Wesleying’s MoCon Retrospective: Call for Submissions!

Remember way back in the day, when we walked down that little path past the Nics into a giant spaceship for crappy food? Oh, you do? Well then you’re probably in the Class of 2010 and in the minority at Wesleyan. The sad(ish) truth is that our class was the last to dine in Mchonghyeueyhg Hall ( I never knew how to spell it), which the rest of you might know as that weird structure over by the Nics/Hewitt or as the site of the Waste Not! sale earlier this semester.  Once we graduate, no one on this campus will know what went down back when MoCon was the place to be for brunch, lunch and dinner. Unless…

It’s time to put our memories together through photos and anecdotes about the dining hall we loved to hate. And that is why Wesleying is having its MoCon Retrospective. Woohoo!

Now I KNOW some of you must have nice pics of the greasy food and crowded eating area. Or you might have pics and stories of Grandma, or the meat guy, or… the other people. See, dammit, I already forgot them! This is terrible! Before Wesleyan became the sterile, beige-colored place it is today, we had MoCon. Whether the food sucked or not, the place had so much of the character that is lacking in Usdan. Let’s remind the young’uns that the dining experience does not have to be as organized, clean, and dull as what they’re used to. Let’s challenge the institutional memory that the mainstreaming administration in many ways depends on running in 4-year cycles.

Submit whatever you have to staff[at]wesleying[dot]org and we’ll run a nice little series on MoCon. Please put MoCon Retro in the subject line and have fun!

34 thoughts on “Wesleying’s MoCon Retrospective: Call for Submissions!

  1. Amara

    I think this post is a great one. Although I’m only a freshman, the mere act of walking into that space shaped building everyone refers to as MoCon has made me curious to know what experiences were shared there. I guess i just want to say thank you guys for sharing a little bit of Wesleyan’s past with us “newbies”. Now when i pass MoCon it wont just be that oddly shaped, creepy looking building where everyones shit is stored… it somehow has more of a personality than that.

  2. Amara

    I think this post is a great one. Although I’m only a freshman, the mere act of walking into that space shaped building everyone refers to as MoCon has made me curious to know what experiences were shared there. I guess i just want to say thank you guys for sharing a little bit of Wesleyan’s past with us “newbies”. Now when i pass MoCon it wont just be that oddly shaped, creepy looking building where everyones shit is stored… it somehow has more of a personality than that.

  3. Hunter '08

    pizza memories:

    grumpy old lady: I once got to talking to her and it turns out she’s mostly grumpy because of how Aramark treated its workers and how she was too tired to play with her grandkids. She made the most consistent pizza.

    Rigatoni Tony: he had some actual nickname that I forgot but it sounded like that. He was by far the most creative and would even take requests if you asked. His sweet potato and marshmallow pizza was way tastier than I expected when I asked for it.

    girl: I have a really bad memory but there was another, younger girl who didn’t stick out as much as the others but when a friend gave her a flower on Valentines Day she made him a heart-shaped pizza

    \\\\

    Also there’s the guy who would always correct you when you said “can I have some X” with “MAY YOU?” That guy was the best. I loved Mocon dearly and it was one of my favorite things about Wesleyan.

  4. Hunter '08

    pizza memories:

    grumpy old lady: I once got to talking to her and it turns out she’s mostly grumpy because of how Aramark treated its workers and how she was too tired to play with her grandkids. She made the most consistent pizza.

    Rigatoni Tony: he had some actual nickname that I forgot but it sounded like that. He was by far the most creative and would even take requests if you asked. His sweet potato and marshmallow pizza was way tastier than I expected when I asked for it.

    girl: I have a really bad memory but there was another, younger girl who didn’t stick out as much as the others but when a friend gave her a flower on Valentines Day she made him a heart-shaped pizza

    \\

    Also there’s the guy who would always correct you when you said “can I have some X” with “MAY YOU?” That guy was the best. I loved Mocon dearly and it was one of my favorite things about Wesleyan.

  5. Anonymous

    All this cool stuff… back in the day when Summerfields still served real meals, before it decided it wanted to be WesWings when it grew up.

  6. Anonymous

    All this cool stuff… back in the day when Summerfields still served real meals, before it decided it wanted to be WesWings when it grew up.

  7. Steve

    Smoking cigarettes in MoCon…pretty cool.
    Smoking bowls in MoCon…way cooler.
    A certain Eclectic lady puking on her tray in MoCom amidst a foodfight fueled by the 40s we were drinking there…priceless.
    Also, the cup trick (when someone attempted to make an announcement) was one of the better parts of my Freshmen year. It got me every time.

  8. Steve

    Smoking cigarettes in MoCon…pretty cool.
    Smoking bowls in MoCon…way cooler.
    A certain Eclectic lady puking on her tray in MoCom amidst a foodfight fueled by the 40s we were drinking there…priceless.
    Also, the cup trick (when someone attempted to make an announcement) was one of the better parts of my Freshmen year. It got me every time.

  9. EdWing

    Two words…SMOKE OUT. or is it smokeout… wait that’s one word. Long ago before you had facebook to create an event and tell your friends, the only way to know when “Duke Day” was, was from the Mocon smoke out the night before. The food wasn’t better, but at least you had the cereal bar for the munchies. mmm cap’t crunch

  10. EdWing

    Two words…SMOKE OUT. or is it smokeout… wait that’s one word. Long ago before you had facebook to create an event and tell your friends, the only way to know when “Duke Day” was, was from the Mocon smoke out the night before. The food wasn’t better, but at least you had the cereal bar for the munchies. mmm cap’t crunch

  11. Anonymous

    these damn kids don’t know what it is to cut a round pizza into squares.

    there were those flyers around campus last month that said “miss grandma?” about volunteering with the elderly, but you could always tell the seniors, because they’re the ones who stopped, excited that it was about grandma mocon. i bought her a scarf for christmas one year.

  12. Anonymous

    these damn kids don’t know what it is to cut a round pizza into squares.

    there were those flyers around campus last month that said “miss grandma?” about volunteering with the elderly, but you could always tell the seniors, because they’re the ones who stopped, excited that it was about grandma mocon. i bought her a scarf for christmas one year.

  13. paul - from the dawn of time - '87!

    The holiday feasts were pretty good way back then (but my mom was a lousy cook so consider the source.) The cooking staff came up and served those days I think and they usually had something to be proud of on the carving-board…

    Lingering over coffee and Sunday Sundaes was good. Getting in to brunch early was very good. Nice big tables for a more lively discussion (not sure if Usdan has that) I liked being able to scout the room from the stairs – I know today’s students (aka punks that need to GET OFF MY LAWN!) text each other to coordinate meeting up, but the old way had its charm.

    At some point the dining contractor had a Cookie-Monster suit some poor schmuck was forced to wear. We called him/her/it “BlueThang.” I cannot remember what sort of occasions would bring out BlueThang. (we did not actually have InterCaps btw – those came after my time.)

    The bagel toasting robots… God bless them wherever they are.

    Dances there were fun and big and loud.

    Great place for sunsets and sunrises (I think I saw some of the latter – know i saw the former) and watching the seasons progress.

    The glossy flagstone was a nice tie-in from the outdoors to the indoors and the architecture put views and people watching front and center.
    Finally (hey you asked) it was good for getting a Butterfield resident out and into the mix too.

    YER STILL ON MY LAWN YOU HIPPIE PUNKS!

  14. paul - from the dawn of time -

    The holiday feasts were pretty good way back then (but my mom was a lousy cook so consider the source.) The cooking staff came up and served those days I think and they usually had something to be proud of on the carving-board…

    Lingering over coffee and Sunday Sundaes was good. Getting in to brunch early was very good. Nice big tables for a more lively discussion (not sure if Usdan has that) I liked being able to scout the room from the stairs – I know today’s students (aka punks that need to GET OFF MY LAWN!) text each other to coordinate meeting up, but the old way had its charm.

    At some point the dining contractor had a Cookie-Monster suit some poor schmuck was forced to wear. We called him/her/it “BlueThang.” I cannot remember what sort of occasions would bring out BlueThang. (we did not actually have InterCaps btw – those came after my time.)

    The bagel toasting robots… God bless them wherever they are.

    Dances there were fun and big and loud.

    Great place for sunsets and sunrises (I think I saw some of the latter – know i saw the former) and watching the seasons progress.

    The glossy flagstone was a nice tie-in from the outdoors to the indoors and the architecture put views and people watching front and center.
    Finally (hey you asked) it was good for getting a Butterfield resident out and into the mix too.

    YER STILL ON MY LAWN YOU HIPPIE PUNKS!

  15. Lynn Thomas

    Ther food was really good when I ate there! Steak every Sat.for dinner and the Sunday’s brunch were the yummiest! Friends from other colleges raved about our food. At that time we had the highest level of “Saga” (I think that was the company’s name).

    Yea MoCon!

  16. Lynn Thomas

    Ther food was really good when I ate there! Steak every Sat.for dinner and the Sunday’s brunch were the yummiest! Friends from other colleges raved about our food. At that time we had the highest level of “Saga” (I think that was the company’s name).

    Yea MoCon!

  17. elci

    sunday brunch was the best! i really like this idea — oh, mocon nostalgia. I hold the same sentimental spot in my heart/memory for davenport.

  18. elci

    sunday brunch was the best! i really like this idea — oh, mocon nostalgia. I hold the same sentimental spot in my heart/memory for davenport.

  19. omg

    -the crackhead dude who always talked about crack
    -being really stoned all the time…spaceship was trippy
    -the “mokes”

  20. omg

    -the crackhead dude who always talked about crack
    -being really stoned all the time…spaceship was trippy
    -the “mokes”

  21. Anon

    The administration isn’t mainstreaming. But yes, MoCon was much better than Usdan. No more speeches and cup dropping (not by me though)…

  22. Anon

    The administration isn’t mainstreaming. But yes, MoCon was much better than Usdan. No more speeches and cup dropping (not by me though)…

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