Social Spring Fling Committee and Jack Black’s double chin:
Battle of the Bands will take place Friday, April 18 at Eclectic. The annual event, which determines the student opener for Spring Fling on May 8, will be accepting submissions for the next two weeks! If your band would like a chance to play, please submit 2 demos and/or live videos to jewald(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with the subject line “I Wanna Battle and Here is My Band.” Submissions are due Saturday, April 12th at 4pm.
Also if you are interested in being a judge for Battle of the Bands, please submit your answers to the following questions, also to jewald(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with the subject line, “I Wanna Judge Your Bands.” If you are selected, you are required to stay for the entire show and judge objectively.
- Name/Class Year
- Why do you want to be a judge for Battle of the Bands?
- What is your favorite concert you’ve seen at Wesleyan and why?
Deadline: Saturday, April 12th at 4pm
Contact: jewald(at)wesleyan(dot) edu
For those of you who Wesleying’d last year and saw our 2012 Year in Review post, brace yourselves: the 2013 Wesleying Year in Review is here. So, how does our Buzzfeed-esque list of all things Wesleyan work? In here, you’ll find the top ten biggest moments to hit campus during the 2013 year, along with a bunch of honorable mentions. For each point, we provide numerous links to Wesleying articles so you can become schooled if you missed anything during the year.
The big takeaway from this post is to remember that these issues are forever ongoing; just because something happened at the beginning of 2013 doesn’t make it any less important now that 2014 is upon us. We have a ton of bizarre, interesting, obnoxious, awesome, and freaky things happen on this campus, and it’s crucial to keep the institutional memory alive.
My usual disclaimer: Obviously, I didn’t get to everything. So instead of leaving us a snarky comment saying that we’re a bunch of Internet-addicted hillbillies, feel free to leave your other big Wesleyan moments in the comments section.
In addition, these events are in no particular order of importance, severity, seriousness, or enormity. The order is seriously random.
Read after the jump to see what Wes events made the list!
Courtesy of Rachie Weisberg ’15:
Wanna help plan Spring Fling, book artists, and have unadulterated access to the most top-secret listserv on campus? You’re interested in Spring Fling Committee (the artist formally known as Social Committee), not Concert Committee (remember Concert Committee handles money, we handle the students of Wesleyan). Anyway, Spring Fling Committee remains a committee like any other, which happens to exert massive control over one of the biggest campus events of the year and funding thereof.
In case you’re confused, Spring Fling is an all-campus outdoor concert that happens on Foss Hill every May. In the past, artists like The Dirty Projectors, KENDRICK LAMAR, and TV on the Radio have come perform for Wesleyan’s student body. Spring Fling Committee works throughout the year to put together a multiple-act show that brings the most current and enjoyable bands to campus in an effort to please the entire student body.
Its application process is open to the student body, its selection process based on experience and merit. If you were unhappy with last year’s booking process, or are a frosh and just want to be part of a group that has soooo much power, here’s the opportunity to get involved for the 2013-2014 school year: please answer the questions past the jump (either in an email or an attached word document) and submit them to Elisa Cardona (ecardona[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) by Monday, September 9th.
Don’t sit around and mope if you haven’t liked the concerts that have come to Wesleyan this past year; start booking better ones! Chelsie Green ’14 drops by with a way for you to get involved:
If you’ve booked a show before, you can take advantage of the opportunity to book a show now for the first part of the fall semester. Feel free to check any dates between September 5 and October 17 — preferably a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
Please email ctgreen@wes, chickox@wes, and ehill@wes with your proposal. Include info about the act(s), potential dates, and what venue you are thinking of using. We’ll be working on a “first come, first serve” basis like we do during the school year, and with only a percentage of our budget.
Remember: if you don’t participate, you don’t get to complain!
The title of this post is not meant rhetorically. It’s a serious question: who killed Spring Fling’s vibe?
Was it the student attendees, some inebriated and inconsiderate, who jumped over the barrier when the floor of the rink was at capacity and allegedly behaved drunkenly and belligerently when asked to back up? (“Some students ought to be ashamed of themselves,” observed a witness who asked to remain anonymous.) Was it the massive security detail (Public Safety and CSC) who guarded every nook and cranny with the graveness of airport TSA agents and reportedly physically abused one student and verbally harassed another? Was it the organizers (Spring Fling Committee or otherwise) who neglected to inform students in advance that they would be turned away if they arrived late, even while other students were visibly exiting, and flipped on the lights shortly before Ab-Soul’s set, possibly to punish students for failing to obey orders that were largely unintelligible over the ice rink’s cavernous din? Or was it the fucking weather, or maybe Spurrier-Snyder Rink itself, which has never seemed like a less suitable venue for a free, unticketed performance by one of the fastest rising rappers in the world in 2013? At least it wasn’t Kendrick Lamar, who, despite subpar conditions and acoustics better suited to a high school gym, performed “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Money Trees,” and other highlights from Good Kid, M.A.A.D City with admirable energy and charisma, wooing throngs of adoring fans who knew precisely how to yell out “Drank!” or “Ya bish!” on cue and reportedly popping over to Warren after the show, decked out in a Wes sweatshirt.
The Halifax-born producer and DJ on cookies, N*Sync, and what the Internet doesn’t know about him yet
Ryan Hemsworth didn’t write to me through a publicist, he responded to my e-mails punctually, and his grammar is absolutely impeccable. He’s one cool dude. I’m not sure any other way to introduce our interview with him, because justice could never be done for this guy:
Just kidding, there’s no alcohol allowed at Spring Fling again. Sorry.
The bad news, as you know by now if you’ve glanced at your inbox in the last few hours, is that Spring Fling has officially been rained out and moved to the ice rink for the second year in a row. According to my forecast, there’s a 65% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, but even if that 35% chance proves true, Andrus is already a Woodstock-like puddle of mud from today’s downfall. Meanwhile, it’s been nothing but 75 and sunny for the last week until today, because of course it has.
The good news is that
the rain might actually wash away my fucking pollen allergies for good if Spring Fling gets rained out next year there will hardly be any students who even remember that it was once a thing on Foss in the first place. The other good news is that Spring Fling Committee has managed to up the floor capacity on the rink, given that far more students are probably going to make the trek for this year’s lineup than did last time around:
In order to prepare the student body for Wesleyan’s annual concert
in the hockey rink no on Foss Hill whoops back in the hockey rink, we set up an interview with Luke Silas, drummer for chip-tune indie-rock band Anamanaguchi. Since forming in 2004, the band has been featured in Rock Band and have written and performed the music for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. They even played Zonker Harris Ze Who Must Not Be Named Day in 2010. Luke writes in from Norway, where Anamanaguchi was performing before coming to Wes tomorrow.
Wesleying: I have an NES and an old Gameboy in my room right now, so when I first heard your stuff, I freaked out a little bit when I recognized old sounds from something like a Ducktales NES game. What inspired you to produce this style of music?
Feminist, artist, musician, and citizen of humanity Ally Bernstein ’13 is continuing the discussion:
How can we foster an inclusive and exciting music and arts scene at Wesleyan?
Recently, I wrote an opinion piece about the lack of female performers in Spring Fling (since then, Girl#$wag has been added to the line-up; shout out Emma Daniels ’13). Members of the band Whore Paint (hailing from Providence, RI) will be on campus at 4:00 PM to discuss their experiences and answer questions. All are welcome to come share and discuss strategies for fostering an empowering scene at Wesleyan.
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 4:oo PM
Place: Room 113, 41 Wyllys
Read on for Ally’s rundown of Whore Paint’s members.
“A Kendrick ticket alone at a normal concert is going to cost about twice this price, so it’s a good steal.”
In a move that has pissed off a few students and stunned no one, Spring Fling Committee has begun charging money for guest passes, which have been bumped from $0 to $20 faster than you can say “Cooper Union’s tuition.” The news matter-of-factly popped up on this blog last Tuesday, in a post by killofrights (who, I should disclose, is a member of Spring Fling Committee):
Guest passes for non-students are now on sale at the Usdan box office. Tickets cost $20, and there is a limit of one guest ticket per student. You can charge it right to your student account. Get ‘em while you can, because guest passes will sell out.
Readers were quick to point out that no one has ever had to pay for guest passes in previous years, a fact slyly obscured by the committee’s announcement, and besides, Spring Fling Committee is just a bunch of evil hipster goons who probably wear sunglasses indoors. Everyone knows that.
According to co-chair Dylan “Dreamhost” Bostick ’13, the committee had to go above and beyond its original budget to snag this year’s lineup.