In a fun turn of Halloween events, an email from Dean Mike Whaley graced the inboxes of the Wesleyan student body with a message from seven hooded figures posed around our old friend the Douglas Cannon. Dean Mike also took the opportunity to plug Wesleyan’s now two-month-old video about the Cannon.
There was no indication of who this group is but the picture was taken at the Labyrinth plaque which is right by the Skull and Serpent Tomb. The secret society has been up to some wacky things in the past few years so why not take a walk down memory lane and check them all out here. It is worth noting this may be the Mystic Seven as there are Seven people in the picture, but it seems unlikely. Who knows who it is really, all that matters is that they have this beloved artifact of Wesleyan University (but also if you know who it was and want to reach out please do so, we can have a little conversation about it all).
If you’ve been on our site since 2AM last night, you’ll notice that a certain someone from Wesleyan’s oldest secret society, Skull & Serpent, has posted 20 links to their recently published video of their members doing the Mannequin Challenge in our Shoutbox.
The video begins with a masked member of the society vomming in the Tomb’s toilet, with another member holding back their skull. Toward the middle of the oscar-worthy performance, we see a cloaked member of the society giving birth to a baby doll. Finally, the ordeal ends with several members raising shots. So cool! Watch the vid:
Last night, on my way to my 7PM class, I saw someone carrying beers to the back of Skull & Serpent. The person tried their best to look nonchalant—coughed, scuffed their feet around, etc., but my interest was already piqued. Something was definitely going on.
On the way home from class, around 10PM, our beloved writer Jackson announced that he wanted mozzarella sticks. On our way to Usdan to retrieve Jackson’s favorite late-night junk food, we noticed something strange: the door to Skull & Serpent was wide open.
Jackson insisted he didn’t want to go inside, because there were mozz sticks waiting for him up in Usdan. But I and our friend Misha absolutely needed to know what was going on. We spent about five minutes creeping to the door and then backing away, unsure of what to do.
Although a mention of Skull and Serpent Society doesn’t usually summon an aura of humor, the society would like to offer this semi-comedic glimpse inside the tomb as they share their very own Harlem Shake video with the Wesleyan community. The slight shakiness of the hand-held cam at the beginning might seem slightly contrarian, but it really only adds to the shake of the video, and also gives it a nice Blair Witch Project feel.
Since the video doesn’t permit embeds, you can watch it here.
Note that S&S has attempted to share this video by comment-bombing multiple unrelated posts, including this and this, as well as the following other attempts (click to enlarge):
The Wes secret societies are just comin’ up like daisies. Theta Nu Epsilon has been chalking, postering and otherwise making their presence known…
And in Tuesday’s issue of the Argus, the Mystical Seven took the pains to remind campus of their existence.
Roll call, guys. Now where’s Skull and Serpent?
Yo, did you know we had Pre-Ministrial club?
Temperance Reform Club roster from 1898.
Mystical Seven in the 50’s was pretty out there. If, by any chance, there are any mystics reading this, you should try to find the arm bone the fellow on the top has in his mouth. And the alligator. The cat’s probably dead, though.
Skull was not quite as weird, but they got the cute pretension thing down.
Here’s an old faculty blotter. They have a little blurb about each professor. Check out the dude who’s “interested in witchcraft.”
An extant secret society, Corpse and Coffin, from the 1898 yearbook.
The 1946 yearbook has a lot of military portraits.
A drawing from 1898 showing “Froshie’s Dream.”
Finally, here’s good ol’ Dougie B. from 1959! He looks exactly the same.