This picture courtesy of Wesleying circa Jan. 2013, a good reminder that it’s always been cold as shit here. And good news, everything is open again!
This is the first time I’ve been at Wes for the majority of January, and I like it so far — campus is very quiet, the snow is nice to look at, and a squirrel just climbed its way frantically down my window. But I also haven’t gone outside yet, so this opinion will probably change very soon.
Whether you’re here for thesis work, winter session, winter sports, or just kickin’ it, campus will be nice and relatively unpopulated for the next couple of weeks. You can have Olin almost all to yourself! (Except avoid the fourth floor, maybe. According to kitab, it’s a “frozen wasteland.”)
If you’re here, Usdan is your best on-campus dining option (Neon Deli is also open, as is Nardelli’s, and basically every other Middletown dining joint). Usdan’s open with limited service for lunch and dinner until regular hours resume on January 25th. If you purchased a meal plan for winter session, you can use your meals. Otherwise, you can use cash, Middletown cash, or credit card (your meal plan points from last semester don’t work until 1/25, unfortunately). Usdan resumes full dinner service on January 25th,
which is also when Weshop, Red & Black, and Weswings all reopen whoops no. Weshop reopened today (1/24) at 2pm and Red & Black and Weswings reopened today as well! Full dining hours here:
[updated by Maya, 1/24/17 at 9:28pm]
Mara Woods-Robinson ’16 writes in with exciting winter break news:
Exciting news for ye thesis-writers, winter session-ers, international students, and anyone else stuck on a coffee-less campus for the rest of winter break: Espwesso will be re-opening early, on Wednesday, Jan. 13! We will be open in the mornings, 9AM-1PM, serving our normal menu of drinks, and accepting CASH, MIDDLETOWN CASH, or ROLLOVER POINTS from the fall semester. Stay tuned for more information on our Facebook page.
Reopening Date: Wednesday, January 13
Time: 9 AM – 1 PM
Place: Espwesso (Allbritton basement)
Nearly empty Winter Olin
What is winter break like at Wesleyan? Pretty quiet and peaceful (so far…I’ve only been here for three days). If you’re here for winter session, senior thesis work, winter sports, or just hanging, it’s pretty cool to have the main parts of campus mostly to yourself. There were probably only 10 students in Olin today, which means you have access to basically any chair or outlet you want. It’s also really fucking cold, though there’s not as much snow as in New York or Philly.
If you’re here, Usdan is your best on-campus dining option (Neon Deli is also open, as is Nardelli’s, and basically every other Middletown dining joint. Special shout out to Tschudin Chocolates, whose Chef just won the Food Network show Rewrapped). Usdan’s open with limited service for lunch and dinner until January 19th. If you purchased a meal plan for winter session, you can use your meals. Otherwise, you can use cash, Middletown cash, or credit card. Usdan resumes full dinner service on January 20th, which is also when Weshop opens. Red&Black and Weswings also re-open on January 20th. Full dining hours here:
Missing Wesleyan already? Make plans to meet up with fellow Wesfolk for a WEServe project!
WEServe is a worldwide week of service for the entire Wesleyan community. During the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18-24), students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and grandparents, future students, and friends are all invited to come together for activities that serve others. Projects can involve any number of participants and any kind of volunteer work, whether it’s traditional service, like assisting a school or food pantry, or something innovative that supports a local non-profit. Call an organization to ask about their volunteer needs, and once you’ve submitted the project, Wesleyan will publicize it widely and take registrations.
WEServe spans the end of Winter Break and the beginning of the spring semester, so you can plan an activity in your hometown, in Middletown, or wherever in the world you’re traveling. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community while also connecting with classmates, generations of alumni, and other members of the Wesleyan family.
Propose a project by Wednesday, December 31, or sign up to join a project by Friday, January 17: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/weserve
Date: Sunday, January 18 – Saturday, January 24
Time: All day!
From Michael Creager ’15:
Interested in Ski Week!? We know you are, its okay to admit it to yourself. Come to our Informational meeting at 9:30pm Thursday (10/23) to hear about how you can experience, the legend, the myth, and the shenanigry that is SKI WEEK 2015!!
We don’t even have to ask the question, we know you’re game for Ski Team too! That meeting will directly follow the Ski Week meeting at 10:15 the same night!
Be There. Be The Dog. Woof.
Here’s a Facebook Link.
Time: 9:30 PM
Place: Exely 150 (Tischler Hall)
ICYMI, we opened a write-in at the beginning of winter break. What follows is the sparse response to this write-in. It’s uh…
So you’re back on campus. Maybe you’ve made it back for Wesleyan’s first-ever winter session, maybe you’re trying to write a thesis, or maybe you’re just squatting somewhere and hiding under piles of dirty clothes every time Physical Plant comes into the room. Either way, you’ve probably come to the realization that you have no idea what’s open, no idea what to do with your time, and you’re not really willing to try and answer either of these questions because it’s cold outside.
Here’s a brief run-down of winter at Wesleyan amenities:
FOOD AND DRINK
Options on campus are pretty sparse for food and drink. Most excitingly, Espwesso is open during the day time, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. They’re taking points, Middletown cash, and real cash. They’ve got all the regular drinks, so try and get over to Allbritton when you can.
Ayo Wesleyan. I’m just gonna leave this here…
Tell me a story from your Winter Break.
Here’s the link.
Feel free to leave winter-break-themed links/procrastination devices in the comments.
In these break times, I know some of us tend to feel lonely or lost or down. or maybe not! either way, sneeze is always lounging around near a computer. #dontpanicitsonlyamonth
From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:
Interested in volunteering in Africa? Want to learn more about the global water crisis? Looking for experience working in the field and want to make a sustainable impact? Come to an information session about the Community Water Solutions (CWS) Fellowship Program!
The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week volunteer trip in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the program is to teach students about the water crisis while giving them an opportunity to make a significant, lasting impact on this global problem.
Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Each team works with their community to build a water treatment business and train local women entrepreneurs how to run it. By the end of the 3 week program, each team will have provided a permanent source of safe drinking water for an entire community (approx. 1,000 people)! Over the past 3 years, CWS has hosted 179 Fellows in Ghana who have launched 50 water businesses in rural villages. Check out this video to learn more about the CWS and the Fellowship!
CWS hosts two programs in Ghana each year: The Winter Program, which takes place from December 28th-January 19th and the Summer Program which takes place from May 29th-June 19th. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply now!
Date: Today, November 12th
Place: Allbritton 004
Link: REGISTER HERE
If you’re one of the miserable hermits who answered “I’ve been here working on my thesis since January 2” in our current weekly poll, rejoice: you can stop subsisting entirely on chex mix now. After a long winter rest, Weshop is coming out of hibernation today at 2 p.m. It’ll be back to normal hours tomorrow (though the options may be somewhat erratic for a while).
The Usdan Marketplace also makes its triumphant return tonight, for dinner. Here’s the full dining schedule, via Usdan’s website: