Trump’s Misguided Efforts to Correct Real Architectural Elitism

February 14, 2020, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

A few days ago, the White House released documents pressing toward a new style guide for federal buildings. Officially, the executive order, “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” is a strike for the neoclassical style: the august, severe, and elegantly monochrome stone facades of the U.S. Supreme Court house, the UVA Rotunda, and our own Russell House. […]

Bong Joon-ho at the Local Film Festival

February 14, 2020, by Tobias Wertime, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Last Sunday, the South Korean film “Parasite” made history as the first foreign language film to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture. The underdog darling of this year’s awards season,“Parasite” won in the international film categories at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA awards, and even at the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. The […]

New England Isn’t as Progressive as You Think

February 14, 2020, by Trent Babington, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

The confederate flag is generally not something you expect to see in New England. But I remember during my senior year of high school, at a small public school in rural Rhode Island, a band of ten or so students started pulling into the parking lot each morning with the stars and bars flying from […]

The Problem with Media Coverage of the 2020 Primaries

February 7, 2020, by Jack Leger, Foreign Correspondent. Leave a Comment

One of the most common refrains from Trump supporters during the 2016 campaign was the unfairness of the media, and while I understood the argument, my dislike for Trump’s style meant I paid little attention to how he was covered. However, the 2020 Democratic primary has exposed the many major flaws in the media coverage […]

The Allure of the Oscars (and Whether It’s Deserved)

February 7, 2020, by Sophie Penn, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

As a Jewish child, there was not much for me to look forward to every winter besides other people’s Christmas decorations and the Oscars. More than any awards show, sporting event, or other televised spectacle, the Oscars completely captured my attention. There was something special about the aesthetic of the Oscars: the gowns, the beautiful […]

(W)hy (S)uch (A)bysmal-voter-turnout?

February 7, 2020, by Bodhi Small, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

While the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) is important, it needs drastic improvement in regards to transparency and democracy. During my freshman year, I was mostly indifferent to the WSA, despite being friends with a handful of senators. I ran my roommates’ joke campaign at the beginning of the year, and I would regularly eat in the Summerfields […]

Coronavirus at Wes: Navigating Between Confusion and Compassion

February 7, 2020, by Maria Tan, Oliver Cho, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

Coronavirus: How concerned should Wes be?  The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), as it is officially referred to, has attracted a lot of attention from our friends and family. Regardless of the true severity of this outbreak, we urge everyone to be compassionate towards those who feel concern for their loved ones. With that, is the […]

Give Winter Break a Break and Add Symposium Week to the End

January 31, 2020, by Daniel Knopf, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

As the Wesleyan student body returns to begin the grueling college grind once again, the ubiquitous “how was your break” conversation ensures that winter break is on everyone’s mind. Whether you despise them or enjoy them, “how was your break” chats almost always involve one party lamenting over the unnecessary length of the break, and […]

Mental Health: It’s Not Just in Your Head

January 31, 2020, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Last semester, I got to learn what it means to have an anxiety attack. The feeling of your chest constricting and imploding in on itself, the gradual numbness that blooms in your limbs and becomes worse the more you linger on it. The sure sense that you are having a heart attack, a stroke, a […]

How We Remember Kobe Bryant

January 31, 2020, by Sophia Clevenger, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Content Warning: sexual assault, rape   Kobe Bryant is dead. It is a tragedy when any young person dies. I am certainly not trying to discount the many lives he has affected, or trying to disrespect his family—mainly his daughter who was also, heartbreakingly, killed in the recent crash. But it seems as if we […]

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