Waiting on Extraction: Hobbes and the Antarctic Treaty System

February 21, 2019, by Cormac Chester, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

As one of the coldest and most extreme places on Earth, Antarctica is rarely discussed as a political theater. But in 1959, an international agreement known as the Antarctic Treaty, which is now a part of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), was signed between major world powers, who pledged to put the continent towards collective […]

Housing Entitlement: The Right to Safe Spaces or Social Spaces?

February 21, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

The mold in the dishwasher was black. I could not be sure whether it was black mold, but it was mold and it was black and that was enough for me. It started growing when the thing broke, the standing water and food particles still inside of it becoming a breeding ground for little mold […]

Wesleyan Refuses Responsibility for the Wood Frame Problem: Students Must Solve It

February 21, 2019, by Asa Mazor-Freedman, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Wesleyan’s wood-frame houses are in bad shape. The dialogue sparked by Fran Koerting’s email last Monday revealed that not only are floors collapsing, roofs have caved in and walls have caught on fire. Despite that, wood-frame residents continue to host large, raucous parties that are stretching these homes to their limit. The Wesleyan administration is […]

From Massage Parlors to Usdan Memes: Wesleyan’s Problem with Selective Inclusivity

February 14, 2019, by Joshua Reed, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

The musky scent made standing in the trailer doorway almost unbearable. Blotches—each a varying shade of brown—peppered the aged carpet and peeling wallpaper of the abandoned room. The odor and stains, the origins of which ranged anywhere from soda to blood, mandated that my friend, who owned the trailer, move out temporarily. Living there over […]

The Ocasio-Cortez Phenomenon: Why Americans Should Admire Her

February 14, 2019, by Jack Leger, Opinion Editor . 1 Comment

She is young and famous. No, she isn’t a Jenner or someone else who lucked into the spotlight. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a newly elected member of the House of Representatives from New York’s 14th Congressional District. The 29-year-old launched her political career in last year’s midterms, taking on 10-term incumbent, Democratic Caucus Chair, and fourth-ranking House Democrat […]

The Illusion of Choice: Video Games, Anxiety, and Worker Expendability

February 14, 2019, by Connor Aberle, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

I started playing a video game last week. Fallout: New Vegas is an RPG (role-playing game) premised on making impactful decisions in a universe following a nuclear war that destroyed organized human life in the 1950s. And after a week of playing this game, which is absolutely riveting by the way, my anxiety over my […]

The Complicated Ethics of Thrift Shopping

February 7, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

There’s a certain aesthetic to walking down the side of the highway wearing washed-out jeans from the ’90s and a button-down grandpa shirt that looks equally old, with an unmarked fountain drink in hand. In some communities, like my hometown, it’s not a sought-after look, but one that will result in people giving you a […]

What’s Love Got to Do With It: In Defense of Friendship

February 7, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

If you’ve ever watched a movie, read a book, seen a television show, or done literally anything ever, then I’m sure that you’re aware of how prominent a role romance plays in our society. From “The Princess Bride” to “Shrek,” love is depicted as a force strong enough to overcome all obstacles and unite two […]

Who Benefits in the Post-Truth Era?

February 7, 2019, by Cormac Chester, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

“Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies,” writes Jean-Paul Sartre in “Anti-Semite and Jew.” “They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use words responsibly, since he believes in words.” There are many […]

Breaking the Bubble: Extending Ideology Outside the Ivory Tower

January 31, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Content Warning: racist and sexist slurs The last time I was on /pol/ (a popular alt-right forum on 4chan), I was labeled a “gash” that needed to be “strung up.” I wasn’t surprised. Rather, I viewed it as a natural byproduct of identifying myself as a woman on 4chan, preferable, at least, to the ever […]

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