Wesleyan Student Assembly Hosts Annual Student Groups Fair

The Wesleyan Student Assembly hosted its annual Student Groups Fair Sept. 7 on Andrus Field. 

The Wesleyan Student Assembly hosted its annual Student Groups Fair Sept. 7 on Andrus Field. Wesleyan has more than 300 student-run groups, focusing on areas from the arts and publications to community service and sports.

Pangea is Wesleyan’s international student association. It exists as a platform for the promotion and exchange of cultural ideas within the international community. Members also share the cultures and perspectives of international students with the rest of the Wesleyan community.

More than 20 Bands, Musicians Perform during The MASH

Inspired by Fête de la Musique (also known as Make Music Day or World Music Day), the seventh annual The MASH festival on Sept. 8 highlighted Wesleyan’s student music scene, with multiple stages on campus featuring everything from a cappella ensembles and soloists to student and faculty bands. The name “MASH” is derived from the idea of a mash-up, since the festival features a mixture of different styles, genres, and musical expressions.

Stages were set up near Foss Hill, Olin Library, and North College. Performers included Baby Jeremy, Beach Juice, Rebecca Roff, Slavei, FieldFare, Jack Canavan-Gosselin, Myles Johnson, Quasimodal, Philippe Bungabong, Lila Lifton, Elias Normal, Cypher, BLOOMSBURY, Iris Sackman, SOUP, Basukes, Mattabesset String Collective, Timmy Turnhim, DJ Shaga, Pinroll, and Powered By 2 DJs. Other musicians performed during open mic opportunities.

The MASH is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and the Office of Student Affairs. Photos of The MASH are below: (Photos by Claudia Ferrara ’21)

Jack Canavan Gosselin (Olin)

Jack Canavan-Gosselin ’22 performed solo on the Olin Library stage. He sings and plays the piano and trombone.

Students Go “ON DISPLAY” During Common Moment

New Student Orientation for the Class of 2022 concluded Aug. 31 with the annual Common Moment, an event where members of the incoming class are brought together through music and performance.

This year, the students worked with choreographer Heidi Latsky to create her installation ON DISPLAY, a performance art investigation of the body and the gaze. In a large-scale, participatory version of Latsky’s touring work, the first-year students performed the roles of both seer and seen on Andrus Field and discussed their personal experiences of these roles. Students were challenged to commit to the exercise without judgment, to trust both their individuality and the group, and to experience profoundly the act of seeing and being seen.

The Common Moment’s theme is tied to Wesleyan’s First Year Matters program, through which first-year students are collectively reading A Body Undone by Christina Crosby, professor of English, professor of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. ON DISPLAY relates not only to Crosby’s narrative about body and ability but also to the near-universal process of constructing/curating a self-image for the gaze of social media.

The event was cosponsored by the Center for the Arts, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Office of Student Affairs.

View photos of the Common Moment below: (Photos by Sandy Aldieri)

Class of 2022 Gathers for Group Photo, Says Farewell to Families

On Aug. 29, members of the Class of 2022 said farewell to their families at an emotional gathering and later gathered on Denison Terrace for a class photo. Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78; Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Whaley; and student orientation leaders taught the first-years the Wesleyan fight song and emphasized the song’s “Go Wes!” ending. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Prior to the farewell, President Roth “A good liberal education empowers you to figure out what you love to do, learn how to do it better, and then how to share that talent with the rest of the world.”

August Blooms and Bees

Wesleyan’s campus is home to hundreds of flowers, shrubs, and trees that bloom throughout the summer. Pictured is a sampling of August’s blooms. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

A bee lands on a wild sunflower’s head in the West College Courtyard. The courtyard features more than 40 shrubs, dozens of fruit trees, two rain gardens, a rainwater catchment system, multiple woodchip pathways, three seating areas, a compost area, and hundreds of perennials that draw birds, insects, and other wildlife.

3rd Annual Scientific Imaging Contest Winners Announced

A magnified image of a fruit fly’s eye took first place in the third annual Wesleyan Scientific Imaging Contest in August.

The Wesleyan Scientific Imaging Contest recognizes student-submitted images—from experiments or simulations done with a Wesleyan faculty member—that are scientifically intriguing, as well as aesthetically pleasing. This year, 21 images were submitted from eight departments. The contest is organized by the College of Integrative Sciences as part of the summer research program.

The entries were judged based on the quality of the image and the explanation of the underlying science. The judges, a panel of four faculty members, were Brian Northrop, associate professor of chemistry; Ann Burke, professor of biology; Seth Redfield, associate professor of astronomy; and Renee Sher, assistant professor of physics.

The first-place winner received a $200 prize, the second-place winner received $100, and the two third-place winners received $50 each. Prizes were funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The winning images are shown below, along with scientific descriptions written by the students.

Emily McGhie ’20 took first prize with an image that depicts a mispatterning phenotype in the Drosophila (fruit fly) pupal eye at 40 hours after pupariation. “Such a phenotype was produced in the eye tissue by utilizing an RNA interference transgene to reduce the expression of hth—a gene that encodes the transcription factor Homothorax. Interommatidial pigment cells are shown in yellow and purple, and primary cells are shown in green and blue. In one image, incorrectly patterned cells are compared to correctly patterned cells: the mispatterned cells are highlighted in yellow and green, while correctly patterned cells are highlighted in purple and blue,” she said.

Doris Duke Foundation Supports ICPP’s Performing Artist Case Studies

This summer, students seeking a master’s degree in performance curation from Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) are working on six performing artist case studies funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

On July 16, the ICPP Entrepreneurial Strategies class discussed their first artist — Becca Blackwell, an award-winning trans actor, performer and writer based in New York City. Blackwell is working with consultants and mentors at ICPP to develop a strategic framework for the next two to five years of their career. Blackwell will also be presenting their work at Wesleyan on October 5.

Photos of the class are below: (Photos by Richard Marinelli)

This summer, students seeking a master's degree in performance curation from Wesleyan's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance are busy taking classes. 

Sarah Wilbur and Paul-Bonin Rodriguez are teaching the Entrepreneurial Strategies course this summer.

Class of 2022 Welcomed at Summer Sendoffs Worldwide

Wesleyan’s newest students and their families are welcomed to the Wesleyan community during a series of Summer Sendoffs held July 19 to Aug. 15. Alumni and parents are hosting the events at various locations around the world including Boston; Beijing; Hong Kong; New York City; Mumbai; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and more.

All members of the Wesleyan community are invited to attend the casual socials. Pictured below are photos from a few of the gatherings.

Cecilia ’91 and Greg McCall hosted a Summer Sendoff in Fairfield, Conn. on Aug. 14.

Fairfield Sendoff hosted last night by Cecilia ’91 and Greg McCall.


Carmen Cheung ’05 and Alecia Ng ’14 organized the Hong Kong Summer Sendoff on July 19.