Amazing WesKaraoke! Fri., 9-midnight

Come on out for the Late Night featured Music of the Week!

Back by popular demand….WesKaraoke!

Tomorrow, Friday Nov. 21st! 9pm – 12 midnight imagesB4MDK3U9

West Dining Bay, Usdan

Be prepared to access your favorite tunes and sing along.

Download the free “Remote” app:

Apple users:

Android users:

The instructions are currently only for Apple Remote users, and can be found at
(scroll down from the timeline)

You can go in ahead of time and add your preferred songs at:

AND you can pre-browse the Karaoke Library as well at:

700 songs in over 15 languages, and the option to add all that you desire, you will never be in a situation where that popular song is unavailable.

See you there!

Celebrating Students: Rachel Savage ’17

I started off the summer working full time as a mechanic at an auto shop. I was the youngest worker there, and so I was relegated to mostly only oil changes. My job involved performing safety inspections on all the vehicles, which was a fairly intensive process. I went through a checklist, and inspected each aspect of a vehicle that could “go wrong.” By a couple weeks in, I began taking on more responsibilities – some brake and serpentine belt changes, mostly. Working at the garage required a very strong work ethic, and I constantly struggled to keep on schedule (45 minutes per oil change and inspection is not that much time). I guess it’s not a typical summer job, as my friends all had internships in fields they were planning on pursuing, however I found the experience extremely rewarding. Not only is it not a typical college student summer job, but it is not a common job for a woman. Multiple people approached me to congratulate me, which, at times, I found a tad condescending, but I appreciated the attempt at sincerity.

In whatever time I had off, I tried to explore Oregon as best I could. In mid-July, my friend and I backpacked through the Diamond Peak Wilderness in Central Oregon, which Rachel Savageincluded a climb to a point boasting the “best view in Oregon.” We had a 360˚ view of mountains for hundreds of miles. While our water filtration pump broke the first day, and our stove broke the second, we managed through the five day excursion. I just got back from another camping trip in the Mt. Hood area in the Opal Creek Wilderness, an old growth forest with industrial mining equipment from the 1930s scattered between the trees. I’m not working in August, and I’m planning to drive my motorcycle down the Pacific Highway through California, that is, if the 1979 bike will hold up (fingers crossed).

Internship Workshop — Thurs., Nov. 20 at 12:15 p.m.

Join Persephone Hall of the Wesleyan Career Center and Dean Brown to talk about internships–

how to think about them, how to find them, and how to get them.

Grab your lunch and meet in the Multi-Purpose Room in the basement of Usdan at 12:15 p.m.  See you then!

Check out “Celebrating Students” for 2017’ers experience with internships and other work experiences this past summer!


Celebrating Students: LIzzie Shackney ’17

Lizzie ShackneyI had an eye-opening experience this summer as a Forensic Policy Intern at the Innocence Project in New York City. In its most basic structure, the organization has two branches: legal and policy. The legal side works to exonerate innocent prisoners, whereas the policy side works to prevent wrongful convictions from happening in the first place. My most significant project involved reassembling information on how and why to file an allegation for the investigation of a lab. The information existed, but it was a lot of bulk text that was difficult to read and follow. I picked out the most important information and used some graphics and flow charts to make the information more readable and understandable.

The workplace environment was incredible—my supervisors and colleagues were young, welcoming, and ultimately became good friends. There were weekly brown bag lunch lectures by individuals from outside organizations, exposing me to all kinds of areas of law and public service that I hadn’t known much about before, such as public defense, the rights of pregnant women, and the work of the ACLU and the Ford Foundation. Overall, I learned more about the type of career that I want to work toward and was exposed to both problems and solutions in our society.

Volunteer for to Assemble Thanksgiving Baskets —





The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project is an initiative that brings together volunteers from a variety of groups and businesses to purchase and assemble baskets of food for families who cannot otherwise afford Thanksgiving feasts. The baskets include a turkey, a pie, and all the ingredients to prepare a holiday meal. This year we’ll be preparing almost 1000 baskets!

We are currently looking for Wesleyan students to assist with prepping baskets on:

Monday, November 24th between 10am and 3pm at Fellowship Church (1002 Saybrook Road) and

Tuesday, November 25th between 10am and 12pm at Amazing Grace Food Pantry (16 Stack Street).

If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up for a shift using this Google doc:

We welcome any and all students to volunteer. The Office of Community Service will be providing van transportation for a limited number of students and we encourage all students who can provide their own transportation to volunteer and to bring friends, as well.

Thank you!  Office of Community Service

Celebrating Students: Zandy Stovicek ’17

Zandy Stovicek.During my time at the United Nations I was given immense freedom to be able to attend meetings at the United Nations on various issues ranging from fracking to the education of children to global gender equality. I was astounded by the amount of human beings in one room all striving to better our international society on a daily basis. I have always been passionate about social equality, so having the opportunity to work on projects directly related to this pervasive issue was very satisfying. On the other hand, I found it hard to work at a desk job, which seemed paradoxical to me when working to fight for social justice worldwide.  However, this opportunity strengthened my confidence in my belief that I want my career to be in gender equality-related work, although I’m still not sure what capacity is best suited to me. Overall, I was lucky to be able to delve into a world of like-minded people with thought-provoking ideas as I sought creative solutions to gargantun problems such as sexual and gender-based violence. 


Seats Available–HIST171: War Comes to Middletown 1910-20


Thursday, 1:10-4p.m.

Professor Ronald Schatz

One hundred years ago the Great War–as it was called–erupted, rattling life in the homeland as surely as it shook the battlefront.  In this seminar, we will look closely at Middletown (including Wesleyan) before, during, and after the war–both as a particular case and as a microcosm of American society.

We will make orientation visits to archives and other spots of interest.    Each participant will choose an original research topic from a broad range of possible areas (military conscription, social mores, race and gender relations, revolutionary agitation, media coverage, etc.) as we put a picture together of this place at that time.

Lecture: ” Treasure My Love to the Nation of Muhammad: Jews and Muslims in Modern Iraq” — Tues., Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

The inaugural Jewish Cultures of the World lecture will take place this evening (Tues., Nov. 18) at 8:00 pm, in Russell House.  This event is being sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies together with the Religion Department, Middle East Studies, the History Department, as well as by two student groups, The Bayit and the Muslim Students’ Association.

The lecture, entitled “‘I Treasure My Love to the Nation of Muhammad’: Jews and Muslims in Modern Iraq, will be delivered by Professor Orit Bashkin.

Orit Bashkin, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Chicago, is a renowned scholar of modern Iraqi history, literature, and culture, and of the unique history of the Iraqi Jewish community. She is the author of The Other Iraq: Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq (Stanford University Press, 2009), and New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq (Standford University Press, 2012), and numerous articles.

Get Your Flu Shot Today!! Nov. 13–4-7 p.m. Usdan 108

thumbnailCA1W2X0ZDate:         Thursday, November 13
:         4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Usdan University Center – room 108
Fee:           $30* (cash, check, or bill to student

*Flu shots are covered under the University-Insurance through Gallagher Student Health (Aetna Insurance) for students who are enrolled.  Students with Private insurance can request a statement to file to insurance for reimbursement.  Please alert the staff when attending the clinic.