Holly and Xue wrote the first version of this post in 2006 and it has been reposted every year since then. Dorm Life never changes much. Unless Fauver becomes Bennett (wow this joke is old). [Or unless Clark goes on fire a few times]
Pictured: A bright-eyed young freshman shakes his groove thang, eager to impress his lofty peers. Taken by Rachel Pincus ’13.
This is part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
Dear frosh of 2022,
As you are probably fretting about your first day of college, a sense of melancholy (or jittery excitement and increased WesAdmits activity, if you hated high school) has creeped up on you. Are you making lists of toiletries and getting boxes from Staples to pack your life into? Wondering how much action your soon-to-be bed has gotten in the past? A lot, probably.
(Melisa’s note: Our cheery freshmen selves a wee [two years] ago ventured onto the wilderness of Waste Not, and my friends ended up purchasing a futon for very cheap. We ended up *probably* spending the same amount on febreeze that we ended up dousing said futon in. This is to say that even your futon isn’t safe from the wonders of college sexuality.)
But don’t be too frazzled. Before you finish your housing form, get your roommate(s) assignment, and make dorm Facebook groups that no one will check after October, Wesleying‘s here to answer your 40ish most pressing questions related to waking-up-and-instantly-having-200-or-so-of-your-peers-to-hang-out-with.
The pertinent FAQ doesn’t change much from year to year, so we tend to update/repost much of the original guide by Norse Goddess Holly-and-Xue ’08 (cuz it’s still damn good and we’re still damn lazy) every year. This re-vamped guide is up to date and full of Wesleyan lingo:
Zonker Harris Day (fka Ze Who Must Not Be Named Day (fka Zonker Harris Day)) is tomorrow. The holiday in honor of the notable Doonesbury character features a yearly springtime music festival in the West College Dormitory courtyard. Whey Station and Falafel will be there. This year’s theme is ‘TIP THE ICEBERG’ according to the Facebook event description:
From Michelle Fisher ’19:
Join poet-activist Rachel McKibbens for an interactive poetry event and healing arts movement designed to empower survivors of sexual assault. Following the poetry performance, there will be an art therapy and writing workshop where survivors are invited to contribute to an ongoing cross-country poem & art installation, praising their own brilliant & immutable voices.
You can read more about Rachel and the project here.
The event is open to survivors of sexual violence and all who want to help make Wes a true community of care.
The Outlast Project is being presented in conjunction with WesWell’s Sexual Health Awareness Week. Be sure to check out their other events!
Brought to you by WestCo, WeSlam, ASHA, and WesWell
Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 4:15-6:15 PM
Place: WestCo Cafe
Julian Johnson ’19 writes in:
Zonker Harris Day is a springtime music and arts festival sponsored by the West College dormitory of Wesleyan University. The theme of Zonker Harris Day is PLEASE CLAP.
Booby Trap 12-12:15
Dan Beets 12:20-12:30
Sneaky Sugars 12:50-1:10
Heimi Vilhelm 1:15-1:25
Rui Barbosa 1:50-2:10
Palm Pilot 2:10-3:00
Don Froot 3:00-3:20
Sensitive Inner Thoughts 4:10-5
The Murdertones 5-5:20
Nice Driveway 5:25-5:45
Mamoun’s Falafel Cart and The Whey Station will be parked on Pine Street outside of Exley for the duration of the event. We are going to be selling organic t-shirts sponsored by the Wesleyan Green Fund and the SBC (design to be posted). These t-shirts can be tie-dyed in the courtyard from 1-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 16
Time: 12-6 PM
Place: WestCo Courtyard
From the West College Dormitory:
Oh yes, baby, it’s that time of year.
THIS SATURDAY is DUKE DAY. Formerly known briefly as the 8th Day of the Week (it was dark times, Harry, dark times), Duke Day is West College Dormitory’s annual fall music and arts festival, that’s been going on since like the late 70’s or something.
music + art (painting!) + ball pit + balloons in the café + general coolness
Becket Cerny ’19 writes in:
Third WestCo OPEN MIC!
Halloween is close-ish, but people prepare for that way too soon anyway…MAGIC! Bring your spunk, identity, illusion, and/or (sexual?) fantasy! What makes you and the world around you magical? What illusions do we uphold or should we take down? Convey the supernatural connection between musicians and their audience!
That said…it’s loose. Come do whatever you want.
Signups are at 8, we’ll start at 8:30. Sets limited to 5 minutes If you really can’t make it at 8, text me and I’ll put you down.
Date: Wednesday, October 14
Place: WestCo Cafe
From Will Barr ’18:
Come to the second WestCo Open Mic of the semester!
moon themed. there’s actually not a theme we just need to reinvent to stay relevant am I right Cher? But come perform anything you’d like. Last time we had tons of great acts and an awesome audience.
see the moon. be inspired. write music poems jokes etc. cover cool things. this event is actually three days after the supermoon but whatever.
Signups at 8. Show at 8:30. We sometimes run out of slots within 15 minutes, so punctuality will be your friend. Only if you can’t make it at 8 to sign up, contact Will Barr ’18 or Josh Davidoff ’18
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/138860089800525/
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Place: WestCo Cafe
PSA from Alex Fabry ’18:
Zonker Harris Day is a springtime music and arts festival sponsored by
the West College dormitory of Wesleyan University.
The theme of the Zonker Harris Day festival is FRUIT.
This year Zonker Harris Day is headlined by JAW GEMS.
11:30 Rachel Connor’s Picture Show
12:45 Anna Savage
1 Rui Barbosa
1:30 HEIMI VILHLEM
1:45 Meatwood Flac
2:15 Ka’vi and Locus
2:30 jdv plus
3 Business Fish
3:15 JAW GEMS
4:15 Jake Rosenbloom and Patrick Masi-Phelps
5:15 The Double Twins
5:45 Lexie Warren
6 The Electric Company
Date: Saturday, April 18th
Time: 11:30 AM- 6:30 PM
Place: The WestCo Courtyard
An invitation from Josh Davidoff ’18:
Could you tell your life story in the space of a moment; the length of a sonnet? Come try out for Sonnets for an Old Century by Jose Rivera, a beautiful play that we are adapting to take place in and around Westco, as well as including original student material. By staging this play in the context of a dorm, we hope to call attention to the college dormitory as a place of danger and isolation as well as comfort and exploration.
No prep necessary–we will give you a sonnet to read. Wednesday and Thursday the 28th/29th from 4:30-7pm in the Westco Cafe. Contact mfriedlich[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or jedavidoff[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more info.
Dates and times:
Wednesday, January 28th (today!), 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Thursday, January 29th (tomorrow!!), 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Place: WestCo Café
From Josh Davidoff ’18:
The Event will be held in the Cafe of West College at the University of Wesleyan, on Wednesday the 15th of October in the Two Thousand and Fourteenth Year of Our Lord.
Signups will take Place at Eight o’ the Clock PM, Eastern Standard Time. The Show will commence at Eight Thirty PM. Please restrain your Act to Six (6) Minutes or fewer.
Check out the event on Facebook!
Date: Wednesday, October 15
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: WestCo Cafe