This post is an updated version of Sam’s update which was an updated version of wilk’s Eating and Drinking orientation article.
This is part of our 2021 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. This year Wesleyan is ranked #15(we were demoted from #7, sad) in college food on Niche out of all the colleges in the U.S. so you know it’s going to be good. Wes has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. We’re even ranked #2 by One Green Planet for Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges. There’s a plethora of awesome vegan food and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.
This is the part of the orientation series where we remind you to eat your veggies.
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 Appetit, WesWings & Red and Black, Libraries).
Sometime between when the Usdan bulletin boards got cleared last night and around 11 AM when one of our editors spotted this, these posters reading “An idle administration is a failed one.” went up. It is unclear whether the administration in question is Wesleyan’s, Trump’s, or some other one, but clearly someone is upset about something. If you have any information regarding the origin or meaning of these posters, please contact us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org or via the tipbox.
[EDIT: 10/1, 1:09 pm]
We received the following anonymous tip in response to this post (cw: sexual harassment/assault, racism):
For Educational Purposes Only:
Mongolian Grill (Barbecue) has a slightly misleading name since it is a stir-fried dish that was first developed in Taiwan during the early 1950s—not in Mongolia surprisingly. However, stir-frying meats on a large, open surface is supposed to evoke Mongolian foods and Mongolian traditions. The preparation can also be traced back to the Japanese-style teppanyaki, which was a very popular food choice for the Taiwanese back then. Interestingly enough, some American Mongolian Grill restaurants claim that soldiers of the Mongol Empire actually gathered large quantities of meat, prepared them with their swords and cooked them on their upturned shields over a large fire.
How it works here at Wesleyan:
It’s been four semesters since I’ve had home-cooked Turkish (oh, wow, here’s Melisa talking about being Turkish….again) meal, and to be completely honest, at first it was great. There are only so many times I can manage to “enjoy” kale stew (side note: kale translates to “decoration cabbage” in Turkish) and I was infatuated with the copious amounts of coffee and soft-serve ice cream that I was honestly blind.
It’s been four semesters, and the coffee and soft-serve ice cream can no longer make me complacent. As Wesleyan’s local and very vocal Middle Easterner™, there’s a very serious matter that we need to discuss: the “hummus” that is offered at Usdan. It’s time to call it for what it is, and that certainly isn’t fucking hummus.
If you weren’t aware, Usdan offers hummus on the kosher line, oftentimes paired with some sort of panini. See, I was super fucking excited when I saw this, because I didn’t grow up with ranch or cranberry vinaigrette (?), and I wanted to supplement my bland salads with the spread that is responsible for my sanity. And so, wide-eyed first-year me walks onto the kosher line, excited to get a taste of home. Why I thought that this hummus would remotely resemble home considering the general lack of spices in Usdan (seriously, WHY DON’T WE HAVE RED PEPPER FLAKES ANYWHERE? And don’t tell me about that bullshit red pepper that’s by the pizza) is beyond me. I was hopeful that perhaps Bon App got things right for once.
Oh, was I wrong.
Here are some general notes about the hummus that I have succumbed to time and time again at Usdan, in which each time I have considered just transferring to any school in Turkey based exclusively on food:
we won’t look like this because this is Mocon in ’84; image from the ‘Save Mocon’ fb group
As we told you just a few short hours ago, Wesleying needs money, and we are selling stickers to help raise it. Because Usdan is the center of our vibrant campus, we are here, braving the crowds, excited to meet some of you in person. (Usdan actually probably is the center of campus at lunch though, right?)
Come say hi and funny, liveblog-worthy things, and read on!
Can you name that flavor??
The Usdan Marketplace has forever changed my relationship with ice cream.
Fellow Wesleying-er michelle and I got lunch together at Usdan last week and felt so moved by the ice cream selection that we spontaneously burst into song. It went something like this:
Apparently there’s a Usdan receipt conspiracy. I’ve been hearing around campus lately that the Marketplace has been failing to give receipts to students, most notably at brunch. Maybe it’s deliberate, or maybe it’s a minor slip-up. Either way, at this point in the semester, most of us are dangerously low on meals or points (or maybe both), and getting our receipts is quite helpful. So I set out to investigate the matter.
For one, this required actually going to Usdan, which I barely do. But I Usdan-ed religiously this week, motivated by the quest to get to the bottom of this receipt dilemma.
This post is an updated version of the Eating and Drinking installment of last year’s Orientation Series.
Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. Wesleyan has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. Although we lost to Oberlin last year for “most vegan friendly school,” we still have awesome vegan food and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.
This is a part of the Unofficial Orientation Series 2015 to remind you to eat your veggies.
From Natalie Ancona ’15:
Last semester’s speak out in Usdan was an incredible moment in which our community came together to speak openly, honestly, and compassionately about sexual assault and gender violence of all kinds. As a continuation of that conversation, we will be holding another speak out in Usdan on Thursday April 30th from 5-8pm (or as long as it needs to go).
Please feel welcome to share a short piece about your experiences, whether they are related to the administration or to your community in or outside of Wesleyan. Write about whatever you feel is important to point out as contributing to sexual/gender discrimination and violence.
If you feel comfortable speaking publicly, we would like to support you in doing so. Know that you will be physically surrounded by people both sharing their own stories and supporting their peers. If you’re not comfortable speaking publicly, you can choose to write a piece that someone else will read, anonymously or not.
Please email Natalie Ancona at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chloe Murtaugh (email@example.com) letting us know if you’d like to speak at the event, or with your piece to be read by someone else. Anyone is welcome to speak during the event without having contacted us beforehand.
Time: 5 pm