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Spring Break Hours: Sustenance & More!

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 AppetitWesWings & Red and BlackLibraries).

Redesigning the RIDE

from the Wesleyan Photo Tumblr

from the Wesleyan Photo Tumblr

The below has been edited and republished with the permission of the writer, Mika Reyes ’17. The original can be found on Medium here.

Imagine you, a Wesleyan student, are staying late at a friend’s place after losing track of time. Then you realize: oh no, there’s no space for you to stay in this room–you can hardly see the floor with all this dirty laundry around, plus there are already 5 other people sleeping over. But, shucks, you live all the way on the opposite corner of campus. It’s 2AM on a cold, wintry night and you don’t want to encounter scary people, the dreadful cold, and possible snow monsters that may come out. Who do you call? The Ride!

The Ride is Wesleyan’s 7PM–3AM campus night shuttle. It is a life saver, especially during dead, freezing, lonely winter nights (AKA the majority of the school year).

This year, I live in Lighthouse, past Freeman, and basically one of the farthest corners of campus. Only consolation is that the community is great (and that I live close to the gym, I guess). I’ve been taking The Ride every night to bring me home and I imagine I will be doing this for the rest of the semester. The Ride drivers and I will all be close buds by the end of it.

Recently, however, they changed the way they handled commutes. Instead of students being able to call in for their services, like a taxi cab, it instead follows a predetermined route, like a bus stop. Last night, I took it, but noticed other things didn’t change along with the change in this system. An important design lesson: systems are intertwined and changing one part of a system ripples through other parts. I wanted to evaluate some problems (outlined below in 3-ish major categories) and imply quick recommendations on design solutions.

Unofficial Orientation Series: Getting There from Here

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Today’s installment is mostly a repost of a repost from years past (hey – I’m all about recycling) detailing ways for you to get around the New England area, Connecticut, home (or not), and most importantly to get some delicious pancakes at 4 in the morning. If you have a car already, feel free to ignore this post entirely while the rest of us look upon you with envy. If you don’t, then you might want to take my advice and become friends with someone who does. Until then, you may want to read on.

As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown. The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks (near Hartford). Getting there, though, is quite the challenge. Lucky for you, we at Wesleying, and our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs to make your lives easier.

Rehearsal Space in Green Street Arts Center

You’ve already figured out where to vote; Olivia Ford ’13 writes in to let you know where to dance:

Looking for Rehearsal Space for you or your Dance Group!? Green Street Arts Center is here for you! The Dance Studio in the Green Street Arts Center  is available to Wesleyan Students!

The Ride can also be made available for drop-off and pick-up upon request!

For availability and reservations, please contact Cathy Lechowicz at clechowicz(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series: Getting There from Here

Today’s installment is mostly a repost, detailing ways for you to get around the Connecticut and New England area. Or home, or to get waffle fries at 4 in the morning, or wherever. If you have a car already, you may want to ignore this entirely. If you don’t, then you might want to take our advice and become friends with someone who does.

As any current Wes student will tell you, one area in which Middletown is seriously lacking is its ability to help you get out of Middletown. The closest train station is in Meriden, though your best bet for getting out of town is to go to Union Station in New Haven or Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks (near Hartford). Getting there, though, is quite the challenge, which is why we at Wesleying, with help from our friends at the Peer Advisor Blog, have attempted to compile a list of the car-less ways to get to Connecticut’s two main transportation hubs.

Shout-out in the comments with additions and corrections.

The Ride 2.0: Blirp-It

Photo credit: TheArgusOnline

So, a couple days ago the WSA sent out a mass email hailing the arrival of a new feature that hopes to revolutionize the campus shuttle experience.

It’s called Blirp-it, a name which, though provocative in certain unfortunate ways for those inclined to make such provocative paradigmatic shifts in perception, stands for “Bus Line Information Retrieval Program.” (I assume the “-it” portion is for stylistic purposes intended to exert a sense of dynamism akin to Nike adverts). You can find out more about its creation here.

More info and some meditations on the addition after the jump.

Increasing Problems With The Ride?

There seems to be an increasing number of students dissatisfied with the Ride’s service. The Facebook event “The Ride: Something Needs to Change,” in which Kara Ingraham addresses many common problems with the Ride, has been receiving a lot of attention in the past couple of days. She raised many good points on why we need to place greater emphasis on a better system:

This problem goes beyond an “I don’t want to walk” issue. It’s about our safety on this campus at night. This campus is not insulated, anyone can enter. Last Spring a car full of men began following me after I decided to walk when a Ride drove straight pass me while I waved them down. A student was just assaulted Friday night while on High Street. Women, in particular, are vulnerable when walking home alone. This is unacceptable. These incidents are sporadic but violent. What else has to happen before the school addresses the inefficiency and rudeness of the Ride at times? Even more, some of the designated stops on their loops are exposed, unprotected areas that are almost as dangerous as simply walking to your destination around campus.

Many of these issues are all too familiar, and I hope they are examined by the administration. If you would like to help make the system better or have a story to share, join the discussion on Facebook or e-mail Kara at kingraham(at)wes. She is putting together “a committee that will go to the WSA and President Roth with a list of suggestions for improvement for the Ride Campus Shuttle and the general safety issues on this campus.”

Thoughs? Comments?

Forum to Discuss Sean Bell Verdict & Related Issues

Yesterday at lunch, there was a student protest that was declared to be a “response to the Sean Bell verdict, its public reception, and its relation to past racist events that have occurred on campus with Public Safety, Middletown Police, the Ride, and the student body.”

Are you angry about yesterday’s protest and frustrated you couldn’t walk up the stairs easily to get lunch? Furious at our so-called justice system for acquitting murderers? In support of police relying on their own judgement no matter what? Do you think the Sean Bell verdict has racist implications that extend beyond itself and even to the Wesleyan campus?

Regardless of the views or opinions that you have, Stephanie Quainoo ’10 invites you to attend a forum being held to “discuss the issues of the case, the reactions to the protest and to answer any questions regarding those events on campus cited on the platform of the protesters. This is important as we would like all members of the student body to come together to engage each other in a constructive dialogue that will allow us to build a safe community at Wesleyan through much-needed debate and discourse.”

When: Tonight, Tuesday May 6, at 7 pm
Where: Fauver Frosh Lounge
Yum: Food and refreshments will be provided.