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Student Group Leadership Summit

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From Lizzie “Shack Attack”/”Lizzie McGuire” Shackney ’17:

All student group leaders and aspiring student group leaders: Come to this year’s Student Group Leadership Summit this Tuesday, March 4th, at 7 pm in Usdan 108. It’s a great chance to hear what all of Wesleyan’s 277 registered student groups have been up to, and to talk about what’s been going well, not so well, the future of your group, or any issues you may want to bring up. Members of the WSA will be there to remind you of how the WSA can be a resource to you.

There will most def be cookies, coffee, and cross-group collaboration. Bring a younger member from your group because we’re all about ensuring the continuity of student groups.

Date: Tuesday, March 4th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Place: Usdan 108
Cost: Freezies

WesQuis Wants YOU (to Host a Student)


From Iliana Ortega ’15

March 29th through March 31, Wesleyan University is hosting the 7th Annual National Dominican Student Conference with the theme of Social Justice. There are going to be around 250 students from other colleges that will need on-campus housing for the weekend. All they need is a floor to sleep on, a shower to bathe in, and your tender love and affection (just kidding). They’ll have a jam-packed schedule so you’ll hardly see them all day.

Also, your name will be entered into a raffle for each person you host! Prizes may include but are not limited to: gift cards to Main St. restaurants (javapalooza, brew bakers & more!), electronic accessories, and coupons for free hugs!

We look forward to your participation!

Contact: wesndsc(at)gmail(d0t)com

An Interview with the Guy Who Sleeps in a Different Place on Campus Every Night

“My lifestyle dissolves fake smiles. It can be heartbreaking if you aren’t ready for it.”

Riel, the wandering vagabond, surveys his options at the Usdan grill. Photo by Rachel Pincus '13.

Riel ’14, the wandering vagabond, surveys his options at the Usdan grill. Photo by Rachel Pincus ’13.

Two or three weeks ago, I entered my apartment around midnight to find the couch occupied by a bearded stranger. He was asleep, sprawled sideways and snoring loudly, and none of my housemates appeared within eyesight. As I reached over his torso to adjust the thermostat, I briefly considered dialing Public Safety. Instead, I located one of my housemates, Carey Gilchrist ’13, and whispered my demand: “Who’s that dude on our couch?”

“Oh, that’s Lina’s friend Riel,” Carey explained. “He sleeps in different places every night or something. So she offered him our couch.” “Oh,” I said. “Wait, that’s pretty awesome. Would he be up for an interview?”

Riel ’14, a junior majoring in Film and Computer Science, was gone from the couch by the time I awoke the next morning, but later in the week I ran into him in Weshop, where he was stocking up on eggs (“I gotta eat at least six a day, need the protein”) and canned beans. He explained that he had adopted something of a vagabond lifestyle at the beginning of the semester, crashing at friends’ places and refusing to make use of his assigned room in 1 Vine. “I’m trying to be the change I need to see,” Riel told me. On most days, he carries around a camping backpack and a sleeping bag. His lifestyle is controversial, but his reasoning has an oddly circuitous logic to it: If he’s already paying all this money for room and board, shouldn’t he be free not to use it?

I asked Riel if he would like to be interviewed for this blog. Sure, he said, just so long as I didn’t publish his last name or a picture of his face. And could he boil some eggs in my stove while we did the interview? I consented to his demands, as he did to mine. This is the conversation that took place.

The Bridge on the Drina

Senior Cocktails, faculty engagement, Espwesso, and the state of Wesleyan society.

The Bridge on the Drina

The media has been having a field day with last Friday’s Senior Cocktails. History, at least as it is popularly understood, often influences the character of the future, so this article seeks to illuminate three brief bits of historical meaning. The first involves the intent of the Allbritton cafe now called Espwesso. The second, an old norm of behavior between faculty and students. And finally, the origins of Senior Cocktails, the third. All told, these elements collectively form the tale of a beautiful and normative aspect of Wesleyan society that aged, became tarnished, and eventually disappeared.

I titled this “The Bridge on the Drina,” after the Ivo Andric historical novel of the same name, for reasons that will hopefully be clear by the end of the article.

Allbritton, Wesleyan’s Kapia

As you might expect, the centerpiece of Andric’s novel is a bridge across the Drina river, lying athwart the town of Višegrad near the border between Bosnia and Serbia. This bridge serves in analogy for many aspects of Ottoman rule in the Balkans (and some of these I will reference later on), but for now its importance lies in the kapia, the widened center of the bridge. Upon the kapia sit the people of the town, resting on benches of carved stone, chatting, sipping coffee and plum brandy bought from the vendor’s stand, and conducting business of both great and little import. The kapia is as central to the society of the town as it is to the bridge itself.

So it was to be with cafe space allotted on the bottom floor of Allbritton.

Sinkane & Dreamhost @ Eclectic


From Eric Lopez ’15:

The touring multi-instrumentalist for Of Montreal, Caribou and Yeasayer named Ahmed Gallab is coming to Wesleyan.

Opening is Wesleyan’s own DreamHost (Dylan Bostick ’13).

Come for the 80s beats.
Stay for the dancing.

Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
DREAMHOST at 10:00 p.m.
SINKANE at 10:45 p.m.

This is before TOP 40 so come out and dance!

Meet With Students From Amistad Academy

May Lee Watase ’13 writes in:

Are you free this upcoming Thursday from 1:30-2:30pm? 7th graders from Amistad Academy Middle School in New Haven, a charter school serving mainly low income students of color, are coming for a field trip and would love to meet some Wesleyan students and chat informally about college life.

Students should meet at Exley Science Center, room 58 at 1:30. If you are interested please email May Lee Watase atmwatase@wes.

Date: Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Place: Exley Room 58

WesTrending: Cadbury Jackets

Spotted last night on the corner of Church and Pine this weekend: two WesTrendies (A “Berlin” Marcus ’13 and an unidentified rando) sporting shiny Dairy Milk-purple bombers. Chocolate bar wrapper seemed to be the colour du jour in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Take cues from your classmates and draw fashspiration from your favorite childhood sweets—a pink BubbleYum puffer jacket or an experimental Solero-inspired dye job maybe? Cast aside those black North Faces and “Anoraks”  in favor of spirit-lifting, deliriously bright rainbow outerwear.

“Who Would Be Here”: Need-Blind Gets a Video

YouTube clip inspired by 2011 “I Have Sex” video, filmed for a SOC assignment. 

Because it’s 2012, and the ongoing string of editorials and banner drops isn’t enough, the movement to preserve need-blind now has an aspiring viral video spot: “Who Would Be Here.” Filmed by Samantha Maldonado ’13 and Katya Botwinick ’13 as a viral video assignment for SOC 234: Media & Society, the YouTube clip takes inspiration from “I Have Sex,” the 2011 video supporting Planned Parenthood that inspired similar efforts at Oberlin, Skidmore, and beyond. This one offers a montage of students on financial aid (or with friends on financial aid) wondering if they’d be here without Wesleyan’s need-blind policy, as Benny Docter ’14 and Leonid Liu ’14 expressed in an editorial earlier this month. (There’s also the obligatory shot of Rotbot ’13 being himself.)

Watch the clip above. Music by Santigold (Santi White ’97), camera by Sydney Lowe ’13.

Update: As of Tuesday, the video has been featured on Middletown Patch and The ‘Cac, with 1,100 views and counting.

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?