How PTA Moms Can Save the Country

September 22, 2017, by Katie Shewfelt, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

It’s not too surprising that “meme” is the first word Google suggests when you begin to type “PTA mom” into the search box—an ubiquitous branding, but an unfortunate one. We need to start granting these power-moms much greater respect and attention, particularly if we ever want to see a woman president elected. No, I’m not […]

Hostile Architecture: A Quiet War Against the Disadvantaged

September 22, 2017, by Tara Joy, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

In 2014, the owners of a block of luxury apartments in central London drew widespread outrage after installing rows of small metal spikes on the ground outside the building to deter homeless sleepers. A photo of the spikes was met with immediate indignation on Twitter, and the mayor of London himself condemned them as “ugly, […]

Migrating North: From Florida to Wesleyan

September 22, 2017, by Jodie Kahan, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Orientation at my high school was pretty mundane: sign in, pick up school supplies, listen to administrators drone on and on about the new tables in the library designed for “collaborative learning,” and view a PowerPoint ending with a Mahatma Gandhi quote. In the most unironic tone he could muster, the principal delivered his grand […]

Achilles’ Heel and Razor Scooter’s Ankle

September 15, 2017, by Brooke Kushwaha, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

In the legend of Achilles, the great warrior gets dipped into the river Styx as an infant so he will grow up to be an invincible fighter. The only thing that misses getting dipped is the heel by which he was held. Eventually, that heel becomes his downfall, finishing his dominance on the battlefield. Not […]

Step Aside, Hillary: Why Clinton Should Cede the Spotlight

September 15, 2017, by Jack Leger, Contributing Writer. 2 Comments

I’ll be honest, I supported Hillary Clinton throughout her presidential run. I viewed her candidacy as essential for the United States, and though Senator Bernie Sanders interested me, she seemed most likely to defeat Donald Trump. I looked past her shaky stances on some issues. I looked past the superdelegates that would lead to her […]

Sex at Wesleyan: What Vanessa Grigoriadis ’95 Got Wrong

September 15, 2017, by Emma Solomon, Hannah Reale, Opinion Editors. 3 Comments

Vanessa Grigoriadis ’95 had her piece published in the New York Times on the sex discourse at Wesleyan this summer, exploring changes in consent culture from then and now, mostly focused on the modern politics of consent. The article, adapted from Grigoriadis’ book, “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power & Consent on Campus” that came out on September 5, takes […]

The Case for Responsible Genetic Engineering

September 15, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Although the idea of engineering genes has been on the minds of science fiction writers, ethicists, and biochemists alike for decades, only recently has gene-editing science fully entered the glare of the public spotlight. This is, in part, due to a recent successful account of gene editing: the modification of a single DNA strand in […]

The Truth Is Out There: The Sexism is Right Here

September 7, 2017, by Meg Cummings, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

Like hundreds of lesbians across the world, I had my sexual awakening (mostly) courtesy of Dana Scully and Gillian Anderson, the actress who portrays Scully on “The X-Files.” This began an obsession with the show, extending beyond my huge gay crush. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the news in 2015 that the series was […]

Lessons from Thailand: Why Student Activism Matters

September 7, 2017, by Bright Palakarn, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

A July issue of “The Economist” featured a piece highlighting the fight of Liu Xiaobo against the tyrannical regime of the People’s Republic of China. Liu was a commendable figure whose primary goal was to transform China into a liberal and prosperous democracy. His fight ended tragically: He lay dying in a Chinese hospital room […]

Hollywood’s Portrayal of War Supports Trump’s North Korea Narrative

September 7, 2017, by Jack Leger, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley garnered headlines earlier this week with her comments on the U.S. conflict with North Korea. In a statement to an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, Haley stated, “enough is enough, we have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not […]

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