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Josh Krugman ’14 Speaks at Senior Reception about Need-Blind

On Tuesday, December 3, there was a senior class reception held by SWAG (Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift) in Beckham Hall. At the reception, a number of administrators gave speeches about why students should give to Wesleyan.

And then, Josh Krugman ’14 got up and gave a speech about need-blind, how the University handles donations, and why you maybe shouldn’t give to Wes.

The video is above and a rough transcript is past the jump, courtesy of Josh. When you watch the video, notice the how the administrators and those planning the event try and pressure Josh off the stage and how the student band begins playing to try and drown out his speech. Also, unseen in this video is Michael Roth bolting out of the room when Josh got up there.

BZOD EDIT 12/9/13, 1:50 PM: For some much-needed clarification on that 68% figure, check out this article

SWAG (Students at Wesleyan Avoiding Gluten) Meeting

From Rachel Sobelsohn ’17:

Calling all students who want to learn more about the gluten-free diet, want to go gluten-free, or are already gluten-free! SWAG is dedicated to increasing awareness of the gluten-free diet and its benefits, discussing the challenges of a gluten-free diet, and working to overcome those challenges. SWAG discusses the varying degrees of sensitivity of people on the gluten-free diet and what you never knew had gluten in it, along with some delicious and safe alternatives. SWAG will create a support network of other gluten-free students to share recipes, food, complaints and ideas. Bring your gluten-free lovely selves, and we’ll provide the goodies.
Interested in joining SWAG but can’t make the meeting? Email SWAGATTACK113[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know!

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113
Facebook: Event page

Senior Night Out SWAG

SWAG #thisiswhy

Daniele Packard ’13 and Grace Zimmerman ’13 write in with a way for members of the Class of 2013 to legally imbibe with their classmates, promote greater access to Wesleyan in support of need blind admissions through scholarship fundraising, and enjoy some good ol’ class camaraderie out in the vibrant Middletown nightlife scene:

As graduation approaches alarmingly fast, it becomes ever more important to cherish your classmates, appreciate Wesleyan for everything it has to offer, and enjoy your dwindling time in Middletown. To this effect, the Senior Gift Committee is hosting our annual Senior Night Out, taking place this Thursday, April 25th! The four restaurants hosting SWAG for the evening are La Boca, Mondo, Iguanas Ranas and The Nest, whom have all generously agreed to offer drink and food specials for all SWAG donors this year.

Not a donor yet?  Don’t worry – there’s still time to make a gift.  Swing by any of our tabling locations this week to make a gift and pick up your wristband, or make a gift online and we’ll put the bracelet in your box. If you’ve already donated, you’ll find your wristband in your mailbox. To receive food and drink discounts you must obtain a SWAG designated wrist band. On behalf of the entire committee, we’d like to remind everyone to treat all of the establishments we visit and people we meet during the night out (and in life) with respect!

More information about drink and food specials, the night’s schedule, and tabling locations where you can pick up a wristband this week before the event!

Date: Thursday, April 25th
Time: 8 p.m. till 1 a.m.
Place: Iguanas Ranas, La Boca, Mondo, The Nest
Suggested Donation: $5

Senior Pass Sale This Week

Hey Class of 2013, remember when you voted the handsome devil David Shor ’13, featured above, as your Class President? This week, he’s writing in to remind you to pick up your Senior Pass and consider making a contribution to SWAG, the Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift. Seniors should remember that the Senior Gift contributes to a financial aid scholarship that will be awarded to an incoming Wesleyan freshman next year. The Class of 2013 has a goal of 92% participation and $15,000 raised. Here’s the important info, worded far more coherently than his initial write-up:

Senior events are a tremendous opportunity to enjoy the company of your entire class, from your best friend to your freshman year hallmate who always bumped the best jams. They are a chance to truly enhance the memories of senior year that you will cherish for years to come after graduation. Don’t miss out on these great events. You will regret it. More information about the passes, their sale, and the Senior Gift after the jump.

Senior T-Shirt Design Competition

Daniele Packard ’13 and Grace Zimmerman ’13: write in with an important announcement for the freshest class around. That’s 2013, in case there was every any doubt…

You seniors know that 2013 is fly.  It’s just a fact, plain and simple.  As SWAG Interns, we certainly know it.  We want you, the Class of 2013, to represent our class through our t-shirt design contest. The t-shirt (or tank, you decide!) will be themed “That’s so Wesleyan..” or “That’s so Wes..” if you’re into abbreviations. The design must contain the quoted theme for this year on the shirt. The shirt can incorporate up to three colors, and can only involve printing on one side. Any design format is welcome (pictures, collages, words, haiku, etc.). Designs with profanity, offensive language, or slurs will not be accepted.


Nakhla ’13 Releases New Music Video, Signs “Charlie Brown”

Mark Nakhla ’13, ASL music video superstar, released a beautiful new video to Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown” yesterday.

It is the latest addition to his growing repertoire of artistically-composed videos. You may remember his interpretations of Drake’s “Headlines” and Jay-Z and Kanye’s “No Church in the Wild,” both of which went viral and have over 20,000 and 40,000 plays respectively. His “No Church in the Wild” video was featured on the Huffington Post, which also covered the criticism it drew from other members of the ASL community. The new video clearly pushes in a different direction, most visibly featuring Nakhla in a solo performance.

Nakhla notes how the criticism surrounding his previous video influenced his newest one on YouTube: 

Worlds of Dance Concert

Come watch the Worlds of Dance concert tomorrow afternoon! There will be awesome moves that put Jagger Spongebob to shame, we promise.


  • Beginning Javanese
  • Advanced Javanese
  • Intro to Dance
  • Bharata Natyam I
  • Bharata Natyam Repertory

Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 2.00 p.m.
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $2 for students, $3 for all others
Face: book

Reminder! Senior Class Wine and Cheese

Welcome Back Reception for the Class of 2012 in the Daniel Family Commons
Join us as we kick off our last spring semester at Wes! Enjoy wine & hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Megan Norris ’83. Mingle, catch up, have a toast with Dean Whaley & learn more about the Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift (SWAG).

Please consider making a donation to SWAG—all funds go toward a scholarship for one member of the Class of 2016. As we strive to meet our goal of $15,000, every dollar matters. Donate at the event or now at give.wesleyan.edu
Date: Tonight, 1/27/11
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Daniel Family Commons

SWAG Seeks Paid Student Filmmaker Swag Swag

From Peter Frank ’12 and the swagalicious Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift (S.W.A.G.):

The Senior Class Gift Officers are looking for a student to create a commercial for S.W.A.G. (Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift). This is a paid opportunity to help increase awareness and enthusiasm for the annual fundraising campaign. You will help design, direct, shoot, and produce the final product. For more information, please e-mail SeniorGiftVideo(at)gmail(dot)com with links to relevant work samples.

CONTACT: SeniorGiftVideo(at)gmail(dot)com or pkfrank(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Nakhla ’13 Learns ASL, Also Learns Drake

Wesleyan junior Mark Nakhla ’13 picked up American Sign Language as a freshman. In the years since, Nakhla has spent a considerable amount of time and effort signing videos for the deaf and hard of hearing community, including Backstreet Boys’ “The Call,”  Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” and OneRepublic’s “Secrets”—basically your average WESU playlist. Most of the videos involve Nahkla, stationary, signing in front of an unchanging, domestic background. Until now.

The latest is an ASL interpretation of Drake’s “Headlines,” with help from Noah Korman ’14, Adam Keller ’14, and Greg Faxon ’14. Says video contributor/not-so-anonymous tipster Korman: “This video’s production and signing however have reached new heights.” He’s right: this is a tightly choreographed Drake-themed journey through the Butts tunnels and beyond. It’s already topped 400 views in one day and counting. Check it out here or embedded above.