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THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 10): THE END

“Then eventually, you reach something so esoteric that you can imagine a little notification: ‘Congratulations! You’ve reached no-man’s-land!’”

Not exactly the kind of champagne bath we’re talking about…

Welcome to the tenth and final installment of THESISCRAZY 2017! We’ve had a blast talking to 45 (!!!) thesis-writers this year representing 23 different departments! AMST and FILM tied for the lead with 7 THESISCRAZY interviews each! Not quite the 95 theses of Martin Luther, but it still beat Wesleying’s record of 40 interviews in 2016! You can check out all nine previous THESISCRAZY 2017 posts here, here, herehereherehereherehere, and here (phew!) and you can find the entire archive here.

As you’re making the final finishing touches and mentally preparing for the champagne bath you’re about to take at 4 PM on the Olin Steps (Maybe your first bath in days? We’re not judging!), check out these final interviews!

Congratulations to everyone who embarked on the wild journey of writing a thesis this year! (And if you’re an underclassperson reading these, we hope to get to interview you when it’s your turn to go through this special hell!)

THEISISCRAZY 2017 (PART 3): The Longest and Shortest Interviews Ever

“The last three days I’ve been working straight 9-5, and I mean 9 AM to 5 AM!”

Hello crazy thesis-ers and also crazy other people reading this! In this third installment of THESISCRAZY 2017, I bring to you the longest interview I’ve seen in my tenure at Wesleyan, clocking in at just over 20 minutes, and the shortest, at just under four. You can check my unscientific assertion for yourself by reading our archive here and checking out the first two posts of the series here and here.

If you’re interested in being interviewed (preferably for shorter than 20 minutes and longer than 4–eight to ten is usually the sweet spot!), email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.

Hold onto your hats for this whirlwind of a ride after the jump!

Tell Us How Much You Hate Writing Your Thesis for THESISCRAZY 2017!

Don’t post your theses on church doors like this n00b, let Wesleying post about your thesis online instead!

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If you’re a senior who is reading this post because you’re procrastinating working on your thesis, it’s your lucky day: We want to interview YOU about your thesis and deteriorating mental state (and your plans for April 19th, besides chugging a big ass bottle of Andre) for Wesleying’s very hip-hop-happening THESISCRAZY feature.

To see past THESISCRAZY posts, here’s the archive (which is perfect for anyone looking to not do their work today):

Do you want to join the ranks of these esteemed alums? Email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org and include your name, potential times to meet up before April 19th, and where you’re doing your thesis/want to chat (carrel number, name of building/room where you work, home, etc.).

Polyamorous Social

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Polyamorous? Interested in exploring an open relationship? Want to meet new friends and learn more about ethical non-monogamy?
Please join us for the Polyamorous Social, a social event for folks interested in polyamory and non-monogamy. This is an opportunity to learn more about these relationship styles, get advice and support, and make new friends and connections! Snacks will be provided.

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Albritton 311

Emma Starer Gross ’15 and Ananya Menon ’15 Change the Landscape of Children’s Entertainment with New Webseries

“Jeanine Basinger personally emailed to ask if we’d consider donating the series to Wesleyan’s archives.”

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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.

Procrastination Destination: Anime Music Videos

I took this as a sign that, during finals week, I was meant to write 1200 words on weird musical anime videos.

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.

Halloween Costume PSA + a Playlist to Exorcise Your 2016 Demons

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:

“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…