Spring Break 2014. Some went home. Some went to the beach. Some stayed on campus. And some went on spring break trips, participating in a wide variety of activities ranging from volunteering to performing to playing frisbee. Wes took the country by storm, traveling to places with exotic state birds such as the pelican, the brown thrasher, and the lark bunting. Take a look at what some of your friends were up to:
ServeUp trip to New Orleans
The Wesleyan chapter of ServeUp traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild communities and work with Katrina victims. ServeUp is a program under InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a network of campus ministries. Stacy Uchendu ‘17 graciously educated me about their experience.
The purpose of the trip, in addition to rebuilding, was to explore the relationship between social justice and faith for Christians and non-Christians alike. Eighteen Wes students were part of a larger group of 300 university students who worked in the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the hardest-hit areas of the city. Some students built a whole house in three days for the St. Bernard Project. Others painted houses in cheerful colors to brighten up the community. A third group worked on a community garden at Our School at Blair Grocery (check it out! Blair Grocery rocks).
The students found it rewarding to work as a team and make closer friendships with their peers. They learned from the perspectives of the Lower Ninth Ward residents: it is hard to believe that nine years post-Katrina, there is still so much to rebuild. In addition, they were grateful for others’ openness to discussing faith without judgement.
Back on campus, the students hope to bring more attention to ServeUp, for people of all faiths or no faith, for those who just want to learn about social justice, or for those who want to go to NOLA.
Ethan Tischler ’14 wants to serenade you for the holidays:
After a three year hiatus, the Spirits have decided to reunite for their first ever holiday concert! Come Saturday night for an evening of song, dance, and public service announcements revolving around themes, motifs, and tropes of the holiday season including but not limited to: Ben Jacobs, Alicia Keys, and Cole “Troublemaker” Chiumento. You’ve never possibly seen anything quite like this before – we promise.
Date: Today, December 7, 2013
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Wesleyan Memorial Chapel
Cost: Not a thing.
Coming at you from Brian Lee ’13:
…But only if you’re male and enjoy singing… and college acappella. The Wesleyan Spirits, Wesleyan’s oldest, all-male acappella group, are holding auditions for any dudes, homies, sk8er boiz, ballas, hustlas, pimps, playas, bros, or all around good-guys with angelic voices.Bring something to sing, a funny joke or haiku, a pen, and anything else that makes you feel special.
The Wesleyan Spirits is the oldest all-male singing group at Wesleyan University. Now in our 32nd year, we are committed to performing a diverse, ever-changing repertoire of beautiful and challenging music while upholding the great singing tradition of Wesleyan… and to having a great time in the process.
What: Wesleyan Spirits Auditions
Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, September 3 and 4
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Place: Alpha Delt Greene Room (185 High St.)
Pescadero extraordinario AJ “Big Bird” Hinds ’12 me envía una tarjeta postal. Se dice,
The Spirits will be singing with the Smith College Smithereens at 8pm this Friday in the Olin Lobby. I was hoping that you would be able to make a Wesleying post about it. Would you be so kind? Here’s more info:
“Join the Wesleyan Spirits–Wesleyan’s oldest all-male a Cappella group–for an evening of vocal merriment with the much older, much more all-female Smith College Smithereens! It shall be a night of broken hearts, tender melodies, sweet, sweet chords, and reminding Garth “Celine Dion” Taylor ’86 that, yes, there ARE human beings who can sing higher than him.
Get your beautiful selves to the Olin Lobby at 8pm.
And the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/147784968676125/
Hugs and Kisses,
(Apologies to my Spanish-speaking, Spanish, Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Japanese friends.)
Tonight, it seems you have to decide: William Shatner, or AJ “Big Bird” Hinds ’12 + The Spirits?
Choose carefully. Details for the Spirit concert (click here for facebook event):
Date: Friday, Dec. 9
Place: Memorial Chapel
Listen, AJ “Big Bird” Hinds ’12, I don’t even know why you’re sending emails to me. Everybody knows that almost EVERY-FRIGGIN’-BODY shows up to Spirits shows when they happen. And it usually gets buzz in the best, traditional way possible: word of mouth. You know what? Word of mouth is great. Word of mouth is old school. If you get 100+ people to your performance due to word of mouth, guess what? You just got so much street cred, Winnie the Pooh is gonna have the honey-gasm of his life.
But here you are. Sending me an email to promote the Spirits/Sinners show on Wesleying. And, oh, look, you even attached a stupid picture with a guy who looks like Botoxed-Lebowski. You know what you just did? You brought down the cred man, you brought it down bad. I hope Garth Taylor ’12 shows up, because somebody’s gotta clean up the mess you just made.
“For the past four years, the Wesleyan Spirits and the Cardinal Sinners have been content singing on their own, never even considering that there could be something more. But fear not, friends! We have learned the error of our ways, and wish to invite you all to a musical miracle, a sing-song spectacular, an [insert obnoxious alliteration here]!
Where: Olin Lobby
When: Saturday 11/12, 8:00-8:45pm
Come enjoy some music, without all the clutter of those damned instruments, and then head off into the night to party–or whatever you kids do nowadays…”
Read on to see the original email.