An Ode to my Conservative Uncle

March 6, 2017, by Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief. 3 Comments

Alone last Sunday night, I was writing my live coverage of the Oscars—mostly out of preparation to cover live national events for a career in journalism rather than an inherent interest in the Academy Awards themselves—when Jimmy Kimmel, of all people, made me cry. In his opening monologue, Kimmel called upon audience members to pick […]

What Kenneth Lonergan Is Missing (It’s not an Oscar)

March 6, 2017, by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 8 Comments

On Friday, The Argus published an opinion article by my colleague, Assistant Opinion Editor Connor Aberle ’19, in which he argues that Wesleyan must take a hard look at the way it chose to celebrate the Oscar success of semi-alum Kenneth Lonergan ’84 (Lonergan transferred to New York University prior to his graduation). Aberle, uncomfortable […]

Suicide: Gun Control Advocates’ More Pressing Problem

March 6, 2017, by Maile McCann, Contributing Writer. 7 Comments

CW: gun violence, suicide America has a gun problem that no one is talking about. It’s more deadly than mass shootings and more prevalent than accidental shootings. It’s gun suicide. Although preventing gun homicide is important, it is the overwhelming focus of policy discussion, and it shouldn’t be. Gun suicide must be brought to the […]

The Myth of White Genocide Exposes the Hollow Artificiality of Whiteness

March 2, 2017, by Michael Darer, Opinion Editor. 61 Comments

Did you know there’s a genocide happening? It’s true! Apparently genocide is being waged viciously against white people across America! Horrifying, isn’t it? It’s understandable if this news comes as a shock. When one thinks of genocide they most often picture, well, real, actual genocide: the deaths of millions, the ruthless destruction of an entire […]

Get Out the Vote: A Realistic Proposal to Increase Voter Turnout

March 2, 2017, by Maile McCann, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

The United States has a voting turnout problem. US voting turnout is much lower than other developed countries: only 40-60 percent of the country votes in each election. Worse still, low voting turnout isn’t a problem equal among all groups. Older and wealthier whites vote at much higher rates than other groups and thus get […]

How Wesleyan is Complicit in Affleck’s Sexual Misconduct by Endorsing Lonergan “’84”

March 2, 2017, by Connor Aberle, Assistant Opinion Editor. 24 Comments

“Thank you Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck,” Kenneth Lonergan ’84 repeated in his acceptance speech for best screenplay at the Oscars. Lonergan’s clear admiration for Affleck—who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women—rings pathetically tone-deaf in the ears of those familiar with sexual violence. The Oscars had some joyous moments of justice, like […]

Rethink the Autism Link: Trump Still Believes Decades-Old Lies, as Do Millions of Americans

March 2, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

As very simply written on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website, “Young babies can get very ill from vaccine-preventable diseases.” Many readers probably already know about the source of the conspiracy that vaccines are dangerous or can cause autism: Andrew Wakefield’s study from 1998, based on only 12 patients, which was based on falsified data […]

The Demise of the Democrats

February 23, 2017, by Henry Spiro, Foreign Correspondent. 2 Comments

What happened to the Democratic Party? Once the party of “hope and change,” the Democrats are incredibly fragmented and barely able to generate excitement around their message. They failed to elect someone who would be the first female President in U.S. history while she was running against an insane mad man and multi-million dollar “man […]

Don’t Discount People’s Opinions Because They’re Celebrities

February 23, 2017, by Cormac Chester, Assistant Sports Editor. 1 Comment

During the lead-up to last year’s presidential election, both candidates recruited celebrities and other well-known public figures in order to champion their respective causes. Regardless of whether these figures had a tangible impact on the process, one of the things I find most troubling is when people outright dismiss the political opinions of public figures […]

Expectant Mothers Face the Unexpected

February 23, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

“You can eat whatever you want when you’re pregnant. It’s great!” “Labor is magical.” “It’s the miracle of life.” “I can’t imagine being anything but a mom.” “It’s all so worth it in the end.” “Sometimes, when a person gives birth, the vagina rips down to the anus.” See, this little fact doesn’t fit into […]

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