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!
In fall 2006, in reaction to a series of crackdowns including the painting over of the Butts tunnels, relocation of the Halloween party from Eclectic, and the infamous chalking ban, and concern over the loss of Weskids’ “counter-cultural edge“, a Facebook group sprung up calling for students to Keep Wesleyan Weird. Here’s Roth’s statement from back in the day on the subject (for inspiration, ya know?). You may have– like me– first heard mention of the student-led “Keep Wesleyan Weird” campaign in Margot Boyer-Dry ’11‘s Senior Class Welcome. Since then, I’ve been a-wonderin: Have we been keeping it weird?
First off, a submission that gets right to the point:
Weird is a social construct. –Anon ’14
You weren’t the only one questioning what it is to be weird, Anon ’14.
as a freshman i entered a nics 6 bathroom and saw a large quantity of human hair in the trashcan, arranged in such a way that it looked like it could have still been attached to a head… i really cautiously pulled on a lock of the hair. to my relief, it was not attached to anything. i was really high when this happened, and maybe objectively it’s not that weird, but weirdness is in the eye of the beholder. –Anon ’13
You may even have a preference of weirdness.
I prefer the everyday acts of weirdness done not to create a spectacle but with genuine purpose, like the group of bros currently practicing some sort of interpretive dance routine outside of Usdan … I admire their devotion and total lack of embarrassment. You do you, bro dancers.–Ella Dawson ’14
Weird is a social construct? Obvs. Only, I daresay Wesleyan’s construction of weirdness differs from Amherst’s. If I learned one thing from this write-in, it’s that Wesleyan’s out-of-the-ordinary happenings and simultaneous criticism is exactly what makes Wesleyan “weird”. There’s something about these unusual or inexplicable happenings that captivates Wesleyan’s students and fans.
After the jump– the rest of your submissions! (seriously, you want to read them)
Welcome. Feel free to take off your pants and jacket.
I’m writing to humbly request that you answer me this one question by filling out THIS FORM.
WHAT IS THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE WITNESSED AT WES?
Now, look, I’m not trying to cramp your style. I wouldn’t want to block your recalling of witnessed weirdness at Wes with examples like this or this or this or this or this. I’m not going to tell you exactly how to define “weird”. And I’m certainly not going to link to a certain Twitter account regarding this subject.
Watch out for the follow-up. We’ll probably discuss weirdness at Wes but, more importantly, it’ll include blurbs chosen from your submissions.
“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it.”
This just in from Rolling Stone: Andrew VanWyngarden ’05 and Ben Goldwasser ’05, known collectively as MeGa-MeTa or Andrew Wynwasser and The Manage Mints, announced plans to release their eponymous third album in June. VanWyngarden and Goldwasser have reportedly spent the last year holed up in a cabin, tinkering with synthesizers and drum machines and guitars, and free-form jamming long into the night.
The duo’s last effort, the emphatically anti-pop Congratulations (2010), surprised many fans who were expecting a groovy, easily accessible sequel to 2007’s Oracular Spectacular. This time around, consider yourselves warned: MGMT will be “even weirder,” as VanWyngarden and Goldwasser weave patchworks of house-influenced, rhythmically complex, electro-cosmic tracks such as “Mystery Disease” and “Alien Days.” “The recording process was really strange,” confirmed co-producer Dave Fridmann (though Justin Vernon did do a similar thing Forever Ago, albeit acoustically and roughly 815 miles away).
Fear not, Wesleyan. The deer head that appeared on the Church Street stop sign (in between Exley and Clark) two nights ago is taxidermic and not a “fresh deer head.” The origins of the stuffed deer are still unknown. It is currently in the possession of the Middletown Police, after being put into a doggie bag “like leftover brisket.”
P-Safe Director Dave Meyer tells it like it is: “It appears to have been a stuffed deer head. Someone put it on the stop sign in the middle of the street. The cops were alerted and picked it up. I don’t really know much about it.”
“All I can tell you is that the deer head is not real,” a different P-Safe officer told me over the phone. “Since it was on a stop sign in the middle of the street, the deer head is now in possession of the Middletown Police.” Whether a taxidermied deer qualifies as “real” or “not real” is up to you.
The appearance of the deer head (let’s call it Bambi) has resulted in a large amount of traffic for Wesleying—over 2,000 hits in less than 12 hours. Like other Wesleyan students, I feel that the only thing I can really say in a bizarre situation like this is keep Wes weird.
In New Haven, a “Lincoln Oak,” planted in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, was smote down by the mighty force of Hurricane Sandy. But tangled in the roots were century-old human skeleton remains and what appears to be a time capsule.
On Monday local artist Silas Finch had dug around the roots after he saw the mighty tree fall looking for old coins. He found what he thought was an animal bone (little did he know). It was not until Tuesday that Katie Carbo arrived to the scene. At 3:15 pm, Katie Carbo reported the findings. She unearthed what she thought was a cool rock, and realized it was actually a skull. The jaw and teeth were still connected to the spinal cord and rib cage.
Alfredo Camargo, the official “Death Investigator,” arrived at 6:55 pm.
There’s a guy meowing in a tree outside of hall Atwater right now. Student in a tree, unknown duration but definitely from 11:30-12. I took the video. I’m thinking this is for social psych. It’s pretty fucking ridiculous
No word on who ze is, how ze got there, how long ze has been stationed, and whether or not this is viral promotion for tomorrow’s tea party with imaginary friends, but we’re grateful for any information you can provide. In the meantime, we’ve dutifully reported the incident to @OverheardAtWes: