WesRave has arguably become Wesleyan’s most beloved, least controversial, wholly positive event. Have you ever heard someone seriously say, “YO, FUCK WESRAVE!?”
This year was the third WesRave, with a higher turnout, in my estimation, than the previous two (even though rain postponed this rave to Sunday before finals). Around 11 p.m., hundreds gathered on Foss (many with glowsticks) with an assortment of rave attire and pressed play at the same time. As the beat of “Cobrastyle” by Teddybears got going, so did the swaying of the crowd and the giggling and shrieks that could be heard above the music. A little over a minute in, the student shepherds started waving their gigantic racing flags to herd the crowd down Foss Hill and toward the CFA. Soon enough, our mass of silent ravers was running together, undoubtedly fueled by some alcohol and the exuberant crowd’s energy. This herding-running-dancing-more running-more dancing propelled the silent ravers from one campus location to the next, mapped out in the first hour as thusly: Foss–>CFA–>North College–>PAC–>Olin–>Usdan Courtyard–>PAC–>then I went to Late Night, what happened next?
#wesrave is a cardio fucking workout
— Nailah (@kissmybehines) May 12, 2014
Another event that was concurrent with the rave was a projection on South College, initiated by Chloe Murtagh ’15 and Mari Jarris ’14 who have spearheaded a lot of the sexual assault activism on campus. The projections switched back and forth between the messages “Believe Survivors” and “Do Not Blame Victims,” and were visible throughout the entirety of WesRave. If anything, this added to the community aspect of the rave and was a smart way to keep the message visible. (A Q&A with Chloe and Mari about the projections is forthcoming.)
WesRave went smoothly with much thanks to this year’s organizers Axel Schlossberg ’15, Em Trambert ’14, and Mariana Quinn-Makwaia ’14, who did all of the necessary logistical planning with P-Safe and a ton of other background work we’re probably not aware of. Here are Em’s thoughts on WesRave ’14 and its legacy:
We were concerned that the crowd might be smaller because we had to postpone, but everyone rallied pretty hard, and it was huge! A lot of my friends who were worried they might not be able to make it found a way, and it seems like majority of the campus did too.
It was really intoxicating to be running around campus with such a big, happy, enthusiastic, sexy, silly group. And everyone was so onboard with keeping it going and having fun! We had no problems with people staying out of the streets and following the shepherds. It was great, unadulterated love and pride! In such a real way, Wesrave represents so much of why I am so in love Wesleyan, and why I am so sad to be leaving it. The end of Wesrave made graduation feel so much more tangible, it’s freaky.
As for maintaining the legacy, Axel “Strong-Jaw” Schlossberg ’15 will still be around next year, so he will definitely continue to carry the torch. Alex Heyison ’15 will likely be organizing along with him. He was one of our superstar shepherds last night. I love both Alex and Axel dearly and I’m so excited to come back and dance and romp around with them. They’re gonna be great!
Here is the WesRave track list, courtesy of Em:
Check out some (grainy) photos from WesRave below. Send your photos, videos, and stories from WesRave to staff[at]wesleying[dot]org! Keep on dancing, Wesleyan.