Petition to Overturn Eclectic Hosting Ban

An online petition to lift the ban on social events at Eclectic is up. Here’s what you’re signing for:

The Eclectic Society has recently been informed by Scott Backer and the Student Judicial Board that all events, lectures, gatherings, and shows taking place at 200 High St. this semester – including those already scheduled – must be canceled due to a “House Hosting Restriction.” Backer and the SJB have made one exception: WesFest weekend. We feel that in eliminating Eclectic as a campus-wide venue, these restrictions threaten to eliminate an integral campus space necessary to foster the creative and intellectual energy upon which Wesleyan prides itself. We will be appealing this mandate this week and hope that wide student support will help the case.

In signing this petition I declare my support for the Eclectic Society’s efforts to overturn the House Hosting Restriction in order to maintain all previously-scheduled events for the duration of the semester.

If you’re somehow resentful of Eclectic, be clear about the distinction between your sense of schadenfreude and the seriously negative impact this ban will have on life at Wesleyan. Shutting down all events taking place at Eclectic for the rest of the semester doesn’t just punish Eclectic members, it punishes the campus as a whole.

Eclectic is unmatched as a consistent venue for events at Wesleyan, and you’ve got to understand the benefits of having it available as a public space for students even if you don’t personally attend these events .

And if you do appreciate live music, just look at this sad, sad list of events from Aural Wes and note how many are potentially no longer happening:

UPCOMING EVENTS

march 4: buru style & special guest (public)
march 5: noms, decora, sewing machines, tall tales (eclectic) CANCELLED
march 5: chris white, stephanie nilles, captain coconut (earth house)
march 25: cassorla, dear lamp (earth house)
march 26: pink reason, hue blanc’s joyless ones (eclectic)CANCELLED
march 26: dar williams
march 27: ryan leslie (eclectic)CANCELLED
march 28: kentucky fried doom, sourvein, ehnahre, relics (eclectic)CANCELLED
march 28: raina rose, rebecca loebe (earth house)
april 3: buru style, barefoot junction, banish the rabbit (psi u)
april 3: big tree, shai erlichman, tall tales (eclectic)CANCELLED
april 4: pissed jeans, drunkdriver (eclectic)CANCELLED
april 10: previously on lost (eclectic)CANCELLED
april 11: art show with musical guests adam gunther, zully adler, celia hollander (eclectic)CANCELLED
april 16: das racist, francis & the lights, acrylics, tall tales (eclectic)CANCELLED – oops, this one will still happen!
april 23: battle of the bands (eclectic)CANCELLED
april 24: ponytail, miracles of modern science (eclectic)CANCELLED
april 30: mice parade (eclectic)CANCELLED
may 1: japanther, ninjasonik, grocery thief, michael jordan (eclectic)
& more! (send us your shows)

The SJB should really consider other ways of sanctioning those students responsible for the infractions that led to this restriction, which aren’t detrimental to the greater student body.

Read Aural Wes editor Anna Wiener ’09‘s impassioned plea to students here. Paper petitions will be distributed all week during meal times at Usdan, but be sure to sign the online one as well.

Judging by the interest expressed by readers in the previous post, we will easily get 1,000 signatures over the next few days.

Online petition to lift the ban on social events at Eclectic.

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60 thoughts on “Petition to Overturn Eclectic Hosting Ban

  1. Anonymous

    I too appreciate that Eclectic offers itself as an open space for student events on campus, but wouldn’t it be a great show of resilience to find ways of still providing these events to students despite the SJB ruling? Is there a reason they could not be moved to different campus or even middletown venues?Separately, I agree that Eclectic needs to be transparent about the charges from the SJB. STEP UP and tell us what you (allegedly) did.

  2. Anonymous

    I too appreciate that Eclectic offers itself as an open space for student events on campus, but wouldn’t it be a great show of resilience to find ways of still providing these events to students despite the SJB ruling? Is there a reason they could not be moved to different campus or even middletown venues?

    Separately, I agree that Eclectic needs to be transparent about the charges from the SJB.

    STEP UP and tell us what you (allegedly) did.

  3. Sarah

    I am very upset about the restriction of Eclectic as an event venue and the effect this will have on Wesleyan’s music scene and on the students – many of whom are likely not Eclectic members – who have gone through all the shit of organizing concerts only to to have them canceled.However, I am not willing to sign the petition until I have a better idea of what happened. I’m not willing to argue against the decision until I know what, exactly, it is that I’m arguing about. Even a vague idea would be better than none. The SJB’s rules mean that it is not able to speak out about this, so I, too, encourage Eclectic to be more open about what led to this decision, rather than encouraging the knee-jerk outrage that is fueling this controversy.

  4. Sarah

    I am very upset about the restriction of Eclectic as an event venue and the effect this will have on Wesleyan’s music scene and on the students – many of whom are likely not Eclectic members – who have gone through all the shit of organizing concerts only to to have them canceled.

    However, I am not willing to sign the petition until I have a better idea of what happened. I’m not willing to argue against the decision until I know what, exactly, it is that I’m arguing about. Even a vague idea would be better than none. The SJB’s rules mean that it is not able to speak out about this, so I, too, encourage Eclectic to be more open about what led to this decision, rather than encouraging the knee-jerk outrage that is fueling this controversy.

  5. Anonymous

    should not have posted that list. Now if I sign that petition and it works I’ll wish I hadn’t graduated.

  6. Anonymous

    should not have posted that list. Now if I sign that petition and it works I’ll wish I hadn’t graduated.

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