WESLEYING: A retrospective/recruitment

As I grow increasingly aware of the few short months that lie between now and graduation, I look down at my navel and think about my time at Wesleying.

In my first semester at Wes, Wesleying was a fresh experiment, an increasingly poorly kept secret that the girl down the hall consulted to corral our motley crew of Butts freshmen to weekend destinations – Wine and Cheese at WestCo, Psi U parties, shows at Eclectic.

Now, four years later, Wes is minus one Mocon and plus one Usdan, without Presidents Bennett or Bush but with Roth and Obama, and has weathered too many other changes to reduce to a few trite clauses. Wesleying has moved from one blogging platform to another, developed an audience larger than anyone could have hoped back in 2006, and grown into a significant enough part of the Wesleyan media (such as it is) that often enough, the Argus gets tips from us.

I still feel a surge of pride when people sitting ahead of me in class refresh Wesleying on their Macbooks, flattered that their minds wander here during lectures instead of FailBlog or LATFH.  I think how strange it is that so many Wes administrators keep tabs on this site, when Wesleying was far enough under the radar back in the day that nobody got crap from the SJB about people holding beer cans in photos here. And it feels even stranger that so many administrative departments now have their own blogs, whereas four years ago I was still getting over my high-school Xanga/Livejournal (like many in my generational cohort), and a “Bennett Blogs” would have been highly improbable to see linked on the University homepage.

So while I and the other seniors on board brush our shoulders off and look ahead to THE FUTURE, it’s time to refresh.

Without a whole lot of people on the team, Wesleying would be just a few hypercaffeinated individuals with deteriorating posture and creeping Carpal tunnel syndrome, writing successively more solipsistic rants and rarely posting your events on time.

Luckily, enough people express their love of Wesleyan through blogging that we’re somehow consistent enough to keep you all coming back.  But this is the last semester for a bunch of us, and as bittersweet as it is, we will not be blogging here once we graduate. In fact, some of us are trying to focus more right now on figuring out life after Wes than we are on blogging. The site must go on, so we’re looking for new contributors to help keep this thing going stronger than ever this semester, and next year.

If you want to express your Wesleyan love through the Internet, click on for details.

A bit from the last recruitment post:

Do you know or have a lot to say about Weslife? Do you or people you know do cool stuff on/around campus? Do you want to break news as it happens? Do you take sweet campus photos? Do you like to Photoshop things? Are you into Wes music, and can you describe it in words?  Are you a human filter for Internet media? Do you know your memes? Are you a news junkie with an eye for things relevant to Wespeople? Do you possess keen wit and/or discerning taste? Do you write good? Do you encounter weird shit sometimes; wanna talk about it?

Are you into digging up forgotten pieces of Wes history? Do you know secret things? Do you explore little-known, little-seen parts of campus? Is campus deconstruction second nature after SOC 151? Do you have more opinions than your friends can bear to listen to? Do u miss wen we used 2 speak LOLspeak? Do you miss yesteryear’s Wesleyan weirdness; wanna bring it back/keep it going? Do you think things just aren’t the same as they used to be? Do you want to keep up the kind of content we’ve been posting over the years? Do you have a perspective you think we’re missing, or have been neglecting lately? Are you just REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE??

If the answer to any (or a few, or all) of the above is yes, join Wesleying! Previous blogging experience is excellent but not necessary, all grades are welcome [whether you’re a frosh or transfer just getting the hang of this place, or an upperclassman with more time than you know what to do with]. All you need is Internet access, the ability to string sentences together [or take photos/videos], and an interest in life at Wesleyan as it is, was, and might be.

Particularly wanted: more photographers and bloggers on board to post reviews/recaps of events, and more people with opinions/advice about campus life.

If you’re interested at all in anything mentioned in this post, or have your own ideas, stop by the Wesleying recruitment meeting this Monday evening  (2/8) in Usdan to see more of what we’re about.

Date: Monday, February 8th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Usdan 110

Also, email us at staff(at)wesleying.org with “Wesleying recruitment” in the subject line, and your name, class year, and a little bit about yourself and why you want to join Wesleying.

Age/experience is no matter – whether you’re a frosh or transfer getting the hang of this place, a senior who finally has more time on your hands than you know what to do with, or anything in between.
  • whatshername

    Haha, you alumni are OUT OF CONTROL.

  • Xue

    Who the fuck is Mickey and how does he know I live in Boston? Ahhhhhh!!!

  • Xue

    Who the fuck is Mickey and how does he know I live in Boston? Ahhhhhh!!!

  • Mad

    I’m pretty sure gastro and the bats were the same academic year (my freshman year, your sophomore year) but maybe they were different calendar years?

  • Mad

    I’m pretty sure gastro and the bats were the same academic year (my freshman year, your sophomore year) but maybe they were different calendar years?

  • Mad

    danzig’s line in that argus article remains one of my favorite quotes of all time:

    “Once again, Physical Plant found no evidence of bats, but suggested that mice could be present.

    “I guess it could be mice,” Danzig said. “Mice that can fly, and look like bats, and are bats.””

  • Mad

    danzig’s line in that argus article remains one of my favorite quotes of all time:

    “Once again, Physical Plant found no evidence of bats, but suggested that mice could be present.

    “I guess it could be mice,” Danzig said. “Mice that can fly, and look like bats, and are bats.””

  • mickey

    xue, that’s what happens when you move to boston. there’s just sooo many sttuuuuudennnnntssss everyyywhere; how can you not keep thinking about college.

  • Xue

    The Argus article was published in April 2006, when Danzig lived in Lola’s old room, but I think Lola had her bat encounter in winter 2005?

  • mickey

    xue, that’s what happens when you move to boston. there’s just sooo many sttuuuuudennnnntssss everyyywhere; how can you not keep thinking about college.

  • Xue

    The Argus article was published in April 2006, when Danzig lived in Lola’s old room, but I think Lola had her bat encounter in winter 2005?

  • holly wood

    No, Gastro was 2005 fo’ sho. Rabies must have been 2006. When the hell did those bats show up?

  • holly wood

    No, Gastro was 2005 fo’ sho. Rabies must have been 2006. When the hell did those bats show up?

  • Xue

    No, rabies was sophomore year. Rabies 2005.

  • Xue

    No, rabies was sophomore year. Rabies 2005.

  • holly wood

    Wait, I thought it was RABIES 2007.

  • holly wood

    Wait, I thought it was RABIES 2007.

  • Xue

    NO! TYPHOID 2007!

  • Xue

    NO! TYPHOID 2007!

  • holly wood

    Well, gastro changed my life. Remember gastro? That was great. Gastro 2005 for life.

  • holly wood

    Well, gastro changed my life. Remember gastro? That was great. Gastro 2005 for life.

  • Mad

    campusfood.com changed my life

  • Mad

    campusfood.com changed my life

  • holly wood

    No, Mad, the biggest contrast is clearly before and after having the dominos pizza tracker.

  • holly wood

    No, Mad, the biggest contrast is clearly before and after having the dominos pizza tracker.

  • Xue

    Any anxious seniors wondering if there’s life after Wes should read this thread. The answer you’re looking for is no.

  • Xue

    Any anxious seniors wondering if there’s life after Wes should read this thread. The answer you’re looking for is no.

  • Mad

    I think the weirdest change with the youngin’s taking over is that next year, no one will even remember Doug Bennet. I feel like students don’t appreciate Roth quite as much without the contrast…

  • Mad

    I think the weirdest change with the youngin’s taking over is that next year, no one will even remember Doug Bennet. I feel like students don’t appreciate Roth quite as much without the contrast…

  • Xue

    Hey now, I actually filled out my college applications using a typewriter. Don’t hate.

  • Xue

    Hey now, I actually filled out my college applications using a typewriter. Don’t hate.

  • holly wood

    Also, everyone fails to mention that back in 2006, wesleying was done on typewriters. God, you kids and your flash drives and your internets and what have you.

  • holly wood

    Also, everyone fails to mention that back in 2006, wesleying was done on typewriters. God, you kids and your flash drives and your internets and what have you.

  • holly wood

    I mean, I blame my carpal tunnel on the fact that Douggie Sez’ never became a reality while we there, forcing us to start some stupid blog of our own.

    Xue’s a namby-pamby.

  • holly wood

    I mean, I blame my carpal tunnel on the fact that Douggie Sez’ never became a reality while we there, forcing us to start some stupid blog of our own.

    Xue’s a namby-pamby.

  • Xue

    Why, yes, I EARNED this carpal tunnel, damn it. I’d shake my fist at the sky if moving my hand didn’t result in crippling pain. I blame Wesleying! And I blame caffeine! And I blame Holly!

  • Xue

    Why, yes, I EARNED this carpal tunnel, damn it. I’d shake my fist at the sky if moving my hand didn’t result in crippling pain. I blame Wesleying! And I blame caffeine! And I blame Holly!

  • holly wood

    “Without a whole lot of people on the team, Wesleying would be just a few hypercaffeinated individuals with deteriorating posture and creeping Carpal tunnel syndrome, writing successively more solipsistic rants and rarely posting your events on time.”

    I take offense to this, dude. This is HOW it started when it was just me and Xue. Show some respect.

  • holly wood

    “Without a whole lot of people on the team, Wesleying would be just a few hypercaffeinated individuals with deteriorating posture and creeping Carpal tunnel syndrome, writing successively more solipsistic rants and rarely posting your events on time.”

    I take offense to this, dude. This is HOW it started when it was just me and Xue. Show some respect.

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  • Avocado

    Oh Sheek…

  • Avocado

    Oh Sheek…

  • whatshername

    #2- This actually goes out to the many commenters that have addressed us in similar ways. You do realize that Sheek is one person right? And that there’s nobody else involved in the writing of the post so that addressing your comment to “whiz kids” makes no sense? I don’t get why people respond to posts written by one person with “you guys [insert synonyms for SUCK or RULE]” as if everything posted here is some kind of collaboration. Wesleying is many people (you can be one of them!) and we are all pretty independent of each other.

    In other words: Sheek, and only Sheek, was the dumbass here.

    #3- Thank YOU!

  • whatshername

    #2- This actually goes out to the many commenters that have addressed us in similar ways. You do realize that Sheek is one person right? And that there’s nobody else involved in the writing of the post so that addressing your comment to “whiz kids” makes no sense? I don’t get why people respond to posts written by one person with “you guys [insert synonyms for SUCK or RULE]” as if everything posted here is some kind of collaboration. Wesleying is many people (you can be one of them!) and we are all pretty independent of each other.

    In other words: Sheek, and only Sheek, was the dumbass here.

    #3- Thank YOU!

  • so much hate.

    THANKS, wesleying! we’re really lucky to have this website as a resource and i know our campus would be a very different place without it.

  • so much hate.

    THANKS, wesleying! we’re really lucky to have this website as a resource and i know our campus would be a very different place without it.

  • anon

    Wednesday is not the 8th, whiz kids.

  • anon

    Wednesday is not the 8th, whiz kids.

  • anon

    change the logo at the top if you take this blog seriously. I feel like its been months with that scribble.

  • anon

    change the logo at the top if you take this blog seriously. I feel like its been months with that scribble.