Wesleyan Students Trash Connecticut Science Center During Senior Cocktails Event, Show No Remorse
Wesleyan students are in the national spotlight (again) after a Senior Cocktails event, which place at the Connecticut Science Center, was cut short after students were caught having sex, doing drugs and climbing a dinosaur exhibit at the museum during a private party. The shocking story quickly went viral, but according to one alumni still on campus the real shock is that no one seems to be showing any remorse over what happened.
Despite reports on the Wesleyan senior cocktail scandal across the Internet from the Daily Beast to the Atlantic Wire, and the appearance of a local news team on campus, students seem unmoved by their own regrettable actions.
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"Everyone's laughing about it, bragging about it," said 2011 Wesleyan graduate and Middletown, Conn., resident Peter Belmonte, "but what surprised me is there's no remorse. I've come across no one who's conveyed any consideration."
"I don't tell that to kids' faces when they're trying to tell a good story," he added.
Wesleyan Students travelled to the Senior Cocktail event, a yearly tradition with an emphasis on drinking and partying, by bus last Friday, but stayed for just two hours before being forcefully asked to leave by the Connecticut Science Center's staff. Early reports from student-run university blog Wesleying cited sex, drugs and projectile vomiting as the main reasons. However, the blog soon received several choice quotations from the museum's Incident Report that further describe how out of hand the students quickly became:
1. "Wesleyan student removed from the 6th floor for riding the dinosaur."
2. "Wesleyan student fell down the up escalator. And continued falling as if in a perpetual motion machine."
Wesleying also interviewed an anonymous student who attended the event:
"I overheard that staffers at the Connecticut Science Center observed students 'doing drugs and having sex in the bathrooms,' and that things were getting broken," explained the student, who asked not to be named. "I am not sure whether or to what extent that is exaggerated or not; it was said rather offhandedly and by someone who appeared to be under a lot of duress at the time."
"The staff also seemed really upset about the mess that the students made," the source added. "Apparently somebody projectile-vomited down an entire flight of stairs."
News 8 arrived on Wesleyan's campus to interview students soon afterwards, and the general tone of their interviews was that these Senior Events are supposed to be a fun environment for students to unwind, and that the choice of location was the primary issue, rather than the behavior exhibited.
Wesleyan alumni Peter Belmonte confirmed that this is the general sentiment on campus, adding that most students are still failing to see the broader implications of their (or their classmates) actions.
"Student just think it's senior cocktails, who cares," he said, "but now Wesleyan's name is all over the place and it's embarrassing."
[Full Disclosure: The author graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011. None of the Senior Events he attended were cut short due to inappropriate behavior by students.]
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