“What are you gonna liveblog?”
It’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:
Rather than halfheartedly trying to quote lyrics from “In the Heights” or some other thing written by this year’s commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, we’ll just skip ahead to: “Hey y’all, good morning!” It’s the 183rd Commencement at Wesleyan University, and we’re outdoors at Denison Terrace/Andrus Field/Foss Hill live-blogging all the speeches, processions, and every single name read (okay, none of the names) at today’s graduation ceremony.
Along with Miranda, Spellman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75 and Goodspeed Musicals executive director Michael P. Price are receiving honorary degrees. Things should be getting started around 11 a.m.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015, and even more congratulations to all the many Wesleying editors and contributors who are graduating as well! You can watch a livestream of the ceremony here.
Update: You read all the speeches and watch Miranda’s address below. And here’s the official Wesleyan newsletter article on the event.
Hey y’all! Come hang out on Wesleying today at 3pm for a super cool WesFest feature: Dasha, astag_rocky, and Jackson will be liveblogging a campus tour! We’re going to try our hardest to pass inconspicuously as prefrosh. It may work, it may not. Who knows. This is probably a great feature for prefrosh who aren’t able to visit Wesleyan before making their college decision. Well, actually, it’s probably not. But it should be funny. Bye.
Wes, Divest is fasting all day to draw attention to the destructive effects of climate change with a particular focus on climate-change-induced famine. This fast is in solidarity other fasts also happening this week around the country. Wesleying staff members are on the scene to report. Check after the jump to read about it.
Welcome to the 2014 Commencement liveblog, in which Wesleying reports what is seen and heard during the graduation ceremony. Stay tuned for photos and live updates after the jump. You can view the live stream of the ceremony here, courtesy of IMS. Congrats Class of ’14! May you walk down Foss and up the podium in brazen, red glory to Korean drumming.
Hey all, Sheninagans here. I’m about to embark on my first ever liveblog. The event is a panel co-hosted by Wes, Divest! and the Committee for Investor Responsibility. The speakers are Onte Johnson, Beth Herz ‘07 , Gilbert Skillman and Brett Salafia. We are hanging out in PAC 002 and the event is starting right now! So feel free to join us or read below to see what everyone has to say about the climate crisis, responsible investing and the Wesleyan endowment.
Description of this panel discussion:
Once the nearly exclusive purview of lawyers and librarians, questions of copyrights, freedom of information, and open source programming now reach into the lives of everyone. From the knock-off Prada bag, to the distribution of music, to question of privacy that could impact national security–all of these issues and more come to the fore with currently available technologies. Previously accepted precepts and practices are being challenged from all sides. Moderated by students from the blog Wesleying.org, this panel of Wesleyan faculty and students will explore these engaging issues with audience participation invited.
This panel today includes Assistant Professor of Sociology Greg Goldberg, Dean of Social Studies Joyce Jacobsen, Max Dietz ’16, Isabella Litke ’12, and Music Librarian Alec McLane.
alt, sneeze, and AbSynth liveblog this panel after the break!
Ain’t no Super Bowl/Game Day/Football/Sports party like a Wesleying… party! This year, featuring Bruno Mars and two states where weed is legal!
Go past the jump for our liveblog-de-jour:
If you haven’t heard already, the “mayor of the Internet,” a.k.a reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is at Wesleyan today.
11:15 a.m. Arrive at Wesleyan and join Professor Greg Goldberg’s “Media and Society” class already in progress
12 p.m. “Without Their Permission” talk and booksigning with Peter Frank ’12 of Texts.com (details here)
2 p.m. Meeting with student programmer group and student entrepreneurs Exley 139
3 p.m. Depart Wesleyan
There are a bunch of questions for Ohanian on the Wesleyen subreddit, some selected ones here:
From the Argus: Some people would say the internet is the most powerful means of doing good the world has ever seen, and that it can bring people together to solve seemingly intractable problems. It does, however, have its downside–one notable example would be the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt, during which a group of Redditors identified the wrong suspect, causing widespread panic and hindering the investigation. What are the limitations and risks of harnessing the power of the internet for problem-solving, and how can they be best addressed?
From the classic ‘wes anon’:
Can you talk about anonymity on the internet? Specifically, how does one foster a community that is anonymous and not have it overrun by things like bullying or racist language (this is one of the things I hate most about reddit, to be honest, even though I love certain parts of the site). Is there a solution?
If you didn’t get a ticket to the event, you can check out our liveblog below:
I’m sitting right now in 41 Wyllys Room 112 for the Open Forum on Gender-Neutral Bathrooms and Trans* Activism. This forum is co-hosted by WesDEF, Wesleying, Open House, and QueerWes, and will be facilitated by WesDEF – specifically, Mariama Eversley ’14 and Leah Bakely ’16.
This will be a safe space for people to discuss their thoughts, concerns, and opinions of the recent trans* activism that has been de-gendering bathrooms in the last few weeks. Given that this is a safe space, Wesleying (in this case, hermes, sneeze, and I) will not be recording the names of participants. This will also be a serious liveblog. We will be providing an as-close-to-verbatim-as-possible record of what is said in the forum without critiquing opinions with which we may not agree.
We’ll be going over definitions and vocabulary surrounding trans* issues at the start of the forum, but check out TransWhat if you’re interested in a short glossary of relevant terms and information on what it means to be trans*. If you’re bewildered by the fact that this discussion forum exists or are wondering why all the bathroom signs have vanished recently, read my post “All Gender Bathrooms Now” – Pissed Off Trans* People on the DIY Gender-Neutralizing of Wesleyan’s Bathrooms. I’ll also be putting a few more features related to this up in the next few days.
Click past the jump for the liveblog.