Getting Off-campus — WSA transportation info and options

Hey Students,

 The first thing you can do is check our NEW transportation website: Cardinal Directions! Go to  to find the easiest way to get to your desired destination.

If that doesn’t work for your needs, don’t forget about ZipCars. They are really convenient, and you only have to pay a $35 dollar yearly membership and $8/hour of use. No additional fees, no gas, no insurance, and you can rent them any time you want. Go to to learn more.

Lastly, just wanted to let you all know that the Thursday shuttles to the New Haven Train Station that we made possible this year are here to stay. You can catch those every Thursday at 6pm in front of Usdan for $10.

  Safe travels, WSA Transportation Committee


WSA Presidential Debate — 4/23, 6:30 p.m.

As we draw closer to the Presidential and Vice Presidential race this spring, we are pleased to announce that the Presidential Debate will take place at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 23rd on the 1st floor of Usdan. Come hear what the candidates have to say; you can submit your questions here.

Best, The Elections Committee–Meherazade Sumariwalla ’12 (Chair), Syed Ali ’13 and Maeve Russell ’14

Elections for WSA Pres, VP and Senior Class Officers! Petitions due 4/20

Petitions are now available in the WSA office (Usdan 104) for WSA President, Vice President and for the Senior Class Officers.

Remember, the President and VP set the direction of the WSA.  They play a vital role in regular talks with the administration and serve as the lead student voices on budgetary issues, campus policy, and every issue that impacts students.

Members of the class of 2013, there’s also the opportunity to be a Senior Class Officer. The Senior Class Officers are an external committee of the WSA and plan Senior Events, pick the Student Commencement Speaker, and serve a vital role in keeping your class connected to Wesleyan after graduation.

The petitions can also be found online here.

If you have any questions, feel free to email the WSA (

Best, Meherazade Sumariwalla ’12, WSA VP, Elections Committee Chair

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WSA’s Student Alumni Survey

 Dear Students,

As a reminder, please complete the WSA University Outreach Committee survey, which will help the WSA improve alumni resources, including jobs and internships, for students.  To complete the survey, click HERE

Sincerely, WSA University Outreach Committee–Zachary Malter ’13, Meherazade Sumariwalla ’12, Syed Ali ’13, Sam Ebb ’13, Sisi Miteva ’15

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WSA News Available

Dear Students,

Want to keep up with the WSA but don’t have much time? Starting today, the WSA will publish a weekly one-page newsletter to let you know the highlights of what we’ve worked on for the week and what we’ll discuss at our Sunday meeting.  It is embedded below and also attached as a PDF.  Not to worry, the extensive committee reports listing our full activities will still be available online.

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Spring Break Shuttles

Salutations esteemed comrades,

Just wanting to remind you all that shuttle tickets to and from New York, Boston, New Haven, and Bradley International Airport for Spring Break (March 9th-26th). More information about the shuttles can be found at and can be purchased at the box office during normal business hours and online at

Please let me know if you have any questions, Evan Weber, WSA Transportation Committee Chair,, (808) 224-0644


Fan Van to Amherst for BBall Semi-Finals–Sat., 2/24! Go Wes! Deadline for sign-up — TODAY, Wed., 2/22

CHEER ON 2013 team members–Derick Beresford, Shasha Brown, Mike Callaghan, Matt Callori, Matt Hogan and Greg St. Jean!!!

Need a ride to witness the the Cardinals basketball team dominate in the NESCAC tournament this Saturday?

The men’s basketball team will be facing Middlebury at Amherst this Saturday at 7:30 PM. If you need a ride, there will be a fan van available.  However, you must email by Wednesday if you want a ride on the fan van!

Go Wes!
Grace M. Smith ’14, Finance and Facilities Committee (FiFaC), Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA),
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Wesleyan Forum for International Development! — Sat., Feb. 18

The Wesleyan Forum for International Development

 Saturday, February 18, 2012    9:30 am – 5 pm

Check-in table at 41 Wyllys.

Attendance is free. No registration is required. Come and go as you please.

Free breakfast, Iguanas Ranas lunch and book for those who arrive by 10 am.

  Come engage in a dialogue about what works and what doesn’t in international development. Through lectures, panel discussions and workshops with student groups, you will hear from researchers, alumni and students about their successes and challenges in fields that include public health, education and technology.

For students who have interned, volunteered or worked internationally–or for those interested in doing so in the future–this Forum is a space for you to think critically about how to do so in a way that makes a positive impact. It will connect you to resources for getting involved, including opportunities for internships, fellowships and research. For the complete schedule with locations, click here. Speakers include:


– David Rice (Executive Director of the NYU Development Research Institute)

– Nafisa Halim (Assistant Professor at BU’s Center for Global Health & Development, researches women’s political empowerment, health and education)

– Rema Hanna (Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, researches how to improve the provision of services to the poor in developing countries)

– Jenny Ruducha (Research Scientist at BU’s Center for Global Health & Development, conducts impact evaluations of interventions in public health)


– Amir Hasson ’98 (Founder of United Villages, a social enterprise that empowers the rural poor in India by providing products, services and information)

– Nathanael Goldberg ’97 (Policy director at Innovations for Poverty Action, which pioneered the use of randomized control trials to test the effectiveness of interventions in development)

– Connor Brannen ’10 (Policy analyst at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT)

– Liana Woskie ’10 (Global Health Corps fellow at Partners in Health)


– Ali Chaudry ’12 (Founder of Possibilities Pakistan, which increases access to higher education by providing free college counseling to Pakistani secondary students)

– Tasmiha Khan ’12 (Founder of Brighter Dawns, which increases access to clean water and sanitation in Bangladesh)

– Kennedy Odede ’12, (Founder of Shining Hope for Communities, which combats gender inequality and extreme poverty by linking free schools for girls with social services in Kenya)

– Raghu Appasani ’12 (Founder of the MINDS Foundation, which raises awareness about mental illness and provides healthcare in India)

 For more information, visit the Forum’s Facebook page.

 This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, the Department of Government, the Office of Academic Affairs, Wesleyan World Wednesdays and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.


WSA Information Technology Committee — Apps due 2/18

Do you wish your professors knew how to use Moodle better?  Is the Wesleyan Mobile app just not good enough?  Does the Cisco sign-in system bother you?  The committee that helped get you faster Internet, upgraded computer kiosks in Usdan, and much more could use your help.  If you’re interested in innovation in everything from laundry to communications to academics, you should apply to join the WSA Information Technology Committee!

The Information Technology Committee (ITC) is a committee of students serving on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), but also meets frequently with Information Technology Services (ITS) administrators.  The committee works on several of its own projects in addition to advising ITS on various items affecting daily campus life.  We deal with issues like technology “in the classroom,” technology for student groups, and even the Internet connection you’re probably using to read this email.  To learn more, go to

There is no required level of technological prowess or knowledge for this position; all you need is an interest in improving the state of Wesleyan through these means.  Also, by serving as an ex-officio member, you will not serve on the WSA General Assembly, so you can keep your Sunday nights free!

To apply, send a one to two paragraph statement expressing your interest to by Saturday, February 18th at 5PM.  After submitting your statement, you will be contacted about interview times.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well.  Hope to hear from you soon!

Best, Syed Ali ’13, Information Technology Coordinator, Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA)