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Comcast has been able to determine that they can reset the devices remotely.  This takes approximately 15 minutes per device.  Because we are not confident we can narrow this down by address, this will be done on every unit we have.   Even if your unit was not affected, you will experience a brief downtime for this reset.   Going through all 168 devices will take several hours.  Comcast technicians are beginning the process now and plan to work through much of the night.  All houses are expected to have coverage restored by the morning.

ITS staff is on call and will be in contact with the Comcast technicians to receive progress updates.

In order to track if anyone has not come back online, we have created a simple form.  If you do not have Internet connection via wireless OR wired after 1:00 PM on Oct 25, please complete the following form.


We will stay in contact with Comcast throughout the weekend.


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Comcast is on site dealing with an outage affecting more than 50 woodframe houses. We are helping them to get this resolved as quickly as we can.  We will update as we know more.

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Ever feel like you could use some extra assistance from your professor, or need to ask them a question that you can’t ask in class? We all do sometimes, and professors know that. Although it can be a bit intimidating, it is definitely very useful to reach out to professors either via email or by showing up at their office hours, and professors are usually very happy to hear from you!

Emails v. Office Hours

Once you decide to ask for help, it may be tricky to decide whether the questions you have can be answered with an email, or if you need to sit down and talk to the professor one-on-one. A good rule of thumb is to email a professor if you only have one or two questions, such as a logistical question about submitting an assignment, or which format to use when citing sources on a paper. Otherwise, if you have general questions about the course, want to discuss concepts from a reading or lecture, or would like to discuss the content of a paper or exam, it is best to attend office hours and speak to your professor one-on-one.

Tips for Emailing Professors

As previously mentioned, emailing professors is a very useful way to clarify confusion about a homework assignment, let them know you cannot attend class for a valid reason, or to ask them when you can meet  if you are unable to attend their office hours. It is unwise to email professors with questions that can easily be answered by looking at the course’s Moodle page or syllabus.

When sending any kind of formal email, it is a good idea to have a clear subject, which can include the course title and a brief explanation of what you are asking. It is also important to use your Wesleyan email, or another formal email address. Do not email a professor from your middle school email that looks something like cutiexoxo@hotmail.com. You can start your email with a more formal greeting, like Dear, To, or Hello and then address your professor as Professor (Last Name).

Next, you should explain why you are writing. You may say something along the lines of I am writing to ask you…, I am writing to confirm…, or I would like to clarify… and continue with your query. Your email should not exceed one to two paragraphs – if you need to write more, you should probably meet with your professor instead. Next, you should thank the professor by ending the email with Thank you, or a line saying something similar to I appreciate your time. Finally, some good closers can be Best, Regards, or See you in class followed by your name.

Depending on how the professor answers, you can always be a bit more casual in your follow up emails. However, if you cannot judge the formality of the email, it is always best to me overly polite than too casual. It is important to follow up with emails to professors. If you have not received a response after two or three weekdays pass, it is not unreasonable to email the professor again with a follow up. It is also always polite to email a professor thanking them after they respond to you, so they know you have read their reply and appreciate it.

Tips for Attending Office Hours

Office hours can be a really great way to form personal relationships with professors and show them that you are a proactive student, interested in doing well in their class. It is always a good idea to attend office hours once or twice a semester for all classes, to make sure your professor knows who you are (especially in a large course), and to make sure you are on track in a class. Professors set up these times once or twice a week, which can usually be found on a course syllabus or on their faculty page on the Wesleyan website, so students have a time to meet them. It is a great idea to go and speak to professors if you are unsure of how you are doing, before you fall behind. You can also attend office hours to ask for clarity about concepts on a test or to go over questions you got wrong on an exam, to clarify a paper prompt, to look over a paper outline or ask for additional sources for research.

Sometimes a professor’s office hours directly overlap with another class or prior engagement. Professors know this will happen, and are usually very accommodating and  willing to schedule another appointment time with you — just make sure to  email them a few days in advance and tell them what times are convenient for you. If you make an appointment with a professor, make sure to arrive on time! For general office hours, it is up to you when to show up during that time slot. If possible, it is best not to arrive five minutes before the end of their office hours, so you have time to talk. During really busy times in the semester (midterms, finals, right before an assignment is due), it may be smart to arrive towards the beginning of office hours, just in case you have to wait.

It is helpful to prepare for your meeting a bit to ensure you get the most out of your meeting. If you have a question about an upcoming exam, make sure you have reviewed the material a little before you arrive. If you are asking about a paper, make sure you have at least read the prompt and given it some thought. Finally, always be polite! Ask your professors how their day is going, and thank them for their help when it is over.


Contacting professors, either by email or by attending office hours, may be intimidating, but professors are people to and their job is to help you! Good luck!

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FRI., OCT. 24 at 12:15 p.m.

Usdan Multi-purpose Room, B25

(across from the mail room)

Come for an informal discussion about study abroad with Gail Winter of the Office of International Studies and Dean Brown, Deans’ Office/Student Affairs.

Bring your lunch!


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McNair & Mellon Mays Program Information Session, Tues, 11/4 @ 6:30

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to assist students from underrepresented groups, including students who are first-generation to attend college and low-income, to prepare for and successfully enroll in post-graduate programs, especially Ph.Ds.  Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Wesleyan’s program focuses on students majoring in the sciences.  McNair Fellows are eligible for summer research stipends to conduct research with a faculty member at Wesleyan and to receive a stipend during the academic year to continue their research.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to increase the number of faculty of color at U.S. colleges and universities and to overcome the effects of persistent underrepresentation of certain groups in the academy. Students from those groups, and others who have demonstrated a commitment to overcoming disparities in higher education that result from that underrepresentation, are eligible for the Fellowship. Mellon Fellows are selected in the spring of their sophomore year, participate in an intensive summer session, and work during their junior and senior years on individual research projects, guided by faculty mentors. Fellows receive academic-year fellowships, support for attendance at conferences and for research, and funding during their two summers in the program. Through the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation provides additional support for Fellows while they are in graduate school and during the earlier stages of their academic careers. Upon receipt of the Ph.D. in fields stipulated by the Mellon Foundation, Fellows have a portion of their undergraduate loans repaid. Mellon Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Learn more about the two programs and meet with current McNair and Mellon students at an informational session on Tuesday, November 4, from 6:30-7:30 in Usdan 108.

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“To Not Forget Crimea: 

Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wesleyan University

Panel Discussion (6PM-Beckham Hall, free)

and Concert (8PM Memorial Chapel, $8)


 The event will be live-streamed. More information and live-stream link available at: https://www.facebook.com/crimeaproject

 This project is co-sponsored by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, Dance Department, Government Department, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, and the Ukrainian Selfreliance New England Credit Union. Made possible in part by a grant from Wesleyan University’s Creative Campus Initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This event is also part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.





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Manolis Kaparakis, director of centers for advanced computing at the Quantitative Analysis Center, met with QAC student-tutors on Oct. 16 to review a statistical analysis software. Tutors are available assist other students with data management and analysis. Learn more about the QAC at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/qac/.

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Today’s Throwback Thursday post features Gerald Vizenor’s Hotline Healers (1997).

At left: Gerald Vizenor reading from Blue Ravens at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, October 18, 2014


Vizenor’s work, drawing upon the trickster tradition in Native American culture, is among the most radical in Native American writing today. Academics of all stripes (but particularly anthropologists), the champions of victimry, Richard Nixon, and many others come under the lash of Vizenor’s satiric tongue in this hilarious, often surreal work: Hotline Healers.

In this collection of eleven linked stories, Vizenor brings back one of his most popular characters, Almost Browne, in full trickster force. Born in the back of a hatchback, almost on the White Earth Reservation, this crossblood storyteller sells blank books–some autographed (by him) with such names as Isaac Singer, Geoffrey Chaucer, N. Scott Momaday, and Jesus Christ; projects laser demons over the reservation; lectures in the Transethnic Situations Department at the University of California; is crowned Indian Princess of the University of Oklahoma by posing as the “mature” senior Penny Birdwind (who majors in native animations and simulations) and delivering a heartstopping, lip-synched rendition of Peggy Lee’s “Fever”; and much more. The stories feature many members of the Browne family, including Grandmother Wink, who can drop an insect in flight with a single puff of her poison breath, and great-uncle Gesture, the acudenturist who creates false teeth with tricky smiles from the Naanabozho Express, the free railroad train he runs on the reservation.

From Chapter 1: Teaser of Chance

Almost Gegaa Browne is rather ordinary, as you know, and a homely person in many ways. Ordinary in the sense of natural reason and native sovereignty. His tricky stories, even as a child, were heard as dares, the trusty tease of chance, the ruse of extremes, and the constant motion of creation, but you might think otherwise in his actual presence.

Almost teases everyone, a natural sense of mercy that others sometimes misconstrue as censure outside of the barony. He wears four ordinary wrist watches, and the hands are set at arcane hours. His clothes are borrowed, bright, loose, and wrinkled from neck to ankle. He never wears hats, socks, or undershorts, and his outsized shoes are nicely tied with copper wire.

“We live forever in stories, not manners,” he teased a writer for the New York Times. “So, tease the chance of conception, tease your mother, tease the privy councils of the great spirit, be a natural pirate, and always tease your own history.” Yes, my cousin is outrageous, notorious, wanton, a natural bother, as you know, and he is a mighty hotline healer in his stories.

Almost creates his intimate celebrations of contradictions, the traces of natural chance, the turn of seasons, a thunderstorm, and yet he amounts to much more than humor, a tease, and a generous memory at the end of his own stories. He is a hotline healer with a sure hand, heart, and eye of survivance. Almost has never been a separatist or a treasonous coach of victimry.

Read the rest of Hotline Healers, Chapter 1.


Vizenor’s newest books are Blue Ravens, a historical novel based on his great uncles’ journeys before, during, and after WWI, and Favor of Crows: New and Collected Haiku.

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CFA Arts Administration Intern Chloe Jones ’15 discusses the events of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.”

Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan is in full swing! We opened last month with the panel discussion Gender, Islam, and the “Muslim Problem,” organized and moderated by Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk, followed by the Planet Hip Hop Festival. For those of you who were unable to attend the Planet Hip Hop Festival, or for those of you who were there and wish to see if you made it into the video, you can see exciting footage here.

Earlier this month, Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan was featured on WNPR’s Where We Live with Center for the Arts Director Pamela Tatge joining Dr. Feryal Salem, Assistant Professor of Islamic Scriptures and Law, Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, and Director of the Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Certificate Program at the Hartford Seminary, and Sufi fusion singer Riffat Sultana (who will perform at Wesleyan on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8pm). Click here to listen to the broadcast.

Wesleyan University’s Dance Department and Center for the Arts present "To Not Forget Crimea: Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars" Panel Discussion and Fall Faculty Dance Concert by Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio, Friday, October 24, 2014. Premiere of multimedia work in response to political changes in Crimea.

A number of exciting Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan events are on the horizon. On Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8pm in the Memorial Chapel, Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio presents the premiere performance of the multimedia work To Not Forget Crimea: Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars, a response to recent political changes in Crimea. Featuring live music and dance in collaboration with New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble Musical Director Nariman Asanov and Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble Conductor Alexander Kuzma, the work explores issues of historical memory, cultural narrative, and the quest for human rights, as they relate to the history of Tatars, native inhabitants of Crimea, and their complex relationships with Ukraine and Russia. A free panel discussion, “Indigenous Ukrainian Perspectives of Crimea Post Russian-Invasion, will take place before the performance, on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm in Fayerweather Beckham Hall.

Next week, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7pm in CFA Hall, Lebanese American writer, actress, and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99 explores family, memory, and politics in her free solo performance Hkeelee (Talk to Me).

This semester, Ms. Buck is teaching a course in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Department, Beyond “the Veil”: Representations and Realities of Muslim Women in the U.S., as part of the Creative Campus Initiative. The course employs artistic methods, personal narratives, and in-person connection to research and examine the dominant representations of Muslim women in the U.S. mainstream media and the complex realities of Muslim women’s lives.

Ms. Buck will also give a free workshop performance (Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8pm), where she will present a work-in-progress showing of a collaborative theatrical work commissioned by the Center for the Arts as part of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.

In the meantime, we hope you will join us for all of these upcoming talks and performances.

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Rainbow over Wesleyan, Oct. 21. So where’s the pot of gold? 

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