I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords…
Watch out, dude, they’re trying to sell us out to the man!
In brief, the University is trying to change up the way it manages the vendors who visit Usdan. As of now, Frank Marsilli, the Usdan facilities and events manager, directly books the vendors, as he has been doing so for the past sixteen years. This year, the University is planning to hire a third-party company, Kiosk Connections, to manage this program and bring in more vendors beginning after Spring Break. These guys are a pretty big company that, as they put it, connects “corporations and specialty retail vendors”: Mary Kay, Avon, to name a few. Their clients range from AT&T to Pfizer to Lockheed Martin.
In other words, not universities.
Alright, so this sounds pretty shitty. And if you’ve been talking to Malcolm Tent—the goateed guy who’s been selling used records at Wesleyan for seventeen years, bonding with more than a few students in the process—it definitely sounds shitty. According to Malcolm, with the way the new program will work, he—and presumably the other regular vendors—won’t be able to afford to keep coming. He really appreciates the Wesleyan community and doesn’t want to lose being a part of it.
This just in from my inbox:
Today, November 8th, during lunch we are hosting a vendor fair at Usdan, Weshop, Pi Café and Summerfields. We have 16 vendors scheduled to show off their products, give away samples and prizes. You’re not going to want to miss this event!
The fair will begin at 11 am and end at 2pm. A few of the vendors you can look forward to seeing are: Pierce Brothers Coffee CT rental DNR Bakery Dole & Bailey Sid Wainer Fowler Island Oasis Shayna B and the Pickle General Mills Horse Listener’s Orchard Starlight Gardens Wesleyan’s very own Long Lane Farm! We look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Today, November 8
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: Usdan, Weshop, Pi, Summerfields
Can’t wait until WESU’s Community Record Fair on October 28? Malcolm Tent, worshipper of all things Devo and former owner of the Trash American Style record store, is bringing the records to Usdan today. Buy some goddamn records:
I, Malcolm Tent, am returning to your benighted campus. I will be loaded with the best new + used underground/ overground RECORDS, DVD’S, CD’S, JEWELRY, and….? The date is Thursday, October 11. I’ll be at Usdan from approximately noon – 5 pm. Not only will I be selling stuff, but I’ll be buying and trading so bring all of your unwanted records, tapes, cd’s, or whatever!
If you have any special requests let me know and I’ll do my best to hook you up.
Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 12:00 pm – 5 pm
Place: Usdan, by the staircase
WESU President Avery “Weltschmerz” Trufelman ’13 wants you to sell out:
On October 28th, WESU will host its biannual record fair! This is ALSO a great opportunity for you to sell your own stuff: records, sure, but arts and crafts, too, and just about anything you can vend. 8-foot tables (now that’s long!) cost $35 each, with a maximum of two tables per dealer. As always, we expect a lot of people to attend, both students and Middletown residents, so you should be prepared to guard your table for the duration of the fair. Make friends, make money, eat pizza, listen to awesome music… and reserve your table as soon as possible by contacting Lee Berman at lberman(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
What: WESU Record Fair, and you’re the vendor
When: Sunday, October 28, officially 11am-4pm
Prep Time (loading stuff, bringing it to market): 9am-11am
Where: Beckham Hall
Cost: $35 to rent a table, up to 2 tables/vendor
Guess who’s back?
Lucky you! Trash American Style is returning to your benighted campus. We will be loaded with the best new + used underground/ overground records, DVDs, CDs, jewelry, bribabrack, and….?
The date is Monday, October 17 (National Boss Day).
We’ll be at Usdan (by the big staircase) from approximately noon – 5 pm. Not only will I be selling stuff, but I’ll be buying and trading so bring all of your unwanted records, tapes, CDs, or whatever! If you have any special requests let me know and I’ll do my best to hook you up.
Date: National Boss Day (Tomorrow, October 17)
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Place: Usdan staircase