Wandering around Wesleyan, Sept. 18.
Wesleyan students, faculty, staff and community members participated in a “Freedom Summer” commemoration Sept. 12-13 on campus. he summer of 1964 saw thousands of young people — many from colleges and universities in the North – mobilize to register voters, educate citizens, and support other civil rights work in the Jim Crow South.
What came to be known as “Freedom Summer” is credited with ending the isolation of states where racial repression and discrimination was largely ignored by news media and politicians, despite the the landmark Civil Rights Act passed that July.
Wesleyan students joined the struggle. “Five Wesmen to Fight Voter Discrimination in Mississippi,” said a front-page headline in The Argus. That May, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had given the baccalaureate sermon, and other civil rights leaders had visited campus. The commemoration not only celebrated Wesleyan’s participation, but the unique moment Freedom Summer occupies in American history.
The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) hosted the 21st Annual Student Groups Fair Sept. 12 behind Usdan University Center.
The campus-wide event allowed both new and returning students to learn about new and established student groups, network with different academic departments and interact with several vendors from the local Middletown community. About 70 student groups were represented at the event.
More than 20 student bands participated in THE MASH on Sept. 5. Inspired by Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, the third-annual event highlighted the student music scene at Wesleyan and kicked off the year-long campus and community-wide Music & Public Life initiative.
Bands performed concurrently on stages at Olin Library, the Butterfields, North College and at the base of Foss Hill.
Bands and soloists included Jacob & The Masters, Quasimodal, David Stouck, Mixolydians, Andrew Hove, Slavei, all-caps LADD, Materiq, Trillion Dollar Boys Club (Butts Reunion Tour 2k14), jdv plus™, MFDP, Don Froot, Mazel Tones, Sam Wasn’t There, Veeblefetzer, Rhys feat. Matt Chilton, Isaac Butler-Brown, Tomato Goblin, Jack and Katie, Banjoshi and Chef. The faculty-staff band, Smokin’ Lilies, also performed.
THE MASH is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Green Street Arts Center.
The Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance (AFCA) hosted a Students of Color Reception Aug. 28 in Usdan University Center. The reception allowed new students who identify themselves as a “student of color” to meet fellow students, faculty, staff and administrators. The group gathered for lunch and a brief program led by Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion.
Wesleyan’s Class of 2018 gathered for a group photo Aug. 27. On Arrival Day, Wesleyan welcomed 757 new students to campus.
How did you decorate your dorm? The Class of 2018 arrived, unloaded, unpacked and set-up their home-away-from-home on Aug. 27.
Students from 25 different countries joined Wesleyan’s Class of 2018 during International Student Orientation, held Aug. 24-26.
This fall, 109 undergraduate students come from international countries, including students who are U.S. citizens but live abroad. Three students are visiting from Germany, two from Spain and one from France.
This year, Wesleyan has students who hail from Guatemala, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Egypt and Bangladesh. Wesleyan rarely enrolls students from these particular countries, explained Janice Watson, coordinator of international student services. “They’re our ‘standout countries’ this year,” she said.
Wesleyan’s orientation program has two components, International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO). International Student Orientation is held prior to new student orientation in order for students coming from across the the globe to recover from travel. ISO also offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education, as well as informational sessions about U.S. systems that many international students may not be familiar with or that are very different from their home country. This program prepares international students and US citizens living abroad to successfully transition to New Student Orientation, held Aug. 27-31.
International students, Residential Life student staff and graduate students are trickling onto campus, Aug. 26.