The Durham Fair

Check out the LARGEST volunteer fair in North America and the LARGEST agricultural fair in Connecticut this weekend—September 23-26.  The Durham Fair, right next door to Middletown, offers amazing rides, awesome fair food, live entertainment, and all the other exhibits found at your county and state aggie fairs.  It is an experience you don’t want to miss.!

Located at 24 Town House Road in Durham, the hours are Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday  9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  Admission is $10 on Thursday and $15 per day on the others.  For a complete schedule, go to

Student Activities Fair! 9/17

Join us at the 19th Annual Student Groups Fair from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, September 17 on Huss Courtyard (outside Usdan). Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about new and returning student groups, to interact with your peers, enjoy free samples from Tschudin Chocolates and Coldstone Creamery, and walk away with some great raffle prizes and giveaways! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Andrew Huynh, Project Manager


Welcome Sophomore Transfers! 

We are so glad that you are joining the Class of 2013!

Donate Your Stuff to Waste Not!

Donate to Waste Not!
Waste Not is Wesleyan’s student-organized collection of unwanted items at the end of the Spring semester. Don’t throw away your stuff at the end of the year, give it a new home!
In the fall 2010, we’ll have a huge tag sale in an effort to keep our stuff in circulation and out of the dumpster. Money from the sale and leftover items will go to charity. All food and laundry detergent is also donated to charity!

How to help!
If you live in a residence hall:
Look out for the taped off “Waste Not Collection Zones” on your dorm’s entrance or a stairwell landing. You can leave any items there or, if your item is too large, give the Waste Not Coordinators a call or email and we will pick it up for you!

If you live in a program house: Let your house manager know you want to participate in Waste Not and/or send a quick email out to We’re taping off collection zones in any houses that want to participate! You can leave any unwanted items there and they will be collected by volunteers later in the week!

If you live in a senior wood frame: To let us know when your items are ready to donate to Waste Not, just put an official Waste Not hanger on your door (you should have received this over the weekend). All the necessary information is on this hanger. During senior week we will be coming around to pick up items from the wood frames.

You can also drop off items directly at the Waste Not collection center in Zion Church, a few doors down from Neon Deli and across from the Freeman Athletic Center, starting Saturday, May 15th!


Items you can donate:

clothing, furniture, chests of drawers, shelves, refrigerators, microwaves, rugs, lamps, electronics, printers, alarm clocks, phones, textbooks, course packs, books for classes, other books, posters, dorm decorations in general, bedding, dishes/kitchen ware, hangers, mirrors, food (will be donated upon collection in the Spring), cleaning supplies, laundry detergent (also will be donated), brooms, household chemicals

“The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence” 4/27 6 p.m.

Almost half of college students have experienced abuse in a relationship, according to a 2008 study. Abuse can range from cyber- stalking to beatings and rape.

On April 27, Wesleyan University, The Hartford Courant and FOX CT will present a Key Issues Forum titled “The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence” at 6 p.m. in Beckham Hall. The forum will feature experts who will discuss relationship violence on campuses, including how to recognize danger signs and where to get help.

The panelists are:
Claire Potter, professor of American studies, professor of history, whose research interest includes the study of violence against women.

Jaclyn Friedman ‘93, who is a performer and co-editor of “Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.”

Connie J. Kirkland, director of sexual assault services at George Mason University in Virginia and a national expert on campus stalking.

Janet Peckinpaugh, a 30-year broadcast journalist with her own media marketing firm who has been a victim of stalking and domestic violence.

Laurie Perez, reporter, FOX CT will moderate the event.

 “Violence  – stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual assault and hazing –among young people is a problem in the United States, and to that extent, we have to assume that it is a campus problem to some degree,” Potter says. “ In addition, according to the Department of Justice, women in particular are most likely to be the object of violence between the ages of 16 and 24; hence, you might even argue that we on college campuses are at the epicenter of something we could affect and intervene in.  What seems to me most relevant, however, is that administrators and faculty always want to be in the position of anticipating challenges proactively, rather than responding to incidents of violence on campus and assessing, after the fact, what we might have done to help someone who has already been harmed.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Courant and FOX CT, and presented in partnership with Wesleyan University. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register by e-mail at or by calling 860-241-3614.

Cardinal Night on Main Street 4/28

Heard of Cardinal’s Night?  Best described as a “huge party on Main Street with music and food,” it’s happening THIS WEDNESDAY, April 28th from 6-9pm, and here’s how you can get in on it:

Step 1: Walk or take a Ride shuttle down to Main Street (the ride will be picking up students throughout the night at Weshop, Usdan, and High Rise) and look for the tents at the Riverview Center (222 Main Street, by Cold Stone and Esca), where the WSA’s Community Outreach Committee will be giving you free snacks and information on restaurant discounts.  Student bands August West, It’s Chinatown, Bones Complex, and Linus will be playing there throughout the night.

Step 2: Enjoy a discounted dinner at a Main Street restaurant in honor of Cardinal’s Night!  Participating restaurants offering 10-20% discounts include: It’s Only Natural, Pho Mai, Feng’s, Mikado, Tschudin Chocolates, First and Last Tavern, Osaka’s, Tandoor, Esca, Thai Gardens, Iguana Ranas, Sweet Harmony, Firehouse Steakhouse, and Tuscany Grill.

Step 3: Feel free to come back to the tents at the Riverview Center to hang out and listen to more music, and even grab some more snacks.

Questions?  Email the Community Outreach Committee at

Symposium: Welcoming the Vanguard Class of 1969 — Sat., 4/24

On April 24, the Center for African American Studies will host a day-long symposium to mark the 40th anniversary of the Class of 1969. This was Wesleyan’s first fully integrated graduating class. The four years that these men were here helped to transform the institution into the multi-cultural university that it is today.  Six members of the class of 1969, as well as several former Wesleyan administrators, will participate in the panels.  All faculty and students are warmly invited to participate.   All sessions will be held in the CFA Hall.

10:30 a.m. :  “Taking Down Barriers; Changing the Institution”

The members of the class will discuss “What was Wesleyan then?  What was it like being 18/19 years old in the old Wesleyan?”

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.:   The Rare Books and Manuscripts collection at Olin Library

Exhibition of documents, photographs, and memorabilia from Wesleyan during the period 1965-1970.

 2 p.m.:   “How the Vanguard Class Challenged Wesleyan to Become a Better University”

Discussion with former administration members involved in helping Wesleyan to open itself to diversity.

Panelists:  Robert Rosenbaum, Jack Hoy, Bob Kirkpatrick, Ed Hayes (and other class members)          Moderator:  Karl Scheibe

4 p.m.:   “Different Decades, Different Experiences, Common Themes”

Meeting with members of intervening classes and current students to discuss shared and distinctive experiences from 40 years of diversity.

 5:30 p.m.:  Reception for class members and current students

History of Activism at Wes — 4/20 at 7 p.m.

From Methodists to Feminists: A History of Activism at Wesleyan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

7:00 p.m., Daniel Family Commons

Wesleyan has been known as a place that fosters active and engaged thinking and action.  Over the many years of Wesleyan’s history, many individuals and groups have embodied that spirit.  Suzy Taraba, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections, and Valerie Gillespie, Assistant University Archivist, will present a lecture and lead a discussion that traces Wesleyan’s activist roots through the history of the University.

Free and open to all, reception to follow.

Sponsored by Usdan Common Connections Committee

Two Internship Opportunities for ’10-’11

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.