So probably the most contentious thing about Eclectic being banned from hosting any more events this semester is that one exception in particular was made: a concert on WesFest weekend.
From the WesFest event catalogue:
09:00 PM – 01:00 AM
Alumni Music Extravaganza ft. Francis and the Lights, Das Racist, Acrylics, and See/Saw!
This will be a dance party night to remember, featuring three successful Brooklyn-based Wesleyan alumni bands and one current student band. Not to be missed for fans of MGMT!
Location: Eclectic House (200 High St), Ballroom
DIRECTLY REFERENCES MGMT.
Come, prefrosh! Look at our music scene! JUST KIDDING.
Well, it’s incredibly convenient that the only show escaping the effective shutting down of Wesleyan’s student music scene falls during WesFest and is only the most prominent example of said music scene this semester.
And the fact that this is the one event they’re letting slide undermines the stated rationale for banning events in the first place: because of a noise complaint. All this talk about the event that’s being exempt from the Eclectic shut-down… what is it? A talk, an academic lecture, a convention? IT’S A SHOW. A Wes alum band showcase. THAT WILL BE NOISY.
I’m really looking forward to hearing the Student Judicial Board’s rationale behind this in detail, when/if it becomes available. We’ve heard Eclectic’s side of the story, but it’s necessary to get a more complete picture of why the punishment seems so much implausibly harsher than the crime as it’s been described so far.
But from the way it looks now, it just seems that there was a remarkable lack of foresight in the making of this decision. More info as it comes in.