This just in! The Huffington Post has named Wesleyan one of the “Top 10 Hipster Schools” in the nation. Thank you, Ariana–we will accept our position alongside Hampshire and Bard as a prestigious bastion of postmodern thought, tight pants, and indie rock.
Of course, no article about Wesleyan’s hipsterdom is complete without a description of Eclectic:
The school is home to perhaps the country’s sole “hipster fraternity,” the Eclectic Society, which produced MGMT founders Andrew Van Wyngaren and Ben Goldwasser as well as Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon.
But a reference to the music department’s world music instrument collection seemed out of place:
The campus is also home to a Virtual Instrument Museum, which contains one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world.
They got that last bit wrong–the “Virtual Instrument Museum” is a large collection of musical instruments from around the world, not one of the biggest collections of instruments in the world. It’s a resource for the ethnomusicology program–think Taiko drums and gamelans–and has a basic online catalog but hasn’t found a curatorial home yet. I doubt that many students draw on the collection’s influence when forming their ironic sensibilities and notions of gender as a social construct, but whatevs. Come to Wesleyan if you want to up your “coolness quotient!”
Huffington Post: Top 10 HIPSTER Schools
[Thanks to an anonymous Shoutbox commenter for the tip!] [Photo credit: Well Dressed Wes]