicled in a 2004 Courant article, which describes them as “disconcertingly futuristic-looking” (well, yeah, they’re called “energy pods”). In the article, Chowdhury boasts about their “visual and audio privacy,” because more privacy is precisely what is demanded in the Olin stacks.Photos below, interview with the installer after the jump.
Apparently there is a world outside of SciLi, and it’s rich with wildlife sightings. Put down your Orgo textbook and set aside the annotated bibliography: Jessica Titlebaum ’14 has breaking news:
This Luna moth was found outside SciLi this morning! Will most likely rest here until night time when it will seek out a female. What a beautiful sighting.
Here’s another angle of the Luna moth. In semi-related Wesleyan wildlife news, the mysterious Wes Squirrels Facebook has become impressively active this month in the wake of the Great Sam Lyons ’12 Squirrel/Vulture Affair of 2012. Squirrels’ Facebook interests include “finding your acorn,” “eating acorns,” and “tree climbing.” Here’s a small gallery of recent squirrel sightings, many of which appeared originally on the University’s photo Tumblr. In most photos, the squirrel is not being picked apart by a fucking vulture. (I didn’t take these photos; I’m just scrolling through the squirrel’s tagged photos.)
“yo anwar, how do you feel about making this a Wesleying post?” – Natasha Phillips ’13
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C’mon, y’all. Extend my coworker and B.D. founder Tasmiha Khan ’12 a helping hand so we can celebrate during our next shift together!
“It’s a costly idea and I don’t think that many people are going to bring their laptops to the library because when you’re doing research, it’s faster to just write your notes with a pencil and paper, to keep up with your thoughts.”
If you’re reading this in Olin or SciLi (on a personal, laptop computer, no less), pump your fist in the air and jump up and down. This week (or last, close enough) marks the tenth anniversary of a seemingly indispensable tool: wireless internet in the libraries. “Anyone with a laptop equiped [sic] with a Cisco wireless network card can bring their computer to Olin or the Science Libraries and access the internet,” reported contributing writer Emily P. 05 on November 2, 2001. The wireless speed ran at 11 megabytes per second, “compared to the Ethernet’s 10 Mbit connection.” Too bad the wireless card cost freaking $125 at the computer store.
The article is packed with student testimonies—and they’re almost unanimously skeptical of the development (and the cost of the card). What makes it especially worth the skim is the quotes from students who can’t possibly fathom that wireless internet is useful in the library: