Those of us on campus will notice a significant change to the Wesleyan landcape this year. That cozy little nook behind Hewitt where MoCon once stood now gives way to a smooth, steep slope. MoCon is gone.
Over on the Middletown Eye blog, Stephen Devoto has posted a video ode-to-McConaughy illustrating the demolition of MoCon from June 4th to September 6th of this year that’s really worth checking out. The video, aptly set to “The Great Unknown” by Dar Williams ’89, is available here. The full post is available here.
Also, here are some photos I took of ground zero earlier this week:
Today, the grass is finally starting to get green, even if in awkward patches. It’s interesting to note that no classes remain on campus who have ever dined within MoCon‘s glass walls. I’m going to be really corny here and say that MoCon lives on in spirit though because of the importance and remembrance alumni have ascribed to it.
Rest in Peace McConaughy Hall, 1962-2010
[Thanks Stephen Devoto for the tip & video]
In this second installment of the Demolition of MoCon Saga, we find McConaughy Hall now reduced to a pile of rubbish. The metal and glass cylinder that was exclusive to MoCon on campus, is no more.
Meanwhile, The Middletown Press seems to have just realized the issue now that demolition is already underway. Click here to catch up on some good ol’ townie Wes-hatred in the comments (the article has no new info).
More good pictures after the jump.
It’s the moment you’ve all been dreading. The life of McConaughy Hall, opened 1962 and closed 2007, has come to an end.
If you’re on campus this summer and see further developments with the destruction of MoCon and the paving over of its home on campus, send us pictures to weep over at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
[Photo Credit: Sandy Yudhistira ’12]
Last night the student body kicked off some pre-midterms stress with an awesome flash party at Mocon. It was very short-lived – Psafe quickly busted the party – but definitely the event of the weekend. The party brought to mind other spontaneous celebrations like last year’s Exley flash party. From my (possibly incorrect) perspective, members of the senior class received texts to arrive at Mocon at 11:30, and the word spread to the rest of the student body. It was one of the those rare nights (recalling maybe Fountain’s golden days? or Election 2008?) where it felt like felt like the campus was united somehow – with the illicit nature of a tomb party but without the exclusivity.
Arriving in Mocon last night reminded me of what a treasure we are losing. Since I had only been to Mocon as a prefrosh and it was out of view in the back of Foss Hill, I had a tendency to forget about Mocon except for the yearly, crowded Waste Not sales. I think a lot of the exuberance of the event was from the site itself – which converted nicely into a dancing space. The event was also an example of that ambiguous “Keep Wesleyan Weird” sentiment – an awesome event that would only happen at Wesleyan (and is less controversial and silly than chalking.)
So good job seniors – Mocon has had at least one worthy send-off. If you haven’t already, join the Save Mocon facebook group. Alums, trustees, someone – please save Mocon! Last night showed that the student body does have a connection to the building – call it sentimentality, if you will – and the building has too many memories and architectural beauty to just demolish.
Speculate and share your thoughts in the comments. Dear readers, if any of you have PHOTOS of the event, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.