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The Student Database access has been restored.  10/12/2015 6:56 PM

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The Student System went down unexpectedly at approximately 5:25 PM this evening 10/12/2015.
ITS is working on the problem.  No other systems appear to be affected.

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It’s starting to look (but not yet feel) like autumn at Wesleyan. On Oct. 12, temps reached 76 degrees in Middletown. 

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Pumpkins, peppers, beets, tomatoes and thyme are still growing at Wesleyan’s Long Lane Farm this October. The student run organic farm is devoted to allowing students a place to experiment and learn about sustainable agriculture. In addition to weekly meetings, students run work days every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Long Lane students also seek to foster good relationships with local farmers.

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So, you probably don’t need a peer advisor to tell you that midterms season is upon us…but do not fret! Your peer advisors are here with some helpful tips to make sure that you stay mentally and physically healthy during midterm season.

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  1. SLEEP! Just because you have midterms does not mean that you need to be working on them around the clock. Making sure that you get 7-8 hours of sleep a night will help you feel more productive and prepared during this time. Additionally, the extra sleep can help protect you from getting sick. If you are having trouble sleeping, WesWell can be an invaluable resource! Check out their page on sleep for more tips!   –>   WesWell Sleep Resources

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  1. Eat healthy and exercise – These tips are easier said than done at any time during college. However, they are especially important during this time when stress levels are high and you are expected to be productive at all times. Eating healthy makes you feel healthy – and it doesn’t have to be too hard. Just avoid skipping meals, don’t forget about the salad bar at Usdan, and keep some fruit or other healthy snacks around if stress eating is your thing. Exercise also does not having to be daunting. You can use a quick workout at Freeman or a jog around campus as a study break, or a way to wake you up in the morning and leave you feeling energized.

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  1. Reduce Stress – One of the worst parts about midterms, and college life in general, is the stress! It often seems acceptable that everyone around you is stressed at all times, but even for those who work best under pressure, too much stress is not healthy. Here are some ways to minimize stress around your academics:

-Be planful! Whether you use one of the nifty free planners available at Usdan, iCal, or some other tactic, keeping a calendar with all of your assignments is essential! Trying to remember everything you have to do without writing it down is stressful enough – and chances are you’ll forget about something. When you can visualize your assignments and responsibilities, it also makes it easier to prioritize, and figure out when you’re going to tackle each thing on your to-do list. Here’s a great blog post about how to study for finals, which totally applies to midterms as well! –> Finals Study Tips

-Remember your resources! Remember that you are not alone – and that Wesleyan’s campus is full of supportive resources to help you get through the toughest times. Some great academic resources on campus include – but are not limited to – the Academic Peer Advisors (us!), the Writing Workshop, the Math Workshop, the Quantitative Analysis Center, and the Scientific Computing and Informatics Center. Additionally, if you feel that stress is overwhelming, there is CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) and WesSupport, a student-run support group.

-Make the most of your study time so you don’t waste hours in the library procrastinating on Facebook. You can start by working when you feel most productive, which may mean utilizing hours in between classes or in the morning. It’s also very important to find study spaces that work for you, despite the attempt to stay in bed and avoid the cold weather. Here’s another great blog post highlighting some spaces you may not have thought of before. –> Cool Study Spaces

-Don’t forget to take study breaks! We are humans, not machines, and there’s no way anyone can be productive if they sit and stare at a screen for five hours without a break. So, everyone hour or so, stand up and walk around, have a snack, go outside, or talk to a friend. It’ll make studying easier and less isolating!

Happy Midterm-ing!

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January 11th–12th, 2016, Open University in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom will hold a conference surrounding The Hidden Musicians by Ruth Finnegan, who is a music professor at the university. More information about this event can be found at here.

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The Hidden Musicians: Music-Making in an English Town, was originally published in 1989, but was reprinted by the Wesleyan University Press in 2007. The book is comprised of various studies by Professor Finnegan who studied the practices of amateur musicians and music ensembles in the small English town of Milton Keynes. She studied the differences and distinctions between what makes a band ‘professional’ or ‘amateur’, seen through the lens of professional and candid photographs taken at rehearsals and musical events, as seen below.


 above: The eighty-year-old Wolverton Town and British Rail Band. The current members in their band uniform.


Above: An informal photograph of the Woburn Sands Band shortly after competing in the National Brass Band Finals, showing the age range typical of many music groups (here 11 to 70).


The book also explores the different genres of music made in the town, comparing the different rock bands, musical theatre ensembles, and variations of marching bands and community bands in the town. Through this, Finnegan creates a new methodology of studying music and how music is made and performed as seen throughout the book’s illustrations and its resonance within the musical academia of Open University.

Outside of Milton Keynes, amateur bands and musicians like those of the small English town, have continued to flourish throughout the years upon the same premises of being communal, casual, and organized by camaraderie. In the Wesleyan University Press office, our director, Suzanna Tamminen, below, spends her lunch hour practicing her tuba for her community band.

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Cyrus Nury shares these photos from his study abroad experience in Prague.


UPCES friends taking a photo outside of Prague Castle


In front of Litomerice Town Square


Bohemian Palace outside of Litomerice


In front of the Lennon Wall (Malostranská)


In front of the Lennon Wall (Malostranská)


The Dancing House (Prague 1)


With friends on a weekend trip to Budapest


Bone Church (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic)


Great Stone Church (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic)


Burano Island Spring Break (Venice, Italy)


Spring in Barcelona, Spain


Interior of St. Vitus Cathedral — Prague Castle


UPCES Closing Day Reception


View of Prague from Letna Hill Park


Interior of the Dohany Street Synagogue (Budapest, Hungary)


Orzaghaz (Hungarian Parliamentary Building — Budapest)


Another view of Orzaghaz


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Inside and outside Usdan University Center at Wesleyan University on Oct. 7. 

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Rachel Hobert shares these photos from her study abroad experience in Turkey.


A mosque in Istanbul from a ferry crossing continents.


Rachel’s University Soccer team played in an international tournament against Lebanon, Denmark and Serbia.


Rachel’s University Soccer team played in an international tournament against Lebanon, Denmark and Serbia.


The View of the Bosporus on a daily run.


A photo after a long 24 hours consisting of: a cancelled flight, a 6 hr bus ride, 4 hours of sleep, a bag or corn nuts for dinner, an early flight, a cab from the airport straight to the race, a “sympathy” knee problem, and 13.1 miles –The completion of the Istanbul Half Marathon.


Central Turkey near Cappadocia on an excursion with Duke in Istanbul.

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I was fortunate to spend this past summer doing what I love – traveling, volunteering and, of course, working! For the first few weeks, I was in Thailand where I traveled on the weekends and worked full-time during the week at an emerging ecommerce firm. As a data analyst, my primary role was to create business intelligence reports and from my experience, the importance of Microsoft Excel or higher-end data processing tools cannot be overstated if you want to be an analyst of any kind. I also got to meet with a few Wes students and alumni during my trip which was just terrific (as well as my first time meeting Wes students off campus).

Rizwan SyedAfter returning to the States, I took a few days off before I began working at a management consultancy firm based out of Philadelphia. This was my first time working for such a company but I grew to love my assignments very quickly and about a month later, I was humbled with an offer to continue working part-time once the school year would start. I have now been with the company for more than four months and plan to continue at least through the calendar year. In my experience, the core skills conducive to success in consulting are research, data analysis and report-writing. The ability to convert fairly vague assignments into concise, meaningful reports, often from scratch, is very highly valued because it is essentially the grunt work that senior consultants don’t want to or don’t have the time to do.

Entry-level consulting is often grueling work, but I was still able to squeeze out some spare time during which I volunteered as a tutor and college admissions mentor primarily for high school students – something which I have also chosen to continue after coming back to school. Of course, not every endeavor was a rosy success this summer – my attempts to learn Mandarin through Coursera have left me with little other than knowing how to count, offer greetings and say some random words which I will probably forget before ever getting a chance to use! But in any case, I think I met or exceeded all of my targets for this summer and I look forward to a terrific (and busy) junior year at Wesleyan!


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