Health Reforms in Youth Education: Combatting the Anti-Vaccination Movement

December 6, 2018, by Chaiyeon Lee, Serena Chow, Staff Writer, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Vaccinations are a significant achievement in the advancement of public health, aiding in diminishing the detrimental effects induced by harmful pathogens. However, information on certain websites might lead one to believe the contrary: that vaccines are ineffective, unnatural, and even dangerous. Such strong objections to mass vaccination campaigns are disseminated by the anti-vaccination movements currently […]

The Invisible World of Low-Income Students

November 29, 2018, by Jack Leger, Opinion Editor . Leave a Comment

On a whim this past Wednesday, I attended a meeting for first-generation/low-income students. As a low-income student in my third semester at Wes, I had never attended any sort of events or groups designed to bring people with my shared experience together. I did not feel any urge to meet people who were bonded by […]

“Political Correctness” and the Dehumanizing Power of Words

November 29, 2018, by Bright Palakarn, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

I really thought that after all these years the debate on political correctness would be all set in stone. And yet, apparently, it is still a contentious issue with oddly flammable opinions. Then again, at a college whose president is trying to get “affirmative action for conservatism,” an ideology that can range from limited government […]

What The Midterms Tell Us About 2020

November 15, 2018, by Jack Leger, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

The results are in. The 2018 midterms concluded with a new look House of Representatives run by Democrats, a firmer grip in the Senate for Republicans, and gains in state races for Democrats. Both sides have leaped to claim victory, with Democrats observing a blue wave and President Trump interpreting a positive referendum on his […]

Feeling Down? Try Hooking Up

November 15, 2018, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer . Leave a Comment

One of the best parts of being a frosh is the clean slate that it provides. You are entering a new atmosphere, with new people who know nothing about you other than what you want them to know. Gone is the reputation that you built in high school, gone are your old friends, and gone […]

YouTube Loves to Hate Me

November 15, 2018, by Connor Aberle, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Content warning: this article contains detailed descriptions of transphobia. If you know me, you know I watch an absurd amount of YouTube. I know the platform well—better, even, than some YouTubers. Pondering starting my own YouTube channel, I talked to a YouTuber from home. When I voiced my concerns about harassment against trans people, he […]

HLN is HL-Out: Freeman Finally Changes the Channel

November 8, 2018, by Jaime Marvin, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

CW: This piece contains mentions of sexual assault. If you’ve been to the gym, you’ve probably found yourself glancing up at the TVs more than once. On the cardio machines especially, it is difficult to look at anything else. Even if you’ve brought reading, or are watching videos on your phone, your gaze eventually and […]

That’s Me in the Spotlight, Losing My Ethnicity

November 8, 2018, by Alexa Trujillo, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

My father is from New Mexico and has tanned skin and black hair, but his facial features themselves happen to be very caucasian-esque. My mother is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Vermonter. So I turned out pretty white. But my exterior persona is not the only aspect of me that lacks a Hispanic identity. I have been surrounded […]

ChristMass Appeal of Christian Holiday Music

November 8, 2018, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

I was at a party recently, as sometimes happens to be the case, when something totally unexpected occurred. The house was packed with loud, sweaty partygoers, the lights were appropriately multicolored and dim, and the playlist was bopping; overall, it was a normal party. Then, however, the song changed. For a brief second the crowd […]

Don’t Settle for Less: Overcoming Monotony at Wesleyan

November 1, 2018, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

A few days ago I was scrolling through Facebook for the seventh time, as one does, when I came across a post by a fellow first year in the WesAdmits 2022 group. I don’t exactly recall the contents of the post, but it was some invitation to attend a responsible and legitimate event that the first […]

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