Expectation vs. reality.
I grew up in Rhode Island, in a small town about an hour and twenty minutes from campus. This past semester, I saw hundreds of poor freshmen from more hospitable climates struggling to adjust to the weather, culture, landscape and general ~ethos~ of this very strange, very cold part of the country. So as a veteran New Englander (and I do say veteran because sometimes living here feels like a war), I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the region — its history, culture, and some relevant life hacks — so that we can all feel a little more at home here. Hopefully this is the first of several such posts. Its focus, aptly for the season, is the terrible weather.
I think the title says it all, but if you need more details, Theo “Guess He’s Not An Anthro Major” Sullivan ’16 has them:
Meet history faculty, fellow students, and enjoy some warm winter treats: hot chocolate, cappuccino, cookies, coffee cakes, carrots, and much more!
Date: February 3rd
Time: 4:15 PM
The first big snow of the school season happened on Saturday, and today we found out the snow thing is going to be a bigger deal than we thought. As we prepare for a “crippling and potentially historic” New England blizzard this week, students just kind of want to know 1) if classes are going to get cancelled and 2) if airwes can brave the storm. (Probably not/probably not?)
From Ari Lewenstein ’16 and Isabel Stern ’14:
We want to help you stay warm AND sustainable as the weather gets chillier. Turning down the heat and putting on layers is a great way to save energy. The money saved on energy will help fund financial aid efforts too! What more could you want? Hot cocoa you say? We’ve got you covered! Come to Usdan on December 4th between 12pm-1pm layered in a sweater and we’ll give you hot cocoa in a reusable travel mug! AND IT’S FREE! What an amazing excuse to wear that ugly sweater you love to hate all week long.
Heat down. Layer up. Sweater days.
Date: Wednesday, December 4th
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Welp, good start to my Spring Break.
Like quite a few Wesleyan students, I was excited to escape the woes of Midterms and head back home— for me, Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. For the record, snow, you are not wanted past February. It is now March. You have overstayed your welcome. Stop messing with my spring.
Because of the sudden, angry downpour of upwards of a foot of snow, my flight has been sufficiently delayed by a few hours. So, lucky for you, I’m using this liveblog as a vehicle for my people-watching. Enjoy, and safe travels!
Remember that time it was warm and sunny on Tuesday and you thought spring was here to stay and winter as you know it had finally given up for the season? That was cute.
Despite Spring Break officially beginning in a few short hours, Middletown got hit by another minor blizzard last night (in fact, it’s continuing right now) that exceeded 20 inches in some areas of Connecticut. From Middletown Patch:
Public and parochials schools are closed and colleges have cancelled morning classes and the city is under a parking ban. By midmorning Friday, Middletown had 8 inches of snowfall from this storm that meteorologists say will leave the area sometime after noon.
Slippery streets are making driving treacherous in spots, evidenced by a 10 a.m. minor fender-bender on Main Street, at Liberty Street, between a car and truck.
But “don’t expect the snow to stick around too long,” warns the Middletown Press.
Could this be a flashback to Winter 2011 at Wes?
Welcome back to Wesleyan, where Foss Hill is totally frozen and High Rise is scheduled to lose hot water pretty much any minute now. According to Weather.com, which is calling this the coldest air of the season, it’s 18 degrees Fahrenheit right now in Middletown and going down to 12 degrees later tonight (which will feel like 0 with the wind chill). On the bright side, it’s supposed to warm up to a tropic 25 on Friday.
If you’re arriving in Bradley tonight from a warm locale like Florida or Los Angeles, consider boarding another flight home. If you’re thinking of going outside, consider not doing that:
From Taran Catania ’13:
Interested in coming on Ski Week, the annual Wesleyan ski and snowboard trip to Jay Peak, VT? Of course you are! Come to the info session, where we’ll be giving out the details on this year’s voyage up to Grampa Grunts for the last week of winter break (January 13-18, 2013).
After we talk about Ski Week, we’ll be having a meeting for anyone interested in joining Wesleyan’s Ski Team. No alpine racing experience necessary, but you should feel competent on skis – and if you have any racing experience, you should definitely head our way. And new this year: our race league will now be holding a freestyle competition for both skiers and snowboarders, as well as racing for snowboarders.
Have questions? Interested in either ski week or ski team but can’t make the meeting? Email us at wesleyanskiteam(at)gmail(dot)com.
Date: Tomorrow, October 25
Place: Exley 150
Elisa Waugh ’13 wants you to audition for the Winter Dance:
Auditions will be held at the Schonberg Dance Studio at 247 Pine. No experience needed, but come dressed in comfortable clothing and ready to move! All dancers in the Winter Dance show will get to dance on the fabulous CFA stage and receive .25 credit.
Date: September 12, 2012
Time: 4:45 – 5:45 or 6- 7
Place: 247 Pine
From Batman ’12:
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Onomatopoeia is delightful!
Come enjoy a wintry mix of songs as part of this glorious weekend of Wescappella. We’re keepin it short and keepin it real, so take a study break with your favorite Onomatopoeians:
Meggie Twible ’12, Amelia Tatarian ’13, Marguerite Suozzo-Gole ’15, Avery Peyton ’15, Becca Snelling ’12, Hannah Davidman ’13, Gianya Breland ’14, Rosie Kelly ’15, Cara Tratner ’12, Genna DeGroot ’15, Rebecca Lange ’13, Joey Florento ’13
but seriously, is meow a word…or an onomatopoeia?
Date: TOMORROW, Sunday, Dec 11
Time: 8 pm
Place: Exley lobby, near Pi
Get ready: to have your mind blown