Category Archives: Wesleying

[CONTENT WARNING] Scott Backer Arrested in West Hartford for Soliciting Minor on Yik Yak

Content warning: This posts discusses sexual assault/predatory behavior towards minors and contains images/video of Scott Backer

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Former Associate Dean of Students Scott Backer was arrested today in West Hartford for soliciting sexual conduct with a minor over Yik Yak. The Hartford Courant reported the arrest and Fox61 confirmed that the Scott Backer arrested was indeed the same Scott Backer that was fired from Wesleyan after the university learned from the Boston Globe that he had previously been fired from Vermont Academy for sexual misconduct.

We Want You to Join This Thing Called Wesleying

Join Wesleying, Wesleyan’s least absorbent campus publication!

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Note: This is a near carbon copy of Maya’s recruitment post from the Fall.

Wesleying has been going strong for ten and a half years. We were founded in 2006 by Holly and ishuku just as the internet was becoming more of a thing, and they wanted to tell everyone where the parties were, and ask the hard, irreverent questions that no one too close to the administration wanted to ask.

The blog has taken on a lot of different forms and styles since it was created in 2006, and that’s what keeps it interesting for me. Wesleying is a platform for literally anything that you want to write about. We’ve also been financially and ideologically and just generally independent from the institution since we were founded in 2006, and we’re planning on keeping it that way. And in order to keep going strong, we need YOU.

If you’re a Wes student and can write sentences, we want you. If you feel like your voice isn’t heard on campus, we want to change that. This goes double if you’re queer, trans/nonbinary, a student of color, first gen, low income, or an international student. We want to put up with asshole commenters who will try to shut you down. If you have even a fraction of enough time to have opinions about what happens on our campus, or on the Internet, or in the even-vaguely-Wes-related rest of the world, share them with us and our readers.

Our next meeting is this Sunday from 2-3 PM in Bougie Hall, room 112. Please come if you are interested in blogging about things and putting them on this website. If you want to join but can’t make it to this meeting, please (please!) email editors[at]wesleying[dot]org with the subject line “Recruitment” and tell us about yourself and why you want to join Wesleying.

Date: Sunday, February 12
Time: 2-3 PM
Place: The Artist Formerly Known As 41 Wyllys (Boger Hall), room 112
Why: Our Blog Could Be Your Life

More about us after the jump:

2016: A Very Wesleying Year in Review

“Like, I feel like every year has a new energy, and I feel like this year is really about, like, the year of just realizing stuff. And everyone around me, we’re all just, like, realizing things.” – Kylie Jenner, 1/1/16

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This article was a collaboration with claire.

The talk among popular circles on the Internet is that 2016 was the year of endless fuckery. Certainly, there is much to be alarmed about: Brexit, having a reality TV star command a nuclear arsenal, the bizarre state of affairs in South Korea, the ongoing horrors in Syria, etc. Our commitment to decontextualizing and compiling suffering in order to demonize an arbitrary unit of time is alarming in and of itself.

A lot of shit went down at Wesleyan this year, too, and we don’t want to fall into the same trap of decontexualizing. Still, we want to revisit some of the happenings in the Wesleyan (and Wesleying) world in the past year. As I said last year, we do this list each year for three reasons: (1) institutional memory is shit at colleges, (2) synergy, and (3) lists are cool.

You can read past Year in Reviews here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Now a disclaimer: These issues are not ranked with any criteria in mind, they are simply numbered for the sake of numbering. Also, there are lots of things that happen on this campus that we don’t manage to write about. As this is a review of our coverage, there will necessarily be things missing, and many of the happenings/issues included here are still developing and are certainly not over. So, if you think we missed something important, or hear of any recent developments in what we did include, leave a comment or email us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.

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 Sun ’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: What to Pack

This post is a repost of Jackson’s post from last year. Which was a repost of Frizzly’s post from the year before. Which was a repost of Samira’s post in 2013. As it turns out, the shit you need to pack doesn’t change much over the years.

arrivalday-22This 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.

At first glance, this post might seem like the most straightforward of the Unofficial Orientation Series. But scoff not, freshman or unadjusted upperclassman. Packing for college is anything but a piece of cake. You’re placing some of your most prized and cherished possessions into flimsy boxes and suitcases, making difficult choices about what you’ll keep with you for the next nine months of your life — how could it not be stressful?!

By now your mom has probably found Wesleyan’s official packing list and, much to your chagrin, has begun scrounging around your garage for old milk crates and pillow shams. While mumsy dearest probably knows what you’ll need best, you might also benefit from a list compiled by a person who’s actually your age.

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: WELCOME

You won’t be ~sorry~ you chose Wes ;)

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Dear preFrosh,

Every year as the summer draws to an end and the countdown to Wes begins, a new class of froshpeople fall into a frenzy. We know you’ve got questions:

“How do I live with a roommate? What do you mean there’s no AC? How many nights a week can I actually party without dying/going broke/failing all my classes? What’s a breakfast pail? How do I manage to see that one person I hooked up with the first night of orientation everywhere on such a small campus? Is it chill if I just walk into any bathroom when I have to pee?  How do you pronounce Usdan?”

It’s pronounced yous-dan. You’re welcome.

THESISCRAZY 2016 (Part 9): Welcome to the Afterlife

“So I imagine that day on the steps to be white-washed with the sun, and everybody that you ever cared about or loved, gathered, so it’d be like heaven, reuniting with your dead grandma kind of feeling. … Kind of, it’s like entry into the afterlife, the afterlife of Wesleyan.”

sheep and horseWelcome to the final installment of THESISCRAZY 2016, the series where we interview seniors who have spent a wild amount of time working on extremely specific topics. All of these interviews were conducted between March 31st and April 2nd, but aren’t getting posted until now, after theses are due, because I, hopefully unlike most thesis writers, left things to the very last minute. Let’s hope this is not an indication of how the thesis I may or may not write will play out. Check out read parts one through eight of this year’s installment here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. And THESISCRAZY archives are here. And be on the look out for pictures from the Olin steps soon!

Are You Wesleying? Come Find Out!

we're more welcoming than we look, we promise.

we’re more welcoming than we look, we promise.

Last Sunday, I’m sure you went to the student groups fair absolutely yearning to join Wesleying, a “campus” “life” “blog.” Maybe you were put off by the experimental wind/brass (does it count as brass when it’s a multicolored plastic trumpet?) duo sharing the Fayerweather stairwell alcove with us. Maybe you got there after I’d decided I’ve been at Wesleyan long enough to warrant giving up on certain kinds of experimentation and had moved upstairs to a corner of a table that was meant for Planned Parenthood. (They’d left already.) Maybe you were still going to talk to us but were discouraged by our earbud-wearing and frowning over homework, or you saw Maya‘s book about hating positive thinking. Maybe you saw me inelegantly eating a chickpea sandwich from downstairs Usdan and are reconsidering this whole joining-a-blog-run-by-weirdos thing.

Don’t reconsider! I’m here to apologize for the shit job we did at mid-year recruitment–it’s February, everything sucks right now–and say that there’s another chance! (There are actually infinite chances–we take new people throughout the school year.)

If you’d like to become a part of this, my personal favorite “weird, irreverent, and colorful media space,” come to our next meeting, this Sunday, February 14 at 2PM in 41 Wyllys [insert booger joke here] room 112. We’ll probably bitch about commercialized holidays and also ~love~. Maybe I’ll get inspired and bring y’all pretzels.

If you can’t make it to this meeting but would like to be involved in some way, email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org with the subject line “Recruitment” and tell us about yourself. Check after the jump for some more info about Wesleying from old recruitment posts.

2015: A Very Wesleying Year In Review

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Hello, campus. Wesleying is NOT BuzzFeed, just to let you know. But we do like to do a wrap-up of the calendar year because (1) institutional memory is shit at colleges, (2) synergy, and (3) lists are cool. Btw this post was compiled with the help of the legendary hermes, who is very 2015 and very Internet. Ty.

In this catalog of sorts, we have compiled a summary of the top [arbitrary number] major happenings on this small campus in central Connecticut during the past calendar year. Oh and read these past Years In Review because HISTORY: 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Now a disclaimer: These issues are not ranked with any criteria in mind, they are simply numbered for the sake of numbering. Also, we know that there are many things that occurred on this campus that we may not have gotten to, but we are all of limited perspective and limited time, so if you feel as though we missed something, please leave a comment so that we’re all as informed as possible. Many of these happenings and issues develop through time and are certainly not over because they were listed in a year-in-review post on some random ass website (lol self-deprecation!!). So, if there are any recent developments in anything we did include, leave a comment or email us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org. I don’t have any more adieus. 

Halloween Costume Roundup 2015

"I'm still the cover photo right?"

“I’m still the cover photo right?” – Ed Thorndike ’89 of WesWings

We hope that everyone had a great Halloweekend (or, if you’re like me and didn’t realize that Halloween is a 3-4 night affair, we hope you had a great Halloween)!

Last week, we made a write-in for Halloween costumes. We received 23 costumes—up from last year’s turnout of only 7! Here’s a (moderately-sized) handful of costumes that people sent in to Wesleying that show off the spooky, creative, and downright weird Wesleyan spirit: