Benjamin Soloway

27 Articles

Mongolian Throat Singers Take the Stage

by Benjamin Soloway, Features Editor. 2 Comments

Last Friday, Inner Mongolia’s AnDa Union played a vigorous fusion of songs from various steppe traditions for a full house at Crowell Concert Hall. They succeeded in tearing the roof off the building.

Heading Underground: An Exploration of the Power Plant

by Benjamin Soloway, Alex Wilkinson, Features Editors. Comments Off on Heading Underground: An Exploration of the Power Plant

Despite its low profile, Wesleyan’s Central Power Plant packs quite a punch. We ventured into the depths of the underground facility to find out more.

A Quiet Sunday: Student Reactions to 9/11

by Benjamin Soloway, Features Editor, Class of 2013. Comments Off on A Quiet Sunday: Student Reactions to 9/11

We were too young to understand—maybe that’s why the tenth anniversary meant so little to us.

Back for More: Visiting My Freshman Room (Again)

by Benjamin Soloway, Features Editor. Comments Off on Back for More: Visiting My Freshman Room (Again)

In September 2010, The Argus commissioned me to interview the students living in my renowned freshman-year dorm room in Nicholson Five.

Meet Wesleying

by Benjamin Soloway, Featured Editor. 1 Comment

Woe upon you who doesn’t read Wesleying—campus life has been passing you by.

Word from the Wise: An Informal Guide to Student Life

by Alex Wilkinson, Benjamin Soloway, Features Editors. 1 Comment

So you’ve just moved into your room and you want to make sure your living quarters remain as comfortable as possible. You’ve heard all the horror stories about noisy halls, sexiling, and awful roommates, and you’re intent on not letting them happen to you.

A Personal Account of WesBurlesque

by Benjamin Soloway, Assistant Features Editor. Comments Off on A Personal Account of WesBurlesque

Over the weekend, nearly 70 student singers, dancers, musicians, and choreographers worked together to turn WestCo Café into a dark and noisy burlesque club. Though there were five separate performances and tickets cost $4.00, the show quickly sold out, and all proceeds went to Planned Parenthood.

Make Way, Crusin’ Café: The Whey Station Says It’s Here to Stay

by Benjamin Soloway, Assistant Features Editor. 1 Comment

On Oct. 5, The Argus reported that Crusin’ Café—a husband-and-wife-operated food cart—had joined Mamoun’s as another non-Late Night nocturnal campus food option. Now that spring is upon us, a third competitor has arrived on the scene.

What the Frack, You Fracking Gashole

by Benjamin Soloway, . Comments Off on What the Frack, You Fracking Gashole

What is fracking?

Power Shift: Dispatches From the Green Front

by Alexandra Ellerbeck, Benjamin Soloway, Contributing Writer and Assistant Features Editor. 1 Comment

Last weekend, 35 Wesleyan students joined 10,000 young activists from universities around the country for the third semiannual Power Shift environmental conference in Washington D.C.

WeSail: Student-Run Group Takes on the High Seas

by Benjamin Soloway, Assistant Features Editor. 1 Comment

Is sailing more like football or chess? According to members of the University’s sailing team, it’s somewhere in-between.

From Curd to Co-Op: Behind the Scenes at Cato Corner

by Benjamin Soloway, Assistant Features Editor. Comments Off on From Curd to Co-Op: Behind the Scenes at Cato Corner

Clad in white wading boots, chlorine-sterilized gloves, and a disposable hairnet, Mark Gillman, 41, stands among his many wheels of cheese, which fill the closely packed shelves that surround him and extend into the distance.

Cunningham on the Novel

by Benjamin Soloway, Assistant Features Editor. Comments Off on Cunningham on the Novel

Most people know Michael Cunningham as the man that wrote “The Hours.” You know, the novel behind that movie where Nicole Kidman donned an ugly fake nose to look like Virginia Woolf?

Kidcity: Whimsy Just A Frolic Away

by Benjamin Soloway, Assistant Features Editor. 6 Comments

“What if JFK had said, ‘Let’s build a rocket to the moon,’ and right away it had worked?” asked Jennifer Alexander ’88.

A Tale of Two Copenhagens: Bros ‘n’ Dopes Match Up

by Benjamin Soloway, Staff Writer. 4 Comments

Last year, the Office of Residential Life initiated the Copenhagen (Danish: København), a new housing program for sophomores.

Dean Speaks Out Against Neon Deli

by Benjamin Soloway, Staff Writer. 4 Comments

International students—and perhaps all students—should stay clear of Neon Deli, according to Alice Hadler, the University’s Associate Dean for International Student Affairs.

Arrest at Neon Deli

by Benjamin Soloway, Staff Writer. 3 Comments

Last Friday at 5:30 p.m., Public Safety (PSafe) and the Middletown Police Department responded to a phone call from Neon Deli proprietor Fran Galle regarding an altercation between himself and Henry-Louis de Kergorlay ’14.

Out to Lunch: Students Take Their Professors to Usdan

by Benjamin Soloway, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Salads and Sociology, personal anecdotes during the main dish, and then some Dante over dessert are now possible conversation starters during lunch with the people who hold the key to your academic success.

Chique Chaque: Not All That Chic

by Benjamin Soloway, Staff Writer . 5 Comments

You have probably never eaten at Chique Chaque. Unless you are a member of Psi Upsilon, one of the few fraternities on campus, you may not have even heard of it

New Food Cart Creates Competition for Mamoun’s

by Ben Soloway, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Watch out Mamoun’s, a new food cart is cruising onto campus this semester.

Freshman Ambush: A Nostalgic Return to My Old Room

by Benjamin Soloway , Staff Writer. 1 Comment

From the beginning, I knew that my freshman dorm room in Nicholson 5 was an extraordinary dwelling of historical significance and unprecedented quality and vigor.

Hetero-normative No More! Speed Dating Wesleyan Style

by Benjamin Soloway ’13, Staff Writer . Comments Off on Hetero-normative No More! Speed Dating Wesleyan Style

Speed dating is not just for desperate 30-somethings anymore. Last Saturday evening, over 25 students, most of whom were women, gathered at the 200 Church Street residence hall for an exercise in speedy romance.

Professor’s Bookshelf with Professor of Government Anne Peters

by Benjamin Soloway, Staff Writer . 4 Comments

rofessor of Government Anne Peters specializes in comparative politics, state formation, foreign aid, and Middle East politics. She sat down with The Argus to discuss the books in her office, the Azbakia Market, the joys of Arabic, and the Queen of Pop.

RAs Upset; Students Urinate in Bottles

by Benjamin Soloway, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

A new trend has swept campus: urinating in bottles. The most common culprits are freshmen males.

Professor’s Bookshelf

by Benjamin Soloway, Contributing Writer . 1 Comment

Professor of History and College of Social Studies Tutor Richard Elphick specializes in South African history and the history of Christianity.

Libertine Studies Advances Passionate Learning

by Benjamin Soloway, Contributing Writer . Comments Off on Libertine Studies Advances Passionate Learning

Students are talking about harlots, rakes and libertines a little bit more than usual this semester, thanks to two Enlightenment era literature courses.

University Cooks Fry the competition

by Benjamin Soloway, Contributing Writer . 2 Comments

Two University cooks travelled to Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. this January to compete in the first annual Bon Appétit Chopped Competition.

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