WesRave has arguably become Wesleyan’s most beloved, least controversial, wholly positive event. Have you ever heard someone seriously say, “YO, FUCK WESRAVE!?”
This year was the third WesRave, with a higher turnout, in my estimation, than the previous two (even though rain postponed this rave to Sunday before finals). Around 11 p.m., hundreds gathered on Foss (many with glowsticks) with an assortment of rave attire and pressed play at the same time. As the beat of “Cobrastyle” by Teddybears got going, so did the swaying of the crowd and the giggling and shrieks that could be heard above the music. A little over a minute in, the student shepherds started waving their gigantic racing flags to herd the crowd down Foss Hill and toward the CFA. Soon enough, our mass of silent ravers was running together, undoubtedly fueled by some alcohol and the exuberant crowd’s energy. This herding-running-dancing-more running-more dancing propelled the silent ravers from one campus location to the next, mapped out in the first hour as thusly: Foss–>CFA–>North College–>PAC–>Olin–>Usdan Courtyard–>PAC–>then I went to Late Night, what happened next?
“Best night at Wesleyan by far, and pretty sure best night of my entire life in general!” –CantStopDancin (Wesleying commenter)
WesRave is happening for the third year in a row tonight, at 11 p.m. As BZOD has writtenin the past, it’s “Kind of like Tour de Franzia, only without the destruction and binge drinking.” Here is event info from the organizers, via the FB page:
1. THIS IS NOT TOUR SO DON’T DRINK PUBLICLY WHILE WESRAVING. Seriously.
2. We can’t go on the baseball field, we’d ruin it in about 2 seconds and that’s not fair to the staff who would have to fix it.
3. We can’t cross any streets, aside from Wyllys. This disrupts traffic and would involve Middletown Police, which we don’t want to do.
4. Please listen to the 40+ student shepherds who will be directing you, 10 of us will have gigantic racing flags to show you where to go. We’ll be talking with psafe as we move, and if we’re asking you to move/not go somewhere, it’s probably for a reason.
This is what goes down: everyone downloads a playlist onto their phone/music player. Download the playlist here. Convene on Foss Hill and press play at 11 p.m. Dance and run around campus (within the designated areas) for about two hours with hundreds of other Wesleyan students.
Check out some photos from last year’s WesRave here. Highly recommended event for 1) people who like to dance 2) people who like to run around for no reason 3) people who are stressed about finals 4) people who are disgruntled about Wesleyan 5) people who like silent raves.. 6) people who have an opinion about having an opinion about Ke$sha
At 11:15 PM on Friday, May 11, several hundred Wesleyan students all pushed play on the same playlist while congregating on the Denison Terrace – the steps behind Olin. The playlist lasted for 1:50:38 and, much to everyone’s surprise, the large mob did not disperse into smaller groups of rogue agents raging around campus. Instead, the mob remained a massive but entirely mobile group and moved all around campus.
But before we say anything else about this, SEND US YOUR PICTURES FROM WESRAVE! No post about this event would be complete without copious photographic evidence, and I know that people were taking pictures because I saw those flashes going off all night. Send whatever you have to staff[at]wesleying[dot]org and I’ll root through it and recreate the evening with photos.
Where did WesRave go? Check past the jump for a full listing.
Kacha Bott’nique ’13 concoted pretty much the best event for her birthday back in April, and I’m really glad to see it happening again on a much larger scale. If you like to have a fucking awesome time, check out the upcoming silent rave:
To celebrate the end of classes we’re throwing a huge silent rave this Wednesday Friday night. For a silent rave all one needs is an mp3 player of sorts and a pair of headphones. We’ll all be listening to the same music (see the website to download the playlist–it’s one file) and hit play at the same time. With everyone rocking out together we can dance everywhere–outside and inside–without making noise, so be prepared to move.
Dance for as long as you want. If you arrive late or get off synch, we’ll be starting at 11:15 on the dot (if you arrive 20 minutes late, start the playlist 20 minutes in). The playlist is built off of your suggestions and includes a range of music that will move you–we promise. Contact us if you have a problem downloading the music.
We’ve organized this event for no other reason than to celebrate the end of the year and dance.
We also have 600 glowsticks for the taking.
Meeting time & place: 11PM, Wednesday Friday, Olin steps. Look to the website and Facebook event for updates!