“I’m the Plant Lady”: Meet Wesleyan’s Watering Woman

December 6, 2019, by Hannah Docter-Loeb, Assistant Features Editor. Leave a Comment

It was a Friday afternoon, and I was sitting in SciLi, hoping to get some work done before the weekend. I looked up from my laptop to see a woman walking around in a green apron with a watering can, tending to the various plants in the library. I was curious if this was a […]

GOVT372 Survey Looks At Loud Side, Quiet Side Political and Romantic Divides

December 6, 2019, by Kaye Dyja, News Editor. Leave a Comment

This semester, GOVT372 “Political Communications in a Polarized Era” conducted a campus-wide survey to examine University students’ political perspectives, which addressed topics such as students’ positions on the Democratic primary field, knowledge of political issues, and overall partisan socialization. Fielded in mid-September, the class has been analyzing the data over the course of the semester.  Overall, […]

WesDivest’s Intersectional Divestment Campaign Sparks Controversy in Wesleyan’s Climate Action Circles

December 6, 2019, by Sasha Linden-Cohen, Features Editor. 2 Comments

When WesDivest member Leah Levin Pensler ’20 spoke at the Climate Strike on Sept. 20, she called on the University to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry. Then, she made another, more controversial demand.  “Not only must this discussion address how the University contributes to driving society towards climate catastrophe, but we must […]

Voting in Middletown: Debating the Role of Wesleyan Students in the Mayoral Election

December 6, 2019, by Luke Goldstein, Luke Goldstein, Features Editor and Kaye Dyja, News Editor. Leave a Comment

On Nov. 5, the night of the Middletown mayoral election, the Hartford Courant announced that Democratic insurgent Ben Florsheim ’14 had defeated the three term Republican mayor Seb Giuliano. In the article, Giuliano’s campaign manager Nick Fazzino, was quoted saying that Wesleyan students had handed Florsheim the victory.  “It was Wesleyan,” Fazzino said to the Courant. “Otherwise, […]

Unpacking the Relationship Between Junior Village and Traverse Square Communities

November 22, 2019, by Kaye Dyja, Sasha Linden-Cohen, News Editor and Features Editor. Leave a Comment

On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 9, a group of students were in the backyard of their LoRise apartment. At around 6 p.m., they started moving back inside. A few minutes later, the students noticed that the table in their backyard had been flipped.  As Connor Cady ’21 and Malcolm Roesser ’21 began moving the […]

An (Un)Helpful Guide to Thanksgiving: How to Avoid Those Awkward Conversations

November 22, 2019, by Katarina Grealish, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time to celebrate community, eat delicious food, and catch up with loved ones. It can also be incredibly awkward and uncomfortable. I’d love to write about the joys of baking pie with family, but that would be far less entertaining. So here are some ridiculous ways to avoid uncomfortable topics […]

WesCeleb: Dylan Shumway on University Major, Wholesome Vandalism, and A Cappella

November 22, 2019, by Sophie Griffin, Katarina Grealish, Staff Writers. Leave a Comment

This particular WesCeleb’s four nominations contained a clear theme: Dylan Shumway is a ray of sunshine. After interviewing him, we completely agree. From The Dream Circus Project, to Video Game and Development Club, to the a cappella group The Mixolydians, and even a TedX Talk, Shumway has been involved in a wide range of activities […]

What a Decade of Data Tells Us About Wesleyan’s Declining Acceptance Rate

November 22, 2019, by Spencer Arnold, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

Over the past few years, the University’s acceptance rate has continually declined. It’s not hard to see why—a big bump in 2008 led to a fairly consistent increase in applications over time, with almost five thousand more applications received in 2017 than in 2007. Looking at the class profile published each year by the Office […]

The Nutrition Spot, Herbalife Retailer, Comes to Middletown

November 22, 2019, by Jane Herz, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

On Sept. 30, 2019, Middletown welcomed a new smoothie bar to the area. Located on the first floor of the new Midd-Town Apartment building, Nutrition Spot, LLC is, by all appearances, serving up tasty protein smoothies and colorful energy teas all day long. The spot is owned by Connecticut native Beth Gyngell, who quit her […]

Into the Argives: Janitorial Labor Movements at Wesleyan in 2012 and 2013

November 22, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Note: The author is a member of USLAC. Since October 2018, the United Student/Labor Action Coalition (USLAC) has been urging the University to hire five more janitorial workers. Since the University announced on Sept. 3 that it had authorized Sun Management Group (SMG) to hire one additional worker, USLAC has continued with its demands of bringing […]

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