No Matter How You Frame It, Your Vaccine Selfie Might Make Someone Uncomfortable

April 15, 2021, by Nathan Pugh, Editor-in-Chief. Leave a Comment

Over the course of April, my social media feed has slowly but surely become filled with three types of photos: Washingtonians posting pictures of themselves against blooming cherry blossoms, thesis students complaining about deadlines, and various images of people getting COVID-19 vaccinations. While the first two seem specific to my identities as a Northern Virginian […]

At Wesleyan and Beyond, Suburbs Produce Harmful Ideologies of Space

April 8, 2021, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor . Leave a Comment

A model home is set against the side of the hill. Surrounding it, there is a perfect patch of sod which stops abruptly, a hard line against the naked dirt which bleeds over the rest of the hillside. In the background there is empty, untouched space and patchy developments. They are houses which look exactly like […]

The Time for Ambitious Climate Policy is Now, Senator Hickenlooper ‘74

April 8, 2021, by Wesleyan Democrats Executive Board , Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

In 2019, during his campaign for president, University alumnus John Hickenlooper ’74, MA ’80, addressed the California Democratic Party’s convention. Hickenlooper used his speech to decry key pillars of the progressive agenda, such as the Green New Deal. In response, the crowd showered him with boos. Although Hickenlooper’s speech wasn’t a surprise—he’d positioned himself as a moderate during the […]

Living Through COVID-19: One Year Later

April 1, 2021, by Tiah Shepherd, Opinion Editor . Leave a Comment

Somehow, I’ve ended up in the exact same place, the exact same spot even, that I was this time last year. I’m sitting on my aged, leather sofa, catching up on poorly made British soap operas, drinking hot mint tea with honey, and planning a summer that I hope COVID-19 will allow. By no means […]

Calm, Campus, and Coffee: Finding Inner Peace at Wesleyan’s Cafes

April 1, 2021, by Drew Kushnir, Sports Editor . Leave a Comment

I arrived on campus for the start of this academic year as a walking contradiction: When I first walked into my High Rise, I had both zero expectations for the upcoming school year and a laundry list of wishes, anxieties, and unresolved goals from the anticlimactic end of my sophomore year. I was hoping, given […]

Zooming into the Future: Why Zoom Will Be a Useful Tool Post-Pandemic

April 1, 2021, by Hannah Docter-Loeb, Managing Editor . Leave a Comment

Over a year ago, “Zoom” was nothing more than a 1970s kids’ show or a word we’d occasionally use to indicate we were in a hurry. But in March of 2020, the word—or rather the teleconferencing platform to which it refers—quickly gained popularity. As the pandemic intensified and working from home became the new norm, […]

Anti-Asian Racism is Not New—Stop Pretending Like It Is

March 18, 2021, by Will Lee, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

I laughed when I saw Joe Biden’s speech on CNN, when he addressed the recent rise of anti-Asian hate crimes within the United States in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although I appreciated the condemnation, I found his comments regarding the “un-American” nature of hate crimes hilariously out of touch.  There’s nothing “un-American” about anti-Asian racism. […]

Why I Chose To Defer My College Experience to Spring 2021

March 18, 2021, by Thad Bashaw, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

“So what are you going to do, man?” It was July. I was standing in a neighbor’s garden, talking on the phone to my friend Ryan through my headphones. We had both recently graduated from Friends’ Central, a Quaker private school outside Philadelphia. Two weeks prior, I had received my graduation cap and gown in […]

Manufactured Outrage and Mr. Potato Head

March 18, 2021, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

CW: Mention of transphobic arguments and transphobic video. When you hear the term “manufactured outrage,” it calls forth an image of a media outlet or a talking head vomiting out some overblown garbage, mother-birding it to the masses for consumption. The consumption of the outrage is a turning inward, into the viewer, the watcher, the […]

Being vs. Doing: Spirituality in Liberation

March 11, 2021, by Sam Lao, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

This Scholarly Personal Narrative operates under the idea that individual liberation, guided by the growth of a critical consciousness, can lead to a larger scale, collective liberation from the social structures and societal norms human beings impose on ourselves. In modernity, we have seen the prioritization of rational thought, a tendency that invalidates spirituality in much of […]

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