Having amply documented the chaos that unfolded outside Beckham Hall on Saturday night, I undertook to learn what happened inside the venue.
What might have been a short article became somewhat longer as I found myself investigating Wesleyan’s troubled history of large concerts.
“It’s a scam! We all got WeScammed! WeScammed by Cam’ron!”
I arrived at Beckham Hall last night at 10 p.m., the scheduled start time of the Cam’ron concert, and found a line that wrapped around the building and traveled west up Wyllys to the edge of the parking lot across from Admissions. The line ended in a noisy scrum around Beckham’s Andrus-side entrance. No one entered the venue for the next 90 minutes but the line pressed forward into this increasingly dense crowd so that we often had the impression of moving.
What follow are notes and quotes from the scene: