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As the year draws to a close and we put away our “Congrats on surviving the Rapture… Again!” cards (until 2015, that is), it’s time to look back on life at Wes during the past twelve months.
In this nifty Year in Review, you will find an assortment of Wesleyan’s biggest debacles, triumphs, incidents, and protests from the year 2012 as told by the wonderful bloggers of Wesleying.
If anything, I hope this little post helps you regroup and remember that we go to a damn interesting school. Maybe it makes you appreciate Wesleyan more, maybe it just makes you reflect a little. Or maybe it makes you angry, I don’t know. But no matter what, I wish you all a happy, crazy awesome New Year.
A note before I begin: yes, I missed some things. It is a truly difficult task to fit all the fascinating/weird/emotionally-charged events that happen at Wesleyan and their subsequent Wesleying articles into a single post. Feel free to write about other big moments or your favorite Wesleying posts from 2012 in the comments section.
Second note: all of the Wesleying articles under “For further reading” are in chronological order (for the most part) from oldest to newest.
Last note: these events are in no particular order of importance, seriousness, or enormity.
Read after the jump to see what events made the Top 10 and what happenings are Honorable Mentions. Happy reading, brochachos.
Last week marked a day on which all would remember where they were when they first heard the news. The current Wesleying poll, “Which option below aligns most closely with your thoughts on the administrative plan to scale back need-blind admissions?,” has finally broken the record, set back in the first week of 2011, for the most votes on a Wesleying poll in history. (Of course, it’s also been up for a while now—but not as long as some other polls.)
And so we put before you, our faithful readers, a history as telling as it is dramatic—that is, a history of Wesleying’s polls.
Wesleying’s poll has been a staple on the blog since its glorious debut in September of 2010, when it forced students to dig deep within to answer the question: “Are You Wesleyan?” Remarkably, only 144 respondents answered “Yes.”
But what have been the most voted-on polls in Wesleying history? Here’s the top five, in order, with some of my own thoughts:
“I couldn’t figure out if it was pronounced ‘Ooze Dan’ or ‘you’s Dan.’ ‘Sudan’ solved that problem for me”
Today, Usdan is a no-brainer. It’s where you go to eat. It’s where you go to buy shit. It’s where you go to check your mail. It’s where you go to hold WSA Presidential Debates and watch Obama’s inauguration. It’s your ATM, your band practice space, your WSA office, your farmer’s market. If you’re an incoming frosh, it’s pretty much your natural habitat.
But on August 27, 2007, when Holly and Xue entered Usdanistan for a fateful first visit, things were honestly pretty scary.
The place seemed sleek and corporate. You couldn’t make announcements, like in MoCon. How would anyone find anything out ever? “It’s just like everything else in the world—the values of commerce and circulation reign supreme,” one long-winded commenter bitched. “And the sausage at breakfast was really weird,” observed another. The lines were huge. Like, ridiculously long. And no one knew how to pronounce the name. Yooz-Dan? Ooze-Dan? Uss-Din? Some were quick to suggest “Usdanistan.” Wesleying offered up a campus poll (possibly the first formal Wesleying poll ever). Another student started calling it “Sudan.” Wherever that person is, I hope ze hasn’t stopped calling it that.
“For better or worse, if people remember me and Xue, they know two people they can talk to about Wesleyan.” —Holly
August 23. On this date in history: the Austro-Prussian War comes to a close (1866), Japan declares war on Germany (1914), River Phoenix is born (1970), and a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rolls up and down the East Coast (today!).
What you won’t find scrolling through Wikipedia for four and a half minutes, then, is this. On this date in Wesleyan history—five years ago today—two bored rising juniors slash legendary WesVisionaries registered a blogspot domain, served up a meaty fifty-three words of text + an image of some straight-up foss-chillin’, and called it a blog. Half a decade, two presidents, one domain, one dining hall, a whole student turnover (and then some), about a bazillion hits, and one combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell later—