This morning, Our Dear Leader Zach blogged his staggering 1,200th Wesleying post. With the blog at a little over 11,000 total posts, this means that he has alone contributed over a tenth of Wesleying’s total material. What follows is a (tragically brief) history of his illustrious Wesleying career, a minor tribute to the immensity of his infinite glory.
The Great Zach Schonfeld ’13 first joined Wesleying at the outset of the 2009-2010 academic year, when Wesleying was still under the leadership of the eternally-beloved Sheek. Zach’s very first post was almost three years ago to the day: the historic occasion of 16 September, 2009. Sam Han ’06 and Daniel Chaffee ’05 wanted to let the world (by which I mean Wesleying) know about some book they edited. Anyway.
Over the course of the year, Zach chronicled such events as the Foss Hill Pillow Fight, an ACB crash, the Worst Email Gaffe Ever, Marco’s Deli owner’s name, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner ’87’s response to the proposed demolition of MoCon, and began his now-characteristic tradition of pouring through old Argus articles and finding some real gems. He still says it’s his favorite way to procrastinate.
Sadly, Zach wrote only 142 posts that year. But that was about to change.
With the departure of Sheek and the Class of 2010, Our Dear Leader Zach stepped up to the plate as the new Managing Editor of Wesleying. And now he really kicked into high gear. While continuing to put up Events like a mofo, informing everyone about literally anything music related on and off-campus, and digging up the Argives, Zach played a vital role in shaping campus discourse during the myriad controversies that have swathed campus in episodic conflagration during his strong and benevolent reign. Zach has also taken the time to conduct an extensive Wesleying Retrospective, interviews with the founders, and brought Wesleying to two new highs in readership in February 2011 and again April 2012, when Wesleying got over 260,000 views.
Some others had these things to say:
Killofrights: “Congratulations Zach on 1200 posts, 600 of which are probably about me or Adrien.” (Referring, of course, to Will Feinstein ’13 and Adrien DeFontaine ’13.)
Samira: “Zach is my role model! I get inspired to blog harder (blargder) every time I see him at shows taking pictures and simultaneously getting shoved by the crowd. He is the most media person I know. Now that he’s passed his 1200 mark, maybe he can find some new hobbies like knitting, collecting bottle caps, making more questionable facial hair decisions, etc. My roommate Stellar says, ‘CONGRATULATIONSSS! Visit us and drink more tea.’ ”
Syed: “Of the many Zachs on campus, Zach is one hell of a Zach.”
Tuna: “Zach is the Josiah Bartlet of campus blogs. I’m proud to be his Donna.”
And BZOD waxed poetic:
“Zach: You are a champ.
Your blogging skill is unmatched.
I would steal your brain.”
And this, also from BZOD: “That post. I love that blog. Also, Zach made that post. A Wesleyan person showed the post/blog to a (female) friend at Northwestern. That friend met Lawrence. They began dating. They ran into Zach and the Wesleyan person who initially shared the blog on a train in Brooklyn. tldr, Zach posts, love is born.”
TL;DR: Zach is awesome and has done amazing things for Wesleying. We, the rest of the Wesleying staff, salute you for making us look bad.