2016? What’s 2016? What is Aleppo? What’d I miss?
Whatever, it’s done. Gone. Finished. As we wrap up this miserable dumpster fire of a year and head into
2016 Part 2 2017, let’s take a look back at the best and worst that happened these past twelve months.
Or not, because that would be terrible. And besides which, plenty of other, more qualified hubs of journalistic integrity are doing the exact same thing. For now, let’s instead reflect on a much simpler time. Like…2007. Because that’s a totally unique idea.
(Yes, we will eventually be getting to our real 2016 year-in-review.)
To refresh us all on what was going on in 2007, I emailed our former editor and fearless leader Zach Schonfeld ’13. Our time-warping exchange went like this:
I took this as a sign that, during finals week, I was meant to write 1200 words on weird musical anime videos.
Part of the beauty of the internet (for all its ugly features) is how its many oddities and curiosities can exist online and nowhere else, only venturing outside into the real world once they’ve been shared as a meme enough times. But what might be considered just a weird cyber trend in some circles may be a huge cultural phenomenon in others. Take Japanese game shows, for instance. Or, another transplant from Japan: anime music videos.
Oh, so like Gorillaz? Or that Daft Punk movie? Not exactly. Often referred to as AMVs, these videos that can be found all over YouTube are not “official” by any means. They aren’t made or commissioned by Japanese animation studios, nor are they promotional videos for the songs/artists featured in them. By their definition, AMVs are 100% fan-made. And yet, for some, they’ve ascended to the status of high art.
From Lucy De Souza (BA ’16, MA ’17, part of this cast forever):
Another semester, another Rocky Horror!
We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey- a journey through the craziest night in the lives of the newly engaged Brad and Janet. After a flat tire halts their trip to see an old science teacher, the couple stumbles upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle, filled with servants, groupies, party guests, and his very own live experiment. Come see the campiest, sexiest horror parody movie this side of Denton! Absent Toast, Wesleyan’s very own Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast performs the midnight cult classic right in front of the screen, with full audience participation.
Dressing up in your finest corsets, fishnets, and heels STRONGLY encouraged!
Doors Open at 11:00
Pre-Show Begins 11:30
Show Starts Midnight
**FREE and unticketed**
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/353026791720774/
Frank-n-Furter – Ryan McMahon
Janet – Darci Collins
Brad – Elizaveta Kravchenko
Riff Raff – Charlie Barrett
Magenta – Rhea Drozdenko
Columbia – Sarah Jacobs
Rocky – Lucy De Souza
Eddie/Dr. Scott – Kira Stern
Crim – Sivan Basha Piatigorsky-Roth
MC – Anthony Sertel Dean
Trixie – Aliya Shecter
Transylvanians – Lucy Paige Rubin (Director), Olivia Riddick (Director), Aliya Shecter, Ava Biery, Brenda Quintana, Kimberly Hipo, Kylie Moynihan
Date: Friday, December 9
Place: The Ring Family Performance Hall (formerly the CFA Hall)
On Wednesday, Michael Roth spoke to a crowd inside 413 Main Street and announced plans to move the Wesleyan Bookstore to that location by next semester. Construction will begin in December and is expected to be completed by next spring.
“We’re committed to strengthening the ties between campus and Main Street,” said Roth. “Relocating Wesleyan’s bookstore is a major step in the direction, and I am so delighted that R.J. Julia Booksellers, with their phenomenal reputation, will be our partner in this effort.”
The announcement follows an initial proposal by Roth to move the bookstore back in April, in an effort to increase Main Street’s potential as a cultural hub for Wesleyan students and faculty as well as Middletown residents. The new 12,000-square-foot space is designed to host more events than the current Broad Street location, and “will improve first impressions for prospective students and families,” according to a Wesleyan Newsletter post following the announcement.
More news after the jump:
Bigmouth strikes again.
Where to begin.
It’s been all of ten days since Trump was elected president, and if you’ve made the mistake of being glued to social media like I have, you’ve seen the dozens upon dozens of thinkpieces trying to explain just why an Internet troll was chosen as the most powerful man in the world.
We’re not going to talk about that. We’re going to talk about Sohrab Ahmari, Open House, and how one tweet intended as a brutal takedown of PC culture became the best source of schadenfreude all year. (Well, the second best.) Read on, kids:
Hundreds of Wesleyan students gathered on Friday for a rally and demonstration against the presidential election of Donald Trump. Like many similar college protests across the country, the goal of the “Students Against Trump” rally was to express discontent with the American electoral system, as well as the systematic racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia that led to Trump’s rise to power.
The day saw many students vocalizing their response to the election results, a march throughout campus and down to Main Street, 2 students being detained by Middletown Police, and several students spray-painting “Amerikkka” on an American flag in front of Olin. Read on for photos and videos from the day’s actions, as well as more on what transpired:
“Prereg? Already???” Yes, already. Buckle your seatbelts for the next 2+ weeks, because it’s time for course selection! Even though Wesleyan’s preregistration system got a much-needed update a couple years back (forever immortalized in my favorite Wesleying post), the process of picking out classes for next semester is same as it ever was: convoluted and stressful af.
If you’re like me, you’re probably frantically emailing your professors right now because all your required courses are highly-selective POIs (film major 4 lyfe). If, however, you have one or two free slots in your schedule and have no clue what to take – especially if you’re a frosh – then there’s plenty to choose from within the dark depths of Wesmaps. Here are some of our favorites, available in the spring:
Alright, look, I know orange palm trees aren’t the same as pumpkins but…
It’s that time of year again – Halloween! Are you ready to stuff your face with chocolates? Carve pumpkins with your confused visiting parents? Freeze your ass off on Fountain because you decided to be an attractive citrus fruit? (that last one might just be me)
It’s true, Halloween is a fun time to be your best freaky self. It’s also true that Halloween has led to some pretty shitty behavior on college campuses, which is worth mentioning every year. Why? Because no matter how much insensitive Halloween costumes get admonished in the national news, they keep happening.
Here’s some sage advice: If you’re wondering if your Halloween costume perpetuates racist/sexist/ableist/classist stereotypes…well, if you’re wondering at all, it probably does. Nevertheless, some students at UMass Amherst made a chart to help you out.
Additionally, looming over this year’s festivities is a rather stressful and scary election coming up in less than two weeks. Even though there’s a strong likelihood that our next president won’t be a spray-tan orange pumpkin, 2016 has left us with much to be disillusioned by regarding our political system. It doesn’t matter whether you’re for Hillary or Stein or Johnson or Bernie ;( or the goddamn Babadook – 2016 has been a fucking nightmare.
Here at Wesleying, we can’t promise we’ll soothe all of your political fear or anger. But this Halloweekend, we encourage you to go out, dance yrself clean, get consensually weird with your crush at a house party, and shake out those 2016 demons. Looking for some Halloween tunes that aren’t all cheesy/novelty tracks nor dubstep-y witch-house? Check out our robust 64-song playlist after the jump:
From Zenzele Price ’18:
Are you looking to develop a calling card for the industry, for entry into a writing room, an agency, the network waiting room, or your scrapbook? Do you want to leave college with fully-fledged television pilot? Want to work closely with someone who knows the business?
If the answer is yes, come to the Writing for Television Info Session! Stop by the Shapiro Center on Thursday, 10/27 for snacks and information on how you can apply to Amy Bloom’s famous class. Professor Bloom will answer questions about the class and application process.
Snacks will be provided!
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 5:oo – 5:30 PM
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)
I forgot to include “I have an all male team for my thesis film and the department is paying me money to do it”
On Monday morning, I woke up to find that a meme I had created had been posted to WesAdmits.
Labeled “Wesleyan Film Bro Starter Pack,” it was a compilation of ~quirky~ attributes and personality traits of male Wesleyan film majors, including plaid shirts, a Letterboxd membership, and a text I may or may not have once actually received: “I have a projector in my room want to come over”.
I was flattered by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to it – especially from film students, of all genders – and terrified that I might now be on Jeanine Basinger’s Most Wanted list. But the meme made its true debut a week ago, when I posted it to the semi-secret Facebook meme group, We$ Hookupz 2020.
Yes, you heard that right: if you didn’t know already, there is a semi-secret Facebook meme group called We$ Hookupz 2020, dedicated to Wesleyan-centric memes, and it’s where my drag of the Wesleyan Film BroTM was born. What’s more, my creation is just one of many “Wesleyan Student Starter Pack” memes that have been posted in the group, a trend spearheaded by three of We$ Hookupz’s admins: Aviv Rau ‘19, Angel Riddle ‘19, and Camilla Lopez ‘19.
So, with the permission of the creators, here are some of the other Wesleyan Starter Packs available on the Internet. First off, a familiar *~aesthetic~* from the loud side of Usdan…