Check out this year’s WesFest calendar:
Very conspicuously absent on Saturday’s schedule is Zonker Harris, or any kind of WestCo event at all. But rest assured, the “Ze Who Must Not Be Named” festival is still on.
But if they’re trying to distance themselves from WestCo’s “stupid hippie/druggie image” or whatever they call it, I guess this is the best way to let students have our fun while keeping uptight visiting parents from getting nervous, or whatever their issues were. It beats having Zonker Harris shut down altogether, which the administration tried to do last year.
Prefrosh Wesfest attendees, keep in mind that while the official schedule has plenty of worthwhile/interesting events on it that you might want to attend (and should), some of your favorite parts of Wesfest will likely not be anything officially listed.
You’ll find that the administration tends to ignore aspects of student life at Wesleyan which embarrass them. Like Zonker Harris Day, which apparently has undesirable countercultural connotations. Like Wes alum Tristan Taormino‘s WesFest lecture, which I guess was too sexy to include in the schedule? So keep an open mind when you get here – student life is a huge part of what makes Wesleyan unique.
You should join large groups of fellow wandering prefrosh, break away with the new friends you make, talk to current students, and ask around to find things to do/places to go. This goes without saying, but you won’t get a feel for what Wes is really like from the itineraries the admissions office gives you.
If you still don’t have a host to stay with, you won’t be alone – bring a sleeping bag and spend a night or two anyway. Even if you don’t find a host once you arrive, you’re guaranteed some floor space in the various dorm lounges around campus, and the company of fellow prefrosh for impromptu slumber parties.
And stay at least until Sunday afternoon if you can help it, if only to witness the epic 100-person orchestra playing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on Foss Hill, courtesy of the Bea’les (a 4/20 tradition of sorts in years past, on 4/19 for your enjoyment this year). And hey, if you can stay until Monday to uh, sit in on classes or something, you won’t regret it.
Oh, and keep in mind that Wesleyan does also entail taking classes and actually doing work. But that’s for another time – this is WesFest.
Everyone else, show those prefrosh a good time!