Samsara — this Sat., 12/3, 8:30 p.m., Tickets on sale now!

Samsara is Wesleyan’s South Asian Cultural Show! Over the years, we have collected all of Wesleyan’s biggest and most talented South Asian enthusiasts to put on exciting shows about all things South Asia. This year we’re thrilled to be hosting two dance teams, one from Brown University and one from Yale University, along with different groups on campus to celebrate the wonderful culture. All proceeds for the event will go to Brighter Dawns! 

The show is DECEMBER 3RD at 8:30 PM in Crowell Hall. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Box office.

Fast-a-Thon Planning Meeting — 4:30 p.m. Monday

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?

1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $14,000 for the local food pantry.
This is the one event on campus that is able to engage nearly half of the student body
This year’s Fast-a-thon will be even BETTER! 

If you’d like to help us with this year’s Fast-a-thon, join us at the meeting for volunteers:     

     What:   Fast-a-Thon 2011 Volunteer Meeting
     When:  Monday, November 7th, 4:30pm
     Where: PAC001

The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Considering the catastrophic storm that hit Connecticut, and especially Middletown with great force, this event is all the more important to the community. 

We really need your help to make this year’s Fast-a-Thon a success! If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to help, send an email to Get excited, and we hope to see you there!The Fast-a-Thon Planning Committee


Free Lunch Voucher for meal with your profs

Dear Students, 

In order to promote informal faculty-student interaction outside the classroom, I am pleased to announce the Daniel Family Commons Free Lunch Program.  We have provided each faculty member with vouchers that enable them to take small groups of students to lunch at the Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Center.  My office is making these same vouchers available directly to you!  Each voucher covers the cost of lunch for a faculty member and up to three students. Vouchers will be good for the remainder of the current academic year. 

Please consider inviting your favorite faculty member to lunch, and stop by the Student Affairs Office (219 North College-see Lorna Scott) to pick up a voucher.

Bon appétit!  Dean Mike Whaley


Conversation about Depression and Suicide — Tonight 7 p.m.

A Conversation About Depression and Suicide in College Students with Coach Black and Professor Flores 

This is an opportunity to learn how to tell if someone you know is struggling and learn how to let a friend know you care.


Tuesday, September 13    7:00 p.m.     Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street [corner of Court and High],   Dessert will be provided.

Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services, The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Active Minds on Campus

Volunteer Actors Needed for Unspeakable Acts & Know the Line for New Student Orientation — deadline May 4

Unspeakable Acts and Know the Line is a series of skits addressing sexual assault, relationship violence and alcohol issues that WesWELL sponsors during New Student Orientation.  This peer theatre piece was first performed at Wesleyan in 2002.   The performance is a powerful introduction to sexual assault and alcohol use on campus and provides a starting point for further discussion for this difficult but important topic.  Each year, the performers have put their own unique stamp on the piece(s) they perform, to make changes that help the audience understand the issues more clearly, and even add new skits.

Performers:  15-20 volunteers are needed. The more performers, the fewer parts each person would be required to play. Current students of all class years are welcome to participate.  Three skits require eight performers while the others are monologues or two-person dialogues.

Performance:  These skits are performed as “reader’s theatre”, where the performers carry a script to refer to rather than fully memorizing them. Performers are encouraged to be familiar enough with the material that they do not need to read from their script verbatim. The setting is very minimal and no costumes are worn, allowing audience members to use their imaginations to fill in details, based on what they are hearing. 

Timeline:  Unspeakable Acts and Know the Line is tentatively scheduled for three or four group rehearsal(s) and two performances during the week of New Student Orientation.  Performers must be available for ALL sessions to participate and are encouraged to rehearse on their own as well.

Sign Up:   Friday, April 29 is the deadline to contact Tanya Purdy if you are interested in performing.  You need simply email or call and we will arrange to meet for a brief interview before the semester ends.

Tentative Rehearsals Monday, August 29, 2011 – Wednesday August 31, 2011, 12 to 4 pm   
Tentative Performance Thursday, September 1, 2011, Evening, Crowell Concert Hall

Time Commitment:  Approximately 16 hours for group rehearsals, 2 hours for the performances (total), plus any individual rehearsal time on your own.

Early arrival into housing:  WesWELL will sponsor you for an early arrival.  We must have your full commitment, Wes ID and housing assignment information by May 4 in order to ensure housing accommodations can be made.

Acting Experience :  No acting experience needed, just an interest in educating your peers and addressing sexual assault and alcohol use on campus. An ability to read with feeling and a strong voice help. 

Previous knowledge of sexual assault and alcohol issues:  It is helpful to have some knowledge since students may see you as a resource once you have performed in the skits. WesWELL can assist in providing resources to assist in learning more about sexual assault if you are interested. 

Can I see the script before I decide?  Yes. Contact Tanya Purdy to find out when you can stop by to view a script.  

Contact Tanya Purdy by April 29 to volunteer or if you have questions–Tanya Purdy , Director of Health Education
Email:, 860.685.2466

Internship Positions on Campus Next Year — Apps due Tues., April 5

Looking to Create Change on Campus Next Year?

Are you interested in any of the following:
providing programmatic and networking  opportunities for various activist groups on campus, facilitating difficult dialogue conversations between students and fostering meaningful connections between students, faculty and staff on campus?

If you answered yes to any of those questions please consider applying for one of the following internship opportunities:

 Dwight Greene ’70 Internship
  University Organizing Center Internship

 For more information about either one of these internships please click on the links below

 Please note the deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Dawn Brown, or (860) 685-3163. 


Take Back the Night! Thurs. at 7 p.m.

Take Back the Night is an annual march for survivors of sexual violence that began in the 1970s. Today at Wesleyan we carry on this work through our own march. The march will include two speak out circles and a candle lighting ceremony and will be followed by debriefing session in Usdan 110. We invite you to give survivors a voice and to show as a community that we will not tolerate sexual violence on our campus.Thank you.

Where: Olin Steps
When: Thursday, April 7th, 7 P.M.

From the Olin Steps, we will be marching to the CFA Courtyard and then to Andrus Field where survivors can share their stories. Please feel free to join us late. We hope we can count on you to join us for this important event!