It’s 4/20 and WesFest is over! Here’s what happened when I tried to find out why.
Scenes from WesFest 2009, which narrowly avoided falling on 4/20.
Why is this WesFest different from all other WesFests?
The answer is so obvious you may not have realized it: WesFest began on a Wednesday rather than a Thursday this year and, as per the official schedule, it’s now over. But the weekend is only getting started! What gives?
The issue first came to my attention way back in November, when the Office of Admissions tried pushing WesFest to a Mon-Tues-Wed format and some WSA members registered their discontent. Noticing that 4/20 falls this year on the third Saturday of April (traditionally the last day of WesFest), the reasoning seemed pretty obvious:
As Dean Culliton reminded us yesterday, it’s no secret that the powers that be are a little squeamish about traditional 4/20 proceedings. Add prefrosh to the mix, and it’s an entirely new crisis. This story is well recounted in Jacques Steinberg’s The Gatekeepers, when a student is waitlisted after writing her college essay about getting caught with a weed brownie in high school; she subsequently visits Wesleyan on April 20, 2000, and feels stung by the hypocrisy of it all. The most recent time WesFest fell on 4/20 was 2008, when Director of ResLife Fran Koerting was quoted in the Argus as saying that Admissions would not let the two holidays overlap again. Apparently the problem was that if students were smoking marijuana on Foss Hill, prefrosh might think that “anything goes on here”:
The first single off of the hard-to-understand third LP of a band with a hard-to-pronounce name was released today— in the form of a cassette tape. We get it, guys, the ’90s were a cool time, but stop trying to make the cassingle happen. It’s not going to happen.
MGMT, that completely obscure duo by Andrew VanWyngarden ’05 and Ben Goldwasser ’05, wanted to celebrate
4/20 Zonker Harris Day Record Store Day by putting out a limited edition casette single (and also online, for those who sold their tape deck a long time ago) for “Alien Days,” which would hopefully revitalize the struggling independent record stores/the record industry as a whole. Still not as weird as that time that fellow psychedelic weirdos The Flaming Lips put out a single inside an edible gummy skull. At least they have something to aspire to.
According to VanWyngarden in an interview with Rolling Stone, “Alien Days” is “about that feeling when a parasitic alien is in your head, controlling things.” According to music blog Consequence of Sound, the tune is the band’s “latest love letter to David Bowie.” According to some anonymous sources on Foss Hill, it’s like, pretty cool, man, but I dunno if I really get it, you know?
This afternoon, students received an email from Dean of Students Rick Culliton, with the mysterious, somewhat ominous subject line “Weekend events.”
Authority figures seem to have a block on admitting they know the kids they’re in charge of take drugs for fun. Maybe they think it’s their fault or something. Dean Culliton decides to characterize the annual smoke storm on Foss as a protest, which I guess is sort of flattering, but decides he can’t bring himself to mention the name of Zonker Harris without protective quotation marks.
He then reminds us that drugs are still against the rules, and we’ll be in big trouble if we take them, so maybe we should think about that. He refrains from reminding us to eat fruits and vegetables and make sure we get enough sleep, but my mom already called me today and she has that part covered:
Senior theses actually never end, despite popular misconception. Brewster Lee ’13 is proof:
Please join me and some awesome friends for my senior recital.
‘Virtuality: Myths of Future Imaginations’ is an exploration of the computer and technology as tools of creation, represented by a collection of songs I’ve been working on. Visuals, too.
4/20 ~ 7PM ~ WORLD MUSIC HALL ~ FREE
featuring / with help from:
Dylan Bostick ’13
Kevin Brisco ’13
Jaime De Venecia ’15
Will Feinstein ’13
Hannah Jenkins ’15
Alex Lough ’13
Date: Yeah, 4/20.
Time: 7 PM. No, not 4:20.
Place: World Music Hall, CFA
Facebook: Yeah. (And yeah.)
Which IGBEE song popped in my head when I put up this event?: This one.
Yo, don’t front like you weren’t wondering if this was gonna even happen this year (too bad for PNK@DKE…). Dyl Bossy ’13 sends in word of this storied event one last time:
Awesomefest is back with
14 all new bands.
1 pizza party.
First 14 bands to submit a band name, demo, band members, and stage set-up to teamauralwes(a)gmail(do)com get to play.
Remember, THIS HAS TO BE YOUR BAND’S FIRST SHOW.
Date: May 3, 2013
Time: 9 PM – 1 AM
Place: Historical Eclecticism Society, 200 High St.
Zuckerbook: Zuck Away
What better way to celebrate 4/20 than by spending four hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Amy Bello of the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty sends in a modest proposal:
The Wasch Center is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, April 20th. Student tickets are $35 each, available at the Wesleyan box office beginning Friday, March 29th. Bus departs Wyllys Ave at 8:00am, disembarking at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bus re-embarks behind St Patrick’s Cathedral at 5:00pm for its return to campus. For more information email abello(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: “The Big Apple”
Cost: $35 for a ticket, plus whatever the Halal Guys are charging these days, I guess
This past Friday, we posted coverage of P-Safe officers displaying a newfound interest in photography as an—ahem—relaxed crowd of students spent 4/20 on Foss. The post garnered a number of speculative comments. P-Safe can’t actually use the footage, assured a few hasty replies:
From my WSA days, I learned PSAFE uses the cameras as a deterrent. They CANNOT use the footage in SJB hearings as evidence against you. They do it to freak you out but it has no judicial weight.
Not so, suggests a brief story on the front page of today’s Argus. Glance at the fine print below Andy Ribner ’14’s fantastic photo and recoil: there’s a rather explicit heads-up from your friendly neighborhood P-Safe director Dave Meyer:
Director of PSafe Dave Meyer said that PSafe will use the footage to identify students engaging in drug use and send them to the Student Judicial Board.
You’re on my camera, too, but contact us if you want a specific photo removed.
Happy 4/20, y’all—the hills are alive with the sound of P-Safe officers stomping out joints left and right. For the first time since Tour De Franzia last spring, P-Safe officers brought out the video cameras and pushed sternly through the crowd, filming your stoned faces like Michael Bay crossed with your mom. Anyone know where this footage is going? Michael Roth? Admissions information sessions? The Wesleyan Parents’ Listserv?
Special shout-out to the horse head, the carnival tent, the mariachi band, and the MINDS members giving out baked goods for Facebook likes. For previous 4/20s on the hill, click here, here, here, here, or here.
Roll on for a full gallery, brah.
Music is for kids but also animals because who else is so happy? Thanks and hi! Come see Howe Pearson ’12 and his animal friends perform on their guitar sets and drum rolls, please! Bring your instruments!?
Date: Friday, April 20th
Time: 9-10 p.m.
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: Any and all instruments you have
From Maggie Feldman-Piltch ’14:
C is for Cookie! And Cheerleaders…
The Wesleyan Cheerleading Squad will be holding a Bake[d] sale this Friday (4/20). Proceeds will go toward mats, insurance, and competition fees for the squad. Additionally, a generous anonymous donor has offered to match at least 50% of our proceeds in the form of a donation to The Heifer Fund!
Date: Friday, April 20th
Time: noon-4:30 p.m.
Place: Grass between Andrus Field and Foss Hill