Category Archives: Internet

WesMaps 2017-2018 Is Live (Kind Of) (For the Most Part)

I thought I was going to get work done tonight, but the pre-reg deities had other plans. Welcome to WesMaps 2017-2018, your new form of future-building, stress-inducing procrastination.

Truth be told, we don’t usually post about fall WesMaps until spring pre-reg, but since the new WesMaps link is already spreading like wildfire on social media, we thought we’d make an exception. Most of the courses aren’t even up yet, so we’ll hold off on our “best of” list, but here are some initial observations:

Procrastination Destination: Bad HTML Websites

heavens-gateMy frosh year I was an overachiever and wrote two Procrastination Destination posts. According to the intro blurb of the first, I was, apparently, stressed about a government paper, which I just dug out of my files and turns out to have been about measured optimism re: a peaceful world. Now I am a jaded pessimist who thinks we should get our kicks where we can, even if that happens to be a hastily put together archive of the Internet’s sad, tackily-web-designed past. This Procrastination Destination is truly just a list of bad html websites I have seen at some point, badly formatted, with no commentary and no organization. Good luck on finals, folks. May you come as far as the internet has.

The New York Times Is Still Out of Touch When It Comes to College Campuses

a NYT takes a photo of a Stanford party from outside

A NYT photo of a Stanford party from outside.

Wesleyan is no stranger to out-of-touch New York Times journalists writing about ~campus life~. In March of 2015, Tatiana Schlossberg (JFK’s granddaughter) wrote an absurd piece about trying to investigate the drug scene at Wesleyan. In 2003, now-fancy-and-serious NYT Correspondent Neil MacFarquhar wrote a piece on WestCo, “The Naked Dorm,” about “how one well-choreographed rite of passage from high school to college life went unexpectedly awry.” In 2007, bizarrely, they also published a fashion shoot of Wesleyan students wearing designer clothes.

"high fashion"

“high fashion”

While Wesleyan has mostly avoided coverage this fall (though MRoth hasn’t), today the NYT is at it again, with a simultaneously laughable and unsettling piece about responses to college drinking and sexual assault across the country. While both alcohol consumption and especially sexual violence on campuses (and elsewhere) is indeed a big deal, journalistic coverage of these phenomena tends to be stilted and ridiculous. Much can probably be said about this coverage, and how it fits in to broader patterns of cultural representations of college students. For now, though, I’ll let the article speak for itself, after the jump:

Submit to the Subway Ride: TIME

From Haenah Kwon ’17:

tsrIT’S ABOUT TIME. The Subway Ride, the all-inclusive human expression magazine, is accepting submissions for our Fall’16 magazine and blog, and it is, indeed, about TIME. You know the rules, submit any work (anonymously or not) you have as long as you think it is respectful to others and is vaguely- or closely- related to our theme. Be creative!

We accept videos and sounds/music in addition to printable works.
We will also have boxes traveling around campus (related to ‘REGRETS’ and ‘TIME TRAVEL) (especially near bathrooms and cafes) where you can submit anonymous short pieces, so watch out for those.

Email everything to thesubwayride[at]gmail[dot]com.
More info: thesubwayride.weebly.com

We are, after all, cans of pine-apples (points for you if you get the reference).

“Wesleyan Student Starter Pack” Memes: A Compilation

I forgot to include "I have an all male team for my thesis film and the department is paying me money to do it"

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…

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:

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: WesTech

This is an update of kitab‘s update of alt‘s update of pyrotechnics‘ update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 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.

Welcome to the internet, dear prefrosh. We’re so glad you came.

You have already proven that you have some knowledge of how to navigate the ~interwebz~ (do people still say that?) by showing up here, but there’s a lot to learn when it comes to figuring out the digital landscape here at Wesleyan. Rest assured, Wesleying is here to demystify the finer points of all things technology at Wes.

The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta* or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

If you’re confused, don’t worry: I’ve never heard anyone use the term WesTech, which probably means I’m a techie. Huh. Anyway, for instructions on how to be technologically savvy at Wes, read on.

Procrastination Destination: Marble Sports

Finals have begun, you don’t know how much caffeine you’ve had but you’re permanently vaguely nauseous, all your wescam correspondence is happening between 2 and 5AM, and–for some reason–panic hasn’t set in yet. What better time, then, to watch videos of inanimate objects participating in “sport”? I somehow know the Kentucky Derby happened this weekend, and I imagine this is at least as exciting. Check below the jump for more things neither one of us should be spending our time on.

Procrastination Destination: Zardulu and the Rats of New York

zarduluAs a diligent citizen of the internet, I’ve spent a fair amount of time following strange and surreal stories to their murky origins. One that’s caught my fancy recently is Zardulu.

Who is Zardulu? No one really knows. In her twitter bio, she says:

“I am Zardulu. I am the Mythmaker. Myths are dreams we dream together and are not our greatest dreams the ones we believed were real?”

Intrigued? I was. Read on to find out more about the mysterious Zardulu.