Amanda Schwartz

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Ramen: A Not-So-Unexpected Letdown

by Amanda Schwartz, Executive Editor. Comments Off on Ramen: A Not-So-Unexpected Letdown

Several weeks ago, I received a mysterious box filled with ramen in the mail.

Defining Disability Studies

by Ariel Schwartz, Allegra Stout, . Comments Off on Defining Disability Studies

While browsing WesMaps to select courses for next semester, you may have noticed the recent addition of a “Disability Studies” course cluster and may be wondering what Disability Studies is, or how courses were chosen to be included in the cluster.

Non-Student Suspect Arrested for Oct. 31 Sexual Assault

by Amanda Schwartz, Editor-in-Chief. Comments Off on Non-Student Suspect Arrested for Oct. 31 Sexual Assault

John O’Neill, 21, of Yorktown, N.Y. has been charged with first degree sexual assault and first degree unlawful restraint on the date of Oct. 31 in Middletown.

Usdanigans: Compost Cookies

by Amanda Schwartz, Managing Editor. Comments Off on Usdanigans: Compost Cookies

Plan for finals: Buy giant bag of chips to nosh on while writing paper. Finish half the bag of chips, finish quarter of paper. Feel awful. Decide you need chocolate to put you in a better mood—lots of chocolate. Buy bag of chocolate chips. Endorphins, right?

Usdanigans: Apricot Shortbread

by Amanda Schwartz, Managing Editor. Comments Off on Usdanigans: Apricot Shortbread

These have nothing to do with Thanksgiving. Neither do pegacorns (Google it), but would you say no to a pegacorn just because it was Thanksgiving? Exactly.

Usdanigans: Maple Raisin Bread Pudding

by Amanda Schwartz, Managing Editor. Comments Off on Usdanigans: Maple Raisin Bread Pudding

I can remember back to the days of yore—or rather, first grade—when a loaf of stale bread translated to ammunition to hurl at Kai as he walked past my house after school

Alleged Sexual Assault at Beta: Administration Claims Multiple Cases, Fraternity Involvement Unclear

by Amanda Schwartz, Managing Editor. 5 Comments

Earlier this week, members of the Wesleyan community received an e-mail from Director of Public Safety Dave Meyer and Vice President for Student Affairs Dean Mike Whaley warning the community against visiting the Beta Theta Pi house in light of several reports of sexual assault.

Usdanigans: How to Bake Apple Jack-Cheddar Scones

by Amanda Schwartz, Managing Editor. Comments Off on Usdanigans: How to Bake Apple Jack-Cheddar Scones

These are reactionary scones. Borne out of years of being told that the likes of Golden Grahams, Reese’s Puffs, and Lucky Charms were the equivalent of dessert for breakfast, this is revenge.

Crew Bus Hits Building While Exiting New York Parking Lot

by Amanda Schwartz, Managing Editor. Comments Off on Crew Bus Hits Building While Exiting New York Parking Lot

As members of the men’s and women’s crew teams boarded the buses to leave Fish Creek in Saratoga, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon, spirits were high

Tour de Franzia: Wesleyan Floods Local Emergency Room

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 6 Comments

On the night of Friday, April 23, Wesleyan’s annual wine-drinking scavenger hunt, Tour de Franzia, sent at least nine students to the emergency room, according to the Public Safety (PSafe) Awareness Report.

Stephen Morgan to Plead Mental “Disease or Defect”

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Stephen Morgan to Plead Mental “Disease or Defect”

This article was written prior to the scheduled court appearance. There will be a follow-up article on Tuesday, May 4.

It’s for Real: MoCon Demolition Finalized

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 1 Comment

Although President Michael Roth halted plans in early March for McConaughy Hall’s (MoCon) slated demolition to reevaluate potential reuses for the building, a blog post he wrote earlier this week revealed that plans to tear down the former campus dining hall would continue as planned.

SJSF Sleepout Gets In-Tents: Climate Change Group Not Deterred by Vandalism

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on SJSF Sleepout Gets In-Tents: Climate Change Group Not Deterred by Vandalism

At about 2:30 a.m. on Friday, Dan Fischer ’12 awoke to the sound of a loud noise outside his tent on Foss Hill.

Blood Drive Saved 381 Lives

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 1 Comment

On Monday and Tuesday 164 students, faculty, staff, and community members lined up at Beckham Hall to let the blood flow for the American Red Cross Blood Drive—127 pints in total.

Weekday M Link Bus To Stop On Campus

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 1 Comment

Starting on May 1, students in need of a weekday ride to the Meriden Rail Station or the Westfield Mall will not have to blow their budget on cab rides or beg friends with cars to drive them.

Community Falls for Commencement Speaker Joke

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Community Falls for Commencement Speaker Joke

Fox News and Wesleyan reportedly now have something in common: Sarah Palin—or so quipped an April 1 e-mail from the Wesleyan Student Assembly.

Students Assaulted: No Clear Motive in Lawn Ave. Attack

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Students Assaulted: No Clear Motive in Lawn Ave. Attack

Several minutes before midnight on Friday, a man exited the passenger seat of a stopped car on Lawn Avenue and approached a passing-by student. The man greeted the student and proceeded to push him to the ground.

Floods Prompt Government Action

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Floods Prompt Government Action

Following record rainfall and detrimental flooding up and down the Northeast, Governor M. Jodi Rell activated 150 Connecticut National Guard troops to aid towns and cities in the eastern part of the state.

Search for Kannam’s Replacement Continues

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Search for Kannam’s Replacement Continues

The process to determine whether former Vice President of Investments and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Thomas Kannam’s role will be filled by a new CIO or outsourced to a private firm will continue until the end of April or early May.

MoCon Destruction Halted: Viable But Unlikely Options Explored

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 4 Comments

It is still probable that former campus dining facility MoConaughy Hall will be demolished over the summer.

News Brief: Financial Aid

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 1 Comment

The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) Report following the February meeting of the Board of Trustees announced a five percent increase in tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year.

MoCon: Mixed Motives, Memories

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 30 Comments

In the wake of the recent announcement that the former campus dining center MoCon is set to be demolished this summer, the University blogosphere has been flooded with impassioned responses from all sides of the debate.

Response on Holt on New Internship Coordinator Position

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 10 Comments

Next time Holt takes the time to write a 1,000 word diatribe, he should make sure his argument is at least mildly legitimate.

Commencement Speaker Announced

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 1 Comment

Denver Mayor and Colorado gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper ’74 was announced as Wesleyan’s 178th Commencement speaker for the class of 2010 this May in campus-wide e-mail sent out yesterday.

Injured Workers File First Lawsuit in Kleen Energy Explosion

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 2 Comments

Following the sixth reported death from the Feb. 7 gas-fed explosion at the Kleen Energy facility in Middletown, the New Haven law firm, Stratton Faxon, filed the first lawsuit on behalf of two men injured in the blast.

Explosion Update

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Explosion Update

In the wake of the Feb. 7 explosion that killed five and injured at least 20 at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown, environmental clean-up crews began burning off 40 damaged fuel tanks at the site on Saturday morning.

New Certificate To Encourge Civic Engagement Among Students

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on New Certificate To Encourge Civic Engagement Among Students

From service-learning courses suchas Activism and Outreach Through Theater to tutoring programs at Middletown schools, Wesleyan provides students many opportunities to get involved outside the Ivory Tower.

MoCon Demolition Set for Summer 2010

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 24 Comments

Idle since its closure in 2007, the former campus dining center MoConaughy Hall has been scheduled for demolition this summer, according to Associate Vice President for Physical Plant Facilities Joyce Topshe.

Eco-To-Go Gets a Later Lights Out

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 1 Comment

After their debut last March at Summerfields and their lunchtime launch this past fall at the Usdan Marketplace, Eco To-Go containers are pulling their first all-nighter at Usdan, or at least staying up until Late Night closes.

A Tale of Three Cities

by Katherine Yagle, Amanda Schwartz, Bea Paterno, News Editors and Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on A Tale of Three Cities

Cocktails Go Forward After Survey Controversy

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Cocktails Go Forward After Survey Controversy

Following a series of heated debates that spilled onto Wesleying and the Wesleyan Anonymous Confession Board, the senior class officers have dropped their proposal to cancel the February Senior Cocktail event and donate the funds to the Haiti relief efforts.

Demand for H1N1 Vaccine Calms as Illness Decreases

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. Comments Off on Demand for H1N1 Vaccine Calms as Illness Decreases

The presence of H1N1 and other influenza-like illnesses appears to have subsided on campus according to the University Health Center.

State Grants University $2 Million For Long Lane Environmental Clean-Up

by Amanda Schwartz, News Editor. 1 Comment

As part of the demolition and environmental cleanup of the former Long Lane School site, located less than a mile northwest of the campus center, the state will reimburse the University $2 million.

Reading Week Refashioned For Fall

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Reading Week Refashioned For Fall

In response to student and faculty dissatisfaction with the two-days-on, two-off reading week schedule for fall semester final examinations, the University’s academic calendar will return to a consecutive four-day reading week starting in fall 2010.

WesWELL Classes To Take New Shape Next Semester

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on WesWELL Classes To Take New Shape Next Semester

From Cardio Dance to Five Animal Kung Fu, non-credit classes on campus have provided students a healthy way to unwind from academic stressors for over a decade. Starting next semester, though, the classes will no longer be offered through WesWELL, the University’s Office of Health Education.

“Are You Wesleyan?”: New Website Sparks Debate

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. 2 Comments

M-town Unemployment On The Rise

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on M-town Unemployment On The Rise

Although the national unemployment rate grew to 9.8 percent in Sept., Middletown’s unemployment rate has remained below the national average at 7.5 percent, according to the City’s Statistics Report.

Former Student Accesses Rare Holocaust Archives

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Former Student Accesses Rare Holocaust Archives

Sarah Wildman ’96, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, returned to campus over Homecoming weekend on Saturday to speak about gaining access in the summer of 2008 to the 60 million pages of unexamined archival material stored by the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

Giuliano Beats Drew, Begins Third Term as Mayor

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. 1 Comment

On Tuesday, the Republican incumbent Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano beat his Democratic challenger, Dan Drew, to enter his third term.

200 Hand Sanitizer Dispensers Installed

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on 200 Hand Sanitizer Dispensers Installed

In an effort to counteract the spread of H1N1 and other strains of influenza, Physical Plant hopes to install 200 new hand sanitizer dispensers throughout campus by Homecoming Weekend.

Preparing for Pandemic: H1N1 Vaccine Arrives on Campus

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Preparing for Pandemic: H1N1 Vaccine Arrives on Campus

On Tuesday, the University received 100 doses of the H1N1 vaccine from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

H1N1 Fears Close Middletown Schools

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on H1N1 Fears Close Middletown Schools

On Monday, Oct. 26, Middletown health and school officials decided to close Keigwin Middle School for the remainder of the week due to the high number of students exhibiting influenza-like symptoms. According to Middletown School Superintendent Michael J. Frechette, 40 percent of students were absent on Monday due to illness.

Expanding Eco To-Go

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Expanding Eco To-Go

Following the success of last year’s Eco To-Go program at Summerfields, the eco-friendly reusable containers will now be available for use at the Usdan Marketplace during lunch.

Publication of 147 Year Old Yearbook Discontinued

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Publication of 147 Year Old Yearbook Discontinued

After 147 years of publication, the Student Budget Committee (SBC) of the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) will discontinue funding the University’s Olla Podrida Yearbook in its current print form. The decision was made in response to a declining purchase rate over the past several years, although Olla Podrida members dispute some of the WSA’s arguments for canceling funding.

Fast-a-Thon Raises Record Sum

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Fast-a-Thon Raises Record Sum

With over 1,360 participants, the third annual Fast-a-Thon and Ramadan Banquet raised $17,061.91 for St. Vincent DePaul’s Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown this year.

Meal Plan Welcomes Guests To Campus

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. 3 Comments

Following complaints from students, along with their visiting family and friends, Bon Appétit, will now grant students with four guest meals each semester.

Tackling Tenure: A Look Inside the Tenure Process

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Tackling Tenure: A Look Inside the Tenure Process

The announcement last May that Adjunct Associate Government Professor Melanye Price would not be offered tenure called into question the criteria required for tenure and highlighted the misconceptions surrounding the process.

Transfers: Starting Fresh But Not as Frosh

by Amanda Schwartz, Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on Transfers: Starting Fresh But Not as Frosh

For junior and sophomore transfers, the medley of meet-and-greets, workshops, and how-to sessions evokes a sense of déjà-vu, despite their new surroundings.

University Sprouts Fresh Environmental Commitments

by Amanda Schwartz , Assistant News Editor. Comments Off on University Sprouts Fresh Environmental Commitments

From greener dining practices to a new linked-major program, students, faculty, and administrators have recently intensified efforts to make campus life more eco-friendly.

Faculty to Vote on “College in Prison” Initiative

by Amanda Schwartz , Staff Writer. 1 Comment

This Wednesday, faculty members will vote on the proposed Wesleyan Center for Prison Education (WCPE) pilot program.

After 37 Years, Honor Code Is Updated

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on After 37 Years, Honor Code Is Updated

During these final weeks of the academic year, the Honor Board is revising the University’s Honor code for the first time since 1972.

Financial Issues Delay New Camera Installation

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Despite the Wesleyan Student Assembly’s (WSA) approval of camera installation last summer, there are currently no surveillance cameras monitoring the Vine Street parking lot.

Construction Disrupted: Dept. of Labor Issues Davenport Work-Stop Order

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Construction Disrupted: Dept. of Labor Issues Davenport Work-Stop Order

Last Wednesday, representatives from the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) found two of the subcontractors running the Davenport construction project to be in violation of proper worker’s compensation practices.

Faculty Searches Continue Despite Economic Downturn

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

Despite its recent financial difficulties, Wesleyan will not follow a large proportion of American colleges and universities in freezing faculty hiring. According to President Roth, the University has no plan to implement a hiring freeze for the 2009-2010 academic year.

New Initiative Pushes Profs to Take on More

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on New Initiative Pushes Profs to Take on More

To overcome the growing budget shortfall and improve course access for students, the University is expanding professors’ course loads for the next academic year.

Amidst Recession, Study Abroad Fees Acquire New Meaning

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Amidst Recession, Study Abroad Fees Acquire New Meaning

While nearly 45 percent of juniors study abroad each year, students have often expressed frustration over the University’s policy of “Wesleyan tuition for Wesleyan credit,” or home-school tuition.

CT Attorney General Investigates University

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Since January 2008, the Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, has been leading an ongoing investigation into college and university study-abroad deals with program providers.

Wesleyan Secures Spot on iTunes U.

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Through a collaboration between the ITS New Media Lab (NML) and University Communications, Wesleyan now has a presence on iTunes U, the academic sector of Apple’s digital media player application, iTunes.

Alsop House Declared National Landmark

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Alsop House Declared National Landmark

The Richard Alsop IV House, home to the Davison Art Center and Davison’s print collection, has been formally designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Program Houses May Lose Daily Cleaning Assistance

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Program Houses May Lose Daily Cleaning Assistance

In its efforts to decrease spending, the University is considering a potential cut that, if approved, would reduce the amount of cleaning provided for smaller program houses.

Staff discusses Bon Appétit sustainability

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Staff discusses Bon Appétit sustainability

In tandem with other endeavors to make the University more friendly to the environment, Bon Appétit and various faculty members are working to improve the sustainability of catered events and campus-wide eating habits.

Video contest invites students to ask

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Video contest invites students to ask

While Tuesday night marked the conclusion of the 2008 national elections, University Communications and the New Media Lab are offering students a chance to participate in their own competition. The “Minute with the President-elect” Video Contest asks students to combine political activism and their command of the video camera to create an original short for YouTube.

Friedländer on Holocaust

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

“What mattered most to me in my own project was the inclusion of the Jewish dimension, along all others, within an integrated historical narrative. There is more, however, to this concept of integrated history.”

Alcohol-related hospital visits rise this semester

by Amanda Schwartz, Staff Writer. Comments Off on Alcohol-related hospital visits rise this semester

This September marked an over 50 percent increase in the number of students hospitalized due to alcohol consumption, according to Public Safety (PSafe).

Senior thesis carrel waiting list shrinks

by Amanda Schwartz, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Senior thesis carrel waiting list shrinks

Despite high demand for Olin Library senior thesis carrels in past years, this fall marks a 60 percent drop in the number of students on the waiting list for a carrel. Those on the waiting list have the option of claiming space in the microforms center—a new room for thesis writers that has drawn mixed reactions from students.

University continues work towards a smaller footprint

by Amanda Schwartz, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on University continues work towards a smaller footprint

The Sustainability Advisory Group and Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) published The Green Report last May, a review of the University’s environmental sustainability, which placed the University on a path to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

PSafe allows anonymous tips

by Amanda Schwartz, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on PSafe allows anonymous tips

While the term “anonymous tip line” may bring to mind a detective agency, Public Safety (PSafe) is currently trying to publicize a recent project with just this title. According to Director of Public Safety David Meyer, a lack of specifics regarding a graffiti incident in Clark Residence Hall during the spring of 2007 prompted PSafe to reconsider the ways they collect information from students. After reviewing their options, PSafe created a web page that allows students to anonymously submit information regarding criminal incidents on campus.

Wesleyan Democrats and Republicans revamp the vote

by Amanda Schwartz, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on Wesleyan Democrats and Republicans revamp the vote

With the approach of November’s presidential elections, both the Wesleyan Democrats (WesDems) and the Wesleyan Republicans (WesRepublicans) are gearing up for this year’s pivotal election day. While the University is often known for its students’ political activism, it will be particularly heightened in the months leading up to November.

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