If you’re sticking around this weekend to support the football team (and field hockey! and soccer! and volleyball! and the cheerleaders!) and connect with visiting alumni, why not also spend some time getting to know your neighbors? On Saturday, Wesleyan will host the Second Annual Middletown Day, where community members are invited to join Wes alumni, students, families, faculty and staff for some family-friendly fun. There will be a bounce house, face painter, and balloon artist, and the Middletown High School band will perform at halftime. Admission to the football game is free for Middletown residents, Wes students, and children under 12.
Place: The *Spirit Tent* on Andrus Field
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM (football game at 1:30 PM)
Friday Night Lights at Wesleyan University on Saturday
I recently thought back to when I first toured Wesleyan. My tour guide, a gentleman that my mother would later refer to as “the hippie,” was a nice fellow who had a lot of great things to say about Wes. One thing that stuck with me, however, was his thoughts on Wesleyan athletics. To paraphrase, he had claimed that Wesleyan’s students, in a place overflowing with school spirit, frequently spent time watching the athletic events on campus.
While I won’t deny his bit about school spirit, I have come to question what the hell he was trying to pull with the whole ‘we like sports’ thing. True – Wes can claim that the athletic events that take place at our campus’s center have an “audience.” False – Wes can claim that this audience is even mildly aware of what sport is unfolding before them, due to A.) utter intoxication or B.) philosophical distraction. Just because Foss Hill conveniently situates its occupants facing the football/baseball field doesn’t mean that its occupants have the slightest comprehension of what’s happening.