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Today’s Throwback Thursday poem is from César Vallejo’s Trilce, first published in Peru in 1922, the year after the poet spent 105 days in prison for allegedly instigating a partisan skirmish in his hometown, Santiago de Chuco. Trilce is still considered one of the most radical Spanish-language avant-garde poetry collections ever written. Wesleyan’s edition of the book was translated by Clayton Eshleman and published in 2000. Eshleman was awarded a National Book Award for his co-translation of The Complete Posthumous Poetry, and was a Griffin Prize finalist for The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo. A voluminous edition of Vallejo’s writing is newly available from Wesleyan: Selected Writings of César Vallejo. This new collection, edited by Joseph Mulligan, contains some poetry and a vast number of prose pieces translated to English for the first time. There are articles documenting Vallejo’s travels in Soviet Russia, personal correspondences, and excerpts from several of his plays as well as from his his novel El tungsteno / Tungsten, a work addressing the oppression of indigenous Peruvian miners.



From Trilce


    Oh las cuatro paredes de la celda.
Ah las cuatro paredes albicantes
que sin remedio dan al mismo número.    

    Criadero de nervios, mala brecha,
por sus cuatro rincones cómo arranca
las diarias aherrojadas extremidades.

     Amorosa llavera de innumerables llaves,
si estuvieras aqui, si vieras hasta
qué hora son cuatro estas paredes.
Contra ellas seríamos contigo, los dos,
más dos que nunca. Y ni lloraras,
di, libertadora!

     Ah las paredes de la celda.
De ellass me duelen entre tanto, más
las dos largas que tienen esta noche
algo de madres que ya muertas
llevan por bromurados declives,
a un niño de Ia mano cada una.

     Y sólo yo me voy quedando,
con la diestra, que hace por ambas manos,
en alto, en busca de terciario brazo
que ha de puilar, entre mi donde y mi cuando,
esta mayoría inválida de hombre.


     Oh the four walls of the cell.
Ah the four bleaching walls
that inevitably face the same number.

     Breeding place for nerves, foul breach,
through its four corners how it snatches at
the daily shackled extremities.

     Loving keeper of innumerable keys,
if only you were here, if only you could only see unto
what hour these walls remain four.
Against them we would be with you, the two of us,
more two than ever. And you wouldn’t even cry,
speak, liberator!

     Ah the walls of the cell.
Meanwhile of those that hurt me, most
the two long ones that tonight are
somehow like mothers now dead
leading a child through
bromowalled inclines by the hand.

     And only I hang on,
with my right, serving for both hands,
raised, in search of a tertiary arm
to pupilize, between my where and my when,
this invalid majority of a man.

CÉSAR VALLEJO (1892–1938) was born in the Peruvian Andes and, after publishing some of the most radical Latin American poetry of the twentieth century, moved to Europe, where he diversified his writing practice to encompass theater, fiction, and reportage. As an outspoken alternative to the European avant-garde, Vallejo stands as one of the most authentic and multifaceted creators to write in the Castilian language.

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June 17, 2015 by Rubye Peyser

Like many of you, I took a few AP courses and exams in high school and did fairly well. The Wesleyan website says that—for someone with qualifying AP scores—taking placement exams is, “strongly encouraged,” but not required. Let’s be honest: it was June; I had just finished my senior year and taking another test did not seem ideal. Plus, Wes didn’t require the exam, so why take it, right?
I was wrong. When I arrived on campus I discovered that to qualify for the language course I wanted to take, I needed to have a certain placement exam score. There are some exceptions to this rule, but in general, professors and departments want to see your current proficiency level in a subject, not just how well you did two years ago when you took the AP.
Needless to say, the first night of orientation I was frazzled (over the placement exams and the fact that I was in my first week of college), took the exam, and did not do as well as expected. My haste in taking the test certainly played into my performance. MORAL NUMBER ONE: Take the test now, even if you think you don’t need to. If you are worried about going down a level, take a load off and (MORAL NUMBER TWO) trust the test. In truth, my Spanish was not as strong as when I graduated high school, so the class I qualified for turned out to be the right fit.
I know these exams are intimidating, but the bottom line is that you’ll be attending a top school so even if the university ultimately places you in the introductory level, the course will still be engaging and challenging.
To access the placement tests, log on to your portfolio, click on Moodle in the top left corner, and the placement tests will be listed under “My Courses.” As always, if you have questions don’t hesitate to email the Peer Advisors at peeradvisors@wesleyan.edu

Enjoy your summer!

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Salvation Army logoThe Salvation Army in Middletown is running a 5 week summer camp in July and August.  The camp is for 7 – 13 year olds and runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. The camp will engage children in faith based activities, arts and crafts and field trips around the downtown.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Lt. Hernandez at the Salvation Army: Jose.Hernandez@use.salvationarmy.org or 860.347.7493.

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An invitation from our friends at the Community Health Center and the North End Action Team:

Join us for another fun afternoon with spectacular views of the Middletown area and a delicious array of home brews!
This time we’ll be outside and enjoying live music as well, and all to benefit the North End Action Team!!

We’ll be on the roof of the new CHC building again, but this time we’re not expecting snow so we’ll be outside among the beautiful gardens!!

Clay Selmont will be there providing jazz tunes and there will be appearances by the MiddletownPBA Bagpipe Band.

Neighborhood businesses will again be offering discounts to attendees of the event, our panel of judges will once more feature some real cool cats, and the home brewers lined up to enter their wares have seriously stepped up their game this time. Keep an eye on this event page for updates and details on all of the above as we get closer to the event.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Attendees of our event in March that bring back their tasting cups will receive a $5 refund at the door. Access will not be granted without a valid ID.

Advance tickets can be purchased online, https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/BrewWithaView.

Audience votes will be counted at 4:30 PM so make sure to arrive early, every vote counts! Winners will be announced starting at 4:45 PM.

For questions, please feel free to reach out here on our event page, or the NEAT office- neat@neatmiddletown.org, (860) 346-8485.

Brew With a View - NEAT and Community Health Center

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The Wesleyan Writers Conference celebrated its 59th year by welcoming more than 60 new and seasoned writers and others interested in the writer’s craft to the Wesleyan campus June 10-14.

Headed by Wesleyan Writers Conference Director Anne Greene, adjunct professor of English and director of Writing Programs, the conference featured seminars, workshops, readings, panel discussions and manuscript consultations led by Wesleyan faculty and other nationally known writers, editors and agents.

Conference topics included the novel, short story, poetry, nonfiction, memoir, biography, journalism, writing for film and TV, new media, writing about food and travel, writing about science and medicine, preparing your work for publication, and how to sell your work.

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Congratulations to the 2015-2016 WSA Leadership Board:
President: Kate Cullen ’16
Vice President: Aidan Martinez ’17
Chief-of-Staff: Henry Vansant ’18
Student Budget Committee Chair: Evelysse Vargas ’17
Communications Coordinator: Martin Malabanan ’16
Student Life Coordinator: Nila Ravi ’18
Academic Affairs Coordinator: vacant

Look out for more information on September 2015 member elections
and our new Constitution and meeting structure!

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Origami Workshop

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OrigamiWorkshopFlyerBen Parker thoughtfully and skillfully challenges the cliché notion of origami as merely the art of cleverly crafting amusing paper animals.  Ben’s workshop will teach students the art of the fold and how to break some of the rules associated with traditional origami.
Workshop Date: Wednesday, June 24th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM

The workshop cost is $15.00 per person

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N_Eisenfeld_Ice_During the month of July, the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center will be exhibiting the work of North Haven artist, Nancy Eisenfeld.  This show of her newest work entitled,  On the Diagonal  will highlight her recent exploration of the emotive power of diagonal line.  Alive with the energy and movement of the diagonals which she uses to both construct and dissect their richly layered surfaces, Eisenfeld’s oil stick paintings and glass collages are the serendipitous results of the intuitive experimentation that is integral to her process.  With open-ended, poetic titles like Ice and Angled Light these striking textural wall works provide access and intrigue for the viewer, while offering plenty of room for reflection and personal interpretation.

The exhibit will open on Thursday, July 2nd from 5-8:00p.m. in conjunction with the Middletown ArtWalk series.  On the Diagonal will run from July 2nd through July 29th.  The gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-5p.m. and Fridays 9a.m.-noon (closed on July 3rd for the 4th of July holiday).

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Summer scenes at Wesleyan, June 10. 

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By Keren Alshanetsky ’17 and A.N. Kini ’13

[Shannon Sun-Higginson '10]In the weeks leading up to its world premiere at South by Southwest, GTFO: Get the F&#% Out and its exploration of misogyny in videogame culture drew considerable buzz from the likes of Rolling Stone, and was reviewed by many, including Vanity Fair. The film was just released yesterday, June 9, on iTunes.

Directed and produced by Shannon Sun-Higginson ’10, the documentary film exposes the simultaneous exclusion and mistreatment of women in this male-dominated tech sphere, many of whom face verbal abuse and sexual harassment. Through conversations with gamers, developers and other industry experts, GTFO moves to generate a dialogue that will change the course of this “alarmingly normalized discrimination.”

In an interview for Bitch Magazine with Samantha Maldonaldo ’13, Shannon noted that games are an “almost limitless medium for storytelling and creativity,” and that diversity in the industry is key to making it better. But this diversity creates friction. She posits, in this Flavorwire review, that gaming is not the only industry where this happens. “When a new group comes into a culture, that creates tension, it creates a shift…we approached gaming as a microcosm for something that has happened throughout history.”

Earlier this year in Austin, Wesconnect caught up with Shannon, and Ian Park ’11, the film’s editor and post producer, to discuss their experience premiering the movie at SXSW, the wider implications of systemic sexism in the videogame industry, and the role Wesleyan played in the development of this project.

[Ian Park '11 and Shannon]

WESCONNECT: How did you feel prior to the film premiere at SXSW, and how does it feel now?

Shannon Sun-Higginson: The day leading up to the premiere was really stressful because I had to prepare to do the Gaming panel and then for the first screening of the movie. But the audience members have been so insightful and asking really engaging, productive questions. The audience’s reaction has made me feel a lot better about this whole thing. And they have been all sorts of different people, which I was excited to see. We had parents of kids trying to know what they can do, hardcore gamers, people in the industry working for major game companies.

Ian Park: People are really receptive to the film and that’s the most encouraging thing. You sit in an edit room, editing and getting in your own head for months, and then finally you get to see someone’s reaction to the film. Now I can imagine someone consuming what I made, even at work when I edit a commercial or a music video. The whole screening process has changed my outlook on what I do.

WC: Why was it important for you to tell this story?

SS: I found out about this through another Wesleyan alum, who sent me a video of a young woman being sexually harassed on a live-streaming tournament called Cross Assault in March of 2012. I thought it was outrageous and couldn’t believe that this was actually pretty typical in the gaming industry. I immediately started filming because I wanted outsiders like me to know that this was happening. And as we went on through production, we realized the film is not just an explanation of this phenomenon for everyone else. It’s for people who are in the gaming community, and about showing the human side of what it feels like to go through that as a woman.

IP: I’ve definitely found myself not only becoming more sensitive to women but also becoming more empathetic in the workplace, with how I treat my friends and strangers. I am being more perceptive to how they might take what I say or what I do. That in itself makes it important to me, and hopefully it has a similar effect on the audience.

SS: Seeing the reactions from people who are not part of games makes me realize that this happens in all industries at some point. This is just the 2015 example.

[GTFO the Movie, still]

IP: The issue is so apparent in the video game culture because it’s moving faster than any other industry, and the audience is growing more diverse every day. I think that this accelerated growth has accentuated what happens in every industry. That’s something we try to emphasize, this is about video games but it’s not just about video gamers.

WC: What was special about your time at Wesleyan, and are there any particular memories that stand out right now?

SS: What’s cool is that these connections last way beyond college. Aaron Izakowitz ’10 initially told me about the inciting video, and he’s been my friend since freshman year in the Butts. Seth Rosen ’10 was a consultant and helped me get my first two interviews. And a lot of Wesleyan friends supported the Kickstarter and came out to the premiere. In a lot of ways, this movie exists because of my Wesleyan connections.

IP: One of my strongest memories is staying up until 4 am studying biochemistry in the physics lounge because my friend gave me the skeleton key for the entire floor. But because I went to Wesleyan, I could major in neuroscience and also be on film sets and make movies as long as I was willing to do good work. I’ve carried that over from Wesleyan to the real world.

WC: Is there anything you know about Wesleyan that other people may not know?

SS: When I was in the Nics I had a pet albino frog with my roommate called McSqueezy. He sadly passed and we buried him in the historic cemetery outside of the Nics with all those old guys. So, McSqueezy’s in there too.

IP: On Fountain, all those old houses are really easy to break into. I didn’t do it to steal anything. But once, when I was on the SJB and my friend on the board slept in thirty minutes before a hearing, I had to break in and drag him out. So that was really useful, like having another skeleton key.

Headshot images: by A.N. Kini ’13

Body image: c/o GTFO the Movie

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