The Census 2010: Collecting Forms in Usdan

This is a reminder that the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Usdan Wednesday and Thursday to collect your completed census forms.  They will be at the table at the foot of the main stairs between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  You will receive your form in your Wesleyan mailbox in Usdan.  We encourage you to participate in this nationwide effort.

Please note that the Census Bureau is not approaching students individually at their residences at this time.  Should you see anyone posing as a Census representative other than in Usdan, you should contact Public Safety immediately.  Thank you.

Sincerely, Fran Koerting, Director of Residential Life

SART Intern Positions

Applications for Sexual Assault Response Team Intern are now being accepted.

The position provides trained peer support to help students navigate on- and off-campus resources and judicial processes.  The intern also acts as liaison between the Davison Health Center (DHC), The Office of Behavioral Health for Students (OBHS), WesWELL, Student Activities, WSA, and other student and campus groups on sexual assault prevention and response initiatives.

A full job description is available at  The application form is available at and is due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 16.

For more information, contact Dr. Davis Smith, Medical Director of the Davison Health Center, at

Hugo L. Black Lecture — April 7

19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture

 “Speech and Independence:  The Wrongs of Corporate Speech”


 Lawrence Lessig

 Professor of Law at Harvard Law School &

Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics

 Lawrence Lessig

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

8 p.m.

 Memorial Chapel

 Lawrence Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he was a professor at Stanford Law School,

where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago.  He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. For much of his career, Professor Lessig focused his work on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current  work addresses “institutional corruption” — relationships which are legal, even currently ethical, but which weaken public trust in an  institution. He has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

New Course: Prison Theater Outreach Course

How many classes have changed your life? 

How many classes have let you change someone else’s?

The class demonstrated the power and life of theater. Through visits to different community centers I witnessed the way in which theater goes from text to touching the lives of people- from the old to the young”  – Joelle Minott, ’09

Prison Outreach Through Theater  (Thea 205)

Taught by Professor of Theatre, Dr. Ron Jenkins

Offered in Fall 2010 Wednesdays from 1:10-4:00 &  Tuesdays from 1:10 to 4:00

Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the writings of Shakespeare, Dante, and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music)

There are no prerequisites for this course, and non-Theatre majors are encouraged to join! Anyone with an interest in bettering the community,

Check out the class on a WesMap Near You!

Yom HaShoah–Holocaust Remembrance Day: Readers Needed!

Holocaust Remembrance DayWith Earth Week just around the corner, remember that pollution is not only our over-flowing landfills and rising greenhouse gases, but is also the hate that deteriorates our world.  Healing the world does not just mean picking up litter and planting new trees, but doing whatever we can to stop the hate that murders people for their race, religion, gender, sexuality or any other reason…

This upcoming week is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Traditionally, students and professors at Wesleyan participate in a 24-hour long name reading of Holocaust victims. This year, Yom HaShoah falls on the night of the 11th. We will be doing a sunset-to-sunset reading in the lobby of the Exley Science Center from Sunday 4/11 to Monday 4/12.

There will be an opening and closing Community Collective Ceremony 7-8pm Sunday 4/11 and 6-7pm Monday 4/12.   This “Collective Ceremony” is a time and space for the community to contribute music, poetry, stories, and reflections. 

 READERS NEEDED! Please see ) to sign up for a time-slot between 8pm Sunday 4/11 and 6pm Monday 4/12.  You can also email Evelyn Israel ( with your time preference.

About Yom HaShoah:
This event is one of efforts world-wide to never forget the 6 million and more murdered in the Holocaust.  Sadly we have yet to see an end to genocide in the world.  Reading the names of victims is very powerful both for the reader and the listener.  I hope you will consider taking a part in this effort. 
Questions?? Email:

Battle of the Bands


Simpson bandOkay, Class of 2013:  Show them who rocks the house!

Wesleyan’s annual Battle of the Bands is taking place on April 15th at Eclectic House! The winning band will open for Spring Fling in May. Please leave a demo with a few songs in Wesbox 91579 by Sunday, April 11th.

From the Social Committee of the WSA

Summer RA/CA Application Due 4/9

2010 Summer RA/CA Application      Due Friday, April 9, 2010 by 4pm!

Basic CA Job Description:

–       Summer CAs will live in Hewitt 9.

–       You CANNOT be a Dean’s Orientation Intern, Orientation Leader, Senior Interviewer, or a Res Life staff member for Fall ’10.

–       The position runs from May 17, 2010 to September 5, 2010.

–       In addition to hours spent in the residence hall, you will work 30 hours per week in the Office of Residential Life.

–       See the full job description.

Basic RA Description (anticipated):

–       Summer RAs will live in Hewitt 10.

–       The position runs only during the Summer Session.

–       You CAN be a returning Res. Life staff member for Fall ‘10

–       Position compensation for this position will be Room/Board.

–       See the full job description.

 If you are interested in applying for either position, please go to and complete the online application form by 4:00pm on Friday, April 9, 2010.   Note: Preference will be given to current and past Res Life staff members.

Thank you, Jonathan E. Connary, M.Ed, Area Coordinator, Office of Residential Life,  (860) 685-3168

Program House Openings — April 2 deadline

Are you still interested in applying to a Program House?

Well, it is not too late!

 The following program houses still have vacancies for the 2010-2011 year:Russian alphabet

Chinese House      Farm House      Interfaith House      International House      La Casa      Lighthouse      Malcolm X House      Russian House      Sign Language House      The Bayit      Well Being House      Womanist House      Writing House       

The process to apply through the GRS system is as follows:

  1. Click on “Housing Contract” and read then accept the housing contract.  You must also read and accept the “Lead Paint Notice”.
  2. Click on “Select” under the Program Housing/Community Based Living section.  A list of the available program housing and CBLV options will be displayed.
  3. Select an option.  This will take you to a web site that has a description, a place to rank your preference, and a link to the application.
  4. For any program house  you are interested in applying to, you must rank your preference and complete an on-line application.

If you are interested in Program Housing or CBLV, you must complete the above steps by April 2, 2010 at 11:59pm.

To learn more about these program houses, please visit: