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Senior Cocks Vs. Connecticut Science Center

Was it the “Wesleyan student removed from the 6th floor for riding the dinosaur?” Or perhaps it was this incident: “Wesleyan student fell down the up escalator. And continued falling as if in a perpetual motion machine.”

In all likelihood the Wesleyan seniors were kicked out of the Connecticut Science Center last Friday for a combination of those two events–which were leaked to Wesleying from the official “incident report”–and a general level of drunken debauchery than included projectile vomiting down multiple flights of stairs, sex & drugs in the bathrooms, and spilling drinks all over nice things that museums tend to contain. The group of a few hundred ’13s was given the boot after a little less than two hours.

Looks like a good place to party

Looks like a good place to party

Senior Cocktails are a series of senior parties usually held at local bars, and the decision to move one to a museum that seems to cater to children and old people drew the ire of some of the partygoers. At this point the debate as to where responsibility lies seems to fall into two camps: those who think partygoers should have reigned in bathroom sex and drug use due to the venue, and those who think that “organizers should have found a location that was appropriate for such behavior,” an opinion pulled from the always-entertaining Wesleying comments. Charlie Smith ’13 (real name?) echoed this sentiment: “It was kind of a questionable plan to bring a bunch of people to a science museum where there is definitely drinking going on.”

That quote was given to a local Middletown, CT news station that came driving along to investigate the “sex and drugs” that prompted the Senior Cocks shutdown. The fact that a party that seems fairly innocuous by Wesleyan standards drew the attention of local news media suggests that perhaps there is more retribution down the line for the Senior Cocks; in probing the appearance of the News 8 van on campus, Wesleying had this to say about potential fallout:

“The reporter whom I spoke to wasn’t entirely forthcoming with her goals, but I gathered that even she was uncertain whether or not the science center would be pressing charges against Wesleyan.”

It is rather telling that, to most, the biggest surprise on Friday night was not the dino-riding but the fact that the context of the party didn’t jive with the amount of shenanigans the seniors were prepared to do. So what will the response by the senior class officers (and perhaps the University and the museum) target? The programming protocol that allowed for a “poor” venue choice, or the behavior that led to ejection? Many will say that seniors will be seniors and Wes students will be Wes students, thus a re-evaluation of the Senior Cocks planning process will likely emerge as the most effective response. But with the (very local) media on the trail and whispers of CSC pressing charges, it remains to be seen whether or not the seniors will be able to shake off the consequences like so many mellow Keystone hangovers.

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