Here’s Why Senior Cocks Got Shut Down in Two Hours Last Night

Spoiler: It involves sex, drugs, and rock & roll projectile vomiting.

Last night, around 7:30 p.m., a few hundred well-oiled members of the Class of 2013 piled into buses outside of Usdan, headed—unbeknownst to passengers—to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Two hours later, a drunker, louder, and scientifically inspired Class of 2013 was herded onto the same buses and driven right back to Middletown. The “Freaks and Geeks, Valentine’s Day style”-themed evening—which cost $40 and made for the third senior event of the year—wasn’t supposed to end abruptly in less than two hours, but according to one student who overheard an exchange between museum staffers and Wesleyan coordinators, the ejection may have been well earned.

“I overheard that staffers at the Connecticut Science Center observed students ‘doing drugs and having sex in the bathrooms,’ and that things were getting broken,” explained the student, who asked not to be named. “I am not sure whether or to what extent that is exaggerated or not; it was said rather offhandedly and by someone who appeared to be under a lot of duress at the time.”

If you noticed copious amounts of baking soda lining the stairs of the museum, that, too, had something to do with the staff’s unhappy reaction.

“The staff also seemed really upset about the mess that the students made,” the source added. “Apparently somebody projectile-vomited down an entire flight of stairs.”

At least one attendee managed to livetweet his observations on the event:

Others summarized Wes students’ behavior in slightly more generous terms on social media. (Check the #seniorcocks hashtag for more tweets that I won’t embed here.)

“I spent more time there thinking about the kind of position we were in that renting out a museum for a drunken party was even a possibility, and wondering how to reconcile that with being one of said drunken partygoers,” commented Wesleying’s own A-Batte over Gchat about five minutes ago. “I also felt bad for the caterers, bartenders, and museum employees, almost on principle. But that might be just me. Hopefully it’s clear, by the way, that I’m not saying anything about the organizers, students or otherwise.”

Dat Vu ’15, who was manning a photo booth throughout the event, also sent in his own reflections and observations:

Not being allowed to drink, I was sane enough to see how a few people got out of their acts later in the evening. I was enjoying the evening, until one guy shouted into my ear while I was taking a photo for a group of people and some couple went to make out behind the backdrop of the photo booth. And I believe that the reason we got shut down was during the filming of the Harlem Shake. So I was recording the dancing crowd and people were tossing beer and alcohol around, splashing onto the DJ’s equipment and myself. They did it again, even after the music was turned off and the DJ asked them not to.

I mean, come on, you guys are 22-year-old grown-ups. Get your act together. Don’t make it difficult for the staff and the entertainers. I knew that you guys were supposed to have fun, but at least have some sense. Having fun and trying to get too excited and out of control are different. Yes, I think that some people just tried so hard to “ball” around later on.

I am not blaming the majority of the class, just a few individuals who were messing around.

This isn’t the first time Senior Cocks has been sabotaged by the behavior of a few. Class deans might recall the infamous Incident of 2007, when the December senior cocktails event was cancelled after “a [bus] driver, who was also the head of the company, was physically assaulted by a student.” The ensuing Argus article was headlined “Seniors Blow Cocks,” which is probably the best Argus headline this side of “Three Students Test Positive for HIV.”

The Senior Class Officers declined to be interviewed for this post, explaining that they’ll have a debriefing session on Monday to craft a joint statement. But anyway, if you’re thinking it may be a good idea to transport a few hundred wasted (or soon-to-be inebriated) college seniors to a child-friendly science center full of breakable and expensive equipment for an event whose entire raison d’être revolves around readily available alcohol and an opportunity for off-campus relief, it’s probably not. That was some Bend It At Beckham-style shit last night, so maybe we should just have the next one in Beckham.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.lauro2 Jennifer Lauro

    The behavior can’t be defended regardless of the food/drink lack of info etc. Your comments defending the behavior, even more than the behavior itself, make you sound like a bunch of whiny-ass little dicks. When you have misbehaved (and we all have) just be an adult, take responsibility and say you are sorry.

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  • Seriously Wesleyan?

    Oh my god the people writing these tweets and posts need to get a grip and enjoy the fucking party rather than analyze the fuck out of it. Hiring a science center/museum is an awful idea but spending the whole night bitching about how entitled everyone is and hating yourself is just stupid.

    Having said that, it’s clear some people just can’t handle their alcohol. Come on.

  • alumn

    It’s amazing how, once you graduate, you read these stories and comments and reminisce about the days when acting like a complete jackass was not only expected, but defended.

    This is not the science center’s fault. This isn’t the organizer’s fault. This is your fault for getting far too fucked up to respect the people and things around you. Own up to it. You’re fucking adults.

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  • Zed

    I think a lot of the problems stemmed from lack of communication. It woul have made things smoother if there was someone from the class council on the busses or there when we came in to tell us where everything was, what floors we were allowed on, etc. Maybe also something in the email that gives us a vague sense of what the event is going to be, i.e. this won’t be a club so try not to black out before getting on the bus? I didnt even know if we were allowed to play with the science toys for the first hour until i saw enough people doing it and thought “fuck it.” I also got the sense that the center wasn’t prepared for the size of our group from how quickly the bars were running out and lack of coathangers n snacks. I guess my point is that the narrative of this has become “look at these shitty college students” and that seems unfair to most of the class who were getting rowdy without vomiting everywhere

    • rachelpincus

      In general, fewer people would have become severely intoxicated had more food been offered… honestly, the ticket was $40 and we were asked what type of food we preferred, and I skipped dinner because I thought there would be at least a light meal served there.

      • no sympathy

        they told us there would only be finger food…

  • David Sure

    Recognizing that the senior class could have behaved in a slightly less destructive manner, it is still undeniable that this event was destined for failure. The culture of senior cocks is that everyone gets as fucked up as possible expecting to go to a space like a club/bar or a private banquet hall where some of the behavior exhibited Friday night would have been far more appropriate. It’s not that we can’t have nice things, it is simply that we were entirely unprepared to have nice things for senior cocks.

    Besides that point, who had the condescending misconception that drunk college students are intellectually similar to eight year olds? Even if we had been in states of inebriation slightly more conducive to studying science, what were 21 and 22 year olds expected to get out of exhibits that ask you to test out which helmet is harder?

    Further, so many problems could have been avoided if we had simply been given basic information about the event upon our arrival. Per usual the seniors were herded off the buses into the event with absolutely no idea where we were or what we were supposed to be doing there. It was only through lucky wondering or by getting yelled at by museum staff that we learned important tidbits of information like the fact that the party was spread out over three floors but that all other floors were completely off limits. When we first arrived it was even unclear to me whether or not we were allowed to play with exhibits or not. What good is expected to come of putting hundreds of drunk people in an entirely unfamiliar space with no apparent ground rule. People acted reckless as much because they were uncomfortable and confused as because they were “privileged” and didn’t care.

    It is unfortunate that the event had to end the way it did, but anyone with even basic foresight should have been able to see this coming and the event should never have been planned in this way. Of course some blame goes to the participants of the event for exceeding expectations of destructiveness, but far more blame should be placed on the senior class officers and the administrators who quite simply set us all up to be a failure. I fully expect an apology to be a major part of their joint statement. I will find it very hard to respect them if they instead choose to reprimand us for our actions at the museum.

    Hopefully most people will come to understand the true lesson of this fiasco. It is not the senior cocks needs to be done away with in its entirety. Instead future planners of the event must accept the fact the it will never be anything more than students wanting to get very drunk, dance, and let off steam. Take us to an empty warehouse, not a million dollar children’s museum.

    • Nuh Uh

      “so many problems could have been avoided if we had simply been given basic information about the event upon our arrival”

      So, a class officer should have told us upon our arrival at the Connecticut Science Center that at this particular venue it wasn’t okay to use drugs and have sex in bathrooms, and to vomit down flights of stairs? People were only driven to do these things because they were uncomfortable and confused?

      BULLSHIT

      Also, the Connecticut Science Center is not a children’s museum.

      • Sure

        “So many” is not all problems. My whole point was that drugs and bathroom sex at cocks was to be expected, the organizers should have found a location that was appropriate for such behavior and not just have expected us to magically adapt on the spot.

        And have you looked the CSC’s website. It is absolutely a Children’s museum.

    • https://plus.google.com/115197896619361127605/posts Aaron Weiss

      For those of us too old to remember, please enlighten us: What’s the correct “expectation of destructiveness” at an off-campus event these days?

      Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but back when I trudged up Foss Hill both ways in the snow, the expectation was we’d act like adults and not break shit.

      -Aaron ’99

      (And kudos to the mystery perpetual motion machine. If we’re very lucky, there’s security camera video of that on the way.)

      • wink ‘n a nod

        is it worth it to mention that in 1990 someone literally firebombed part of campus? sounds like breaking shit, sir it’s-all-downhill-from-here ;)

  • Angel Armstead

    Does anyone ever wonder if there’s a self-fulfilling prophecy at work here? All the safeguards built into the event–3 drink tickets, beer/wine only, patdowns before we go, school busses so that no one can possibly drive–send a message something like “we think you are essentially high school students who have no idea how to handle alcohol.” And, shocker, some people act like high school students who don’t know how to handle alcohol. This doesn’t excuse what happened, of course not, but it makes me ask: Could we design the event in a way that allows for the fact that drunk people can act like assholes without infantilizing everyone in order to try to prevent that? Or is an event like senior cocks just such a ridiculous thing that we can only ever do it in this way that invites catastrophe?

  • bleh

    Everything went downhill because several people acted dumb. It sucks that whenever we have a chance to do something nice people take that as an opportunity to act like dicks. And of course everyone who goes to Wesleyan is entitled just by the fact that they are receiving an elite college education. I’m not arguing with any of that–but apparently the science center throws a similar kind of event on the reg: http://ctsciencecenter.org/things-to-do/liquid-lounge.aspx. This probably makes it worse because it means the seniors outdid all the other drunk people who normally walk around the museum, but it’s basically the same as if we had gotten thrown out of a club. Of course, ideally we wouldn’t get thrown out of anywhere because we are capable of acting like considerate and responsible people, but alas.

    • Zed

      Events for twentysomethings and AARP members are very different kinds of events and any organizer should know this and prepare differently. Source: my shitty catering job

      • i was there

        Bullshit! Twentysomethings should be expected just like everyone else to keep their shit together and have a little respect. I think blaming the organizer’s for this one is like total crap. Just because we weren’t given a childproof room doesn’t excuse our actions.

        • Get over yourself

          There’s no reason to say we can’t keep our shit together. We simply weren’t expecting to have to. The exact same behavior occurred and was acceptable at the last two events. How could you expect us to break a habit with no warning and after we were all already drunk?

          • I was there too

            Except we weren’t making a point of stealing things from the previous two locations (I saw several people taking things from exhibits, pulling the laces off of mannequin’s shoes, pocketing MAGNETIC NOSES for god’s sake why???)

  • BEYONCEKNOWLES

    ugh i don’t know who @thedogtooth is, but that person is such an ostentatiously self-righteous asshole it makes me nauseous. oh wow, college students acting entitled and belligerent, ALERT THE FUCKING PRESSES. jesus, what sort of douchebag tweets about apologizing to the waitstaff. how kind and generous and man-of-the-people of him! maybe the seniors were acting drunk and stupid, but i think the dogtooth takes the cake for the most immature and annoying person in attendance.

    • Anon

      Guess what? There’s a good chance someone will ALERT THE FUCKING PRESSES. Remember the Alpha Xi Deltas @ Miami of Ohio? No? Well, they trashed a slave museum at their senior formal and made INTERNATIONAL FUCKING HEADLINES!!! Pi Beta Pi wrecked a lodge and did the same. This piece has over 1800 hits before breakfast, so don’t be surprised if the story has legs. God, I hope not, for everyone’s sake.

      Wes makes the “Most Expensive Colleges in America” list, so we already have a reputation for being a bunch of privileged, entitled brats, even though nothing could be further from the truth. And it doesn’t help when a handful of wrecked senior class members tear up a science museum and the next day, GITS LIKE YOU DEFEND THEM. GROW UP!!! It’s one thing to do stupid shit when you’re drunk, but it’s another to defend stupid shit when you’re not. @dogtooth and Dat Vu deserve to have fucking rose petals thrown at them as far as I’m concerned. At least they prove that sober Wes students can recognize when we’ve screwed up.

      • BEYONCEKNOWLES

        um, no i don’t remember, because i don’t read trashy headline-bait news sources like you apparently do. guess i missed the gripping nytimes expose on the belligerence of ohio frat boys.

        i think this is about the culture of binge-drinking at wes more than “entitlement” or “privilege.” of course, the two are intertwined, but if anything, the incident you cite proves that this sort of behavior isn’t confined to the “most expensive colleges in america” list.

        • wah wah

          Why would they be intertwined? College students EVERYWHERE, and in fact young people everywhere, binge drink like there’s no tomorrow and that’s totally ok. It’s nothing to do with privilege or entitlement or any of that shit – people like to drink a lot, get over it.

    • Anon

      Being annoyed at someone calling out our privilege? Be aware of yourself. At least @dogtooth is.

    • not a mouse

      almost positive this is the dogtooth writing this.

      • BEYONCEKNOWLES

        nope

    • Hoyle

      The Dogtooth (due in no small part to his/her cowardly anonymity) has positioned him/herself such that s/he is immune to criticism. Call him/her out for being a self-righteous, ignoble prick? “Oh! You would say that because you’re so entitled and privileged.”

      How can s/he masquerade around as the sole enlightened individual among the brain-dead masses without the slightest hint of irony? I had no idea that such a total lack of self-awareness could manifest itself as the exact opposite.

      The Dogtooth is the worst kind of paternalistic ass.

      • Hoyle

        Also, to whomever put their Facebook in French: only I can do that.

      • Anon

        What makes you think that @thedogtooth isn’t self-critical?

        • Hoyle

          Because it’s way easier to take these tweets out of context and lash out against the straw man you’ve created. Duh.

  • annoyedsenior

    why would you include tweets from someone whose “about me” on twitter is “Wesleyan University sucks?” Not the most bipartisan journalism, folks. And one more thing….he/she/ze/hir attended the event along with all the other “entitled” seniors….what does that make he/she/ze/hir? Entitled.

    • Jesse

      ze is also a wesleying writer.

    • rachelpincus

      There would have been more “bipartisan journalism” had more people tweeted.

    • Inigo

      Attendance =/= being an ass to the staff. Having a good time =/= preventing others from having a good time. Having a drink or three =/= vomiting everywhere. Dancing =/= breaking delicate equipment. Partying =/= behaving as though you own the place.

      Just being there doesn’t make you entitled. Presence is not the same as action.

      Also, bipartisan: “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

    • http://www.wesleying.org Zach

      “Bipartisan”? We’re covering a college campus, not a chamber of Congress.

  • rachelpincus

    You should add a part about everyone chanting “SCIENCE! SCIENCE! SCIENCE!” at the top of their lungs when we got out of the bus