A Farewell to The Argus

May 9, 2017, by Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief. 2 Comments

My true passion for The Argus was formed in a cauldron of controversy. While I was among the scores of freshmen at the 2013 orientation interest meeting and wrote a handful of op-eds and features—from a satire about Ted Cruz to a quasi in-depth look at the onset of trigger warnings—it wasn’t until the very […]

NY Times’ Bret Stephens: Masturbatory First Columns Attempt to Derail Climate Change Debate

May 9, 2017, by Andrew Fleming, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

The first three columns of The New York Times’ new Opinion columnist, Bret Stephens, have attempted to roil the traditional climate change discussion, resulting in the journalist being accused of everything from a sharp pragmatist to a liar-liar-pants-on-fire climate-change denier. It began with his piece “Climate of Complete Certainty,” which vaguely called into question the assurance of […]

On the Importance of Scrutiny in Moving Forward with Opinion

May 9, 2017, by Dan Bachman, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

This is the final issue of my tenure as an Opinion Editor, and during such a volatile, strange, scary, and dangerous year, I have never been more aware of or grateful for having been given supervision of this kind of platform. Opinion sections of newspapers are a tricky thing; they so often can draw controversy for […]

Free the Books

May 9, 2017, by Andrew Fleming, Assistant Arts Editor. 2 Comments

The University recently asserted its ownership over the wealth of books in Olin by placing a swipe-access lock on the door. As of now, you will need a Wesleyan ID or special permission to enter the library after 9 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and after 6 p.m. on Friday to Sunday. University Librarian Daniel […]

White Allyship in the Face of Jordan Edwards: Avoiding Perpetuation and Complacency

May 9, 2017, by Michael Darer, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

CONTENT WARNING: Police Violence; Anti-Black Racism. On April 29, fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot and killed in Balch Springs, Texas, after leaving a house party with two of his brothers and two friends because the group had heard gunshots and feared for their lives. Officer Roy Oliver—who has since been fired and charged with murder—claimed […]

De-Normalizing Trump: Protections of Jeff Sessions are Symptomatic of Facism

May 9, 2017, by Sam Prescott, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

The first 100 days of Trump’s America were, by most estimates, unproductive if not entirely uneventful. He may ultimately score a success on his hallmark Muslim ban, the constitutionality of which is currently tied up in courts, but the ordeal’s steep political costs would leave the victory a pyrrhic one. Since then, the new administration […]

Fictions? R.J. Julia and the Administration Attempt to Obfuscate Worker Concerns

April 27, 2017, by Alec Shea, Contributing Writer . 2 Comments

In a closed-door faculty meeting this week, University President Michael Roth reportedly said of R.J. Julia’s hiring practices that “stories of unfair labor practices are fiction propelled by the authors and the students involved,” according to students and faculty in attendance. This declaration is ironic considering how recently (last week) the President’s office was telling concerned […]

Unmasked: The Power of Showing Your Face

April 27, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

Masks and anonymity are tools. They create an illusion; behind a smokescreen, there can be a large, intimidating group whose threats are credible, or one lonely guy who wants to heighten his own sense of self-importance, or anything in between. It is one of the weapons used to distract and dishearten us. The lack of […]

The Cage of Body Dysmorphia

April 27, 2017, by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Content Warning: Body Dysmorphia, Self-Hate, Self-Harm. People don’t fully understand how horrible it is to hate your own body, how terrifying it can be. People often don’t think about what it feels like to be trapped in your own flesh, as though the state in which you will consistently exist is a prison. Most often, […]

From the Administration’s Pitch of a Moral Code to the Trend of Moral Turpitude

April 27, 2017, by Cormac Chester, Assistant Sports Editor. Leave a Comment

Universities all across America sell fictitious worlds in order to get students to apply and attend. My perception of Wesleyan as a high school senior is very different to what it is now as a first-year Wesleyan student. Perhaps part of that was my naïveté, but is it wrong to fault Wesleyan for trying to […]

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