College updates community on North 40 sale
A decision regarding the future of the North 40 was set to be announced at the end of October at the Town of Wellesley Special Town Meeting and the meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees. Due to the controversy that has risen and the many ideas on how to handle the sale, the Town of Wellesley and Wellesley College have postponed any announcement about the sale of the property to a later date. Both the Town and the College have been working since May to come to a final decision; however, the administration has indicated that it needs more time to finalize its plans. A new date for the final decision will be set in the near future.
College hosts Family and Friends weekend
The College welcomed Wellesley students’ parents and friends, as well as alumnae and almost three hundred prospective students to campus for Family and Friends Weekend, Homecoming and Discover Wellesley Weekend. Events for prospective students included class visits, an overnight stay in a residence hall, campus tours and other activities to help with the college application process such as a college essay-writing session. People on campus for Family and Friends Weekend and Homecoming also had full schedules with a special breakfast with President Bottomly, faculty lectures, class sit-ins and varsity sports games, as well as a Head of the Charles send-off for the crew team. Wellesley also had its first induction ceremony to the Wellesley College Athletics Hall of Fame, which everyone was invited to attend.
Health Services offering free flu shots
Flu season has started, and with hundreds of people living closely together, students, faculty and administration alike are at risk of catching the flu. Someone with the flu coughing or sneezing can infect a healthy individual up to six feet away. The flu virus also lives on doorknobs, phones and other objects that are usually handled by many people. Health Services is still offering free flu shots by appointment at their clinic and setting up stations around campus. On Monday, Bates Dining Hall set up a mobile free flu shot clinic during lunch. On Oct. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m., free flu shots will be offered at the Keohane Sports Center. Health Services has also encouraged students to get their flu shots over breaks when they travel back home. Alternatively, students can receive their flu shots for free from pharmacies near campus such as CVS and Walgreens.
Upstage sells out Peter Pan tickets
Wellesley College Upstage will be performing its first production of the year, “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up: A Fantasy in Five Acts,” directed by Carrington OBrion ’15. The performance is an adaptation of the original Peter Pan classic by J.M. Barrie. Showings will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ruth Nagel Jones Theater. The entire production is student-run from the actors to the directors, and auditions were open to students of all experience levels in early September. Currently, tickets for opening night, as well as for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are sold out. Students can place their names of the standby list of the sold-out shows in case of cancellation. All performances are free for Wellesley, Babson, Olin and MIT students and Wellesley faculty and $5 for other guests.