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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.

Fifteen to twenty 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.

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.

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 29th 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

12:00pm to 4:00pm


Tentative Performance Thursday, September 1, 2011
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 4th 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 29th to volunteer or if you have questions
Tanya Purdy , Director of Health Education
Email: tpurdy@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860.685.2466

As your begin making your summer plans, please remember that all residential units must be vacated by Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 12 p.m. (noon). Only graduating seniors and students who have been pre-approved by the Office of Residential Life can remain in their rooms after 12 p.m. (noon) on May 14, 2011.

Students who fail to check out of their rooms will incur a late checkout fine of $250.00 and may also incur per diem charges until they vacate their rooms.  This includes moving all items out of the room and the key returned to Residential Life.

Physical Plant Room Inspections: After you move out, Physical Plant will conduct an inspection.  A complete list of fines can be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/housingguidelines.htm. Your student account will be charged for any damage, missing furniture, or cleaning services that are required.  All floors, walls, sinks, tubs/showers, refrigerators, and stoves should be clean and in good condition.  This includes removing anything you may have on your door.  A guideline you should use is that your residential space should be found in the same condition as when you moved in. 

If you have official University business (i.e. work or classes) and need to remain on campus after 12 p.m. (noon) on May 14, 2011, you must apply for an extension with ResLife. Applications are available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/.  Please note that applying for an extension does not guarantee approval, as only extenuating circumstances will be considered.  Applications are due on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Students who are approved to stay past 12 p.m. (noon) on May 14, 2011 will be required to move out of their spring housing assignment into alternate housing if they live in Hewitt, Fauver Residence Hall, Clark Hall, German or Russian House.

Graduating seniors are automatically approved to stay in their current housing assignment until 4:30 pm on Monday, May 23, 2011 and do not have to submit an application.

All students will receive a key return envelope in their University mailbox on April 29th. Students are expected to return this envelope with housing keys to the Office of Residential Life.

Students who have compost buckets, please return them at the end of the semester to the shed behind Turath House (22 Lawn) near Hall Atwater.

Students who wish to donate unwanted items to be recycled are encouraged to participate in Waste Not!  Waste Not! drop-off points will be distributed throughout lounges and hallways across campus.  Students living in program houses or woodframes should email wesustainability@gmail.com to arrange for a pick up.

PAC 002
6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28

The speaker, Haroon Moghul, is Executive Director of The Maydan Institute. He served as Director of Public Relations at the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU) from 2007 to 2009. He holds an M.A. in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Columbia University, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. His fields of study include Muslim nationalism in South Asia, colonial and post-colonial Islamic politics and the development of the Indian Ocean economy. Mr. Moghul graduated from NYU in 2002 with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy, and a minor in Arabic. He has also has studied Persian, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

The 2012 Class Council is now accepting orders for Wesleyan Class of 2012 T-Shirts for $10.00 each ($15.00 for off-campus delivery).  Two styles are available: red print on black shirt or black print on grey shirt in sizes ranging from S to XXL.

Place an order by clicking on the following link: http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/2012council/t-shirt.html

Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts will be donated to the following service organizations founded by members of the Class of 2012:

The MINDS Foundation:  Founded by Raghu Appasani ’12, the MINDS Foundation seeks to provide education, treatment, and resources for patients and families with with mental illness and neurological disorders in the developing world.

Brighter Dawns:  Founded by Tasmiha Khan ’12, Brighter Dawns aims to prevent and treat existing health issues while improving overall living conditions in Khalishpur, a slum outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative:  Founded by Kumail Akbar ’12 and Wesleyan’s Pakistani Students’ Association, the Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative has been organizing fundraisers to help the victims of the deadly floods that hit Pakistan in July 2010.


The 2012 Class Council

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes is Wednesday, April 27. Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. and must include the following signatures: instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. If you can’t make my drop-ins, please email me at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or call me at x2757 to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do get the signatures of your instructor and advisor on your drop/add form. I cannot sign for either without his or her permission, so please save yourself the trouble of waiting to see me during drop-ins just for me to tell you that.
  • Do not wait until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. to see me or you may find yourself waiting in a very long line!!!

Drop-in Hours: M 2-3; Tu 3-4; W 5-7; Th 11-12; F 2-4

Brought to you by the 2014 Class Council

100% of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation and SHOFCO

When: Friday, April 22nd 10pm-1am
Where: Beckham Hall

Featuring music from:
10pm-11pm DJ j666n ‘14
11pm-1am DJ Dubbstep ’14 & DJ Nephesh ’14

A photo booth will be open from 10:30pm-12am. Our own photographer, Andy Ribner ’14, will be taking photos for you and your friends. Photos will be available online after the Semi-Formal.

Tickets are available right now at the Box Office in Usdan.
Limited number of tickets is available, so get them while they’re hot!

Pre-sale tickets are $4 for one, $7 for two
At the door tickets are $5 for one

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 Conference?

The 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 Team:

This 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.edu with your name, the position (if applicable) that you are interested in and your relevant background (just a few sentences should suffice).

Come to one of the Financial Aid Form Help Sessions happening this week.

Financial Aid Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and provide assistance filling out the necessary forms.

Sessions will be held:

  • Monday, April 18, 2011
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PAC 002 (Class of 1965 Classroom)
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011
    5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Usdan 110 (Andersen Meeting Room)
  • Thursday, April 21, 2011
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PAC 001 (Hansel Lecture Hall)

If you have any questions, contact Sandy Durosier ’13 (sdurosier@wes) or Zachary Malter ’13 (zmalter@wes).

Want to help with one of the most exciting sustainable events on campus? Want to volunteer with the Waste Not! Tag Sale this spring? Housing during Senior Week and the two days following Senior Class Move-Out is guaranteed in exchange for volunteers’ commitment to working with Waste Not! during this time. The volunteer team will be collecting and organizing donated items in preparation for the huge move-in sale we hold in September. All proceeds go to local charities and sustainability projects at Wesleyan. Please fill out this form by April 21st if interested. Space is limited, apply ASAP.

Contact wesustainability@gmail.com with questions.

An Honors Information Session will be taking place this Wednesday, April 13, at 4:15 p.m. in PAC 001.  If you are thinking about writing an honors thesis or pursuing any other avenue to honors available in your major, this is your opportunity to have your questions answered.  The meeting will be facilitated by Susan Krajewski, Honors Coordinator in the Registrar’s office, and David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2012.

More information about Wesleyan’s Honors Program is available through the Registrar’s Office at http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/honors.htt

Hope to see you there!

Carrie Cohen sends us these photos from her travels in Argentina and Peru.

Waina Picchu, overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru.

On a glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina.

Lake Titicaca in Peru.

Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

All students need to be registered for GRS by Monday, April 11, 2011 by 11:59 p.m. We cannot make any exceptions for students who register late.  If you do not register by Monday, April 11, 2011 by 11:59 p.m., you will not be able to go through GRS and will be placed on a waitlist for an assignment over the summer.

Please note that if you fall in one of the following categories, you will not be participating in GRS:

  • If you registered to studying abroad next fall or spring
  • If you have already accepted a Program House or CBLV bid
  • If you will be a CA or RA next year, or living with a CA
  • If you selected a Copenhagen
  • If you are registered for a leave of absence or will otherwise not be returning to Wesleyan next year

How to register for GRS:

  1. Log into your Portfolio
  2. Find “Student Life at Wesleyan”
  3. Under  “Student Life at Wesleyan” locate “Room Selection”
  4. On the right side of the screen you will see a large GRS page – you must scroll down and accept the Housing Contract and Lead Paint Agreement before you register (two pink buttons)
  5. Next, in the bottom left corner you will see “Administrative Options”
  6. Look for “General Room Selection”
  7. If you are going through GRS as an individual or starting a GRS group, you will click on “Create New Group” .  If you are an individual – you are considered a group of 1 and have to register
  8. If you are joining a group you need the group’s GRS number (a number starting with GRS).  You will select “Add to a group” and you will be expected to enter the GRS number to find the established group, including the letters GRS.

If you have any questions, please contact ResLife at reslife@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3550.

10:30 a.m. Registration at Usdan University Center
Wesleyan University, Saturday, April 16

$10 flat registration fee, or get sponsored!

Register online @ brighterdawns.org/5k

Cosponsored by Interfaith Justice League
Followed by a brunch in Albritton 311

Want $25,000 to follow your dream in countries outside the U.S. after graduation?

Come to an informational meeting about the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Monday, April 11 at 4:15 p.m. PAC 001

With Dean Brown and Davy Knittle, Watson Fellow ’11-‘12

Be there to learn about this amazing opportunity!!

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