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Wesleyingiversary: Our Designer, ehc™

“So where are these secular pagan spring ritual eggs”

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It’s been quite a time since we got a facelift. Way back in the Winter of 2013, Wesleying got a handy dandy WordPress redesign. The architect was none other than ehc, who apparently does not remember doing this event post about PSafe and voyeurism. Three years later, we are desperately looking to resubscribe to internet beauty standards (click the link and CODE FOR US PLEASE WE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND INTERVIEW YOU MAYBE FOR OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY IDK YET I WILL BE 30 THEN). 

I talked to ehc and he made me call the Wesleying hotline.

Wesleyingiversary: Syed Says Hello

“Retirement is hard. I still have random ideas from time to time for both serious and weird Wesleying posts. The only comfort I have is that I might walk down a NYC street and Zach might call me saying, “Hey, are you in Union Square?” because he’s creepily watching you from the coffee shop on the corner. It’s like people always say, Wesleyings Never Die.”

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I said what’s up to Syed in a Facebook messenger conversation a week or so ago and we talked about the WSA, Espwesso Pweview Night, and possibly introducing a Wesleying paywall. Now, please kowtow to his blogging greatness:

Wesleyingiversary: Sheek Talks Roth, Retirement

“so with Roth it was like there was this new fresh face that seemed to have more empathy? LIKE OBAMA [jk?]”

A photoshop gem from the Sheek era

A photoshop gem from the Sheek era

This is part of our series of Wesleyingiversary interviews. You can find the rest here.

Continuing the ultra-niche content stream of histories of a campus life blog centered around a small liberal arts college in central Connecticut, I caught up with Sheek who ran the site from the founders‘ exit to the Spring of 2010. Sheek crafted a remarkable 999 posts for the greater consumption of Wesleyan Internetters. He once stated that the “agility and catlike reflexes” of Wesleying gives it an edge in the oh-so-amorphous campus media realm. 

Anyway, we talked about the blog, Michael Roth being similar to Obama, and the shooting at Broad Street Books that rocked campus in the Spring of 2009, and is likely still a sobering memory for many current faculty and staff who were on campus at that time. More past the jump:

Wesleyingiversary: The Origin Story

“Wesleyan is like History or God, it’s a vehicle people use to transmit ideas.”

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This is the first in our series of Wesleyingiversary interviews. You can find the rest here.

Approximately half-a-score ago, we arose from the womb of a 4am AIM conversation. At the time of its founding, Wesleying was at a Wesleyan where social media was only just beginning to make a mark on campus life. Twitter did not yet exist and it was still called “thefacebook.”

According to founders Holly Wood ’08 and Xue Davis ’08, Wes needed a vehicle to unite increasingly disparate segments of campus life, preserve Wes history, and inform the masses of party locations. And thus, Wesleying was born. A decade, lots of bloggers, and bushels of sarcasm later, you are reading this post.

You are reading this post because you want to know what happened when we caught up with Holly and Xue to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the 5 year anniversary of Wesleying and talk about butt plugs (yes, those again) and flossing. Well, here’s our attempt at crafting an origin story:

[LIVEBLOG] Wesleying’s 10 Year Anniversary

“What are you gonna liveblog?”

wesleyingIt’s been a long time since our prehistory. On Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006, Wesleying was founded by Holly Wood ’08 and Xue Davis ’08 as a product of a 3am AIM chatroom conversation. On that same day a few years earlier (in 1978), Kobe Bryant and Julian Casablancas were born! A little before that, on 8/23/1595, “Wallachian prince Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni and achieves a tactical victory.” 

Way back, Wesleying was “the byproduct of sleep deprivation, masochism and internet addiction.” Ten years later, I am very sleep deprived and very addicted to the internet. So nothing’s changed. Except now there are combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell/KFCs.

Well, before this blog starts farting dust, we wanted to have a birthday party. So we invited all our past and current staff to participate in a LIVEBLOG. This is the least egalitarian thing we’ve ever done. Or is it? Anyway, we’ll probably talk about ourselves maybe. I honestly have no idea how this is going to go; I just hope the site doesn’t crash. Cheers, Wesleying!

Birthday absurdities, commence:

Happy Wesleyingiversary: We’re Turning 10!

wesbdayI don’t really know how to say this, but does anyone remember 2006? I was in 5th grade listening to Buy U a Drank authentically, and not as part of a childhood-regression themed pregame playlist. Anyway, way back on 8/23/06, a little thing called Wesleying was founded.

Yeah. This fucking site was around before Twitter. And it was founded back when it was still called thefacebook. Well, 6.5 million pageviews and a Wikipedia page later (Jesus, we should update that), we still exist. We have survived the 33 month lifespan that this random article from 2006 said was the average lifespan of a blog. Back then, the Argus website looked like this. We looked like this. We’ve had some fun along the way. And now we’re gonna party on the internet.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Official Orientation 101

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Congratulations! You have made it through the rigors of Unofficial Orientation with your good friends here at Wesleying! Now, for your final challenge before you are officially Wesleyan students: ~Official~ Orientation.

Orientation is a wild time. You are left to your own devices without classes/activities/parents to structure your time. There are “mandatory,” highly-recommended, and optional sessions. There are the parties you hear about people going to, but have no idea how to find. There are those first awkward meals with your hallmates/roommates. There are the nights when you curl up in bed with a picture of your best friends from high school and wonder why you didn’t just follow them to college.

Our goal today is to teach you everything you need to know in order to make the most out of your orientation experience and start the year off on a good foot!

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Drop/Add Tips and Tricks

This is an updated repost of Merry‘s 2014 post.

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This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depend primarily not on your effort, but on the professor’s policies and how popular the class is. It’s pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into their class, even if you do everything right. But, trying can’t hurt, right?

Today’s installment of the Unofficial Orientation Series is mainly about the devil that is known as Drop/Add. If you don’t know what that is, the folks at the registrar’s office have provided this overview. During this period, students are able to add or drop pretty much any class to their schedule, regardless of the limits posed by pre-reg, such as class year distribution. I also highly recommend you check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the registrar’s office, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. This post will not be doing much explaining of Drop/Add itself. It will, however, try to warn you, frosh, about the reality of this brutal race and offer some insights (read: randomly gathered knowledge that may have been the results of embarrassing behaviors of the author herself).

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: First Year Classes

This is an update of Jackson‘s post from 2015, which was an update of skorn‘s post from 2014. Which was an update of DaPope‘s post from 2013. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or some shit like that, right?

This is going to be a very familiar webpage for the next four years... use it wisely.

This is going to be a very familiar webpage for the next four years… use it wisely.

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

I’m 99% sure you are brimming with excitement right now, dear young frosh — and you can’t wait to finally be on campus to settle in, and finally be a college student. (BTW, orientation is pretty fun. You should be excited. There are also parties. And people. Ya gotta like the people.) But, of course, part of being interested in Wesleyan means also being interested in the classes that you will take at Wesleyan, and as a Real Life Wesleyan Student, there is a slight chance I can help you on that front.

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Student Groups

This is an update of Maya‘s 2015 post, which was an update of alt‘s 2014 post, which was an update of Q‘s 2013 post, which was an update of Syed‘s 2012 post

student activities fair

This is the annual student activities fair, where you can schmooze or, more likely, be schmoozed to your heart’s content.

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

By the time classes start, you’ll likely be successfully moved into your dorm, blissfully free from your parents, and finally finding the time to figure your shit out. Soon, you’ll realize that you have a little too much time on your hands — and you might want to fill that time with Organized Social Activities.

Thankfully for you, there are about 300 student groups at Wesleyan, so you have many, many options. Joining student groups is one of the best way to meet people outside of your dorm and in different class years. You could find best friends! Mentors! Something new about yourself! It’s all up to you.

As your Orientation Leaders, advisers, and basically everyone else including me will tell you — stick to the Rule of Seven. Each class you take, group you join, job you have, and any other thing you might do counts as one commitment, and you should try to have only seven full-time commitments per semester. With a standard four-course load, that leaves three spots for you to fill with whatever the hell else you want. That’s what this post is for.