Dear World 2.0: An Ode to Letter Writing

April 19, 2018, by Jack Leger, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

From ages ten to fifteen, I spent my summers at a sleep-away camp. Like many camps in the United States, mine prohibited the use of technology amongst its campers. Since my parents refused to cave to my incessant begging for a phone until I entered the eighth grade, the tech detox didn’t bother me. I […]

Wheel You Be Nice to the Pretty Orange Bikes?

April 19, 2018, by Emmy Hughes, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

When I first noticed the orange bikes—sleek in design, brilliant in color, overwhelming in their campus bike stands, shining in the light of the first warm Saturday morning—I was overcome with this thought: Holy crap. I do not have a bike on campus, but have always been jealous of those who do and have missed […]

Investigating Investigations: An Idea to Combat Police Inefficiencies

April 19, 2018, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

There’s a bit of a crisis in American murder policing in that no one can actually do it. Homicide clearance rates, or the rate at which murders result in an arrest or other solution (such as a suspect being found dead), have fallen from around 90 percent in the mid-sixties to approximately 65 percent today. […]

#YouToo? Challenges to the #MeToo Movement in Europe

April 19, 2018, by Elia Kruger, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

The #MeToo movement is one of the most powerful moments in modern history, as thousands of victims of sexual assault bravely came out and denounced their abusers to the world. Although news coverage of the movement may have dropped recently, its impact and significance have not lessened. In many European countries, survivors have met a […]

Choosing Wisely: A Vote Against Political Inaction

April 13, 2018, by Spencer Arnold, Food Editor. 1 Comment

A lot of the people I’ve met at Wesleyan think that if they don’t find a candidate who agrees with everything they think, it is okay, even morally right, to refuse to vote or to protest vote in major elections. Either that or they deride the political system that we currently have in place, saying […]

Bringing Unity Back to the UN

April 13, 2018, by Tobias Wertime, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

In 1945, amid the ruins of World War II, the world came together to found the United Nations (UN), a global instrument to prevent such a crisis from happening again. This was, of course, no easy task: The League of Nations, often viewed as the UN’s natural predecessor, failed to prevent the war. Luckily, the […]

The Politics of Weather: Snow Laughing Matter

April 13, 2018, by Elia Kruger, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

Discussing the weather is the archetypal small-talk conversation. I could be talking to someone I see every day, to someone who lives on the other side of the planet, to my confidante, or to a passing stranger, and weather would always be an appropriate and expected topic. Weather is always happening, always changing (or not, […]

Facebook: The Involuntary Data Hoarder

April 13, 2018, by Aditi Mahesh, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, testified for the second day in front of Congress on April 10. Over the past several weeks, Facebook has been under much-needed scrutiny after the Cambridge Analytica information breach. Members of Congress made sure their homework was done before grilling the CEO in front of the cameras. Through […]

The President and Corporations: Late Capitalism Trumps the Environment

April 6, 2018, by Jesse Marley, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

President Trump’s announcement of plans to cut the size of two national monuments last December, published on the front page of the New York Times, sent shock waves through much of the U.S. The move came months after the president requested a review of 27 monuments in regards to a requirement that presidents set aside […]

Neither Free Nor Fair: The Problems With Elections

April 6, 2018, by Tara Joy, Assistant Opinion Editor. 2 Comments

Americans often feel they have one of the strongest functioning democracies in the world. While our country certainly is better off than most, this blind patriotism ignores serious structural flaws in our nation’s voting system. The Electoral College has always had plenty of outspoken critics, and the final months of 2016 were a particularly bountiful […]

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