Main Street is a series we hope will strengthen the relationship between Wesleyan and Middletown. In addition to delicious food and trendy clothing collections, you’ll find an abundance of stories within the walls of these storefronts that make up our community.
"My dad first introduced me to the José Martí poem book when I was really young, probably ten or so. He was like, 'Belén, I know the first five pages of this book by heart.' He gave me the book when I was about ten years-old, and he would open it up and say, 'Okay, tell me if I’m right.' He just recited the first five pages, and as a ten year old I was like, 'What the fuck, Dad?'"
"People aren’t hard-wired to conceptualize mass suffering in real-time. When a neighbor feels pain we can empathize, but when we hear of the same pain being inflicted on someone across the globe, on millions across the globe, our reaction is more complex."
“‘I like just being near them. And I think that’s the thing about books: just physically being near books that you love is a very centering thing. The other week I was kind of stressed and confused, so I picked up Angels in America and read my favorite scenes from it. It made me instantly feel better, and I think that’s what books do.’”
What is so intriguing about Juuls is how quickly they have proliferated around Wesleyan. A year ago, you’d be hard pressed to find a Juul. But now, they are everywhere. And the students who Juul don’t just Juul. They Juul a lot.
This article contains a personal retelling of sensitive information pertaining to a sexual assault and an attempt to solicit a minor to perform sexual acts. The author is anonymous.
Ginger Hutchinson, Lucy de Lotbinière, Saam Niami Jalinous
“'While salary levels were originally determined after closely reviewing industry standards, upon further consideration, we have come to agree that a minimum $12 hourly rate would be more consistent with Wesleyan’s values and policies,' she says. 'For full-time employees, this could total the equivalent of $15 an hour with benefits. In fact, the majority of full-time workers at the bookstore will earn significantly more, based on their positions.'"
"The person on the other side of the door was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer. He was looking for one of our friends, who had overstayed his visa by two weeks, and was coming to detain him. That friend was not home, but it didn’t matter.