Screening: “Precious Knowledge” — 5/1, 7:30 p.m.

Come to the Wesleyan Premiere of Precious Knowledge, a new documentary about Arizona SB 2281, which banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in the state’s public schools.

 SUNDAY, MAY 1, 7:30pm at the Center for Film Studies–FREE and open to the public.

 Sponsored by Ajua Campos, Ujaama, American Studies Program, Film Studies Dept., and Residential Life.

Event page:


Finally…Dodgeball Tourney Fundraiser Photos

MANY THANKS to the 39 teams from across all class years who came out to raise funds for relief efforts in Pakistan and Japan on April 3!   Thanks also to the teams who did not show but contributed their registration fee for these worthy causes. And thanks to the 2013 Class Council for their good work!

After numerous rounds, We Do Sports defeated defending champs, Off Constantly, in the battle for the final victory and one-third of the proceeds.   Kee Kumbas and Dodgeball Jesus put up a challenging fight against them in the Final Four.    

Many teams stayed to compete in the consolation rounds, and the consolation prize went to Team Gang Bang after a fierce contest against Kurt Lyn.   Rematches are already in the works for next year!! 

Mean Girls was the winner of “Most Creative Team Attire,” and shared portions of their award with The Super Dodge Bros.

Below are pics of 31 of the participating teams. 

Last Day to Withdraw from Classes — 4/27, 5 p.m.

Today–Wed., April 27 at 5 p.m.–is the last day to withdraw from classes for the spring semester.  Talk with your instructor to make sure you know where you stand in each of your courses and where withdrawing from a course will leave you credit-wise, both for the semester and cumulatively.  Consult with your faculty advisor. You need the signatures of your instructor and faculty advisor before you get that of the class dean. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to see Dean Brown.

Foss Hill Movie Night! Fri., 8 p.m.

Dear Students,

The WSA and the Film Board will be co-sponsoring a Movie Night on Foss Hill this Friday. We have contracted a giant 2000sqft screen—the same used for the TriBeCa film festival—and an awesome 4500-watt sound system!

The feature presentation, as selected in a school-wide vote, will be: 

–Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark–


So bring your friends and a blanket to Foss Hill where you can be merry with an awesome movie on a beautiful spring evening.  The film will be played at 8PM on Foss Hill this Friday (4/29).  

Go Wes, Wesleyan Student Assembly Film Board

 Check out the Foss Movie Night Facebook page here:


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

Wes International Relations Association Conference — Help Organize!

The Wesleyan International Relations Association (WIRA) would like to announce its plans for its prospective inaugural International Relations conference. WIRA plans to hosts International Relations Conferences annually, focused on a different region of the world each year, to give Wesleyan students, faculty, administration and community a chance to hear from specialists on the specific region. This year, WIRA, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative and South Asian Studies Certificate Faculty have decided to organize the conference on “Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pak Relations.” As part of this conference, we will invite academics, diplomats and journalists from all over the world to come to Wesleyan University and address the topic from their specific lens of expertise. Given the scale of the conference, we will require considerable planning for it. Thus, we would like to invite the Wesleyan student body to join the Organizing Team for the conference.

Topic – “Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pak Relations” Conference”

Despite being an important strategic player in South Asia, Pakistan is a mystery for many people around the world. Thus, the aim of this conference is to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan, its problems and contributions. In league with this, the conference will also focus on US-Pak relations which have simultaneously strained and strengthened substantially after 9/11. Our speakers will analyze Pakistan’s geopolitical and social situation, and US-Pakistan relations in a global context.

What is the format of the ConferenceThe event is scheduled for 1st October 2011 at Wesleyan University. This will be a day-long conference which will conclude in the evening with a concert and cultural event. We will have 2-key note speakers, 2 panel discussions and lunch. The conference will be free to attend for all. However, we will charge a nominal fee for the cultural event and lunch. All proceeds will go to the Pakistan Flood Relief efforts.

Confirmed Speakers include Ahmed Rashid, Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer, Asim Ijaz Khawaja, Stephen Cohen, Hassan Abbas, Stanley Wolpert, Adil Najam, Shuja Nawaz and Mehreen Jabbar.

Recruitment of Organizing TeamThis will be the first International Relations Conference at Wesleyan University. We hope Wesleyan students will join the organizing team to help us start the tradition of IR Conferences at Wesleyan University. Not only will this be a great opportunity for students interested in International Relations to network with like-minded students, academics and diplomats but this will also give students great experience in organizing large conferences. We are looking for students for the following positions:

Registration Coordinator, Panel/Speaker Coordinator, Information and Communication Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Funding Coordinator, PR and Media Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Social Events Coordinator, Publication Coordinator, Web-Designer/Webmaster, Graphic Designer or Other (Please describe).

If you are interested in any of the aforementioned positions, please send an e-mail to achaudhry@wesleyan.eduwith your name, the position (if applicable) that you are interested in and your relevant background (just a few sentences should suffice).  I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you will join us in organizing what promises to be a highly informative and exciting conference!

Run for WSA — App deadline 4/25

Dear Students,

Need more meal points? Want to expand campus sustainability? Have ideas to improve Wesleyan? Run for a seat on the Wesleyan Student Assembly!

Elections for Class Representatives begin next week! Five seats are available for each rising class (2012, 2013, 2014).


In order to run, you must fill out an election petition and send a candidate statement to wsa@wesleyan.eduno later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 25.  

Petitions may be picked up at the WSA office in Usdan and are also available online here: 

Good luck to all candidates, Elections Committee

p.s. Don’t forget to fill out your candidate petition before Monday (4/25) so you can run for a seat on the WSA


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