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Wesleyan University’s West African Drumming and Dance Concert was held March 12 in the Center for the Arts Green. The event featured master drummer and visiting artist in residence Attah Poku and choreographer and artist in residence Iddi Saaka, joined by their 72 students, guest artists and 16 student drummers. This annual performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through music and dance forms.

On March 6, 2017, Ghana celebrated its 60th independence anniversary from British colonial rule. This spring’s West African Drumming and Dance concert was held in honor of Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary. Apart from the usual traditional dances, students also dressed as Ghanaian chiefs and queen mothers. In addition, a Wesleyan band performed live Ghanaian highlife music and a Ghanaian church based in Worcester, Mass. provided live choral music. 

April 29 was a dog-gone good day for more than 150 students and 13 dogs as they gathered together at the Center for the Arts Green for a Doggo Meet and Greet at Wesleyan University. 

Sara Dean ’17, a self-proclaimed “dog lover,” created the event and advertised it on Facebook. She invited Wesleyan students, staff and faculty to bring their pooches to campus.

“It hit me that there are a lot of students with emotional support dogs on campus, or students who have family pets in the area, who don’t have a lot of organized opportunities to socialize their dogs, and a lot of students who don’t have pets on campus who would benefit from getting some time around them to de-stress before finals,” Dean said. “As I started contacting people about the event I found that other people were a lot more excited about it than I had anticipated, and the momentum kept building.”

Among the registered pooches were Kiri, a Black Mouth Cer; Luke, a Border Collie/ Bernese Mountain Dog; Kaios, an Alaskan Malamute; Phoenix and Shanti, Whippets; Mack, Pit Bull mix; Snugs, Chihuahua/Pug; Freddy, Golden Retriever; Lucky, Bichon/Fox Terrier; Ebony, Pit Bull mix; Remy, a Bluetick Coonhound mix ; Maeby, Cockapoo; and Fika, a Danish Swedish Farmdog. A few other dogs and their owners also joined the fun.

Dogs were provided water, snacks and toys.

“I’m so happy with how this event turned out because it not only was great for dogs and dog owners, but it allowed people from all walks of campus life, including faculty, students, and Middletown residents, to come together and share some joy for an hour,” Dean said. “So many people have been in touch with me to say how fun this event was for them, so I’m hoping to find a time to have a ‘Doggo Meet and Greet Part II’ before the school year ends.”

Special Collections & Archives holds a rich collection of documents and photographs related to the Wesleyan’s first period of coeducation, 1872-1912, and it has been recently digitized and is fully available online. The Coeducation Collection finding aid has been updated to provide links to the digital files. You can also browse the collection. This is […]

Wesleyan University’s midsemester recess, otherwise known as spring break, began with a snowy start on March 10. Classes will resume on March 27. 

Here is the Browning Society, 1873-1874. I do not know anything about this group other than that is what is written and typed on the back of the photograph. During the late 19th and into the 20th century, clubs and societies formed to study the work of Robert Browning. The Wesleyan Argus has several references […]

The Worlds of Dance Concert, held Dec. 4 at Crowell Concert Hall, featured the works of five different dance courses in their semester-end culminating performance. Beginning and intermediate dance students performed works in various styles inc…

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Wesleyan students enjoy a game of Spikeball at the base of Foss Hill on Oct. 7.

As a sign of our solidarity and commitment to address bias and inequity on campus and in the community, Wesleyan students, faculty and staff gathered at Usdan’s Huss Courtyard Sept. 27 for a moment of silence.

“As we continue to witness acts of violence around our country – especially toward black and brown and other marginalized persons – we are filled with many strong emotions based upon our own identities and experiences,” said Dean Mike Whaley, vice president for student affairs.

After a moment of silence and reflection, staff from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life met with groups and individuals wanting to talk about recent events.

“Beyond this visible sign of solidarity, we commit to continue our personal and institutional work toward peace, justice, equity and inclusion,” Whaley said.

In between classes, Sept. 15 at #Wesleyan University. 

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