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. […]

A Progressive in a Predicament

April 17, 2020, by Virginia Sciolino, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

I didn’t volunteer for a political campaign until I was 16, when I decided that Bernie Sanders and I had a lot in common. He was the first politician I had ever heard who acknowledged that the poverty in places like Mississippi, my home state, might be caused by historical systemic inequalities. Ever since then, […]

Face Masks: Unmasking Cultural Divides on Campus

April 9, 2020, by Shirmai Chung, Contributing Writer. 2 Comments

On March 31, Medical Director at Wesleyan University’s Davison Health Center Dr. Tom McLarney released a campus-wide email on public health updates. He stated, “There is no evidence that a person who does not have COVID-19 needs to wear a mask in public.”  As I read his email, I was puzzled and disappointed by this […]

Coronavirus and Online Education

April 9, 2020, by Aditi Mahesh, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

We are all coping with the difficulties posed by online education. I, like many skeptics of remote learning, truly believed that the education we receive in classrooms would not and could not be transposed onto an online remote platform. Actually, I believed that taking online classes would be an insult to my education. However, having […]

How COVID-19 Skewed the Wisconsin Election

April 9, 2020, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

The Tuesday election in Wisconsin was the first of the COVID-19 era. The vote included the Democratic primary and a seat on the state supreme court, and was held despite strong public pressure to postpone. The Democratic Governor, Tony Evers, called a special meeting of the state assembly to push back the elections, but within […]

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