Porn is a Bad Role Model, But Banning It Is Not the Answer

May 3, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

As if Britain didn’t have enough poor policy on its hands already, Parliament just voted to begin implementing an aspect of its Digital Economy Act that would enforce the regulations for viewing sexually explicit content. While Britain claims that it wants to protect youths from unrealistic ideas about sex, its failure to provide an effective […]

Why We Shouldn’t Be Done Talking About XXXTentacion

May 3, 2019, by Jesse Marley, Staff Writer. 4 Comments

Content warning: This article contains mentions of violence and sexual assault.  “This [     ] did some gay shit, so I had to crack his head open,” explained XXXTentacion to his mother, regarding his beating of a cellmate. That year, when he was 17, X’s arrest record included possession of a gun, armed robbery, resisting arrest, […]

The Non-Issue of Performative Fashion

May 2, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

When I was twelve years old, I felt more comfortable in a costume than in my own clothes. It wasn’t that my clothes were uncomfortable. In fact, I chose them for their comfort. I wore a wrinkled t-shirt that was two sizes too big because it was comfortable. My jeans were from Walmart, partially because […]

The Truthful Method and/or the Method of Truth

May 2, 2019, by Cormac Chester, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force,” wrote Karl Marx in “The German Ideology.” Taking this basic premise as our point of departure, is it possible to fashion some […]

We’re All in This Together… or Are We? The Differences Between High School Community and Wesleyan Community

May 2, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer . Leave a Comment

(Note: this article is online-only) The year is almost over, which means that I have successfully made my way through freshman year of college! Wooo! This also means that I have had the past two semesters to cook up some ideas about Wesleyan and our sense of community, or absence thereof. Now that the metaphorical […]

The Wesleyan Administration and Its Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Response to Working Conditions

April 26, 2019, by Connor Aberle, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

The Wesleyan University administration has done nothing wrong ever. At least, that’s the impression you’d get from the email Chief Administrative Officer Andy Tanaka sent on April 24 which detailed the University’s reasoning for inaction regarding demands to hire five more custodians. The email states outright that Wesleyan acted immediately to address the working conditions. […]

Running and Health: Why It’s Time To Pound the Pavement

April 25, 2019, by Jack Leger, Opinion Editor . Leave a Comment

I started running as a way to keep in shape for my high school soccer team. My school had an indoor and outdoor track team that allowed anyone to join, regardless of skill level. As a sophomore, I had no real intention of competing in any events, and only wanted a group to help me […]

Wesleyan is Making Us Sick. It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way

April 18, 2019, by Trent Babington, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

The first time I caught a cold this semester was in mid-February, during my first round of papers. It was nothing more than fever and congestion, just an inconvenience for a few days. “Alright,” I said to myself after recovering, “at least that’s out of the way.” Well, it wasn’t. I got sick again, with […]

Retraumatizing Myself: The Problem with Using Suffering as Leverage in Academia

April 18, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Staff Writer. 3 Comments

“I don’t want you to retraumatize yourself.” I couldn’t help but feel slightly insulted when an administrator said this to me. Not only was it an empty phrase, it was a lie. Of course Wesleyan wants me to retraumatize myself. Of course it does. When I was writing my college essay for Wesleyan, I was […]

If You’re Annoyed by Student Protests… They’re Working

April 11, 2019, by Connor Aberle, Opinion Editor. 3 Comments

On Wednesday, April 10, from 8 am until 4:30 pm, students lined the entrance to Wesleyan’s Office of Admissions. They protested the working conditions of the custodial staff, who say that they are overworked. The student population has gone up, the custodial staff has gone down, and new buildings have been built. And though complaints […]

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