This is sdz‘s repost of fakeshark‘s update of wilk‘s update of michelle‘s update of kitab‘s update of alt‘s update of pyrotechnics‘ update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.
Before we begin, here’s where you can find the welcome post (so that you can binge read from the beginning), and here’s where you can find last year’s edition of this post.
Hello, and welcome to the 8th annual edition of the Unofficial Orientation Series. In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the World Wide Web (and all things affiliated with it). Actually, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the Wes Wide Web. If you’ve reached this far, you’ve proved your competence in terms of navigating through some of Wesleyan’s digital landscape. But, my dear Prefrosh, there’s so much you have to learn. That’s where I come in – I’m going to teach you about the finer things in life, and all things in the WesTech multiverse.
Second Stage Workshop Queen Maya Herbsman ’17 writes in:
Welcome to Weekend of Workshops Round 2!! This time around we are teaching a WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCITING NEW THINGS!!!!
This weekend we have workshops for DIRECTORS, ACTORS, PLAYWRIGHTS, STAGE MANAGERS, DESIGNERS (Costume, Set, Lights, Sound, EVERYTHING!), DRAMATURGS AND MORE! As always, all workshops will take place in the ’92 Theater and will last around an hour unless otherwise specified. We’re doing some amazing stuff this weekend, come check us out and email Maya Herbsman (mherbsman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) with any questions!
Click through the jump for the schedule and descriptions of each workshop:
This is an update of kitab‘s update of alt‘s update of pyrotechnics‘ update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.
This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
Welcome to the internet, dear prefrosh. We’re so glad you came.
You have already proven that you have some knowledge of how to navigate the ~interwebz~ (do people still say that?) by showing up here, but there’s a lot to learn when it comes to figuring out the digital landscape here at Wesleyan. Rest assured, Wesleying is here to demystify the finer points of all things technology at Wes.
The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:
WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta* or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”
Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.
If you’re confused, don’t worry: I’ve never heard anyone use the term WesTech, which probably means I’m a techie. Huh. Anyway, for instructions on how to be technologically savvy at Wes, read on.
Sarah Chrystler ’13 invites you to this exciting film screening:
Check out Steve Jobs before it hits theaters nationwide! Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. The film is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder.
Please leave all cell phones and recording devices at home – there will be studio security in place! Be sure to get there early! Please bring your Wes ID as this is a campus event only.
Date: Tuesday, October 13th
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema
Cost: Free with WesID
From a girl who knows how to rock a beanie, Ani Acopian ’16:
If you only fill out one application this break, it should be this one.
Build things you actually use with the Digital Wesleyan Tech Workshop. In 6 Saturday sessions this Spring, you’ll learn programming fundamentals, the coding language Python, and meet connected alumni working in tech. It’s free, requires no prior experience and includes lunch. The last day will be a demo day on which you can show off what you’ve built!
Based on workshop participation, 10 students will be chosen for a paid summer internship with a Wes alum working in technology.
APPLY HERE. APPLICATIONS DUE BY 12/21.
Email aacopian(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions.
Deadline: Sunday, December 21st
Application: HERE, FOOLS
Last night I profiled the first ever Senior Week Hackathon. Today, after presumably “catching up” on some “shut-eye,” Julian Applebaum ’13 writes in to remind you about voting:
The community vote for the Senior Week Hackathon is open. The three apps people built are:
The link to vote is here. It’s also on weshack.com, the Hackathon’s official website. It’s only available to people with a Wesleyan email address.
So yeah. Here’s the link again. Read about the Hackathon here.
So…we’re a little late on this piece of news (even President Roth beat us to it! what the hel…lloooo), but technology/digital culture news site BetaBeat ran an article a few days ago on Wesleyan’s presence in the tech world. The piece’s jump-off point was a recent event called “Digital Wes,” an alumni gathering in New York City for former Wes-folks involved the industry, in which President Roth also made an appearance.
It’s a really interesting read, with its many little tid-bits on the lives of an ensemble cast of Wes grads, which in and of itself is rather delightful to take a peek at. Furthermore, there’s a fascinating little line that goes:
The crowd settled to a dull murmur as Wesleyan president Michael Roth ’78 stood in the center of the room. A former professor known for his jazz piano skills and formidably tight jeans, he was making his first foray to the tech event.
(Ben Popper ’04, who wrote the article, clearly keeps up with contemporary Wes culture.) What’s even more interesting is that the entire article was reproduced in its entirety over at the president’s blog page, which means that the president is clearly aware of the fame that surrounds his formidable fashion forays. (Either that, or he didn’t read the article. But really, what’s more plausible?) If anybody at the Argus is reading this, you should totally run a Fall Fashion Feature with the Prez firmly on center-page.
Coming back to the point of this post, I would think that the BetaBeat article must have triggered some reaction among our relatively bacterium-sized CompSci department. I contacted somewhat-renowned CompSci major Micah “Girls Gone” Wylde ’12 earlier this week for a statement, but unfortunately, the busy man blew me off.
So if any of you Comp Sci kids have anything to chip in on this, go right ahead in da Comments. Or not, it’s up to you. Anyway, click here for the article, in case you missed the link above.