Matthew Kurtz and Jennifer Rose Awarded Grant to Study Schizophrenia Treatment

February 18, 2020, by Emma Smith, Features Editor. 1 Comment

When Psychology Professor Matthew Kurtz created and proposed a research study comparing two treatment methods for schizophrenia to the National Institutes of Mental Health in 2014, the study was not funded, much to his disappointment. But this was not the end of the road for Kurtz’s idea. After taking time to write a book and teach, […]

Into the Argives: Unpacking the History of Alcohol Use at Wesleyan

February 18, 2020, by Sophie Griffin, Assistant Features Editor. Leave a Comment

Before arriving at Wes, I’d heard stories of past students’ debauchery, activism, and radicalism—wild drug and alcohol use, nudity, social agitation. When I told people I was going to Wesleyan, some joked about the “crazy” history of the institution and its students. While nobody called it a “party school” to my face, I was expecting […]

Middletown Diaries: Locked in the Basement, Coffee Fraud, and Random Kindness in Usdan

February 17, 2020, by Features Team, Features Team. Leave a Comment

Based on The New York Times’ “Metropolitan Diaries,” the Middletown Diaries feature awkward, funny, novel, or sweet anecdotes, stories, and memories that happen at Wesleyan and in Middletown. To submit to the Middletown Diaries, please email Dear Diary, I keep a list of unanswerable questions written down in my room. What is human freedom? Why do […]

Wesleyan Media Project: Ten Years of Political Ad Analysis

February 17, 2020, by Jane Herz, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

Coming up on its 10th anniversary, the Wesleyan Media Project has become a well-known and highly praised source for information on political advertisements. As an extension of the Wisconsin Advertising Project and its co-directors at Bowdoin College and Washington State University, the organization tracks political advertising in real-time, and releases the information to news media. As […]

“Buy Me Dinner First” Brings The Bachelor to Campus, with a Wesleyan Twist

February 14, 2020, by Annika Shiffer-Delegard, Katarina Grealish, Assistant Features Editors. Leave a Comment

It’s obvious that hookup culture runs rampant at Wesleyan, for better or for worse.  To remedy this reality, Sophia Spezialy ’22 and Magine Slonaker ’22 have decided to inject the community with a healthy dose of romance in the form of a Wesleyan-specific reality dating show, affectionately christened, “Buy Me Dinner First.”  The idea for the […]

A Wesleyan Rom-Com: My Parents and their Love Story

February 14, 2020, by Annika Shiffer-Delegard, Assistant Features Editor. Leave a Comment

My parents’ love story is in some ways straight out of a rom-com. From my cursory knowledge of their early relationship, they met when my dad, James Shiffer ’89, was a sophomore and my mom, Kirsten Delegard ’90, was a freshman. My mom asked my dad out, and the rest was history. 32 years later, […]

Datamatch, Datamatch, Make Me a Match: New Dating Service Debuts at Wes

February 14, 2020, by Tiah Shepherd, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Valentine’s Day is here once again. For many hopeful singles seeking companionship on the most romantic of days, finding that special person remains a real challenge. However, with the help of four Wesleyan students, it may no longer be so difficult. Following a series of talks with its creators at Harvard University, Mahey Gheis ’22, […]

It All Started at Summerfields: Wendy and Mert on Nearly Ten Years Together

February 14, 2020, by Hannah Docter-Loeb, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

If you’re like me, you came to Wesleyan as a romantic. Endowed with false hope thanks to “How I Met Your Mother,” I expected to find my soulmate—but as Wendy Norton and Mert Champagne have shown, you don’t just have to be a student to find your true love on a college campus.  The two met […]

Middletown Diaries: Benadryl, Crossword Puzzles, Matzo Ball Soup and Other Vices

February 11, 2020, by Features Team, Features Team. Leave a Comment

Dear Diary,  I’m sitting in Klekolo World Coffee—home to comfy chairs and a group of eccentric Italian men, who, I know, have cool stories—trying to casually watch the couple sitting at a small table to my right. I’m trying to get through my international politics reading with the help of a mint chocolate steamer but […]

MoCon Revisited: A Look At Wesleyan Architectural Changes and the “Sterilization of Wesleyan”

February 11, 2020, by Bodhi Small, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

During the early 2000s, the University’s campus underwent significant change. Between 2000 and 2002, Clark Hall was gutted and modernized, while Zelnick Pavilion was constructed between the ’92 Theater and Memorial Chapel. From 2004–2005, Freeman Athletic Center received a sleek, modern addition, Fauver Field was filled with Bennet Hall and Fauver Apartments, and Downey House […]

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