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The 4th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert at Memorial Chapel Sept. 28 featured the vocal talent of Wesleyan’s many student a capella groups. The event was part of Wesleyan’s Family Weekend. 

Posted 3 weeks ago

Families are already trickling onto campus for Family Weekend, Sept. 26. Wesleyan families are invited to attend classes and WESeminars, take in concerts and sporting events, enjoy meals, tour campus and learn about student programs and services.

Breaking from tradition, this year Family Weekend is be separate from Homecoming Weekend, because Homecoming occurs during Fall break.

http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2014/09/24/familyweekend2014/

Posted 3 weeks ago

Fall is in the air at Wesleyan. 

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Evening glow over College Row, Sept. 23.

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On Sept. 23, Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 spoke about the creation of the musical In The Heights during his time at Wesleyan. His talk, “When You’re Home: A Look Back at the Origins of In the Heights,” was sponsored by the Theater Department and Center for the Arts. n the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood — a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures. The musical is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for “Best Musical,” “Best Original Score” (Miranda ’02), “Best Choreography,” and “Best Orchestrations” (Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman ’02).

Miranda sang a song from a musical he did at Westco Café, some melodies that were cut from the Wes version of In the Heights, and some new songs from his upcoming musical Hamilton at the Public Theater in New York City. He also talked about his theater experiences at Wesleyan and answered questions about writing musicals, the evolution of In the Heights from Wesleyan to off-Broadway to Broadway, acting and performing, composing songs for the Tony Awards, and how to keep the creative juices flowing.

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On Sept. 23, Wesleyan celebrated the 15th anniversary of Bon Appétit’s Farm to Fork program during the annual Eat Local Challenge.

Bon Appétit served a menu with all local ingredients. All food — including produce and meat — came from farms or suppliers within a 150 radius of campus.

The menu included New England clam chowder, fried haddock and chips, clam bake, roasted pork, BBQ seitan with rosemary potatoes and mushrooms, wood-fired pizza, steamed potatoes and corn, farmhouse salad and strawberry and blueberry crisp for dessert.

Students also voted for their favorite farm. The winner, announced next week, will receive a $5,000 grant from Bon Appétit Management Company.

Watch a FOX CT newscast of the event here.

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Olin Library at Wesleyan, Sept. 18.

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In honor of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, Chabad at Wesleyan hosted a Shofar Factory Sept. 19 in Usdan’s Huss Courtyard. The shofar, a musical instrument traditionally made from a ram’s horn, is blown during synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Chabad at Wesleyan offers social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty.

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Wandering around Wesleyan, Sept. 18. 

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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.