Carib Week: W.A.R. Stories 3/29

Tuesday, March 29, 2011:   Film screening: W.A.R. Stories

A documentary on the life and ideology of Guyanese historian and political activist Walter Rodney. The film’s narrative on Walter Rodney is told by over 15 narrators, all people who knew him well or who were tremendously influenced by him. The narrators include some of his Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA) fellows in arms, and some of his UWI classmates. The narratives and narrators crisscross, go back and forth across continents, build on each other, and they are filled with humor, horror, sentimentality, and awe.

Q&A with Director Clairmont Chung, Shanklin 107  p.m.

Battle of the Bands for Spring Fling! Demo due by 4/2

“Wesleyan’s annual Battle of the Bands is taking place on April 8th at Eclectic House! The winning band will open for Spring Fling on May 5th. Please email a demo (2 songs) to by Saturday, April 2nd. Bands chosen to compete will be announced by the following Monday.

PS: Don’t worry, the Spring Fling line-up will be announced very soon in the Argus and online. We appreciate your patience!”

Be a SARN Peer Advisor — Apps due Mon., 3/28


  • Blog to new students ove rthe summer, blog about being a student!
  • Help new students plan their academic schedules and work with their advisors during the Orientation week
  • Act as a resource during course registration and major declaration
  • Learn effecive strategies for time management, reading retention, public speaking, test and not taking, and effective communication
  • Participatein First Year Matters programming
  • Direct students to Wesleyan’s full range of academic resources
  • Facilitate study skills and time management workshops


Applications and additional information are available at

Contact Dean Lazare at if you have questions.

Callers Needed for Newly Admitted Students in the Class of 2015! 3/27 and on — woo hoo!

On Friday, students who applied to Wesleyan will learn of their decisions online.  Next week, the Office of Admission will be holding its annual telethons  to reach  admitted students all over the country  and try to help them choose Wes!  We need volunteers to congratulate these students and encourage them to visit during WESFEST and other times in April.  This is a great opportunity to come and talk to students from your area of the country  (or anywhere!) , and/or those that have similar interests as you, about Wes.  The telethons will take place at the Office of Admission on:

Sunday, March 27 (3 – 6pm)   Monday, March 28 (5:30 – 9pm)    Tuesday, March 29 (5:30 – 9pm)   Wednesday, March 30 (5:30 – 9pm)   Thursday, March 31 (5:30 – 9pm)  

If you are interested in helping admitted students to choose Wes and encourage them to visit campus, please support this effort!  You are not required to stay the duration of the telethon, but please just come when you can and bring friends along to help. 

Best of all the Office of Admission will provide free food (PIZZA!) if enough people show up (6+).

Come on out and play an important role in building the class of 2015.  If you have any questions and/or you are able to participate please send an email to Tara Lindros,  Indicate the night you will be able to attend, or stop by the Office of Admission and sign up at the front desk.  Thanks!

“Saturday in the City” on 4/2 — Tkts on sale 3/25

The WSA has launched a new initiative, Saturday in the City, which gives students the opportunity to experience local cities and some of their cultural, culinary, and leisure offerings. The first trip to New York City will happen this semester, on Saturday, April 2nd. Students on the trip will be taken to the Museum of Modern Art, Union Square, and Chinatown. Buses will be leaving Wes at 9 am and returning around 10 pm. 

Tickets go on sale at the box office tomorrow Friday, March 25th at noon. Tickets are $10; students can purchase one ticket per person. Spots are very limited so visit the box office as early as you can after noon on Friday. 

 If you have any questions, e-mail Manon Lefevre (, Zachary Malter (, or Lucas Mantilla (, trip organizers.

Charlie Chan: Film Screening 3/26; Talk 3/31

This event is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of Film Studies. 

FILM SCREENING:  The Black Camel (1929)  and Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)–Sat., March 26,  8 p.m., Goldsmith Family Cinema           


Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History   

Yunte Huang (the University of California, Santa Barbara)   4:30 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2011; FEAS Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (343 Washington Terrace)

Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography and the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book. 

To most Caucasian Americans, Charlie Chan is a funny, beloved film character who talks wise and acts even wiser. But to many Asian Americans, he remains a pernicious example of a racist stereotype, the kind of Chinaman who, passive and unsavory, conveys himself in laughable broken English. Yet despite being a flamboyant cinematic and cultural icon, Charlie Chan and his influence on American culture has remained, until now, virtually unexamined. At last, in this groundbreaking work, scholar Yunte Huang traces the evolution of Charlie Chan using hundreds of biographical, literary, and cinematic sources, both in English and in his native Chinese. This is the first biography of the cinematic hero Charlie Chan, whose character was inspired by the real-life story of Chang Apana, a bullwhip-wielding, five-foot-tall Chinese immigrant detective whose raids on opium dens and gambling parlors made him into a Hawaiian legend. Yunte Huang masterfully re-creates the world in which Apana roamed filled with desperate Chinese who worked as indentured laborers on sugarcane plantations, railroad builders who took on the overly dangerous jobs, and laundrymen who toiled away through steam and starch. Set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century territorial Hawaii, Huang follows Apana’s footsteps through the shadowy alleyways of Honolulu’s bustling Chinatown, where the real-life adventures of the cowboy turned constable would eventually become folklore for the local population. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

Yunte Huang a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of Transpacific Imaginations and Charlie Chan. Born in China, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.  See

Auditions for New Co-ed A Cappella Group — Thurs. & Fri.

Notably Sharp, a brand new co-ed a cappella group, is holding auditions this week. Wesleyan’s best-dressed a cappella group is looking for all years and all voice parts. Auditions will be held this Thursday and Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Usdan 110. Come with enthusiasm and a song.  Contact Eli Timm ’13 at for more info.

Forum on Alcohol-Free Events — Thurs., 6 p.m.

The Alcohol & Other Drug Committee is sponsoring a forum this Thursday, March 24 for students interested in discussing alcohol-free event opportunities on campus. We will be gathering in Daniel Family Commons from 6-7 p.m., and providing dinner from Typhoon for the first 40 students.  

The student committee members will be running this forum, providing information on resources available (such as how to submit a request for SBC funding), and encouraging all attendees to brainstorm event ideas and to take leadership roles in expanding upon the social opportunities currently available on any given weekend.