If for some reason you still haven’t voted yet (and if you’re waiting for a personal invitation, here it is), these five bizarre (real) campaign videos from the annals of American presidential history might set the mood right. Or they might make the wait until Election Results O’Clock more bearable. Or they might just confuse you more. Whatever.
Continuing Wesleying’s Pulitzer-winning coverage of wildlife happenings on campus, we interrupt this broadcast to let you know that there is a guy meowing in a tree outside Hall-Atwater right now. Kate Gibbel ’15 frantically reports via email:
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:
.@overheardatwes “Meow. Meow. Meow.” [in a tree outside Hall-Atwater]
— Wesleying (@wesleying) October 26, 2012
If the mystery mewoer sticks around for another five minutes, ze can translate hir concerns into chalk at today’s Massive Legal Daytime Chalk-In.
On Thursday, September 13th, Wesleyan invited Anthony Fantano, “the Internet’s busiest music nerd,” to inaugurate this year’s WESU Lecture Series. Nearly a hundred students and area music nerds crowded into CFA Hall to hear the prolific music review vlogger speak about “what I do, how I do it, how I started, why I do it, and who is Cal.” Catch the lecture and subsequent Q + A session in three YouTube vids: here, here, and here.
Fantano was frank about his rise to “semi-successful” vloggery: he admitted to being shocked that he can nearly make a living as an Internet music reviewer—his syndicated podcast The Needle Drop not being a source of revenue, although it is how he initially got into this line of work (and you can hear his show on WESU 88.1 every Wednesday at 5:05-6:00 pm). He explained to the audience that he primarily gets $ from hosting advertisements on his website and YouTube channel.
Perhaps the only time Wes students have moshed to a 6o-year-old legend in Mickey Mouse pajamas.
On Saturday night, in one of the most bizarre, captivating, and intense performances I’ve witnessed at Wesleyan since Lightning Bolt or perhaps Už Jsme Doma, a golden nugget of blue-bearded wisdom reigned down on Eclectic. It came clad in Mickey Mouse-patterned pajamas and a yellow baseball hat. Its name was R. Stevie Moore.
Backed by three tireless touring musicians, whose articles of clothing came gradually unglued throughout the night, the grandfatherly lo-fi legend performed about two-and-a-half sets of lo-fi pop merged with noise rock, punk, metal, krautrock, avant-garde, and generally ranting into a microphone, telling the young’uns to shut up and listen. Between growling obscenities (“WTF! GTFO!”) and shouting out “all the bitches in the house,” Moore also described Eclectic as “the best crowd with the worst P.A. system ever.” If the P.A. malfunctioned, no one noticed. Moore’s music was too loose, too noisy, too weirdly infectious.
No, not a promo for the upcoming How To Dress Well show.
Speaking of aspiring Wesleyan viral classics, here’s the latest and greatest via the ACB, “How To Dress at Wesleyan.” No, it’s not an infomercial for the upcoming performance by indie R&B maestro How To Dress Well. The video is simply “just a quick guide to looking the part on the Wesleyan campus,” made by Jimmy O’Keeffe ’15 and filmed in what appears to be a
WestCo Hewitt 8 hallway. It’s not quite critically acclaimed on the ACB, but what else is new?
YouTube clip inspired by 2011 “I Have Sex” video, filmed for a SOC assignment.
Because it’s 2012, and the ongoing string of editorials and banner drops isn’t enough, the movement to preserve need-blind now has an aspiring viral video spot: “Who Would Be Here.” Filmed by Samantha Maldonado ’13 and Katya Botwinick ’13 as a viral video assignment for SOC 234: Media & Society, the YouTube clip takes inspiration from “I Have Sex,” the 2011 video supporting Planned Parenthood that inspired similar efforts at Oberlin, Skidmore, and beyond. This one offers a montage of students on financial aid (or with friends on financial aid) wondering if they’d be here without Wesleyan’s need-blind policy, as Benny Docter ’14 and Leonid Liu ’14 expressed in an editorial earlier this month. (There’s also the obligatory shot of Rotbot ’13 being himself.)
Watch the clip above. Music by Santigold (Santi White ’97), camera by Sydney Lowe ’13.
Know yr music critics! From Adam Wechsler ’13:
WESU Lecture Series Presents: Anthony Fantano, The Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd.
The Needle Drop is a groundbreaking radio show, podcast, music review YouTube channel and all-around formidable Internet presence in the world of independent music. With more than 80,000 subscribers and over 20 million hits on his videos, Anthony Fantano has developed a devoted following and a reputation as an even-handed, knowledgable and affable reviewer. Don’t believe us? Check out A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown singing his praises: “Needle drop is the best, like, reviewer on the YouTube…I been watching that ni**a’s reviews for like three years.”
Like independent music? Like WESU? Like new media? Join us for the inaugural talk in the WESU Lecture Series, featuring the internet’s busiest music nerd, Anthony Fantano, of The Needle Drop. Anthony will discuss The Needle Drop, what he does and how it works. He’ll be answering plenty of questions afterwards, as well.
“I’m really undecided at the moment . . . “
This one’s got it all: welcome packets, an impromptu “Go Wes!”, a multi-state license plate montage, families dragging luggage into Clark, frosh stating their place of origin (“It’s just outside Boston”), a family of Wes grads, and this piece of advice from an RA: “My first year I didn’t do anything. Make sure you do everything!” It’s only missing some shots of President Roth high-fiving the Wes cardinal, but this photo will have to do.
On a semi-related note, an anonymous student dropped this note in Wesleying’s tipbox:
“I think the setup is: ‘Laugh at Lioness While Lioness Frailly Tries to do This Physical Task'”
Trill Feinstein ’13 is bored (well, you can’t be a rap sensation 24/7), so he’s speed-editing outtakes from Wes Pacific (you know, that web series he created?) and popping them out like chickens. Think of it like Wes Pacific’s special features. These are the deleted scenes. And they’re about to make your Wessickness much, much worse.
In the first segment, Feinstein treks into Lionessrise, otherwise known as LoRise A5, and challenges challenges the burly, well-toned fitness freaks of Lioness to a chin-up contest. “We’re basically proving that we are all very unathletic, skinny people,” observes percussive demon John Snyder ’12, who went on to win seven Oscars for his performance. The clip features an introduction by Future Islands shortly before their April performance with Cloud Nothings; according to Feinstein, a full interview is forthcoming, which is pretty awesome news.
And it’s already got more stuff in it than you can possibly imagine!
As it turns out, only fifth graders really understood the potential of the Internet in 1995. Well, fifth graders and Sergey Brin.
Featuring fifth-grade students at the Ray Bjork school in Helena, Montana, this newly viral PSA is a relic of a lost era when you had to tell people about the perks of the Internet. Interestingly, these kids are only a few years older than we are, and the video is cut from the same goofy mid-90s cloth that produced this Katie Couric segment and this Argus article, which marvels at the presence of “X-rated photos” and “Bluegrass banjo music” on the World Wide Web.