Last finals week, I posted this interview with Toys Koomplee ’17, whose emails never fail to make me smile. Maya and I turned to each other simultaneously during today’s Wesleying meeting to show each other the email, and it was so cute that we wanted to share it with all of you.
“Jeanine Basinger personally emailed to ask if we’d consider donating the series to Wesleyan’s archives.”
Childhood can be a stressful time. On top of endless school days and social politics, children’s brains are often filled with pressing and relevant questions like “how will I make money after losing my job?” or “how do I know if I have an STI?”. Luckily, Emma Starer Gross ’15 and Ananya Menon ’15 are here to help these inquisitive young minds as hosts of their new webseries Kiddie Kiddie Bang Bang. In each episode Emma and Ananya break down a new topic with their wisdom and sage advice. Thankfully, they were able to take time out of doing their important work to answer some of our questions.
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.
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:
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…
“This guy gives me nightmares” – me
It’s not every day that a creationist utters the words “Wesleyan College.” But when they do (and you quickly fact check that they’re not talking about the REAL Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia), you’re likely in for a hoot.
David Barton is a sad sad man. According to his website (which is really fugly by the way), he is the “Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.”
I am hyped up, off-campus, riding on the coattails of Friday the 13th… yet, somehow, I find myself typing on Wesleying just to guide you in procrastinating both finals and packing to gtfo campus. To help you in your quest for distraction, I leave you with the following top three most popular Alternate Reality Youtube Series following one of the creepiest, most obsessively followed myths of the internet – Slenderman. (Couldn’t you tell by the title?)
I know this is a pretty big claim but throwback Bar Mitzvah-esque tunes might just be my favorite thing in all of cyberspace. For all of you who didn’t have the experience that is a Jewish coming of age ceremony, simply imagine a crowd of pre-pubescent tweens, shitfaced middle aged Jewish professionals, and your grandparents and all of their closest friends shaking their ~tuchus~ to these tunes. Sufficiently horrified?
Anyway, I’ve curated a selection I feel sums up the vibe. Admittedly, I’ve been listening to these while studying all semester and they’re awesome. So awesome, in fact, that my non-Jewish friends now all want to be Bar Mitzvah-ed. Such is the power of the Bar Mitzvah tune.
Let’s start with a classic: the Hora. Except that this Hora is re-imagined as all the worst parts of music production circa 2007 rolled into one. Warning: you will find yourself singing this one. I’ve caught at least three of my friends listening to this while they study.
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.