The Death of the Weekend

September 18, 2020, by Zoe Genden, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

This past Friday and Saturday, I experienced the death of the weekend firsthand. The news hit me fast and hard: the realization that there are no more $6 screenings at “Metro Movies,” no more hanging out in friends’ dorm rooms, no more eating out in crowded restaurants along Main Street, no more student-run theater shows where […]

Settle For What? Looking Beyond Electoralism For Radical Change

September 18, 2020, by Olivia Ramseur, Bryan Chong, George Fuss, Katelin Penner, Assistant Features Editor, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

Note: the opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors only, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the members and Board of the Wesleyan Democrats.   “This is the most important election of our lives.” “If you don’t vote, you’re essentially voting for Trump.” “Not voting just shows how much privilege […]

Taco Soup and the Liminal Qualities of Remote Study

September 11, 2020, by Katie Livingston, Features Editor. 1 Comment

Yesterday afternoon I made a batch of what we (and by we I mean my mother and my great-grandfather) call taco soup. It’s an affront, probably, to the very concept of a taco. It was raining and I was in my grandmother’s house and I dumped a roughly chopped onion into a pot with a […]

The Coming Chaos: We All Know What’s Going to Happen in November; it’s Better That We Start Talking About it Now

September 11, 2020, by Huzaifa Khan, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Last Wednesday, while talking to reporters in North Carolina, President Trump encouraged his supporters to vote twice to “test” the electoral system: first by submitting a mail-in ballot, then by heading to the polls on election day. This follows weeks of the president advancing the idea that the upcoming election will be rigged against him, with unsubstantiated claims […]

What We Can Take Away From COVID-19

May 1, 2020, by Lucas White, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Several months ago, most Americans did not envision this kind of future. In fact, it wasn’t until the effects of the coronavirus were felt close to home that its severity began to be recognized by many. Initially, I ignored the potential consequences of the virus up until the moment Wesleyan opted to move to remote […]

Questions in Quarantine: Does Fashion Matter?

May 1, 2020, by Diya Kuwelker, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and in addition to coming up with alluring alliterations (I’m not even trying anymore!), I have been pondering how this pandemic is affecting our daily lives. Of course, these questions come second to considerations about access to resources for survival. However, it is definitely important to reflect […]

My Beauty-free Pandemic Challenges Notions of Putting on Makeup “For Myself”

April 23, 2020, by Jodie Kahan, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

In a makeup tutorial recently posted to Instagram by fashion designer Marc Jacobs, he encourages viewers to believe that makeup provides a way to be more yourself, not less. The video features a half-quirky, half-deranged Jacobs ranting about his haters, proclaiming his love for Diana Vreeland and asking, why not play with makeup just for the fun of […]

Response to University’s “Divestment”

April 23, 2020, by Ben Silverstone, Climate Action Group. Leave a Comment

On the Friday before Spring Break, the Climate Action group met with the University board of trustees to present on the urgency of the climate crisis, and the role that Wesleyan must play in fighting it, including rapid carbon neutrality and divestment from fossil fuels. After the presentation, the board of trustees released the following […]

Study Abroad Cut Short

April 17, 2020, by Jack Leger, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

I left for Spain from Boston on Jan. 7, planning on returning to the United States sometime in mid-May. I was studying through Wesleyan’s Madrid program with about 30 other students. Although it seemed inconsequential at the time, I opted out of the group sponsored flight since I was leaving from Boston and not New […]

Responsibility in the Age of COVID-19

April 17, 2020, by Isabella Durcan, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

I was lying on the chilling, snow-covered ground after a long day of skiing when I heard my sister read aloud an article about the Dow Jones. It had dropped thousands of points, far below that of the 2008 financial crisis. There was shock, and a hint of fear in her voice. It makes sense. […]

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