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Thoughts on Compassionate Discourse

This post is part of a series of reflections on the recent events on campus. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach out to us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.

The past few weeks have seen a lot of turmoil within our community, most notably the hospitalizations and arrests, and reactions to them, both within and beyond Wesleyan. I hope to speak to the ways that we have addressed these events, as well as other contentious issues, namely the DKE lawsuit and the recent WSA meetings concerning first generation students and institutional structure.

At times like these, it is important to talk to each other, in order to process, to heal, and to examine the needs of our communities. These are events that we should discuss, both as individuals and community members. All too frequently, however, the way we’ve been discussing them has led to more pain, frustration, and division within our community.

Rather than creating spaces to support each other while addressing problems, many of the discussions I’ve witnessed, both in person and in online forums, have allowed ideological and experiential differences to further divide us, leaving many students, myself included, feeling hurt, angry, or cynical. It’s important to note, though, that I have also heard many calls for kind and supportive dialogue. It is in that spirit that I share the following observations and requests.

Duchampion, Metacomet, Discourse, and Sweaty Boys at Eclectic

Wednesday night at Eclectic, enjoy the jamz of renowned campus supergroup Duchampion, reverberatory masters Metacomet, scholastic disco fiends Discourse, and pnk as fck duo-turned-trio Sweaty Boys. A heartfelt appeal from Asa Horvitz ’10, of Duchampion fame:

Our last show at Wesleyan. Please bring all your friends, tell everyone you know, bring people you don’t know, bring your parents, etc. New songs from all the bands, epic sets, a really great way to end our musical careers at Wesleyan. It’s been awesome, let’s do it one more time.

Date: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 10:00 PM
Place: Eclectic

New Band: Discourse

At the very beginning of last semester when we were still moving carpets around, my housemate, Mark, played a bunch of really weird disco revival music by a band called Desire on our living room stereo. Desire has lyrics like “I don’t eat / I don’t sleep / I do nothing but think of you.” My knee-jerk reaction was that it sounded lame and weird, and I wondered whether our previously compatible musical tastes had completely diverged while I was abroad, and what if we were totally different people now, and since when is disco having a revival anyway?

But after their well-placed hand claps had spun around a few times, I realized their sound was addictive like Disney Channel Original Movies from the late 90’s–familiar semi-sappy stories spun in fantastic worlds that were exactly the right degree of out-of-touch. Now I absolutely love it, and Mark and I like to honor their lyrics by asking each other about the difference between love and obsession.

So I wasn’t at all bothered when Mark picked up his drum machine, found a synthesizer, and started playing disco revival in our house. He formed a band called Discourse (get it?) with our friend Asa; now they’re bringing the disco revival sound to Wes. Until recently you could only hear them live. But now I’m pleased to announce that they’ve recorded and have a music video.

Here it is! Discourse is Mark McCloughan ’10 and Asa Horvitz ’10; Ian Staub ’10 did the recording; and Spencer Sheridan ’10 made the video using his parents’ nativity figurines, some wrapping paper, and a webcam hanging from the ceiling of his garage.

(Via if and or)

[EDIT: 2/3, 9:20 AM]

Ian tweaked the track a bit. For y’all who asked: download the final mixdown of “Golden Year” over here.