For you cool kids on campus who haven’t heard, Wesleyan Thinks Big, a Ted talk meets a magical bundle of hope and wonder, is happening tonight. If you can’t be at the actual event, fear not. There is a screening in PAC 001 at the same time (8pm) and you can even get the event livestream from the comfort of your own dorm room or first floor Usdan couch.
We, the trusty
crazed internet fanatics bloggers of Wesleying, will also be liveblogging away in the chapel.
Read after the jump to hear our commentary on these professors’ commentary.
Out to late night, yo.
All right, time to actually seriously really sign off of this liveblog.
Enjoy your delicious cheese and crackers.
And someone bring me Sour Patch Kids.
Another opportunity will arise, young grasshopper.
I had so many things that I wanted to put on the liveblog….
Chapel wifi = sub sub-par.
FUCK THE CHAPEL WIFI.
Well, everything seems to be winding down. Thank you for tuning in to this sketchy liveblog. If you fix the wifi, I will pay what I offered.
Also shout out to waynesworld and Zach for their contributions.
Too much science talk. Way over my head.
Shiggins is still wearing his ankle brace from his fall last week. Feel better Shiggins!
SO. MUCH. ECON. TALK.
Jason Shatz ’14 asks a question. Woot.
Ten minutes for questions, but I’m tuning out.
Done. Applause. Whoo!
“The market forces are howling outside the windows.” YES THIS IS ALWAYS HOW I IMAGINE ECON PROFESSORS TALK.
Skillman has been speaking for about 14 minutes. His talk will conclude in 2049.
“Think, friends, about the meaning of the endowment,” says Skillman. Wesleyan Thinks Big — until now. [THANK YOU THANK YOU I’M HERE ALL NIGHT PRETTY MUCH LITERALLY]
“Getting read of the nexus(?) between teacher and scholar.”
“We could use those new technologies to complement what we do.”
*if. Pardon my iPhone typing errors.
Unsurprisingly, Skillman connects this to financial aid: “As you know, financial aid has quadrupled as total budget and doubled as a percentage of the budget.”
Talking about an increase in online learning: “Not only has the technology gotten better, but we’ve gotten more used to that learning.” Stuff that would’ve been “crazy by the standpoint of 20 years ago.” But Skillman isn’t talking about where it’ll be at in 2050.
“We have a cost disease,” says Skillman.
Last chance: I will steal Skillman’s purple sweater vest is someone fixes the Wifi.
“Having a Wesleyan degree does produce, as we know, economic benefits.” We hope…
This talk is like a nine-minute reminder that I’m (soon) graduating from Wesleyan without taking an Econ class.
He is saying the word ‘rationality’ so many times.
“The common purpose of what we do here is for the teachers to impart the methods and habits of critical inquiry on the part of people for whom this” okay, definitely didn’t catch the end of that sentence.
“Wesleyan is, as advertised, an essentially economically a-rational place. There’s something not even vaguely subversive or suspicious about what we do here.”
“I’m an economist. And therefore a student, nominally, of these market-forces I want to dissect in terms of their implications for what we want to do here.”
“I’m a long-term INMATE of this institution…”
It’s a bummer Brian Glenn ’91 isn’t here, cuz it probably means he and Skillman won’t bang on the table and scowl at each other like at the faculty panel last month.
“Second confession: I’m not sure I have any big ideas. A little troubling.
“First confession: there’s nothing special about the year 2050 in what I’m going to say.” Wait, so when are they gonna have the hoverboards like in Back to the Future?
The moderator is talking up Skillman’s musical chops.
Person near me: “Dar Williams needs to be the president of this motherfucking university.”
Speaking of small towns, just remembered Dar Williams graduated from my boring suburban high school. Wonder if she’s ever been back.
Skillman is up!
“You have really earned, in my opinion, the right to find more positive proximity.”
Recommending a normal social interaction space that allows interaction between faculty and students. I agree — and shout-out to Daniel Family Commons.
References to need-blind and the development on Washington Street. Williams pays attention.
“Etsy is Brooklyn for ‘craft.'”
“A disco offers more strange…ambiguous…proximity…”
“Speaking of music, I would definitely recommend a disco of some time.”
Whoah, she’s talking about WILD Wes. “I think there should be more WILD Wes stuff, maybe some guerrilla offshoots.”
“It’s a goodness that grows.”
After hearing this talk, I’m less surprised that William assigns so much SOC reading on her syllabus this semester (for what I’ve seen on Wesmaps).
Dar is such a Wes kid. Love it.
“The word I came up with, that really anchors all of these building blocks, is translation.”
“I love bombers.”
Food is important within Williams’ theory of “Positive proximity.” She’s talking about farmers’ market and how “people connect over food.”
Just realized my mom would probably tackle Hannah Vogel ’13 for the chance to see Dar Williams ’89 speak right now.
Positive proximity: when people took the proximity of being next to each other and “made the most out of it.”
I will steal Dar Williams’ voice if someone fixes the Wifi.
“I was really loving this sense I had that there was a lot of life and interaction in these towns and centers.”
Williams’ talk is basically my thesis, except she’s a famous touring musician and I’m not.
*towns. My b.
Well, she’s getting the cheers.
Oh, and apparently she has “defined the American acoustic scene.” And she’s Visiting Professor of Public Policy, which cool.
Dar Williams is up with a talk titled, “Positive Proximity” about her adventures touring 500 cool American tows
I’m watching the livestream. It’s spotty as fuck. They’re introducing Dar Williams ’89. Did anyone else not know she majored in Theater and Religion?
The USTREAM guy is hard at work. Friends, let me know if it’s actually working.
Someone get me some Sour Patch Kids. Liveblogging from my phone is stressful.
Waynesworld is desperately trying to make the Wifi on his iTouch work. Such a dedicated journalist.
I would post a video of the Jimmy Neutron theme song, BUT OH WAIT THE FUCKING WIFI DOESN’T WORK.
The dude who is trying to USTREAM the event is now sitting in front of me. Too bad there’s no Wifi in this crazy motherfucker.
Wifi suggestions accepted. I will steal Voth’s particle accelerator videos.
Greg Voth is up with a speech titled, “The Paradox of Modern Physics.”
“In ‘The Matrix,’ Neo says ‘there is no spoon.’
“I’ll end with quotations, because that’s profound…”
“Art is something for fighting the blasé.”
“Being an artist means to astonish and excite.”
“All art astonishes…”
“Art is perceptually rich.”
I LOVE SCOTT HIGGINS.
I hope some computer person is reading this: I WILL STEAL YOU THE COVETED SHIGGINS JACKET IF YOU GET THIS WIFI TO WORK.
SHiggins church joke count: 4.
Dear chapel wifi: YOU SUCK.
If another person texts me asking why the USTREAM is not working, I will run up on the stage and steal SHiggins’ jacket.
What keeps you up at night?
“It’s either sushi or crippling self-doubt.”
What keeps you up at night?
“It’s either sushi or crippling self-doubt.”
“How to prevent the inevitable in bed is to imagine nuns.” – Scotty
“Sooooo…speaking of sex….”
“Thanks for inviting me to the annual ‘Professor-Off.'” — Shiggins
Scott Higgins is THE MAN.
SHIGGINS IS UP WHAT WHAT.
“If you think about it, marriage seems to do the exact opposite of what it sets out to do.”
“Be Wesleyan weird.”
“Fight for everybody.”
Words of wisdom from Lim.
“Self-love can be quite gratifying…and I’ll stop there…”
Lim just made a South Park reference.
“Why can the state privilege one relationship over another?”
“…We, and the state, should not be in charge of allowing one relationship over another.”
update: the livestream is like kinda not working
PUH-REACH it, Prof. Lim.
“You cannot legislate morality; one man’s virtue is one man’s vice.”
Why “consent” and “no harm” are not good arguments for same-sex marriage: the same arguments are possible for many other types of relationships.
Prof. Lim turns to “twincest,” his choice word for incest.
“Incestuous same sex marriage, or twincest.” – Prof. Lim
Elvin Lim has his own website.
“First of all, I want to thank the organizers of this event for giving me 9 minutes to offend you.” — Prof. Lim
LIM IS UPPPPP.
Professor Lim (lots of “whoops” from the audience) will be speaking first with a talk titled “The Case Against Marriage.”
Miranda Haymon ’16: “Think of how many things you can do in 9 minutes.”
Ohhhhh she’s making jokes about ISTREAM USTREAM.
Professor Rubenstein takes the stage.
In case of an emergency, DANCE!
We are STARTING.
There are three guys sitting a couple rows behind me who look like they could be in a boy band.
Dearest Memorial Chapel,
Your wifi is spottier than all 101 Dalmatians.
Maeve Russell ’14 is a beautiful blonde goddess sent to us from the mythical Ithaca.
Someone just shouted huge dick. Wesleyan DOES think big.
There are so many good @OverheardatWes comments being made in this room.
Grant Tanenbaum ’15 just gave me an enthusiastic wave. What a champ.
Mari Jarris ’14 saves the day.
Hold on…Wayne needs a computer charger…
Waynesworld is about to make a shameless plug to all of you in the audience.
ERMAHGAWD I think this event might start (relatively) on time.
I love Ariel Lesnick ’14.
I write posts for a lot of the event submissions that Ariel Lesnick ’14 sends to Wesleying.
Meeting WesCelebs. Casual Tuesday evening.
Miranda Haymon ’16: “This should be catered.”
This chapel is so…chapel-y.
WHOA WHOA WHOA, who’s the professor with the long luscious locks?
This is probably the only time the majority of Wes students are early for an event.
waynesworld here, waddup
Hermes here. Waynesworld where ye at?